Why Bet on the Cleveland Browns to Win the Super Bowl?

robert-griffin-brownsThe Cleveland Browns are expected to be terrible once again this year. In fact, we have them as finishing dead last in the AFC North with a 4-12 record.

But apparently people are betting on the Browns to win the 2016 Super Bowl. In fact, ESPN reports that several Las Vegas sportsbooks have received serious action on Cleveland Browns futures.

The MGM Grand reports almost 1,000 people wagering on the Browns to win the Lombardi Trophy, Caesars Palace has taken nearly 750 bets, and CG Technology is nearing 500 Browns bettors. One bettor with CG has even placed a $1,000 bet at 175-1 odds, and another $1k wager on 200-1 odds.

So what’s the reasoning behind this madness?

“City of champions, right?” jokes Jeff Stoneback, the assistant manager at MGM. “We’ve had the Cavs; the Indians are good. Why not the Browns?”

cleveland-browns-super-bowl-betJokes are part of the reason why bettors are laying down small wagers on the Browns to win. This is the case with Chris Hovan, a maintenance worker from Ohio who bet on Cleveland during a Vegas trip with friends.

“It was made strictly as a joke,” says Hovan. “I just wanted to place the ticket on the wall of my bar in the basement. I’ve been a season-ticket holder for 14 years, and I know that the Browns are going to be horrible again this year.”

Many Vegas sportsbooks have the Cleveland Browns with the worst odds of winning the 2016 Super Bowl. So it’s easy to see where the joke comes into play.

But the potential payoff is no joke for anybody who would win this Browns futures bet. At 200-1 odds of winning the Super Bowl, a simple $10 bet on Cleveland would yield a $2,000 profit.

This seems more like a pipe dream, though, given how bad the Browns have been ever since re-launching their franchise in 1999. They’ve only had two winning seasons from then until now, and haven’t produced a winning campaign since 2007.

Last year, Cleveland was just 3-13 and finished tied with the Tennessee Titans for the worst-overall record in the league.

Can Cleveland turn it around this season?

There are some new faces in Cleveland, but we don’t know if it will result in a greatly improved record.

Robert Griffin III is looking for redemption with the Browns after flaming out in Washington. The team also brought in former Ohio St. quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who’ll be starting at one of the receiver spots.

Corey Coleman will man the other receiver spot until Josh Gordon gets done serving a 4-game suspension.

But if the Browns are going to do anything this year, their defense will have to get better after giving up 27 PPG in 2015. The squad also ranked last in point differential (-9.6).

All-Pro cornerback Joe Haden will lead this defensive unit, which has a lot of holes and unproven players in other areas. Assuming the defense can exceed expectations, then maybe the Browns won’t be so bad.

But the more-likely scenario is that this will be another wasted season for the Cleveland Browns while they continue trying to get young players who’ll make their team better. And if Griffin doesn’t pan out at quarterback, you can bet that the Browns will be looking to find a talented young QB in the 2017 NFL Draft.

 

2016 NFL Prop Bets – Analysis and Tips

The 2016 NFL regular season is drawing closer, which means that prop bet lines have been released. You can now place bets on everything from who’ll win the MVP award to who’ll rush for the most yardage.

If you’re interested in making any prop bets this year, keep reading to see some of the different NFL props offered at GTBets.eu along with advice on each one.

NFL MVP Odds to Win

Aaron Rodgers  +350
Adrian Peterson +4000
Andrew Luck +1200
Andy Dalton +5000
Ben Roethlisberger +450
Cam Newton +650
Carson Palmer +1400
Derek Carr +4000
Drew Brees +2500
Eli Manning +2000
JJ Watt +5000
Le’Veon Bell +2500
Marcus Mariota +5000
Matt Ryan +5000
Phillip Rivers +5000
Russell Wilson +650
Tom Brady +800
Tony Romo +4000

Our Favorite to Win MVP – Russell Wilson: for the first time in three years, the Seahawks failed to make the Super Bowl. But Wilson had his best season, passing for 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 8 interceptions. If he repeats this kind of production and Seattle bounces back, then Wilson could win the MVP.

Most Passing Yards Odds

philip-riversAaron Rodgers +1200
Andrew Luck +1000
Ben Roethlisberger +550
Blake Bortles +2500
Carson Palmer +1200
Derek Carr +3000
Drew Brees +450
Eli Manning +1100
Field (all others) +300
Joe Flacco +3000
Kirk Cousins +2500
Matt Ryan +900
Matthew Stafford +2500
Phillip Rivers +800
Russell Wilson +5000
Ryan Tannehill +4000

Our Favorite to Pass for the Most Yards – Philip Rivers: Last year, Drew Brees edged out Rivers by just 8 yards for the passing yardage title. But Brees has less weapons this year, while Rivers gets his favorite target Keenan Allen back. Expect Rivers to eclipse his total of 4,792 passing yards last season and lead the league.

Most Rushing Yards Odds

ezekiel-elliott-cowboysAdrian Peterson +390
Arian Foster +3500
CJ Anderson +3000
Carlos Hyde +3000
David Johnson +1600
DeMarco Murray +4500
Devonta Freeman +3000
Doug Martin +1100
Eddie Lacy +2200
Ezekiel Elliott +900
Field (all others) +425
Jamaal Charles +1600
Jeremy Hill +5000
Jonathan Stewart +4500
Lamar Miller +1000
Latavius Murray +4000
LeSean McCoy +1500
LeVeon Bell +2000
Mark Ingram +4000
Thomas Rawls +1800
Todd Gurley +500

Our Favorite to Rush for the Most Yards – Ezekiel Elliot: Adrian Peterson defied logic by leading the league with 1,482 rushing yards last year at age 30. But with six 300+ touch seasons in the last nine years, Peterson has to level off at some point. Contrast this to Ezekiel Elliot, who’s a rookie set to get lots of touches behind an elite offensive line.

Most Receiving Yards Odds

julio-jones-falconsAJ Green +1500
Allen Robinson +2000
Alshon Jeffery +3000
Amari Cooper +2800
Antonio Brown +400
Brandin Cooks +3000
Brandon Marshall +3500
DeAndre Hopkins +1200
Demaryius Thomas +4000
Dez Bryant +2500
Field (all others) +220
Golden Tate +5000
Jarvis Landry +5000
Jordy Nelson +1800
Julio Jones +450
Keenan Allen +3000
Kelvin Benjamin +5000
Mike Evans +3000
Odell Beckham +750
Sammy Watkins +3500
TY Hilton +3000

Our Favorite to Get the Most Receiving Yards – Antonio Brown: Last year Julio Jones (1,871 yards) and Antonio Brown (1,834 yards) were neck and neck for the most receiving yards, while nobody else was even close. Little should change, with both of these players battling for the most receiving yards again. The only difference is that this time around, Brown won’t have to contend for targets with Martavis Bryant, who’s suspended for the entire year.

Odds to Win 2016 Super Bowl

Tom BradyArizona +1100
Atlanta +4500
Baltimore +3000
Buffalo +6000
Carolina +900
Chicago +6500
Cincinnati +1400
Cleveland +20000
Dallas +3500
Denver +1400
Detroit +7000
Green Bay +800
Houston +3000
Indianapolis +2500
Jacksonville +4500
Kansas City +2000
Los Angeles +7500
Miami +5000
Minnesota +2000
New England +650
New Orleans +5000
New York Giants +3000
New York Jets +5000
Oakland +3500
Philadelphia +6000
Pittsburgh +900
San Diego +5000
San Francisco +10000
Seattle +650
Tampa Bay +7000
Tennessee +7000
Washington +4000

Our Favorite to Win 2016 Super Bowl – New England Patriots: Tom Bray may be suspended for the first four games of the season, but the Patriots have a good enough team to split those first four contests. Once New England gets Brady back, they should have no trouble making a deep postseason run. Last year they got stopped by the eventual champion Broncos, but this season we don’t see any other team that can match the Patriots.