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Breaking down Jets 2018 preseason/regular season schedules

By Luis Tirado Jr.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 22: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 22: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The 2018 preseason and regular season schedules for the New York Jets have been officially released. Here’s a breakdown of all the games awaiting Gang Green this upcoming season.

It’s such a great time of year for football fanatics across the globe. Right before the start of the 2018 NFL Draft, the league officially released the dates, times, and even primetime schedules for every single team. The New York Jets have two primetime games in 2018, one on Monday Night Football and the other on Thursday Night Football.

So far this offseason, the Jets have made some pretty big splashes to improve their team heading into another year of rebuilding. They also made a blockbuster trade to move up from the No. 6 overall pick to No. 3 with hopes of finally drafting their future franchise quarterback.

Ideally, the Jets should be improved to where they can end 2018 on a high note and hopefully, a season with more than just five wins. For the past two years, the Jets have ended with a 5-11 record and surely, they can’t make it three straight seasons considering they did get some upgrades in key areas of the team.

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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here’s the official preseason and regular season schedules featuring dates, times, opponents, and which network to watch live:

Preseason

Week 1: 8/10 Friday – Atlanta Falcons – 7:30 p.m. CBS

Week 2: 8/16 Thursday – @ Washington Redskins –  8:00 p.m. ESPN

Week 3: 8/24 Friday – New York Giants – 7:30 p.m. CBS

Week 4: 8/30 Thursday – @ Philadelphia Eagles – 7:00 p.m. CBS

This time around, the preseason games for the Jets mostly revolve around teams in the NFC East. Every preseason, they always have the famous “Snoopy Bowl” against the cross-town rival Giants which tends to be a popular game. Lots of fans tend to head out to MetLife Stadium to enjoy this specific game to see which team earns bragging rights for the city that never sleeps.

Regular Season

Week 1: 9/10 Monday Night Football – @ Detroit Lions – 7:10 p.m. ESPN

Week 2: 9/16 Sunday – Miami Dolphins – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 3: 9/20 Thursday Night Football – @ Cleveland Browns – 8:20 p.m. NFLN

Week 4: 9/30 Sunday – @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 5: 10/7 Sunday – Denver Broncos – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 6: 10/14 Sunday – Indianapolis Colts – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 7: 10/21 Sunday – Minnesota Vikings – 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 8: 10/28 Sunday – @ Chicago Bears – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 9: 11/4 Sunday – @ Miami Dolphins – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 10: 11/11 Sunday – Buffalo – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 11: 11/18 BYE WEEK

Week 12: 11/25 Sunday – New England Patriots – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 13: 12/2 Sunday – @ Tennessee Titans – 4:05 p.m. CBS

Week 14: 12/9 Sunday – @ Buffalo Bills – 1:00 p.m. CBS

Week 15: 12/15 Saturday – Houston – NFLN

Week 16: 12/23 Sunday – Green Bay Packers – 1:00 p.m. FOX

Week 17: 12/30 Sunday – @ New England 1:00 p.m. CBS

The Jets will get their two primetime games out of the way within the first few weeks of the regular season. The strength of the schedule is a rough one as the Jets will be facing a lot of teams that made the NFL Playoffs last season.

It will be a true test to see if they can keep up with playoff-contending teams which is always a measuring stick to get a reality check on the toughness and identity of a team. This will be the first time since 2010 that the Jets open the regular season in a primetime football game in front of a national audience so hopefully, they’ll be ready to put on a clinic against the Lions.

Considering that the Jets currently have Josh McCown, Terrelle Pryor, and Isaiah Crowell on the team at this point in time, the league undoubtedly realized it would make for some good national television to face their old team. All three players were once a part of the Browns and will do battle on Thursday Night Football wearing a green and white uniform. Hopefully, it’ll be a competitive game and not one that turns into a boring spectacle of bad teams.

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To end the regular season, the Jets will once again hit the road to face the Patriots. Hopefully, it’ll be a playoff-complication kind of game for the Jets but who knows where both teams will be heading into a big AFC East division rivalry game. Talk about an epic season finale that hopefully sees the Jets ending the season with a big win over a team they haven’t had much luck against over the years or decade for that matter.

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