The NFL will not release the actual dates and times for a few more months, but the 2020 opponents for the Cleveland Browns have been finalized.
And with the recent run of head coach hirings, there are a few games that have become more interesting.
Our 2020 opponents are set.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 30, 2019
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In addition to the annual home-and-home series within the AFC North Division against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, other AFC opponents include:
- the AFC South Division, with home games against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, and road meetings with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans - the sixth time the Browns will face the Titans since 2014;
- a road game against the New York Jets, the sixth consecutive year the teams will meet;
- a game against the Las Vegas Raiders, which will come at home, meaning Browns fans will have to hold off on the road trip to Vegas for at least another year.
The Browns are slated to take on the NFC East Division this year, which is where things get interesting:
- The road game against the New York Giants will focus on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. facing his former team for the first time since being traded to Cleveland. It will also be the Browns second trip to MetLife Stadium as the game against the Jets is also on the road.
- The games against the Dallas Cowboys (road) and Washington Redskins (home) will come against teams with new head coaches in Mike McCarthy (Cowboys) and Ron Rivera (Washington). Those games will give the media plenty of opportunity to re-hash how the Browns “missed out” on hiring those two head coaches.
- Speaking of “missing out,” the Browns will host the Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz, who has yet to win a playoff game in four seasons since being the No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft with a pick the Browns traded to the Eagles.
For what it is worth, the Eagles, Texans, Ravens and Titans are the only teams on the schedule that made the playoffs this season.