Well Browns fans it’s officially here, the 2020 Cleveland Browns schedule has been released, and it’s going to be one electric season. At 7:30pm on the Cleveland Browns YouTube channel they unveiled the schedule and at first glance, there’s some big time games that jump out.
The first game to take notice of is week 1 on the road to open the season against the Baltimore Ravens. This will be a true test of all of the hard work Andrew Berry, Kevin Stefanski, and the staff have done in the off-season to kick off 2020 with the reigning AFC North Champions.
The next big game is just four days later at home for the home opener on Thursday Night Football against the 2020 Heisman Winner Joe Burrow, and the Cincinnati Bengals. That will be a great matchup to kick off bragging right for the Battle of Ohio with two Heisman winners going head-to-head in Cleveland. It will be interesting to see how the team does with two games in four days so early into the season.
If you had to pick a non-conference game to look at closely is the week 4 matchup on the road in Dallas against the Cowboys. There is a chance where the Browns record wise could be in the area of 3-0 or even 2-1 before that game in Dallas. The Cowboys so far this off-season have gotten better especially at wide receiver with the addition of Ceedee Lamb in the draft. Both teams will be fired up for that game and that’s one game Browns fans should circle.
Another game to keep an eye on is the Monday Night Football game matchup in Cleveland when the Browns host the Baltimore Ravens in week 14 on December 14th. That will be an interesting matchup because it being within a five week span where the Browns are on the road for four of those weeks. Furthermore, that would be one the key parts to the season as there would be three games left after that one which ends in Pittsburgh.
There is something to be said where the Pittsburgh Steelers cannot be left out of a season breakdown. Last season in Cleveland everyone remembers the brawl between the two rivals, and one can say it will carry over into this season. Although, head coach Kevin Stefanski will keep his players in check but expect the Browns to come in into both of those games to let Pittsburgh know that their reign is over. Both games will be chippy but, those are two games to always circle on the calendar no matter if it’s in Cleveland or Pittsburgh.
The Browns won’t have a bye week until week 9 so with that being said, that could be a junction to see where the team stands with eighth games left at that point. The Browns could be possibly 6-2 or 5-3 by the bye week if they beat the teams the should, and either split the Bengals games or win them both.
Overall, the Browns have the third slotted schedule in the AFC North and with the opponents they have been given; the Browns could be looking at a good year overall in all honesty. The team on both sides of the ball got an upgrade, plus Kevin Stefanski, and his staff will have the team ready to go when week 1 rolls around in Baltimore. There are some games that could test the Browns but, overall it’s a schedule that could give them a chance to make the playoffs.
When the Browns get closer to camp there will be a season prediction article coming out for the 2020 season when the time comes for that to be published here at Downtown Browns.