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Le’Veon Bell: Things might be ‘different’ in Jets-Steelers showdown in 2019

The NFL on Wednesday officially released the schedule for the 2019 season, and Le’Veon Bell took to Twitter to state the obvious about one game on the New York Jets’ regular-season calendar.

Bell of course signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in March that could net him upwards of $61 million. The Pittsburgh Steelers ultimately gave up on retaining Bell this offseason after a protracted and embittered holdout ended with the running back missing the entire 2018 season.

In a twist that surely delighted the NFL’s schedule makers, the Jets will host the Steelers at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 22 in a Week 16 showdown. Bell made note of the game against his former team in a tweet, pointing out that “I got a feeling something miiight be a little different this time around” than the last time the two squads met.

Bell has been keeping an eye on the goings-on of his former team since signing with the Jets. Most recently, Bell weighed in on how his replacement in the Steelers’ backfield, James Conner, will score 17 touchdowns this upcoming season.

Insofar as Bell’s obvious observation how “things will be different” in the Jets-Steelers Week 16 showdown is concerned, it merits noting that he rushed 20 times for 66 yards and had nine receptions for 88 yards in a Steelers’ 31-13 victory over the Jets on Oct. 9, 2016, the last time the two teams squared off.

It goes without saying that Bell has circled Dec. 22 on his calendar, though it’s a certainty the Steelers have done so as well, especially given what some members of the organization have had to say about the ex-running back.

The fact that Bell contributed mightily to a 2018 season of utter dysfunction — much to his then-teammates’ chagrin — won’t help matters in that regard, either.