First, a few quick hitters to keep in mind before the game:
- TE David Njoku has been ruled out with a back injury.
- There are five key position battles to look out for, including the QB competition, niche wide receiver roles, the tight ends in absence of Njoku, and the second-string defensive line and safeties.
- Believe it or not, the Saints have Adrian Peterson on their team. I had forgotten about that until earlier this week.
Game Time/Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
TV Channel: WEWS (Channel 5) - Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Solomon Wilcots (analyst), Andy Baskin (sideline)
Local Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Weather: 76 degrees (feels like 76). 15% chain of rain. Winds from S at 8 MPH.
Odds: Browns by 3 points.
The NFL Network will re-broadcast the Browns-Saints game on Friday (Aug. 11) at 10 AM ET, Monday (Aug. 14) at 1 PM ET, and Thursday (Aug. 17) at 4:00 AM ET.
The following cities will get to watch the game live, per 506sports:
New Orleans ||
8:00 ET |
Joel Meyers, Sean Kelley,John Stinchcomb |
WVUE (FOX/8 - New Orleans)
WAFB (CBS/9 - Baton Rouge)
KSLA (CBS/12 - Shreveport)
KNOE (CW/8.3 - Monroe LA)
KATC (CW/3.2 - Lafayette LA)
KPLC (NBC/7 - Lake Charles LA)
KALB (CW/5.3 - Alexandria LA)
WLOX (ABC/13 - Biloxi MS)
WDBD (FOX/40 - Jackson MS)
WDAM (NBC/7 - Hattiesburg MS)
WKRG (CBS/5 - Mobile AL)
WVTM (NBC/13 - Birmingham)
WPGX (FOX/28 - Panama City FL)
Mike Patrick, Solomon Wilcots |
WEWS (ABC/5 - Cleveland)
WBNS (CBS/10 - Columbus)
WTOL (CBS/11 - Toledo)
WYTV (My/33.2 - Youngstown)
WHIO (CBS/7 - Dayton)
-The Browns will be wearing white jerseys, white pants, and brown socks.
-Locally, “Building the Browns” will air on WEWS (Channel 5) at 7:00 PM, followed by the Pregame Show at 7:30 PM. The pregame show will feature Andy Baskin, Nathan Zegura, Matt Wilhelm, Dustin Fox, Hanford Dixon, and Bernie Kosar.
-Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams held the same position with the Saints from 2009-11. ... Linebackers coach Blake Williams was an offensive assistant for the Saints in 2009, before becoming the team’s assistant linebackers coach from 2010-11. ... Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. served as the Browns tight ends coach/offensive assistant in 2000.
-DL Carl Nassib (Browns) and QB Ryan Nassib (Saints) are brothers. ... Saints WR Ted Ginn and CB Marshon Lattimore are natives of Cleveland and played at Glenville High School. ... Former Browns LB Craig Robertson now plays for the Saints.
-The Browns will be giving away this slick poster at the game:
-These two teams last squared off on September 14, 2014, when QB Brian Hoyer became a legend with a floating throw to a wide open WR Andrew Hawkins, setting up a game-winning 29-yard field goal by K Billy Cundiff, as Cleveland prevailed 26-24. These teams have not faced each other in the preseason since 1982, a game that featured QB Brian Sipe.