The NY Jets and primetime football haven't exactly been a match in recent years. The team played just one nationally televised game in 2022, and they haven't appeared on Sunday Night Football in over a decade — the longest drought in the NFL.
That all could be set to change in 2023, however.
Peter King of Pro Football Talk said on Monday that he expects the Jets to receive a full slate of five primetime games next season, almost entirely due to the team's presumed addition of Aaron Rodgers.
King went on to say that he wouldn't be surprised if the Jets ended up playing "11 or 12" nationally-television games. That includes primetime games as well as Sunday late-window doubleheader games and games flexed to Saturday late in the year.
The days of the Jets playing weekly at 1 pm ET on Sunday might be over. Get ready for plenty of primetime Rodgers showcases in front of a national audience.
Aaron Rodgers is willing the NY Jets back into the limelight
The Jets have long been one of the forgotten franchises of the NFL. This is an organization that hasn't been relevant in the playoff picture since their consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances over a decade ago.
The Jets haven't appeared on Sunday Night Football since the 2011 season and regularly play 1-2 primetime games (at absolute most) every season. There have been years in recent memory without a primetime game on their schedule.
But with Rodgers, everything changes. The future Hall of Fame quarterback immediately thrusts the Jets into the limelight, and the team will be considered dark-horse Super Bowl contenders entering the year.
The latest betting odds suggest the Jets have the fourth-best odds in the AFC to win the Super Bowl and the sixth-best odds in the entire NFL. That's the Rodgers effect in action.
It isn't just Rodgers, though. This young Jets roster proved itself in 2022, with the team on the brink of playoff contention despite receiving the worst quarterback play in the league. That didn't go unnoticed.
The Jets have both reigning Rookies of the Year, an All-Pro defensive tackle in Quinnen Williams, and other young stars like Breece Hall to flaunt. This Jets' roster has mainstream appeal — they just needed an established leader.
Aaron Rodgers is that guy, and he's leading the Jets back to primetime in 2023.