They always say, an easy schedule can mean an easy way into the playoffs. Well, not always. The NFL has just released its 2014 schedule and when you look at what teams the New York Jets have to face, you can easily say they have it down the middle. It’s not so hard on paper but it won’t exactly be a walk in the park either. When all is said and done, the Jets can easily get 10 or more wins if they really utilize all the new talent they’ve acquired so far. Not to mention, what future superstars they will acquire in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Take a look at the official schedule given to the Jets below.
Week 1: Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept 7 at 1PM Eastern
Week 2: @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday Sep 14 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 3: Chicago Bears, Monday, Sept 22 at 8:30PM Eastern
Week 4: Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept 28 at 1PM Eastern
Week 5: @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday Oct 5 at 4:25PM Eastern
Week 6: Denver Broncos, Sunday, Oct 12 at 1PM Eastern
Week 7: @ New England Patriots, Thursday, Oct 16 at 8:25PM Eastern
Week 8: Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct 26 at 1PM Eastern
Week 9: @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Nov 2 at 1PM Eastern
Week 10: Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov 9 at 1PM Eastern
Week 11: Bye
Week 12: @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov 23 at 1PM Eastern
Week 13: Miami Dolphins, Sunday Dec 1 at 8:30PM Eastern
Week 14: @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday Dec 7 at 1PM Eastern
Week 15: @ Tennessee Titans, Sunday Dec 14 at 4:05PM Eastern
Week 16: New England Patriots, Sunday Dec 21 at 1PM Eastern
Week 17: @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday Dec 28 at 1PM Eastern
Within the AFC East, the Jets will definitely have a tough time keeping up with their neighbors. Don’t expect them to even come close to beating the Patriots since they’ve tremendously bolstered their team, which now includes CB Darrelle Revis. They should be able to split even with the Dolphins and dominate the Bills. Against heavy passing teams, expect to see them struggle against the likes of the Broncos, Packers and Chargers. No matter whom the Jets draft to help their depleted cornerback situation, they truly won’t be ready for the onslaught that awaits from the aforementioned teams. The Jets are going to get smoked against guys like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Phillip Rivers.
The Jets are usually a very good team playing at home in MetLife Stadium but they must improve when facing teams on the road. Last year the Jets were 2-6 on the road and this season they must turn it around. For the Jets to have any hope in the NFL Playoffs, they must win games on the road, it’s as simple as that. With this projected schedule, if the Jets stick to their signature style of running the football over passing, they should once again be able to squeeze out victories. All they have to do is stick to ground-and-pound football and they have a shot at ending at 10-6 or even 11-5 and be ready for a playoff run. If RB Chris Johnson has a solid year returning to his vintage form, he’ll prove to be one of the best offseason acquisitions in years for the Jets.
One thing is for sure, this season won’t be easy. However, if the Jets can return to what brought them much success, it’ll hopefully be a season to remember.