Welcome to Vegas Sports Betting Cleveland Browns season preview where we will further discuss the odds of them winning the division, conference, and Super bowl offered by the best online sportsbooks.
Cleveland has become the biggest story of the this year’s off-season; Not only with Lebron James and the Cavaliers but also with the Cleveland Browns and new rookie quarterback superstar Johnny Manziel. Last season, back-up quarterback Brian Hoyer gave the Browns hope for a successful season, however, this all went to waste when he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in week 5 of the regular season ; this resulted to a 4-12 record as they lost their last seven games. Now, the attention has shifted to the 22nd overall pick from Texas A&M Johnny Manziel; this makes head coach Mike Pettine job a lot harder on picking his starting quarterback for the season. On their first preseason game, Manziel had a pretty good performance, showed no fear against his opponent and seemed to have a great level of confidence with his offensive group; and this goes the same for Brian Hoyer making coach Pettine job even harder. However, these are two completely different styles of quarterbacks that should be recognized.
In addition, the Browns were able to acquire running back Ben Tate from the Houstan Texans; he is set to being the team’s leading running back followed by drafted rookie from Towson Terrance West as his back-up. The team is currently suffering a big blow with star wide receiver Josh Gordon as he has once again fallen into trouble; he was already in trouble with the league for the use of marijuana and now he is faced with DUI charges. The NFL has not yet set a suspension for Gordon but he is for sure expect to not play for at least half of the 2014 regular season. Since the Browns were aware of this situation, they were quickly able to fill in his spot with several key players; they were able to pick up wide receiver Miles Austin who is said to replace Josh Gordon as the leading receiver. They also acquired Nate Burleson from the Detroit Lions who will fill in the 2nd receiver slot and ex-Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins for that third spot. A key asset not to forget about is tight end Jordan Cameron who had a stunning year last season; expect him to be a primary target above all the previous mentioned receivers so think of him for your fantasy league as he will pick up big points.
Defensively, although they lost safety T.J ward and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, they were able to boost up their defense during the off-season. The team replace the two players by acquiring safety Donte Whitner from the Niners and linebacker Karlos Dansby from the Cardinals. This will give the Browns exactly what they need to stop the run and provide coverage as these were areas that the Browns were struggling defensively. With all this being said, according to the odds table, they are considered the underdog of the division… Why? Because the AFC North presents a highly competitive division; but then again anything could happen in the NFL!
WR Josh Gordon (suspended for the year)
QB Jason Campbell
QB Brandon Weeden
S T.J. Ward
LB D’Qwell Jackson
QB Johnny Manziel* (22nd Overall / Texas A&M)
RB Terrance West* (94th Overall / Towson)
WR Miles Austin (DAL)
WR Nate Burleson (DET)
WR Andrew Hawkins (CIN)
S Donte Whitner (SF)
LB Karlos Dansby (ARI)
RB Ben Tate (HOU)
Bovada Sportsbook Betting Odds:
Vegas Sports Betting Odds to Win the 2014 AFC North: +500
Vegas Sports Betting Odds to win Conference: 33/1
Vegas Sports Betting Odds to win Super Bowl: 75/1