Can Jets survive early schedule?

The New York Jets are taking a quieter approach to the offseason in 2012. There are no more Super Bowl guarantees and the chest thumping that earned them the title of "OTA World Champions."

That's a good thing. New York needs to keep all its focus on starting fast against a brutal early portion of its 2012 schedule. A slow start could ruin the Jets' entire season.

Here is the list of opponents:

The first five games include three playoff teams from last year: the Steelers, 49ers and Texans. The up-and-coming Bills in Week 1 also will be a stiff challenge.

After last season's debacle, pressure is on New York to start fast. That is especially important for starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is under the microscope after the acquisition of Tim Tebow.

Will the Jets thrive in this tough stretch? Or is this year’s team doomed from the start?