The Browns kick off their 2005 season at home against the Cincinnati Bengals and will have their bye week early, according to the 2005 NFL schedule released today
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The Browns follow-up the 9/11 Bengals game by travelling to Green Bay for their likely last game ever against QB Brett Favre. The team then travels to face the dangerous Peyton Manning and the Colts on 9/25. The team then has their bye week in week number four - the earliest bye week the team has had since their return to the league in 1999.
After road contests against two of the league's top quarterbacks of the last decade, the team's post-bye schedule starts a little easier. The Bears come to town, but the Browns are then sent back on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens. The team then faces the Lions at home, travels to Houston, and then is home again vs. the Titans.
The Browns only prime-time appearance is on November 13th against the Steelers in Condiment Stadium. The Browns previous prime-time appearance in Pittsburgh was a Sunday night pasting of the Steelers in front of fans so discouraged with their team that they took to stuffing peanuts up their nostrils as a diversion.
Following the ESPN game, the Browns face Miami at home, travel to Minnesota, return home to face the Jaguars, and then have two straight road games against the Bengals and Raiders. The Browns then finish with home games against the Steelers and Ravens, fortuitous scheduling if the Browns are still in the hunt for the AFC North crown.
The NFL used their pseudo-media entities to attempt to create as much hoopla around the schedule announcement as possible. The schedule itself was held secret by the NFL until it could be announced with appropriate hyperbole via the league-owned NFL Network.