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Cleveland Browns' 2022 schedule release: Everything you need to know

The Cleveland Browns' complete 2022 schedule will be made public on Thursday night.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is a segment from the Wednesday, May 11, 2022, episode of The Ultimate Cleveland Sports Show.

The NFL will unveil its full 2022 regular-season schedule on Thursday night, including the entirety of the Cleveland Browns' 17-game slate.

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What follows is everything you need to know about the Browns' 2022 schedule release:

Date, time, how to watch, stream online

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NFL Network, ESPN 2

Live stream:  NFL.com/watch, ESPN.com/watch

Cleveland Browns' 2022 opponents

By way of their third-place finish in the AFC North in 2021 and the league's rotation of cross-divisional matchups, the Browns already know that they will be facing the following opponents in 2022:

Home

  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Los Angeles Chargers

Away

  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Houston Texans
  • Washington Commanders

Leaks

According to multiple reports, the Browns will open the 2022 season on Sept. 11 on the road against the Carolina Panthers.

Key storylines

While Cleveland fell well short of expectations with a disappointing 8-9 record last season, the Browns enter the 2022 campaign as one of the league's most intriguing teams. A big reason why is their blockbuster trade to acquire former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who led the NFL in passing in 2020.

Cleveland's acquisition of Watson, however, came with a caveat, as the three-time Pro Bowl selection faces a potential suspension as the league continues to investigate claims of sexual misconduct from 22 women in the Houston area. How the Browns' schedule shakes out -- especially in regard to Cleveland's primetime games -- could provide an indication as to which way the league is leaning when it comes to Watson's suspension.