Pettine's side now go into their matches against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as favourites, and he has admitted that the tag is pleasing for a team that has been labelled as perennial strugglers in the past.
"It's a problem that we want to have," Pettine told reporters. "We want to have to deal with being favoured in games.
"We want to have to deal with, 'Hey, this is a potential trap game for you.' Part of being a good program is being able to handle all those different situations."
The Browns have a 3-2 record this season going into their clash against the Jaguars.