2012 Cleveland Browns Schedule Released (For Real)

The official NFL 2012 schedule was released Tuesday evening with great ceremony and fanfare, but once again the Browns will not play a primetime game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. All eight home games are scheduled for  Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm EST. Pat Shurmur and company face one of the league’s hardest schedules, with eight 2011 playoff teams on the docket. By opponent’s win percentage, it’s the third hardest schedule in the league.

The Browns open the season at home for the 13th time in 14 years, with the Eagles traveling to the north coast in Week 1. The only primetime game of the season is once again in the division, with the Browns playing the Ravens in Week 4 on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. The Browns will finish the home season against the Washington Redskins, who will likely have Robert Griffin III under center.

Fri., Aug. 10 at Detroit Lions 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Aug. 16 at Green Bay Packers 8:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 24 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Aug. 30 CHICAGO BEARS 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 9 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – FOX 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 16 at Cincinnati Bengals – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 23 BUFFALO BILLS – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Thur., Sept. 27 at Baltimore Ravens – NFLN 8:20 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 7 at New York Giants – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 14 CINCINNATI BENGALS – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 21 at Indianapolis Colts – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 28 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 4 BALTIMORE RAVENS – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 11 BYE WEEK
Sun., Nov. 18 at Dallas Cowboys – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 25 PITTSBURGH STEELERS – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 2 at Oakland Raiders – CBS 4:15 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 9 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – CBS 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 16 WASHINGTON REDSKINS – FOX 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 23 at Denver Broncos – CBS 4:05 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers – CBS 1:00 p.m.

  • JoeyMac

    WOW that a TOUGH schedule

  • Joey Mac


  • 16-0

  • Lars

    2 and 14 here we come…

  • Artty40

    where’s the 6 we need to win?

  • Max

    no 3 game road trips, no back to back west coast games, no insanely early bye week, only one short week, facing at least 2 rookie QBs, the chance to pilfer Carson Palmer again, 13 games start at 1PM local (where they are playing) time. 

    I like it

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Basically they need to get off to a great start or this will be an even longer season than the last one. Oy.

  • SpaceDawg

    Why can’t we ever play Pittsburgh early in the season when our players aren’t all injured and still have a little bit of hope that they actually have something to play for?

  • Return of the (ALex) Mack

    Colt to pro bowl

  • dan

    Like 1999, when the Steelers were the first game on the schedule?

  • Markn95

    When we saw the list of teams we were playing back in January, I was kind of optimistic.The league had us matched up against the NFC East and AFC West.  Of those eight teams, only 1 had a winning record (the Super Bowl champion Giants).  Everyone else (including the AFC West champ Broncos) were 8-8 or worse.  Among those 8 opponents, moreover, were perennial underachievers like the Cowboys, Chargers, Eagles (post-McNabb) and Raiders that can be beaten any given Sunday by any given team (even the Browns).  Plus, the Bengals are never good two years in a row, so I thought we could get at least one from them (does anyone else think Andy Dalton has sophomore slump written all over him now that there are 17 games of rtape on him?)  Plus, with the Ravens and Steelers getting older, I thought we had a realistic shot at winning 1 of those 4 games (seriously).  Finally, you had games against the Bills, Colts, and Chiefs.  At least one and possibly 2 of those are winnable.  Brncos looked possible too until they got Peyton Manning.

    Now, though, that same schedule, laid out week-to-week with game dates and times, admittedly looks a little bit tougher.  At the same time, though, I’m not one of those fans on sports talk who has every game handicapped and is ready to say we’re going 3-13.  Just a little bit of perspective.

  • SpaceDawg

    I never said first, just earlier than they’ve been the past few years.  (And none of this bull-crap last game of the season stuff which is practically giving the Stools an extra bye week before the playoffs start)

  • Ritz

    I know it’s very early… But like to quote Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap, ‘Oh boy!’

  • Rmight411

    This is a totally easy schedule that will allow us to draft Matt Barkley next year to be our new QB. …..Thanks NFL

  • Kildawg

    Hey, we have the toughest schedule in the NFL this year by winning pct. Only Denver and NYG have tougher but they have QBs named Manning, ergo, they’ll be fine? The Browns, not so much. My over/under is six wins.

  • The “bye” week isn’t the NFL’s fault — they’re trying to instill rivalry week-like scenarios for the home stretch to cultivate meaningful Week 17 games where stars play. If the Browns were competitive, this could be OSU/Michigan.

  • Lyon25

    i’ll take the Waaaaaay under

  • floydrubino

    This is officially the earliest that I declare waiting for next year.

    We are done and the season hasn’t even started.

  • Wow

    Hillis revenge game and RG III destroying us in the same season? Hope not.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    15-2.  We lose to Buffalo in a freak mid-September blizzard-revenge-game and our streak of never losing to the bye week finally ends.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    In Cleveland, no less.

    Getting ripped by the QB many fans (and the front office) wanted in the final home game just looks like a painful season-capper in the making.

    I’m not one to play the games out on paper and declare the Browns 0-16, but I just don’t know where the wins will come from. Please surprise me, Browns.

  • 5KMD

    I think you guys are really overvaluing a lot of teams out there, especially before the draft and free agency are complete. Add in some season ending injuries during preseason (I know that could work against the Browns as well) and I think the Browns will be in every game at home.

    Winning on the road is tough for all teams, but I don’t see why the Bengals are world beaters all of a sudden. At Colts and at Raiders are also winnable. I’ll take over 6 at this point in time.

  • porckchopexpress

    I’ve never understood why they don’t take a cue from OSU and schedule a bunch of mid-major teams early in the year before getting into divisional play. 
    Anyway, I’m just going to say that if they get torched by Hillis and RG in back to back weeks there’s a real possibility that Shurmur goes Butch Davis crazy and hides in his closet for a week.  We should probably put feelers out to Terry Robiskie now that guy was born to be an interim head coach.

  • Garry_Owen

    At least right now, I’d rather play them late, when they are also beat up and not thinking so much about us as they are the upcoming playoffs.  See last year.  The schedule helped us, even though we didn’t come out with wins.  We were competitive in those games, and actually helped end the Steelers’ post-season hopes.

  • Garry_Owen

    The more I think about this, the more I wonder if the NFL didn’t do this on purpose as a “favor” to the Browns (with an ancillary benefit to the league). 

    I get that people are joking about it, but the NFL knows that the Browns are in need of a franchise QB.  The best way to get that franchise QB is to draft #1.  With a schedule like this, the NFL is, at least arguably, hedging bets that the Browns will draft #1 next year, get their QB, and then begin to be truly competitive.  The NFL is better if the Browns are better.  While I also understand that the various teams’ schedules are in part a product of the divisional match-ups, they also are not created mindlessly. 

    Just one wild conspiracy theory on which to chew.