Browns 2012 Schedule: No Primetime Games In Cleveland For League's 3rd-Toughest Slate

The Cleveland Browns scheduled, officially released on Tuesday, is the third-toughest in the NFL.

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Browns Schedule 2012: Cleveland Plays 1 Primetime Game In League's 3rd-Hardest Schedule

The Cleveland Browns 2012 schedule is officially out, after weeks of speculation and furtive NFL measures to keep it under lock-and-key. Some details had trickled out prior to the official release show on NFL Network, but Rich Eisen and company confirmed the full schedule on what has become an unofficial NFL offseason holiday. Last year, the Browns played every single home game on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. ET, and that is once again the case for 2012. Also like last year, the Browns will play in primetime against an AFC North rival, facing the Baltimore Ravens on NFL Network's Thursday night game in Week 4.

For the 13th time in since returning 14 years ago in 1999, the Browns will open at home. They will host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. The Browns are still undecided on which direction their headed in next week's NFL Draft, but we're already pretty sure who will go ahead of their No. 4 pick. Cleveland will face the top two picks in the 2012 Season, with likely No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins coming to Cleveland Browns Stadium in Week 15 and the Browns visiting likely No. 1 pick Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7.

The complete 2012 schedule below:

Week 1 - Sunday, September 9 - Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles - 1:00 p.m. ET - FOX

Week 2 - Sunday, September 16 - Browns at Cincinnati Bengals - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 3 - Sunday, September 23 - Browns vs. Buffalo Bills - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 4 - Thursday, September 27 - Browns at Baltimore Ravens - 8:20 p.m. ET - NFL Network

Week 5 - Sunday, October 7 - Browns at New York Giants - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 6 - Sunday, October 14 - Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 7 - Sunday, October 21 - Browns at Indianapolis Colts - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 8 - Sunday, October 28 - Browns vs. San Diego Chargers - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 9 - Sunday, November 4 - Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 10 - BYE

Week 11 - Sunday, November 18 - Browns at Dallas Cowboys - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 12 - Sunday, November 25 - Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 13 - Sunday, December 2 - Browns at Oakland Raiders - 4:15 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 14 - Sunday, December 9 - Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 15 - Sunday, December 16 - Browns vs. Washington Redskins - 1:00 p.m. ET - FOX

Week 16 - Sunday, December 23 - Browns at Denver Broncos - 4:05 p.m. ET - CBS

Week 17 - Sunday, December 30 - Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - 1:00 p.m. ET - CBS

While we now have official times and dates for each game, we already knew the opponents before the official release. It will be the third-toughest schedule in the league, and the hardest among teams who did not make the playoffs in 2011. Much of that stems from the fact that all three of their AFC North rivals made the playoffs with winning records, but the NFC East will provide three marquee matchups as well.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Browns and their 2012 schedule, visit Dawgs By Nature. For comprehensive analysis of the 2012 NFL schedule, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub.

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Browns Schedule 2012: Cleveland Home Schedule Leaks, According To Report

The Cleveland Browns home schedule has leaked, according to a tweet by 92.3 The Fan's Daryl Ruiter. The Browns beat reporter tweeted out a link to the home schedule, which features a home opener on September 9th against the Philadelphia Eagles. It's the 13th time in 14 seasons that the Browns will open at home. If this schedule is accurate, the Browns will also play all eight of their home games at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoons, just as they did in 2011.

Sunday September 9, 2012, 1:00 PM Eagles vs. Browns

Sunday September 23, 2012, 1:00 PM Bills vs. Browns

Sunday October 14, 2012, 1:00 PM Bengals vs. Browns

Sunday October 28, 2012, 1:00 PM Chargers vs. Browns

Sunday November 4, 2012, 1:00 PM Ravens vs. Browns

Sunday November 25, 2012, 1:00 PM Steelers vs. Browns

Sunday December 9, 2012, 1:00 PM Chiefs vs. Browns

Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:00 PM Redskins vs. Browns

The complete 2012 schedule will be out within the hour.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Browns and their 2012 schedule, visit Dawgs By Nature. For comprehensive analysis of the 2012 NFL schedule, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub.

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Browns Schedule 2012: Cleveland Travels To Giants In Week 5, Will Not Open In AFC North, According To Reports

We're a little over an hour away from the official schedule release for the 2012 NFL season, and already little details are trickling out. According to reports, the Browns will not be opening the season in the division, with the Bengals and Ravens slated to play in the first Monday Night Football game. Joe Reedy of the The Cincinnati Enquirer has the report:

WNST.net and Radio out of Baltimore is reporting that the Ravens will host the Bengals on Monday Night Football to open the regular season.

With the Ravens and Bengals in action, that leaves the Steelers open. But according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ben Roethlisberger and company will start the season on the road against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning.

So the Browns will be playing outside the AFC North to start the year, but we know it won't be against the New York Giants, who play in the season kick-off game on Wednesday, September 5th against the Dallas Cowboys. According to reports, the Browns will travel to New York to face the defending Super Bowl champs for Week 5, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Browns and their 2012 schedule, visit Dawgs By Nature. For comprehensive analysis of the 2012 NFL schedule, stay tuned to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Browns 2012 Schedule: Cleveland To Get Details On 2012 Schedule Tuesday Night

Friday the 13th brought some bad luck for the Cleveland Browns, who that day learned they'll have the third-toughest 2012 schedule in the entire league.

Even though the NFL has yet to release the official team schedules -- this will happen Tuesday night at 7 ET -- we already know that the Browns' 2012 docket is rugged.

According to ESPN and NFL.com, the Browns's non-divisional games will be against the

Washington Redskins

Philadelphia Eagles

Kansas City Chiefs

San Diego Chargers

Buffalo Bills

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

Indianapolis Colts

And that's to say nothing of the six division games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.

Cleveland's opponents were a combined 135-121 (.575) in 2011. All told, the Browns will have only four games against teams that had a losing record last season.

That much we know. What we don't know is who the Browns will play in which week. Those details will emerge Tuesday.

According to NFL.com, the Ravens will have the fourth-toughest schedule, while the Steelers and Bengals are tied for 14th.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Browns and their 2012 schedule, visit Dawgs By Nature. For comprehensive analysis of the 2012 NFL schedule, stay tuned to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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Cleveland Browns Preseason Schedule 2012

The Cleveland Browns will open preseason play on the road with a game against the Detroit Lions.

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