Initial reaction to the New York Jets 2019 schedule, which is included below:
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1 – A week 4 bye was likely assigned because of how little the team has to travel this year. It is a long gauntlet to have no time off between week 5 and week 17 but hopefully the lack of west coast trips mitigates the difficulty of it.
2 – There will be heavy pressure to beat an average at best Buffalo team at home in week 1 with Cleveland coming to town as a likely favorite in week 2, a trip to New England after and then a road game in Philadelphia immediately after the bye week. Four of the Jets first six games are against teams who made the 2019 playoffs (and won at least one game in it).
3 – The schedule softens up after their challenging opening stretch with seven straight against teams who were under .500 last year, including projected bottom dwellers Miami, Cincinnati, the Giants and Washington. To be fair, divisional games are tough no matter what and the Jets struggled against Jacksonville last season.
4 – There is three primetime games: week 2 at home vs. Cleveland (fun for 1 million reasons), week 7 vs. New England (who will be coming off 11 days of rest…not ideal) and week 15 at Baltimore, a 2018 playoff team.
5 – It is a difficult close to the schedule with road games against Baltimore, Buffalo and a home game against Pittsburgh.
6 – Very broadly and with things subject to change due to the NFL Draft and injuries: It is a tough start with a soft middle and a fairly challenging finish. The bye week is very early but the lack of overall travel is a bonus. Two of their eight home games are on Monday Night Football. Getting New England early in the season is better than getting them late in the season.