CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns will begin and end the 2017 season against a familiar foe in the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns released their 2017 schedule on Thursday night, and the Steelers will begin the year at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, while the regular-season finale will take place on New Year’s Eve at Heinz Field.
“The schedule release is always an exciting day,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said in a release announcing the schedule.
“We’ve known our opponents, but to get the dates and for the schedule to be laid out in front of us really give us a lot to look forward to. Obviously, it’s something our entire organization looks forward to. I know our fans like it too because they kind of get to map out their fall.”
In addition to starting and ending the season against the Steelers, the Browns will host the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium in London, England in a Week 8 matchup.
The Browns will play two of their first three games on the road, with back-to-back away games at the Baltimore Ravens (Week 2) and Indianapolis Colts (Week 3) before returning home for three of the next four against the Cincinnati Bengals (Week 4), New York Jets (Week 5) and Tennessee Titans (Week 7).
After a bye week following the trip to London, the Browns will play three of the next four games away from FirstEnergy Stadium, starting with an early November affair against the Detroit Lions (Week 10). Then, after a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 11), the Browns will play at Cincinnati (Week 12) and the Los Angeles Chargers (Week 13).
“The London game comes at a really good time,” Jackson said. “With the bye following the game, it’s great to have that at the mid-season point. 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.”
After home games against the Green Bay Packers (Week 14) and the home finale against Baltimore (Week 15), the Browns end the 2017 regular season at the Chicago Bears (Week 16) and Steelers (Week 17).
The 2017 season will mark the seventh time the Browns and Steelers have met in a season-opening game. Pittsburgh is 4-2 in those season-opening meetings with the Browns, but Cleveland has won two of its last three home openers.
The Browns and Steelers have played each other in the regular-season finale in six of the last seven years.
“We like the division battles whenever those games come on the schedule,” Jackson said. “It really doesn’t matter because we know we have to be at our best when we play division games, and we will be up for the challenge at the start of the season.”
Week 1: Sunday, September 10 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, September 17 at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, September 24 at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, October 1 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, October 8 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, October 15 at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, October 22 vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, October 29 vs. Minnesota Vikings (in London), 9:30 a.m.
Week 9: Sunday, November 5 Bye
Week 10: Sunday, November 12 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, November 19 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, November 26 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, December 3 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, December 10 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, December 17 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, December 24 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, December 31 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
*Times are subject to change
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