By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
The Browns will open the season on the road for only the second time in 16 years since their rebirth in 1999. And they’ll do it in Pittsburgh.
The last time they opened a season in Pittsburgh the Browns won, 51-0, in rookie head coach Bud Carson’s first game. So rookie coach Mike Pettine has that bit of history going for him.
“Browns at Steelers in Week 1, in your first game as an NFL head coach? It doesn’t get any better than that. I love this division,” Pettine said.
The Browns are 1-14 in season openers since 1999. Their only win came at home over the Baltimore Ravens in 2004. So they are 1-13 in season openers at home, and 0-1 on the road.
The 2014 regular-season released on Thursday also features a Thursday night appearance on NFL Network at Cincinnati on Nov. 6. A home game against Oakland on Oct. 26 is slated for 4:25 p.m. kickoff; otherwise, the remaining 14 games start at 1 o’clock (pending future flex scheduling).
Here is the breakdown of the Browns’ schedule by quarter:
* Sunday, Sept. 7, 1 p.m., at Pittsburgh Steelers.
* Sunday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m., home vs. New Orleans Saints.
* Sunday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m., home vs. Baltimore Ravens.
* Sunday, Sept. 28, bye week.
* Sunday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m., at Tennessee Titans.
* Sunday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m., home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers.
* Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., at Jacksonville Jaguars.
* Sunday, Oct. 26, 4:25 p.m., home vs. Oakland Raiders.
* Sunday, Nov. 2, 1 p.m., home vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
* Thursday, Nov. 6, 8:25 p.m., at Cincinnati Bengals.
* Sunday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m., home vs. Houston Texans.
* Sunday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m., at Atlanta Falcons.
* Sunday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m., at Buffalo Bills.
* Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m., home vs. Indianapolis Colts.
* Sunday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m., home vs. Cincinnati Bengals.
* Sunday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m., at Carolina Panthers.
* Sunday, Dec. 28, 1 p.m., at Baltimore Ravens.
“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 good start.
“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.
“I can’t wait to put our team out in front of the Dawg Pound Sept. 14.”
Preseason schedule: Official dates and kickoff times for the four preseason games are:
* Sat., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., vs. Detroit Lions, at Ford Field.
* Mon., Aug. 18, 8 p.m., vs. Washington Redskins, at FedEx Field.
* Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., vs. St. Louis Rams, at FirstEnergy Stadium.
* Thurs., Aug. 28, 8 p.m., vs. Chicago Bears, at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Washington game is nationally televised by ESPN. The others are carried on Channel 3.
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