Browns 2013 NFL Season Odds
CLEVELAND, OH (The Spread) – The Cleveland Browns are massive long shots heading into the 2013 NFL season but hope may be on the horizon.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Browns are 150/1 long shots to win the 2014 Super Bowl and 50/1 to win the AFC Conference next season. They’re also +600 to win the AFC North behind the Ravens (+200), Bengals (+200) and Steelers (+200), and have an over/under total of 6 for number of wins during the regular season. The odds of them making the playoffs are +450 for and -650 against.
The Browns made sweeping changes to their coaching staff and front office this offseason with the hires of head coach Rob Chudzinksi, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton. They also have a new general manager in form NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi.
The key for Cleveland this year is the development of second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden, who looked sharp in his first preseason game last week (albeit against a vanilla St. Louis defense). During the offseason Turner wanted to speed up Weeden’s internal clock in order to get the ball out of his hands faster, and thus far the results have been positive That said, Weeden still has a long way to go with his accuracy and skills under pressure.
Another question surrounding the Browns this season is whether or not Weeden has enough weapons. Second-year back Trent Richardson is coming off a good rookie season but injuries have been a problem for both him and backup running back Montario Hardesty. Receiver Josh Gordon has also been suspended for the first two games of the season due to violating the league’s policy on drugs, and fellow wideout Greg Little has been inconsistent since the team drafted him in 2011.
Defensively, Horton will run a vastly underrated unit. Joe Haden and D’Qwell Jackson are the returning stars, and Paul Kruger was the big free agent pick up of the offseason. Horton runs the same complex defensive scheme that Dick LeBeau runs in Pittsburgh, but his units in Arizona the past two years were aggressive and fast. Defense should be a strong suit for the Browns in 2013.
2013-14 NFL Regular Season Odds
Browns Super Bowl Odds: 150/1
Browns AFC Conference Odds: 50/1
Browns AFC North Odds: +600
Browns Over/Under Win Total: 6