The NFL oddsmakers appear to like what the Cleveland Browns did during the 2019 NFL offseason, and the team is receiving some serious love for it. With training camp just around the corner, the odds for each team to make the NFL playoffs have been revealed, and the Browns are among the favorites.
The breakdown comes courtesy of BetOnline (via Mason Media Consulting), and points to Cleveland having a 55.1 percent chance to make the 2019 NFL Playoffs. Here’s a look at how the top of the list breaks down:
- New England Patriots 84.2 percent
- Kansas City Chiefs 78.9 percent
- Los Angeles Rams 71.8 percent
- New Orleans Saints 71.8 percent
- Los Angeles Chargers 66.4 percent
- Indianapolis Colts 65.3 percent
- Philadelphia Eagles 63.4 percent
- Chicago Bears 55.1 percent
- Cleveland Browns 55.1 percent
- Green Bay Packers 52 percent
- Dallas Cowboys 46.9 percent
- Pittsburgh Steelers 46.9 percent
The Browns cleared the Steelers by nearly 10 percent in terms of odds to make the postseason this year. As for the rest of the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens (34.8 percent chance) were next, followed by the Cincinnati Bengals (13.6 percent chance).
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Browns’ Improvement in Odds From 2018
The fact the Browns are given a 55.1 percent chance to make the 2019 playoffs and come in listed at -140 is impressive considering they had an over/under of just 6.5 wins last season. That mark also came with odds to win the AFC North set at +1200 prior to the year.
In comparison, The Action Network’s Katie Richcreek shows that the Browns enter the upcoming season as the favorites to win the division. They also boast odds of +140 to take the AFC North crown, with the Steelers just behind them at +160.
- Cleveland Browns: +140
- Pittsburgh Steelers: +160
- Baltimore Ravens: +250
- Cincinnati Bengals: +3000
The Browns wrapped up the 2018 season with a 7-8-1 record, behind the Ravens (10-6) and Steelers (9-6-1). It’s apparent the oddsmakers believe that Cleveland’s improvement will lead to the Ravens potentially taking a step back, although they have the Steelers sitting in the No. 2 spot still.
Browns’ 2019 Offseason Sets up Possible Return to Playoffs
Behind the emergence of two rookies in quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Nick Chubb, the Browns offense began humming along last season. Beyond that, they also had wide receiver Jarvis Landry as a consistent and reliable target. On the defensive side of the ball, names such as Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward, among others are prepared to help push this defense to another level in 2019.
But the biggest move of the current offseason came in the form of the decision to strike a blockbuster trade and acquire New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to bolster the wide receiver corps. Bringing the All-Pro pass-catcher to town adds even more firepower for Mayfield to work with. Beckham’s addition should create an entirely new outlook for the Browns offense while making everyone’s jobs a whole lot easier throughout the year.