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What Odell Beckham Jr.'s tweet tells us about Patriots' 2019 schedule

What Odell Beckham Jr.'s tweet tells us about Patriots' 2019 schedule

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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Could Odell Beckham Jr. trade set stage for Patriots-Browns Week 1 showdown?

Could Odell Beckham Jr. trade set stage for Patriots-Browns Week 1 showdown?

The apocalypse is upon us, folks. The Cleveland Browns are a relevant football team.

The Browns stunned the football world Tuesday night by trading for New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., adding another weapon to a surprisingly loaded offense. In fact, Cleveland acquired (or reportedly will acquire) so much talent this offseason -- Kareem Hunt, Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson are on the way -- that sportsbooks peg them with the AFC's third-best odds to win the Super Bowl.

And guess who's on their 2019 schedule? The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

We won't know until mid-April when the Patriots and Browns will play at Gillette Stadium. (The NFL released its 2018 schedule on April 17 last year.) But we do know the defending champion traditionally plays in either the first game of the NFL season on Thursday night or NBC's Week 1"Sunday Night Football" game.

Reports suggest the NFL is considering putting the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears game on Thursday night to celebrate the league's 100th season, as Packers-Bears is the NFL's oldest rivalry.

But you could make a pretty strong case for Patriots-Browns -- now a blockbuster matchup between two AFC contenders -- for the Sunday night slot, if not the Thursday night opener.

Consider the full list of New England's 2019 home matchups: the Browns, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.

Sure, an AFC Championship Game rematch of Patriots-Chiefs would make for compelling television. But how about Tom Brady vs. Baker Mayfield? Beckham and Jarvis Landry vs. Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots' secondary? Vernon and Richardson vs. New England's offensive line?

Barring another shocking blockbuster, the Browns will be the NFL's most talked-about team entering the 2019 season. So, why not pit them against the defending champs in a Week 1 primetime matchup?

Exact date aside, this year will mark the Patriots' first game against Cleveland since 2016, when Brady made his triumphant return from a four-week Deflategate suspension to lead New England to a 33-13 road win.

Here's hoping there's even more buzz around the next Pats-Browns installment -- under the bright lights of Gillette Stadium as the Patriots unfurl their latest Super Bowl banner.

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Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Could Rob Gronkowski retire and return midseason?

Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Could Rob Gronkowski retire and return midseason?

Could Gronk sit out until midseason as ex-Patriots LB Willie McGinest theorizes? Plus, breaking down the OBJ trade and What's left for the Pats in the NFL free-agent frenzy.


1:00 - Willie McGinest says that he could see Rob Gronkowski starting the 2019 season retired THEN returning. Our Tom E. Curran gives his take on whether that is a realistic possibility.

6:30 - Odell Beckham Jr was traded to the Cleveland Browns late Tuesday Night. Our BST crew reacts to the trade and discusses how much better it makes the Browns.

11:30 - Which NFL free agents would fit in with the Patriots? Phil Perry breaks down his list of who is still available.

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