The Cleveland Browns’ race for improvement in 2018 won’t be easy, as the team has one of the top five strength of schedules in the entire league.
There’s a tough schedule ahead for the Cleveland Browns which is due in large part to the top to bottom strength of the four NFC South teams, each of which the Browns will have to face off against this coming season.
Even with the challenging schedule, the 2018 season promises to be a much more promising season for the Browns. With fresh faces all across the roster and front office, the team will be much more competitive then they were in the woeful 2017 season.
While the fans are excited about a new look team, it won’t be as easy to see success as some may hope. According to CBS Sports, the Browns are tied for the fifth-most difficult schedule in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, with their opponent’s 2017 winning percentage being .523.
A good portion of that strength of schedule comes against the fierce NFC South, which boasted three playoff teams in the NFC. Two 11-5 teams in the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, as well as a 10-6 Atlanta Falcons team, all who you could very well say have done nothing but improve during the offseason.
In order for Hue Jackson to remain head coach beyond this season, he needs to have this team prepared to compete against the good teams, if not steal a few wins here and there throughout the season. A few of those wins could come against this very division.