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Browns vs. Colts gameday essentials: TV schedule, how to watch, notes

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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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This afternoon, the Cleveland Browns are at Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts in the second preseason game for both teams.

Here are some nuggets about the matchup, as well as how you can watch or listen to the game.

Game Information

  • Game Time/Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis
  • TV Channel: WEWS (Channel 5) - Jay Crawford, Tim Couch, John Doss (sideline reporter), Bernie Kosar and Dustin Fox (sideline analysts). The game will also be live on NFL Network. (Note: Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets.)
  • Local Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM) with Jim Donovan, Doug Dieken, Nathan Zegura (sidelines)
  • Odds: Browns +2.5
  • Over/under: 42

Local TV Stations Showing the Game

The following cities will get to watch the game live on local affiliates, per 506sports:

Browns:

  • WEWS (ABC/5 - Cleveland)
  • WBNS (CBS/10 - Columbus)
  • WTOL (CBS/11 - Toledo)
  • WYTV (ABC/33 - Youngstown)
  • WHIO (CBS/7 - Dayton)

Colts:

  • WXIN (FOX/59 - Indianapolis)
  • WBKI (CW/58 - Louisville)
  • WFFT (FOX/55 - Fort Wayne IN)
  • WCWW (CW/25 - South Bend IN)
  • WTWO (NBC/2 - Terre Haute IN)
  • WPBY (ABC/35 - Lafayette IN)
  • WEHT (ABC/25 - Evansville IN) [delayed to 7 PM CT]
  • WCIA (CBS/3 - Champaign IL)

NFL Network Rebroadcast

The NFL Network will re-broadcast the Browns-Colts game on:

  • Sunday (August 18) at 7 a.m. ET
  • Tuesday (Aug. 20) at 1 p.m. ET

What to Watch For

  • Right guard: The Browns are still seeking a replacement for the departed Kevin Zeitler. Eric Kush, who was benched the second half of last season while with the Chicago Bears, has been seeing increased time with the starters. Drew Forbes, a sixth-round draft choice, and Kendall Lamm, a former right tackle, have also seen some time at the position. Austin Corbett, the man who was to “easily replace” Zeitler, has been nowhere to be found. The time is drawing near for the coaching staff to make a decision, so hopefully someone makes their case today.
  • How long for the starters? Kitchens has not publicly stated how long the starters will play this afternoon, but it seems likely that most of the first-team offense will see more than one series. It would be quite a shock, however, if wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sees any time as he continues to work through a hip injury.
  • The rookies on defense: Cornerback Greedy Williams and linebackers Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki all had their moments in the preseason opener against Washington. How they build on that momentum - although Takitaki was limited this week with an injury so he may not play - will be interesting to watch.
  • Wide receiver battle: There are still roster spots open behind the Browns top three of Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. Jaelen Strong had a nice week of practice and he, along with Derrick Willies and D.J. Montgomery should see considerable playing time today.

History

  • The last time these teams faced off in the preseason was August 25, 2013, when the Browns dropped a 27-6 decision. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Indianapolis defense scored on a Larry Asante 48-yard interception return.
  • The Browns only points came on a pair of Shayne Graham field goals in the second half as the Cleveland offense never made it into the red zone.
  • Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden went finished 12-of-25 for 105 yards, while rookie running back Trent Richardson rushed seven times for 31 yards.