With all eyes now on 2023, we look ahead to next year and see who the Cleveland Browns will be facing with a fourth-place schedule
The long, boring offseason is upon us once again. Almost as quickly as it began, the Cleveland Browns will now be focused on improving their roster in preparation for the 2023 campaign.
With a 7-10 finish, they ended up being in fourth place in the AFC North. While that’s frustrating now, it will actually help them in the future.
A fourth-place finish means a fourth-place schedule for Cleveland and Jake Trotter of ESPN tweeted out the opponents after losing to the Steelers.
The AFC North continues to be a gauntlet with Lamar Jackson of the Ravens and Joe Burrow of the Bengals being two of the top quarterbacks in the league. As much as it pains me, the Steelers aren’t going anywhere with Mike Tomlin as their head coach as he continues to prove he is as good as any in the league — and still has never had a losing season.
The fourth-place schedule will also be helpful when you factor in the AFC North faces the NFC West next year which was disappointing in 2022, but could be a monster in 2023. You have to assume the Rams will be better with no injuries, Pete Carroll constantly overachieves in Seattle, the Browns always struggle vs. Arizona, and the 49ers find a way to win no matter who their quarterback is.
The NFL will always be challenging to come up with wins, but the mistakes this Browns roster has been making the last few years make it even more difficult to grind out wins. Andrew Berry has a lot invested with Deshaun Watson, but hopefully, an elite quarterback will finally put this organization over the edge of mediocrity.