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Browns announce 2018 schedule

Posted Apr 19, 2018

Cleveland set to open season at home against rival Steelers for 2nd straight year

The Browns will open the 2018 season at FirstEnergy Stadium against the rival Steelers for a second consecutive year to kick off their 70th year of football in Cleveland.

The NFL announced its complete schedule Thursday. The Browns also finalized dates and times on their preseason schedule, which includes a nationally televised home matchup against the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Browns 2018 Preseason Schedule

Week/Date Opponent Time
Pre Wk 1 - Aug. 9
at New York Giants
7 p.m.
Pre Wk 2 - Aug. 17
vs. Buffalo Bills 7:30 p.m.
Pre Wk 3 - Aug. 23 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 8 p.m.
Pre Wk 4 - Aug. 30 at Detroit Lions 7 p.m.

Browns 2018 Regular Season Schedule

Week/Date Opponent Time/Network
Wk 1 - Sept. 9
vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 2 - Sept. 16 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. (FOX)
Wk 3 - Sept. 20 vs. New York Jets 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Wk 4 - Sept. 30
at Oakland Raiders
4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Wk 5 - Oct. 7
vs. Baltimore Ravens
1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 6 - Oct. 14 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 7 - Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 p.m. (FOX)
Wk 8 - Oct. 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 9 - Nov. 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 10 - Nov. 11 vs. Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. (FOX)
Wk 11 - Nov. 18 BYE
Wk 12 - Nov. 25 at Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 13 - Dec. 2 at Houston Texans 1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 14 - Dec. 9
vs. Carolina Panthers
1 p.m. (FOX)
Wk 15 - Dec. 15 at Denver Broncos TBD (NFL Network)
Wk 16 - Dec. 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. (CBS)
Wk 17 - Dec. 30 at Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. (CBS)

*Times are subject to change

“I’m always excited about the release of our schedule,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “The release of your schedule is one of the final pieces to your planning for the season. I like our schedule. It’s balanced, it’s tough but that’s exactly what we expected. We play some really good quarterbacks to start the season and two playoff teams out the gate.”

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This year’s schedule features cross-division games against teams from the AFC West and NFC South, as Cleveland hosts the Chiefs, Chargers, Falcons and Panthers while traveling to face the Raiders, Broncos, Saints and Buccaneers. Cleveland’s Week 15 matchup at Denver, which is slated for Sat., Dec. 15, and will air nationally on NFL Network, is the only game without a set kickoff time.

The Browns will open their schedule against the Steelers for the second consecutive year and eighth time in franchise history. The Browns have won two of their past four home openers and are 27-38 all-time in season openers. The rivals will wrap up their 2018 series within the first half of the season, as Cleveland’s trip to Pittsburgh is set for Week 8 (Oct. 28).

“We like to open at home in front of our great fans and this will be the second season in a row we do it against the Steelers,” Jackson said. “We start with the best in our division.”

Cleveland has its first of four NFC South matchups Week 2 in New Orleans. The Browns will hit the road Week 7 to face Tampa Bay before hosting the Falcons in Week 10 and the Panthers in Week 14. All four of the games are slated to air on FOX.

The Saints, Panthers and Falcons are all coming off 2017 playoff appearances. It plays a big part in Cleveland’s schedule ranking as the league’s fifth-toughest based on how its opponents finished last season.

The Browns return to primetime for a Thursday Night Football matchup with the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. The game, which will air on NFL Network, will mark Cleveland’s first Thursday night home game since 2013, when it downed Buffalo, 37-24. The Browns are 22-32 all-time in primetime games, including a 14-16 mark at home. They’re 3-2 at home on Thursday nights.

“We have a Thursday night early in the season and then our bye week in Week 11. That gives us two extended periods at different points in the season for our players to get some rest and recovery,” Jackson said. “That’s a benefit because it is a long season.”

The Jets and Texans, whom Cleveland faces in Houston in Week 13, are the only two opponents unique to the Browns when compared to the rest of the AFC North.

After opening with the Steelers, Cleveland resumes its division slate Week 5 against the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns will close the season in Baltimore, marking the third such time since 1999 and first since 2014 they end the year against the Ravens. Both of Cleveland’s games against the Bengals will take place during the second half of the season, as the Browns, following their Week 11 bye, will travel to Cincinnati in Week 12 and host the Bengals for their final home game of the season Week 16.

The Browns will play what could be their final game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum when they travel to face the Raiders in Week 4. Cleveland will face the Chargers for the fourth consecutive season when they match up Week 6 at FirstEnergy Stadium and host the Chiefs in Week 9.

“It’s great that we know the order of our opponents,” Jackson said. “We now have a clearer picture of the opponent we will be focusing on first and that’s something you can point to throughout the entire offseason.”

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