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NFL Releases Browns 2008 Schedule

Published: Apr. 14, 2008 at 8:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2008 at 8:11 PM EDT
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Cleveland, OH - It's the moment Cleveland Browns fans have been waiting for - the highly-anticipated 2008 schedule!

(AP) - The NFL thinks the Browns are ready for prime time again.

After being left out of the league's marquee contests for years, the Browns will play in five nationally televised games - three Monday night games, a Sunday night game and a Thursday night game.

Three of those games will be at home. The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 14, the New York Giants on Monday, Oct. 13, and the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Nov. 6.

"We are excited for our fans, the City of Cleveland and the Browns organization that we will have the opportunity to be showcased in front of a national audience on several occasions," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said in a statement.

The Browns also will play Monday night at Buffalo on Nov. 17 and Philadelphia on Dec. 15.

Cleveland's last appearance was on Monday Night Football was a home loss to St. Louis in 2003. But a 10-win season and a high-powered offense led by quarterback Derek Anderson has put them back in the spotlight.

The Browns will open at home for the ninth straight season, facing off against the Dallas Cowboys, who will make their first trip to Cleveland since 1991.

Cleveland's slate is much tougher than the last-place schedule it had last season. The Browns' 2008 opponents had a combined record of 140-116 (.547) last season, including two games against each division rival.

Seven of the 13 teams reached the playoffs, including the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. The Browns have a bye in Week 5, which will give them two weeks to prepare for New York in a Monday night game in Week 6.

Only four opponents had sub-.500 records last season - Baltimore, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Denver.

"Our schedule presents us with many challenges against a number of talented teams, however we will continue to work hard throughout the offseason to prepare for the 2008 season," Crennel said.

The Browns will save on their travel budget with no West Coast games. Their longest road trips are to Tennessee and Jacksonville.

The regular season ends Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh where the Browns haven't won since 200

2008 Cleveland Browns Schedule

Preseason

Date                            Opponent                                           Time               TV NETWORK

Thurs., Aug. 7             New York Jets                                   7:30 p.m. ##   (WKYC TV-3)

Mon., Aug. 18             at New York Giants                            8:00 p.m.         (ESPN)

Sat., Aug. 23               at Detroit Lions                                   4:00 p.m. ##    (WKYC TV-3)

Thurs., Aug. 28           Chicago Bears                                   7:30 p.m. ##   (WKYC TV-3)

HOME GAMES.  All times Eastern.                      

##Preseason games televised by WKYC TV-3 (NBC) and broadcast in high definition.

All preseason games will be broadcast on the Cleveland Browns Radio Network (WMMS 100.7 FM).

Regular Season

Date                            Opponent                                           Time               TV NETWORK

Sun., Sept. 7               Dallas Cowboys                                 4:15 p.m.        (FOX)

Sun., Sept. 14             Pittsburgh Steelers                            8:15 p.m.        (NBC)

Sun., Sept. 21              at Baltimore Ravens                            4:15 p.m.         (CBS)

Sun., Sept. 28              at Cincinnati Bengals                          1:00 p.m.         (CBS)

Sun., Oct. 5                 Bye Week

Mon., Oct. 13             New York Giants                              8:30 p.m.        (ESPN)

Sun., Oct. 19               at Washington Redskins                     4:15 p.m.         (CBS)

Sun., Oct. 26               at Jacksonville Jaguars                        4:05 p.m.         (CBS)

Sun., Nov. 2               Baltimore Ravens                              1:00 p.m.        (CBS)

Thurs., Nov. 6             Denver Broncos                                 8:15 p.m.        (NFL Network)

Mon., Nov. 17             at Buffalo Bills                                   8:30 p.m.         (ESPN)

Sun., Nov. 23             Houston Texans                                 1:00 p.m.        (CBS) *

Sun., Nov. 30             Indianapolis Colts                             1:00 p.m.        (CBS) *

Sun., Dec. 7                at Tennessee Titans                             1:00 p.m.         (CBS) *

Mon., Dec. 15             at Philadelphia Eagles                         8:30 p.m.         (ESPN)

Sun., Dec. 21              Cincinnati Bengals                            1:00 p.m.        (CBS) *          

Sun., Dec. 28              at Pittsburgh Steelers                          1:00 p.m.         (CBS) *

* Beginning Week 11, the NFL will move to a 'flexible' schedule, as games are subject to the possible change from a Sunday afternoon kickoff to a Sunday night prime time viewing.

HOME GAMES.  All times Eastern.                      

All games are broadcast on the Cleveland Browns Radio Network (WMMS 100.7 FM).

Cleveland Browns 2008 season tickets are on sale now.  Call (440) 824-3434 or toll free (888) 891-1999 to purchase seats today or purchase online at ClevelandBrowns.com.  Cleveland Browns 2008 single game tickets will go on sale in July (date TBD).