CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns schedule for the upcoming season has been released.
Steelers- Ben Roethlisberger returns to Ohio where he always plays well. He has only lost twice in his career in Cleveland.
Ravens- Another place the Browns never win. They did get an overtime victory in Baltimore two years ago, but they have won there only twice in the last 14 years.
Colts- Andrew Luck is expected to be fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. He is one of the best passers in the league, but their offensive line is a sieve and their defense was 30th in the league in 2016, so they have holes.
Bengals- Jeremy Hill has never had a bad day in Cleveland. Is this the year the Browns stop him?
Jets- This game will get a lot more intriguing if the Jets draft Mitch Trubisky, and it sounds like they want to. Either way, this seems to be a "winnable" game for the Browns, at as we sit here in April.
Texans- Will Brock Osweiler be under center against his former team? Only if the Browns suffer a series of injuries to their quarterbacks. In other words, it is entirely possible. Houston lead the league in defense in 2016, so whomever the Browns have under center, they'll have a challenging day.
Titans- The Browns (hopefully) improved run defense will be tested. The Titans were the third best rushing team in the league in 2016. DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry are a very good 1-2 punch, and Marcus Mariota is an outstanding scrambler.
Vikings- The biggest story surrounding this game will be where the game is played- London. The Browns make their first trip over the pond to play Minnesota. Cleveland will be considered the home team as they take on one of the best defensive teams in the league.
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Lions- Detroit is coming off a playoff season and will be at home for this one. Since the game is in Michigan, perhaps the Browns could get Urban Meyer or Jim Tressel to help with a pre-game speech?
Jaguars- The Jags defense was pretty good last year, finishing 6th overall. Their offense is really hard to peg. Two years ago Blake Bortles lead a high-powered attack. Last year, not so much. Which Bortles will show up? That is the question of the offseason in Jacksonville right now.
Bengals- Cincinnati, like the rest of the AFC North, has feasted on the Browns lately. But, the last time the Browns beat them was in Paul Brown Stadium… if that counts for anything.
Chargers- The Browns return to Los Angeles for the first time since 1993, when they played there twice. Their last game in LA was on December 26, 1993. They beat the Rams 42-14 behind a strong outing from Vinny Testaverde (21-23, 216 yards, 2 TDs). Tommy Vardell ran for two touchdowns in the win.
Packers- The best thing that can be said about this game is that at least it will not be in Lambeau Field. You would expect Aaron Rodgers to have his way with the Browns defense, but maybe a Myles Garrett-lead defensive line can impact him?
Bears- A Christmas Eve game in Chicago! You wanted to spend the holiday baking cookies and watching White Christmas? Nope! You'll get a healthy dose of wondering if the Browns should have been the team to sign Mike Glennon.
Steelers- The Browns will try and snap a 13-year losing streak. They haven't won at Heinz Field since 2003 when Tim Couch was their quarterback.