Browns will play Ravens in back-to-back games in 2021

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After finishing 11-5 and winning a playoff game in 2020, the Browns are an attractive team on this year’s schedule. The club has three primetime games plus another nationally televised contest on Christmas with the Packers.

But there’s one quirk that could make for interesting fodder later on in the season.

Because of their Week 13 bye, the Browns will play the Ravens in back-to-back games.

The Browns will travel to Maryland in Week 12 for a Sunday Night Football matchup with their division rival. Then after their week off, the Ravens will come to Cleveland in Week 14.

Baltimore plays the Steelers in Pittsburgh between the two contests with the Browns.

It’s the first time the Browns have played a regular-season opponent in back-to-back games since 1957, when the club took on the Eagles in both Week Three and Week Four. The two teams split those matchups, with the home team winning each contest.

However, the Browns did just play the Steelers in back-to-back weeks last year. Cleveland defeated Pittsburgh in Week 17 to earn a playoff berth. And then the Browns stunned the Steelers in Pittsburgh with a 48-37 victory in the wild-card round, giving the franchise its first postseason victory since 1994.

13 responses to “Browns will play Ravens in back-to-back games in 2021

  1. I did notice the Ravens get FOUR home games in a row (Weeks 5-9) with a bye week wedged in

  2. The NFL must have a full team of people working tirelessly all the time, trying to find new ways to destroy the game

  3. This year’s schedule seems worse than other recent ones. The net rest differentials are wider, and on top of this funky “back to back” games between the Browns and Ravens there are similar setups such as the Football Team facing a stretch of Cowboys-Eagles-Cowboys-Eagles. It’s bad enough having to face a divisional opponent twice over a span of three weeks, but doing that twice in one year for a team? Weak!

  4. Let’s add in the Browns 3 prime time games plus the Christmas game are all on the road!

  5. i don’t see why people are complaining in here i think this should happen more often…division rivals that have a heated game and have to play again the next week is going to make for some good tv

  6. Coming up with a schedule that is even reasonably fair to all the teams is incredibly difficult. There is always going to be some weird permutation that doesn’t make sense, until you compare it to the rest of the options which make even less sense. You just have to pick the best one overall and hope for the best.
    Philly has 4 of 7 games at home to end the season, and travels to NY twice and DC once for the three road games. Easy. NE plays three teams coming off bye weeks. Ugh.
    But that’s the way scheduling works.

  7. the only “prime time” game that’s home is against the broncos on thursday night. at bal sunday night, at pit monday night, at gb on christmas night.

  8. zibet says:
    May 13, 2021 at 9:58 am
    The NFL must have a full team of people working tirelessly all the time, trying to find new ways to destroy the game
    They definitely do. It’s called the competition committee.

  9. joeb says:
    May 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm
    has Harbaugh whined about this yet?

    The Ravens are 33-11 vs. The Browns all time. And with Lamar they’ve only lost one contest. So…..NO!

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