INDIANAPOLIS –The game pointed to by many NFL fans and teams as the one that most closely resembles the regular season is the third week of action.
This year on the third week of preseason, the Colts host Cleveland. The contest will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium on the weekend of August 22-25.
When meeting the Browns, the Colts will be coming off a home game with Buffalo and a nationally-televised game at the New York Giants.
In the final home tune-up for the regular season, Indianapolis will entertain the same team it hosted last October 21.
The Colts posted a 17-13 win over Cleveland, earning a 14-6 halftime lead in the process.
Cleveland will arrive looking a bit different this year. With a new owner comes a new head coach, and Rob Chudzinski now mans the sidelines.
Chudzinski spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Carolina. Overall, Chudzinski's résumé includes 19 years of experience, including nine seasons in the NFL.
Chuck Pagano's first NFL role came with Cleveland in 2001 as secondary coach. He went to Oakland and Baltimore before landing in Indianapolis in 2012.
Last year's game featured rookie quarterbacks in Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden.
The Colts and Browns have met on seven previous occasions in preseason play, with Indianapolis owning a 5-2 advantage. The last time the franchises met in preseason action was in 1994.
The Colts close the preseason the following week in Cincinnati.