Tuesday, April 20, 2010
New York Jets schedule analysis
Breakdown: With their impressive finish last season, a charismatic coach, a hotshot quarterback, a series of high-profile offseason moves and their upcoming feature role on HBO's "Hard Knocks," it can be argued the New York Jets present the best storylines heading into 2010.
No time will be wasted. The Jets will open their season with a tantalizing matchup against head coach Rex Ryan's old team, the Baltimore Ravens, on "Monday Night Football." The game also will be the Jets' first in their new stadium.
From there, the Jets will make a quick spin through the division, playing the New England Patriots (also at home, giving the Jets back-to-back homes games to start a season for the first time since 1960), Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills in Weeks 2 through 4.
Those are the four games new receiver Santonio Holmes will miss while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Holmes will get to play his old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Week 15. Newly signed pass-rusher Jason Taylor will return to Miami in Week 3, and former Cleveland Browns receiver Braylon Edwards will see his old mates in Week 10.
Complaint department: The Jets must endure a difficult first two months. Their first seven opponents have a combined 63-49 record. Four of them are playoff teams, and the only ones with losing records are the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, who went 3-1 against the Jets last year.
Their remaining opponents are 65-79, including a breather in Weeks 9 and 10 against the Detroit Lions and Browns.
Ready for prime time: The Jets will play at least five games in prime time, a franchise record. Only the first 12 games have set kickoff times. The final four are subject to the NFL's flex schedule.
The Jets already are scheduled for three Monday night games on ESPN, one Sunday night game on NBC and one Thursday night game on the NFL Network.
Jets Regular Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Monday, Sep. 13, Baltimore, 7:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 19, New England, 4:15 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 26, at Miami, 8:20 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3, at Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 5: Monday, Oct. 11, Minnesota, 8:30 PM
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17, at Denver, 4:05 PM
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31, Green Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7, at Detroit, 1:00 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14, at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21, Houston, 1:00 PM
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 25, Cincinnati, 8:20 PM
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 6, at New England, 8:30 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12, Miami, 4:15 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19, at Pittsburgh, 4:15 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26, at Chicago, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2, Buffalo, 1:00 PM