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Bills vs. Browns 2018 TV schedule, channel, start time, and more

A list of all local affiliates the game will air on, when the NFL Network will re-broadcast it, and other interesting nuggets.

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Tonight, the Browns are at home to take on the Bills in their second preseason game of the year. Here are some nuggets about Friday’s contest, as well as how you can watch or listen to the game.

Game Time/Date: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET

Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH

TV Channel: WEWS (Channel 5) - Jay Crawford (play-by-play), Tim Couch (analyst), Dustin Fox (sideline), Bernie Kosar (sideline). The game will also air live on the NFL Network.

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 81). 45% chain of thunderstorms. Winds from WNW at 9 MPH.

Odds: Browns by 3 points.

Over/under: 40.5

The NFL Network will re-broadcast the Bills-Browns game on Sunday (Aug. 19) at 10 AM ET, Monday (Aug. 20) at 4 PM ET, and Thursday (Aug. 23) at 12:30 PM ET.

The NFL Network will be broadcasting the game live. The following cities will have to watch the game live on local affiliates, per 506sports:

Jay Crawford, Tim Couch
WEWS (ABC/5 - Cleveland)
WBNS (CBS/10 - Columbus)
WTOL (CBS/11 - Toledo)
WYTV (ABC/33 - Youngstown)
WHIO (CBS/7 - Dayton)

Rob Stone, Steve Tasker
WKBW (ABC/7 - Buffalo)
WROC (CBS/8 - Rochester)
WSYR (ABC/9 - Syracuse)
WETM (18.2 - Elmira)
WXXA (FOX/23 - Albany)
WBGH (NBC/5 - Binghamton NY)
WFXP (FOX/66 - Erie PA)


  • Browns QB Tyrod Taylor spent the previous three seasons as a member of the Bills, most recently leading the team to the 2017 AFC Wild Card. The playoff appearance was Buffalo’s first in the last 17 seasons -- the longest playoff drought by an NFL team at the time.
  • Bills WR Corey Coleman was a first-round pick (15th overall) by the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft.
  • Browns CB E.J. Gaines was also a part of the 2017 Bills, starting in 11 games with 59 tackles, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one interception.
  • Bills S Jordan Poyer spent four seasons with Cleveland, logging 39 games played, 10 starts, 74 tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions during his tenure.

  • Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams served as head coach of the Bills from 2001-03.
  • Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll served in the same capacity with the Browns from 2009-10.
  • Bills S coach Bobby Babich was an assistant DBs coach for the Browns from 2013-15.
  • Buffalo WR coach Terry Robiskie was the Browns’ WR coach from 2001-03 and again from 2005-06. He was also Cleveland’s offensive coordinator and interim head coach in 2004.

-These two teams last squared off on December 18, 2016, at Buffalo, when the Bills won 33-13. Robert Griffin III was the Browns’ starting quarterback, and Cleveland trailed 24-13 heading into the final quarter. Tyrod Taylor, who faced the Browns, was 17-of-24 for 174 yards and 1 touchdown. He also ran the ball 7 times for 49 yards. The Browns were out-gained in yards 451 to 269.