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Browns & Steelers Open With Same Super Bowl 54 Odds

Browns QB Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield went 6-7 as a rookie with the Browns, setting a new NFL rookie record for touchdown passes with 27. Photo by Erik Drost (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers opened with the same odds to win Super Bowl 54
  • The Steelers have since dropped to +2200 to win Super Bowl 54
  • The Browns are listed at odds of +2500 to win Super Bowl 54

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns began the 2018 NFL season with a 21-21 tie. And their odds of winning Super Bowl 54 were also equal at +2200 after the conclusion of Super Bowl 53.

The Browns (now +2500) have take a bit of a hit as the Steelers (still +2200) odds remained steady. But for Cleveland, that’s a significant decrease from the +6600 odds at which they opened to win Super Bowl 53.

The 13-3 win by the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 gives the Pats six Super Bowl wins, tied with the Steelers for the most in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl 54 Odds

Team Odds to Win Super Bowl 54
New England Patriots +650
Kansas City Chiefs +700
Los Angeles Rams +800
New Orleans Saints +1200
Chicago Bears +1400
Indianapolis Colts +1400
Green Bay Packers +1800
Minnesota Vikings +1800
Los Angeles Chargers +2000
Philadelphia Eagles +2000
Pittsburgh Steelers +2200
Cleveland Browns +2500
Dallas Cowboys +2500
Atlanta Falcons +2800
Baltimore Ravens +3300
Houston Texans +3300

*Odds taken 2/4

Seeing Cleveland this high on the Super Bowl odds board is certainly eye-catching. The Browns are the only NFL franchise that has never played in or played host to a Super Bowl game.

Steelers Trending In Wrong Direction

No 2018 NFL playoff contender went south harder than the Steelers.

Sitting with a 7-2-1 record and comfortably atop the AFC North Division, Pittsburgh stumbled to the finish line 2-4 and failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2013.

It was also Pittsburgh’s worst record since finishing that 2013 campaign 8-8.

There was speculation about the future of head coach Mike Tomlin, who was ultimately retained, but what will the Steelers look like when they take the field in 2019?

Running back Le’Veon Bell sat out the entire 2018 season in a contract dispute and is expected to play elsewhere in 2019.

Receiver Antonio Brown, who was benched for the final game of the season after skipping out on mandatory team functions leading up to their must-win Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, has demanded a trade, saying he will never play for the team again.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did lead the NFL in passing yardage (5,129), but he’s 36 and his body has absorbed much punishment over the years.

Pittsburgh last played in the Super Bowl in Super Bowl 45 and last won in Super Bowl 43. A bet on Pittsburgh to win Super Bowl 54 looks like a waste of money.

Cleveland’s Mayfield Of Dreams

Forgive Browns fans for their enthusiasm. It’s been awhile since they were offered cause for excitement.

The Browns were 5-3 after coach Hue Jackson was fired and QB Baker Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards and an NFL rookie record 27 touchdowns. They went from 0-16 to 7-8-1 in one season.

Clearly, the Browns are trending in the right direction, but they aren’t Super Bowl contenders just yet. Don’t bet with your heart.

Where is the Early Value?

Instead, bet with your head. The Kansas City Chiefs look ready to take that next step. And if you’re seeking better value for your wager, go with the Indianapolis Colts.

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