Browns MIGHT Be Starting The Season in Primetime

Last season, the Cleveland Browns played on Thursday Night Football at First Energy Stadium against the New York Jets in Week 3 of the season. Of course, you probably remember this game as the “coming out party” of Baker Mayfield, the first overall pick, and you probably also remember this game because the Browns beat Sam Darnold, the third overall pick, and the New York Jets for the Browns’ first win of the season. Well, to open the 2019-2020 season the Browns might be opening the season on the road and in primetime.

This upcoming season, the AFC North will be playing the AFC East and NFC West, and the Browns will be playing against the teams who finished in 3rd place in the AFC South and the AFC West. So the Browns home opponents this season will be: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Rams, Seahawks, Bills, Dolphins and the Titans. The Browns road opponents will be: Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Cardinals, 49ers, Patriots, Jets, Broncos. So no matter who wins Super Bowl 53, hopefully, the Rams, the Browns will have to play the defending Super Bowl champion next season either on the road or at home. 

The last two seasons, the Browns have opened the season at First Energy Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This season, the game ended in a tie, 21-21, the season before the Browns lost, 21-18. This upcoming season, there is a report floating around that for Week 1, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns will be going to the desert to take on Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on… Monday Night Football.

Unfortunately, the last time the Browns were on Monday Night Football was a home game against the Baltimore Ravens and well, that didn’t go so well as the Browns tried to win the game on a field goal, however; Baltimore blocked the kick and ran it back for a touchdown. But we will see if this possible Monday Night opener in the desert produces different results.

Regardless of if this game is on MNF to open a season, this will be a return to the desert for Steve Wilks. The new Browns defensive coordinator was the Cardinals head coach last. 

Now, here’s my prediction for what the Browns schedule is going to look like for this coming season:

Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals (Monday Night Football)

Week 2: home vs Cincinnati Bengals

Week 3: at New York Jets (Thursday Night Football)

Week 4: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 5: at New England Patriots

Week 6: home vs Tennessee Titans

Week 7: home vs LA Rams (Sunday Night Football)

Week 8: at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 9: Bye Week 

Week 10:  home vs Seattle Seahawks (Sunday Night Football)

Week 11: at Baltimore Ravens

Week 12: at Denver Broncos

Week 13: home vs Miami Dolphins

Week 14: at San Francisco 49ers

Week 15: home vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 16: at Buffalo Bills

Week 17: home vs Baltimore Ravens

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