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,27commentsOne Vegas bookmaking site not convinced Cleveland will be that much betterEDTShareTweetShareShareBrowns to miss playoffs? Says who? The Browns and their fans have generated plenty of buzz this off-season that hasn’t been felt since the Marty Schottenheimer years. And there is something new: hope. And rightfully so. The defensive front four should be the league’s best and most feared with holdovers Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, plus newcomers Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson. Add the fact that the offense got a huge boost with the trade for WR Odell Beckham, Jr. plus the fact that QB Baker Mayfield was an offensive Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, and the entire roster appears to have few, if any, holes. Right after the Browns drafted LSU cornerback Greedy Williams with their second-round pick in the recent NFL draft, he proclaimed that Cleveland would go all the way to the Super Bowl this year. Others have echoed that sentiment as well. And if nothing else, it has been projected that the franchise should at least capture the AFC North thus propelling them into the playoffs where they would have to get past the Kansas City Chiefs and current Super Bowl Champs New England Patriots. But one Las Vegas betting source is putting their money where their mouth is regarding the Browns; and stating not only will Cleveland not win the Super Bowl, but the club won’t even take their own division. The site is the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Recently, they announced their odds for every NFL team to make the postseason, and also their odds on which clubs will miss the playoffs entirely. And involved in the latter, they have inserted the Browns. Everyone knows that the folks at each Vegas betting site have done their due diligence when it comes to accepting bets on anything and everything. They are not in the habit of paying out large sums of cash and are certainly not accustomed to losing. And they predict the Browns are a sure bet to miss the playoffs. Which has to be shocking. Cleveland went 7-8-1 last season and has made numerous radical upgrades to the roster since then. They still have Pro Bowl CB Denzel Ward and the running backs are going to be second to none with Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson and eventually Kareem Hunt. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook states that the AFC North will become one of the league’s toughest divisions to not only play in, but to win. Some folks seemingly have written the Pittsburgh Steelers off since they have lost many of their best players. The Baltimore Ravens captured the division last year, but have also lost many key players especially on the defense. And the Cincinnati Bengals can only get better with new head coach Zac Taylor. As far as their odds, they have placed the Browns as a 52.38 chance of not advancing to the playoffs. Cleveland has not made the postseason since 2002.However, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is just one site and has its own odds attached to each club. But at footballlocks.com Shon Coleman Jersey Stitched
, the top odds are the Patriots and Chiefs at 8-1, Rams at 10-1, Saints and Bears 15-1, followed by the Colts and Packers at 18-1, then the Chargers/Vikings/Eagles/Steelers at 20-1, Cowboys 25-1, and finally the 30-1 odds which include the Browns, Falcons, and Ravens. This places Pittsburgh as the division winner. Other Las Vegas sites tell a very different story. OddsShark.com has the Browns listed sixth as Super Bowl contenders; the Steelers are 13th, Ravens rank 17th while the Bengals nearly touch the bottom at 30th. At VegasInsider.com, they predict the odds of the Super Bowl winner as such: Patriots 6-1, Chiefs and Rams 8-1, Saints 11-1, and then the Browns at 12-1. The Steelers are listed at 30-1, Ravens 40-1 while Cincinnati is 150-1.Make no mistake about it: the AFC Championship will either run through Foxborough, Massachusetts or Kansas City, Missouri as the Chiefs and Patriots will once again have dominant teams in 2019.But this year Youth Nate Orchard Jersey
, so should the Browns. BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Other than trying to save a coach’s job, secure the No. 1 overall draft pick or simply survive, the Browns haven’t played many meaningful games in December or January.Sunday is an exception.With a chance to further legitimize themselves as no longer being the “same ‘ol Browns,” and with their playoff pulse accelerating, the Browns go on the road to play the Houston Texans, who have won eight straight games and have perhaps the NFL’s best defensive front seven.It’s a daunting challenge for the Browns (4-6-1), but they feel up to it.With back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014, Cleveland’s players are brimming with confidence. They’re following brash rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield’s lead and believe they can not only play with any team, but they can beat any team.Wide receiver Jarvis Landry isn’t quite ready to say the Browns have arrived. But after so many miserable seasons, they’re headed in the right direction.“Listen, we’re on our way,” Landry said in a lively locker room earlier this week. “We’re still not there. We’re on our way. We’ve put complete games together, these last two have definitely been complete. But I believe that you never really, truly arrive. You’re always trying to look for ways to get better. You’re always trying to find things individually, as a team, as an offense to get better. But I’ll say we’re on our way. We’re definitely on our way.”The Browns avoided infamy last week by snapping their 25-game road losing streak with a resounding 35-20 win at Cincinnati Nate Orchard Jersey Stitched
, a victory punctuated by Mayfield’s chilly handshake with former coach Hue Jackson afterward.The Mayfield-Jackson affair created some big headlines and debate, and also overshadowed the bigger story surrounding the Browns, who haven’t been to the postseason since 2002.With a win on Sunday, Cleveland, which went 0-16 last season and went 1-31 under Jackson, would move deeper intothe AFC playoff picture, though still behind several teams.Imagine that.The fact the Browns are even playing a significant game in December is an accomplishment, and they’d like to be in a few more.“If we want to have any postseason dreams, we got to keep this little streak going,” defensive end Myles Garrett said.Cleveland hasn’t fared well in late-season games, going 2-21 since 2013 in December and January, and 9-38 over the past 10 seasons. But those are past Browns teams, not this one, and after ending several losing streaks this season, Landry said he and his teammates understand what’s in front of them.“This game,” said Landry, one of the few current Browns who has been to the playoffs — with Miami in 2016. “Win this game. That’s the next step for us.”If they’re to be taken seriously Desmond Harrison Jersey Stitched
, and if they intend to become consistent winners, the Browns must beat a quality team and the Texans certainly qualify. Houston is clicking following on 0-3 start. Quarterback Deshaun Watson looks fully recovered following knee surgery that ended his rookie season, and star defensive end J.J. Watt is healthy and terrorizing quarterbacks.“We don’t care about what they’re doing,” Landry said. “Obviously, we understand that they’re on an eight-game winning streak. But for us, we know it’s going to come down to us executing and doing the things that we do to put us in place to win the game. We’re not really worried about what they’re going to do. Obviously, we understand that they are a good football team, a great football team and we have to play our best game.”If they can pull off the upset, the playoff talk in Cleveland might be heard from coast to coast. Mayfield, who has thrown seven TD passes and just 10 incompletions in his past two games, knows better than to look too far ahead.“It is always great to have a big picture mindset, but for us right now, we have to take it one week at a time,” he said. “If we do not take care of business, then it does not really matter. We have to win and focus each week for everything else to fall into place.”NOTES: S Damarious Randall was added to the injury report with a hamstring issue and his questionable for Sunday. Interim coach Gregg Williams doesn’t think Randall will miss the game.