Reason No. 1: State of the NFL and odds favor Browns
We look at the NFL these days and we see a league that is "pass-happy" and led by great quarterback play. The Kansas City Chiefs, with Patrick Mahomes, have won two Super Bowls. The Philadelphia Eagles had Jalen Hurts under center in this past Super Bowl. Despite their loss to the Chiefs, the Eagles got to the big game in large part due to the play of Hurts. Last year, it was Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams versus Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals. And before then, we were talking about Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Peyton Manning.
Cleveland now has a legitimate top-10 quarterback in the NFL with Deshaun Watson. Despite, the Browns having a great running game led by Nick Chubb, they weren't going o get to a Super Bowl behind the carries of Chubb. Teams need a good quarterback to reach the Super Bowl.
The other factor with Cleveland's chances at winning a Super Bowl are simply the odds are in the team's favor due to history. Only the Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans have never been to the big game. That's 57 Super Bowls that have come and gone for Cleveland. That trend has to stop at some point.
We've also seen how quickly, teams can turn things around in the NFL. There are a lot of reasons for this, but most teams are similar in talent level and it usually comes down to momentum, winning streaks, buy-in from players, and good coaching. We saw this season how the Jaguars gained momentum late in the season and made a push toward their first Super Bowl appearance. Last year, the Bengals came out of nowhere, after several poor previous seasons to shock the world and almost win a Super Bowl.
Let us not forget that the Browns made it to the AFC Divisional playoff game back in 2020 so seasons can be won or lost by the narrowest of margins. Many things have to fall into place to reach and win a Super Bowl. Cleveland has many of those things falling into place as we speak. With a top-10 quarterback, a coach that will be going into his fourth season and odds in the team's favor, the Browns and their fans should be very opportunistic about finally winning a Super Bowl in 2023.