After being left out of the league's marquee contests for years, the Browns will play in five nationally televised games -- three Monday night games, a Sunday night game and a Thursday night game.
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The Browns open the 2008 regular season at home against the Cowboys on Sunday Sept. 7, then host the Steelers in Week 2 in a Sunday night national TV game, the first of five nationally televised prime-time games the Browns will play.
Cleveland's last appearance was on Monday Night Football was a home loss to St. Louis in 2003. But a 10-win season and a high-powered offense led by quarterback Derek Anderson has put them back in the spotlight.
Cleveland's slate is much tougher than the last-place schedule it had last season. The Browns' 2008 opponents had a combined record of 137-119 (.535) last season, including two games against each division rival.
Only four opponents had sub-.500 records last season -- Baltimore, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Denver.
"Our schedule presents us with many challenges against a number of talented teams, however we will continue to work hard throughout the offseason to prepare for the 2008 season," Crennel said.
The Browns will save on their travel budget with no West Coast games. Their longest road trips are to Tennessee and Jacksonville.
The Buffalo Bills will play in Toronto on Dec. 7 against Miami as part of an effort to expand their market to Canada.
This marks the first time the Bills will play during the regular season in Toronto, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Buffalo. The game was one of the highlights of the NFL schedule released Tuesday.
New England, which was upset in the Super Bowl by the Giants but has a record 19-game regular-season winning streak, will open at home against Kansas City on Sept. 7. In what has become an annual highlight game, Tom Brady and the Patriots will be at Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night Nov. 2.
"The league gave me an extra bonus in returning to Seattle to coach against my former team and great coach Mike Holmgren," Zorn said.
The Packers' 2008 schedule was released Tuesday and includes four nationally televised games. They will open the season Sept. 8 against Minnesota at Lambeau Field, the first of three Monday night appearances on ESPN.
Green Bay's other two Monday night games are on the road. They're at New Orleans on Nov. 24 and at Chicago on Dec. 22.
The Packers also are scheduled to make one Sunday night appearance on NBC. They'll play at home against Dallas on Sept. 21.
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