As the NFL celebrates its 100th season, it rolls out a nod to the Browns-Jets showdown that was the genesis of football's appointment television during the week.
In contrast, the Browns are brimming with star power, but are coming off a weak opening act for a season in which the talent was prognosticated to match the hype for a Cleveland squad seemingly on the rise.
1. Will the real Browns show up or did we already see them in Week 1?
It was the first win of a 7-8-1 season that stirred hope for a new dawn in Cleveland, one in which the Browns were predicted to do big things with a young QB as brash as he was talented, complimented by a starry set of skill position players that included Beckham -- the highlight of a phenomenal offseason. And the defense, keyed by Myles Garrett, was supposed to be just as stupendous.
And maybe it can and will be.
2. Can Le'Veon Bell be the Jets' lone star?
There was some concern that Bell wouldn't make it for this one, but he seems good to go, a shoulder issue not enough to stop him as he'll be looked on to shoulder the load for a depleted Jets squad.
And the setting is right.
Better than any back in Monday night lore, Bell averages 112 yards rushing and 169 scrimmage yards per MNF game.
3. Next men up for Gang Green
There's been plenty of jokes at the Jets' expense in the wake of Darnold's mononucleosis diagnosis. But linebacker C.J. Mosely, very much the quarterback of the defense, is out with a groin injury. First-round defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, the loveable man-child with the great grin, will be smiling from the sideline with an ankle injury. Starting offensive linemen Kelvin Beachum and Brian Winters are also questionable as the Jets' injury report basically resembles its roster.
As it relates to silver linings and the NFL, they're really nonexistent, but the Jets will see how much mettle they have tonight with players grinding through injuries and second-stringers stepping up.
In many ways, the Jets are full of fresh faces that we're getting to know and know well. Tonight's a chance for others to step up in the national spotlight.
4. Will we see same-old spectacular OBJ on MNF?
There's been much ado made about Beckham's comments about Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams nudging his players to take OBJ out of the game.
There's also the intrigue of a Jamal Adams-led secondary matching up with Beckham and Jarvis Landry.
But this is Beckham's return to East Rutherford, where he starred for so many seasons with the Giants.
And OBJ's MetLife return is also on a Monday and nobody's ever been better on Mondays than Beckham.
To say Beckham will be in a comfortable setting is an understatement.
Since its opening in 2010, MetLife has housed no more successful receiving act than Beckham, whose 198 catches for 2,900 yards and 23 touchdowns are all stadium-bests. And since OBJ's introduction to the league in 2014, his 51 catches for 755 yards and seven scores on Monday night are likewise the best in that timeframe.
It's the time and place for Beckham to shine.