CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns runs off the field after a 21-17 win over the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
With the addition of Odell Beckham Jr., the Cleveland Browns are likely going to spend most of the 2019 regular season on primetime television.
Since the start of the league year on March 13, the Cleveland Browns have been one of the most talked about teams in the NFL. Not only do they have the attention of Cleveland, but they have the attention of the national media.
With the additions of Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, and Olivier Vernon to a roster that already boasts Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, and Myles Garrett, the Browns now have great expectations in 2019.
No longer are they the bottom dweller in the AFC North hoping to work their way out of the basement. Instead, they are being viewed as the favorites to win the division next season and compete in the playoffs.
Because they have a roster built to compete for a playoff spot and big personalities in Mayfield and Beckham, the Browns are likely to be featured on primetime television often next season. And it will not only be the Thursday Night Football slot Cleveland is used to. Instead, it is more than likely they end up on Sunday Night Football and the afternoon slots for CBS and FOX.
The Browns got their first taste of the CBS afternoon slot in last season’s finale against the Ravens. Cleveland was one of the hottest teams in the league at the time and the Ravens were battling for the division title, so it was a prime match-up for a lot of eyes.
As the Browns prepare to attempt to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002 next season, they will be one of the biggest stories to watch across the league. With the big names on the roster, fans across the country are going to want to see what the Browns will be able to do on the field.
Cleveland will also be playing against some of the best teams in the league next season, adding even more intrigue to the season.
With the official schedule for next season expected to be released in the next couple of weeks, here is a look at the five Browns games next season that have the best odds of being primetime games of the week.