Author: Ben Axelrod
Published: 5:05 PM EDT April 17, 2019
Updated: 5:05 PM EDT April 17, 2019
CLEVELAND -- The entire 2019 NFL schedule won't be released until 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday. But we already know when Odell Beckham Jr. will be making his Cleveland Browns debut.
Just as they have the past two seasons, the Browns will open their 2019 campaign at FirstEnergy Stadium -- although this time, they won't be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rather, Cleveland will play host to the Tennessee Titans, in a 1 p.m. ET kickoff to be aired on CBS.Allan Ball of 247Sports was the first to report the Browns would be hosting the Titans in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season. Cleveland’s season opener is the fifth game to have leaked ahead of the NFL’s official announcement of its 2019 schedule, with contests against the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins having previously been reported.
Based on multiple reports, the following contests will be included on the Browns' 2019 slate:
- Sep. 8 vs. Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. ET)
- Sep. 16 at New York Jets (Monday Night Football)
- Oct. 27 at New England Patriots (4:25 p.m. ET)
- Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET)
While Cleveland is expected to be featured prominently in primetime this season, of the games to have leaked, only two (the Titans and Patriots games) count against the six-game limit teams receive for being featured in nationally televised contests. In addition to their Week 2 Monday Night matchup vs. New York, the Browns are also expected to play in at least one Sunday and Thursday night matchup.