The Cleveland Browns are not getting the same treatment as they were heading into 2019. Last year the Browns added Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt to the offense, plus Baker Mayfield was getting ready for year two with a lot of belief from fans. In the end, the hype was overblown.
Browns Playoff Odds 2020
Now, after arguably a much better offseason than last year, the Browns expectations are lower than expected. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Cleveland has +122 odds to make the NFL playoffs and -148 odds to miss the postseason. That yields an implied probability of just a 45 percent chance the Browns sneak into the playoffs.
Considering there is an extra NFL Wild Card spot this season, this is pretty disrespectful towards this Browns roster assembled by new general manager Andrew Berry and new head coach Kevin Stefanski.
The offensive line (a key problem last season) now has two long-term tackles to bookend the five-man front in Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. This offense has a gluttony of weapons with OBJ, Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt headlining the unit. The defense has a young core in place with Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, Larry Ogunjobi, Grant Delpit and more.
This roster has a ton of promise, no doubt about it. The question will be whether Stefanski can bring this locker room together. A task that 2019 head coach Freddie Kitchens failed to achieve.
If Stefanski can accomplish unity on and off the field, there is no telling how far this Browns team could go. Playoffs may be the goal but the division should not be out of the question.
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