Online NFL Betting Still Not Sure About Browns
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
What is stopping the 2017 online NFL betting season from commencing but a couple of weeks and several preseason NFL betting matchups? NFL sportsbook fans can certainly help the time pass by taking advantage of the appealing lines bookmakers have put together for the two weeks of preseason football that remain.
Finding the right odds is half the battle and one contest that is sure to deliver some interesting lines is this upcoming Saturday’s contest between the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Browns are undefeated thus far into the preseason, giving NFL sportsbooks a tough time figuring out the odds for this contest.
Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sat., August 26th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Cleveland Browns TBP
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TBP
Online NFL betting fans weren’t expecting much from the Browns in 2016 and exactly what they got. Cleveland finished the season with a 1-15 record, posting a losing record for the 8th year in a row and finishing last in the AFC North for the 6th consecutive season. Hue Jackson returns in his second season at the helm with the Browns. We’ll have to see if he can pull this team out of the dark waters they find themselves.
Jackson and the Browns’ organization won over their fans in this year’s draft by finally passing up on a 1st round quarterback. Since Cleveland has been essentially the worst team in the league for nearly a decade, the Browns have had plethora of early, first-round draft picks.
Usually, the Browns choose to go with the hottest quarterback in the draft class. Unfortunately, that hasn’t exactly worked out as Cleveland has had more different starting quarterbacks in the last couple of years than the rest of the NFL combined.
However, Cleveland broke from their perilous precedent this year by drafting defensive end Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. This is a relatively safe pick that should help bolster up the Browns’ defense. Needless to say, Cleveland finally has something to look forward to.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs ended up performing better in 2016 than most were expecting, even Tampa Bay fans. In Dirk Koetter’s first season as head coach, the Bucs managed to take a 6-10 team to a 9-7 team that came within inches of qualifying for the playoffs. Now, with a healthy dose of confidence, the Bucs are feeling good about their chances in 2017. Whether or not they have enough confidence to knock down the reigning NFC champions in the South is another story.
It’s interesting to see that NFL sportsbooks are having a tough time putting together the odds for this matchup. The Browns are undefeated through two postseason games, beating the New Orleans Saints 20-14 in Week 1 and the New York Giants 10-6 in Week 2. A win against Tampa Bay might legitimize the Browns. But then again, it’s only the preseason.