We already knew who the Jets home and road opponents were going to be this season but now we have all the dates and get to see how the schedule stacks up. How many primetime games? Are there any brutal stretches like last year or any easy stretches where the Jets might be able to stack up a few wins?
We’ll list the schedule week by week below and give initial thoughts on each game but we’ll start with an overview of the schedule as a whole.
What immediately jumps out is there are no brutal stretches against the best quarterbacks in football like last season, there are only three primetime games (four if you count the dolphins game 9:30 in the morning isn’t actually primetime but it will be the only game on) and of course the return of Rex Ryan to Met Life Stadium on a Thursday night.
The Jets get a perfect opponent to open against, and at home, as they host the Cleveland Browns, only have one set of back-to-back road games which is followed by back-to-back home games and they don’t really have any stretches of more than two really tough match-ups in a row. If it comes down to the last week for the Jets to make the playoffs they’ll have to earn it by beating Ryan in Buffalo.
WEEK 1) VS. BROWNS SUNDAY 1PM
The focus of the Jets training camp will be about who starts at quarterback week one for the Jets but that question is even more uncertain for the Browns. Will it be Johnny Football or Josh McCown? Or will it be Marcus Mariota or another rookie? Browns coach Mike Pettine will return to Met Life to face his old team and there is talent on the Browns roster but it’s hard to find a more dysfunctional organization in sports than the Browns. The Jets catch a break with this first week matchup, that doesn’t mean they’ll win but they should.
WEEK 2) @ COLTS MONDAY 8:30 PM
And just like that the dreams of a nothing but cupcake schedule is shattered. Traveling to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck on Monday night means we’ll get an early look at just how good this revamped secondary is.
WEEK 3) VS. EAGLES SUNDAY 1 PM
What to make of the Eagles right now? If there’s uncertainty surrounding the Jets and Browns quarterback situation what does that make the Eagles quarterback situation? Mark Sanchez? Sam Bradford? Tim Tebow? Or does Chip Kelly somehow pull a Mariota out of his hat? Who knows what’s going on in Philly and what that team will be but this could certainly be another tough matchup for the Jets.
WEEK 4) DOLPHINS 9:30 AM (IN LONDON)
It’s in London, what else do you need to know? And a special treat for the fans over 25-years-old that won’t be able to make the trip, you can wake up and eat some breakfast and by the time your done their will be Jets football on TV.
WEEK 5) BYE
A bit earlier than players normally like but we knew this was coming as soon as they announced the trip to London.
WEEK 6) VS. Washington SUNDAY 1 PM
Again remember that brutal stretch last year where the Jets faced a murderers row of quarterbacks? Well this year they play a number of teams where no one knows who the quarterback will be.
WEEK 7) @ PATRIOTS SUNDAY 1 PM
It’s the Patriots in New England, obviously going to be a tough matchup but if they can steal a win here it could be a huge boost for the rest of the season.
WEEK 8) @ RAIDERS SUNDAY 4:05 PM
The only back-to-back road game ends in Oakland but the beginning of a back-to-back stretch of teams that had a worse record than the Jets last year.
WEEK 9) VS. JAGUARS SUNDAY 1 PM
WEEK 10) VS. BILLS THURSDAY 8:25 PM
The return of Rex Ryan and yet another team with uncertainty at quarterback.
WEEK 11) @ TEXANS SUNDAY 1 PM
Mike Maccagnan returns to his former employers and also another team with quarterback issues.
WEEK 12) VS. DOLPHINS SUNDAY 1 PM
The Jets skip the trip to Miami this year, getting to play the road game against the Dolphins in Miami while the Dolphins lose a home game and have to come to Met Life to play their road game against the Jets.
WEEK 13) @ GIANTS SUNDAY 1 PM
Late enough in the season that this game could have a ton of importance for both teams playoffs hopes, or for both teams to be all but eliminated for the playoffs. Either way no one is going to want to miss this battle for bragging rights also the Jets get a second road game that’s not really a road game (Dolphins in London is obviously a road game but it’s just as much a road game for the Dolphins).
WEEK 14) VS. TITANS 1 PM
One more team with quarterback issues and the fourth out of the five teams on the schedule that finished with a worse record than the Jets had last year.
WEEK 15) @ COWBOYS SATURDAY 8:25 PM
Saturday night primetime game in Dallas. Will Dallas be as good as they were last year? Will the loss of DeMarco Murray hurt the Cowboys? Can their defense hold up as well as it did last year? Also Dez Bryant versus Darrelle Revis.
WEEK 16) VS. PATRIOTS SUNDAY 1 PM
WEEK 17) @ BILLS 1 PM
Patriots then Bills to close out the season. If the Jets playoffs chances comes down to the final week or two, while being two tough match-ups you’d be hard pressed to find two more intriguing match-ups.
It’s way too early in the process to start dissecting wins and losses (for responsible reporters, not for you fans. Have at it.) but this season’s schedule looks far more manageable than last season. If the Jets can stay healthy on defense and somehow form an adequate offense the playoffs might be an attainable goal.