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Browns Are Making Vegas Nervous

No team is getting more love in sin city than the Browns.

August 22, 2018 - 10:26 am

If it feels like the Cleveland Browns bandwagon is getting a little crowded, it's because the Cleveland Browns bandwagon is freaking packed. A team that's won exactly 1 game in the last two seasons has fans steel-clawing the back bumper, just to get a piece of the swaggiest team in the NFL. 

Maybe it's the Hard Knocks effect. Maybe it's the fact that the Browns went out this offseason, gutted the front office and rebuilt the roster. But if you're looking around and wondering why all of a sudden Browns fans are no longer in witness protection, you're not alone. 

And the one place that’s really taking notice is VEGAS. 

No team is getting more love in Sin City than the Browns. Let that sentence marinate for a second. NO TEAM IS GETTING MORE LOVE IN SIN CITY THAN THE BROWNS. 

A team that literally got zero action the past couple years. Now dudes are wrapped around the corner trying to get to the ticket window just to get in on the action.  

ESPN Chalk had this quote from a sportsbook manager at Caesar's Palace: 

"There are more bets on the Browns to win AFC North than the other three teams combined. Only the Raiders and Steelers have more bets to win the AFC. The public likes the Browns, and I'm not sure why." 

I'll tell you why: They see what's happening in Believeland. 

A quarterback room with Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield. A backfield with Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and rookie Nick Chubb. Juice Landry and Josh Gordon on the outside. Myles Garrett coming off the edge. Jamie Collins, Mychal Kendricks at linebacker. A rebuilt secondary. 

Maybe Juice Landry wasn't the only dude thinking big when he dropped the quote of the preseason: 

"You'll be lucky if we don't score 40 on you. If we get everyone playing to their potential, we can win the Super Bowl THIS YEAR."

When you've got money pouring into Vegas, you know you're doing something right. Check this quote from the VP of race and sports at the MGM: 

"The Browns are our only liability right now. We're sitting pretty well on every other team except Cleveland."

Forget the rest of the NFL, Browns are making Vegas nervous. The Cleveland Browns have TOO MANY PEOPLE betting on them in Vegas. 

Now let's be straight: Does throwing down cold hard cash on a team to win it all mean they're ready to bust out? Of course not. If it did, then Notre Dame would have 50 nattys stacked by now. And the Cubs would have had more than 1 parade in the last 110 years. 

But just because LeBron packed up and headed to LA, doesn't mean Believeland is dead. And if you thought the Cavs winning a world championship nearly melted that city into Lake Erie, could you imagine what would happen if the Browns did it? 

Browns fan, I have to check in with you. You got the living hell beat out of you the last two years. Really, for most of your entire lives. As least as it relates to football. What do you think is going to happen this year? Are you going to win 4 games? Or are you going to win 8. Are you going to win 8 or are you going to win the division. Are you going to win the division or are you going to the freaking super bowl?

Nothing ever lives up to the hype, and ya’ll are getting the hell hyped out of you. Are you guys going to back it all up?? Or does this end the way it always does, horribly, with you being a national punch line. Same as it ever was, or never the same ever again. Artificial bump from Hard Knocks, or they’re building a legitimate ass kicking bully.

Browns fan, what the hell it is. Now is your time, get in here and be real with it. You’re preparing for the worst. Like always. Or you’re planning a parade. Time to check in Browns, fan. It’s your time, get on the freaking phone and tell America and Canada how it feels.