Cleveland tackles West division from AFC, NFC
Not even 24 hours removed from their season finale, the Cleveland Browns know who to start scouting for 2015.
The Browns will draw the usual suspects from the AFC North and square off against foes from the AFC and NFC West divisions. The two teams that were up in the air were settled Sunday, as Cleveland will face the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, both of which finished in fourth place in their respective divisions.
Dates and times for the games will be announced in April, but the locations are already known.
The Browns will have their annual home games with division rivals Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati while also hosting Tennessee, Denver, Oakland, San Francisco and Arizona. Cleveland will travel to the three AFC North cities while also making trips to New York (Jets), Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis.
Of the 13 teams on Cleveland’s schedule, six are in the playoffs and two others -- San Diego and Kansas City -- entered the final week of 2014 with their playoff hopes alive.
Half of the Browns’ games will be against opponents they faced in 2014, and this will mark Oakland’s second straight trip to FirstEnergy Stadium.
Cleveland’s cross-country flight to Seattle will be its first since 2003, and the Browns haven’t played the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium Since 2006. On the flip side, Arizona will make its first trip to FirstEnergy Stadium since 2003 and San Francisco will visit for the first time since 2006.