Here’s a look at the 2010 NFL Schedule for the Browns:
Date – CAPS for home; @ for away
9/12 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
9/19 – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
9/26 – @ Baltimore Ravens (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
10/3 – CINCINNATI BENGALS (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
10/10 – ATLANTA FALCONS (FOX 1:00 p.m.)
10/17 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
10/24 – @ New Orleans Saints (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
10/31 – BYE WEEK
11/7 – NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
11/14 – NEW YORK JETS (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
11/21 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
11/28 – CAROLINA PANTHERS (FOX 1:00 p.m.)
12/5 – @ Miami Dolphins (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
12/12 – @ Buffalo Bills (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
12/19 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
12/26 – BALTIMORE RAVENS (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
12/2 – PITTSBURGH STEELERS (CBS 1:00 p.m.)
- For over a decade now, the schedule makers had been trying to do the Browns a favor by starting them off at home. Let me speak for the Browns fans when I say: “Thanks, but No Thanks.” In those 11 ‘favors’ the Browns went 1-10, losing their last 5 in a row.
- Now however, for the first time since their rebirth in 1999, the Browns will open their season away. Not saying this turn of events will change the Browns fortunes, but it sure can’t hurt.
- It also can’t hurt that we play the Tampa Bay Bucs and Kansas City Chiefs in our first two games. Seeing as how both will be selecting before Cleveland in Thursdays draft, I don’t think anyone should guffaw at the idea of the Browns starting 2-0.
- Random game I’m looking forward to: New York Jets. Just this offseason, they have picked up: LaDainian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, Jason Taylor. Last year, they dealt for Braylon Edwards. Huh? Did Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum sign on as Executive Producers of Hard Knocks?
- You also have the whole Rex vs. Rob thing to consider. This will mark the first time the Ryan brothers will compete since Bar Louie’s “Rock the Tot” tater eating competition.
- The fact that the Jets will be this year’s team on Hard Knocks also plays a big role in my interest in the team. Last year, I watched the entire Bengals fourth preseason because I was curious to see if their 5th CB would play well enough make the team. That’s the equivalent of me caring about how Channing Tatum’s latest chick flick did in the box office. I shouldn’t care. I don’t really care. It doesn’t make any sense. The show is just that cool.
- Little known fact: The Browns actually are tied for first with the longest active win streak at 5. And with the addition of Holmgren to the organization, you think that combo might generate just a little excitement. Emphasis on might.
- But the Browns were scheduled for no Monday Night games, no Thursday Night games, no Sunday Night games, and not even Sunday afternoon games. Every game is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
- I’m totally cool with this though. Ever since we Braylon’d it (dropped the ball) in 2008 with all that prime time scheduling, I’m fine with staying away from the limelight for now. Let’s try to earn it with the flex scheduling.
- Note: After week 10, which includes the Jacksonville game and every game after, the games will be subject to flex scheduling. So if the Browns and Bills walk into week 13 at 12-0 a piece, they’ll probably move it from its 1:00 p.m. spot. (Now feel free to guffaw.)
- This is also the first year that the final game must be a division game. The goal is to keep things competitive and prevent teams from tanking it. With the Ravens and Steelers as the final two games of the year, I can’t help but imagine it will help. No matter what the record, I’m sure I will care more about a finale vs. the Steelers than say, our ’09 opponent in the Jags.
- I’ll hold off from any prediction of the Browns overall Record until after the draft. Plus I don’t want to sour any excitement I may have had at the thought of starting off 2-0.