Everyone loves a revenge narrative. Aaron Rodgers and the NY Jets might have an opportunity for one of the most highly-anticipated revenge games in recent NFL history.
There is a very real possibility that the Jets could square off with Rodgers' former team, the Green Bay Packers, in 2024. Not only that, but if the game happens, it will take place at Lambeau Field.
The Jets are scheduled to face the NFC North team that finishes in the same place in its division next season. If the season were to end today, that would place the third-place Jets against the third-place Packers.
The Jets currently reside in third place in the AFC East with a 4-6 record. While it's certainly possible they overtake the Buffalo Bills for second place or fall to last place behind the New England Patriots, the safe bet is to assume that's where the Jets finish.
As for the Packers, their 5-6 record has them a game behind the Minnesota Vikings for second place in the NFC North. It's hard to see them falling behind the Chicago Bears for last place, so the real battle here is probably between the Packers and Vikings.
Aaron Rodgers and the NY Jets could face the Packers in 2024
After 18 years in Green Bay, Rodgers was traded by the Packers to the Jets this offseason. With Rodgers came a promise of playoff expectations and Super Bowl aspirations. Unfortunately, his first season in New York hasn't gone according to plan.
Rodgers infamously tore his Achilles just four plays into his Jets career, sidelining him indefinitely. While the four-time MVP has vowed to play again this season, the damage has already been done.
The Jets' playoff hopes in 2023 have all but disappeared, leaving the team to look forward to the 2024 season. The belief is that the Jets plan to run it back with the same regime, a similar roster, and, of course, Rodgers as their quarterback next year.
This means that Rodgers should be given an opportunity to play his former team if the standings hold. You'd better believe the NFL will do everything they can to get that game on primetime, perhaps as early as Week 1, to avoid any potential injury scenario.
Of course, we still have a ways to go before we reach that point. Rodgers is still focused on returning this season, even with the Jets essentially out of playoff contention. Any sort of re-injury could jeopardize his future with the organization.
But for now, there remains a pretty sizable chance that Rodgers squares off with his former team next season. The NFL schedule-makers are already beaming with excitement.