The Browns’ 2016 regular season kicks off Sunday on the road against the Eagles. Here are some nuggets about the contest, as well as how you can watch or listen to the game.
Game Time/Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
TV Channel: CBS - Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) & Trent Green (analyst)
Local Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Weather: 82 degrees (feels like 83). 0% chain of rain. Winds from NW at 13 MPH.
Odds: Eagles by 4 points.
Per 506sports, the fans in the green areas below will be able to watch the game on TV:
-The Browns will be wearing white tops, orange pants, and orange socks:
New year, new combo.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 9, 2016
We're wearing white, orange, orange for the first time to open the 2016 season.#DawgPound pic.twitter.com/D9F3rcqN39
-The Browns could have had QB Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall, but instead traded the pick to Philadelphia, acquiring their 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, and more in the process. Wentz gets the start this week after the team traded QB Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings.
-Greg Gumbel, who will call the game, had the following to say about Cleveland and Philly:
“In Week 1 (Cleveland at Philadelphia), this is an Eagles team for the first time without Chip Kelly in a couple of years and it’s a Cleveland team that has RGIII at quarterback. I’ve never met the young man. I’ve followed his career obviously, and I’m kind of anxious to see where his head is. You kind of like to see if there’s a new enthusiasm in Cleveland or not. It doesn’t take much to turn a team around as we saw with LeBron.”
-Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was a starting QB for the Browns in 2000. John DeFilippo, who is Philadelphia's quarterbacks coach, was the Browns' well-liked offensive coordinator in 2015. Ken Flajole, the Eagles' linebackers coach, was Cleveland's inside linebackers coach from 2013-2015. Safeties coach Tim Hauck was the Browns' defensive backs coach in 2012.
-The last time these two teams was on September 9th, 2012, to open the season at FirstEnergy Stadium. QB Brandon Weeden made his debut for the Browns with a pitiful display, completing 12-of-35 passes for 118 yards and 4 interceptions. However, QB Michael Vick was just as bad for the Eagles, also throwing 4 interceptions, the last of which was a pick six by ILB D’Qwell Jackson to give Cleveland a 16-10 lead near the start of the fourth quarter.
Vick had the Eagles facing a goal-to-go situation with under two minutes to play. His second down pass to the corner of the end zone should have been picked off by rookie ILB L.J. Fort, but was point blank dropped. Vick finally made Cleveland pay on the next play, connecting with TE Clay Harbor to give Philadelphia a 17-16 lead. Weeden was picked off on the next pass trying to hit WR Mohamed Massaquoi, and that sealed another opening loss for Cleveland.