Browns Are Being Disrespected by 2020 NFL Season Win Total

Zach Brunner
Baker Mayfield led the Browns to six wins last season.
Baker Mayfield led the Browns to six wins last season. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns have made offseason moves to improve in areas of need. We have seen this before, though, after they were over-hyped last offseason, only to crash and burn once the year began.

Having doubts about them is natural, but the team's projected win total for the 2020 season is lower than you might expect for a roster with this much talent.

Cleveland Browns Win Total

The Browns' win total has been set at 8.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Interestingly, bettors can get a higher payout by wagering on the over (+116) rather than the under (-136), which suggests the betting markets think the line might be a little high.

Cleveland has seemingly done an excellent job addressing areas of need this offseason. The Browns went out and added another playmaker in Austin Hooper, and bolstered their offensive line by signing Jack Conklin.

In 2019, Baker Mayfield was given an average of 2.3 seconds in the pocket before it collapsed, putting the Browns in a five-way tie for the worst such mark in the league. Adding Conklin, who had the eighth-best pass block win rate among all tackles last season, should instantly help shore up that unit.

Adding Hooper gives Cleveland one of the best skill-position groups in the league, and replacing Freddie Kitchens with Kevin Stefanski could also prove to be a significant upgrade.

With an improved offensive line, a talented signal-caller in Mayfield and a loaded skill-position group, Cleveland's offense has the potential to be really dangerous next season. And with Myles Garrett returning from a lengthy suspension, the defense could take a step forward as well.

Even playing in the same division as the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland is far-more talented than its win total suggests.

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