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When facing the Browns could actually be something you fear

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NFL: Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

We already know that the Seattle Seahawks will travel to the much-lauded Cleveland Browns in 2019. Exactly when will be revealed either this week or next since the most recent dates were April 19th in 2018, April 20th in 2017, April 14th in 2016 and April 21st in 2015. But Twitter user @Reflog_18 tweeted a picture claiming to be the Browns entire schedule, which has the Seahawks dueling them in Week 15.

The image matches Odell Beckham’s tease of Cleveland playing the New York Jets in week 1. Yet the kickoff times don’t match past schedules, with late afternoon games kicking off at 4:05 pm or 4:25 pm Eastern and Sunday Night games starting at 8:20 pm. Furthermore, the usage of “nite” rather than “night” seems fishy.

Still, the rumor raises an interesting question: When would you like the Seahawks to visit the Browns?

It’s got to be one of the toughest road games of 2019. Cleveland looks to be at a level of talent we’re not used to seeing from them, with an offense now featuring a legitimate quarterback in Baker Mayfield, an All-Pro receiver in Beckham, plus Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, and a quality offensive line, plus a defense with Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, Olivier Vernon, and Denzel Ward among others. Led by new head coach Freddie Kitchens, a man who called excellent plays for Mayfield last year as the offensive coordinator, the Browns are perhaps the most anticipated team to watch next season. Many think it’s a certainty Cleveland ends their long playoff drought.

Week 15, in the magical latter stages of the season, would suit Seattle.

Since Russell Wilson took the helm in 2012, the Seahawks are 44-17 in the regular season in November, December and January. (.614) Wilson is 23-9 in December. (.609) There is also the question of whether the relatively inexperienced Kitchens can manage such a precocious collection of talent. Perhaps, by Week 15, Cleveland will have unravelled. Or maybe they will be in a fully-hyped, playoff-ready, dominant mode.

We can’t take this rumor overly serious, but it does give us a chance in the middle of April to consider the possibility of what could actually be a very exciting win in December.