After taking a look at the 2017 NFL schedule, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have decided there's two teams in the league that they really don't like this year: the Browns and the Rams.
Things are so bad that neither team is favored to win a single game during the first 16 weeks of the upcoming NFL season (this is the opposite of the Patriots, who are favored to win every game they play in 2017).
If you're wondering how we already know the spreads for those games, it's because Vegas sportsbook CG Technology released their weekly regular season lines on Tuesday, and for the second year in a row, it looks like betting against the Browns might be the fastest way to pad your bank account.
Overall, the Browns are an underdog of at least one touchdown in nine of their first 15 games. The biggest point spread the Browns will face this year is 9.5 points, which will happen a total of four times -- at Baltimore, at Indianapolis, at Houston, vs. Green Bay.
The guy below seems to have the right idea.
I may bet against the Browns every week next NFL season— Ace (@J_tez54) April 6, 2017
The one upside for the Browns this year is that they're not going to be an underdog in every game. Although they're not favored to win in any of their games, they have been listed as a pick'em for their Week 5 game against the Jets.
The Browns haven't been favored to win a game since the 2015 season. They were an underdog in all 16 games they played in 2016. As a matter of fact, betting against the Browns was an easy way to make money last season.
In 16 games, the Browns went an atrocious 3-12-1 against the spread last year, which means if you had bet $110 against them in every game they played last year, you would've ended the season with a nice profit of $870. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, the Browns' 3-12-1 showing ATS was tied for the sixth-worst mark in NFL history.
As for the Rams, Vegas seems to think it could be a rough first season for new coach Sean McVay.
Not only are the Rams an underdog in every game, but they'll even top the Browns in one category: largest spread.
The biggest spread either team will face in 2017 comes in Week 15, when the Rams are 13.5-point underdogs for a game in Seattle.
The closest the Rams come to being favored happens in Week 3, when they're only a 1.5-point underdog for a game in San Francisco.
The point spreads for Week 17 haven't been released yet, which could end up being the week where the Rams are favored. During the final week of the season. L.A. will be hosting the 49ers. On the other hand, don't look for the Browns to be favored in Week 17 because they'll be playing at Pittsburgh.
2016 schedule with point spreads (Browns, Rams)
Week 1: Steelers at Browns (+9), Colts at Rams (+3)
Week 2 Browns at Ravens (-9.5), Redskins at Rams (+2)
Week 3 Browns at Colts (-9.5), Rams at 49ers (-1.5)
Week 4: Bengals at Browns (+3.5), Rams at Cowboys (-12.5)
Week 5: Jets at Browns (Pick'em), Seahawks at Rams (+6)
Week 6: Browns at Texans (-9.5), Rams at Jaguars (-3.5)
Week 7: Titans at Browns (+5), Cardinals vs. Rams (+3) in London
Week 8: Vikings at Browns (+7) in London, RAMS' BYE
Week 9: BROWNS' BYE, Rams at Giants (-8.5)
Week 10: Browns at Detroit Lions (+8.5), Texans at Rams (+3)
Week 11: Jaguars at Browns (+3), Rams at Vikings (-7.5)
Week 12: Browns at Bengals (-8.5), Saints at Rams (+2)
Week 13: Browns at Chargers (-7), Rams at Cardinals (-8.5)
Week 14: Packers at Browns (+9.5), Eagles at Rams (+1.5)
Week 15: Ravens at Browns (+4), Rams at Seahawks (-13.5)
Week 16: Browns at Bears (-4.5), Rams at Titans (-7)