Patriots

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The NFL won't release its 2019 regular season schedule until later this month. But Odell Beckham Jr. just couldn't help himself.

The new Browns wide receiver had the internet buzzing Wednesday night with a tweet suggesting he knows who Cleveland is playing in Week 1.

The New York Giants (Beckham's former team) aren't among the Browns' 2019 opponents, but the New York Jets are. Considering the Jets share MetLife Stadium with the Giants, we can assume Beckham is referencing a Week 1 return to his old stomping grounds.

We can assume that more confidently after Beckham responded to Jets safety Jamal Adams' Instagram post with the words, "See u week one."

What does this have to do with the Patriots? Well, there are only five realistic opponents for New England's Week 1 home opener on NBC's "Sunday Night Football," and the Browns looked like a serious contender.

But if Beckham is telling the truth, you can rule out Cleveland coming to Gillette Stadium in Week 1, which leaves the following possible opponents for the Patriots: the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. (New England's other three home games are against AFC East teams, which probably don't warrant a Week 1 primetime slot.)

 

Considering the Steelers just lost superstars Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell and the Giants are destined for the NFL basement, our money is on a Patriots-Cowboys All-America matchup or an AFC Championship Game rematch with the Chiefs.

The NFL released its 2018 schedule on April 19 last year, so our suspense shouldn't be held too much longer.

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