Breakdown: It’s only fitting that the circus begins right away for New York. The NFL, with a cruel dose of irony, scheduled a home game for the Jets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. These are the same two teams in heavy trade talks for star cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Would the Jets trade Revis to Tampa Bay only to face their best player in the first game of the season? An already interesting situation just became more compelling. The Jets would like to get off to a fast start to a new era under general manager John Idzik in addition to a must-win year for coach Rex Ryan. Shipping your best player to a Week 1 opponent is not a formula for success.
The Jets are a rebuilding team in need of confidence after back-to-back losing seasons. New York has the 19th-ranked strength of schedule. That’s not bad, but considering the team is struggling on offense and at quarterback and could lose Revis, the Jets are not a lock to win against any opponent this season.
Complaint department: The NFL really stuck it to the Jets to start the season. Not only did the league schedule the possibility of facing Revis to open the season, but New York also travels to play the rival New England Patriots on Thursday night in Week 2. The Jets will have a short week of preparation against their biggest division rival. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Jets 0-2 just five days into the regular season.
Wild card: Although it’s hard to top a potential “Revis Bowl” in Week 1, New York also must face former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine twice this season with the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 22 and Nov. 11. Pettine left the Jets to take over the play-calling duties on defense with Buffalo. The Bills will run a similar scheme and it will be fun to watch Pettine match his skills against former mentor Ryan, who also will be calling the defensive plays in New York.
Jets Regular-Season Schedule (all times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Thursday, Sept. 12, at New England, 8:25 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 22, Buffalo, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.
Week 5: Monday, Oct. 7, at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, New England, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 27, at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Miami, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Oakland, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, at Carolina, 4:05 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, at Miami, 1 p.m.