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Browns aren’t favored in any game in 2017

The summer may just be beginning, the Cleveland Cavaliers are halfway to winning back-to-back championships, and the Indians are just over a month into their season, but is it ever too early for Browns talk? With the NFL regular season a mere four months from kicking off, odds are beginning to be released; including total wins for each team and the spreads for every regular season game.

After going a dismal 1-15 in 2016, the Browns have had themselves quite an offseason. While they added plenty of talent in the draft, along with revamping their offensive line, Cleveland has improved, but by how much is the question? According to sportsbook operator CG Technology, the Browns are underdogs in 14 of their regular season games this fall and are a pick’em in another. They do not have odds for Week 17’s matchup against the Steelers in Pittsburgh- or any Week 17 game- due to high variance of playoff seeding games the last week of the regular season. Let’s take a look at the spreads of all 16 of their games:

  • Week 1: Steelers (-9) vs. Browns
  • Week 2: Browns vs. Ravens (-9.5)
  • Week 3: Browns vs. Colts (-9.5)
  • Week 4: Bengals (-4.5) vs. Browns
  • Week 5: Jets vs. Browns (pick’em)
  • Week 6: Browns vs. Texans (-9.5)
  • Week 7: Titans (-5) vs. Browns
  • Week 8: Vikings (-7) vs. Browns in London
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: Browns vs. Lions (-8.5)
  • Week 11: Jaguars (-3) vs. Browns
  • Week 12: Browns vs. Bengals (-8.5)
  • Week 13: Browns vs. Chargers (-7)
  • Week 14: Packers (-9.5) vs. Browns
  • Week 15: Ravens (-4.5) vs. Browns
  • Week 16: Browns vs. Bears (-4.5)

All in all, Cleveland is at least a touchdown (or worse) underdog in nine of the 15 games and an average of six points per game. Although they aren’t favored in any game, the Browns are expected to improve on their 1-15 record last season. Then again, it’s hard not to improve off of that. But, with an improved team, look for the Browns to not only upset some teams this season, but also be much more competitive overall.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the New England Patriots are by far the best team in the NFL and the odds prove that. They are favorites in all of their games and favored by an average of 6.5 points per game.

A look at the other teams in the AFC North:

  • Pittsburgh is favored in 13 games and are underdogs against the Chiefs and Patriots.
  • The Ravens are favored in eight of their first 15 games.
  • Like Baltimore, Cincinnati is also favored in eight of their first 15 games.

For what it’s worth, the Browns have 300-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII and 150-to-1 odds to win the AFC, both of which are worst in the league.

  • NankirPhelge

    We might not win many (any?) games, but we should beat the hell out of the spreads. 9.5 is a lot points.

  • RGB

    Stupid Chargers.

  • Eric G

    300? Damnit! I only got 200 last weekend in Vegas

  • mgbode

    Probably best spot for this today:

    Talking about my Kizer article on ‘Youngstown Sports Live’ w/ Marc & Ryan today at 5pm as they were gracious enough to have me on. 1240AM

  • Garry_Owen

    Good. We’ve got them right where we want them.

    As Chesty Puller, USMC, said: “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them.”

  • Garry_Owen
  • Chris
  • Nor should they be. A tripling of last season’s win total would be surprising at this early stage of things.

  • RGB


    Super Bowl NEXT year.

  • Garry_Owen

    Will there be a way to access this interview online afterward?

  • Garry_Owen

    Apropos to nothing, Josh Gordon’s reinstatement was just denied.

    Honestly, Browns interests aside (because I have long since given up on Gordon contributing to the team), I just don’t get this. What does it hurt to let the guy play football?

  • Garry_Owen

    With treble win total increases each year, it is possible. And just think, the year after next, the Browns will win 27 games.

  • RGB

    Do not question King Goodell.

  • Garry_Owen

    Goodell looks at the arbitrary power wielded by the NCAA, and thinks to himself, “yeah, I’d like some of that.”

  • tigersbrowns2
  • RGB
  • mgbode

    Just send me $85 and …


    you should be able to live stream from either of these sites:

    believe it is this link:
    but, it could be through their main page:

    Please remember there is a reason that I ‘write’ about sports

  • Garry_Owen

    The live stream is the problem. I’ll look at the website. Hopefully, they have archived content.

    You’ll do fine. And if not, we’ll disown you.

  • humboldt

    Yes, but didn’t Custer also say something similar?

  • Garry_Owen

    No. He just said, “Oh, $#!t.”

  • humboldt

    He fits right in with our organizational ethos in Berea

  • Garry_Owen

    Custer did say “There are not enough Indians in the world to beat the 7th cavalry.” Turns out, South Dakota alone had enough.

  • humboldt

    Good luck Bode!

  • Natedawg86

    wow only 2 games where we are 3 or less?!?

  • NankirPhelge

    Josh should just open up a head shop in Colorado and enjoy the rest of his days in peace, free of the mellow-harshing by the corporate suits.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi NP … good call.

  • Steve

    The painkillers industry lobbies better.

  • Alina Juli

    Get money to some internet work as a part time job.

  • Robert Sass

    On the bright side, the NFL just announced that Josh Gordon’s reinstatement request has been denied…

  • Robert Sass

    I agree, I am surprised, he has really sat out a lot of time, and again, all of last year again…

  • jpftribe

    Hey, there’s always:
    Get money to some internet work as a part time job.

  • Garry_Owen

    How else will he pay for that Bugatti?

  • jpftribe

    Live stream is at the bottom of the home page.

  • JM85

    I can’t stop laughing. Well done.

  • jpftribe
  • Petefranklin

    I will book it @300 for you

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  • Believelander

    Maybe I’ll put 35 bucks on the Browns to win the Super Bowl.

  • theotherJimBrown

    There’s going to be a lot of money to be made this year by taking the Browns and the points. They may not win many but they will be far more competitive.
    I can already see taking the first 3 games. After that the spread makers will adjust. Will take them to win the Jets, Chargers and Bears games.

  • Matt Kav

    im sure points will change assuming the Browns are competitive as I think and hope they are. i don’t see how they are “pick em” with the Jets…but I do understand why they’re not favored in almost all of those games. Browns will just have to do it on the field, as they say

  • Petefranklin

    So I got a sheet from MGM yesterday and looked at the Browns….100/1 for the Super Bowl and 50/1 for the AFC. What a ripoff! PT Barnum was right. FYI westgate usually has the fairest futures prices in Vegas, and I sometimes see that William Hill is competitive, but I usually stay away from futures as they hold a tremendous advantage for the books. If the price on the browns to win the Super Bowl is yes +300, no should be about -700 and the pros would hammer the no. That , in a nutshell is why futures bets are expected to win about 75% or more of the total money bet for the house. I do have a CAVS bet @ 2.5/1 in my pocket that I made during the Raptors series though.

  • Eric G

    How’d you become so fluent in gaming revenues?

    I don’t doubt that 75% figure, as most dopes like me bet every year for their home teams, regardless of the margins. Last year’s Cavs was my first payout, obviously, but when the Browns win the SB this year, I’ll be paid back.

  • Petefranklin

    I live in Vegas so our sports radio has a bit more to offer than freaking out over Trever Bauer or lack of a qb on a team that has very little talent anyways. And I do make the majority of my year round bets at this time of year on baseball and NBA playoffs. Funny thing last year, I got stuck with the Cavs -180 . I made the bet when it looked like the warriors were going to lose to OKC. It did pay for a trip back to the parade for my son and I.

  • Skulb

    300 to 1? So you’re saying there’s a chance?

  • Skulb

    Having your athletic career derailed and ended because of smoking some foliage. Only in America, I guess. Meanwhile, just gobble all these opium-based pain pills all you want. And never mind the heart failure. The politicians earn money from that, you know. No money in weeds you can grow in your backyard without even trying. And money is the only thing that matters.

  • Skulb

    Ah, I see you have attended the Al Gore school of exponential argumentation. It was one degree cooler today than it was yesterday. Therefore it will be 365 degrees cooler a year from now. Because science! It’s settled.

  • Skulb

    It’s just reality that you’re not getting odds after a 1-15 season. And, with the exception of the Jets, all the other fan bases are equally certain right now that their team will improve over last year. It’s just that time of year. Everything smells like roses and the sun shines every day in May. But someone is losing these football games come September. Odds are it’ll be the Browns. It makes sense to think that.

    If they have improved at all, they will have to prove it on the field. Anyone can talk in May.