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Preseason opens with 3 afternoon starts against NFC North opponents

The Browns will play three afternoon games during the preseason — all against opponents from the NFC North.

First-year coach Kevin Stefanski spent the previous 14 years as an assistant with the Vikings and will face his former team in the third preseason game, Sunday, Aug. 30, in his FirstEnergy Stadium debut. The game is set for 4 p.m. and will be televised nationally by Fox.

The dates and times for the preseason were announced Tuesday.

“Playing three NFC North teams, they’re teams that are really well-coached,” Stefanski said in the news release. “I’m looking forward to the competition and looking forward to that piece of it. The preseason is such a huge part of our development, of our evaluation of our players when the young guys can get put under the lights. We’re excited about those four games in the preseason.”

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The Browns open the preseason with trips to Chicago (Aug. 15, 1 p.m.) and Green Bay (Aug. 22, 4 p.m.) before finishing with a pair at home within five days. The finale is vs. the Buccaneers on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay had a huge offseason, acquiring former Patriots Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but it’d be a shock if either played in the finale.

The NFL is preparing to play a full season but is monitoring the coronavirus pandemic. If games are canceled or fans aren’t permitted to attend, the Browns will provide credit and refund options to fans who buy tickets directly from the team. 

Single-game tickets are available on Clevelandbrowns.com and the mobile app. 


2020 SCHEDULE

PRESEASON

Week 1: Aug. 15  at Chicago Bears   1 p.m., Channel 5

Week 2: Aug. 22  at Green Bay Packers      4 p.m., Channel 5

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

Week 4: Sept. 3   Tampa Bay Buccaneers         7:30 p.m., Channel 5

REGULAR SEASON

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

Week 2: Sept. 17 (Thurs.)      Cincinnati Bengals       8:20 p.m., NFLN

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 9: Nov. 8    BYE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

** Home games in bold

 

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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