With the new Cleveland Browns season right around the corner, many of us can’t help but start to play the schedule game. A closer look at that schedule shows that it may actually play an important role in the push for the AFC North division title.
The Cleveland Browns are almost back on the field everyone. With high expectations this season, the Browns are the favorites to win the AFC North title for the first time in team history. But, did you know that the Browns play five of their six division games after week eight?
The Browns first meet up with the Ravens on the road in Week 4. Cleveland will be coming off a Sunday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Rams, which will be the team’s first Sunday night game since 2008.
Following that game, the Browns won’t have another division game until week 11, when they welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers for a Thursday night game in Cleveland.
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Five of the Browns last seven games will be within the division. Want to hear some even better news? The Browns should have pro bowl running back Kareem Hunt back from suspension with healthy fresh legs.
Four of the last seven games will be played in Cleveland, including three within the division. With the weather changing in Cleveland around this time, it should provide the perfect storm for the Browns to win the AFC North title, barring a great start within the first eight weeks of the season.
However, Browns fans need to remember that these division games will still need to be earned. Each of the respective teams within the AFC North will play hard and with a lot of grit.
These teams may not have much to play potentially and could be playing tough to finish out their seasons. The idea of them being able to prevent a Browns playoff push could be motivation enough to try and beat them.
However it plays out, the schedule looks quite favorable for the Browns. What are your thoughts? Do you believe that the addition of Hunt to the backfield will be enough to close out the season strong?
Do you see any must wins or potential losses that may push back the team’s playoff aspirations? You can take a look at the Browns schedule for yourself here. We’re almost there, Browns fans. Just a few more weeks and our team is back!