The NFL will release its 2019 regular season schedule Wednesday at 8 p.m.
But throughout Wednesday, information about game times and dates will leak out. (We already know the home-and-away opponents for every team. Just not the “when” for the games.)
So keep it right here throughout Wednesday for all the updates, leaks, news, and rumors, as the 2019 NFL schedule begins to take shape.
As a reminder, these are the Jets’ opponents for the upcoming season.
HOME: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Browns, Steelers, Cowboys, Giants, Raiders
AWAY: Bills, Dolphins, Patriots, Eagles, Redskins, Ravens, Bengals, Jaguars
We broke down what the Jets’ ideal schedule – based on travel, opponent strength and other factors – would be right here.
Here’s a look at the latest updates and rumors:
• A few more Jets schedule highlights are listed below. This comes from the New York Daily News, which just reported the full regular-season slate.
Week 2: Monday Night Football vs Browns
Week 4: Bye
Week 7: Monday Night Football vs. Patriots
Week 9: at Dolphins (Adam Gase’s return)
Week 15: Thursday Night Football at Ravens
Week 16: vs. Steelers
• That Jets-Browns rumor for Week 1 appears to have fallen apart. The Jets will open the season at MetLife Stadium, but against a different team and (seemingly) not in prime time:
• We now have word on two of the Jets’ 16 games – both of the matchups against the Patriots:
It seems a bit odd that the Jets would play both of their games against the Patriots within the first seven weeks, given that the league normally back-loads the schedule with divisional games. But that appears to be what’s happening.
• Cross the Steelers off the board as a potential Week 1 opponent for the Jets. Same with the Patriots. We still don’t know whether or not the Jets will open at home or on the road, but at least two of the 16 possibilities have been ruled out:
Here are some other things to know about the 2019 slate:
• Rumors are swirling that the Jets could open their season on Monday, Sept. 9 at home against the Browns. This is the 50th season of “Monday Night Football,” and the first “MNF” game was Jets at Browns in 1970. So, that matchup would make sense as an homage to history.
Plus, former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has already mentioned on social media that his Browns will open the season at the Jets — Beckham’s highly anticipated return to MetLife Stadium — though he didn’t specify that it will be the opening Monday night game.
• While we don’t know the order of games, we do already know that the Jets have a very easy road schedule, in terms of pure travel. The Jets will fly just 6,688 miles this season, which is the fewest in franchise history. That number is a result of playing both the AFC North and NFC East this year, meaning just about all of the Jets’ road trips are geographically short.
For the sake of comparison, the Jets traveled 9,430 miles in 2018, 16,590 miles in 2017 and 16,060 miles in 2016.
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