The 2021 NFL season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to talk about possible winning projections.
On paper, the Cleveland Browns have one of the best rosters in the entire NFL.
This Browns roster didn’t lose much talent in free agency and appears to only get stronger heading into next season.
However, the expectations for Cleveland are going to be higher after an 11-5 season and a playoff appearance in 2020
Browns Win Total
Last season, the Browns ended the longest active playoff drought in the NFL.
They also took down the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the postseason.
However, that 11-win season was only good enough for third place in the AFC North.
Pro Football Focus actually has the Browns regressing in win total for the 2021 season.
They have Cleveland sitting in fifth with 10.2 projected wins.
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— PFF (@PFF) May 28, 2021
That being said, none of the Browns division rivals are higher than them in the projections.
Two AFC teams ranked higher than the Browns in win odd projections.
Both the Buffalo Bills (10.5) and Kansas City Chiefs (11.5) are higher than Cleveland in projected wins according to Pro Football Focus.
That seems fair considering the Chiefs are the team to beat in the AFC, while Buffalo has a roster that is arguably just as strong as Cleveland.
Beating The Odds
It does seem shocking that Cleveland got better on paper, but has only the third-highest win projection in the AFC.
To be fair, Cleveland is unsure what they will be getting from Odell Beckham Jr. after his season-ending ACL injury last season.
The Browns have some injury concerns on defense with Jadeveon Clowney, Grant Delpit, and Greedy Williams who all missed time in 2020.
They play in a competitive AFC North that seemingly gets stronger every season.
This won’t be an easy ride for Cleveland in 2021, but fans should be confident in their team.
The NFL has extended the amount of playoff teams, so it would take a lot of things to go wrong for Cleveland to completely miss the playoffs.
A 10.2 win total seems low, but the Browns are used to people counting them out, so we’ll see if they can surpass those odds in 2021.