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Week 1 at Detroit Lions (Monday Night)
</span>Notable Additions: RB LeGarrette Blount, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard, CB DeShawn Shead
Notable Departures: TE Eric Ebron
Early Take: For the third time in their history, the Jets will open up a season as the visitor on Monday Night Football. Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has taken the reins as head coach of the Lions in a competitive division that features quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (GB), Kirk Cousins (MIN), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) and Detroit’s own Matt Stafford. Despite finishing third in the NFL in passing yards and sixth in QB rating last year, Stafford also led the league with 11 fumbles and tied for the league high with seven lost fumbles. After starting 42 contests the past four seasons in Detroit, Travis Swanson signed with the Jets in free agency.
Week 2 vs. Miami Dolphins
Notable Additions: WR Danny Amendola, RB Frank Gore, C? Daniel Kilgore, DE Robert Quinn, G Josh Sitton, WR Albert Wilson
Notable Departures: WR Jarvis Landry, C Mike Pouncey, DT Ndamukong Suh
Early Take: The Dolphins have certainly shifted gears in an effort to change the culture in South Florida. Following an October trade of running back Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia, the ‘Fins shipped Landry to Cleveland and released Pro Bowlers Pouncey and Suh. This is the second consecutive season the Jets’ home opener will come against the Fish. Last September, the Green & White’s defense dominated in a 20-6 victory as the ‘Fins were held to 30 yards rushing and finished 1-of-15 on third and fourth downs.
Week 3 at Cleveland Browns (Thursday Night)
Notable Additions: CB T.J. Carrie, CB E.J. Gaines, OL Chris Hubbard, RB Carlos Hyde, WR Jarvis Landry, S Damarious Randall, QB Tyrod Taylor
Notable Departures: RB Isaiah Crowell, QB Deshone Kizer, LT Joe Thomas (retired)
*Early Take: *The 2018 Browns, who own both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall selections in the draft, will look drastically different than the team the Jets took down 17-14 last October. Wideout Terrelle Pryor, who broke out in “The Land” with a 1,000-yard season in 2016, and Crowell, who had 21 rush touchdowns for the Brownies from 2014-17, have received fresh starts in New York. The Jets have taken down the Browns in each of the past three seasons with the last two coming at FirstEnergy Stadium.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Week 4 at Jacksonville Jaguars
</span>Notable Additions: WR Donte Moncrief, G Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Notable Departures: CB Aaron Colvin, LB Paul Posluszny (retired), WR Allen Robinson
*Early Take: *Three of four on the road to start and this could be the toughest matchup in the season’s first quarter. The Jets gutted out a 23-20 overtime Week 4 win over the AFC South champions at MetLife Stadium last season. When the Green & White travel to the Sunshine State this year, they’ll line up across a familiar face in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Week 5 vs. Denver Broncos
</span>Notable Additions: S/LB Su'a Cravens, QB Case Keenum
Notable Departures: RB C.J. Anderson, WR Cody Latimer, CB Aqib Talib
Early Take: The Jets start a three-game homestand with a visit from Denver. Any time you see the Broncos on the schedule, you think of the challenge of slowing down Von Miller. The 6’3”, 250-pound Miller, who has racked up 83.5 sacks in just seven seasons, picked up one in the Broncos’ 23-0 shutout of the Jets last December.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Week 6 vs. Indianapolis Colts
</span>Notable Additions: TE Eric Ebron, WR Ryan Grant, RB Christine Michael, G Matt Slauson
Notable Departures: RB Frank Gore, CB Rashaan Melvin, OLB Barkevious Mingo, WR Donte Moncrief
Early Take: General manager Chris Ballard wants to rebuild through the draft and owns four picks in the top 49 following the March 17 blockbuster trade with the Jets.
"You can't build a sustained winner, one that lasts over time, in free agency," Ballard said during a town hall that ESPN.com’s Mike Wells referred to in a recent article. "You can't do it. You've got to draft your own players. At the end of the day, you've got to draft and develop and stack drafts. One, two and three drafts on top of each other where these guys are homegrown Colts. That's where you get players that are loyal to your organization. And that's how you build a winner.”
Week 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Notable Additions: QB Kirk Cousins, DT Sheldon Richardson, QB Trevor Siemian
Notable Departures: QB Teddy Bridgewater, QB Case Keenum, RB Jerick McKinnon, WR Jarius Wright
Early Take: A ton of subplots in this one as the Jets quickly moved on in free agency and on the trade front after targeting Cousins. Speaking of targeting Cousins, Leonard Williams has plans on working on his get-off with Jets assistant DL coach La’Roi Glover. A former first-round pick of the Jets, Richardson figures to help the NFL’s top defense from a year ago. Bridgewater, a first-round pick of the 'Vikes in 2014, has passed his physical and will throw for the Jets this spring.
Week 8 at Chicago Bears
Notable Additions: TE Trey Burton, WR Taylor Gabriel, WR Allen Robinson
Notable Departures: QB Mike Glennon, WR Cameron Meredith
*Early Take: *The Bears were one of the more active teams in free agency, adding multiple pieces around Trubisky. A year after the Bears moved up one spot to grab the North Carolina product with the No. 2 overall selection, the Jets could be poised to add a young quarterback after their March move got them to No. 3.
Week 9 at Miami Dolphins
Take Two: This is the longest road trip of the season for the Green & White as their annual trek to South Florida covers only about 2,140 miles round trip. After missing all of the 2017 season with a knee injury, Ryan Tannehill is on schedule to return as Adam Gase declared him his starting quarterback. Tannehill is an upgrade from Jay Cutler and he has some interesting offensive pieces, but questions linger on the defensive side. Kelvin Beachum, Brandon Shell and company will tango with two wily vets on the outside in Cameron Wake (92 career sacks) and Quinn (62.5 career sacks).
Week 10 vs. Buffalo Bills
Notable Additions: C Russell Bodine, CB Vontae Davis, RB Chris Ivory, DT Star Lotulelei, QB AJ McCarron, DE Trent Murphy
Notable Departures: LB Preston Brown, LT Cordy Glenn, CB E.J. Gaines, LG Richie Incognito (retired), QB Tyrod Taylor, C Eric Wood
Early Take: The Jets had a sack party at MetLife last year, sacking Tyrod Taylor seven times in a 34-21 victory on Nov. 2. Taylor has moved on to Cleveland and the Bills have major question marks up front along that offensive line. Center Eric Wood was forced into early retirement due to a neck injury and left guard Richie Incognito recently decided to call it quits as well.
Week 11 Bye
This is the third consecutive year the Jets have a Week 11 bye.
Week 12 vs. New England Patriots
Notable Additions: DE Adrian Clayborn, RB Jeremy Hill, DB Jason McCourty, WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson, DT Danny Shelton
Notable Departures: CB Malcolm Butler, WR Brandin Cooks, RB Dion Lewis, LT Nate Solder
Early Take: The Patriots remain the team to beat in the division, but both QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski have not yet been in attendance for the team’s voluntary workout program. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Brady has not committed to playing in 2018.
Week 13 at Tennessee Titans (4:05 p.m.)
Notable Additions: CB Malcolm Butler, LB Will Compton, OL Josh Kline, RB Dion Lewis
Notable Departures: RB DeMarco Murray, LB Avery Williamson
Early Take: *Todd Bowles’ club's furthest trip west in 2018? *Nashville.* *After reaching the divisional round of the playoffs, the Titans made a coaching change and put Mike Vrabel in charge. This game will mark a homecoming for Jets linebacker Avery Williamson, who spent the first four seasons of his career with Tennessee.
Week 14 at Buffalo Bills
Take Two: The Bills have six picks in the first three rounds of the draft. With only A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman on the roster, you can guarantee that they’ll add another QB to that stable early. And with all that draft ammo, will the Bills be on the move up in Round 1?
Week 15 vs. Houston Texans (Saturday)
Notable Additions: CB Aaron Colvin, G Zach Fulton, G Senio Kelemete, S Tyrann Mathieu, QB Brandon Weeden
Notable Departures: LB Brian Cushing
Early Take: The Texans have some dudes on their roster including defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt, OLB Whitney Mercilus and wideout DeAndre Hopkins. Plus quarterback Deshaun Watson, a first-round pick out of Clemson last April, is on track to return after a knee injury. The promising signal caller might not find the air so friendly against the Jets secondary as “New Jack City” was bolstered by the addition of CB Trumaine Johnson.
Week 16 vs. Green Bay Packers
Notable Additions: TE Jimmy Graham, QB DeShone Kizer, DL Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Tramon Williams
Notable Departures: S Morgan Burnett, WR Jordy Nelson, LB Joe Thomas
Early Take: After seven seasons with the Jets, Wilkerson will make a return to MetLife donning a different shade of green. While the Linden, NJ native will likely tango with new Jets center Spencer Long and the guard pair of Brian Winters and James Carpenter, second-year safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye will lock horns with Aaron Rodgers and Graham for the first time.
Week 17 at New England Patriots
Take Two: The Jets are due for good fortune in Foxboro as they’ve been victorious in just one of their last 10 trips there. That was the 28-21 divisional playoff triumph following the 2010 season. Their last regular-season triumph at Gillette Stadium came in overtime back in 2008 as Brett Favre passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns and Thomas Jones amassed 104 yards and one score on the ground in a 34-31 OT thriller.