The Cleveland Browns had a relatively active first Sunday of the 2022 NFL regular season.
Cleveland hit the road and took a 26-24 win over the Carolina Panthers and former Browns starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was traded to the Panthers in July after Cleveland acquired Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans in March.
Browns Jacoby Brissett’s fallback is starting as Watson serves his 11 game suspended in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions, and Brissett completed 18 of 34 147-yard passes and a touchdown in victory. Meanwhile, ESPN stats note that the Browns hit 217 yards on the ground and All-Pro pass runner Myles Garrett has scored twice.
However, C. Jackson Cowart of Action Network (h/t New York Post) on Tuesday indicated that sportsbook BetMGM lowered Cleveland’s odds to win Super Bowl LVII in February 2023 from January 30 to January 40 following today’s results. Sunday.
“Brissett and Co. could clearly weather the storm, and passing the Panthers nearly 100 yards with no spin constitutes an impressive road win in its own right,” Cowart said of an offense. of the Browns won’t have Watson at the center until the 13th Game Week in Texas on December 4.
“When Watson returns in Week 13, this team will be terrifying – especially if Nick Chubb (141 yards) and Myles Garrett (two sacks) continue to play like they did on Sunday. I’ll buy dips on Browns field, could easily find itself back on January 20 in a few months.”
Perhaps the updated odds have something to do with the fact that the Browns may have good luck that Brissett was not penalized for intentionally landing after he violated an NFL rule about pitching a soccer ball with 13 seconds remaining in Sunday’s contest. No fouls were committed and Browns rookie replacement Cade York hit a winning goal at 58 yards to put his owner 1-0 up in the opener. home number against the New York Jets 0-1 this coming Sunday.