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Breaking down the Browns' 2016 schedule: Weeks 1-8

The Browns' 2016 season is set in stone as the league released its official schedule Thursday night.

So let's take a look at their opponents and what to expect next season from AFC North rivals to other challengers across the league

Week 1: Eagles

Sept. 11 (1 p.m) @ Philadelphia

2015 record: 7-9

The skinny: The Chip Kelly era ended after a 7-9 season in which the Eagles struggled to live up to expectations following back-to-back 10-6 campaigns. Kelly parted ways with the team after three seasons and, now, with new head coach Doug Pederson, Philadelphia and QB Sam Bradford look to contend in the NFC East once again.

Players to watch: QB Sam Bradford, CB Malcolm Jenkins, DL Fletcher Cox

Notable offseason moves: Brought Doug Pederson in as head coach in January … Pederson, a disciple of former Eagles coach Andy Reid, returns after three seasons as offensive coordinator for the Chiefs … Re-signed Bradford to a massive two-year contract; traded QB Mark Sanchez to Denver for a conditional draft pick; traded top RB DeMarco Murray to Titans in exchange for 4th-round picks

Week 2: Ravens

Sept. 18 (1 p.m.) at FirstEnergy Stadium

2015 record: 5-11

The skinny: Baltimore looks to get back on track after an unusually shaky season. Buoyed by the addition of several key free agents, expect the Ravens to compete for the AFC North title next season.

Players to watch: QB Joe Flacco, WR Steve Smith, LB C.J. Mosley, S Eric Weddle

Notable offseason moves: Signed big names in former Chargers safety Eric Weddle, former Vikings WR Mike Wallace and TE Ben Watson … LB Courtney Upshaw left team in free agency

Week 3: Dolphins

Sept. 25 (1 p.m.) @ Miami

2015 record: 6-10

The skinny: After dismissing head coach Joe Philbin following a 1-3 start, the Dolphins were unable to maintain any sort of consistency under interim coach Dan Campbell, who was previously the team's tight ends coach.

Players to watch: QB Ryan Tannehill, DL Ndamukong Suh​, WR Jarvis Landry, DE Mario Williams,

Notable offseason moves: The Dolphins hired Adam Gase as head coach in January. Gase, the former offensive coordinator for the Bears, is known for his work with quarterbacks … Miami signed DE Mario Williams after losing Olivier Vernon to the Giants in free agency … RB Lamar Miller left team for Texans … WR Rishard Matthews left for the Titans … released former Pro Bowl corner Brent Grimes

Week 4: Redskins

Oct. 2 (1 p.m) @ Washington

2015 record: 9-7

The skinny: Cleveland's trip to the Washington area carries some extra intrigue, as Robert Griffin III makes his first return to FedEx Field since joining the Browns last month.

Players to watch: QB Kirk Cousins, TE Jordan Reed, LB Ryan Kerrigan, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Desean Jackson, CB Chris Culliver

Notable offseason moves: Released Griffin, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner … RB Alfred Morris departs team in free agency for Jets … RB Silas Redd suspended indefinitely after violating the league's banned substance policy … signed veteran/former 49ers TE Vernon Davis

Week 5: Patriots

Oct. 9 (1 p.m.) at FirstEnergy Stadium

2015 record: 10-6

The skinny: In typical fashion, New England made another postseason run before falling to the Broncos, the eventual Super Bowl champion, in the AFC Championship game.

Players to watch: QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Julian Edelman, LB Dont'a Hightower, DB Patrick Chung, RB LeGarrette Blount

Notable offseason moves: Resigned RB LeGarrette Blount … picked up former Rams DE Chris Long in free agency … released DL Dominique Easley

Week 6: Titans

Oct. 16 (1 p.m.) @ Tennessee

2015 record: 3-13

The skinny: In a disappointing season in which Tennessee parted ways with coach Ken Whisenhunt after less than two seasons, there were bright spots for the Titans as rookie QB Marcus Mariota showed he can be the future of the franchise.

Players to watch: QB Marcus Mariota, RB DeMarco Murray, WR Delanie Walker, LB Avery Williamson, WR Rishard Matthews

Notable offseason moves: Dealt away the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft to Los Angeles … signed Murray, a former Eagles RB, in free agency; released DB Michael Griffin … acquired former Miami WR Rishard Matthews

Week 7: Bengals

Oct. 23 (1 p.m.) @ Cincinnati

2015 record: 12-4

The skinny: On pace to perhaps make a deep postseason run, Cincinnati fell to the Steelers in a contentious AFC Wildcard game without starting QB Andy Dalton, who sat because of a broken thumb. And without offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who left to become the Browns' head coach, it'll be interesting to see how the Bengals offense responds.

Players to watch: QB Andy Dalton, WR AJ Green, LB Vontaze Burfict, DL Geno Atkins, DB Adam Jones, RB Giovani Bernard

Notable offseason moves: Lost WRs in Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu and starting safety Reggie Nelson in free agency. Jones signed with the Lions while Sanu joined Atlanta; resigned starting DBs in Jones and George Iloka.

Week 8: Jets

Oct. 30 (1 p.m.) at FirstEnergy Stadium

2015 record: 10-6

The skinny: New York's first season under Todd Bowles proved to be a successful one. Now, the Jets will look to sustain that progress going forward, be it with or without Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is reportedly still exploring his options in free agency.

Players to watch: WR Brandon Marshall, C Nick Mangold, RB Matt Forte, WR Eric Decker, DL Muhammed Wilkerson, CB Darrelle Revis, LB David Harris, DE Leonard Williams

Notable offseason moves: Veteran LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson announced his retirement last week … signed former Bears RB Matt Forte in free agency … RB Chris Ivory departed team for Jacksonville in free agency

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