The Cleveland Browns had a hugely disappointing season in 2019, finishing 6-10 after an offseason in which people were talking Super Bowl expectations. It was a mess right out of the gate, and they’ve spent this offseason trying to overhaul some weaknesses for 2020.
The Browns did some useful work, signing tight end Austin Hooper and tackle Jack Conklin, and drafting tackle Jedrick Wills two weeks ago. Is it enough to get them into playoff content? Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum thinks it might!
A year ago, the Canton, Ohio native proposed a $5,000 wager to Lou Williams that the Browns would finish over .500 in 2019. According to Williams, the wager was not placed in time, so there was no action. It was an honorable response when McCollum said he’d pay if they had confirmed the bet.
Now, McCollum is back for some real action. He has proposed a $10,000 bet on the same outcome: Browns finish at least .500. The two came to an agreement on Monday and the action is set.
Bet I was just making sure. You want to double the bet for this year ? .500 record . 10k https://t.co/3O4IWtu5Le— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) May 4, 2020
bet . I’ll meet you in Vegas when the season over ✊— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) May 5, 2020
DraftKings Sportsbook installed the Browns win total at 8 for this season. It’s notable that the over is juiced to -134, while the under is +110. For those new to sports betting, that means the over is the favored side in this wager (over: bet $134 to win $100; under: bet $100 to win $110).
The Browns did some critical work on the offensive side of the ball, rebuilding the edges of their offensive line and getting Baker Mayfield some more help. They made some changes to their 22nd ranked defense, but it might not have been enough to turn it into anything more than an average unit in 2020.
I suspect this will come down to whether or not Baker Mayfield rebounds from a down 2019 season. If he does, eight wins seems entirely reasonable. They don’t look like a Super Bowl contender, but they could be in the mix for a wild card berth. The AFC is top heavy, with the Ravens and Chiefs the top two teams, and then a whole lot of questions after that. But for purposes of this wager, McCollum has a decent shot at winning $10,000.
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