What are the chances of a Christmas play?

The Cleveland Browns will find out their 2024 schedule on Wednesday when the NFL officially announces it at 8 p.m. Until then, fans can speculate on what surprises that schedule may or may not include.

Who will they open up to? What primetime games might they end up getting? When will the AFC North rivals come to Cleveland? All of these questions are popular ones that Browns fans are thinking about.

However, the NFL threw another one into the mix a little over a month ago. Could the Browns actually play again on Christmas Day?

Short answer: yes. Since you’re probably looking for more than that, let’s dig a little deeper into the question that seemed impossible a month and a half ago.

What day is Christmas this year?

It’s December 25, as always. If you want to know what day of the week it is, it’s Wednesday.

Why does the NFL play on Wednesdays?

You know the answer to this. Because it’s possible. Or, more specifically, it knows that some broadcaster will raise the money to carry the games and that millions upon millions will watch. Last year, an average of 28.7 million people watched the three matches played on Christmas Day, which was a Monday.

Has the NFL ever played on a Wednesday before?

Well, but not often. The last time this happened was in 2021, when a COVID outbreak forced the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers to postpone a game originally scheduled to be played on Thanksgiving night until the following Wednesday.

When did the NFL decide to play games on Christmas Day?

This was completed at the end of March during the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida.

How many games does the NFL play on Christmas Day?

The plan is to play not one, but two matches on Christmas Day. The league has not announced exact start times, but has indicated that the games will both take place in the afternoon.

Are the Cleveland Browns really an option to play on Christmas Day 2024?

Yes, they really are an option, and not just because they’re one of the NFL’s 32 teams. At the very least, there has been a lot of talk about the Browns potentially being one of four teams to land on Christmas Day since it became known in March. However, this past week there were some prominent projections stating they would be included in the doubleheader.

NFL Network’s Peter Schrager projected on Instagram last week that the Browns would play the Cincinnati Bengals in the first game of the doubleheader. The other game would be a rematch of the NFC divisional playoffs between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.

Pro Football Network’s Dakota Randall, meanwhile, predicted the Browns would also be on the road, only at the Baltimore Ravens. His projection for the other game: the Kirk Cousins ​​Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings.

Where are the NFL’s Christmas Day games broadcast?

That’s not final yet, which is part of the reason why the schedule hasn’t been released yet. Latest reports indicate that the league is in negotiations with streaming giant Netflix to release at least one, if not both, Christmas Day games this year. If the Browns are involved in any of the games and it is on a streaming service or cable television, it will also be broadcast on WEWS-TV Channel 5 in Northeast Ohio.

How many times have the Cleveland Browns played on Christmas Day?

That would be one time, but it wasn’t that long ago. At Christmas 2021, the Browns went to Green Bay and lost 24-22 to the Packers. It’s the game in which Baker Mayfield flew on game day due to COVID concerns and then threw four interceptions, including one with 43 seconds left to end Cleveland’s hopes.

How many games did the NFL play on Christmas Day?

Entering the 2024 season, the NFL has played 30 games over Christmas, dating back to a 1971 playoff doubleheader involving the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings, as well as the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs.

What about the rest days between the match before and the match on Christmas Day?

The four teams chosen to play on Christmas Day are guaranteed to play the Saturday before. That would leave three days between games, which is the same amount of time as between a typical Sunday game and a Thursday game when teams are involved in that game.

Chris Easterling can be reached at [email protected]. Read more about the Browns at www.beaconjournal.com/sports/browns. Follow him on X at @ceasterlingABJ