Is this real life? It really can’t be, right?
Honestly, the fact that Odell Beckham is now on our favorite professional football team is quite odd and still surreal. While it’s still doesn’t seem quite real, Vegas has already taken notice. The Cleveland Browns are not only favored to win the AFC North in 2019, but they are expected to do even more than that, too. According to Bovada, the Browns are tied for the fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LIV in 2020 at 14-to-1, too.
It wasn’t too long ago that Cleveland had an NFL team that went 0-16. In fact, it was only two years ago. Given the steps forward that the Browns took in 2018, those two years seem like much, much longer ago, but here we are. At the beginning of February, the Browns had 30-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV. Even though those odds looked much better than in years past, years where Cleveland usually had some of the worst odds in the league, they still seemed like quite a stretch. Fast-forward to this week and after signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and trading for defensive end Olivier Vernon along with acquiring Odell Beckham Jr., and well, the NFL (and Vegas) have taken notice. It’s already been quite an offseason and the new league year and NFL Draft haven’t even gotten here yet. General manager John Dorsey is truly a legend.
Now, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, Dawg Pound. Let’s take this thing step by step. First, the Browns have to prove that they can win when the pressure is on them. They played very well once Baker Mayfield took over as the starting quarterback, but Cleveland didn’t have any pressure on them. Now they do. So let’s first make sure they can not only handle the pressure but win games under pressure. Then, the Browns, along with the fans, can focus on winning the AFC North, and maybe, just maybe, winning a playoff game or two.
For the first time I can remember, Browns fans have high expectations for their team, ones that could (and hopefully will) become reality this fall and beyond. On paper, the Browns seem to be a very good team. They have to prove it on the field now. Vegas thinks they can.