Colts to Visit on Opening Weekend

The Browns revamped defense will get a stiff test during the first weekend of the season as they entertain the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL announced some of the plans for the opening weekend of the 2003 season, which includes a nationally televised game between the Colts and Browns.

As the NFL meetings kicked off in Arizona, the league made a series of announcements about the opening 2003 weekend. The announcements were made during Paul Tagliabue's address to open the meetings.

The Tampa Bay Bucs will be matched up against the Eagles on the first Monday Night game of the year, broadcast from "Lincoln Financial" Field.

Of special interest to Browns fans, Tagliable announced that CBS will carry the Colts at Cleveland as their early game on Sunday, meaning that the team's first regular season game has been scheduled. The Fox nationally televised game will be the easy-to-promote match-up between the Cowboys (think: Bill Parcells) against the Atlanta Falcons (think: Michael Vick).

The NFL also announced that the Raiders and Titans will be matched up in the Sunday night game that weekend, which gives the NFL re-matches of both the NFC and AFC championship games.

The rest of the 2003 regular-season schedule will be announced at a later date.


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