The Browns approached this last season in an almost haphazard fashion, instead looking ahead to next year due to Deshaun Watson’s 11-game suspension following over two dozen accusations of sexual assault.
Cleveland has a talented roster with stars on both sides of the ball. If Watson returns to the level of play he showcased early in his career, the Browns should take a massive step forward.
Do the Browns’ Super Bowl odds reflect that potential improvement? Can they rise to the upper echelon of AFC teams and compete for a championship next year?
Let’s check out the Super Bowl 58 odds and find out:
Super Bowl 58 Odds
Browns Lag Behind Competition in Super Bowl Odds
Listed at +4000 to win Super Bowl 58, the Browns are tied for the 16th-best odds with the Giants and Raiders. Nine AFC teams have better odds to win the title, so oddsmakers aren’t expecting a huge step forward from Cleveland.
That being said, there is reason to believe the Browns are a value at this price and could surprise the NFL next year. Amari Cooper, David Njoku, and Donovan Peoples-Jones give Watson a solid trio of pass-catchers, while Nick Chubb remains one of the best running backs in the league.
Throw in a defense led by stars like Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward, and there’s a lot to like about the Browns.
Among AFC North teams, Cleveland has worse odds than the Bengals (+900) and Ravens (+2200) but sits comfortably ahead of the Steelers (+5500). If Cleveland can leapfrog a Baltimore team with uncertainty around Lamar Jackson, the Browns’ odds will shorten considerably.
It all hinges on Watson. He was largely ineffective in the few games he played this year but now gets a full offseason to get more comfortable with his new team. If he improves, the Browns are a value. If he doesn’t, the next few years may disappointingly resemble the last several decades of football in Cleveland.
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