The Cleveland Browns will start the 2013 preseason at home against the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions before ending the schedule with back-to-back road games, first, against the Indianapolis Colts and then, the Chicago Bears.
For the second time in the last four seasons, the Browns host their preseason opener against the Rams. The game, which is to be played between Aug. 8 and 11, will be the second preseason meeting since the Rams relocated to St. Louis in 1995, and the first at the newly renamed First Energy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns.
Previously, the Browns and Rams have played 27 preseason games against each other, with Cleveland holding a 12-13-1 record, including the Rams’ days in both Los Angeles and St. Louis.
Between Aug. 15 and 19, the Browns will close out the home portion of the preseason schedule by hosting the Lions.
The Browns and Lions have alternated preseason victories against each other in each of the last four years. The Browns defeated the Lions, 27-10, in the 2009 meeting, but fell, 35-27, at Ford Field in 2010. Two years ago, the Lions earned a 30-28 come-from-behind victory over the Browns in Cleveland on Aug. 19, and Cleveland won on a last-minute field goal in Detroit last summer.
The Browns, who have played Detroit more than any other team in the preseason (43 times), are 19-23-1 overall, and 10-6-0 in exhibition home games against the Lions.
After the Lions game, the Browns will play against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium between Aug. 22 and 25.
The Browns and Colts have played only once in the preseason prior to 2013, and that came in 1994. The Colts earned a 24-7 victory over the Browns on Aug. 25, 1994. It was the only loss of the preseason for the Browns in a year they went 11-5 overall and earned a playoff berth with a second-place finish in the AFC Central Division.
Prior to their move to Indianapolis, the Baltimore Colts played the Browns nine times in the preseason and held a 5-4-0 record in those meetings.
The preseason ends Aug. 29 against the Bears at Soldier Field. The Browns are 16-12 all-time against the Bears in the preseason, and 7-6-0 in road games. Chicago won the last meeting, 28-20, in Cleveland last Aug. 30.
The game will mark the 10th straight year in which the Browns and Bears have finished the preseason against each other.
Specific dates and times will be announced in the near future. WKYC-TV (Channel 3) is the preseason television home of the Cleveland Browns. All preseason games will air on the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network, including the team’s flagship stations, 92.3 The Fan, ESPN 850 WKNR and 98.5 WNCX.
Cleveland Browns 2013 season tickets are now available. Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (440) 824-3434, toll free at (888) 891-1999 or online at www.ClevelandBrowns.com. The Cleveland Browns ticket office is located on the south side of FirstEnergy Stadium, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.