NFL: Browns will play ‘three or four’ games this season with two preseason games per team
The Cleveland Browns will begin their preseason schedule in a new, two-game “triple-digit” format with two home preseason games and two road preseason games, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.
The Browns, who have a new quarterback and an inexperienced defense in their revamped defense, will play six preseason games in the four-team system, which is the most common of all NFL divisions.
The team will play three or four preseason games each year, depending on league format.
The league also announced that the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine will be played on Aug. 30 at the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio.
The event, which will be streamed live on the NFL’s YouTube channel, will be held in conjunction with the NFL Network.
The first team to open camp in the new format will be the Cleveland Browns, which open training camp on July 26.
The Browns have previously announced they will play four preseason contests.
The other four teams that will play eight games each are the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants.
The first team that opens camp in a four-game format will host the Houston Texans, the second team that will host Atlanta Falcons and the third team that hosts the Indianapolis Colts.
The Cleveland Browns are expected to use the new three-game preseason format.
The New Orleans and Jacksonville teams are expected only to use three preseason games.
The 2018 season will be only the third time the Browns play eight preseason games at their facility in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Rams will play only one preseason game in their facility during the 2018 season, the Rams played four preseason exhibitions in 2018 and were not eligible to play two preseason exhibition games.