Browns Open Season In Baltimore, Close At Home Against Pittsburgh And Have Two Prime-Time Games At Home

The Browns were given two prime-time games at home against division rivals Cincinnati and Baltimore.

The Browns were given two prime-time games at home against division rivals Cincinnati and Baltimore.

Browns open season in Baltimore, close at home against Pittsburgh and have two prime-time games at home

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Editor's note: Tony Grossi is a Cleveland Browns analyst for and 850 ESPN Cleveland.

The Browns will open the 2020 season on the road against the defending division champion Baltimore Ravens and close it at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They have two prime-time games at home – Week 2 in a Thursday night special against the Cincinnati Bengals and a Week 14 Monday night meeting with the Ravens.

“I think it's really an exciting day when you get this schedule,” Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said in a statement issued by the club. “As coaches, we look at it and start to put some plans in place. We knew who we were playing, we knew where but now to see it all put together certainly is a really fun time for our coaching staff to map out our plan as this offseason continues on.”

The Browns' bye week comes right in the middle of the season after the eighth game.

And their two trips to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey come on back-to-back meetings against the Giants and Jets wrapped around Christmas week. The Jets game could be played on Saturday, Dec. 26, or Sunday, Dec. 27.

“That's unique,” Stefanski said. “I don't know if I've ever done that before, where you're staying at the same hotel and playing in the same building. It definitely will be a unique experience.”

The schedule released by the NFL did not back up speculation that non-conference games would be played in the season’s first month in case the Covid-19 pandemic caused cancellation of early games.

But the one concession to the coronavirus crisis did affect the Browns. Cancellation of the NFL’s international series saved the Browns a trip to London.

A league source confirmed the Browns tentatively were slated to play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on Nov. 1. It was moved to Nov. 29 in Jacksonville on the final draft of the schedule.

The Browns’ tentative four-game preseason schedule starts with road games at Chicago and Green Bay and finishes at home against the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Times and dates of those games will be finalized later.

Stefanski intends to hold a pair of joint practices with the Packers preceding the second game.

Unless he needs a final tune-up, new Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is not expected to play in the pre-season finale.

There is still no way to tell if or when fans will be permitted to attend games this summer and fall.

In the event games are cancelled or fans are not permitted based on policies set by medical experts, government officials or the NFL, the Browns said they would make various credit and refund options available to fans who purchase tickets directly from the club.

The Browns’ 2020 schedule:


Week 1: Sept. 13, at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 2: Sept. 17 (Thurs.), home v. Cincinnati Bengals, 8:20 p.m. NFL Network.

Week 3: Sept. 27, home v. Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 4: Oct. 4, at Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 5: Oct. 11, home v. Indianapolis Colts, 4:25 p.m. CBS

Week 6: Oct. 18, at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 7: Oct. 25, at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 8: Nov. 1, home v. Las Vegas Raiders, 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 9: Nov. 8 - BYE

Week 10: Nov. 15, home v. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 11: Nov. 22, home v. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 12: Nov. 29, at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 13: Dec. 6, at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 14: Dec. 14 (Mon.), home v. Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. ESPN

Week 15: Dec. 20, at New York Giants, 1:00p.m. CBS

Week 16: Dec. 26 or 27, at New York Jets, Time TBD

Week 17: Jan. 3, home v. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. CBS


Week 1 (Aug. 13-17), at Chicago Bears, Time TBD

Week 2 (Aug. 20-24), at Green Bay Packers, Time TBD

Week 3 (Aug. 30), Minnesota Vikings, 4:00 p.m. FOX

Week 4 (Sept. 3-4), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TBD