New York Jets Week One: A Historical Look Back

By Alan Schechter

How have the Jets done on opening day over the last 13 years?Former President John F Kennedy once said, “We can’t know where we’re going, until we know where we’ve been.”

Opening day for the New York Jets is less than one week away. Sunday will be here before we know it, and finally, the Jets will take on the Tampa Bay Bucs to open the 2013 regular season. With that and mind, as well as the Kennedy quote, I decided to take a look back at how the Jets have performed on opening weekend, since the year 2000. Here is what they have done:

2000: W 20-16 vs. Green Bay Packers

2001:  L 45-24 vs. Indianapolis Colts

2002: W 37-31 vs. Buffalo Bills

2003:  L 16-13 vs. Washington Redskins

2004: W 31-24 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

2005: L 27-7 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

2006: W 23-16 vs. Tennessee Titans

2007: L 38-14 vs. New England Patriots

2008: W 20-14 vs. Miami Dolphins

2009: W 24-7 vs. Houston Texans

2010: L 10-9 vs. Baltimore Ravens

2011: W 27-24 vs. Dallas Cowboys

2012: W 48-28 vs. Buffalo Bills

Some overall historical notes here: the team is 8-5 on opening weekend since the year 2000.  Under Rex Ryan, they are 3-1, and the only loss they have suffered is by a single point, 10-9 to the Ravens.

Furthermore, they have played outside of the AFC East in nine of these opening weekend games, winning five of them.  We will see if the Jets can stay above .500 on Sunday afternoon.