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Browns, Ravens go prime time

Posted Sep 26, 2012

The AFC North rivalry between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens goes primetime on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.

The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens renew their AFC North Division rivalry on this week’s edition of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It is the first time the Browns and Ravens have ever played each other on a Thursday.

Fans can watch Thursday’s game at 8:20 p.m. ET on NFL Network with Brad Nessler (play-by-play) and Mike Mayock (color analysis) on the call. The game will air locally on affiliate WKYC-TV 3.

A special edition of The Browns Pregame Huddle airs live from Baltimore, hosted by Jim Donovan, from 6:30-7 p.m./ET.

The game is also available along the PNC Bank Browns Radio Network with Donovan (play-by-play), Doug Dieken (color) and Jamir Howerton (sideline reporter) on the call. Locally, the Browns games air on WMMS/FM 100.7.

The pregame show begins at 6:50 p.m./ET, 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

The game will be also be broadcast nationally on Dial Global Radio Sports with Ian Eagle, former Cincinnati Bengals/New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason and sideline reporter Laura Okmin on the broadcast.

Following Thursday’s contest, “Postgame Live” returns to SportsTime Ohio for the first time during the regular season and feature live press conferences, as well as interviews from the locker room immediately after the conclusion of the game.

The Browns are 3-5, but 2-3 against AFC North Division opponents in Thursday night games. They defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-7, in Cleveland on Sept. 15, 1983 and the Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-6, at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Dec. 10, 2009.

Last December, the Browns fell to the Steelers, 14-3, at Heinz Field on Thursday Night Football. It was the team’s first of three straight road games. In 2012, the Browns’ prime time game will be the first of back-to-back contests against playoff teams from 2011 with the other at the New York Giants on Oct. 7.

The Browns and Ravens have played three games against each other in prime time. The first was in Cleveland on Sunday Night Football on Oct. 6, 2002, a game in which Baltimore won, 26-21. The Browns and Ravens revisited their rivalry on Sunday Night Football two years later when Baltimore won a home game, 27-13, on Nov. 7, 2004.

The last time the Browns and Ravens met in prime time, Baltimore posted a 16-0 win on Monday Night Football at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Nov. 16, 2009.