CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns will open their 2014 season on Sept. 7
at rival Pittsburgh, just the second time they've started the season on
the road since 1999.
Cleveland's schedule also includes a brutal start and finish.
"Browns at Steelers in Week 1, in your first game as an NFL head
coach?" said Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine. "It doesn't get any
better than that. I love this division."
Cleveland's first home game under Pettine is scheduled for Sept. 14
against New Orleans, and the Browns will host the Baltimore Ravens the
following week before they get a bye (Sept. 28).
Pettine, who served as Buffalo's defensive coordinator last season, will face the Bills on Nov. 30 in Buffalo.
"Looking at the schedule, we've said we want to be the toughest team
on the field," Pettine said. "We'll get a good taste of our division
early on, with three of our first five against the AFC North, which has
been for quite some time one of the NFL's best divisions. We're building
our team to compete in the division, so hopefully we can get off to a
"I look forward to returning to Buffalo in late November. That
late-season stretch also jumped out at me a little bit. The NFL's about
overcoming adversity, and we face a big challenge with four of our final
six on the road."
The Browns' schedule includes a difficult final month as Cleveland
will host Indianapolis (Dec. 7) and Cincinnati (Dec. 14) before closing
the season with games at Carolina (Dec. 21) and Baltimore (Dec. 28).
The Browns will play just one prime-time game, at Cincinnati on Thursday, Nov. 6.