CLEVELAND — Coming off their best regular-season record since returning to the league in 1999, first postseason appearance since 2002 and first playoff victory since 1994, the Cleveland Browns enter the 2021 season with no shortage of expectations.
Now the Browns know what their journey through their highly anticipated 2021 campaign will look like, with the NFL having released its 2021 regular-season schedule.
As had previously been announced, Cleveland's 2021 season will begin where its 2020 campaign ended: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, where the Browns lost to the Chiefs 22-17 in last season's AFC divisional round. Kickoff for the Week 1 matchup between Cleveland and Kansas City is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.
The entirety of the Browns' 17-game 2021 schedule is as follows (all times ET):
- Week 1: Sept. 12 at Kansas City Chiefs (4:25 p.m)
- Week 2: Sept. 19: vs. Houston Texans (1 p.m.)
- Week 3: Sept. 26 vs. Chicago Bears (1 p.m.)
- Week 4: Oct. 3 at Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m.)
- Week 5: Oct. 10 at Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 p.m.)
- Week 6: Oct. 17 vs. Arizona Cardinals (4:05 p.m.)
- Week 7: Oct. 21: vs. Denver Broncos (Thursday Night Football, 8:20 p.m.)
- Week 8: Oct. 31 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m.)
- Week 9: Nov. 7 at Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m.)
- Week 10: Nov. 14: at New England Patriots (1 p.m.)
- Week 11: Nov. 21 vs. Detroit Lions (1 p.m.)
- Week 12: Nov. 28: at Baltimore Ravens (Sunday Night Football, 8:20 p.m.)
- Week 13: Dec. 5: Bye
- Week 14: Dec. 12 vs. Baltimore Ravens (1 p.m.)
- Week 15: Dec. 18/19: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (TBD)
- Week 16: Dec. 25: at Green Bay Packers (4:30 p.m.)
- Week 17: Jan. 3: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Monday Night Football, 8:15 p.m.)
- Week 18: Jan. 9: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m.)
You can watch our Browns schedule release show featuring Jim Donovan, Ben Axelrod, and Dave "Dino" DeNatale below:
Despite opening the 2021 season as an underdog against Kansas City, Cleveland will enter the upcoming season as one of the NFL's most intriguing teams. After amassing an 11-5 regular-season record, the Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round to earn their first playoff victory since returning to the league in 1999.
The NFL's reigning Coach of the Year, Kevin Stefanski, returns for his second season in Cleveland, as does an offense featuring quarterback Baker Mayfield, running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry and one of the league's best offensive lines. The Browns have also spent the bulk of their season bolstering their defense, adding free agent signings such as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and safety John Johnson III, as well as cornerback Greg Newsome II and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah via the draft, to a core that already included All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward.