NFL Outlook: The Cleveland Browns are a Good Bet to Make the Playoffs at +100...Projected to Finish Ahead of Steelers

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

The Browns should meet regular season expectations but once the playoffs come around they could struggle. They are one of 3 teams with 20/1, 4.8% odds to win the Super Bowl. Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 2.6% chance is #11 in the league. In simulations, they win the AFC 5.2% of the time and are not a good value at 8/1, 11.1%. The Browns are averaging 9.1 wins per sim which is essentially the same as their futures line of 9 wins. At +100 the Browns are a good value to make the playoffs with a 53.8% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 13/10, 43.5%. They win the division in 34.7% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #6 in the AFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Their 7-8-1 record last season was way ahead of what was expected of them. Their game-by-game odds gave them a projected record of 6.5-9.5. They were very good against the spread going 10-6 for (+340 profit). More of their games came in under (8) than went over (7). They are heavy favorites in their upcoming game vs the Tennessee Titans. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

OPPONENTSIM%H2H WLH2H ATSH2H OU
9/8 TEN66%0-00-00-0
9/16 NYJ59%1-01-00-1
9/22 LAR45%0-00-00-0
9/29 BAL41%1-12-01-1
10/7 SF48%0-00-00-0

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are a below average scoring team based on points per game, despite having a much better yards per play rank. They are a below average scoring defense based on points per game and below average in yards per play allowed.

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

SITUATIONPTS/GTD/PLAYYPPPASSYDYPARUSHYDYPCTO/GAME
Past 16 Games22.4 (#20)4.5% (#13)6.2 (#13)266 (#13)7.4 (#15)118 (#14)4.6 (#11)1.5 (#22)
On the Road23.8 (#11)5.1% (#3)6.3 (#15)269 (#11)7.6 (#10)99 (#22)4.2 (#20)2.0 (#28)
At Home21.1 (#25)3.9% (#19)6.2 (#9)263 (#15)7.2 (#19)138 (#5)4.9 (#4)1.0 (#8)
Last 4 Games23.2 (#11)4.9% (#5)7.1 (#4)287 (#6)8.6 (#1)112 (#14)4.9 (#7)1.8 (#25)

TEAM DEFENSE:

SITUATIONPTS/GTD/PLAYYPPPASSYDYPARUSHYDYPCTO/GAME
Past 16 Games24.5 (#21)3.8% (#12)6.0 (#30)273 (#25)7.0 (#8)135 (#28)4.7 (#24)1.9 (#2)
Road Games27.0 (#24)3.5% (#5)5.9 (#30)277 (#26)6.7 (#5)141 (#28)4.7 (#24)1.9 (#2)
Home Games22.0 (#19)4.1% (#20)6.2 (#28)269 (#25)7.3 (#16)130 (#25)4.8 (#23)2.0 (#5)
Last 4 Games20.0 (#11)2.8% (#6)5.6 (#16)217 (#11)6.5 (#6)132 (#22)4.5 (#21)1.0 (#21)

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Baker Mayfield who is projected to be the #10 QB the rest of the season. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

PLAYEROWN%RANKBETTER OPTIONBETTER THAN
Baker Mayfield8610Ben RoethlisbergerCarson Wentz
Odell Beckham945Julio JonesJuJu Smith-Schuster
Nick Chubb998Joe MixonDavid Johnson
Jarvis Landry9625Robby AndersonDJ Moore
Joe Schobert2818Fred WarnerEric Kendricks
Greg Joseph317Giorgio TavecchioGraham Gano
Chris Kirksey1536Preston BrownKyle Van Noy
Antonio Callaway1763DeVante ParkerKeke Coutee
David Njoku779Hunter HenryMark Andrews
Cleveland Defense4117Pittsburgh DefenseBaltimore Defense