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Jets rightfully only get one primetime game in 2017

By Luis Tirado Jr.
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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As the NFL finally released their 2017 regular season schedule, the New York Jets rightfully got only one primetime game.

Last season, the New York Jets were easily one of the worst teams to watch, especially on primetime. Nothing went right at all and well, they were an unenergetic group that didn’t score touchdowns, didn’t care on defense, and played with no pride whatsoever. Due to the fact that they’re once again in a rebuilding phase to hopefully have a brighter future down the road, the NFL knows that there is a huge chance the Jets will once again be awful this upcoming season.

The regular season schedule has officially been released by the NFL and it’s not favorable at all for the Jets. They face some early road games that aren’t a walk in the park and face several teams coming off of playoff appearances from last season. Yes, the Jets still have all sorts of question marks across the team but this kind of schedule will truly test the leadership of everyone across the organization.

Needless to say, it’s good that the NFL only put the Jets in one primetime slot. Set to face the Buffalo Bills at home in MetLife Stadium, the Jets will be playing that Week 9 matchup on Thursday Night Football on Nov. 2, 2017.

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With a big question mark at quarterback, lots of issues on their defensive secondary, and facing a fan base that is relentless on this franchise turning things around quickly, it’s best the Jets don’t showcase their overall lack of talent to a national audience. The Jets would be lucky to win three, maybe four games tops in the grand scheme of things since again, they’re rebuilding now to ensure they can contend again in another year or two.

Until they find their franchise quarterback, bolster their defensive secondary, and make better decisions when it comes to player personnel, the Jets will, unfortunately, be on the outside looking in. They will face many obstacles and truly be tested to see what they can do with a lackluster roster but hopefully, head coach Todd Bowles proves his worth and puts his thumbprint on the organization in what will more than likely be a losing season. If he can at the very least have his players work hard, play with integrity, and do their very best, that is all one can ask for since the Jets are in for another long season.

Overall, don’t expect much of anything in 2017 by the Jets but it will be great to see all their young players earn valuable regular season experience. Not only will this develop them faster at the pro level, but give the Jets some answers to players that could be on the roster bubble in the future to see if they’re worth keeping around when all the pieces start coming together.

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