Week 14: NY Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
Sunday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Another back-to-back home tilt for the Jets, this time against New Orleans. And the first game of the Jets' season airing on FOX.
New Orleans is one of the more fascinating playoff teams from a year ago to track in 2021. In many ways, the Saints are reminiscent of the New England Patriots in 2020. Life after Tom Brady replicated in Louisiana with life after Drew Brees for the Saints.
By this point of the regular season, it's challenging to project how good the Saints will be. It all comes down to their quarterback situation.
Jameis Winston is getting the first crack at the helm, and if he remains intact by December, that will be a good sign for New Orleans' playoff chances.
Sean Payton is one of the best and most creative offensive coaches on the planet, so I wouldn't bet against him. But the Jets may not be encountering the Saints of old in MetLife at this point in the season.
Week 15: NY Jets @ Miami Dolphins
Saturday, Dec. 18, TBD
The second meeting between the Jets and Dolphins in five weeks takes place in Miami. It's a good bet that the snowbird Jets fans from the tri-state area will be making the trek to Florida for this game.
The Jets' recent history against the Dolphins has not been very successful, but the green and white have had success in the past playing at Miami in December.
It's hard to imagine for a franchise that has been irrelevant for the last 1- years, but if the Jets can get to December still alive in the playoff chase, no matter how much of a longshot they may be, it would be considered a success at this point.