The Cleveland Browns began to stake their claim as America’s Team during a 2020 season that saw the franchise return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Browns passed another milestone on the inevitable march toward that goal on Monday with the news that all three of their exhibition games in August will be shown to a national television audience.
NBC had previously announced it was going to air Cleveland’s third and final preseason game on August 29 against the Atlanta Falcons. On Monday, the NFL Network decided to get in on the fun and will broadcast the Browns other two exhibition games to a national audience.
The first game, on August 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at 7 p.m., will be part of a four-game slate that day for football junkies on NFL Network. The other games will be the Chicago Bears against the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m., the Minnesota Vikings against the Denver Broncos at 4 p.m., and the Los Angeles Rams against the Los Angeles Chargers at 10 p.m.
The following week, the Browns will kick off an NFL Network doubleheader when they host the New York Giants on August 22 at 1 p.m., followed by the Chargers taking on the San Franciso 49ers at 7:30 p.m.
Those two games, along with the one against the Falcons, will give NFL fans across the country an early look at the Browns, although just how many of the starters will be seeing action is still in question. The nation might have to just wait until the regular season to see the full squad, as the Browns are scheduled to have three primetime games, plus nationally televised games in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs and on Christmas Day against the Green Bay Packers, this fall.
The first two exhibition games will air in the Cleveland market locally WEWS Channel 5.