Browns schedule tough but 3 AFC teams were ‘screwed’ by the NFL schedule

browns schedule tough but 3 afc teams were ‘screwed’ by the nfl schedule

Browns schedule tough but 3 AFC teams were ‘screwed’ by the NFL schedule

The NFL schedule release is hyped up for a lot of reasons. Between wanting to know who is a team's Week 1 opponent, home opener, primetime games and bye week, teams and fans are excited about how the schedule will unfold.

The Cleveland Browns were interested in finding out if they would be playing in London this year but already knew that they would have what is considered the most difficult schedule in 2024 based on 2023’s records. Getting their bye week in Week 10 with a mini bye shortly after that, the Browns have to be mostly happy with how their schedule lays out despite being tough at the end.

Three other AFC teams, including two contenders, have more of a complaint about their schedule but were they “screwed?” First, AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers:

We all know the AFC North is a dog fight. It’s the league’s most competitive division, where any of the four teams could conceivably and convincingly win. That means balance is a razor’s edge, and an absolute sicko must have devised the final eight games of the Steelers’ schedule.

Week 11: Baltimore Ravens

Week 12: AT Cleveland Browns, on three day’s rest on Thursday Night Football

Week 13: AT Cincinnati Bengals, coming off TNF

Week 14: Cleveland Browns

Week 15: AT Philadelphia Eagles

Week 16: AT Baltimore Ravens

Week 17: Kansas City Chiefs, on four day’s rest on Christmas Day

Week 18: Cincinnati Bengals

While the New England Patriots are rebuilding, they might not have a chance at a win until the middle of the season while the Houston Texans, last year’s surprise team, have a tough bye week and end of the season:

They have a ludicrously late bye week, which doesn’t happen until Week 14. This means there’s very little room for in-season retooling, and the key restructuring week around the league will happen after the NFL trade deadline.

This is also a slate that features three primetime games in a row, which makes not only for uneven scheduling, but too much attention. The Texans face the Jets on Thursday Night Football in Week 9, then the Lions on short rest on Sunday Night Football, then the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

While it is never clear how a season will play out, as of now the Steelers, Patriots and Texans have not been handed any favors in the setup of their schedules. The Indianapolis Colts are noted as one of the three teams, and only one in the AFC, with the best schedule setup this season.

Do you think the NFL “screwed” teams like the Steelers with how the schedule plays out?

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