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:
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.
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.
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.