The Browns play their home opener on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Here are some nuggets about the contest, as well as how you can watch or listen to the game.
Game Time/Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
TV Channel: CBS - Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) & Chris SImms (analyst)
Local Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Weather: 77 degrees (feels like 79). 15% chain of rain. Winds from W at 8 MPH.
Odds: Ravens by 6.5 points.
Per 506sports, the fans in the orange areas below will be able to watch the game on TV:
-The Browns will be wearing white tops, brown pants, and orange socks.
The Matchup.#BALvsCLE pic.twitter.com/EprbgXf64c— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 16, 2016
-The Browns will unveil the statue of Jim Brown before the game. It has been kept under wraps to this point, and even head coach Hue Jackson hasn’t seen it yet. It will reportedly be outside the southeast corner of the stadium.
-Ravens RB Terrance West was drafted by the Browns in 2014. He was traded to the Titans at the beginning of last season, but joined Baltimore before the end of the year. FB Kyle Jusczyk is from Medina, OH. WR Chris Matthews and TE Benjamin Watson are both on injured reserve.
-Ravens Executive VP and GM Ozzie Newsome was a Browns tight end from 1978 to 1990, and an executive until the team moved in 1995. Senior Personnel Assistant George Kokinis was the Browns' GM in 2009. Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg was the Browns' special teams coordinator from 2001-2006. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman was Cleveland's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1988 to 1989. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen held the same position for Cleveland in 2013.
-Ravens senior defensive assistant Clarence Brooks passed away on Saturday. He was the Browns’ defensive line coach in 1999 and had joined the Ravens in 2005.
We are saddened to announce DL coach Clarence Brooks has passed away at age 65 with esophageal cancer— Ravens Nation (@RavenNationLIVE) September 17, 2016
RIP COACH ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dGcbvBcTvP
-The last time these two teams was on November 30th, 2015 on Monday Night Football at FirstEnergy Stadium. Having already beaten the Ravens earlier in the season, Cleveland was looking for the season sweep. Joe Flacco’s season was already done for Baltimore, so Matt Schaub was manning the ship against Josh McCown.
Cleveland was down 17-3 at one point, but went into halftime down just 17-13. In the third quarter, ILB Karlos Dansby got a pick six to put the Browns out in front. The rest of the game went back-and-forth, seeing McCown leave with a season-ending shoulder injury. Austin Davis was called upon and came through in the clutch, nailing WR Travis Benjamin for a game-tying 42-yard touchdown pass with 1:47 to play in the game.
Believe it or not, both teams possessed the ball again and went three-and-out. When the Ravens got the ball back again, Schaub was picked off by CB Tramon Williams. Cleveland got in position to try a 51-yard game-winning field goal as time expired, but it gut-wrenchingly turned into a “kick six,” as the field goal was not only blocked, but returned all the way for a touchdown to prevent the game from going to overtime.