The Cleveland Browns were picked by many to be a team that could make a huge playoff noise this season. With all the talent on their roster, and the hype surrounding the team, Browns looked as the next America’s team. But currently, Freddie Kitchen’s guys are far away from the postseason, let alone the status of the all-American crew.
With 4 wins and 6 defeats, the Browns are third in the AFC North. The bookmakers do not believe in their miraculous comeback, and that is apparent when looking at the odds.
At the moment, Cleveland not to reach the playoffs is at 1/11, while on the other side, a miracle is priced at 7/1. It is not expected for them to have many wins until the end of the season either, and the margin set at 7.5. Odds for above or below are the same, 9/10. Check out offers at Sports Interaction betting and find more interesting NFL deals, which could turn out profitable for you. For example, Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC at 15/2, or the Patriots to win another back-to-back titles at 3/1. Or maybe the Browns to reach the AFC Wild Card seed – 9/2. It is quite intriguing, won’t you tell?
But to come back to the current situation. The most recent games against the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers have shown that this team can play. Victories against these two rivals have matched with Kareem Hunt’s comeback on the field, as the former Chiefs’ running back served his 8-game suspension. There were a lot of doubts about this guy, but it seems that Nick Chubb and he are going to be a lethal duo, able to hurt any defense in the league. Chubb has surpassed the 1,000 rushing yards, and already established himself as one of the best in the NFL at this position.
Meanwhile, the guy who was the second-biggest contender for the Defensive Player of the Year award eliminated himself from the race. Myles Garrett is officially suspended indefinitely, for hitting Steelers’ QB Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet. Arguably the best defensive end this season, won’t be able to help his teammates, which is a massive blow for Kitchen’s side. Garrett was 9/1 to take the award, with only Stephon Gilmore ahead of him with at 6/1.
When mentioning the individual performances, we need to stress out that Baker Mayfield failed to meet the expectations this season. Last year’s No.1 pick threw only 2.394 yads, for 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and his quarterback rating is 47.3, enough for 23rd place in the league. Pretty low for a player of such a caliber.
Before the start of the regular part of the season, Mayfield was among ten MVP candidates, and the odds of him taking this award were 14/1. Right now, if you bet on the same, that would be 150/1. Cleveland’s top contender in that category is Chubb, sitting at 100/1. The young running back is the third favorite to end the season as the league’s rushing leader, with his success, is priced at 9/2. Only two guys in front of him are Panthers’ Christain McCaffrey 2/1, and Dalvin Cook from Minnesota, 3/1, both of them have been superb same as Chubb. One other name tied to the Browns appears among the bookies, for the MVP award, and that is Odell Beckham Jr. Odds on him are 400/1. If you like to back up some unreal scenarios this is a chance for you.
The Browns are hosting the Dolphins next week and after that heading for Pittsburgh. If they win both of these games, they will have some chances to stay in the race for the playoffs. If not, this will be another bad season for this franchise.