Superbowl 46 Betting Online – 2011 Browns Season Preview
When the betting public begins to pore over the projected win totals at the beginning of each season, Cleveland has a tendency to pop into the conversation as a team poised for a breakout year.
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NFL 2011 Team Preview and Odds- Cleveland Browns
Odds to win the AFC North +800
Odds to win the AFC +3000
Odds to win the Super Bowl +6000
The reality is, despite winning 10 games in 2007, the Browns have failed to win more than five games in four of the last five seasons.
This past offseason, team president Mike Holmgren decided to turn the reins over to Pat Shumar to lead this team back to respectability, but it will be a tall task to try and turn things around this season with the cast of players on the current roster.
Right now it appears that second-year quarterback Colt McCoy will be the starter when the Browns open their season at home against Cincinnati. As a rookie, he started eight games and threw for 1,576 yards and six touchdowns. McCoy showed some flashes of the talent that made him a superstar at Texas, but the jury is still out on whether or not he has what it takes to be a star in the NFL.
Fortunately, he will have the benefit of handing the ball off to RB Peyton Hillis, who had a breakout season in 2010 with 1,177 rushing yards and 11 TD’s on 270 carries. The Browns also resigned TE Evan Moore and added RB Brandon Jackson from Green Bay to add some depth to the running game.
The Browns made rebuilding the defense the No.1 priority in this year’s draft by selecting a pair of defensive linemen with their first two picks. Phil Taylor, out of Baylor was the 21st overall pick and Jabaal Sheard was added early in the second round. Cleveland has also been active since the start of free agency, by signing CB Usama Young from the Saints and DE Jayme Mitchell, who came to the Bowns last season through a trade with Minnesota, but was never activated by the team’s previous Head Coach Eric Mangini.
The only significant loss was CB Eric Wright, who signed with Detroit after spending his first four seasons in Cleveland.
This is the type of team that will once again tempt you to go ‘over’ its 6.5 projected win total, but do not fall into the trap.
Cleveland will once again pull off a couple of shocking upsets as it seems to do every year, but there are just too many holes remaining to radically improve upon its back-to-back five-win seasons.
2011 Prediction: 6-10 and third in the AFC North
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