Which Cleveland Players Are Most Deserving of Super Bowl Title?

Which Cleveland Players Are Most Deserving of Super Bowl Title?
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The Cleveland Browns are returning to the NFL postseason for the first time since 2020, only the third time since 2002, and are searching for their first Super Bowl appearance on the 60th anniversary of their NFL Championship in 1964.

As you prepare for Ohio sports betting on the NFL playoffs, BetOhio.com utilized Pro-Football-Reference.com to look at the best players currently active that have never won a Super Bowl. By utilizing their Hall of Fame monitor, we were able to determine the most deserving players to win the 2024 Super Bowl.

Here are the players that are craving a championship:

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Best Active Players Without Super Bowl Win

RankPlayerHOF Monitor Rating
1 WR Julio Jones (Eagles)108.30
2 OG Zack Martin (Cowboys)88.68
3 CB Patrick Peterson (Steelers)84.80
4 OT Tyron Smith (Cowboys)73.15
5 DT Cameron Heyward (Steelers)61.78
6 OT Trent Williams (49ers)61.45
7 OLB T.J. Watt (Steelers)57.93
8 OG Joel Bitonio (Browns)43.43
9 WR Stefon Diggs (Bills)41.90
10 DE Myles Garrett (Browns)39.45

The Browns Super Bowl odds are +3000, which rank ninth among the 14 teams remaining.

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Two Browns Make Deserving List

Impact players make major contributions to help a team succeed, and the Browns have two players on this list who do just that. Offensive guard Joel Bitonio ranked eighth on the list with a Hall of Fame Monitor Rating (HOFMR) of 43.43.

Last week, Bitonio remained undefeated in Pro Bowl selections, earning his sixth straight since 2018 and tying him with the fourth-most in team history, trailing three Hall of Famers in their own right: tackle Joe Thomas (10), running back Jim Brown (9) and kicker Lou Groza (9). The recognition was well-deserved after anchoring an offensive line that has seen its share of injuries and changes this season.

Defensive end Myles Garrett, who earned his fifth Pro Bowl honor last week, rounds out the top 10 with a HOFMR of 39.45. Garrett has not only been healthy, but dominant this year with 14 sacks and four forced fumbles to catapult him to favorite status for this season’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Ohio betting apps even list Garrett as a darkhorse candidate for this year’s Super Bowl most valuable player at +25000.

He is the only player in the league to record at least 14 sacks in each of the past three seasons (2021-23) and is the only player to record at least 10 sacks in each of the past six seasons (2018-23). 

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ESPN BET: Browns Wild Card Playoff Odds

The fifth-seeded Cleveland Browns (11-6) will visit the AFC South champion and fourth-seeded Houston Texans (10-7) in the first game of the NFL's Wild Card Weekend at 4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday (NBC).

Over at ESPN BET Ohio, the Browns are a slight 2.5-point, -145 money line favorite over the surging Texans (+125) with the game's over/under total at 44.5 points.

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Lou Monaco
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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