Routine week? No such thing for Jets, Pats

Rex Ryan emphasized an interesting point I hadn't considered regarding the New York Jets' schedule.

When they play the Buffalo Bills this weekend, it will be the Jets' first traditional 1 p.m. Sunday kickoff and one of only -- at most -- seven such games for them.

That's because they're in primetime demand. The Jets could end up with more night games because of the NFL's flex scheduling in Weeks 11 through 17. The NFL not only can move afternoon games to Sunday night in those weeks, but also 1 p.m. games to 4:05 p.m. or 4:15 p.m.

Players are methodical, ritualistic and often superstitious when it comes to game-day preparations, but over half of the Jets' schedule happens at non-traditional times, making a routine difficult.

"With the way your schedule jumps around, most of them, we're playing Monday, Sunday night, Thursday, Saturday," Ryan said on a conference call with Bills reporters. "We've got games all over the place.

"You're going to have distractions if you're not allowed to get into that little mode of 'This is what we do' and that routine. It's always changing."

The Jets have an NFL-high five night games: three on Monday night, one on Sunday night and another on Thanksgiving.

The Bills, by contrast, are scheduled to play every single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The New England Patriots are in a similar situation as the Jets. They also have just seven 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs scheduled, but have more Sunday games than the Jets. They're down for two Monday night games, two more on Sunday night and another Thanksgiving afternoon.

The Miami Dolphins have 11 games slotted for 1 p.m. Sunday. They just played their lone Sunday night game (against the Jets), are about to play their lone Monday night (against the Patriots) and have a Thursday night game in Week 11.