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What Is Your Biggest Takeaway from the 2024 Jets Schedule Unveiling?

Green & White Will Play in 6 Primetime Games; Will Open Season at San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football

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Throughout the offseason, reporters Eric Allen, Ethan Greenberg, Randy Lange, Caroline Hendershot and John Pullano will give their responses to a series of questions regarding this year's Jets.

Today's question: What is your biggest takeaway from the 2024 Jets schedule unveiling?

EA: The NFL and the networks/streaming services are all in on the Jets and Aaron Rodgers. The seven standalone games over the first 11 is historic and anything but routine. In the 11 games before their Week 12 bye, the Jets do not have two consecutive games with the same number of days in between games. So, the new normal is change. MetLife Stadium will be rocking for those four night primetime games before the bye – vs. New England (Thursday, Sept. 19) vs. Buffalo (Monday, Oct. 14), vs. Houston (Thursday, Oct. 31) and vs. Indianapolis (Sunday, Nov. 17). On paper, the Monday night opener in San Francisco might be the most difficult of all 17 matchups. In fact, there is a sportsbook that currently lists the Jets as a favorite in 14 games. I don't think the Jets will win 14 games, but I think this roster is set to inflict some damage. December sets up for six intriguing matchups because I expect all five of their opponents – Seattle (Week 13), at Miami (Week 14), at Jacksonville (Week 15), LA Rams (Week 16), at Buffalo (Week 17) vs. Miami (Miami) – down the stretch to be in the playoff conversation.

EG: There are a lot of winnable games. It's inevitable there will be teams who will surprise the NFL and be better than expected and the same goes for the other side of the coin, but the Green & White match up well with a number of teams, especially early. Between Weeks 3-5, the Jets' top-5 defense will face three teams with quarterback questions not to mention Week 2's matchup with a young quarterback in Will Levis, who went 3-6 in nine starts as a rookie last season. All games are difficult in the NFL, but the Green & White should be competitive throughout the season. One of the most challenging aspects will be ping ponging from short weeks (4) to extended rest (7) through the first 11 weeks.

See the 17-game slate for the Jets during the 2024 NFL season.

RL: My first takeaway: I didn't expect Aaron Rodgers and the Jets to be forgotten by the NFL schedule-makers after last season's unfortunate unfolding, but neither did I expect them to be front and center with an even more ambitious schedule than the league gave them a year ago. Six primetime games is a franchise record, and all in the first 11 games? I researched back to 2000 and found only the '06 Broncos to be close to that with six primes in their first 13 games. Second takeaway: As the schedule's nighttime phase fades — only 1 p.m. kickoffs from Weeks 13-17 — the degree of difficulty increases. After the opener at San Fran, which went 12-5 (.706) and played in the Super Bowl, the Jets' next nine opponents have a collective .418 strength of schedule. But their final seven foes — four playoff teams and three that finished just off the pace at 9-8 — come back forcefully with a .588 schedule strength. That's quite a challenging stretch run. The Jets have put themselves in position this offseason to be worthy of such schedule prominence. But the hard, hard work has only just begun.

CH: My biggest takeaway from the 2024 Jets schedule is the inconsistency of the first 11 weeks. The Jets do not have two consecutive weeks with the same number of days in between games in their first 11 games. For example, the first three games are within 10 days. I think players will have to quickly adapt to not having a typical routine since every week will be different. While they will face some tough teams in this stretch, it's nothing this roster won't be able to handle. The biggest factor will be how quickly can this roster recover between games and how quickly will they adapt to their practice schedule.

JP: The Jets will have a chance to get off to a fast start with six of their first eight games coming against teams with questions surrounding their starting QB or against a young and inexperienced signal caller. Following Week 1 against the defending NFC Champion 49ers and QB Brock Purdy, the Jets will face the Titans and second-year starter Will Levis, then the Patriots twice (Jacoby Brissett or rookie Drake Maye), Broncos (rookie Bo Nix or Jarrett Stidham or Zach Wilson), Vikings (rookie J.J. McCarthy or Sam Darnold) and Steelers (Russell Wilson or Justin Fields) – who all are expected to have quarterback competitions leading up to the start of the season. Last year, the Jets ranked No. 2 in pass-yards allowed (168.3 per game), No. 4 in pass touchdowns (11) and added All-Pro pass rusher Haason Reddick to an already talented defense during the offseason. In two games against rookie starters in 2023, the Green & White's defense allowed 26 total points, forced two turnovers, allowed 1 passing touchdown and permitted 152 pass yards. Following Week 8, the Jets will face a more established series of quarterbacks but they have a great opportunity to get off on the right foot after starting 1-3 or worse in five of the last six seasons.

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