Browns' Super Bowl 2020 Odds Slashed After Beckham Trade
With post-Super Bowl odds of 20-1 for taking home the Lombardi Trophy next season, only four teams had better odds in the AFC (Chiefs, Patriots, Colts, and Chargers).
The expectation was the Browns were getting close to becoming real contenders in the conference and that the offseason should only help them improve.
But after the trade for the Giants All-Pro receiver, the Browns are inching closer to becoming one of the favorites in the AFC. According to 888Sport, the Browns' 2020 Super Bowl odds have moved from 20-1 to 14-1 since the announcement of the trade.
The four teams have better Super Bowl odds next season are the same four teams that made their respective championship games last season.
Are Browns Overpriced?
At initial glance, it would seem that the Browns are overvalued in the AFC. However, the more you look at the current AFC landscape, the easier it is to get behind the Browns, especially in the AFC North.
Pittsburgh has lost its best wide receiver in Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell. The Ravens defense has been purged this offseason, and they lost their two leading receivers in John Brown and Michael Crabtree.
And the Cincinnati Bengals have yet to make any significant moves to improve their roster.
On paper, the Browns have arguably the most talent in the AFC. Now, it’s up to first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens to get the most out of his new toys.
While it’s probably too early for NFL betting fans to truly consider the Browns’ Super Bowl contenders, Cleveland will be a competitive team, especially in the AFC North. The 14-1 Super Bowl odds are a little too optimistic, but it’s not hard to be enamored with this team’s potential.
Big Numbers for OBJ?
As for the 26-year old Beckham, he now lands in one of the most exciting, young offenses in the NFL. On 888sport, you can bet on Beckham's stats next season with the Browns. His receiving yardage total has been set at 1300.5 and his touchdowns at 10.
While both statistics are certainly possible for one of the best receivers in the NFL, the Browns have a lot of mouths to feed in that offense, including Beckham’s former teammate in college, Jarvis Landry.
However, Beckham has achieved those numbers in the past fairly easily, with only injuries holding him back as of late. He will be the clear-cut No.1 receiver and option in the passing offense and that should yield some pretty impressive stats for the former Giants receiver.
What Beckham Brings to the Browns
Part of the reason it's easy to be optimistic about Beckham moving forward is the significant upgrade at quarterback. Despite only being a rookie, Baker Mayfield threw for 27 touchdowns in just 13 starts. In comparison, Eli Manning hasn't thrown for 27 touchdowns or more since 2015, and he's had Beckham on his roster.
Together, Mayfield and Beckham should only help one another, thus making the Browns one of the most difficult offenses to stop in the NFL.
On the field, Beckham couldn’t be a more perfect match for quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is a highly-precise passer, who knows how to throw receivers open. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if the upgrade in quarterback was able to “unlock” more of Beckham’s game that we haven’t seen yet.
While there will be a learning curve for the two of them, Mayfield should be a fantastic fit with Beckham. As long as the star receiver can stay healthy, he should have no problem eclipsing 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. Consider taking the over on his stats for the 2019 season on 888sport.
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