The Cincinnati Bengals have made an effort to distance themselves from a stacked AFC North. Despite being 40/1 to win the Super Bowl, the Bengals are merely a pick ‘em betting option against the Cleveland Browns, who are 250/1 to win the title. The Browns will showcase their new quarterback, Johnny Manziel, this weekend.
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Although the window to the playoffs shrinks with each passing week, the Browns can sneak into the postseason if all goes well. A win over one of their direct competitors would suffice, and perhaps the high profile rookie will help them get there.
Currently two squads, Cincinnati and the Pittsburgh Steelers, from the AFC North division are projected to make the postseason cut. Only 1.5 games separate the first-place Bengals (8-4-1) and the Browns (7-6-0).
The Browns are 250/1 to win the Super Bowl, but seeing as the entire playoff forecast could change after this week, so could the NFL odds. Whether that’s enough to convince a potential bettor or not likely comes down to their faith in Johnny Football.