Pieces of Cleveland Browns 2019 regular season schedule being revealed
With the NFL set to announce the full 2019 schedule on Wednesday night, pieces of the Cleveland Browns schedule is being revealed.
Even though the NFL is attempting to conceal the full 2019 regular season until 8 p.m. Wednesday, pieces of the Cleveland Browns schedule are slowly being revealed.
There was an anticipation the Browns would be opening in a prime time slot during the opening weekend. However, their match-ups with the two most likely opponents for a prime time slot on opening weekend are happening at different points during the season.
When looking at Cleveland’s scheduled opponents, the two teams who stood out as prime time opponents during Week 1 were the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. But the Browns will not be playing either to open the 2019 season.
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Cleveland will travel to New England during Week 8 of the season and play in the afternoon slot on CBS. Although it is not considered a prime time game, the afternoon time slots are typically used for one of the biggest games of the week.
Many saw the Browns as a perfect opponent for the Patriots on Sunday Night Football to start the season. The Baker Mayfield vs. Tom Brady match-up would be must-see television, so it would have made sense to put them in the most watched time slot during the week. However, the league and the television networks felt the game would be better suited for the featured afternoon slot.
The Jets were viewed as the most likely opponent for the Browns’ regular season opener. Because the two teams played the first Monday Night Football game in 1970 and the league is celebrating its 100th anniversary, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to have the two teams open the season on Monday night.
But instead of the two teams playing on the first night of Monday Night Football, the Browns will travel to New York on the second Monday of the season, according to New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
It is surprising the Browns will not be opening the season against the Patriots or the Jets. But the league may feel the slots the two games were put into will put a lot of eyes on those match-ups. It also does not mean the Browns will not be playing in a prime time slot for the season opener.
The rest of Cleveland’s schedule is yet to be determined, including who the Browns will be opening the season against. There will likely be more leaks throughout the rest of the day, but Cleveland’s full schedule will be released Wednesday night at 8 p.m.