Patriots open as 6.5-point favorite over Browns in Week 8
The New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns have been on very different trajectories over the course of the last 20 years. While New England has won a whopping six Super Bowl titles under the direction of head coach Bill Belichick and future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, Cleveland has continued to serve as the worst franchise in the entire NFL.
However, things have already begun to change for the typically lowly Browns while the heralded Patriots are once again expected to compete for a title with New England slated to begin the upcoming 2019-20 campaign as the defending Super Bowl Champions. With the gap between these two sides narrowing, the Patriots are currently listed as 6.5-point favorites over the Browns for their Week 8 matchup in New England, according to BetOnline.ag.
Although the Patriots are nearly favored by a touchdown, this spread is definitely closer than it would have been in previous years — by quite a bit at that.
Of course, the Browns have encountered some serious upgrades over the course of the last two years. While initially adding the likes of quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and running back Nick Chubb — among others — Cleveland has since added perhaps the most impactful player of them all in former New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
The Browns infamously added the former Giants standout via trade earlier in the offseason while Beckham Jr. is surely gearing up to become a key cog on offense for the up-and-coming AFC North franchise.