Today, the 2009 National Football League schedule was released to the public. For fans of the two Ohio NFL teams, there are some stark differences in the schedules.
For the Cincinnati Bengals, they draw the toughest schedule in the AFC North, according to NFL.com. The team opens on September 13, 2009 vs. the Denver Broncos. The next two games are at Green Bay, vs. Pittsburgh, and then a road trip to see the Cleveland Browns for the first time in the season.
It certainly appears off hand that the Cincinnati Bengals got a raw deal for the upcoming season. The first part of the schedule appears brutal with games vs. Pittsburgh, at Baltimore, and vs. Chicago.
The Cleveland Browns are a different story. They have the 8th softest schedule in the league, which should help them to improve significantly this year. They will play one Monday Night Football game this year vs. Baltimore in Week 10.
With the exception of games against San Diego and Pittsburgh, the Browns appear like they could cruise right on through. If they can improve their defense, this team could take a big stride this year.
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