Cleveland Browns: Ranking 2018’s schedule from easiest to hardest

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4. Week 1 vs Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers, the big bad, the Browns’ greatest rival for over half a century. Cleveland and Pittsburgh have had incredible games over the past years, but in recent times, this rivalry has been much more lopsided.

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The last time the Browns took down the Pittsburgh Steelers, in any capacity, was the 31-10 beatdown in 2014. Brian Hoyer took the Steelers to school at FirstEnergy Stadium, but the Browns haven’t done anything with that since.

The Steelers are a tough team, and with as much offensive firepower as they have, the Browns had better be ready. The Browns have a new roster, with a new quarterback, and their first test is their most hated rival. Anything is possible, but the Browns could get shell-shocked in this one.

3. Week 10 vs Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are still just two years removed from their appearance in the Super Bowl. Really, they should have been champions. Should’ve, could’ve, and would’ve don’t count in football, but the Falcons look primed and ready to make another run in 2018.

To do that, they’ll have to beat the Browns at home in week 10. Even with the Browns’ improved roster this season, Atlanta is still the much better team. Julio Jones, along with Mohamed Sanu and rookie Calvin Ridley could make for one of the league’s best receiver trios.

Altanta is the hardest team that the Browns will face at home this year. If the Browns can somehow pull this off and take down the Falcons, they could be playoff-bound sooner rather than later.