Perhaps it comes as no surprise that regular season or preseason, of late the Philadelphia Eagles have owned the Cleveland Browns. In preseason play, the Eagles have won three straight and five of the last six games from the Browns since Cleveland returned to the NFL in 1999. That includes the last game played at Cleveland. Since 1984, the Eagles are 6-2 straight up against the Browns in the NFL preseason, but just 2-2 at Cleveland.
In the regular season, it’s also been all Eagles. Philadelphia has won five in a row from the Browns, a winning streak that dates back to 2000. The Browns haven’t tasted victory against the Eagles in a regular-season game since rejoining the NFL in 1999. Since 1982 the Eagles are 7-2 straight up against the Browns, and they are 5-1 in their last six games at Cleveland. That’s an impressive turnaround in fortunes when you factor into the equation that in the all-time rivalry the Browns still own a 31-17-1 advantage over the Eagles.
On The Uptick – Considering they were 0-16 last season and 1-15 in the previous season, where Bovada has set the bar in terms of total wins for the Cleveland Browns in 2018 seems more than a tad optimistic. The Browns are fixed at 5.5 wins for the upcoming season, an output they haven’t achieved since going 7-9 in 2014. In fact, the Browns have won just four combined games over the past three seasons. But you can get odds of +135 on them going under 5.5 wins this season, with odds of -165 offered on the over wager.
Eagles Landed – Bovada puts the Eagles, who were 13-3 while winning the NFC East en route to their Super Bowl triumph a year ago, at 10.5 for a win total in 2018. The over will garner you odds of -110, while an under bet is set at odds of -120. If the Eagles to get over 10 wins, it will be the third time in the past 10 seasons they’ve hit for double digits in sucessive seasons, also doing it in 2013-14 and 2009-10. Although it should be noted that in three of those four seasons they were 10-6, meaning they went under 10.5 wins.
Brown Out – While they may be ready to see the Browns dig their way out of the basement of the NFL, Bovada does have limits to its optimism toward the progress of Cleveland’s NFL franchise. When it comes to their future book on whether teams will or won’t make the playoffs in 2018, Bovada is heavily in the corner of the Browns falling short of this goal. Cleveland is listed at odds of -1200 to miss out on postseason play this season. The Browns are +650 to make the playoffs.
Philly Fanatics – There’s far more certainty about the playoffs when it comes to the Eagles. Bovada likes the chances of the defending Super Bowl champs getting back to the postseason, listing the Eagles at odds of -350 to be playoff participants again this, while offering odds of +275 that the Eagles won’t get to take part in postseason play. But of note – when the Eagles reached Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season, it was also a 13-3 campaign for them. And they followed up by going 6-10 and missing out on the playoffs.
MVP X 2 – Even though his status in regards to being ready for the start of the regular season appears to still be in question, there’s no question that bettors like the chances of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz to win the NFL MVP Award in 2018. A certain contender if not the favorite to be MVP last season when his season was halted by a knee injury, Wentz could only watch as backup Nick Foles led the Eagles to the Super Bowl title and was named the game’s MVP. Wentz is second choice in Bovada’s MVP future book at +700.
If you like what you saw from Foles last season and think he’s not to be overlooked, you can place a wager on him to be the NFL MVP, and we’re guessing he’s got the longest odds on the board of any reigning Super Bowl MVP when it comes to the NFL MVP Award. Foles, who figures to be welded to the bench once Wentz is 100 percent healthy, is listed by Bovada at +12500 to win the MVP. Those odds are right there with Browns QB Tyrod Taylor, whose chances of being MVP are also rated at +12500.
Rookie Race – The Browns took Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft and yes you are right, the last Heisman Trophy-winning QB the Browns selected in the first round of the draft, Johnny Manziel, is currently the backup QB for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Perhaps that explains why Cleveland acquired Taylor from the Buffalo Bills, so they could take things slowly with Mayfield.
MyBookie isn’t sold on Mayfield’s status as a bench warmer. They have him as their second choice in their NFL offensive rookie of the year future book at +650 along with Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen. Only New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (+140) is being offered at better odds. MyBookie also has Mayfield at +8000 to lead the NFL in passing yardage during the 2018 season.
Defensive Rookie – Last season, the New Orleans Saints suited up the NFL’s offensive (Alvin Kamara) and defensive (Marshon Lattimore) rookies of the year, and MyBookie is giving the Browns solid odds of doing likewise in 2018. While Mayfield is listed as a strong contender for the offensive rookie award, on the defensive side of the ball MyBookie is also showing a lot of love for Browns cornerback Denzel Ward. He’s listed as their co-third choice in the defensive rookie award future book at +650.
Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is also at +650. Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb (+140) and Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (+400) are the only players offered better odds than Ward.