NFL 2021 Cleveland Browns: Full Schedule, Predictions & Key Games
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The Cleveland Browns have overhauled their defense and have one of the NFL’s best rosters entering the 2021 season, but will that translate to a top playoff seed?

At least on paper, Cleveland has all the pieces in place to contend for a Super Bowl. Overcoming years of futility seems almost insurmountable, but the Browns showed signs last season that they’ve moved past that and into a flourishing new era, USA Today cites.

Cleveland Browns: Schedule for 2021 NFL

Cleveland’s 2021 schedule includes games against AFC West, which means they’ll get a rematch with the Chiefs, and NFC North. The road schedule is pretty brutal, so if the Browns do make it back to the playoffs for a second consecutive season, they will have earned it, Sportsnaut cites.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the schedule…

Week Date Rival Time Streaming channel

Week 1

Sept. 12

at Chiefs

4:25 p.m.


Week 2

Sept. 19

vs. Texans

1 p.m.


Week 3

Sept. 26

vs. Bears

1 p.m.


Week 4

Oct. 3

at Vikings

1 p.m.


Week 5

Oct. 10

at Chargers

4:05 p.m.


Week 6

Oct. 17

vs. Cardinals

4:05 p.m.


Week 7

Oct. 21

vs. Broncos (TNF)

8:20 p.m.


Week 8

Oct. 31

vs. Steelers

1 p.m.


Week 9

Nov. 7

at Bengals

1 p.m.


Week 10

Nov. 14

at Patriots

1 p.m.


Week 11

Nov. 21

vs. Lions

1 p.m.


Week 12

Nov. 28

at Ravens (SNF)

8:20 p.m.


Week 13



Week 14

Dec. 12

vs. Ravens

1 p.m.


Week 15


vs. Raiders



Week 16

Dec. 25

at Packers (Christmas)

4:30 p.m.


Week 17

Jan. 3

at Steelers (MNF)

8:15 p.m.


Week 18

Jan. 9

vs. Bengals

1 p.m.


2021 NFL Cleveland Browns: Key games

Week 12 at Baltimore: The Browns dropped both of their games against the Ravens in 2020. A win in Baltimore, however, could help turn the tide in this inner-division rivalry.

Week 17 at Steelers: Cleveland ended decades of futility into a wild card beatdown of the Steelers in last year's playoffs. The Browns' next challenge is proving that game wasn't a fluke.

Week 16 at Packers: A rare trip to Green Bay gives the Browns a chance to test their mettle against one of the NFC's top teams. Cleveland's defense will have its work cut out for itself against Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams.

2021 NFL Cleveland Browns Prediction: Browns 37, Lions 9

NFL 2021 Cleveland Browns: Full Schedule, Predictions & Key Games
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1. Week 12 – vs. Baltimore Ravens

It was a shootout the last time these two teams met, and Cleveland got a lot better defensively since then. However, Lamar Jackson is still a game-breaker thanks to his amazing speed, and he has a superior cast of receivers to throw to in 2021, led by first-round pick Rashod Bateman. That should help Baltimore eke out a home win, reported CBS.

Cleveland Browns schedule prediction: Ravens 35, Browns 31

Week 13 BYE

Week 14 – vs. Baltimore Ravens

Something about home cooking and the fact that the Ravens beat the Browns in their house toward the end of the 2020 season in an absolute thriller should give Cleveland a sort of vengeance X-factor here. Look for the Browns to put together perhaps their most complete defensive performance of the year in this one.

Cleveland Browns schedule prediction: Browns 31, Ravens 13

Week 15 – vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Jon Gruden is a great offensive coach, and Derek Carr can light up the scoreboard. The problem is, Las Vegas can’t stop anyone, and continues to whiff on defensive player acquisitions. That’ll continue to cost the Raiders against the AFC West and other quality teams like the Browns.

Cleveland Browns schedule prediction: Browns 41, Raiders 28

Week 16 – @ Green Bay Packers

This score projection will drastically change if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t return as the Packers’ signal-caller. Presuming he is there, though, Rodgers should do just enough in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field to help Green Bay escape with a clutch “W” over Cleveland.

Cleveland Browns schedule prediction: Packers 28, Browns 27

Week 17 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers bizarrely opted not to address their offensive line in the draft or in free agency in any adequate fashion. As a result, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be a sitting duck, the rushing attack will continue to flail despite Najee Harris’ arrival. Even Pittsburgh’s mighty defense won’t be enough to keep the team in games consistently.

Cleveland Browns schedule prediction: Browns 27, Steelers 14

Week 18 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Look at any position group on the two rosters, and the Browns are superior in every area. That’s usually not a recipe for success for the team on the wrong end of that heads-up comparison.

Cleveland Browns schedule prediction: Browns 45, Bengals 21

2021 NFL Cleveland Browns: Toughest Matchup

Week: 1 | Date: Sept. 12 | Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

Opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs

Cleveland returns to the scene where its 2020 season came to an end. The Browns offense will look to have more success this time around after scoring just 19 points in January's divisional-round playoff loss.

How to Watch Cleveland Browns Games Live

It is possible to watch Cleveland Browns games live online or on TV without an expensive Cable TV package. Usually, these games are on CBS, but that may change depending on schedule, type of game, or national interest.

1. Use a TV antenna to watch the games on your TV

If the game is on either CBS, NBC, FOX or ABC, you can likely watch it live free if you have an inexpensive device called a digital TV antenna. A TV antenna allows you to watch your local broadcast channels for free once you've bought the antenna. This however requires your home to be within range of the local station that is carrying the game, No Cable cites.

2. Use official NFL apps to stream games online

While using an over-the-air TV antenna is still the best way to freely watch most NFL games, if the Cleveland Browns game is on ESPN, NFL Network or is blacked out for attendance reasons, you can still watch it, albeit with a little bit of work involved.

If you are looking to stream NFL games online using one of their official apps, you have a few options:

NFL Gamepass - NFL Gamepass allows you to stream any NFL game after the live game has ended. This will be your cheapest and easiest option, but obviously you won't be able to watch the games live. There is a free trial available.

NFL Sunday Ticket - NFL Sunday Ticket will allow you to live stream NFL games from any device, but the catch is that you can only watch out-of-market games. This means if you live in the market you are trying to watch the game for, you'll need to mask your location with a VPN (see below).

3. Removing Local Blackout Restrictions

If the NFL attempts to blackout live streaming of Cleveland Browns games due to you being within the their home viewing area, use a VPN to get around it.

By using a VPN, or virtual private network, your home's exact location is masked. Teams then cannot determine if you are within their blackout "range", thus allowing you to watch whatever sports team you want.

Our favorite VPN service — and one of the most respected — is NordVPN. I recently switched to NordVPN, which is the most trusted VPN service anywhere. I can vouch that they work for this exact use-case because I've done it.

A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place (think Germany, Italy or Seattle), and that IP is either entered into your home internet router or via their downloaded "VPN app" on whatever device you plan on watching sports on (phone, TV, tablet, etc). This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on our TVs or computers.

Is VPNs Legal?

When used for watching TV and your local sports teams, VPNs are not illegal and anyone can use a VPN service to watch sports without fear of the police coming knocking at your door. The act of surfing the web or streaming shows through another IP is completely legal, and is something even the largest companies in the world do all the time. However, if you hide behind a VPN service to perform illegal activities, then you're of course violating the law - and we would never condone that.

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