The Cleveland Browns will make their return to Monday Night Football when they host the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns will make the 30th appearance in franchise history on Monday Night Football when they host the Baltimore Ravens tomorrow night.
It will be the first time the Browns have played on Monday night since the 2009 season, when they also hosted the Ravens. That night, the Browns dropped a 16-0 decision – the team’s 14th loss in 15 games dating back to the previous season. The Browns managed just 160 yards of offense that night and never crossed Baltimore’s 45-yard line.
Quarterback Brady Quinn, another in the never-ending line of first-round quarterbacks who have failed in Cleveland, finished the night just 13-of-31 for 99 yards while being intercepted twice.
This time, much to the chagrin of Jon Gruden and ESPN, the Browns will not be led by quarterback Johnny Manziel, who decided that acting like a spoiled teenager is more important than being a starting quarterback, but rather veteran Josh McCown. The move to demote Manziel to third string pushes him one step closer to joining Quinn on that list of failed first-round quarterbacks.
It hasn’t always been doom and gloom for the Orange and Brown on what was once the league’s lone weekly primetime game. The Browns appeared in the first Monday Night Football game in league history and carry a 15-14 record into this week’s game against the Ravens.
To get ready for the matchup, here are the five best Monday Night Football games of all-time in franchise history. (And, as always, a major hat tip to Jonathan Knight’s book, The Browns Bible, a major resource tool for any Browns fan.)