Notable Bets: Receiverless Browns let down betting public

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Less than 24 hours before kickoff on Sunday against the New York Jets, four of the Cleveland Browns‘ leading receivers were ruled out because of COVID-19 protocols.

The Browns were already expected to be without half of their offensive line and a couple of linebackers. Yet some sportsbooks still couldn’t buy a bet on the Jets.

Cleveland was favored by 9.5 points before the news about the wide receivers. The line settled at Cleveland -6.5 after Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge were ruled out. That didn’t matter to the majority of bettors, though. People bet on the Browns before and after the news, and by kickoff more than 80% of the money bet on the point spread was on Cleveland, at multiple sportsbooks.

“The Browns, even though they were at minimal strength, took a bunch of money on the money line and on the side,” DraftKings sportsbook director Johnny Avello said. “Once we got under a touchdown, they started to bet the Browns again.”

That money remained with the sportsbooks after the Jets took down the Browns 23-16 for their second consecutive victory.

It was that kind of Sunday

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