Browns back in business!

Browns could be an NFL force this year!

Will playoff football be back at FirstEnergy Stadium this season?

Being a major league sports fan in Cleveland hasn’t been a bundle of laughs in recent years with the Indians failing to make much of an impression in MLB, the Cavs being NBA also-rans and the Browns being pretty much a laughing stock in the NFL.

But wait a minute, things are certainly looking up as far as the latter two are concerned! LeBron James’ return to the Cavaliers was THE big sports story of the summer in the USA, and with the additional acquisition of Kevin Love Cleveland Cleveland is now the bookies preseason pick to take the NBA title this year.

And what about the Browns? After years of playing fourth fiddle in the AFC North, things are suddenly looking up in a big way at FirstEnergy Stadium. Sunday’s impressive 31-10 thumping of the Steelers has taken coach Mike Pettine’s team to 3-2 for the season – not much to get excited about you might think, but with games against the Jaguars (0-6), the Raiders (0-5) and the Buccaneers (1-5) coming up next, things could soon look very different indeed!

The Browns last made the postseason in 2007 and have failed to post more than five regular season wins in the six seasons since. Pettine has chosen a conservative approach in offense with quarterback Brian Hoyer, a Cleveland native by the way, executing his role without any major mistakes so far – and don’t forget there is still college football wonder-boy Johnny Manziel to fall back on should Hoyer get injured! An average of 26.8 points per game is not bad by anyone’s standards and that number should continue to rise if the Browns can keep their momentum going before entertaining the Bengals in what should be a true test of their potential on November 6th!

NFL Week 7: Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds:

Cleveland Browns 1.42
Jacksonville Jaguars 3.0

To win the AFC North Odds:

Cincinnati Bengals    2.2
Baltimore Ravens     2.75
Cleveland Browns    6.5
Pittsburgh Steelers  7.0

All odds provided by are accurate as of today and subject to change

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI