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Cleveland Browns Have Their Best Super Bowl Odds in 24 Years

Mar 14, 2019 10:15 PM EDT
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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Baker Mayfield

  • The Cleveland Browns have their best odds to win the Super Bowl since 1995, catapulting up the board following the Odell Beckham Jr. trade.

On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Browns got as short as 14-1 to win the Super Bowl: The shortest odds for the team since August 30, 1995.

The NL and AL batting leaders were Mike Piazza (.367) and Edgar Martinez (.364). Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were back for another U.S. Open.

Donald Trump, that week, had just closed on buying the land in Westchester, where Trump National Golf Course would be built. Windows 95 was the talk of the computing world — an operating system that sold one million copies in its first four days. The O.J. Simpson murder trial was captivating the nation.

Drew Bledsoe was the highest paid player in the NFL, having just signed a seven-year, $42 million contract. And Wayne Chrebet went from undrafted to starting as a rookie for the New York Jets.

Back to the Browns, who with Vinny Testaverde and Earnest Byner and a coach named Bill Belichick, were coming off an 11-5 regular season and a wild-card playoff win over Belichick’s future team, the New England Patriots.

On that day, the Browns were 12-1 to win it all. And even though the Dolphins (6-1), Patriots (8-1) and Raiders (10-1) had shorter odds in their division, Sports Illustrated had picked the Browns to represent the AFC in that year’s Super Bowl.

Other Lombardi Trophy favorites on that Thursday of the first week of the season were the 49ers (2-1), Cowboys (3-1) and Steelers (8-1).

Things didn’t go so well for the Browns. They won three in a row after losing to the Patriots in Week 1, but won only two more for the rest of the season.

And that wasn’t the worst of it.

That November, owner Art Modell announced he was leaving for Baltimore.

The Browns disappeared for three years until they were named as an expansion team and played again in the league in 1999.

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