The 2022 campaign proved to be a challenging one for the Cleveland Browns.
On the field, Cleveland never really found its rhythm, winning back-to-back games once on its way to a 7-10 record.
Off the field, the Browns dealt with the fallout of trading for Deshaun Watson, who was suspended 11 games and fined $5 million for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
From a Cleveland perspective, the hope for 2023 is to start fresh, with Watson having a full offseason to find the level of play that made him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
Let’s examine the latest Browns betting odds for the 2023 season.
Browns Futures Betting Odds
Note: These NFL odds are current as of Wednesday, June 7, and provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Win Super Bowl: +4000
- Win AFC Championship: +2200
- Win AFC North: +425
- Make Playoffs: Yes (+115) / No (-140)
- Regular-Season Win Total: Over 9.5 (+130) / Under 9.5 (-150)
Browns Super Bowl 58 Odds
Browns: Win Super Bowl (+4000)
The Browns (+4000) occupy the middle of the pack in the NFL’s preseason Super Bowl odds.
After winning just seven games in 2022, Cleveland will have to improve significantly to become a Super Bowl contender. However, the dark-horse potential to do so is there.
Watson played nowhere near his peak after taking over the starting QB role from Jacoby Brissett, and the Browns added to his pass-catching arsenal this offseason.
This offense will still run through Nick Chubb, but the additions of Elijah Moore, Marquise Goodwin, and rookie Cedric Tillman will go a long way to complement Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones in the passing game.
If they all get on the same page by September, this unit could be much more productive. However, a first Super Bowl title is too big of an ask.
Browns AFC Championship Odds
Browns: Win AFC Championship (+2200)
The Browns have just one playoff win this century, so history says their odds of winning the AFC aren’t particularly great.
That isn’t stopping management from trying, though, as Cleveland has bolstered its roster on both sides of the ball this offseason with the hope of making a playoff run.
Signing DT Dalvin Tomlinson and trading for Za’Darius Smith helped beef up the Browns’ front four, which lacked playmakers outside of perennial Defensive Player of the Year contender Myles Garrett.
Still, the AFC is as loaded as ever, with Cleveland facing stiff competition from more-established teams like Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Buffalo, as well as upstarts in Baltimore, New York, and Miami.
Browns AFC North Winner Odds
Browns: Win AFC North (+425)
Cleveland (+425) sits third in the AFC North odds, a spot the franchise has occupied at the end of four of the last five seasons.
To overcome those odds and compete with the two-time defending division champion Bengals, Kevin Stefanski’s squad will have to improve on both sides of the ball and find a level of consistency that evaded it in 2022.
It’s unlikely the Browns will overcome both Cincinnati and Baltimore, but it’s not impossible.
Browns Make Playoffs Odds
Browns: Make Playoffs (+115)
Oddsmakers expect Cleveland to miss the playoffs (-140) this season, but if you want to take a swing at the potential of this roster, wagering on their NFL playoff odds is the best market to do so.
In the three-wild-card team era, a nine-win team has made the AFC postseason field two of three years.
The Browns have a challenging schedule, with three divisional games over the first four weeks. If they emerge from that stretch 2-2 or better, they’ll have a chance to win 9 or 10 games and make a case for a postseason return.
Browns Regular-Season Win Total Odds
Browns: Over 9.5 Wins (+130)
The Browns’ win total is set at 9.5 games, with the odds favoring the Under (-150) after eight- and seven-win campaigns.
However, Stefanski went 11-5 in his first season in Cleveland, leading the team to its first playoff victory since 1994. That was with Baker Mayfield under center.
With Watson at the helm, Cleveland’s ceiling is much higher. If he elevates his play after a full offseason and the defense improves, the Browns can win 10 games.