For a lot of the previous 20 years, the Cleveland Browns had been the laughingstock of the NFL, however that every one modified in 2020. Below first-year coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns completed with an 11-5 report, which helped them earn their first playoff berth in 18 years.
Based mostly on their present roster, the Browns appear to be a group that ought to be a playoff contender in 2021, however not everybody’s satisfied that Cleveland is definitely going to be good. As a matter of reality, there’s at the very least one particular person on the market who thinks the Browns are on the verge of a historic collapse. A gambler at Fan Duel is betting on the Browns to complete the 2021 season with the WORST RECORD IN THE NFL.
The bettor dropped $700 on this prop at 250-to-1 odds, which implies if the Browns do end the season with the NFL’s worst report, then our betting good friend will take residence $175,000 in revenue.
On the floor, this wager undoubtedly appears form of loopy: A group following up a playoff season by ending the next yr with the worst report within the NFL is sort of exceptional. Nonetheless, it has occurred earlier than.
Because the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 groups in 1990 (It is now at 14 groups), there have been a complete of 5 groups which have gone to the playoffs after which completed the next season with the worst report within the NFL.
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Here is a fast have a look at these 5 groups:
1993 Houston Oilers: The Oilers Run ‘n’ Shoot offense was practically unstoppable in 1993.
They received their remaining 11 regular-season video games to complete the season 12-4 earlier than dropping within the divisional spherical of the playoffs to Joe Montana and the Chiefs.
1994 Houston Oilers: For some cause, proprietor Bud Adams determined to commerce away quarterback Warren Moon following the 1993 season (Adams would later say that buying and selling Moon away was the ‘largest mistake’ of his profession). The group additionally misplaced defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, who was employed away to be the top coach of the Cardinals. With these two gone, the Oilers limped to a 2-14 report. The upside is that Houston was capable of draft Steve McNair in 1995 because of its horrible exhibiting in 1994.
1996 Colts: With Jim Harbaugh main the best way, the Colts ended up making the playoffs with a 9-7 report, however they did not get far: They misplaced 42-14 to the Steelers within the wild card spherical.
1997 Colts: The Colts may not have technically tanked in 1997, however we are able to name it that anyway, as a result of they ended up with the worst report within the NFL (3-13), which allowed them to draft Peyton Manning in 1998.
2002 Giants: Two years after making it to the Tremendous Bowl, the Giants returned to the playoffs after ending the season with a 10-6 report. Sadly for the Giants, although, issues obtained ugly within the playoffs: They ended up dropping to the 49ers 39-38 in a wild card sport the place they blew a 38-14 lead.
2003 Giants: The Giants by no means fairly appeared to get well from their heart-breaking loss to finish the 2002 season. In 2003, the group would go 4-12, which was tied with the Raiders, Chargers and Cardinals for the worst report within the NFL. Due to their draft place, they had been capable of choose Philip Rivers in 2004, who they traded to the Chargers for Eli Manning.
2010 Colts: In Manning’s remaining season because the Colts beginning quarterback, Indy went 10-6 earlier than getting upset by the Jets within the wild card spherical.
2011 Colts: With Manning out for the yr on account of a neck damage, nobody was stunned when the Colts completed with the worst report within the NFL (2-14).
2012 Texans: In J.J. Watt’s second yr, the Texans had been practically unbeatable early within the season as they began 11-1 earlier than limping to the tip of the season with a 1-3 report of their remaining 4 video games to complete 12-4. Their season ended with a divisional spherical playoff loss to the Patriots.
2013 Texans: The Texans really began the 2013 season with a 2-0 report, however then they had been hit by a surprising collapse that noticed the group lose 14 video games in a row to complete 2-14.
That is 5 groups over the previous 30 years which have been hit with certainly one of these epic collapses and if the Browns turn out to be the sixth group to match this futile mark, there is a gambler on the market who’s going to make some critical cash off their collapse.