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Browns playoff opponent options down to 2 teams

Cleveland travels to Houston or Jacksonville next week for the Wild Card round of the playoffs

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

One of the strangest weeks for Cleveland Browns fans is about to come to a close. Week 18 not mattering is not unusual for fans but wanting to skip ahead a week to get to the playoffs is.

Beating the Cincinnati Bengals to run the team’s record to 12-5 would be nice. Keeping the Bengals from winning an AFC North contest and ending the year with a winning record in the division would also be nice.

Besides that, 12-5 would just ensure that the Browns have the second-best record in the AFC.

Cleveland’s playoff opponent was down to three options as Week 18 opened on Saturday.

With the Houston Texans knocking off the Indianapolis Colts late Saturday night, the latter was eliminated from playoff contention.

As Sunday dawns, the Browns will either face the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Texans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Despite having a better record than both, Cleveland will travel to Florida or Texas to face the AFC South champion.


Update:

The 1 PM slate of games decided Cleveland’s opponent for the Wild Card round. Click here for the details.


The Jaguars are in control of their destiny. A win gives them a division title, the fourth seed and a home playoff game. For Houston, a Jacksonville loss gives the Texans all of those things. If not, Houston will be the sixth or seventh seed and travel in the opening contest.

The Browns beat both the Jaguars and Texans this year but Houston was without QB CJ Stroud in that matchup while QB Trevor Lawrence was limited, as he is in Week 18.


Texans or Jaguars? Who do you think is a better matchup for the Browns in the playoffs?