The New York Jets are supposed to be opening their season on Sunday, September 11th at 8:20 PM in their own building against the Dallas Cowboys…let’s all keep our fingers crossed that it actually happens. Week one should provide a good test for the Jets against the talented but inconsistent Cowboys, who will be welcoming Tony Romo back under center as he returns from a season ending injury in 2010. Regardless, you would hope the Jets can set the tone for a better season at home by beating a team who was 6-10 last year.
Dallas kicks off a difficult first half of the season for the Jets, who have their bye after week 7, nearly splitting their season perfectly in half. Despite only two of their first seven opponents making the playoffs in 2010, it contains a killer three game road trip after their week two home game against Jacksonville (probably their easiest match-up in weeks 1-7): at Oakland, at Baltimore, and at New England, followed by home games against Miami and San Diego. The Dolphins have beat the Jets the past two years in the Meadowlands and San Diego’s offense will be a handful.After the bye, things lighten up for the Jets who enter what I think is a very managable six game stretch
- at Buffalo
- vs New England
- at Denver
- vs Buffalo
- at Washington
- vs Kansas City
I am aware Denver is on a short week (it is a Thursday night) but the Jets should be able to get rolling here, by taking advantage of getting Buffalo twice in four weeks and improving their 2-0 record against New England at home under Rex Ryan. Denver, Washington, and Kansas City all have shaky quarterback situations. Okay, maybe Kansas City technically doesn’t but did you see Matt Cassel in the playoffs last year against Baltimore’s defense? The Chiefs are feeling like a major let down team this year.
The Jets last three games are on the road in Philadelphia, at home against the Giants, and then the season finale on the road against the Dolphins. All three are tough games, no matter how far out of the contention the Giants and Dolphins will be at that point.
Obviously it is nearly impossible to project how difficult a schedule truly is, especially since free agency hasn’t taken place yet but despite coming off a 11-5 season, the Jets schedule does seem manageable and is full of intriguing games. Don’t forget they have five prime-time games:
- Week 1 vs Dallas (Sunday Night)
- Week 4 at Baltimore (Sunday Night)
- Week 6 vs Miami (Monday Night)
- Week 10 vs New England (Sunday Night)
- Week 11 at Denver (Thursday Night)