Online football betting on the Cleveland Browns in 2008-09 is generating lots of interest after the Browns shocked the online football betting world by finishing last season with a stellar 10-6 overall record. Gamblers who bet on football on the Browns last year enjoyed tremendous success against the online football betting odds and will be awaiting similar success in 2008-09. However, the AFC North is very competitive so there is reason to be skeptical about the hype surrounding Cleveland this season.
Online football betting on the Browns was nothing short of amazing last year. When the season began there did not seem to be much reason to bet on football on the Browns, and the franchise already seemed desperate when they traded Charlie Fry and promoted Derek Anderson to starting quarterback after a painful Week 1 loss. The Browns had drafted Brady Quinn in the previous draft and many online football betting enthusiasts were anticipating that he would take the reins midway through the season. However, Anderson ended up having a Pro-Bowl year and nearly led the Browns into the postseason. Along with Jamal Lewis and Braylon Edwards, Anderson ended up leading one of the most capable offenses in the entire NFL. Suddenly, gamblers saw reasons to bet on football on the Browns and the over whenever they were playing. Those online football betting enthusiasts who did wager on the Browns and their overs were rewarded handsomely, as the squad finished the year with an amazing 12-4 record against the online football betting spreads and posted a 9-6-1 over/under record.
Fans in Cleveland are expecting the squad to reach the playoffs this season and notions of playing in the Super Bowl are even being entertained. However, some online football betting fans believe the Browns will struggle to repeat the success they enjoyed last season. The AFC North is one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL and the Browns must endure a particularly challenging schedule outside of their division as well. Furthermore, the Browns offense must deal with a contract dispute with Edwards and a knee injury that will keep receiver Joe Jurevicius sidelined until possibly late October. Additionally, even if the Browns can post a winning record, the online football betting community is now well aware of the team’s potential and this will be reflected in the online football betting odds. Therefore, if you bet on football with the Browns in 2008-09 you should not expect the same level of online football betting value that was enjoyed last season.