Cleveland Browns 2020 NFL schedule: 5 must-win games

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Home: Pittsburgh Steelers

If we know the NFL, they are fully aware that reinstating Myles Garrett means that for both games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, we will see the video of Garrett swinging a helmet at Mason Rudolph’s head roughly 436,000 times in the week leading up to the game.

For that reason, we believe the NFL will make the Browns home game against the Steelers first. It makes it a little more palatable when they get that first matchup out of the way while the fans aren’t entirely against the “enemy”.

If the Steelers were at home for the first matchup, the fans would be incensed, ready to rip apart Garrett. Every time he’d make a play, the boo birds would be loud, but there also could be some very audible chants that could get networks in trouble with the FCC. While the Ravens and NBC avoided any trouble a few years ago when a chant with a curse came over air, it’s not the hot water the NFL is looking to get in.

Either way, if the Browns win the first game against the Steelers, it takes the edge off the next game, and the Steelers and its fans will focus more on getting that win back than sending hate Garrett’s way. Don’t get us wrong, they will still take him to the woodshed, but it will take it down a notch.

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Also, winning divisional games at home are very important in the AFC North. The Steelers are looking to bounce back after a season without Ben Roethlisberger, and the Ravens hope to show last year wasn’t a one-hit wonder. The Browns need to get the wins while they can.