Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase wanted to call the Browns the Elves because of their midfield logo

Ja'Marr Chase doesn't want to hear from the Browns anymore. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ja’Marr Chase doesn’t want to hear from the Browns anymore. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is tired of hearing about the Cleveland Elves… er, Browns. That’s what he nearly named the Bengals’ Week 1 opponent when asked about the game.

“It’s a normal game for me,” Chase said Thursday. “It doesn’t feel any different. It’s the hooting and hollering about the Cleveland, er, Browns. I was about to call them the elves. … If you ask me, I don’t really pay attention to it because Cleveland is Cleveland.”

Chase, of course, is referring to the Browns’ strange image of an angry-looking elf at center field – a logo the team unveiled in 2022 that was a throwback an older logo from the 1960s. The Bengals added that the elf was “fun” and “different.”

The Bengals are 1-3 against the Bengals since Chase joined the team with the No. 5 pick in 2021 and 2-5 since quarterback Joe Burrow was drafted in 2020. But Chase has had personal statistical success in his three career games against Cleveland: 18 receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown.

Regardless of the history between the two AFC North rivals, this matchup will set the tone for both teams in Week 1. The Bengals are focused on a return to the Super Bowl two seasons after their improbable rise and just gave Burrow an NFL-record $275 million contract. The Browns, meanwhile, are hoping for a positive return on their $230 million investment in quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Chase doesn’t seem too worried about the opponent, but he does seem to have the logo in midfield on his mind.

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