Good morning Jets’ fans. As we have done each year during my reign here at TJP, we are going to look ahead at the schedule for the upcoming season and break it down. 16 games makes it very easy to break it down by quarters, four games each. So, without further adieu, the first quarter of the 2014 Jets’ season:
WEEK ONE: VS RAIDERS
WEEK TWO: AT PACKERS
WEEK THREE: VS BEARS
WEEK FOUR: VS LIONS
For a team that finished a mere 8-8, the Jets have a tough schedule, wouldn’t you say? Right from the start, it’s not easy. At least three of the first four games are at home.
We start with the most winnable game of the bunch, week one when the Jets host the Raiders. They have an unsettled quarterback situation, and just haven’t been very good in quite some time, as we all are quite aware of. If the Jets can hold off a big effort from Darren McFadden, which has been tough for them in the past, the Jets have a decent shot at opening the season at 1-0 for the second straight year.
Then comes the rough patch of the first quarter. The Jets take on the Packers, the Bears, and the Lions. The roughest matchup will be week two up in Green Bay. Eddie Lacy takes the pressure off of Aaron Rodgers, and Rodgers just has so many weapons. Unless the Jets front seven can get significant pressure on Aaron Rodgers, it could be a long afternoon for the Gang Green.
The next two games are winnable, but they definitely pose matchup problems. Matt Forte doesn’t scare me as much, but you know what does? Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey going up against a young secondary. As always, with quarterback pressure, the game can be won, but it could also be quite ugly if they get into an aerial battle.
Then we have the Lions. Also a team that can be beaten, but the key matchup will be Megatron against Dee Milliner. It will be the key to the afternoon. Reggie Bush has always given the Jets a tough time as well, and the offensive line will have its hands full with Ziggy Ansah and Endamukong Suh.
This first quarter is going to be tough. A 1-3 start is not impossible, unfortunately.