Cleveland Browns Super Bowl 50 Odds AnalysisWhile the Cleveland Browns (7-9 SU, 9-5-2 ATS, 5-11 O/U) finally managed to win more than six games for the first time since winning 10 games back in 2007, they also had more than their fair share of drama in collapsing down the stretch and will enter the 2015 regular season with some more ‘drama’ to deal with thanks to their alleged front office texting scandal. The Browns undoubtedly want to take the next step toward getting back to being a respectable NFL franchise, but they’ve got a bunch of questions they need to answer, starting with their quarterback position. We’re going to examine Cleveland’s chances of cashing in on their Super Bowl 50 Futures Odds and give NFL gaming enthusiasts the insight they’ll need in order to make betting on Browns games next season a profitable venture.
2014 Season in Review
The GoodFor a team that still has plenty of work to do in order to compete with their powerful AFC North division rivals, the Browns experienced success like they hadn’t known in over a decade. Cleveland finished eighth against the pass (224.5ypg) and has one of the better defensive backfields in the league with Pro Bowl corner Joe Haden and veteran safety Donte Whitner being among the best players in the league at their respective positions. Along the way to their first seven-win season since 2007, the Browns have managed to increase the overall talent level of their roster and now have a handful of players they expect to be foundation players in the coming seasons.
The BadWhile Cleveland took a few baby steps forward as a franchise in 2014, the Browns also had their share of ‘bad’ as well, both on the field and off. Cleveland got out of the gate nicely by winning seven of its first 11 games, but the Browns crashed back to reality in a big way by losing their final five regular season contests. Along the way, the Browns managed to post a series of mediocre statistics on both sides of the ball. Cleveland finished the 2014 regular season ranked 23rd in total offense, 20th in passing (217.1 ypg), 18th in rushing (107.5 ypg) and 27th in points scored. On the other side of the ball, the Browns ranked 23rd in total defense, though they somehow managed to rank ninth in points allowed (21.1 ppg).
The UglyCleveland’s run defense was as ugly as it gets, with the Browns finishing dead last by allowing a whopping 141.6 yards per game on the ground. However, that’s not the only ‘ugly’ news the Browns had last season. Cleveland began the 2014 season with more drama surrounding talented, but troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon facing more legal and league-related difficulty thanks to his off-field arrest for marijuana possession. The Browns got even more ‘ugly’ news heading into this offseason with Gordon now facing another season-long suspension and enigmatic quarterback Johnny Manziel heading off to treatment for alcohol-related issues. Cleveland also saw offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan bolt following the regular season, mostly because general manager Ray Farmer was texting quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains during games about strategy and personnel. Now, Farmer is facing some form of discipline from Commissioner Roger Goodell while quarterback Brian Hoyer may or may not return after getting a bit of the cold shoulder from Farmer and some other members of the Browns’ coaching staff. With Hoyer also set to become a free agent, the Browns are potentially looking at starting the 2015 season with a new signal-caller under center if Manziel proves he’s still not ready to start yet – or ever.
Let’s take a look at Cleveland’s offensive statistics from this past season.
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Here is a look at Cleveland’s team defensive statistics.
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Here is a look at the Browns’ team statistical leaders in 2014.