AFC NORTH DIVISION WINNERS: +1000 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +3000 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +7500 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 5 (Westgate)
Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh (+7) Week 9 vs. Kansas City (+3)
Week 2 @ New Orleans (+10) Week 10 vs. Atlanta (+3)
Week 3 vs. New York (Jets) (-2.5) Week 11 BYE WEEK
Week 4 @ Oakland (+7.5) Week 12 @ Cincinnati (+5)
Week 5 vs. Baltimore (+2.5) Week 13 @ Houston (+10)
Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (Chargers) (+4) Week 14 vs. Carolina (+2.5)
Week 7 @ Tampa Bay ( +5.5) Week 15 @ Denver (+5.5)
Week 8 @ Pittsburgh (+10.5) Week 16 vs. Bengals (-1)
Week 17 @ Baltimore (N/A)
Tough tests in the Chargers, Saints, Falcons, Panthers, and Chiefs, not to mention a much improved North division.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Tyrod Taylor, QB Drew Stanton, RB Carlos Hyde, WR Jarvis Landry, T Chris Hubbard, LB Mychal Kendricks, CB T.J. Carrie, FS Damarious Randall, CB E.J. Gaines, and P Justin Vogel
Subtractions – QB DeShone Kizer, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Sammie Coates, G Marcus Martin, and C B.W. Webb
Draft – Qb Baker Mayfield, CB Denzel Ward, OL Austin Corbett, RB Nick Chubb, DE Chad Thomas, WR Antonio Callaway, LB Genard Avery, WR Damion Ratley, and CB Simeon Thomas
Tyrod Taylor comes in after leading the Bills to the playoffs last season. He is a tough player to game-plan against. First pick overall Baker Mayfield will push him throughout the season. This should drastically help solidify this position, which has been one of the most carousel positions in the NFL.
New lead back Carlos Hyde has been steady the last two years in San Francisco amassing 900+ yards and 6 touchdowns in both seasons. Duke Johnson Jr. is one of the more elusive backs in the passing game managing almost 700 yards. Nick Chubb gives both a rotational player to lean on as well.
Jarvis Landry was the leading wideout in total total receptions last year. He and Josh Gordon should give Tyrod one of the better wideout pairings in the league. Draftee Callaway has the ability to be a top flight guy once he gets personal life in check. David Njoku will be back for his sophomore year after having a breakout year in his rookie campaign.
The three horses in the middle, Kevin Zeitler, JC Tretter and Joel Bitonio are three of the best up the gut. While rookie Corbett should man the left tackle spot. Chris Hubbard cam from Pittsburgh where he had a nice showing. This is overall one of the better units in football.
Myles Garrett is projected by many as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Ogbah and Carl Nassib will need to become more consistent pass rushers to help relieve Garrett’s double teams. Ogunjobi and Coley should man the tackle spots but are still not the best options.
The linebacking core has a ton of leadership, with Christian Kirksey and Kendricks this unit should be one of the better parts of the Browns D. Joe Schobert and James Burgess are some of the better players at their respected positions and Jamie COllins gives a strong veteran presence.
Rookie Ward hopefully can take the steps that his former college teammates have in the NFL. Jabrill Peppers, Damarious Randall and T.J. Carrie, will likely be better based on the play of ward. Once returning E.J. Gaines is healthy, he should help add depth.
Zane Gonzalez will be this years kicker and is far from being proficient. Antonio Callaway and Matt Dayes should man the return spots.
The Browns wont end 0-16 again. The roster is much improved and there is leadership throughout. The offense will improve drastically with Todd Haley and a steady QB. This team team still has a ton of hole but it could shock some teams if they take a week off.
Hard Knocks has given this team too much hype similar to the Buccaneers last year. They will be better than last year but 5 games better is a bit of a stretch. Hue Jackson will most likely be fired this season in favor of Todd Haley. In there 16 listed soft lines, they are favored in two, that doesn’t bode well for any team.
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