The Browns announced their schedule on Thursday on the team’s official site. Here is what the schedule looks like next season.
- Week 1: Sept. 13 at Baltimore Ravens (1 p.m., CBS)
- Week 2: Sept. 17 (Thurs.) Cincinnati Bengals (8:20 p.m., NFLN)
- Week 3: Sept. 27 Washington Redskins (1 p.m. FOX)
- Week 4: Oct. 4 at Dallas Cowboys (1 p.m. FOX)
- Week 5: Oct. 11 Indianapolis Colts (4:25 p.m. CBS)
- Week 6: Oct. 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m. CBS)
- Week 7: Oct. 25 at Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. CBS)
- Week 8: Nov. 1 Las Vegas Raiders (1 p.m. FOX)
- Week 9: BYE
- Week 10: Nov. 15 Houston Texans (1 p.m. FOX)
- Week 11: Nov. 22 Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. FOX)
- Week 12: Nov. 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. CBS)
- Week 13: Dec. 6 at Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. CBS)
- Week 14: Dec. 14 (Mon.) Baltimore Ravens (8:15 p.m. ESPN)
- Week 15: Dec. 20 at NY Giants (1 p.m. CBS)
- Week 16: Dec. 26/27 at NY Jets (TBD)
- Week 17: Jan. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m. CBS)
The Browns open with a pair of divisional matchups, including a prime-time Thursday night game against No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow and the Bengals. A highly anticipated matchup will be in Week 6, when the team travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. The game will have an extra bit of fire after the incident between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph last season.
Cleveland’s lone Monday night game comes against the defending AFC North champion Ravens and defending NFL MVP Lamar Jackson in Week 14.
The Browns will be looking to break a streak of futility next year that includes missing the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons and a dozen in a row without a winning record.
Browns Have an ‘Easy’ Schedule
The Browns will have one of the easiest schedules in the league, coming in at No. 29. The teams Cleveland will face next season combined winning percentage of .461.
Here’s a breakdown of how each team’s opponents are set, per NFL.com:
- Six games against divisional opponents — two games per team, one at home and one on the road.
- Four games against teams from a division within its conference — two games at home and two on the road.
- Four games against teams from a division in the other conference— two games at home and two on the road.
- Two games against teams from the two remaining divisions in its own conference — one game at home and one on the road. Matchups are based on division ranking from the previous season.
Will NFL Season Start on Time?
While knowing the Browns schedule is nice, the key going forward will be how the NFL as a whole adapts, shifts and responds to the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual NFL Draft was one way the league worked around the constrains of social distancing, but starting the season on time will be a different story.
The league sent a memo to teams on Wednesday saying it wants to be ready to implement the first phase of protocols to reopen team facilities by May 15. Here are some requirements teams have to meet up open up.
- Receive consent from state and local governments.
- Acquire enough cleaning and other supplies.
- Create an infection-response team that includes doctors and team athletic trainers.
- Designate an infection control officer (ICO) to be the first point of contact for any employee who displays coronavirus symptoms.
- Provide coronavirus safety and hygiene training to all employees who will return to the facility