'05 NFL schedule released

Aside from back-to-back match-ups in weeks two and three with Green Bay and Indianapolis, Romeo Crennel will have a rather easy non-divisional schedule during his first season as an NFL head coach. Of course, the Browns play the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals a total of six times, all of which will be tough games, but the rest of the 2005 schedule, just released by the NFL, is pretty tame. The two games with the Packers and Colts, along with a week-12 meeting against the Vikings and a game the following week with Jacksonville, will certainly pose some problems but beyond that, the Browns play patsies like the Lions (6-10 last year), Bears (5-11), Titans (5-11), Raiders (5-11) and Dolphins (4-12).

Of course, the Browns are patsies too, so that may not matter all that much. Still, a schedule that features six sub-.500 teams from a year ago offers some hope for the ’05 season. In fact, if you take the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals out of the equation, Cleveland’s 2005 opponents were a combined 71-89 last year. Looks like the NFL took some mercy on the Browns.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering…no, you won’t find the Browns on any nationally televised games next season. I know, shocker.

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