Located in one of the few states in the country that boasts two NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns have a long and rich heritage built over the years since the team was founded in 1945.
The Browns were named by way of a fan contest that ended up honoring the team’s first coach and GM Paul Brown who went on to found Ohio’s second NFL team, the Cincinnati Bengals.
In addition to attracting a loyal base of fans, the Browns are also a common topic of conversation in the world of NFL sports betting. In this Browns team guide, we’ll take on a wide range of topics such as:
- What the Brown’s season looks like in a challenging AFC North division.
- Tips for how you can make money betting on the Browns.
- Browns team history, player records and major highlights.
Cleveland Browns Team History
The Cleveland Browns were founded in 1946 by taxi tycoon Arthur B. McBride and football coach Paul Brown. Before the team’s first season, McBride held a fan vote to choose a name. Browns was the most submitted answer but there’s some dispute about whether that was all because of the coach, or to do with the famous boxer Joe Louis whose nickname was the Brown Bomber.
The Browns were originally part of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) but when that league closed down, the Browns joined the NFL and played their first game during the 1950 season.
The franchise has won eight league championships but zero Super Bowls in the modern NFL era. The Browns have won 11 conference championships, 21 division championships and appeared 28 times in the playoffs.
Most recently however, the Browns have been mired in the league’s longest postseason drought, not having qualified for the playoffs since 2002.
The franchise’s most recognizable players include Jim Brown, Otto Graham, and Joe Thomas.
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How much are the Cleveland Browns worth?
During the 2017 season, the Browns organization generated $375 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $1.95 billion.
Who owns the Cleveland Browns?
The Browns are owned by Dee and Jimmy Haslam.
When did the Cleveland Browns become a team?
The organization played its first season in 1946.
Have the Cleveland Browns Won a Super Bowl?
No, the Browns have not won a Super Bowl but they do have eight league championships from their pre-AFL-NFL merger days. They won four times in the AAFC (All-American Football Conference) and four times in their (pre-merger) NFL years.
What stadium and city do the Cleveland Browns play in?
Since 1999, the Browns have played at FirstEnergy Stadium, located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Where do the Browns have training camp?
The club holds training camp at their Training Facility in Berea, Ohio.
What is the Cleveland Browns mascot?
Chomps is the official mascot of the Cleveland Browns.
What are the Cleveland Browns team colors?
The Browns wear brown, orange, and white.
Cleveland Browns Player Highlights
|All-Time Team Leaders|
|Games played||Lou Groza|
|Passing Yards||Brian Sipe||23,713|
|Passing TDs||Otto Graham||174|
|Receiving Yards||Ozzie Newsome||7,980|
|Receiving TDs||Gary Collins||70|
|Rushing Yards||Jim Brown||12,312|
|Rushing TDs||Jim Brown||106|
|Points Scored (Kicker)||Lou Groza||1,608|
Tips for Betting on Cleveland Browns
What a difference a year can make. Last year the Cleveland Browns were coming off the worst season in NFL history, going an abysmal 0-16. They started the 2018 season winless in their first two games, before finally making the switch to their number one overall draft pick, QB Baker Mayfield.
Once Mayfield took over the reigns from Tyrod Taylor, the Browns looked like a different team and finished the year with a respectable 7-8-1 record. The team also fired longtime Head Coach Hue Jackson and replaced him with Freddie Kitchens, whose impressive work earned him a contract extension as the team’s new bench boss.
The wins continued to pile up into the offseason as they made a huge splash by acquiring star wideout, Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants. It’s hard to argue that any team has as much buzz and excitement around them right now as the Browns, who head into the 2019 season with goals of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Browns first five games of the 2018 season were all decided by four points or less, including an excruciating week one tie vs. the Steelers. Those close games helped the Browns become one of the league’s top cover teams, despite being underdogs in 12 of those matches.
The development of Mayfield and a receiving core that boasts Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry could give the Browns one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Cleveland’s defense, which ranked 20th in PPG in 2018, will be led by former first-rounders DE Myles Garrett and CB Denzel Ward.
Here are some important stats:
- The Browns finished in the top five in the league vs. the spread last season, going 10-6 and finishing the year with a 62.5 cover percentage.
- In terms of totals bets, the Browns were middle of the pack hitting overs last season, ending the year with a 46.7 over percentage and 53.3 under percentage.
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The Browns enter 2019 with enough buzz and electricity to power the city of Cleveland. How they respond to these lofty expectations will be key as the Browns try to qualify for the postseason for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Although sports betting isn’t legal yet in Ohio, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Senate Bill 111 is expected to pass soon which will open the door to legal professional sports wagering in Ohio.
Keep an eye on our guide to legal sports betting in Ohio for the latest developments.