The Cleveland Browns will begin the 2013 NFL regular season with a game against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The opener against the Dolphins will mark the 14th time in the last 15 seasons that the Browns will begin the regular season at home. Previously, the Browns have hosted Miami in one home-opener, and the Dolphins won, 27-23, on Sept. 14, 1992.
The Browns’ 1992 opener against Miami was the last time the team hosted an AFC East team in a home-opener.
“Our coaches and players are eagerly anticipating that opening kickoff against Miami as we continue to build our team this offseason,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski. “Having four of our first six games at FirstEnergy Stadium will allow our fans to create a distinct home-field advantage for our team, and I expect the Dawg Pound to be barking early and often. Finishing the season with four divisional games over the final eight weeks, with three of our last four games on the road, will give us an exciting challenge that I know we will be ready to face.”
“Opening the regular season at home against the Dolphins will be great for our fans and our football team,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “It also should be exciting for our fans to have a home prime-time game, where their passion can be seen by a national-television audience. We look forward to giving Browns fans a tremendous gameday experience every time they enter FirstEnergy Stadium in 2013, and for many years to come.”
Following the opener, the Browns will play back-to-back road games against playoff teams from 2012, first with a visit to the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Sept. 15, and then, the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 22.
After the Minnesota game, the Browns will have a three-game home stand, starting with the AFC North Division home-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 29. Then, they host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Oct. 3, and welcome the Detroit Lions to Cleveland 10 days later, on Oct. 13.
The Browns will then travel to Green Bay (Sunday, Oct. 20), and Kansas City (Sunday, Oct. 27), before finishing the regular-season series with the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns, on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Following the bye week on Nov. 10, the Browns travel to Cincinnati on Nov. 17, and return home for back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, Nov. 24), and Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Dec. 1).
After they host the Jaguars for the third time in five years, the Browns will head to Gillette Stadium for a showdown against the defending AFC East Division champion New England Patriots (Sunday, Dec. 8).
The Browns end the home portion of the 2013 season against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Dec. 15, and will be on the road at the New York Jets (Sunday, Dec. 22), and Steelers (Sunday, Dec. 29) to end the regular season.
Prior to 2013, the Browns and Steelers have ended the regular season against each other in three of the last four years.
PLAYING THE CHAMPIONS
For the fifth time in six years, the Browns will play the defending Super Bowl champions. Over that time, the Browns are 3-2 against the reigning champions, dating back to a 35-14 win over the New York Giants at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Oct. 13, 2008.
The Browns split the season series against the Steelers in 2009 and then, defeated the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome, 30-17, on Oct. 24, 2010, but dropped last year’s game against the Giants, 41-27, in New Jersey.
In 2013, the Browns will visit three non-AFC North Division stadiums that they played in during the 2012 season.
For the third straight year, the Browns will play at Lucas Oil Stadium. In each of the past two years, the Browns have played regular-season games at Indianapolis, but will instead open the road portion of the preseason against the Colts on Saturday, Aug. 24.
During the regular season, the Browns will travel to Lambeau Field, where they played a preseason game in 2012, and the second-to-last road game of 2013 will be against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, where Cleveland faced off against the Giants last year.
AFC NORTH GAMES
After playing four of six games against the AFC North Division before their bye week in 2012, the Browns will split three games before and after the break in 2013. They will finish the regular-season series with Baltimore on Nov. 3, one week before going on the bye.
2013 BROWNS SCHEDULE
Thursday, Aug. 8 vs. St. Louis Rams, 8:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, Aug. 15 vs. Detroit Lions, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Aug. 24 at Indianapolis Colts, 7:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, Aug. 29 at Chicago Bears, 8:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 8 vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 15 at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 22 at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Sept. 29 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, Oct. 3 vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:25 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 13 vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 20 at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Nov. 3 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. ET
Sunday, Nov. 10 BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 17 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Nov. 24 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 1 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 8 at New England Patriots, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 15 vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 22 at New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET