The Green and White open up the 2016 season with a challenging start. Five of their first six opponents were playoff teams last year as those clubs recorded a cumulative .667 (64-32) winning percentage. In addition, four of those six contests are on the road, but former Jets QB Boomer Esiason believes the Jets are a force to be reckoned with themselves.
"Their opening six games is probably the hardest in football, but I would say the same thing for the other teams looking at the Jets. They know who the Jets have, who they have on their defensive line, their linebackers, their coach," he said. "It's easy for us to say those six games are really going to be hard, but those six teams are looking at the Jets saying the same thing."
Esiason, a co-host of WFAN's Boomer and Carton and an analyst on CBS' The NFL Today, thinks the Jets are inching closer to the postseason after falling just one game short last year.
"It's unfortunate they didn't make the playoffs last year because they were a playoff worthy team," said the former four-time Pro Bowler. "This is a team that is in it to win it and I think as a Jets fan you have to believe that they are heading in the right direction. They've touched all the right buttons."