The season was on the line last week as the Browns travelled to Denver to take on the Broncos. The team knew it, the coaching staff knew it, and every Browns fan knew it. Yet there was nothing the Browns could do about it. It seemed as though the Browns had a great chance for the win, going up against first time starting quarterback Brandon Allen and a 2-6 Broncos team that has not looked good so far on the season.
However, it was not to be, as the Browns fall 24-19 in Denver as 4-point favorites. The betting public were all over the Browns in this one with over 80% of tickets on Cleveland. In turn moving the line from Den-1.5 before the Flacco news, to Cle -3 in time for kickoff on Sunday. As we discussed last week, is Flacco worth four points? It turns out he was not and fill in Brandon Allen played just fine; managing the game while throwing for 193 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Although Myles Garrett did have one in his hands that would have totally changed the complexion of the game had he hung on.
It was more of the same offensively for the Browns, minus the overwhelming amount of penalties that have plagued them in previous games this season. Like always, there was no shortage of drama from Odell Beckham, who just can’t seem to figure out this NFL dress code and had to change his clown cleats at halftime along with Jarvis Landry (actual cleats depicting clowns, not that they were clowns for wearing the cleats… Welcome to the NFL in 2019). Baker Mayfield also got in on the action, sporting three different facial hair styles… on Sunday. Glad to see that priorities are in the right place in Cleveland.
The loss sends the Browns to 2-6 on the season (2-6 ATS) and all but officially out of any playoff race despite the season being only halfway completed. Predicting such a disastrous start would have been impossible given the talent that has been assembled here but leave it to the Browns to pull it off. It is hard to recall a more disappointing eight game stretch from a Browns team, let alone one with this much promise. It looks as though Freddie Kitchens is not the answer at head coach and there most likely will be a big coaching overhaul in the offseason.
The Cleveland Browns Week 10 Odds Preview Against the Bills
With the loss, Cleveland’s odds of making the playoffs have dropped dramatically to +1000 with odds for winning the AFC North now at +4000. The Ravens are now the heavy favorite to win the North at -835 followed by the Steelers at +550.
The Browns head home to First Energy Stadium this Sunday to take on the 6 – 2 Buffalo Bills as 3-point favorites. Yes, that’s right, the 2 – 6 Browns are favorites against the 6 – 2 Bills and again bettors are all over the Browns with 73% of the money on Cleveland in this one. The Browns will be looking for their first home win of the season and will be hoping to snap a 0 – 4 straight up and against the spread skid.
The Over/ Under for the game has been bet down to 40 from an opening number of 41.5. I feel the Browns should get their act together and win this game on Sunday. I don’t know if I would be confident in laying the three points, but some of the pressure may have been taken off this team with the loss in Denver. Rather than trying to live up to the lofty offseason expectations the Browns are now free to just let things fall as they may because honestly it can’t get any worse from here. Can it?