The NFL is full-steam ahead with its plans for this season, releasing schedules for all 32 teams Thursday night. The Joe Burrow era in Cincinnati begins September 13th when the Bengals host Joey Bosa and the L.A. Chargers. That game could match-up two of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft with Burrow and former Oregon QB Justin Herbert, taken by the Chargers No. 5 overall.
The Browns, who are 1-19-1 in season openers since returning to the NFL and have gone 15 straight games without winning in week 1, open in Baltimore. If you're a Browns fans, looking for potential good omens, the Browns won in Baltimore last season and Cleveland's only season opening win since returning to the league in 1999 was over the Ravens in 2004.
In week two, the Browns and Bengals play each other in Cleveland's nationally televised home opener. That game will be a Thursday night match-up, September 17 and figures to be the first head-to-head showdown between 2018 No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield against the 2020 top pick in Burrow.
Each team plays one other prime-time time. Both are Monday night games, on back-to-back weeks in December. On Monday December 14, the Browns host the Ravens and the following week, on December 21, the Bengals welcome Pittsburgh.
One noteworthy Bengal game will be in week 11, when Cincinnati visits Washington on November 22. That is likely to feature a match-up of the two QB's who battled for the Buckeye starting job after J.T. Barrett's graduation. Dwayne Haskins, the Redskins first round pick in 2019, could be squaring off with LSU Heisman winner Burrow that day. It will also feature the top two picks in this years draft, with Burrow and former Buckeye defensive end Chase Young.
From a national perspective, the league-wide opener is Thursday September 10, when the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs host Houston. The media darlings this year are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs, now featuring six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady, will be on national television five times, once on a Thursday night and two times each on Sunday and Monday night.
You can check out the full Bengals and Browns schedules below, as well as the NFL's Sunday, Monday and Thursday night schedules.