The Cleveland Browns shall be a playoff staff in 2020.
Yeah, Sporting Information is aware of we mentioned that final yr. The Browns had been one of many season’s largest busts on each stage. Freddie Kitchens was fired after a disappointing 6-10 season during which Baker Mayfield endured a sophomore hunch, Odell Beckham Jr. battled accidents and Myles Garrett was suspended for hitting Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph within the head with a helmet.
These three gamers will set the tone to get the Browns again on monitor this season, and it does not damage to have Nick Chubb — who ranked second within the NFL with 1,494 dashing yards final season.
Enter new coach Kevin Stefanski, who’s liable for leaving that turnaround. The Browns addressed a shoddy offensive line by including Jack Conklin through free company and Jedrick Wills within the draft, and the protection can construct across the return of Garrett.
The schedule additionally is far simpler this time round. Sporting Information appears to be like on the Browns’ prospects for 2020 and why we imagine it is a playoff staff.
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- Report: Eight-Eight
- Division: No. Three in AFC North
- Playoffs: No. 7 seed in AFC
Iyer’s take: The Browns, with the hype from final season gone, will reside as much as it a lot better as a extra environment friendly offensive staff with Kevin Stefanski and Alex Van Pelt implementing extra QB-friendly scheming for Baker Mayfield. More healthy weapons and a mightier line additionally assist. The protection will see sufficient enchancment to enhance what shall be a 3rd AFC North playoff staff in 2020.
Bender’s take: The offensive line additions had been enormous for Mayfield, who took 40 sacks in 2019. Tight finish Austin Hooper ought to open up the center of the sphere, too. The Browns have skill-position expertise that may match up with anyone, and it actually does hinge on Beckham bouncing again to make this an elite offense as soon as and for all. The protection collapsed late final season, however getting Garrett again will repair that. This staff can compete within the AFC North with Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Expertise is not the problem. It comes all the way down to clearing some psychological hurdles which have plagued the franchise since its return in 1999.
Browns odds for 2020 win whole, Tremendous Bowl
(Odds courtesy Sports activities Insider)
Vegas was larger on the Browns final season, however the Eight.5-win whole is about proper. Regardless of final yr’s full-fledged catastrophe, Cleveland nonetheless gained six video games and cut up with Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The issue is the Browns additionally cut up with Cincinnati, which shall be improved with No. 1 choose Joe Burrow.
Cleveland hasn’t had a profitable season since 2007 and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002. Much less hype, nevertheless, ought to result in higher outcomes.
The Browns can take a look at the 49ers, too, a franchise that made the Tremendous Bowl a yr after being the offseason darling of the NFL. Granted, Cleveland has by no means made the Tremendous Bowl, however these odds are value taking a flier on with a buy-low mentality.
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Browns schedule 2020
The 5 non-divisional opponents on the Browns’ schedule had a mixed 19-19 document at residence final season, and that must be exploited. Cleveland has far-less prime-time publicity, and the Week 2 matchup with the Bengals must be fascinating coming off the opener at Baltimore.
In different phrases, Cleveland cannot begin Zero-2.
The Browns additionally must be higher on the highway. Cleveland is Four-12 on the highway the final two seasons. The one groups which have been worse are Miami (Three-13), Oakland (Three-13) and Cincinnati (2-13). That isn’t the corporate playoff groups need to preserve.
December options what could possibly be marquee houses sport towards Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and there are back-to-back highway video games towards the Giants and Jets in New York. If there was ever a time for Beckham Jr. to show it, then it might be in that stretch.
|1||Sept. 13||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 17||vs. Bengals (TNF)||Eight:20 p.m. ET||NFLN|
|Three||Sept. 27||vs. Redskins||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|Four||Oct. Four||at Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 11||vs. Colts||Four:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 18||at Steelers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 25||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Eight||Nov. 1||vs. Raiders||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 15||vs. Texans||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 22||vs. Eagles||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|12||Nov. 29||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 6||at Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 14||vs. Ravens (MNF)||Eight:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|15||Dec. 20||at Giants||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26/27||at Jets||TBD||TBD|
|17||Jan. Three||vs. Steelers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|