It has been nearly 10 years since the Cleveland Browns have last finished at .500 or better over an entire season. That's left them as one of the biggest headaches for
Griffin, a former rookie of the year, flamed out in Washington. And Jackson isn't yet a proven head coach.
Besides, no one player is going to fix the mess that the Browns are currently in. They need to be rebuilt almost from the ground up. They ranked 30th of 32 teams in points scored per game last season, and they were 29th of 32 in points allowed.
That tire fire won't change overnight, or even over the course of one offseason. And even if it could, the Browns have not done enough to make that leap. They didn't make any huge free-agent additions outside of Griffin, and their top draft, first-round defensive linement Danny Shelton, is instantly their best pass rusher among incumbent defensive linement. That means he'll draw most of the ire from rival offensive lines, limiting the immediate impact that he can make.
All in all, the Browns aren't even single game plays, let alone strong futures options. They are what we're now going to call "random plays."
If you see a game in which you think they shouldn't be favored or, more likely, unfavored by a substantial amount, that's when you strike. Basically, you're hunting out matchups they can win on a specific Sunday. And if you don't find them, it's best to stay away or, perhaps, bet against them.
Cleveland Browns Betting Lines Today
This widget shows you the betting lines for the Cleveland Browns' next game. Take in the spreads, overs, unders and moneylines and decide which to invest in.
Game lines during the NFL regular season do tend to change, however. They are usually published days in advance, making them more susceptible to player injuries, player returns or an inordinate amount of action placed on one team or line.
Unless you lay down a bet right away, as soon as the odds go live, you'll want to keep rechecking the numbers on the page. Stay as informed as possible, so when you do go make a bet, you won't be caught off guard by any potential changes.
Take a look at the Cleveland Browns' complete schedule, which also shows you the scores of their past games. Many bettors tend to overlook the importance of this. Don't be one of them.
Looking ahead in the schedule will enable you to plan certain bets in advance. Next week's games won't have offical lines to use until this week's matchups have concluded, but you can still get most of what you need by comparing the Browns' offense, defense, record and injury reports to those of their opponents.
When the game odds are actually published, you'll be able to make a quick and efficient wager having already done all of the important legwork. Other bettors will be scrambling, trying to adjust for changing odds. You, though, will have the peace of mind that only comes with exceptional preparation.
Turning to past games helps you iron out a weekly betting pattern on the Browns.
See which types of teams they struggle against. It's probably most teams. So then see which types of matchups may warrant bets in their favor.
Are they covering spreads against good defensive units? Are they better against strong offensive opponents? Have they emerged as better over or under plays? Is this Browns team, against all odds, prone to shocking better overall factions in the over, under, moneyline or spread departments?
Document the answers to such questions as the season presses on. Combine all your findings and return to them each week to see if the bigger picture has changed. The information you yield can then be applied to every Browns game based off their opponent and the location of said tilt.
Cleveland Browns Standings Right Now
These are the Cleveland Browns' standings right now. Immediately, this is just your confirmation that they are still bad. But this look will hold more value in the distant future.
For now, the standings can help you cook up moneyline bets. See if the Browns' next opponent has a significantly better (or worse) record than them, and then bet on a winner accordingly.
Once they become division, conference or Super Bowl futures plays, you'll know immediately by placing their record alongside those of widely accepted contenders. If they stack up, then they're worth further invesitation on the futures front.
If they don't, then you'll know to stick with single game plays.
How To Win At Cleveland Browns Betting
If you do feel the urge to use the Cleveland Browns as weekly betting plays, try experimenting with their over odds.
Cleveland's defense will be bad again. That's a fact. It was the third worst in the NFL last year, and any improvement in the coming season will be marginal at best. The Browns will give up a boat load of points, and that greatly drives up the appeal of over wagers.
The offense, of course, doesn't have the same effect. It was the second worst attack in football last season, and its improvement isn't guaranteed. Robert Griffin III feels like he could be an offensive upgrade, but he's not even assured of starting ahead of Josh McCown.
Still, the Browns have some talent elsewhere. Running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are both solid ground options, and tight end Gary Barnidge set the world on fire last season. Andrew Hawkins and Corey Coleman, their top two receivers, also come with serious upside.
On some level, then, the offsense should be better. It won't be great, but it will be good enough hang some more touchdowns on the opposing defenses. Bake in their own defensive struggles, and the scores of most Browns games should be through the roof—enough to make you want to bet on the over.
It can be maddeningly difficult to make any real money betting on the Cleveland Browns. Your best option is to remain opportunistic and suss out good wagers during the middle of the season.
For example, if you see that the Browns are exceeding expectations midway through the season, that's a good time to perhaps take a look at their win total odds. They might be worth an over ticket by that point.
You'll also want to monitor the progression of Robert Griffin III. He may be the key to the Browns exceeding all their expectations.
A good quarterback, after all, can rescue the Browns' offense from the bottom of the NFL. And that subsequently will help them climb out of the win totals gutter. So it's beyond important to keep track of his progress.
Is he even playing, or is Josh McCown under center? Has Griffin's completion rate improved? Is tight end Gary Barnidge still the offense's preferred passing target? Has Griffin been given the freedom to roam outside the pocket and pick up substantial gains on the ground?
Just know that Griffin he won't impact their lack of futures clout. Short of aliens abducting the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, the Browns have no chance of winning the AFC North, making the playoffs, winning the conference or earning a Super Bowl victory.