Here is a breakdown of the first eight games of the New York Jets' just-released 2014 regular-season schedule, plus names and notes on each opponent and on the rivalry with the Jets. All records include playoff games. All times Eastern.
Game 1 — vs. OAKLAND, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 7, 1 p.m.
Head Coach: Dennis Allen (3rd year, 4-12, .250)
Raiders Pro Bowler: FB Marcel Reece
Other Top Returnees: K Sebastian Janikowski, RB Darren McFadden, WR Denarius Moore, TE Brandon Myers, WR Rod Streater, S Charles Woodson
New Raiders: TE Kevin Boothe, CB Tarell Brown, T Austin Howard, WR James Jones, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, T Donald Penn, CB Carlos Rogers, QB Matt Schaub, DE Antonio Smith, DE Justin Tuck, DE C.J. Wilson, LB LaMarr Woodley
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 5th overall
Overall: Jets trail series, 23-18-2. Jets have won 2 of last 3 and 5 of last 7, including last year, 37-27 @ MetLife Stadium. Raiders' last win: 34-24 at O.co Coliseum in 2011.
Home: Jets lead, 11-8-1. Jets have won 4 in a row, including last year, 37-27. Raiders' last win: 34-13 @ Meadowlands Stadium in 1996.
Game 2 — @ GREEN BAY, Lambeau Field, Sunday, Sept. 14, 4:25 p.m.
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy (9th year, 88-50-1, .637)
Packers Pro Bowler: RB Eddie Lacy
Other Top Returnees: K Mason Crosby, LB A.J. Hawk, CB/KR Micah Hyde, LB Clay Matthews, WR Jordy Nelson, QB Aaron Rodgers, CB Sam Shields
New Packers: DT Latroy Guion, RB Michael Hill
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 21st overall
Overall: Jets lead series, 8-3. Jets have won 3 of last 4 but Packers won last meeting in 2010, 9-0 at then-New Meadowlands Stadium. Jets' last win: 38-10 at Lambeau Field in 2006.
Road: Jets lead, 4-2. Jets have won last 2 and 4 of last 5, including last meeting, 38-10 in 2006. Packers' last win: 17-10 in 1994.
Game 3 — vs. CHICAGO, MetLife Stadium, Monday, Sept. 22, 8:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Marc Trestman (2nd year, 8-8, .500)
Bears Pro Bowlers: RB Matt Forté, WR Alshon Jeffery, CB Tim Jennings, G Kyle Long, WR Brandon Marshall
Other Top Returnees: TE Martellus Bennett, S Chris Conte, QB Jay Cutler, K Robbie Gould, CB Charles Tillman
New Bears: DE Jared Allen, C Brian De La Puente, WR Domenik Hixon, DE Lamarr Houston, DE Israel Idonije, S M.D. Jennings, DE Austen Lane, S Danny McCray, WR Josh Morgan, TE Matt Mulligan, S Ryan Mundy, LB Jordan Senn, DE Willie Young
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 14th overall
Overall: Jets trail series, 7-3. Bears have won last 3 and 7 of last 9, including last meeting, 38-34 @ Soldier Field in 2010. Jets' last win: 17-10 @ Meadowlands Stadium in 2000.
Home: Jets trail, 3-1. Bears won last meeting, 10-0 in 2006. Jets' last win: 17-10 in 2000.
Game 4 — vs. DETROIT, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.
Head Coach: Jim Caldwell (Lions: 1st year; career: 4th year, 28-24, .538)
Lions Pro Bowlers: WR Calvin Johnson, DT Ndamukong Suh
Other Top Returnees: DE Ezekiel Ansah, RB Joique Bell, RB Reggie Bush, DT Nick Fairley, LB DeAndre Levy, P Sam Martin, TE Brandon Pettigrew, S Glover Quin, QB Matt Stafford
New Lions: DE Kourtnei Brown, FB Jed Collins, S James Ihedigbo, DT Corvey Irvin, DE Vaughn Martin, QB Dan Orlovsky, DE Darryl Tapp, WR Golden Tate, CB Cassius Vaughn
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 10th overall
Overall: Series tied, 6-6. Jets have won 3 in a row, including last meeting, 23-20 in OT at Ford Field in 2010, but Lions have won 4 of last 7. Lions' last win: 10-7 @ Meadowlands Stadium in 2000.
Home: Series tied, 2-2. Lions have won 2 of last 3 but Jets won last meeting, 31-24 in 2006. Lions' last win: 10-7 in 2000.
Game 5 — @ SAN DIEGO, Qualcomm Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 5, 4:25 p.m.
Head Coach: Mike McCoy (2nd year, 10-8, .556)
Chargers Pro Bowlers: QB Philip Rivers, S Eric Weddle
Other Top Returnees: WR Keenan Allen, LB Dwight Freeney, TE Antonio Gates, DT Corey Liuget, RB Ryan Mathews, K Nick Novak, WR Eddie Royal, P Mike Scifres, RB Danny Woodhead
New Chargers: RB Donald Brown, QB Kellen Clemens, LB Kavell Conner, CB Brandon Ghee, TE David Johnson
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 25th overall
Overall: Jets trail series, 20-14-1. Chargers have won 3 of last 5, including last meeting, 27-17 @ MetLife Stadium in 2012, but Jets have won 5 of last 8. Jets' last win: 27-21 @ MLS in 2011.
Road: Jets trail, 12-8. Jets have won 4 of last 5, including last meeting, 17-14 in AFC Divisional Round Game in 2009. Chargers' last win: 48-29 on Monday night in 2008.
Game 6 — vs. DENVER, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m.
Head Coach: John Fox (Denver: 4th year, 37-17, .685; career: 13th year, 115-91, .558)
Broncos Pro Bowlers: QB Peyton Manning, K Matt Prater, WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas, G Louis Vasquez
Other Top Returnees: RB Montee Ball, T Ryan Clady, LB Von Miller, WR Wes Welker
New Broncos: C Will Montgomery, WR Emmanuel Sanders, CB Aqib Talib, S T.J. Ward, DE DeMarcus Ware
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 31st overall
Overall: Jets trail series, 18-15-1. Broncos have won 3 of last 4. Jets' last win: 24-20 @ DEN in 2010.
Home: Series is tied, 7-7-1. Broncos have won 2 of last 3 in Meadowlands, including last meeting, 34-17 in 2008. Jets' last win: 19-13 in 2002.
Game 7 — @ NEW ENGLAND, Gillette Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 16, 8:25 p.m.
Head Coach: Bill Belichick (Patriots: 15th year, 181-69, .724; career: 20th year, 218-114, .657)
Patriots Pro Bowlers: QB Tom Brady, K Stephen Gostkowski, G Logan Mankins, CB Aqib Talib (DEN), ST Matthew Slater
Other Top Returnees: WR Danny Amendola, WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski, DE Chandler Jones, LB Jerod Mayo, DE Rob Ninkovich, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Logan Ryan, RB Shane Vereen
New Patriots: CB Brandon Browner, S Patrick Chung, WR Brandon LaFell, CB Darrelle Revis
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 29th overall
Overall: Jets trail series, 56-53-1. Patriots have won 5 of last 6 but Jets won last meeting, 30-27 in OT last year @ MetLife Stadium.
Away: Jets trail, 30-25-1. Patriots have won last 3, including last year, 13-10 on Thursday night in Week 2. Jets' last win: 28-21 in 2010 AFC Divisional Round Game.
Game 8 — vs. BUFFALO, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.
Head Coach: Doug Marrone (2nd year, 6-10, .375)
Bills Pro Bowlers: S Jairus Byrd (NO), DT Marcell Dareus, DT Kyle Williams, DE Mario Williams
Other Top Returnees: LB Kiko Alonso, K Dan Carpenter, TE Scott Chandler, DL Jerry Hughes, RB Fred Jackson, WR Stevie Johnson, QB EJ Manuel, RB C.J. Spiller, S Aaron Williams
New Bills: RB Anthony Dixon, CB Corey Graham, LB Keith Rivers, LB Brandon Spikes, G Chris Williams, DE Jarius Wynn
First Draft Pick: Round 1, 9th overall
Overall: Jets trail series, 56-51. Bills have won 2 of last 3, including last year, 37-14, at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but Jets have won 7 of last 9, including last year, 27-20 @ MetLife Stadium.
Home: Jets lead, 28-26. Jets have 4 in a row and 5 of last 6, including last year, 27-20. Last Bills win: 16-13 in OT in 2009.