Monday brought the NFL world new developments on multiple injury updates and a boring Monday Night Football matchup between the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.
The Browns re-implanted themselves as playoff contenders with a dominating win against a hobbled Jets team. In his return to New York, Odell Beckham Jr. shined the brightest, producing 161 yards receiving and a touchdown. He added another one-handed sideline catch to his highlight reel, making his case for best receiver in the league status.
Baker Mayfield looked average in his Monday night performance, passing for 325 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Jets are home to a top defense this year, but overall Mayfield has been underwhelming in his sophomore campaign.
The Jets are within quarterback Sam Darnold for a few weeks due to sickness from mono. The already limited Jets offense relied on Luke Falk to control the offense. Running back Le’Veon Bell only rushed for 68 yards on 21 carries. The Browns knew the Jets game plan to feed Bell the ball. The Browns controlled the entirety of the game, winning 23-3. The Jets now drop to 0-2 on the season, with playoff aspirations quickly disappearing. The Browns remain relevant in the AFC with their 1-1 record.
In big news, quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees will miss major time due to injuries. Roethlisberger had been dealing with tenderness in his elbow throughout the week, when the injury caught up with him against the Seattle Seahawks. Roethlisberger left the game, and on Monday it was reported that he will miss the remainder of the 2019 season. The Steelers are 0-2, and without their starting quarterback, they will not be competing in the tough AFC North division.
During the Sunday matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Brees was knocked out of the game with a thumb injury. The Saints lost to the Rams, unable to avenge their NFC Championship Game lost, dropping their record to 1-1 on the season. It was reported that Brees will miss six weeks, placing Teddy Bridgewater in driver seat of the Saints offense.
With those injuries, the entire 2019 season will now be altered. The Saints were seen as potential favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, while the Steelers were seen as a playoff team with sneaky potential. After the injuries, the NFC South is now open for the Falcons to potentially steal the division, while the AFC North will be a battle between the Ravens and Browns.