The Cleveland Browns fans are hopeful for a better year after the 2019 season fell well below expectations.
They missed the playoffs for the 17th straight season, but they have revamped during the offseason.
Sportsbook BetOnline.ag released its first point spreads for all 16 of the games on the Browns’ 2020 slate.
#Browns 2020 spreads:
W1 +8.5 @ BAL
W2 -8 vs CIN
W3 -9 vs WAS
W4 +4.5 @ DAL
W5 -1 vs IND
W6 +4.5 @ PIT
W7 -3 @ CIN
W8 -5 vs LV
W10 -2.5 vs HOU
W11 pk vs PHI
W12 +1 @ JAX
W13 +4 @ TEN
W14 +3.5 vs BAL
W15 -1 @ NYG
W16 pk @ NYJ
W17 -1 vs PIT
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) May 28, 2020
The full list of the Browns’ initial point spreads:
- Week 1 at Baltimore Ravens: Browns +8.5.
- Week 2 vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Browns -8
- Week 3 vs. Washington Redskins: Browns -9
- Week 4 at Dallas Cowboys: Browns +4.5
- Week 5 vs. Indianapolis Colts: Browns -1
- Week 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers: Browns +4.5
- Week 7 at Cincinnati Bengals: Browns -3
- Week 8 vs. Las Vegas Raiders: Browns -5
- Week 9: Bye
- Week 10: vs. Houston Texans: Browns -2.5
- Week 11: vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Pick
- Week 12: @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Browns +1
- Week 13: @ Tennessee Titans: Browns +4
- Week 14: vs. Baltimore Ravens: Browns +3.5
- Week 15: at New York Giants: Browns -1
- Week 16: at New York Jets: Pick
- Week 17: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Browns -1
These spreads are subject to change as each week it will likely change based on the performance of each team.
However, based on the current spreads the Browns don’t have great odds to make the playoffs next season.
The 2020 Schedule
The Browns will begin the regular season with a matchup against the Ravens in Baltimore.
Cleveland has +8.5 odds in that game, but that’s not surprising based on how the Ravens were last season.
The schedule gets easier the next two weeks with games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins.
🚨 IT’S HERE! 🚨
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 7, 2020
After Week 3, the Browns will have three consecutive tough opponents.
Cleveland needs to create a winning culture, but that is going to be difficult with having a strong schedule to begin the season.
The good news is, the schedule is a bit lighter with the New York Giants, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers at home for the final three games of the season.
Do The Browns Have Good Odds?
The Browns are currently favored to win eight games, but have two games labeled as picks.
In situations with “picks” the person betting is required to pick the winner without taking or giving points.
Those two games are versus the Philadelphia Eagles at home and Jets on the road.
At the moment, eight of the Browns 16 games include a point spread of three points or fewer.
Having matchups with that close of a spread means those games could go either way, according to the sportsbook.
It sounds like many of the Browns games this season could be intense and essentially be coin flips.
The odds are not currently in the Browns favor, but that has been the case for quite some time.
These are just the initial listings and will change on a weekly basis once the 2020 season begins.
Can The Browns Defy The Odds?
Another strong offseason has Browns fans excited and hopeful for better results than the past few years.
The organization hired a new head coach after Freddie Kitchens failed to capitalize on his opportunity last season.
Cleveland decided to bring in Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as the head coach.
The Browns organization and players appear eager to begin working alongside Stefanski in 2020.
New Browns TE Austin Hooper is set to sign a four-year, $42 million deal, per source. He gets $23 million in the first two years, all of which is guaranteed.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 16, 2020
The Browns have made multiple important changes during the offseason that should help this organization compete in 2020.
It is now up to the players and coaching staff to make the right adjustments and get the Browns back into the playoffs.