After an 8-9 season, the Cleveland Browns shook things up by trading for Deshaun Watson. The move instantly vaulted the club up the ranks of Super Bowl contenders, but there remains a lot of uncertainty about the status of the QB as we get set for the new season.
The Browns are in the top 10 for Super Bowl futures odds, but that could change in an instant if Watson winds up missing time. In Week 1, Cleveland opens on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Here’s a closer look at the latest Browns odds and lines.
Cleveland Browns odds: Spread, moneyline and over/under
Week 1 odds: Oddsmakers waiting on Watson status for Browns vs. Panthers
NFL Week 1 odds are available at legal online sportsbooks, with the exception of this contest. Sportsbooks are still waiting to see what happens with Deshaun Watson before releasing the numbers.
Last year, Cleveland finished up at 8-9 and missed the playoffs, while the Panthers had a challenging season that wrapped up at 5-12. Preseason expectations call for the Browns to be in the hunt this season, while Carolina could struggle again.
- Moneyline: If Watson is behind center for the Browns in Week 1, then they’ll likely be moneyline road favorites for this tilt. At full strength, Cleveland could contend for a playoff spot, while Carolina appears headed toward a battle for third place in the NFC South.
- Spread: Oddsmakers are waiting for more details on Watson before setting a spread. The Browns went 7-10 against the spread last year, while Carolina was 5-12.
- Over/Under: The current totals for Week 1 games range from a low of 41 to a high of 53 points, with the majority of games falling in the middle. This contest will likely be in the middle as well once the line is available. Cleveland averaged 20.5 points per game last year, while Carolina posted 17.9.
Cleveland Browns odds to win the Super Bowl
Last Updated: June 30
DraftKings Sportsbook provided its first glimpse at the Super Bowl lines this past January. At the time, the team was at +3000. The Browns Super Bowl odds have since jumped to +2000, which leaves it among the top 10 choices on the board.
If we assume that the current odds are a good indicator, then the Browns have a decent chance at a playoff spot. They could be in the mix of Super Bowl contenders, but questions remain. The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the current futures market favorites to win the big game.
Cleveland Browns futures odds for 2022-23
Super Bowl dreams aren’t totally far-fetched for Browns backers, but the team would need quite a few things to break in its favor. Cleveland had an interesting offseason, and that could continue once play resumes. Here are the team’s odds for other futures bets:
Regular season win total
The Browns were an eight-win team last season. Based on the over/under, oddsmakers are seeing some improvement in the cards. Cleveland opens the season on the road at the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Odds to win the AFC North
BetMGM Sportsbook: +200
BetMGM views the AFC North race as wide open. The Browns share the same odds as the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, with all three clubs at +200. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the odd team out at the moment with odds of +850.
Odds to win the AFC
DraftKings Sportsbook: +1000
The Browns are currently fifth on the DraftKings odds board to win the AFC. The team’s actual chances could take a hit if Deshaun Watson misses any time due to suspension. The Bills are atop the board at +300, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs at +600.
Deshaun Watson NFL MVP odds
FanDuel Sportsbook: +2500
The offseason trade for Watson instantly improves the team, but there’s a big elephant in the room. Watson’s off-the-field legal issues are still lingering, and there remains a possibility that he could receive a suspension.
Season-long player prop odds
- Most passing yards: Deshaun Watson +1800
- Most rushing yards: Nick Chubb +800
- Most receiving yards: Amari Cooper +3500
The wild card is the status of Watson. He’s also coming back from a year on the bench, so immediately getting back to top form isn’t a guarantee. Chubb is a legitimate contender for a rushing title, while Cooper’s fortunes are tied to the QB.
Cleveland Browns schedule
|1||Sept. 11||at Carolina Panthers||1 p.m. ET||CLE -4||Browns (-190), Panthers (+160)||42.5 pts|
|2||Sept. 18||vs. New York Jets||1 p.m. ET|
|3||Sept. 22||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||8:15 p.m. ET|
|4||Oct. 2||at Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m. ET|
|5||Oct. 9||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||1 p.m. ET|
|6||Oct. 16||vs. New England Patriots||1 p.m. ET|
|7||Oct. 23||at Baltimore Ravens||1 p.m. ET|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Cincinnati Bengals||8:15 p.m. ET|
|10||Nov. 13||at Miami Dolphins||1 p.m. ET|
|11||Nov. 20||at Buffalo Bills||1 p.m. ET|
|12||Nov. 27||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m. ET|
|13||Dec. 4||at Houston Texans||1 p.m. ET|
|14||Dec. 11||at Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m. ET|
|15||Dec. 17 OR Dec. 18||vs. Baltimore Ravens||TBD|
|16||Dec. 25||vs. New Orleans Saints||1 p.m. ET|
|17||Jan. 1||at Washington Commanders||1 p.m. ET|
|18||Jan. 7 OR Jan. 8||at Pittsburgh Steelers||TBD|
Cleveland Browns news and notes
One of the biggest stories of the offseason was the trade for Deshaun Watson. The Browns had to give up a boatload of draft picks to the Houston Texans, but the end result was the acquisition of a franchise QB. The club also traded for Amari Cooper to further bolster the offense, but lost Austin Hooper and Jarvis Landry in free agency.
Baker Mayfield is still in town, but the club appears likely to officially move on before the season begins. At the 2022 NFL draft, the Browns were on the sidelines until round three, when they selected CB Martin Emerson, DE Alex Wright, and WR David Bell. On paper, Cleveland has improved as the new season approaches.
Cleveland Browns FAQ
Are the Browns a Super Bowl contender?
The Browns look likely to contend for a playoff spot this year, and could potentially contend for the Super Bowl. However, questions remain, most notably regarding the season-long status of Watson. Current Super Bowl futures odds at DraftKings have the Browns at 10th out of 32 NFL teams.
How did the Browns do against the spread last year?
The Browns were 7-10 against the spread last season. The club had a straight-up moneyline record of 8-9 and leaned toward the under at 7-10 on totals.
Whom did the Browns add and lose in the offseason?
The Browns traded for Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper, and they lost Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper in free agency. At the NFL draft, the team picked Martin Emerson, Alex Wright, and David Bell.
Is Deshaun Watson the Week 1 starter for the Browns?
Watson will be the Week 1 starter as long as he’s eligible to play. He’s still dealing with off-the-field legal issues, and a suspension isn’t out of the question. The team added Jacoby Brissett as a backup via free agency.