For far too many years, the Cleveland Browns only got the mandatory one national prime-time game on the NFL schedule, usually a Thursday Night Football matchup that meant little. Those days are long gone.
The 2019 Browns will be featured in prime-time games four different times. That’s right; one quarter of the Browns games will be nationally televised. The football-watching public cannot get enough of Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett, Odell Beckham Jr. and the exciting young Browns under Freddie Kitchens.
The first national look comes in Week 2 when the Browns visit New York for a Monday Night Football date with the Jets.
Six days, err, nights later, the Browns host the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams in FirstEnergy Stadium for a Sunday Night Football affair. It will be the first time the Browns are featured on NBC’s Sunday night broadcast since the 2008 season. Week 5 sees the Browns make a repeat appearance on Monday Night Football. This time it’s in Levi’s Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.
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The final prime-time game brings the Pittsburgh Steelers to Cleveland in Week 11 for a Thursday Night Football matchup under the lights. That game is the middle match of a 3-game homestand that also sees the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins make the trip to FirstEnergy Stadium.
There is a chance another late-season game could be flexed to prime-time if the Browns and the foe are both in playoff contention. Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens could very well fit that bill, but we won’t find out about that until well into the season.
The NFL will open the regular season, the 100th in its history, on Sept. 5 with the 199th meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots will open at home on Sept. 8 against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
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