The 2019 season is still shimmering in the distance, but every offseason step brings us a bit closer to the NFL oasis. Tonight the league has revealed all teams' regular-season schedules. Next week it's the draft. OTAs, minicamps and training camps follow. And before we know it, it will be Sept. 8. Here are capsule takes on each of the Jets' 16 games in the coming season:
Game 1 — vs. Buffalo Bills, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m., CBS
It's the Jets' 13th season opener vs. Buffalo, by far their most vs. any opponent (Jets lead 8-4), but only their third opener vs. the Bills at home.
Game 2 — vs. Cleveland Browns, MetLife Stadium, Monday, Sept. 16, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
In Sam Darnold's third pro start and first primetime game last year, he and the Jets lost to Baker Mayfield (in relief) and the Browns on TNF. Time for prime repayment?
Game 3 — at New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m., CBS
A new era of Jets try to topple the Pats in their home for the first time since the 2010 playoffs. Says new Jets MLB C.J. Mosley: "We know what team we have to knock off."
Week 4 — Bye week, Sunday, Sept. 29
This is the first time the Jets have had a Week 4 bye since 1998. That was a very good year. Good omen for 2019?
Game 4 — at Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., CBS
The Eagles are the only NFL franchise the Jets have never beaten (0-10 overall, 0-5 on the road, 0-2 at the Linc). All streaks, good and bad, must come to an end.
Game 5 — vs. Dallas Cowboys, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:25 p.m., CBS
The last time these teams played at MLS, Sunday night, 9/11/2011, the Jets roared from 14 points down for the 27-24 opening-night win. Will Tony Romo be in the CBS booth for this one?
Game 6 — vs. New England Patriots, MetLife Stadium, Monday, Oct. 21, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
The Jets have played the Patriots close at home (2-4 last six meetings). Have they added enough firepower to overcome Tom Brady & Co. for the first time since the 26-20 OT win in 2015?
Game 7 — at Jacksonville Jaguars, TIAA Bank Field, Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m., CBS
The Jets have won four of the last five over the Jaguars but have traditionally struggled at JAX, most recently in last year's 31-12 road loss. They've never faced Nick Foles, who takes the baton from Blake Bortles as Jags QB.
Game 8 — at Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., CBS
Jets HC Adam Gase gets his first shot at the team he coached the previous 3 seasons. He'll match X's and O's with new Dolphins boss and former Patriots defensive guru Brian Flores.
Game 9 — vs. New York Giants, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., FOX
The Jets haven't hosted the Giants in the RS since Christmas Eve 2011 and haven't beaten them as the home team since 1987. Yet in their last meeting in '15, the Jets won in OT, 23-20.
Game 10 — at Washington Redskins, FedEx Field, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m., CBS
Jets WR Jamison Crowder could bedevil the Redskins D just as he did Washington opponents the previous four seasons. The Jets' last FedEx visit was the 34-19 win in 2011.
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Game 11 — vs. Oakland Raiders, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m., CBS
The battle of ex-Steelers stars in WR Antonio Brown vs. RB Le'Veon Bell. Also the Jets' first game vs. a Jon Gruden-coached team since they beat the Bucs, 14-12, in 2005.
Game 12 — at Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m., CBS
After 16 seasons of playing Marvin Lewis' Bengals (Jets won 5 of 8), they get to tackle the new Stripes of HC Zac Taylor, fresh off of coaching up Rams QB Jared Goff.
Game 13 — vs. Miami Dolphins, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m., CBS
After facing Ryan Tannehill 10 times as Miami's starter since 2012, the Jets are set to battle a familiar beard. Ryan Fitzpatrick is 4-6 vs. the G&W all-time and was 13-14 as Jets starter in 2015-16.
Game 14 — at Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 12, 8:20 p.m., FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Mosley returns to his home office of the previous five seasons. That could be key since the Jets are 0-5 and have never held a second-half lead at the Ravens.
Game 15 — vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m., CBS
Will RB Bell ring in the holidays for his new team against his old team? In 3 games vs. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the Meadowlands, the Jets are 2-1.
Game 16 — at Buffalo Bills, New Era Field, Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m., CBS
Darnold posted his first game-winning TD drive as a pro in the Jets' 27-23 rebound victory in December. They've won 2 of the last 3 at New Era.