The Cleveland Browns and all 32 NFL teams regular season schedules are now out. If someone needs to know who the Browns open and close the 2017 regular season with, the answer is simple. It’s the same team, the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
Our 2017 schedule has finally arrived!
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 21, 2017
The Browns and Steelers will open up the regular season for the second time in the last four years. In 2014, the Browns traveled to Heinz Field. On Sunday September 10, the Steelers visit FirstEnergy Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
“It’s great to open at home this year in front of our fans,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “The Steelers have what we want as the reigning AFC North champs so this will be a great challenge and a good opportunity for us to measure ourselves to start the season. I know our fans will be really jacked up and behind us as always and we greatly appreciate them for it.”
If you an optimist, remember this fact. The last time the Browns hosted the Steelers to open up the regular season was in 2007. It was a disappointing day for the orange helmets, but the season was a success. Cleveland finished 10-6, the last winning season in franchise history.
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) April 21, 2017
Las Vegas is not impressed with that stat. According to the Las Vegas Superbook, the Browns are already a nine and a half point underdog to the Steelers.
After going 1-15 in 2016, the Browns are only featured once on national television. This year Cleveland does not make an appearance in primetime. The Browns only nationally televised game is the week eight game against the Minnesota Vikings from London, England. Kick off is at 9:30 a.m. Cleveland time on October 29.
“The London game comes at a really good time. It’s great to have that at the mid-season point,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be good to coach against an old friend in Mike Zimmer, across the pond. No doubt that Zim will have his team ready to go and so will we. It should be a great experience for our team to represent the City of Cleveland internationally.”
Week 13 is the only other game with a start time other than 1 p.m. The Browns travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers. Kick off is at for 4:05 p.m. The Browns only win in 2016 came against the Chargers on Christmas Eve at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Speaking of Christmas Eve, the Browns will play on December 24 for the second straight season. Cleveland visits Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears.
The Browns play three of their first five games of the season at home. In addition, Cleveland will play four of the final six games of the season on the road. Cleveland’s bye week is in week nine, the week following the trip to London.