The 2017 season just concluded, but the New York Jets are planning for the future. First, they extended the contracts of head coach Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan. Now, they know who they will be playing in 2018.
Here are the 16 opponents Gang Green will play next season with their 2017 records in parentheses:
- vs. New England Patriots (13-3)
- at New England Patriots (13-3)
- vs. Buffalo Bills (9-7)
- at Buffalo Bills (9-7)
- vs. Miami Dolphins (6-10)
- at Miami Dolphins (6-10)
- at Chicago Bears (5-11)
- vs. Green Bay Packers (7-9)
- at Detroit Lions (9-7)
- vs. Minnesota Vikings (13-3)
- at Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)
- vs. Houston Texans (4-12)
- at Tennessee Titans (9-7)
- vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-12)
- at Cleveland Browns (0-16)
- vs. Denver Broncos (5-11)
Some way-too-early observations of the Jets’ schedule:
- Five of the Jets’ 13 opponents next season will be competing in the 2017 playoffs. The Patriots, Vikings and Jaguars all earned division titles while the Titans and Bills are the AFC wild card teams. Of the seven games against playoff teams, four are road games.
- The Jets are playing the NFC North division for the first time since 2014. New York lost all four of those games in 2014, including a memorable collapse against the Packers and an overtime battle outdoors in frigid Minnesota.
- A road trip to Detroit marks the first time the Jets and Lions face off at Ford Field since 2010. However, it won’t be the most recent trip to that stadium for the Jets. Remember in 2014 when the Jets vs. Bills game was moved to Detroit because of a snowstorm in upstate New York?
- The way that NFL schedules are made essentially leaves two variables in each team’s schedule. For the Jets, those are the Browns and Broncos, the last-place finishers in the AFC North and AFC West, respectively. It’ll mark the fourth consecutive year New York and Cleveland have played, with the Jets undefeated in the previous three.