Breaking Down The Jets Schedule


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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

PhotobucketThere 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.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • scubasnacks

    The Jets didn’t play the Bangals twice on the road last year. We kicked their a$$’s on one of the coldest games i’ve ever been to at the meadowlands stadium to close out the season. The playoff game was on the road.

  • S Dot Gato

    Your man is back Cap

    Now for a realistic look at that breakdown

    A great season for the Jets in that breakdown would be
    4-1 (absolutely no shot at 5-0)
    11-5 = great season for the Jets, however I think they will be 10-6 cuz the NFL is so year to year and you never know whos gonna be a contender or not. But 10-6 can definetely win the division.

    The one positive about the Jets schedule is they get their toughest out of division games at home (Ravens, Vikings, Packers, Texans, Bengals) and despite their easy out of division road games (@ Broncos, Lions, Browns, Steelers, Bears) it is very unrealistic to think they go 5-0 because it is the NFL.

  • Joe Caporoso

    fair argument S Gato…I’d take 11-5 or 10 – 6 if it gets a divisional title, although ideally i’d like to see a Bye.

    Scuba….good point, my bad. I fixed the mistake and funny enough I was at that game. thanks for the heads up