Browns 2012 Schedule Released – Open at Home vs Philadelphia

For the 13th time in the past 14 seasons, the Browns will open the regular season at Cleveland Browns Stadium when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. This will mark the first time since 1969 that the Browns open the regular season against the Eagles. The two clubs have met in season openers six previous times.

“Although we have known our opponents and where we are going to play since the end of last season, there is always a certain amount of anticipation as to how everything will fall into place,” said Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “I think that opening the year at home against the Eagles will be great for our players and our fans. It will be exciting to play a team, an organization and a coach for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect. It will be a good test for our team. Ending the year in two of the tougher venues in the NFL also will present a challenge. I am looking forward to kicking off the 2012 season.”

The 2012 schedule features one prime time game as the Browns face the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, September 27 at M&T Bank Stadium. The game will mark the first time the Browns and Ravens will meet in Thursday night action.

The Browns open AFC North play in Week 2 when they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Sunday, September 16. It will be the first of three divisional matchups over the next five weeks for the Browns.

For the fourth time in five seasons, the Browns will face the defending Super Bowl Champions as they square off with the New York Giants on Sunday, October 7. The contest will mark the first time Cleveland will play in MetLife Stadium. The Browns will also make their debut in Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, November 18, when they face the Dallas Cowboys.

The club’s bye week is scheduled for the week of November 11, their latest bye since 2002, which was also in Week 10.

For the first time since 2004, Cleveland will close out the regular season with two road games as they travel to Denver (Sunday, December 23) and Pittsburgh (Sunday, December 30). It marks the third straight year and fourth time in the last five seasons that the Browns close the regular season against the Steelers.

The combined record of the Browns’ 13 opponents this year was 102-106 in 2011. The eight teams that will visit Cleveland Browns Stadium posted a record of 67-61, and their eight road opponents went a combined 68-60. The Browns will play a total of eight games against 2011 playoff teams (Bengals, Ravens and Steelers twice each).

Also today, the Browns announced the dates and times of their 2012 preseason schedule, which consists of road games against Detroit (Friday, August 10) and Green Bay (Thursday, August 16) and home contests against Philadelphia (Friday, August 24) and Chicago (Thursday, August 30).

OTHER NOTES ON THE BROWNS’ 2012 SCHEDULE

vs. Philadelphia, 9/9

The Browns hold a 17-6-1 advantage against the Eagles in Cleveland.

vs. Buffalo, 9/23

The Browns are 10-6 all-time against Buffalo, including a 5-3 mark in Cleveland. The clubs have only met once in Cleveland Browns Stadium, when the Browns topped the Bills, 8-0, on December 16, 2007.

at New York Giants, 10/7

The Browns are 26-19-2 all-time against the Giants during the regular season, including a 35-14 win on October 13, 2008 the last time the clubs met.

at Indianapolis, 10/21

The Browns are 10-5 all-time on the road against the Colts, including a 27-19 victory last year on September 18.

at Dallas, 11/18

Cleveland holds a 15-11 advantage in the all-time regular season series. The Browns’ last victory at Dallas came during a 19-14 victory on December 10, 1994.

at Oakland, 12/2

Cleveland is 7-3 in its last 10 meetings with Oakland. The two teams will meet in Oakland for the second consecutive season as the Raiders topped the Browns, 24-17, last season on October 16.

vs. Kansas City, 12/9

The Browns are 7-3-1 all-time at home against the Chiefs. The all-time regular season series is knotted up at 10-10-2.

vs. Washington, 12/16

The Browns hold a 33-10-1 advantage in the all-time regular season series, including a 17-6 mark in Cleveland. This will mark the Redskins’ first trip to Cleveland Browns Stadium since 2004, when Washington topped Cleveland 17-13 on October 3.

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