Browns' 2015 NFL Season Odds
CLEVELAND, OH (The Spread) - After winning seven games last season, will the Browns regress in 2015?
The Browns have won seven games or fewer every season since 2007, which is the last time they posted a winning record (10-6). Thus, it's not surprising to see oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have set Cleveland's over/under at 6.5 for number of regular season wins in 2015. The Browns' Super Bowl odds are also 75/1 and their AFC Conference championship odds are 33/1.
The Browns were fairly active in free agency, signing receivers Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline, as well as tight end Rob Housler and quarterback Josh McCown, who is expected to start over second-year signal-caller Johnny Manziel. To help make up for the free agent depatures of Ahtyba Rubin and Buster Skrine, the team also added defensive tackle Randy Starks and cornerback Tramon Williams.
The Browns also drew rave reviews about their 2015 draft class, which included first-rounders Danny Shelton (Washington) and Cameron Erving (Florida State), as well as second-round pass-rusher Nate Orchard of Utah and third-round selection Duke Johnson of Miami.
There are several areas of concerns for Cleveland, mostly on the offensive side of the ball. McCown struggled with injuries and poor production last season in Tampa and with Josh Gordon suspended for the year, receiver is a question mark despite the additions of Bowe and Hartline. That said, the team continues to build through the trenches and the defense under Mike Pettine should once again be competitive. Repeating their win total from a year ago wouldn't be a total stretch.