NY Jets: Predicting the 3 most winnable games on the 2020 schedule
By Alex Wendling
The NY Jets have a tough schedule but have a few must-win games in 2020.
The NY Jets have a brutal schedule in 2020 as they have the second-toughest slate of games in the entire league. The Jets will have to face the two top divisions in the NFL in the NFC and the AFC West.
However, besides facing the reigning Super Bowl champions and runner-ups, the Jets have a few winnable matchups in 2020 despite having the second-toughest schedule in the league. So let’s get into it.
Week 3: NY Jets @ Indianapolis Colts
The first winnable game for the Jets comes early on in Week 3 when the Jets visit Philip Rivers in Indy. This is just another early road game for Gang Green as two out of their first three games are on the road.
The Jets are 4-1 against the Colts in their last five meetings. Indianapolis made a lot of changes during the offseason signing veteran quarterback Philip Rivers to a one-year deal and trading for Pro Bowler DeForest Buckner.
The Jets currently have 11 former Colts on their roster. Some notable Colts that are now wearing the green and white are cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Quincy Wilson, defensive lineman Henry Anderson, and outside linebacker Tarell Basham who got a lot of playing time on defense last season.
The Colts definitely improved from 2019 especially on defense with the additions of Xavier Rhodes and Buckner while also adding Rivers to throw to T.Y. Hilton.
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Since its opening in 2008, the Jets have a 3-1 record at Lucas Oil Stadium with their only loss coming in the 2009 AFC Championship Game.
Week 4: NY Jets vs. Denver Broncos (TNF)
Four days after playing the Colts, the Jets return to MetLife Stadium to play in their first primetime game of the season against the Denver Broncos. If you are a Jets fan, this is a game you’re definitely marking down as a must-win for the team.
This is one of the very few matchups in 2020 that the Jets could be the favorite in. Besides signing Melvin Gordon, the Broncos lost some key players from last season in Chris Harris, Derek Wolfe, and Connor McGovern who signed with the Jets for three years.
I like Drew Lock and he has the potential to become a quality starter in the NFL, but the Jets high-powered defense should give the young second-year quarterback trouble in primetime.
Week 13: NY Jets vs. Las Vegas Raiders
The last most winnable game on the list is a mid-season affair with the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders were active in free agency with their most notable free-agent signings being veteran defensive backs Prince Amukamara and Damarious Randall as well as linebacker Cory Littleton.
They also drafted Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs with their first pick in the draft over other top wideouts CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy.
This is another game that fans can mark down on the schedule as a potential victory for the team. In their last seven meetings, the Jets are 4-3 against the silver and black with three out of their four wins coming at home at the Meadowlands.
This is another game where the Jets could be favored depending on how they are playing during that part of the season and if there are any key injuries involved.
Hopefully, the Jets are still competing for a playoff spot by that part of the season.