- The Cleveland Browns have a Top 10 win total for the 2019 season
- The Browns are projected to win 9 games, a milestone they haven’t reached since 2007
- What’s the best bet for Cleveland’s win total?
The Cleveland Browns are the darlings of the NFL betting market these days. They made a big splash via free agency and the trade market this offseason, bolstering an already talented roster with a bevy of stars including Odell Beckham Jr.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 1, 2019
They’re the favorites in the AFC North, their Super Bowl odds have been slashed to +1400, and their 2019 NFL wins total has been set at 9.
2019 NFL Win Totals
|Team||Win Total||Over/Under Odds|
|New England Patriots||11||O -110 / U -110|
|Kansas City Chiefs||10.5||O -110 / U -110|
|Los Angeles Rams||10.5||O -110 / U -110|
|New Orleans Saints||10.5||O -110 / U -110|
|Los Angeles Chargers||9.5||O -130 / U +110|
|Green Bay Packers||9.5||O +110 / U -130|
|Indianapolis Colts||9.5||O -120 / U +110|
|Philadelphia Eagles||9.5||O -110 / U -110|
|Chicago Bears||9.5||O -110 / U -110|
|Cleveland Browns||9||O -130 / U +110|
Odds taken April 5
Cleveland went 7-8-1 in 2018, after going 1-31 in the previous two seasons combined. They were 5-2 down the stretch, in large part due to the phenomenal play of Rookie of the Year Baker Mayfield.
Baker is a Difference Maker
It’s virtually impossible to succeed in the NFL without a stud at quarterback, and the Browns have one of the best young talents in the league on their team.
Mayfield earned Pro Football Focus’ second highest grade ever by a rookie QB in 2018, and did so operating in a pass-first attack. He set the rookie record with 27 touchdown passes, and was third in the NFL with 39 big time throws (downfield passes that require special ball placement and timing), despite not starting the Browns first three games.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 30, 2018
Baker’s New Weapons Will Make Him Better
He accomplished all that and much more without a legitimate number one receiver and now he’ll be throwing to one of the most dangerous pass catchers in the game.
.@obj‘s first TD catch of the season ?
— ESPN (@espn) October 7, 2018
Beckham earned PFF’s fifth highest grade among qualifying receivers in 2018, and was worth 1.98 wins above replacement. Cleveland also added Kareem Hunt, who, character aside, is still one of the most talented running backs in the league.
He was PFF’s sixth highest graded runner last year before his suspension, and when he returns for the second half of the 2019 season, will provide a nice compliment to Nick Chubb.
Cleveland’s Pass Rush Will Cause Havoc
The Browns also upgraded their defense signing Sheldon Richardson and acquiring Olivier Vernon. The latter should be particularly impactful as it will give Cleveland another impressive pass rusher to pair with Myles Garrett.
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— NFL (@NFL) January 23, 2019
The duo should wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines, generating consistent pressure, which in turn could lead to more takeaways, putting the ball back in Baker’s hands.
Pound the Over
The Browns are good enough to eclipse 9 wins on talent alone, but the promise of a soft schedule will only help their chances of going over that number. They’ll play a third place schedule, despite being the class of their own division, and will also benefit from matching up with the AFC East. Seven of their 13 opponents in 2019 finished below .500 last season, and the rival Steelers are expected to regress.
Pick: Over 9 Wins (-130)