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Cleveland Browns release official 2020 schedule

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Posted at 7:50 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 20:16:40-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns’ schedule for the 2020 season was officially announced Thursday evening.

The Browns start their season with a challenge, scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens on the road in the season opener. The Ravens went 14-2 last season and finished the season at the top of the AFC North.

Returning home the following week, the Browns will play under the primetime lights in their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Battle of Ohio.

Here’s who the Browns are slated through the preseason and regular season:

WeekDateOpponentTime
Preseason- 1Aug. 13-17at Chicago BearsTBD
Preseason- 2Aug. 20-24at Green Bay PackersTBD
Preseason-3 Aug. 30Minnesota Vikings4 p.m.
Preseason- 4Sep. 3-4Tampa Bay Buccaneers TBD
    
1Sept. 13at Baltimore Ravens1 p.m.
2Sept. 17 (TNF)Cincinnati Bengals8:20 p.m.
3Sept. 27Washington Redskins1 p.m.
4Oct. 4at Dallas Cowboys1 p.m.
5Oct. 11Indianapolis Colts4:25 p.m.
6Oct. 18at Pittsburgh Steelers1 p.m.
7Oct. 25at Cincinnati Bengals1 p.m.
8Nov. 1Las Vegas Raiders1 p.m.
9BYE
10Nov. 15Houston Texans1 p.m.
11Nov. 22Philadelphia Eagles1 p.m.
12Nov. 29at Jacksonville Jaguars1 p.m.
13Dec. 6at Tennessee Titans1 p.m.
14Dec. 14 (MNF)Baltimore Ravens8:15 p.m.
15Dec. 20at NY Giants1 p.m.
16Dec. 26/27at NY JetsTBD
17Jan. 3Pittsburgh Steelers1 p.m.

The Browns will play in two primetime games this season. Cleveland played in four primetime games in 2019, the most the team had since 2008 when they played in five primetime games.

Included in the primetime games are a Monday Night Football game against the Ravens in week 14 and a Thursday Night Football game against the Bengals in the Week 2 home opener.

While many fans were hoping for the Browns to play in their first Thanksgiving Day game since 1989, unfortunately that won't happen this year as they'll take on the Jacksonville Jaguars that Sunday.

After the NFL released each teams’ opponents in December, a breakdown of all 32 teams and their strength of schedule followed. Based on the opponents here is how each team was ranked and where the Browns fall in that ranking:

Ranking Hardest to Easiest TeamOpponents Combined Record in 2019Opponents Combined Win Percentage in 2019
1
New England Patriots
137-118-1
.537
2
New York Jets
136-119-1
.533
3
Miami Dolphins
135-120-1
.529
4
San Francisco 49ers
134-120-2
.527
T-5
Buffalo Bills
134-121-1
.525
T-5
Detroit Lions
134-121-1
.525
T-5
Atlanta Falcons
134-121-1
.525
T-8
Arizona Cardinals
132-123-1
.518
T-8
Houston Texans
132-123-1
.518
T-10
Minnesota Vikings
131-123-2
.516
T-10
Los Angeles Rams
131-123-2
.516
12
Denver Broncos
131-125
.512
T-13
Chicago Bears
129-125-2
.509
T-13
Seattle Seahawks
129-125-2
.509
15
Green Bay Packers
128-126-2
.504
T-16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
128-127-1
.502
T-16
Indianapolis Colts
128-127-1
.502
T-18
Kansas City Chiefs
128-128
.500
T-18
Carolina Panthers
127-127-2
.500
20
Tennessee Titans
127-128-1
.498
21
Las Vegas Raiders
127-129
.496
22
Jacksonville Jaguars
126-129-1
.494
23
Los Angeles Chargers
126-130
.492
24
New Orleans Saints
125-130-1
.490
25
Philadelphia Eagles
124-131-1
.486
26
New York Giants
123-132-1
.482
27
Cincinnati Bengals
122-134
.477
28
Washington Redskins
118-136-2
.465
29
Cleveland Browns
118-138
.461
30
Dallas Cowboys
117-138-1
.459
31
Pittsburgh Steelers
117-139
.457
32
Baltimore Ravens
112-144
.438

Here is a look at the Browns 2020 opponents' records last season:

  • Baltimore Ravens: 14-2
  • Cincinnati Bengals: 2-14
  • Dallas Cowboys: 8-8
  • Houston Texans: 10-6
  • Indianapolis Colts: 7-9
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-10
  • Las Vegas Raiders 7-9
  • New York Giants: 4-12
  • New York Jets: 7-9
  • Philadelphia Eagles: 9-7
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-8
  • Tennessee Titans: 9-7
  • Washington Redskins: 3-13

The Browns have the fourth easiest schedule in 2020 in relation to their opponents' win percentage from last season, although the formula doesn't always reflect the way the schedule pans out on the field

When it comes down to it, the only wins that really matter the ones recorded by the Browns this season, not how many they or their opponents had last season. Those wins start counting on September 13. Until then, we do what Clevelanders do best: remain hopeful and confident that this is our year.

Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · TBD at Chicago Bears

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · TBD at Green Bay Packers

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · 4 PM EST Minnesota Vikings

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · TBD Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 9/13 · 1:00 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 2 · Thu 9/17 · 8:20 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/27 · 1:00 PM EST Washington Redskins (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/4 · 1:00 PM EST at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/11 · 4:25 PM EST Indianapolis Colts (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/18 · 1:00 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 7 · Sun 10/25 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 8 · Sun 11/1 · 1:00 PM EST Las Vegas Raiders (FOX)

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/15 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (FOX)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/22 · 1:00 PM EST Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/6 · 1:00 PM EST at Tennessee Titans (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/14 · 8:15 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (ESPN)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/20 · 1:00 PM EST at New York Giants (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Dec. 27-27 · TBD at New York Jets

WEEK 17 · Sun 1/3 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)