Browns are terrible against the spread, too

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The Browns are, for the second year in a row, the worst team in the NFL. But they’re also, for the second year in a row, the worst team in the NFL to bet on.

The Browns are an NFL-worst 2-8 against the spread this year. They were also an NFL-worst 3-12-1 against the spread last year. As bad as the Browns are, they’re consistently even worse than the oddsmakers think they’ll be. No matter how high the point spread, the Browns find a way to under-perform it.

That happened on Sunday against the Jaguars, who were favored by 7.5 points. Cleveland was down just 10-7 midway through the fourth quarter, and the Browns +7.5 was looking like a pretty good bet. But DeShone Kizer had three turnovers in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars got nine points off those three turnovers, and Jacksonville ended up covering the point spread with a 19-7 win.

Bad teams aren’t always bad against the spread. The 49ers have this year’s second-worst record at 1-9, but they’re 5-5 against the spread. The 0-16 Lions of 2008 went 7-9 against the spread. Bad teams aren’t always bad bets, but the Browns are just a special kind of bad.

28 responses to “Browns are terrible against the spread, too

  1. It has been said countless times, but I sincerely feel terrible for Browns fans. At the very least, you deserve a competitive football team. 1 and 26, is it? Ugh….

  2. Just means that there are a lot of degenerate gamblers in Vegas that bet the Browns with their heart instead of their heads. Browns fans are so loyal, they won’t even put Steelers players on their Fantasy roster and have at least 2 Browns players on their team no matter how bad they are. Browns fans needs a big statue built that salutes the fan not a player statue. We at least deserve that.

  3. Last year it fell to the out of the running Chargers to do the right thing and give the Browns a late season win. This year the Bears will probably have to do it as a Christmas gift on Dec. 24. But eventually the league will have to grapple with the fact it apparently does have the power to oust an owner for the good of the league but has let the Browns molder in this semi-indicted twilight for years.

  4. But being 62 million under the cap they are going to sign all kinds of free agents ………….hehehehe. Even numbered year coming up so it’s time to change the GM and coach again because that has worked so well.

  5. The Browns are, for the second year in a row, the worst team in the NFL. But they’re also, for the second year in a row, the worst team in the NFL to bet on.
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    I honestly would have guessed they’ve been the worst team for more than 1.5 years in a row. My guess would have been 3 or 4

  6. Maybe they need to recalibrate their Baseball Analytics machine? By the way, has anybody actually seen the “Analytics machine?” If so, where do they keep it? Is it behind a big curtain at the home office? In the owners box? At a random Flying J truck stop?

  7. That’s what happens when the coach plays the worst QB in the league that is a turn over machine. The front office isn’t the blame here. If Hue Jackson (the QB whisper) would have wanted Wentz, the front office would have gotten him. But nope, Hue felt the earth move beneath his feet during a workout in shorts with RGlll. And as far as the Haslem’s being cheap, that’s not what’s going on. Most of the players on the team are first or second year players, with another 9-10 rookies being drafted next season. So in a couple of years, the Browns will need every penny of that cap space, and probably more. Yes the Browns are bad, but if the front office could keep Hue out of the discussion over their Next QB, the Browns could turn it around really fast.

  8. It’s a truly crappy franchise. Named after a person which is absurd. And it just so happens that person’s last name is the worst color, which has blessed them with the god-awful worst uniforms. They don’t even have a logo. Even if the Browns were the greatest show on turf, not sure they’d sell any merch outside of Ohio.

    This team should do a complete makeover, incorporate the Dog Pound roots, throw a dog paw print on the helmet, scrap the diarrhea brown color. Then they can gut the entire front office and work on the product that takes place on the field.

  9. Are the Browns even trying to straighten the ship? Or is the management more interested in having a team to bet against via Vegas as a way to make money?

  10. The Cleveland Browns are the perfect example of why rebuilding/tanking just simply doesn’t work in the NFL. It doesn’t matter that they always have high draft picks and a large surplus of picks. If the young players don’t have veterans to compete with, and if the team doesn’t have a “win-now” mentality, then the rookies never improve. How many of their 1st-round draft picks from 2011-2015 are still on the team? The GM must always piece together the best team possible and the coach needs to make sure they know it’s “win-now.”

  11. Hate to explain this to you but this is a problem with the spread, not the team. And last I checked the NFL doesn’t condone gambling. That’s why there’s no injury report.

    Oh wait.

  12. coltzfan166 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm
    The Cleveland Browns are the perfect example of why rebuilding/tanking just simply doesn’t work in the NFL. It doesn’t matter that they always have high draft picks and a large surplus of picks. If the young players don’t have veterans to compete with, and if the team doesn’t have a “win-now” mentality, then the rookies never improve. How many of their 1st-round draft picks from 2011-2015 are still on the team? The GM must always piece together the best team possible and the coach needs to make sure they know it’s “win-now.”

    Couldn’t disagree more. 1) No one is “tanking”. That is a PFT brain trust troll that doesn’t match what players and front offices competing for jobs and paydays actually do on the field. 2) There are successful rebuilds out there, teams that have gone from worst to first over the entire history of the league. The question is whether or not the way people choose to do it works. The Browns need a football person in this mix. If they had one I think they would be more competitive.

    I do agree however that going 100% youth isn’t the right way to rebuild. I don’t believe you need a win now mentality but you do need people on the roster who actually do know how to win in the NFL.

  13. The current Browns team would be a .500 Arena league team and probably would be a sub .500 team in the CFL. Hell, I think Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Auburn would give them a game.

  14. That defense is legit.

    I know this is a thread where we are all supposed to laugh at Cleveland .. but their defense is a solid unit. Get them paired up with a good running game on the other side of the ball and you’ve got yourself a 6 to 9 win ball club.

  15. You do not win in the NFL with just defense and running. A QB is needed to be at least NFL average to win 9 games. This isn’t the Big 14 or however many teams are there currently.

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