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The Cleveland Browns’ 2019 regular season schedule was released Wednesday night. The Dawg Pound has been waiting to see the Browns’ schedule so they would know how many prime time games Cleveland would be playing in.
Although there was some disappointment that the Browns will not be playing their regular season opener in a prime time slot, Cleveland will be in multiple featured television slots throughout the season.
The Browns will be playing in four prime time games next season, which is one fewer than the maximum prime time games a team can be scheduled for.
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Today’s featured article mentions that not only will the Browns be playing their prime time games early in the season, but they also have to prepare for playing most of their divisional games at the end of the season.
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"In addition, the NFL has dropped a boatload of AFC North games into the end of the Browns’ season — five in the last seven — and will make them scrap and claw for their division title against their fiercest rivals."
The Browns having all but one of their divisional games at the end of the season could help them in their run at the AFC North title. But if they struggle in the final weeks of the season, then it could create a lot of problems for their playoff hopes.
The Cleveland Browns positioned themselves so they can take a variety of approaches in the 2019 NFL Draft. Randy Gurzi believes the Browns are in a position to draft an injured draft prospect in case those prospects slip in the draft.
"But a move back into the first round is always possible. Never count out John Dorsey.The Browns’ general manager even has fun with the idea. Every time he’s asked about a possible trade-up, he grabs his cellphone and says he’s ready to take a call."
Because of their lack of major holes on the roster, it would not be surprising to see John Dorsey use some of his eight draft selections to move up in the draft to select a potential immediate contributor. He also has another asset in Duke Johnson, who teams are interested in, to potentially move into the first round.
The Cleveland Browns heavily relied on analytics when Sashi Brown was in charge and found many players who fit the analytics mold. But even though Dorsey has cleared out most of those players, Elliot Kennel notes that Pro Football Focus still looks favorably on Cleveland’s roster.