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2020 Browns schedule: Breaking down all 13 opponents

Tune in Thursday at 7 p.m. to "Browns Live: Schedule Release Show" to watch interviews with celebrity guests and the real-time release of the 2020 schedule.

The Browns will find out their 2020 schedule Thursday night, but the opponents for Cleveland have been set since the end of last season.

In addition to their six games against normal AFC North opponents, the Browns will line up against all of the teams from the NFC East and AFC South. Cleveland will also play the New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders as a result of finishing third in the division last season. Four of Cleveland's 13 opponents made the playoffs last season.

Here's a look at the offseason activity from each opponent the Browns have in 2020.


Baltimore Ravens

2019 record: 14-2

Key additions: DE Calais Campbell, LB Patrick Queen, RB JK Dobbins, G DJ Fluker, DE Derek Wolfe

Key losses: OG Marshal Yanda, S Tony Jefferson, TE Hayden Hurst, DT Michael Pierce, LB Patrick Onwuasor, LB Josh Bynes

Analysis: Baltimore has a tall task in replacing Yanda at right guard and will rely on Queen, its first-round draft pick, to shore up a linebackers group that will look much different than last season. The Ravens should be one of the NFL's best teams next season and still own one of the most complete rosters in the league.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2019 record: 8-8

Key additions: TE Eric Ebron, OL Stefen Wisniewski, DL Chris Wormley, WR Chase Claypool

Key losses: G Ramon Foster, DT Javon Hargrave, S Sean Davis

Analysis: The biggest "addition" the Steelers might have next season is not a free-agent signing, draft pick or trade. It's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who missed all but two games last year due to an elbow injury and will return for a 17th season in Pittsburgh. The Steelers didn't lose many players from their top defense last season, but their success in 2020 will hinge on how Roethlisberger moves the football.

Cincinnati Bengals

2019 record: 2-14

Key additions: QB Joe Burrow, DT DJ Reader, CB Trae Waynes, CB Mackensie Alexander, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, S Vonn Bell

Key losses: QB Andy Dalton, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Darqueze Dennard, G John Miller

Analysis: The Bengals were one of the most active offseason teams after a dismal 2019 season and are now in position to compete in the AFC North. Cincinnati spent over $130 million in free agency and has one of the most promising quarterbacks in the NFL in Burrow, selected No. 1 overall in the 2020 draft, but it still has an alarming lack of experience at offensive line. The rebuild isn't entirely complete, but the Bengals could be one of the league's most improved teams.

Indianapolis Colts

2019 record: 7-9

Key additions: QB Philip Rivers, DT DeForest Buckner, DT Sheldon Day, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB TJ Carrie, TE Trey Burton, WR Michael Pittman Jr., RB Jonathan Taylor

Key losses: TE Eric Ebron, OL Joe Haeg, WR Devin Funchess, S Clayton Geathers, CB Pierre Desir, CB Quincy Wilson

Analysis: The Colts were one of the most aggressive teams in free agency and should contend in the AFC South. They'll provide Rivers with plenty of receiving weapons and one of the best offensive lines in the league. On defense, Indianapolis beefed up its talent at the line of scrimmage with Buckner and Day, two quality defensive tackles from the 49ers. The Colts have significant, but positive changes on both sides of the ball.

Houston Texans

2019 record: 10-6

Key additions: RB David Johnson, DE Ross Blacklock, S Eric Murray, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Randall Cobb

Key losses: WR DeAndre Hopkins, RB Carlos Hyde, RB Lamar Miller, DT DJ Reader, S Tashaun Gipson, CB Johnathan Joseph

Analysis: The Texans traded one of the top receivers in the league in Hopkins to the Cardinals in return for Johnson, who has regressed from his dominant form when he scored 16 touchdowns in 2016. That transaction alone seems to be enough reason to expect the Texans to finish short from their 10 wins last season, but Deshaun Watson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and still makes Houston a playoff contender.

The wait for the Browns' 2020 schedule will end Thursday when the NFL unveils full slates for all 32 teams. For now, check out the Browns 2020 opponents in photos

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Philadelphia Eagles

2019 record: 9-7

Key additions: CB Darius Slay, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR Jalen Reagor, QB Jalen Hurts, DT Javon Hargrave, S Will Parks, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman

Key losses: LT Jason Peters, CB Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ronald Darby, LB Nigel Bradham, WR Nelson Agholor, RB Jordan Howard

Analysis: Philadelphia has overhauled its secondary and brought in new wide receivers to find proven replacements to some of their biggest losses from last season's roster. One of their biggest questions is whether Hurts, a 2020 second-round draft selection, will have any immediate role in the offense. Regardless, the Eagles should be a playoff contender again in 2020. 

Washington Redskins

2019 record: 3-13

Key additions: DE Chase Young, CB Ronald Darby, RB JD McKissic, LB Thomas Davis Sr., S Sean Davis, TE Logan Thomas, G Wes Schweitzer, QB Kyle Allen

Key losses: LT Trent Williams, QB Case Keenum, RB Chris Thompson, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, OT Donald Penn, CB Quinton Dunbar 

Analysis: Ron Rivera will attempt to elevate the play of 2019 first-round draft pick QB Dwayne Haskins in his first season as coach of the Redskins. That'll be tough, however, without a proven left tackle to replace the Pro Bowl talent from Williams. The Redskins added some formidable pieces on defense, but their offense still has plenty of question marks.

Las Vegas Raiders

2019 record: 7-9

Key additions: WR Henry Ruggs III, S Damarious Randall, TE Jason Witten, LB Cory Littleton, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, DT Maliek Collins, DE Carl Nassib, WR Nelson Agholor, S Jeff Heath

Key losses: S Karl Joseph, LB Vontaze Burfict, RB DeAndre Washington, RB Isaiah Crowell, LB Will Compton

Analysis: The Raiders will enter their first season in Las Vegas with a revamped defense and new offensive weapons for QB Derek Carr. Las Vegas' primary goal is to compete with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, and while it's certainly possible for the Raiders to be in the playoff hunt in the final weeks of the season, it's far from a guarantee in what figures to be a competitive divisional race.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2019 record: 6-10

Key additions: LB Joe Schobert, DT Rodney Gunter, TE Tyler Eifert, CB CJ Henderson, DE K'Lavon Chaisson

Key losses: WR Marquise Lee, QB Nick Foles, DE Calais Campbell, OT Cedric Ogbuehi

Analysis: The Jaguars are hitting the reset button. QB Gardner Minshew will be one of the more interesting quarterbacks to watch, and if he struggles, Jacksonville could be in a favorable position to select one of the top quarterbacks of the 2021 draft.

Tennessee Titans

2019 record: 9-7

Key additions: LB Vic Beasley, CB Johnathan Joseph, OT Isaiah Wilson, CB Kristian Fulton

Key losses: RT Jack Conklin, QB Marcus Mariota, RB Dion Lewis, CB Logan Ryan, TE Delanie Walker, LB Wesley Woodyard, DT Jurrell Casey

Analysis: The Titans are banking on QB Ryan Tannehill to match the success he had last season after taking over for Mariota in Week 6. Tennessee was a win away from the Super Bowl last season, but it'll need help from Wilson and Fulton — two rookies — to patch some of the Titans' biggest roster holes.

Dallas Cowboys

2019 record: 8-8

Key additions: WR CeeDee Lamb, CB Trevon Diggs, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Dontari Poe, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, TE Blake Bell, K Greg Zuerlein, QB Andy Dalton

Key losses: TE Jason Witten, WR Randall Cobb, C Travis Frederick, OT Cameron Fleming, OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, CB Byron Jones, DE Robert Quinn, DE Michael Bennett, DL Maliek Collins, S Jeff Heath

Analysis: The Cowboys secured arguably one of the top picks of the 2020 draft with Lamb and added two top-tier defensive tackles with McCoy and Poe on defense. New coach Mike McCarthy has a lot of fun pieces on his roster, and Dallas looks primed to get back in the playoffs in 2020.

New York Giants

2019 record: 4-12

Key additions: OT Andrew Thomas, S Xavier McKinney, CB James Bradberry, OT Cameron Fleming, LB Blake Martinez, RB Dion Lewis

Key losses: S Antione Bethea, LB Alec Ogletree, LB Kareem Martin

Analysis: The Giants gained more than it lost last season, but they still won't be favored to win too many games. They added promising draft pieces in Thomas and McKinney, who could deliver an immediate impact as rookies, and need to see more out of QB Daniel Jones to judge how far away they are from being playoff competitors.

New York Jets

2019 record: 7-9

Key additions: WR Breshad Perriman, G Greg Van Roten, C Connor McGovern, OT George Fant, CB Pierre Desir, RB Frank Gore, OT Mekhi Becton, WR Denzel Mims

Key losses: WR Robby Anderson, CB Trumaine Johnson, OT Brandon Shell, G Tom Compton, CB Darryl Roberts, WR Demaryius Thomas, LT Kelvin Beachum

Analysis: The Jets enter a key year in the development of QB Sam Darnold, so Jets general manager Joe Douglas utilized free agency to give a makeover to the offensive line. There's still big question marks at nearly each position, but the Jets could make a step into the playoff race if Darnold shows improvement.

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