Browns host Bills in prime-time affair

Posted Apr 18, 2013

The Battle of Interstate 90 between the Browns and Buffalo Bills returns to prime time on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The Cleveland Browns will play a prime time game against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, as part of the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football package of games this season.

This year’s game will mark the third time in their history that the Browns will play the Bills in prime time, and it will be the second meeting in Cleveland. Each team won one of the previous meetings, and did so on the road.

Buffalo won the first meeting, 22-19, in Cleveland on Monday, Oct. 2, 1995, and the Browns returned the favor, 29-27, at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008.

During the 2008 game, kicker Phil Dawson converted a 56-yard field-goal attempt with 46 remaining in the Monday Night Football affair. It was the longest kick of Dawson’s career with the Browns, and gave the team its second consecutive win on the Monday night stage.

The Browns have played a Thursday night game in three of the last four seasons, and had a 1-2 mark in those contests. In their history, the Browns are 3-6 in Thursday games.

Last year, the Browns traveled to Baltimore on Sept. 27 for an AFC North Division game at M&T Bank Stadium, and the Ravens earned a 23-16 victory after Brandon Weeden’s pass into the end zone in the waning seconds sailed incomplete.

Of the Browns’ three victories on a Thursday, two have come against AFC North Division opponents, as 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.

Two seasons ago, the Browns fell to the Steelers, 14-3, at Heinz Field on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. It was the team’s first of three straight road games. In 2012, the Browns’ prime-time game was the first of back-to-back contests against playoff teams from 2011.

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