Browns will take on Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles this preseason

Browns will take on Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles this preseason
Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-11 17:37:22-04

Just how good will the new-look Browns actually be? Fans will get an early idea this preseason when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles come to town. While some exact dates have yet to be worked out, here's what we know about the preseason schedule so far:

Week 1
August 9-13: at New York Giants (televised locally on WEWS News 5)

Week 2
August 16-20: BUFFALO (WEWS News 5)

Week 3
August 23: PHILADELPHIA (Thursday FOX national game) 8pm

Week 4
August 30-September 1: at Detroit (WEWS News 5)

Those new Browns will be joined by a new broadcast team in the booth. Calling locally-televised games for WEWS News 5 this preseason are longtime Browns fan Jay Crawford and former Browns quarterback Tim Couch. 

“It's a dream come true,” Crawford said. “I'm a lifelong Browns fan. I remember all of the heartaches of Red Right 88, The Drive and The Fumble. I've experienced all of the highs and all of the lows. For me to get an opportunity to call the team that I grew up watching, and even through my adult life have followed and loved, is really a ‘pinch me’ moment. I couldn't be more excited.”

Fans will recognize Crawford from ESPN, where he anchored SportsCenter and hosted other shows. He also covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for WFTS-TV in Tampa, and the Buckeyes for WBNS-TV in Columbus.

Crawford is a Bowling Green graduate who took on his first broadcasting job at a TV station in Hazard, Ky. There he covered one of the area’s most successful athletes who starred as a multi-sport athlete before going on to bigger and better things in college and the NFL.

Tim Couch.

“Of all the athletes I covered,” Crawford said, “Tim Couch was one of the best.”

Couch, who starred at Kentucky, was the Browns' first draft pick in its first year back as a franchise in 1999. He started 59 games over five seasons, leading the team through its last regular season that ended with a playoff berth in 2002. He threw for 11,131 yards and 64 touchdowns during his Browns career, the most by any of the team’s signal-callers since 1999.

Couch recently served as a color analyst on SEC regional broadcasts.

“(Browns) fans are tremendous," Couch said. "They're some of the best fans in pro football. They show up and support the team no matter what. Last year was a really tough year for them, but I think they've made some great moves in the offseason. They're on the right track now, and they've got some really talented players in there and have some great draft picks coming up. The opportunity is there to get better really fast.”

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WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 9/13 · 1:00 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 2 · Thu 9/17 · 8:20 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/27 · 1:00 PM EST Washington Redskins (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/4 · 1:00 PM EST at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/11 · 4:25 PM EST Indianapolis Colts (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/18 · 1:00 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 7 · Sun 10/25 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 8 · Sun 11/1 · 1:00 PM EST Las Vegas Raiders (FOX)


WEEK 10 · Sun 11/15 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (FOX)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/22 · 1:00 PM EST Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/6 · 1:00 PM EST at Tennessee Titans (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/14 · 8:15 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (ESPN)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/20 · 1:00 PM EST at New York Giants (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Dec. 27-27 · TBD at New York Jets

WEEK 17 · Sun 1/3 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)