Do not adjust your screen: this is not typo, nor is the author hallucinating; the lowly 2-5 Browns have a legitimate shot at upsetting the team with the best record in the NFL betting odds action.
Yes, the same Browns that have been the laughing stock of the NFL for the past several seasons. The same Browns team that has had 3 different starting QBs in the first 6 weeks of the NFL season and now currently has a rookie penciled at starter. The same Browns team has been plain awful for most of the 2010 NFL season.
The New England Patriots have the best record in football (6-1) and the top rated offense in the league (29.3 points per game) and arguably the smartest coach in the NFL.
But even with all these factors stacked against the Browns there’s also plenty of reason to think they might be able to pull off the upset this weekend, or at least beat the sports betting point spread.
Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Patriots as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.
The Browns are currently in the midst of a 1-game win streak and in Cleveland that passes for momentum. The team is also playing at home in the famed Dawg Pound and the fans will no doubt be up for this game.
Cleveland has struggled offensively for most of the season but with rookie Colt McCoy in the starting lineup the team has gone 1-1 and averaged 20 ppg, which is no small feat considering the opponents have been the 5-2 Steelers and the 5-3 Saints. During that span McCoy has thrown for 355 yards and completed 65.3 % of his passes.
The Browns will also have their beat in the backfield, Peyton Hillis (4.4 yards per carry, 5 TD), healthy again. Hillis is the type of bulldozing running back that can destroy the Pats defense and the kind that has given them trouble up the middle in the past.
Throw into play the fact that Browns are also coming off a bye week with an extra week for the staff to prepare McCoy for Bill Belichick’s exotic defensive schemes and the playing field gets leveled even further.
These variables don’t guarantee an NFL gambling victory for the Browns, but if you’re looking to bet on an upset this week, this game might just be your best option.