A grand opening in New England in 2019?
That is the thrill concerning the Cleveland Browns, as hypothesis that they might be the New England Patriots’ opening-game opponent swirled quickly after the NFL introduced that the defending Tremendous Bowl champions would open in Foxborough on Sunday night time.
After all, one other chance exists. That is the 50th season of Monday Night time Soccer, and the groups that performed within the first Monday night time sport have been the Browns and Jets on Sept. 21, 1970 (Homer Jones returned a kickoff for a landing and Billy Andrews intercepted Joe Namath to seal the 31-21 Browns win). The Browns simply occur to play on the Jets this season; a re-run of that sport for the Monday night time opener would make lots of sense.
No matter who or the place, the Browns test most of the packing containers for prime-time video games — an up-and-coming workforce, massive personalities, Odell Beckham Jr. and a younger quarterback in Baker Mayfield who can be the proper story foil to the Patriots’ Tom Brady.
With regards to the opener, New England additionally performs Dallas and Kansas Metropolis at dwelling, so the Browns wouldn’t be a gimme choose. Even with all of the optimism concerning the workforce’s resurgence, the Browns did end beneath .500 in 2018 (7-Eight-1), although that document included a 5-2 end.
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The Patriots wouldn’t be a straightforward draw for the Browns. New England has received the Tremendous Bowl six occasions since 2001 — a time when the Browns have largely flailed — and have received their post-Tremendous Bowl championship opener 4 of 5 occasions. However as powerful as it will be to play in New England, it additionally can be an ideal alternative.
“It’s what it’s,” basic supervisor John Dorsey stated. “You are gonna play what the schedule makers deem. The NFL is tough. You play for the problem that lies forward.”
That may not be the one attainable prime-time look for the Browns. The opportunity of Monday night time towards the Jets is actual. Rumors have the Browns internet hosting a Thanksgiving night time sport, and being in prime time a number of occasions — although the league restrict for night time video games is 5. Nothing will likely be confirmed till the NFL releases the schedule, seemingly in April.
The final time the Browns have been on Sunday Night time Soccer was September 2008, the one time the Browns have been on NBC’s prime-time sport. The final time they have been on Monday Night time Soccer got here Nov. 30, 2015, the night time of an notorious “kick-six” sport — when the Ravens blocked a game-winning subject purpose attempt to returned it for a landing as time expired.
What video games may entice prime-time kickoffs apart from New England and the Jets?
Dwelling and away video games towards division rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore, dwelling video games towards the Rams and Seahawks and street video games at New England, San Francisco and Denver all would appear to have some stage of curiosity.
“Cleveland Browns followers deserve that,” Dorsey stated. “In the event that they get that, they deserve it.”