While still a few months out from the 2021 NFL season, the moves that the NY Jets have made so far this offseason have fans optimistic for the first time in years.
The team has already seen its schedule released, allowing the Jets to begin forming the foundations of how to approach each contest.
This season, the Jets have the honor of facing the NFC South in four matchups — which was considered one of the best conferences in football during the 2020 season.
For now, we're going to put predictions aside — as that's a story for another article. Instead of looking forward, let's take a look back.
In 2021, the Jets will face three of the league's youngest franchises in the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Houston Texans.
While new, the Jets have a history with every team in the league. That being said, here's how the team has stacked up against their 2021 opponents in the past.
Week 1: NY Jets @ Carolina Panthers
Week 1 is already set to be one of the biggest games of the year for the Jets. Matt Rhule was infamously set to be the next head coach of the team before talks fell apart. Now, new head coach Robert Saleh will face off against the man Gang Green wanted a few years back.
And of course, there's the former Jets in Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson who will make their appearance on the field as well.
The Panthers are actually the team that the Jets have played the least in their history, totaling just seven total matchups. Carolina sadly has claimed the higher ground in this time, winning four and losing three against New York.
This matchup could be pivotal in getting the Jets season started on the right foot. A win here could do wonders for the rest of the season — but in terms of record, would even the series at four wins apiece.