The Cleveland Browns finally snapped their 18-year playoff drought in 2020. Now, they are looking to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time since the Bernie Kosar, Marty Schottenheimer (minus 1989) era in the 80’s, where they went in five straight seasons from 1985-1989. The Game Day is here to preview some of the best Browns prop bets for 2021.
Browns Prop Bets 2021: Best Cleveland Odds + Betting Picks
Browns Prop Bets 2021: Team Bet Picks
Browns Over 10.5 Wins (-108)
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The Browns are fresh off an 11-5 season, their highest mark since 1994 under former head coach Bill Belichick. They also won their first playoff game for the first time since 1994, as well.
They achieved this success with the help of first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski, who helped rejuvenate quarterback Baker Mayfield in his offensive system following a nightmare sophomore campaign from the former No. 1 overall pick.
The Browns also revamped their offense line prior to last season, signing right tackle Jack Conklin and using their 2020 first-round selection on left tackle Jedrick Wills. This made a big difference, as Mayfield was able to receive the proper protection that he needed while running back Nick Chubb had another big season with 1,067 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Add in Chubb’s complement Kareem Hunt, plus wide receiver Jarvis Landry and the addition of tight end Austin Hooper, and Cleveland’s offense had a well-balanced attack, ranking No. 16 in the NFL.
Cleveland ranked No. 16 on defense, but were tied for the sixth-most takeaways with 22, which helped them eclipse a plus-five turnover differential.
Now, with wide receiver Odell Beckham returning from a torn ACL, the talented Browns will be getting an even bigger boost in their passing game this year.
The once lowly AFC North is on the rise with the Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens all trending upwards. And let’s not forget, the Pittsburgh Steelers will still be in the mix as Ben Roethlisberger is coming back for his 18th season in the league. However, the Browns should still be a playoff contender at the very least, and it would be smart to take them to win over 10.5 games following an 11 win campaign in 2020.
Browns Prop Bets 2021: Player Bet Picks
Baker Mayfield Under 3,950.5 Passing Yards (+100)
Although Baker Mayfield had his lowest total of passing yards in his career last season with 3,563, he threw 26 touchdown passes to only eight interceptions and a 62.8% completion rate.
Following an abysmal sophomore slump the season before where he had 21 interceptions, Mayfield bounced back in his first year playing in Stefanski’s creative and balanced system. But the Browns’ offense is built off pounding the rock behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who led them to the third-best rushing total in the NFL. Their passing offense came in at No. 24, and with Cleveland expected to be run heavy again in 2021, it would be in your best interest to take the under when it comes to Mayfield’s passing yards total.
Jarvis Landry Under 850.5 Receiving Yards (+100)
With the Browns’ offense fully taking over the identity of a ground-and-pound unit, 2020 saw wide receiver Jarvis Landry record his lowest total of receiving yards since his rookie season with 840.
This was a major drop off for Landry, who had 36 fewer targets (102) last year as opposed to in 2019 (138), and the lowest amount since his rookie season, as well.
While the Browns have found success with a balanced attack that is centered around their running game, Landry will more than likely be set up to record under 850.5 receiving yards again next season.
Nick Chubb Over 1,300.5 Rushing Yards (-112)
Entering his fourth season in the NFL, running back Nick Chubb is the piece that makes the Browns’ offense truly shine. But in 2020, he suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which landed him on the short-term IR list and caused him to miss four games.
Regardless, Chubb was still able to record 1,067 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games. This also came after he finished second in the NFL in 2019 with 1,494 yards on the ground.
So, what can you expect from a healthy Chubb in 2021? It wouldn’t be the worst move to anticipate him getting back to his 2019 form behind a more than steady offensive line. Chubb’s previous career-high was nearly 200.5 yards above this year’s over/under mark, and that’s why you should count on him breaking the over at 1,300.5 yards next season.