The 2018 preseason schedule for the New York Jets has been released as it has an NFC East twist to it this year.
It’s only a matter of time before the 2018 NFL Draft is here as well as the full regular season schedule, which is usually released the week heading into the draft. For now, the NFL has released every team’s preseason schedule as the New York Jets have an interesting twist on it this time around.
The Jets will face the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and the Super Bowl reigning Philadelphia Eagles in preseason action. That’s right, three out of the four teams they’ll be playing are all from the NFC East. As always every year, the Jets and Giants will play in their annual “Snoopy Bowl” for bragging rights when it comes to which team is better in the city that never sleeps.
The Snoopy Bowl has a trophy awarded to the winning team and even though preseason games are meaningless, it usually has a very good turnout from faithful and yet divided New Yorkers. Best of all, it’s the 50th meeting between both New York pro football teams so expect to see even more publicity around it and maybe even some free merchandise when attending MetLife Stadium to commemorate the event.
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In an article written by Randy Lange of NewYorkJets.com, he confirmed when the Jets play these teams. Here’s the official preseason schedule of the Jets directly from Lange’s article:
Week 1 (8/9 – 8/12): Atlanta Falcons (Home game – CBS)Week 2 (8/16): Washington Redskins (Away game – ESPN)Week 3 (8/24 – 8/27): New York Giants (Home game – ESPN)Week 4 (8/30): Philadelphia Eagles (Away game – CBS)
Out of these four preseason games, the Week 2 matchup on the road against the Redskins will be a nationally televised game on Thursday Night Football. For the most part, preseason games are meant to see which players are worth keeping around for the final roster and which ones are expendable.
Ideally, starters tend to only get a series or two tops in preseason action with the rest of the game consisting of backups and those fighting for roster spots. They’re still a lot of fun if you attend the games in person but watching on TV, outside of the first series or two on offense/defense, you’re not missing much.
Either way, the Jets have had a superb offseason and once they get this year’s draft done and in the books, it should create quite the buzz heading into preseason action. No matter which quarterback the Jets select with the No. 3 overall pick, if it’s someone that the fans can’t wait to see, expect to see a lot more fans attend preseason games to get a glimpse of their next potential franchise quarterback.