The New York Jets 2018 regular season schedule was released today (included below), here a handful of initial thoughts:
1 –PRIMETIME: A Monday Night Football opener! Clearly the NFL will be rooting for Todd Bowles to exercise common sense and start his rookie quarterback (likely Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen). Do it for the viewership, Todd! Two weeks later the Jets will be on the road again at night, this time against the Cleveland Browns. Sandwiched in-between those two (the only official primetime games on the schedule, although Saturday versus the Texans in week 15 could be flexed to 8PM) is the home opener against the very old, very mediocre Miami Dolphins. The Jets destroyed Miami in their home opener last season.
2 – LATE BYE: Similar to last year, the Jets have a late bye week. This time it comes after week 10. The first 10 games of the schedule are manageable on paper, they include only 3 playoff teams from last seasons (I guess we have to count the Bills). However, the final six games are fairly brutal, as they include both matchups versus New England, a pair of road games against 2017 playoff teams and home games against two teams who would have made the playoffs last year if their quarterback was healthy (Houston and Green Bay).
3 – HOME STRETCH: The Jets have three straight home games in weeks 5-7 versus Denver, Indianapolis, and our good friend Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. Unfortunately because of this, they have back to back road games three separate times on their schedule. Reminder: the Jets were 1-7 on the road last season.
4 – DEFENSE FRIENDLY: The lineup of quarterbacks the Jets face before the bye week is not all that daunting, particularly after Matthew Stafford in week one. They get Ryan Tannehill twice, Blake Bortles, whatever the Bills are playing at quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, Case Keenum and a still very average Mitch Trubisky. It remains to be seen if Andrew Luck will be healthy for their week 6 game. Unfortunately, over the final six games they will see Tom Brady twice (MAYBE NOT), Aaron Rodgers, TOJ Favorite Deshaun Watson, Marcus Mariota and then whatever the Bills are playing at quarterback.5 – CONSISTENCY: Every single Jets home game this year will be at 1PM on a Sunday except for one, against the Texans in week 15. This is a good thing. Drink early and get home for Sunday dinner.
6 – EARLY LINE PREDICTIONS:
- Detroit (-4.5)
- Jets (-1.5)
- Cleveland (PK)
- Jaguars (-5)
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