Week 5: @ San Francisco
Week 6: Seattle
Week 8: @ New England
Week 9: @ Denver
The second quarter of the season for the Browns will include their bye week, but it will also contain the most road games, including two cross-country games and a trip to Foxborough to play the Patriots.
San Francisco may be seen as the easiest game on this part of the schedule, but they will be getting Jimmy Garoppolo back from injury. With the Browns also traveling to the west coast for this game, it will not be a gimme-game for Cleveland.
And even though Cleveland’s next game will be at FirstEnergy Stadium, they will have to travel back from the west coast, making it slightly more difficult than a typical home game. And the Seahawks will not make it an easy return for the Browns.
Seattle may no longer feature the “Legion of Boom” and have question marks on their defense, but it remains a talented group. And the Seahawks continue to want to establish a rushing attack on offense and will attempt to grind defenses down. For returning back home from the west coast, there would be other teams the Browns would rather face.
Cleveland will get some help with a bye week before heading to play the Patriots, but that will most likely be the most difficult game on Cleveland’s schedule. Until Tom Brady and Bill Belichick retire, every team will be worried about seeing the Patriots on their schedule.
The Browns will board another airplane to head to Denver and deal with the effects of the thin air in the Mile High City. The Broncos made a lot of changes this offseason, but Denver almost always plays well on their home field.
Playing against two playoff teams in a short span is always tough. But add in the fact that the Browns will be traveling west twice and also head into New England, and there is no doubt that this will be the toughest stretch the Browns play in 2019.