A grand opening from New England at 2019?
This is the buzz regarding the Cleveland Browns, as speculation that they would be the New England Patriots‘ opening-game competition invisibly soon after the NFL announced that the defending Super Bowl winners would start at Foxborough on Sunday night.
This may be actually the 50th season of Monday Night Football, and also the teams which played with the very first Monday night game were the Browns and Jets on Sept. 21, 1970 (Homer Jones returned a kickoff for a touchdown and Billy Andrews intercepted Joe Namath to seal the 31-21 Browns win). The Browns only happen to play at the Jets in 2013; a re run of that game for the Monday night opener would make a great deal of sense.
No matter where or who, the Browns assess a number of the boxes for prime time games — an up-and-coming team, big personalities, Odell Beckham Jr. And also a young quarterback in Baker Mayfield who’d be the perfect narrative foil to the Patriots’ tombrady .
When it comes to the opener, the New England additionally plays Dallas and Kansas City in your home, and so the Browns would be a gimme pick. Despite having all the optimism concerning the team’s resurgence, the Browns did finish below .500 at 2018 (7-8-1), though that album comprised a 5-2 finish.
The Patriots wouldn’t normally be an easy draw for the Browns. New England has won the Super Bowl six times since 2001 — a time when the Browns have largely flailed — and also have won their post-Super Bowl championship opener four times. But as tough as it would be to play in New England, in addition, it will be a great prospect.
“It’s what it really is,” general director John Dorsey explained. “You are gont play exactly with what the schedule manufacturers deem. The NFL is not hard. You play for the challenge that lies ahead.”
This would not be the only potential prime time appearance for the Browns. The possibility of Monday night against the Jets is real. Surveys possess the Browns hosting a Thanksgiving night game, and now being in prime time a few times — although the Celtics limit for nighttime games is five. Nothing is going to be supported until the NFL releases the schedule, likely in April.
The very last time the Browns were on Sunday Night Football has been September 2008, the single time the Browns were around NBC’s prime time game. The previous time they were on Monday Night Football came Nov. 30, 2015at the nighttime of an infamous”kick-six” game — when the Ravens blocked a game-winning field goal try and returned for a touchdown as time expired.
What games might attract prime time kick-offs aside from New England and the Jets?
Home and away games against division opponents Pittsburgh and Baltimore, home games from the Rams and Seahawks and road games in New England, San Francisco and Denver would seem to have some amount of interest.
“Cleveland Browns fans deserve that,” Dorsey said. “When they get that, they deserve it.”