The New York Jets and Cleveland Browns played a thriller in Ohio last season. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jamal Adams just dropped a major 2019 hint.
In the doldrums of the NFL offseason, fans salivate at the mere mention of Week 1. A pair of stars from the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns were more than happy to acquiesce.
Adams began the exchange with an Instagram post showcasing the Jets’ new alternate uniform. Known as “Stealth Black,” Adams has made his love of the new aesthetics, which were unveiled last week, quite clear through his platforms.
The Browns are set to be one of the opponents to do battle against the Jets in their new look this season. A newly enshrined Clevelander, Beckham left a suspiciously specific comment.
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) April 11, 2019
Beckham later followed up his Instagram post with a hint on Twitter.
Just seen the schedule, it’s funny how God and the universe works…. week 1 surprise ???
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) April 11, 2019
The Browns are indeed one of the Jets’ eight MetLife Stadium visitors this season. If football fate does play its hand, it would certainly make sense for Beckham’s first regular season game in a Browns uniform to come in East Rutherford.
He recently wrapped up a five-year tenure with the stadium’s other occupant, the New York Giants, who traded him to Cleveland in exchange for a first-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers.
Even without the potential of Beckham lining up across from Adams, Jets-Browns is a 2019 showdown rife with headlines. The two teams played a prime time thriller last September, with Cleveland prevailing 21-17. Making his NFL debut in the game’s second quarter, Mayfield outdueled Sam Darnold in a battle of the top two quarterbacks chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The game was part of Fox’s Thursday Night Football package, opening Week 3 action. It marked Cleveland’s first regular season victory since December 2016, as Mayfield helped the Browns erase a two-touchdown deficit.
It’s possible the rematch could warrant further national attention, namely that of the Monday night variety. This fall, ESPN is set to air the 50th season of Monday Night Football, which began in 1970 on ABC. The inaugural matchup featured the Jets battling the Browns at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Despite 298 passing yards from Joe Namath, the Browns defeated the Jets 31-21.
If ESPN comes calling, it would mark the second consecutive season that opens with a Monday night game involving the Jets. They began last year with a 48-17 victory in Detroit, a game that featured Darnold’s first two NFL touchdowns and Adams’ first professional interception.
Further headlines can be found on the modern sidelines. Gregg Williams, the Jets’ new defensive coordinator, served as the Browns’ interim head coach after Hue Jackson was fired midway through at last season. The victory over the Jets was one of just three victories Jackson earned at the Cleveland helm over two-and-a-half seasons.
Williams guided the Browns to a 5-3 mark the rest of the way. Their 7-8-1 for 2018 tally resulted in the Browns’ best win percentage in a season since 2007. Upon his departure, Williams became the first Browns head coach to depart Cleveland with a winning record since Marty Schottenheimer (1984-88).
The NFL will release the full regular season schedule publicly later this spring.