New York Jets: First Analysis and Quick Notes Of 2013 NFL Schedule

By Stephen Conway
Stew Milne-USA Today Sports

The 2013 NFL schedule has been released, meaning that the New York Jets‘ schedule is finalized for the coming season. There are a number of great games are around the league, but there are a few Jets games that can be some real “nail-biters.”

Here is the 2013 Jets’ Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: Thursday, Sept. 12, at New England Patriots
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 22, Buffalo Bills
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, at Tennessee Titans
Week 5: Monday, Oct. 7, at Atlanta Falcons
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, New England Patriots
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 27, at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, New Orleans Saints
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, at Buffalo Bills
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, at Baltimore Ravens
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Miami Dolphins
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Oakland Raiders
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, at Carolina Panthers
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Cleveland
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, at Miami Dolphins

Right from the get-go, the schedule gets very interesting, as they play the Buccaneers Week 1, who they have been in deep trade discussions with about All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. At this point, there have been no recent trade talks, but it is known that there has been some definite discussion, and it is still a possibility that a trade will occur between these two teams.

The question is, would the Jets ship their best player to their Week 1 opponent? This already sticky situation got much more compelling.

Another interesting note is that after the Buccaneers game, they quickly switch gears to a tough division rival opponent in the Patriots that Thursday. It’s a tough schedule right out of the gate, playing two tough games on short rest. It is no question the Jets need to get out to a great and early start, but it can be tough with these two big games very close from each other.

As per how it has always been, the Jets play all of their division rivals twice, including the Bills, who have ex-defensive coordinator for the Jets, Mike Pettine, as their defensive coordinator. It should be interesting to see how that plays out.

As far as tough opponents go for the Jets, both Patriots games come to mind, as well as both Dolphins games. The Dolphins have been very busy during free agency, and have molded themselves into a “concerning team” for all of their opponents. The Falcons, Steelers, Ravens, and the Saints all come to mind as big/tough games ahead of the Jets.

There bye comes at week 10, more or less at the middle of the season, which could be a good or bad thing for the Jets. They will have to decide that for themselves based on how well they do in the beginning of the season.

It is too close to tell if this schedule is a “tough” schedule for the Jets or not, because simply you do not know the personnel that will be out on the field for Week 1. Look out for my predictions slideshow that will be out soon, in which I will breakdown and predict every game that is on the Jets 2013 schedule.

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