After going an impressive 7-8-1 in the first year of the Baker Mayfield and the last year of the Hue Jackson era, the Cleveland Browns are hoping to reach even greater heights in 2019 as former interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens gets set to make his NFL head coaching debut.
With a gifted young quarterback, two Pro Bowl-caliber starting wide receivers, a talented young running back and all sorts of talent on both sides of the ball, the browns should be one of the most interesting teams in the league this coming season if nothing else.
Whether Cleveland reaches the postseason like they believe they can or whether they struggle, there are a bunch of insightful things you need to know about the Browns as they get set for the 2019 NFL regular season. Let’s get started.
Cleveland Browns 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 7-8-1 (W-L) / 10-6-0 (ATS) /5-3-0 (Home) / 5-3-0 (Away) / 7-5-0 (Grass) / 3-1-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 7-8-1 (W-L) / 3-4-1 (Home) / 4-4-0 (Away) / 5-6-1 (Grass) / 2-2-0 (Turf) / 46.9 (Total)
Thanks to the arrival of talent rookie quarterback baker Mayfield and a couple of years of wise draft picks, Cleveland went 7-8-1 to win more than five games for just the second time since 2008. More importantly, the Browns went a stellar 10-6 against the spread while covering the chalk an identical five times at home and on the road. Cleveland went 7-8-1 against their O/U total odds a year ago while playing under the total four times at home and on the road.
- Total Yards: 368.8 / Rank 13
- Passing Yards: 250.4 / Rank 14
- Rushing Yards: 118.3 /Rank 14
- Points Scored: 22.4 / Rank 20
- Field Goal %: 76 / Rank 28
The Browns finished the 2018 season ranked in the middle of the pack across the board, though they finished an uninspiring 20t in scoring (22.4 ppg). To address their needs on the offensive side of the ball, Cleveland traded for former Giants Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and signed former Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris as well as veteran offensive linemen Kendall Lamm and Eric Kush in free agency.
- Total Yards: 393 / Rank 30
- Passing Yards: 257.8 / Rank 25
- Rushing Yards: 135.2 /Rank 28
- Points Allowed: 24.5 / Rank 21
- Field Goal %: 81.1 / Rank 10
Cleveland ranked a dismal 30th in total defense while finishing 25th against the pass, 28th against the run and 21st in points allowed (24.5 ppg). To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball, The Browns added veteran defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and former Buccaneers linebacker Adarius Taylor in free agency while drafting LSU cornerback Greedy Williams in the second round, BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki in the third round and Miami safety Sheldrick Redwine in the fourth round.
- Touchdowns: Nick Chubb (10)
- Rushing: Nick Chubb (996)
- Passing: Baker Mayfield (3725)
- Receiving: Jarvis Landry (976)
- Sacks: Myles Garrett (13.5)
- Interceptions: Damarious Randall (4)
Not only did the Browns hit a home run with Baker Mayfield, but they also found out they nabbed another future star in rookie running back Nick Chubb, who led the team in touchdowns scored and rushing yards. Mayfield had a stupendous rookie season by completing an impressive 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards with 27 touchdowns and 14 picks. Veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry led the team in receiving yards, while 2017 No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett led the team with 13.5 sacks and veteran safety Damarious Randall led the team in interceptions in his first season with the team after three years with Green Bay.
While I like the direction the Browns are heading in and love their young talent on both sides of the ball, I’m really thinking everyone is jumping the gun just a bit as far as expecting Cleveland to win the AFC North in 2019. In addition to their six difficult AFC North division matchups against Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, Cleveland also has some tough non-division contests against the Titans, Rams, Seahawks and Patriots. Eight or nine wins sounds about right to me and anything more than that will be a big ass bonus!