The start in Foxboro could not have been worse for the Browns as they spotted the Patriots 14 points off three consecutive turnovers in the first quarter and left New England as both straight up and ATS losers. The Browns dropped their Week 8 game against the Patriots 27-13 after going off as 10-point underdogs with yet another Patriots gaming hitting the under, which was 43. Cleveland could never quite get back in the game after the early miscues that included two Nick Chubb fumbles and a Baker Mayfield shovel pass to the wrong team.
The Browns now drop to 2 – 5 on the season (2- 5 ATS) and the team’s playoff hopes are already looking bleak. The Browns are now +400 to make the playoffs and their odds to win the division are now +550, tied with Pittsburgh and well behind Baltimore at -385. If you are still a believer this would be the time to get in. With a win this week and possible loss by Baltimore (vs NE) the odds can only get worse after this week. With a loss in Denver, it probably wouldn’t even be worth a play due to the complete unlikelihood of making the playoffs at 2- 6. At 3 -5 it can be done, and the path is there for the Browns—schedule wise—if they can get their act together.
Here we are, it’s Week 9 already for the Cleveland Browns and the team is right about where they were a year ago. A two-win football team, looking up at the Steelers and Ravens in the AFC North and looking for answers at every turn. Much like last season at this point, the Browns are being led by a head coach who looks totally lost. Could there be worse football coach than Hue Jackson? No, I can’t go that far but the strange challenges, odd play calling, and general undisciplined nature of the team has me questioning the capabilities of head coach Freddie Kitchens.
We have seen nothing through seven games that tells us Kitchens is a capable head coach. I believe one of the main reasons Kitchens was hired was his relationship with Baker Mayfield and the way he was able to work with him early in his rookie year and during the 5-2 run the Browns went on to end the season. Mayfield has not looked good and the pre-snap penalties and general confusion amongst the players has been a theme in every game so far. Those things come down to coaching and right now it looks as though Kitchens may be in over his head. Things need to turn around fast in Cleveland and that starts this week in Denver.
The Cleveland Browns Week 9 Preview and Odds Against the Broncos
The season is on the line for the Cleveland Browns (2-5) as they travel to the mile high city to face the Denver Broncos (2-6). The Broncos will be trotting out Brandon Allen under center due to a neck injury to Joe Flacco. Allen will be making his first NFL start and that has the public all over the Browns in this one with nearly 80% of the money on Cleveland as 3-point road favorites. These teams matched up last year in Denver as well with the Browns winning 17-16 as 1-point underdogs.
The total for the game was set at 47 and fell way under which is sort of what I would expect here. Sunday’s total opened at 42.5 and has been bet down to 39. The side on the game opened at Denver -1.5 and of course with the news of Flacco’s absence has now become Cleveland -3. Is Joe Flacco worth 4.5 points at this stage of his career? Heck, at any stage of his career? I feel the line has moved a bit too much in this one in what I would expect to be a close low scoring game.