The NY Jets schedule for the 2022 season was officially released on Thursday night. The Jets may have already known their opponents for the upcoming season, but now they know the order they'll play their 2022 foes.
Following two consecutive lackluster seasons that saw the Jets win just six games in two years, this team is in desperate need of a revamp in 2022. The Jets can't afford another letdown this season.
Unfortunately, their early-season schedule seems primed for a letdown with a difficult stretch to begin the year. If the Jets want to be in the playoff conversation come December, they'll need to pull off some upsets in the first few months of the season.
Let's take a quick look at the complete Jets schedule for the upcoming 2022 season, first starting with the preseason.
2022 NY Jets schedule - preseason
- Week 1: NY Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles
- Week 2: NY Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons
- Week 3: NY Jets vs. NY Giants
The Jets face two very familiar foes in the preseason and one relative newcomer. The Jets have played the Giants and Eagles in the preseason every year since 2001.
The shortening of the preseason leaves room for just one other opponent, and this time the Jets will play host to the Atlanta Falcons. The last time the Jets played Atlanta in the preseason was back in 2019.
2022 NY Jets schedule - regular season
- Week 1: NY Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens
- Week 2: NY Jets @ Cleveland Browns
- Week 3: NY Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- Week 4: NY Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Week 5: NY Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
- Week 6: NY Jets @ Green Bay Packers
- Week 7: NY Jets @ Denver Broncos
- Week 8: NY Jets vs. New England Patriots
- Week 9: NY Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
- Week 10: BYE
- Week 11: NY Jets @ New England Patriots
- Week 12: NY Jets vs. Chicago Bears
- Week 13: NY Jets @ Minnesota Vikings
- Week 14: NY Jets @ Buffalo Bills
- Week 15: NY Jets vs. Detroit Lions
- Week 16: NY Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (TNF)
- Week 17: NY Jets @ Seattle Seahawks
- Week 18: NY Jets @ Miami Dolphins
The Jets have a brutal start to their schedule with matchups against the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and others. But if they can survive that onslaught, the second half is much less terrifying.
The easiest games on the Jets' schedule, at least on paper, all come in the final seven weeks of the season. Home tilts against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars present very favorable matchups for Gang Green.
An odd quirk sees the Jets play the entire AFC North in their first four games. They don't play a division rival until Week 5, but then from Week 8 to Week 11, the Jets only play division opponents.
The Jets won't have it easy, but there will be a chance to make some noise later in the year if they can manage a few early-season upsets.
How many primetime games do the NY Jets have in 2022?
The Jets only have one primetime game this season, a Thursday night matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Oddly enough, the Jets and Jaguars also played each other last year in Week 16, also at MetLife.
The only team to have fewer primetime games is the Detroit Lions who, aside from their annual Thanksgiving showdown (not technically considered a primetime game), don't have a single primetime game on their schedule.
The New York Giants, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons all also only have one primetime game on their schedules.
When is the NY Jets' bye week in 2022?
The Jets' bye week in 2022 will come in Week 10, November 13th. That's a favorable bye week for the Jets as it sits right in the middle of their schedule and essentially helps split the season into two parts.
If the Jets can string together a few wins before their bye week, they'll have a real chance to make a postseason push come December. Of course, that's easier said than done.