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Betting Markets Go Crazy For Cleveland Browns Following Beckham Jr. Trade

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Credit: Sporting News

Remember last year when the Cleveland Browns were the “it” team in the betting markets? Seemingly every week, money would flow in on the once downtrodden organization and more often than not, bettors were rewarded. Cleveland finished 7-8-1 straight up and 10-6 against the spread; one of only three teams to cover 10 or more games. That excitement bettors had for the Browns? It’s been about to be turned up to 11. Yesterday, Cleveland went out and grabbed Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade that has pretty much everyone saying, “WTF!?!” The New York Giants, who recently said Beckham Jr. was all but untouchable, sent him to Cleveland for a first- and third-round pick in 2019 along with safety Jabrill Peppers. Coupled with Baker Mayfield and former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry, the Browns’ offense now looks like a top five unit.

As expected, the trade caused a pretty big ripple in the betting markets. A week ago, Las Vegas’ Westgate Superbook had the Browns 25-1 to win the Super Bowl and 10-1 to win the AFC Championship. Those odds have now been dropped to 14-1 and 7-1, respectively. The Giants meanwhile fell from 40-1 and 20-1 to 80-1 and 40-1. And once posted, it’s very possible we’ll see the Browns favored to win the AFC North. Baltimore (10-6) will be facing a first place schedule and the league will have ample time to adjust to Lamar Jackson. And Pittsburgh just lost both Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. It also wouldn’t shock us to see Cleveland’s season over/under win total lined at 9.5 and possibly even 10.