Notable Cleveland Browns 2022 Schedule Observation No. 3
The season is bookended by weaker teams
Here is where the NFL schedule makers did the Browns a favor; the first four games and last four games are against teams that are most likely not going to be very good, so to be able to start and finish a season with winnable games is a blessing.
In Week 1, the Browns will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the Panthers at 1 PM on CBS. That game will feature Sam Darnold, rookie Matt Corral, or Baker Mayfield (?) as the starting quarterback for Carolina. Yes, you read that right. There is smoke in the discussion of Mayfield potentially heading south to resume his NFL career and I would love it so much if he was the starter come Week 1.
For all of the drama, both on and off the field, and all the Baker Bros chatter on the app with feathers, and everything in between, this would make for some must-see television. The narratives and stories would run wild the weeks leading up to that showdown and I am all the way here for it.
Regardless of who is actually under center come September 11, Myles Garrett is going to have a field day in the first four weeks of the season. Along with the aforementioned possibilities for Carolina’s signal-caller, Garrett and the Browns will see Zach Wilson and the Jets in Week 2 and then either Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett in Week 3 when the Browns host the Steelers, and then Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons a week later.
Until I see that he is not signing with the Browns, I am going to assume that Jadeveon Clowney will rejoin Garrett on the defensive line and if that’s the case, Garrett will be even better.
The final three weeks see the Browns host the New Orleans Saints on Christmas Eve in what will be an emotional game as Jarvis Landry – who just signed with his hometown Saints – will make his return to FirstEnergy Stadium. He will have Jameis Winston tossing him the ball, which can be very good or very bad. In Week 17, Cleveland travels to the Nation’s Capital for a showdown with Carson Wentz and the Commanders. And of course, the Week 18 divisional game, and that is against the Steelers where there is no telling who will be the starting quarterback by that point.
No game in the NFL is a lock, but these are seven winnable games to start and end the season. If the Browns win all of those, all they have to do is split the remaining 10-games and a Super Bowl run will seem even more real, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. The Browns just need to win football games and make the playoffs.