The public may not know who the Cleveland Browns’ Week 1 opponent will be, but Odell Beckham Jr. hinted that he knows who the regular season opener will be.
The NFL will be announcing the official regular season schedule for the Cleveland Browns and the 31 other teams in the NFL in the next week or so.
After a flurry of moves, the Browns are expected to be a team featured heavily in prime time slots for most of the season. There is already a strong belief Cleveland will be one of the prime time games to start the regular season.
On Wednesday night, Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he has already seen the schedule and knows who Cleveland will be playing in their regular season opener.
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Beckham then hinted that the Browns will be opening their regular season on the road against the New York Jets. The 26-year-old replied to an Instagram post from New York Jets safety Jamal Adams, saying to Adams “See you week one.”
If Beckham is correct and the Browns do play the Jets Week 1, the match-up makes a lot of sense to be put on Monday Night Football. As the NFL celebrates its 100th season, the game would commemorate the 50th anniversary of Monday Night Football, when the Browns and Jets played in the first Monday Night game.
There would be several story lines in a potential Browns-Jets Week 1 match-up, including Beckham’s return to New York and MetLife Stadium, although he wouldn’t be going against his former team.
It would also include a battle between the first two quarterbacks drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. The two quarterbacks played against each other last season, but this would be the first time the two quarterbacks started a game against each other.
Lastly, the Browns would be playing against their former interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. After leading the Browns to a 5-3 record as the interim head coach, Williams was not retained by the organization this offseason, leading him to become the Jets’ defensive coordinator.
With the NFL trying to honor their 100th season as much as possible, pairing the Browns and Jets in Week 1 on Monday Night makes too much sense. Although Beckham’s speculation has not been confirmed as true, it seems extremely likely the Browns will be opening their regular season in New York.