With the calendar turning to February and with just one game remaining in the 2018 NFL season, its time to start looking ahead to 2019.
Things will be a little different in regards to the schedule for the Cleveland Browns. For the first time in years, the Browns will not play a last place schedule in 2019. After going 7-8-1 in 2018, the Browns will have a third place schedule in 2019.
So what does that mean for new head coach Freddie Kitchens. To be honest, not much. The third place schedule just fills out the final two opponents for all 32 teams in the NFL.
Here is how the NFL regular season schedule is set up. Each team will play their division opponents twice. Every division will play each team from another division within their conference on three year rotating basis. Each division will play all the teams from a division from the other conference on a four year rotating basis. Add that up and it equals out to 14 games. The NFL regular season consists of 16 games. The final two games on the schedule match the teams that finish in the same position in the division standings between the other two divisions in the same conference.
The Browns third place schedule is going to be a challenge. The AFC North plays the AFC East and the NFC West in 2019. As a result, the Browns will face both teams participating in Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
So what could the Browns 2019 regular season look like? Well here is a prediction. Just remember this is not official. The actual 2019 NFL regular season schedule is not announced until the middle of April.