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|Colours:||Brown, orange & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Jim Brown, Joe DeLamielleure, Len Ford, Frank Gatski, Otto Graham, Lou Groza, Gene Hickerson, Leroy Kelly, Dante Lavelli, Mike McCormack, Bobby Mitchell, Marion Motley, Ozzie Newsome, Paul Warfield, Bill Willis & Mac Speedie|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Paul Brown|
|Legends:||Greg Pruitt, Mac Speedie, Dick Schafrath, Mike Pruitt, Frank Ryan, Jim Houston, Kevin Mack, Walter Johnson, John Wooten, Vince Costello, Ernie Green, Abe Gibron, Robert Jackson, Don Colo, Dick Ambrose, Bernie Parrish, Eddie Johnson & Josh Cribbs|
|Retired Numbers:||14, 32, 45, 46 & 76|
|Super Bowl Championships:||0|
It’s been 50 years and counting, that is how long the Browns faithful have been waiting for their team to reach success in the modern world of the NFL. It has also been a long and gruelling 18 years and counting since the city of Cleveland last saw their football team in the postseason, when they went down to Pittsburgh in the wildcard playoffs in 2002.
However, it wasn’t all like that, not in the early stages of Brown’s existence. The Browns were established in 1944 thanks to Cleveland businessman Arthur B. McBride who acquired the services of the franchise.
Before they began their journey in the NFL in 1950, the Browns were playing in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) for the first four years and were dominant, claiming four titles in just as many years.
That success didn’t stop when they joined the NFL as they were successful in the 50s and in the late 60s which saw them claim 11 American/Eastern conference and three NFL century division titles.
However, it was in the 50s that they really asserted themselves as they won six straight Eastern conference titles between 1950-1955, with winning their first championship in their debut NFL year, they also claimed the division title in 1957.
It took a while before the Browns reached that success again, but in 1964 the Browns claimed their maiden and only NFL championship (before it became the Super Bowl), under Blanton Collier who coached the side to a 27 point win keeping the Baltimore Colts scoreless.
The rest of the 60s were pretty bleak even though they won the conference championships in 1968 and 1969, but in both those years they lost the NFL championship. Much like the decade there wasn’t too much to cheer for in the 1970s although they did make the playoffs in 1971 and 1972 but fell in the divisional round on both occasions to Baltimore Colts in 1971 and the Miami Dolphins in 1972.
The Browns began the 80s with a bang claiming the 1980 and 1982 AFC central titles, however, they couldn’t sustain their momentum as they bundled out in the divisional round in 1980 and in the wildcard in 1982.
For the rest of the decade the Browns didn’t see any postseason action until they picked up quarterback Bernie Kosar in the 1985 draft, who would make 108 apparences, make 1853 passes completed and make 116 passing touchdowns throughout his nine years at the Browns.
Kosar sparked the Browns to be a prominent feature in postseason success since his arrival in the mid 80s. The Browns began to be successful once again claiming the AFC Central title in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989, as they made the postseason.
They didn’t get far though, as they lost the divisional round in 1985, lost the conference championships in 1986, 1987 and 1989 and lost in the wildcard in 1988. The Browns couldn’t continue the momentum they had in the late 80s as they only made the playoffs once during the 90s.
For the first time in a long time the Browns finally made the playoffs in 1994 after finishing second in the AFC Central division with an 11-5 record, which earned themselves a wildcard playoff spot where they played New England Patriots. Bill Belichick’s won the first round of the postseason defeating the Patriots but were knocked out in the divisional round where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It would be another eight years before the Browns played in the postseason when they appeared in the wildcard playoffs in 2002, however, they went down to Pittsburgh Steelers once again.
The 2018 draft saw the Browns selected Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick, hoping the Oklahoma QB would be able to break their curse of high quarterback turnover.
Another couple of unsuccessful seasons thought many would move on from the erratic lead passer but prior to the 2020 offseason, Cleveland hired Kevin Stefanski as head coach and he connected with the playing group in a massive way. He chose a run heavy offense, relying on Nick Chubb (35th pick of the 2018 draft) and Kareem Hunt (2020 free agent).
The Browns tied their best record since the 1986 season and had their best season since returning in 1998, finishing 11-5. The Wild Card Round saw them have to travel to Pittsburgh to take on their fierce rivals, the Steelers. Cleveland went in as massive underdogs but used a 28-0 first quarter and a fierce defense to get over the line.
That was the first time that Cleveland had won in Pittsburgh in 18 years and also marked their first postseason victory since 1994.
The Divisional Round saw them face the defending champion and league leading Kansas City Chiefs. Many had the Chiefs winning in a blowout but Cleveland kept them to just 22 points, only losing by five.
Stefanski ended up winning Coach of the Year and many have high hopes and expectations for the Browns moving forward.
The Cleveland Browns had high expectations coming into 2021 and they did not live up to them at all. Now they head into the offseason surrounded by questions and will have to bounce back otherwise we may see another rebuild in the factory of sadness.
If you are a fan of the Cleveland Browns, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022-23 season. Do the Cleveland Browns have the star power to make it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2023?
Our experts will provide an analysis on the Browns’ chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:
The Browns are looking to go deep into the playoffs after winning their first postseason game since 1994 last season. The Browns were beaten by just 5 points in their divisional playoff game against the Chiefs and look to go further with a retooled and reloaded group. Unlike 2019, the Browns have very little hype behind them despite their incredible run game and solid defense. Will this be the year the Browns end their Super Bowl drought?
After years of poor play and mediocrity, the Browns have broken through with the guidance of Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski led the Browns to their first playoff win and first 11 win season since 1994 and looks to improve on that in his second year. This effort earned him the NFL Coach of the Year award and well deserved optimism heading into the 2021 season.
Before his stint at the Browns, Stefanski coached in Minnesota where he started as an assistant to the head coach in 2006 and worked his way up to the offensive coordinator in 2019. After the Vikings got into the divisional round in 2019 behind the powerful play action and run centric offense of the 2019 Vikings, Stefanski was offered a job as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Much like the 2019 Vikings, Stefanski and the Browns front office has built a powerful running team which should make life a lot easier for franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns front office has been busy at work this offseason to support their stacked offensive group by adding key names to support Myles Garrett.
The marquee addition was former Texan Jadeveon Clowney who is a hyper athletic run stopping beast. The Browns also added other pieces to strengthen and improve a defensive unit that will likely need to beat the best offense in the NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Browns offense is stacked and beside their quarterback there are no holes in that unit. The Browns have arguably the best offensive line in the league with all five starters returning from last season. This starting 5 put up the best passing grade and 2nd best run blocking grade last year, and only looks to improve as rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. has an extra year of experience.
The best offensive line in the league will be blocking for the best running back duo in the league. Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb are 2 of the top 10 backs in the league and should cause havoc this season. The receiving unit is also elite with Odell Beckham Jr returning from injury, the underrated Jarvis Landry, and athletic freak Tight End David Njoku. On paper, the Browns are as talented offensively as any team in the league.
The only question is how well Baker Mayfield can play. This will be dictated by Kevin Stefanski’s scheming but more so on Baker Mayfield himself. Last season, Baker Mayfield was 18th in pass yards despite the insane talent around him and more worryingly Baker was 30th in completion percentage among quarterbacks with 7 or more starts.
In a scheme where the run game creates huge separation and easy passes, Baker can only manage a 62.8 completion percentage. This has caused questions to be raised over whether Baker is the man or not. This will be a make or break year for Baker and if he struggles, the Browns will struggle with him.
Defensively the Browns are top 5 in the league with a ferocious pass rush that just added a run stopping beast in Jadeveon Clowney. Myles Garrett is the centrepiece of this unit and is one of the best defensive ends in the league, if not the best. He is seriously a chance to break the single season sack record in this 17 game season.
After starting the year on a tremendous pace, Garrett contracted COVID which slowed him down considerably down the stretch but now that he is back to 100%, he will anchor this Browns pass rush that is among the best in the league. The Browns front 7 was one of the best pass rushing units in 2020 and now with Clowney in the mix they should be one of the best run stopping units as well.
In the secondary, the Browns added Troy Hill and John Johnson III to a unit that includes 2 highly touted and elite cornerbacks in Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward. This secondary will have an easy time stopping the pass especially as passers will have very little time in the pocket due to the pass rush. The secondary tracks to be a top 3 secondary in the league this year.
The only question may be the Browns’ good but not great linebacker unit but despite that the Browns defense is top 5 in the league and should stifle any competition. Defense wins championships as highlighted in last year’s Super Bowl and this Browns defense is undoubtedly a championship winning unit.
The 2021-22 season is over and we take a look back at the Cleveland Browns betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Browns before the start of the previous season:
The Cleveland Browns opened betting for Super Bowl LV with +3300 odds but surprised many by finishing sixth in the AFC and making the Divisional Round. When looking ahead to Super Bowl LVI, the Browns opened with +2000 odds, eighth best in the league and fourth best in the AFC.
Despite their incredible improvement last season, finishing with an 11-5 record, Cleveland were just 6-10 ATS, tied for second worst in the league. Despite a 6-2 home record and 5-3 away record, the Browns were 3-5 ATS for both home and road games during the 2020 season.
Despite using a run heavy offense, Cleveland finished with a positive 9-7 total points record. They performed better at home, finishing 5-3 compared to 4-4 on the road.
Still got some burning questions about the Cleveland Browns? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below!
Where do the Cleveland Browns play?
The Cleveland Browns play their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Who owns the Cleveland Browns?
Jimmy Haslam III owns the Cleveland Browns.
Has the Cleveland Browns won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Cleveland Browns have never won a Super Bowl.
Who is the Cleveland Browns coach?
Kevin Stefanski is the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Do the Cleveland Browns play tonight?
Are you wondering if the Cleveland Browns are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Cleveland Browns games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.
What is the Cleveland Browns record?
The Cleveland Browns finished the 2021 season with an 8-9 record.
Did the Cleveland Browns win last night?
Fans of the Cleveland Browns are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much is the Cleveland Browns worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Cleveland Browns are worth $2.6 billion.
Who do the Cleveland Browns play tonight?
Like a lot of things in the NFL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Cleveland Browns play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.
How to watch the Cleveland Browns?
You can watch the Chicago Bears on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on clevelandbrowns.com. You can also stream Browns games on the Browns App, Yahoo sports app,CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Cleveland Browns make the playoffs this year?
The Cleveland Browns missed the playoffs for the first time since 2020, finishing with an 8-9 record. Their record was bad enough to finish third in the AFC North and 11th in the AFC due to tiebreakers.
When do the Cleveland Browns play?
Cleveland Browns fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here as SportsTips we list all the information you need like the kick off time, location of the game and the all important NFL odds.
When is the next Cleveland Browns game?
For more details on the next Cleveland Browns game, check above on the page, we include all the details there.
Where did the Cleveland Browns finish the season?
The Cleveland Browns finished third in the AFC North and 11th in the AFC.
How many games did the Cleveland Browns win?
The Cleveland Browns won 8 games in the 2021 NFL season.
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