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A quick breakdown of the Jets 2010 regular season schedule with training camp only one week away. Currently, here is the best way I could divide it up:
The “being overhyped as very difficult six game pre-bye week start that is still relatively challenging”…how about that for a title?
- Home vs. Baltimore – Monday Night Football
- Home vs. New England
- At Miami – Sunday Night Football
- At Buffalo
- Home vs. Minnesota – Monday Night Football
- At Denver
Gang Green gets thrown in front of America in weeks 1, 3, and 5. Yes, I agree this is a challenging start before the Jets bye week but let’s not get carried away. The three best teams the Jets play in these six games (Baltimore, New England, Minnesota) have to come play at the New Meadowlands. The road games are very manageable, especially Buffalo and Denver. 4 – 2 has to be the minimum target in these 6 games if the Jets consider themselves an elite team. 5 – 1 would be tremendously impressive. 3 – 3 wouldn’t be devastating, as long as 2 of the losses come out of the division.
The post-bye five game stretch when the Jets need to make a run
- Home vs. Green Bay
- At Detroit
- At Cleveland
- Home vs. Houston
- Home vs. Cincinnati – Thursday Night Football
There is no reason the Jets can’t go 4 – 1 or 5 – 0 in this stretch. They catch a huge break by getting a very good Green Bay team at home after a bye week. Detroit and Cleveland are two of the worst teams in the NFL. Everybody always loves Houston but we saw what the Jets did to them in their building last season. Cincinnati is a good team but how could you not like the Jets after how they handled the Bengals twice last year?
The two games that could swing the season
- At New England – Monday Night Football
- Home vs. Miami
The Jets get their two biggest rivals in back to back weeks in December. This could be their chance to seize the AFC East title by its throat or the two games that end their season.
The not as difficult as it initially looks three game finale
- At Pittsburgh
- At Chicago
- Home vs. Buffalo
Going into Pittsburgh and Chicago looks pretty scary at first, but I am not sure how good those teams will actually be this season. They are still very difficult match-ups and potential let down games after the back to back division showdowns against New England and Miami. However, if the Jets can split those two games, they are greeted with Trent Edwards at home in week 17.