New York Jets: 2015 Schedule in Four Quarters
Aug 4, 2014; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterbackGeno Smith
(7) calls a play in the huddle during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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In case you missed it, the NFL released the 2015 schedule last night. Obviously, the New York Jets schedule was included in that offering last night. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the whole schedule right here.
Now, we look ahead. It’s really to start giving hard predictions on Jets wins and losses. We don’t have much of an idea about the roster, so giving a prediction about the record is difficult. But, what we can do is analyze the schedule a bit. We know the principal players, the rivalries..etc. We can look at where in the schedule might be particularly tough, and where might be an easier stretch.
Since football is four quarters, as we all know, we are going to break down the schedule by quarter. Four games at a time, we will look at the Jets matchup, and see where the rough roads are, and where the Jets might be able to gain some ground.
Let’s get right to it, with the first quarter.
Next: Quarter One
Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterbackAndrew Luck
reacts to a New England Patriots touchdown after an interception during the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
QUARTER ONE: WEEKS ONE-FOUR
VS. BROWNS AT COLTS VS EAGLES AT DOLPHINS (LONDON)
After a week one matchup against the Browns, the Jets have a couple of very interesting tests. Heading to take on Andrew Luck and company will be very interesting. A Darrelle Revis vs. T.Y. Hilton matchup will be very exciting. Can the new-look Jets offense, no matter who the quarterback is, keep up with the Colts? Can the defense stay with the AFC runners-up?
The game against the Eagles will be an interesting test. Will the Jets be facing a rookie quarterback in Marcus Mariota? Certainly possible. Will they be facing old friend Mark Sanchez? With Sam Bradford as one of the competitors, it is not impossible. They will have a competition this summer. Heck, maybe that other quarterback will, against all odds, make the Eagles? It certainly might be worth some amusement to us Jets fans, no?
A rivalry game in London will be fun. Can the Jets travel across the pond and get a win?
Next: Quarter Two
Feb 2, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New England Patriots quarterbackTom Brady
(left) and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pose with the Pete Rozelle trophy during the Super Bowl XLIX-Winning Head Coach and MVP Press Conference at Media Center-Press Conference Room B. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
QUARTER TWO: WEEKS FIVE-NINE
VS REDSKINS AT PATRIOTS AT RAIDERS VS JAGUARS
After a week five bye, the Jets hit a softer portion of the schedule, except for one game of course. We head up to New England to play the Patriots, which will always be a tough one, at least until #12 retires. The other three games, as it stands right now, don’t scare me much. The Raiders out there are always tough, and they are improving. But, if the Jets can handle the cross-country trip, the Raiders are beatable.
The Redskins and Jaguars don’t really scare me either. The Jaguars will get there. If they end up with Dante Fowler, their defense will be tougher. The Redskins don’t make me that nervous, and it will take a vastly improved roster for me to get there.
The Jets could come up with some wins in this group.
Next: Quarter Three
Feb 18, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan speaks at a press conference during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
QUARTER THREE: WEEKS TEN-THIRTEEN
VS BILLS AT TEXANS VS DOLPHINS AT GIANTS
The grudge match of the year leads off this quarter, when the Jets take on the Buffalo Bills. Rex Ryan returns to MetLife. The two teams could have a combine zero wins, and this one will still be huge. How will the Jets react to their former coach returning to where it all started? It will certainly be a fun night at MetLife.
The Texans are never an easy task with Arian Foster standing behind the quarterback, no matter who that quarterback is. We have the second game against the Dolphins, and the Jets always have a tough time with them at home.
It’s always fun when the Jets take on the Giants. The Giants are the home team, but that doesn’t mean that the Jets fans will not be represented. That will be a fun afternoon.
Next: Quarter Four
Dec 7, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterbackZach Mettenberger
(7) passes against the New York Giants during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
QUARTER FOUR: WEEKS FOURTEEN-SEVENTEEN
VS TITANS AT COWBOYS VS PATRIOTS AT BILLS
This is a tough stretch for the Jets, as the end of the season always is for everybody. The strength of the Titans game will depend upon the quarterback. Will it be Zach Mettenberger? If so, does he take the next step? Is there a rookie named Mariota under center for the Titans?
The rest of the game need very little introduction. The Cowboys are a terrific football team. Dez Bryant vs. Darrelle Revis will be a matchup for the ages, and Darren McFadden is a guy that, when healthy, has given the Jets fits. And what better way to end the year with two big rivals, Tom Brady and Rex Ryan? It will certainly make the last couple of weeks exciting.
How do you guys feel about the schedule? Talk about it below.
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