Titans-Jets kickoff moved

April, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The NFL has switched the kickoff of the Sept. 27 game between the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets at the Meadowlands to 1 p.m. ET.

The game originally was scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. ET, but Jewish fans took umbrage with the decision because Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, begins at sundown.

"By changing the time of the Tennessee game from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., the NFL has provided the best compromise to resolve our scheduling conflict," Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. "I want to thank commissioner [Roger] Goodell and [NFL schedule-maker] Howard Katz for quickly responding to our request to accommodate our fans of Jewish faith."

The Jets' home opener against the New England Patriots falls on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

When the schedule was revealed Tuesday, Johnson fired off a letter to the NFL to ask that the games be reconsidered.

"I am extremely disappointed with the league's decision to schedule us to play at home on consecutive Sundays that are in direct conflict with the Jewish High Holy Days," Johnson wrote. "There has long been an understanding that neither the Jets nor the Giants fans should have to bear completely the brunt of this issue since we are in the largest Jewish market in the country."

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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