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New York Jets 2024 schedule breakdown

The New York Jets 2024 schedule was released last week. It was revealed that the Jets will have seven stand-alone games, six of them primetime. The Jets will have three games in ten days to start the season. Let us look at their schedule and break it down week by week.

Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers

They kick off the season with a heavyweight fight on Monday Night, Sep. 9, against the reigning NFC Champions. The 49ers are going to be one of the favorites again this season, as the Jets will have a fight in their hands. Coach Robert Saleh faces his former team, where he was the defensive coordinator for the first time. The Jets hope Aaron Rodgers can last more than four plays this time.

This should be a defensive battle with two great defenses. The Jets should have the quarterback advantage, but this will come down to which team can run the ball more efficiently. The Jets can make a statement in Week One with a huge win.

Week 2: at Tennessee Titans

There is no such thing as an easy win in the NFL, but the Jets must win this game. With their roster compared to Tennessee's, there is no reason the Jets should not come out on top.

The Titans are still in a weird phase. They are not rebuilding, but they are not contending with year two quarterback Will Levis, who still needs more experience. New York's defense should be able to manage the Titans' offense. The Jets have some challenging games this season; this should be one they take care of business.

Week 3: New England Patriots

The Jets home opener comes on Thursday night football, as it is their third game in ten days. The Patriots have owned New York for quite some time. The Jets finally ended that disastrous streak New England had over them last season in a meaningless week 18 game.

They will come into this game with a fresh start, not having to worry about that streak hanging over their heads. Over the last few years, this game has been one in which everyone thinks the Jets should be able to win, and then they somehow mess it up.

This year cannot be the same; the Jets must take care of business against the Patriots, especially in your home opener against most likely a newcomer quarterback in Drake Maye. The Jets should have better offense and defense, and Bill Belichick is gone. No more excuses for New York; they must beat the Patriots.

Week 4: Denver Broncos

The Jets will finally get some needed rest ten days before they face off against the Broncos. Now, the biggest headline of this game is that Zach Wilson is on the Broncos now. Most likely, though, Wilson will not be the starting quarterback, as it should be rookie Bo Nix. This means the Jets defense should see two newcomer quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks.

This is another game the Jets should win; they outmatch Denver on both sides of the ball. Aaron Rodgers should be extra motivated to torch Denver, given that he did not get that chance last year after Sean Payton's comments on Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

Week 5: at Minnesota Vikings (London game)

Next, New York travels overseas to play the Vikings in London, where they can see a third straight newcomer quarterback in J.J. McCarthy. The exciting matchup here will be the Sauce Gardner matchup against Justin Jefferson. We saw a glimpse of this battle two years ago, but Gardner did not follow Jefferson around the field.

Gardner hinted that he would be following the number-one receiver more often this upcoming season. Another interesting note is that if McCarthy is not the starter, Sam Darnold could be the quarterback the Jets see.

Minnesota is an interesting team; they have a good dynamic offense with Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and T.J. Hockenson, but with questions at quarterback and a shaky defense. This will be an interesting game, but one the Jets are going to be favored in and probably should win.

Week 6: Buffalo Bills

Buffalo returns to MetLife to play on Monday Night Football once again. It's another big-time primetime game for the Jets, who defeated Buffalo last year in the Monday night game despite Rodgers going down in four plays.

The Bills traded Stefon Diggs this offseason, so the Jets no longer have to worry about him. Josh Allen is still the quarterback, but the Jets have played well against him.

When you play Allen, it will always be a difficult matchup, but the Jets have a roster capable of beating anyone. With Rodgers under center, the Jets can go toe-to-toe with Buffalo offensively. Defensively, the Jets can edge Buffalo out with their pass rush and secondary. This is going to be a huge divisional matchup. New York will have to play a great game to get this one over Buffalo.

Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Another primetime game for the Jets, this time on Sunday night against the Steelers, who should be coming in with quarterback Russell Wilson. This will be a fun game for the Jets, as the Steelers can match up well on both sides of the ball. The Steelers had a dynamic rushing attack last year; they have a freak of nature in George Pickens and a fierce defense. Plus, you have one of the best coaches in the league, Mike Tomlin.

The Jets will have their hands full in this road game, as they will have a challenging time defending Pittsburgh's pass rush with T.J. Watt. The key to this game is going to be to contain Pickens, not let him make the big plays, put pressure on Wilson as much as possible, and try your best not to let Rodgers get distressed by Watt.

This should be a hard-nosed football game. It will be a big test for the Jets to see what they are made of.

Week 8: at New England Patriots

This time, the Jets head to New England to play them for the second time. It feels wrong to say, but the Jets should be looking to sweep the Patriots here. If the Jets are as good as they should be, then the Patriots are not a team that should be beating them. It is possible New York has a stinker in one of these games against New England, but the goal must be to sweep them.

Week 9: Houston Texans

It's another short week for the Jets, as they play on Thursday night again, this time against the Houston Texans. Last year, the Jets dominated them, but that was when Houston was banged up. Houston is the team that landed Stefon Diggs, and with C.J. Stroud, this will be a challenging game for the Jets.

This game could go either way, as both teams should be having good seasons by this point. Can the defense have their way with Stroud, or will Houston's offense, with their newest addition, Diggs, be able to explode? This one is going to be a heavyweight fight between what should be two exciting teams, and it will be fun.

Week 10: at Arizona Cardinals

The Jets travel west this week to face off against the Cardinals. The Cardinals drafted Marvin Harrison Jr., who has the potential to be a top-tier receiver right off the bat. Arizona should be improved this season, though we are still rebuilding. The Jets, as a franchise, struggle when they go out west, but this is a game you must win.

Arizona's defense should pose no threat to Rodgers and the offense. Kyler Murray can be tricky for a defense to contain, but the Jets should be able to manage him to get the win.

Week 11: Indianapolis Colts

The Jets' final primetime game of the year is against the Colts on Sunday night. They will face the dynamic Anthony Richardson alongside running back Jonathan Taylor. The Colts are a sneaky team this season that should surprise many people.

This should be a good game, and the Jets should be able to perform well. However, this is not an easy game by any means. This will probably be a back-and-forth contest between two teams looking to make a playoff run.

Week 12: Bye Week

The Jets opted not to have their bye week after the London game but wanted it later in the season. This will allow the team to rest and heal before the final stretch.

Week 13: Seattle Seahawks

Coming out of the bye week, the Jets will face off against the Seahawks at home, with a chance to face former Jet Geno Smith once again. This is the battle of running backs between Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker, two backs from the same draft class who are compared to one another by the fanbases.

Seattle is in a weird year. They are not rebuilding, but they are not a serious playoff team. They are a middle-of-the-packmiddle-of-the-pack team with questions about the future that need to be answered. The Jets should match up well against Seattle. This should be a game they win.

Week 14: at Miami Dolphins

For the first time this season, they face off against the Dolphins in what should be a big divisional game. They have not fared well against the Dolphins recently. Miami should have a firepower offense once again and a sleepy good defense.

This will be a challenging road game for New York. Can they limit the Dolphins' explosive offense? It will be a big late-season test for the defense. A split is more than likely between these two teams, so the Jets must find a way to win at least one of them. They are going to have to try to fluster Tua Tagovailoa.

Week 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jets stay in Florida for another week to face the Jaguars and Trevor Lawerence. Jacksonville had a questionable offseason, most notably replacing Calvin Ridley with Gabe Davis. Davis is not the most dynamic receiver, but Ridley did not have the greatest season with Lawerence.

They should be able to win this game on paper, but it is a tricky one that they could fall short of. Jacksonville is still a good team and will be a challenge, but there is a feeling of uncertainty around this Jags team. The Jets secondary should be able to manage the Jags receiving core and put pressure on Lawerence.

Week 16: at Los Angeles Rams

New York takes on Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Puka Nacua this week. The defense will have a tall task defending this Rams offense led by coach Sean McVay. The good news is that the Rams no longer have future Hall of Famer Aaron Donald playing defense.

This could be a game of two playoff-fighting teams going at it, trying to put themselves in a better position. They are going to have to do a good job of pressuring Stafford and then being able to pick the Rams a part on offense. This should be an incredibly fun game inside MetLife stadium.

Week 17: at Buffalo Bills

The last road game of the regular season will be in Buffalo to face them for the second time. The Jets and Bills should split the season, as most fans would take that. This should be a huge game regardless, though, that could decide the division.

Week 18: Miami Dolphins

They will play at home against the Dolphins to finish the season in another possible major divisional game. The Jets, Dolphins, and Bills should all be competing for the division late into the season. These last two games for New York could be the deciding factors. This game could be for the division or for a playoff spot. It should be a huge game for the organization, and it should have the hope of closing out the season strong with a win.

The Jets schedule is a challenging one, but every schedule is demanding. There is no such thing as an easy schedule in the NFL. If Gang Green wants to be a Super Bowl-contending team, they must beat good teams. New York is favored in 14 games this season but is a team that can win any game. Jets fans hope their team can finally have an exciting, successful season. It will come down to the health of this team, the coaching, and if Rodgers can still deliver at 40. Get ready, Jets fan. It should be an eventful year for the New York Jets.

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