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Cleveland Browns playoff odds and predicted total wins: NFL futures picks and best bets
26th May, 04:28Will the Cleveland Browns make the 2020 NFL playoffs? Below, we look at the BetMGM betting odds and make our pick. We also predict their exact win total for the upcoming season.
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Odds last updated Sunday, May 24 at 5:20 a.m. ET.
Will the Cleveland Browns make the 2020 NFL playoffs?
Yes: +125 | No: -150
The Browns entered the 2019 season with a lot of hype, but the winds were quickly lost from their sails with a 43-13 blowout loss at home in Week 1, and a very slow start in the first month. They'll look for improvement, but it's a rather tall order in a division with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, the team had a nice draft and made a few free agent moves to shore up some weak spots.
The +125 odds for the Browns to make the playoffs seem rather high, as Cleveland faces a difficult schedule, including a season opener at Baltimore. The best bet is NO (-150), and you don't have to eat much chalk to win. A $10 bet returns a profit of just $6.67.
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How many games will the Cleveland Browns win in 2020? Bands BAND ODDS 0-4 Wins +3000 5-8 Wins -120 9-12 Wins -105 13-16 Wins +4000
The Browns have the potential to get off to a rather quick start if they can handle their business at home. The first two home games at FirstEnergy Stadium are vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 and the Washington Redskins in Week 3. Unfortunately for the Browns, they also have two road games against the Ravens (Week 1) and Dallas Cowboys (Week 4), which will be rather daunting.
It's likely the Browns should be able to split the two games, although they've been known to blow games they're expected to win, too. After a so-so start, the wins will be fewer and farther between in the second half. They'll be squarely within the 5-8 WINS (-120) band.
A $10 bet would return a profit of $8.33.
How many games will the Cleveland Browns win in 2020? Exact number
Looking at the schedule, they face a tough road ahead in the AFC North against the Ravens, Bengals and Steelers. They did stun the Ravens in Baltimore last season, however. The Bengals and Steelers each figure to be improved, though, and that's not good news for the Brownies.
A split with the Bengals and Steelers, with a sweep at the hands of the Ravens is likely inside the division. A split of their eight home games is a reasonable expectation, with losses to playoff-hopeful teams like the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles in the back-end of the home slate. On the road, they might be able to scratch out two or three victories against the Bengals and perhaps the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. But anyone who is a fan of the brown and orange knows nothing is a slam-dunk certainty.
Here, the best bet is to pick the Browns to win SIX GAMES (+650), along with thumping the UNDER 8.5 WINS (-115) rather hard.
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