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After Acquiring Odell Beckham Jr, Browns Are Top 5 Super Bowl Contenders at BetOnline

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Odell Beckham Jr has been traded to the Cleveland Browns. Photo from @McManusDesign (Twitter)
  • The Cleveland Browns acquired Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants
  • BetOnline immediately dropped Cleveland’s odds of winning Super Bowl 54 from +1600 to +1000
  • The Browns have never played in the Super Bowl

Odell Beckham Jr is a Cleveland Brown. The Browns made the giant move to acquire the Pro Bowl receiver from the New York Giants.

As a result, the Browns made a giant move in the Super Bowl 54 future book at BetOnline.

Cleveland’s Super Bowl odds at BetOnline have dropped from +1600 to +1000.

Odds To Win Super Bowl 54

Team Odds to Win Super Bowl 54 at BetOnline
New England Patriots +600
Kansas City Chiefs +700
New Orleans Saints +800
Cleveland Browns +1000
Los Angeles Rams +1000

*All odds taken March 12; follow link for complete list.

Just two seasons ago, the Browns became the second team in NFL history to post an 0-16 campaign.

Now they possess the same odds as the reigning NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams, and only sit behind the Patriots, Chiefs, and Saints.

Will Odell Make Everything Swell?

Talking about the Browns and the playoffs in the same sentence without including the phrase “not a chance” just seems wrong. And yet, it feels so right.

The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. They’ve not won a postseason game since 1994, when (gulp) Bill Belichick was their coach and (double gulp) they beat the New England Patriots.

You have to go back to 1989 to put the terms Browns and division champions together. It was so long ago, the AFC North was still known as the AFC Central.

Don’t Say We Didn’t Tell You About This

As soon as the Odell Beckham Jr trade rumors began swirling, the talk was that his ultimate destination would be Cleveland.

It’s been a big week to be Browns in the AFC North. The Pittsburgh Steelers sent their own diva wideout packing, packaging off Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders.

The landscape in the division has clearly undergone a tectonic shift.

Cleveland Offense Should Be Dynamite

Combining Beckham’s show with Baker Mayfield’s swagger should be intriguing – and very productive.

This offseason, the Browns also added RB Kareem Hunt, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2016. Beckham will once again be lining up alongside his LSU teammate Jarvis Landry.

Those two were the cause of many a nightmare for SEC secondaries over the years.

Is It Too Much, Too Soon?

Yes. Probably. Certainly. Maybe.

In most cases, teams don’t go from postseason outsiders to Super Bowl winners in one fell swoop. The Green Bay Packers in the 1960s and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s both had to lose first before assembling a dynasty.

On the other hand, Joe Montana’s San Francisco 49ers and Tom Brady’s Patriots each went right from the outhouse to the penthouse. So try telling Mayfield and Beckham they can’t win the Super Bowl next season. They’d probably thrive on your doubt.

You can never count out the Patriots, and we believe the Chiefs, Saints, or Rams are better bets than Cleveland. But if you’re determined to wager on the Browns, you’ll want to check out MyBookie.

They’ve still got Cleveland at +2200 to win Super Bowl 54.

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An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.