Predicting the Cleveland Browns' Most Important Games of 2014-15 Season

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Predicting the Cleveland Browns' Most Important Games of 2014-15 Season
Gene J. Puskar

Over a 16-game schedule each week is important, but there are specific matchups that will be vital for the Cleveland Browns in this 2014-15 season.

This September marks the beginning of yet another regime change and fresh start for the Browns. It is full of much of the same tentative optimism and worry that welcomed in the previous leaders of Rob Chudzinski, Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi.

Now general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine take the reigns of a franchise that has only two winning seasons since 1999.

The schedule makers took little pity on Cleveland. The Browns battle AFC North opponents three times over the first five Sundays, have an early bye in Week 4 and play 2013 divisional champions in three of their final four contests.

Those trials and tribulations can also be viewed as a huge opportunity. Striking fast and ending strong gives the Browns a chance to prove that the club's culture is finally changing for the better.

Let's explore when and why the following five games are so key for Cleveland.

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