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Jets' 2018 Opponents Come Into Focus

In Addition to Their AFC East Home & Homes, Green & White Will Battle AFC South, NFC North, Cleveland & Denver


With the Jets' regular season reaching a conclusion Sunday, the team will quickly turn the page and set its sights on continuing to build the roster via free agency and the draft. And while the 2018 regular season is eight months away, the Green & White know their opponents next season.

The schedule will include matchups with AFC South and NFC North foes along with a home date versus Denver and a return trip to Cleveland.

Here is quick look at the Jets' 2018 opponents, with 2017 overall and applicable home/road records in parentheses and asterisks denoting playoff teams:


Buffalo (9-7, 3-5): The Jets most complete effort of the season was their 34-21 trouncing of the Bills at MetLife in Week 9.

Miami (6-10, 2-6): In Week 3, the Jets captured their first victory as Robby Anderson had 95 yards receiving and a 69-yard touchdown in a 20-3 triumph.

New England (13-3, 7-1): The Pats have won nine consecutive AFC East titles.

Houston (4-12, 1-7): Rookie Deshaun Watson was off to an electrifying start before undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Indianapolis (4-12, 1-7): The Colts have a top-five draft selection and Andrew Luck is working to get back from a major shoulder injury.

Green Bay (7-9, 3-5): For the first time since 2008, the Packers won't appear in the postseason.

Minnesota (13-3, 6-2): February's Super Bowl could be a home game for the Vikings. Defensive end Everson Griffen has 13 sacks and wideout Adam Thielen has amassed more than 1,200 yards receiving.

Denver (5-11, 1-7): The Broncos, who shut the Jets out 23-0 on Dec. 10, will fly east for a return engagement.


Buffalo (9-7, 6-2): Bills earned their first playoff berth since 1999 during Sean McDermott's first season.

Miami (6-10. 4-4): Jets split with the 'Fins in 2017.

New England (13-3, 6-2): Green & White played one of the coldest games in their history on New Year's Eve.

Jacksonville (10-6, 6-2): When they collided with the future AFC South Champs in Week 4, the Jets rushed for a staggering 256 yards while averaging an impressive eight yards per carry.

Tennessee (9-7, 6-2): On a three-game slide entering Week 17, the Titans earned a playoff berth with a win over the Jaguars.

Chicago (5-11, 3-5): The Bears can address other areas early in the Draft as QB Mitchell Trubisky showed promise early in his career.

Detroit (9-7, 4-4): Victors in their last two trips to the Motor City, the Jets will bring their talented safety tandem of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye to tango with Matt Stafford at Ford Field.

Cleveland (0-16, 0-8): For the third consecutive season, the Jets return to the shores of Lake Erie. Their 17-14 win in Cleveland in Week 5 was the team's lone road W in 2017.

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