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.”
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.
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
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