The Browns seem to have drawn the short end of the stick in regards to their 2015 schedule.
The strength of schedule for each NFL team has been calculated, and the Browns have the ninth toughest schedule of the NFL's 32 teams.
The 2015 NFL schedule has not yet been released, but each team knows its foes for the upcoming season. Based on the records of each team's opponents, strength of schedule has been tabulated for each team by John Breech of CBS Sports. SBNation.com also posted the complete list here.
The Browns' 2015 opponents compiled a combined record of 138-116-2 in 2014, which gives the club a .543 strength of schedule. The good news is that the Steelers have the toughest schedule at .579, and the Bengals have the second toughest at .563. The Ravens sit just behind the Browns at 11th (.539).
As noted by ClevelandBrowns.com, the team will host the Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, 49ers, Broncos, Cardinals, Raiders, and Titans at First Energy Stadium, and will hit the road for games against Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chargers, Chiefs, Jets, Rams, and Seahawks.
Instead of facing off against weaker AFC and NFC South squads, the Browns will play against stronger teams from the AFC and NFC West. Of the Browns' 16 games, nine will be against teams that reached the playoffs in 2014.
To put the team's 2015 schedule in perspective, the Browns entered the 2014 season with a .465 strength of schedule, tied for 26th. The club played eight games against playoff teams last season, with six of those contests being against AFC North opponents.
While the Browns' 2015 schedule looks menacing now, much could change between now and September. After all, the offseason is still young.