Which Teams Will the Jets Play in 2019?

Opponents-Slate

With the National Football League’s regular season reaching a conclusion Sunday, the Jets now know their full list of opponents for 2019.

The schedule will include matchups with AFC North and NFC East foes along with a home date versus Oakland in addition to a trip to Jacksonville or perhaps London.

Here is quick look at the Jets' 2019 opponents, with 2018 overall and applicable home/road records in parentheses and asterisks denoting playoff teams.

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Buffalo
(6-10, 2-6): When the Jets and the Bills met in Week 11 at MetLife Stadium, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen were among the gameday inactives. The Bills cruised to a 41-10 victory, but both clubs’ respective futures will be tied to the soon-to-be pro sophomores.

Miami (7-9, 1-7): The ‘Fins won their first road game of the season — a 20-12 Week 2 victory over the Green & White despite Darnold becoming the youngest player in NFL history to pass for over 300 yards — and then they lost every one of their remaining contests away from home.

*New England (11-5, 3-5): The AFC East continues to run through Foxborough as the Pats have won 10 consecutive division titles and claimed Eastern superiority in 16 of the past 18 seasons. New England wasn’t the same team away from Gillette Stadium though.

Cleveland (7-8-1, 2-6): Baker Mayfield made his pro debut against the Jets in Week 3, leading the Browns to a come-from-behind 21-17 victory in front of a nationally televised audience. The former Heisman Trophy winner threw for multiple touchdowns in nine games this season and set an NFL rookie record with 27 scoring passes. Maybe the league schedule makers will elect to put this matchup in prime time for a second consecutive season?

*Dallas (9-7, 2-6): Jets safety Jamal Adams was born in Lewisville, Texans, a suburb of Dallas. No safety had a better year than the first-time Pro Bowler and Adams was recognized by his teammates as the Curtis Martin Team MVP. He will be ready to contend with the likes of Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper. The Green & White haven’t hosted the ‘Boys since their thrilling 27-24 comeback triumph on the 10th anniversary of September 11th.

NY Giants (5-10, 3-5): With the No. 2 overall selection in April’s draft, the Giants bypassed the quarterback position and took Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. He was sensational his rookie campaign, tallying more than 2,000 yards and setting a rookie running back receptions mark with 91.

Pittsburgh (8-6-1, 4-3-1): The Steelers might have the best receiving pair in football in Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but it will be interesting to see where Le’Veon Bell is playing in 2019. Bell, a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, elected not to sign the franchise tag and could become a free agent in March. The Steelers remain one of the league’s most talented teams despite an absence from the postseason.

Oakland (4-12,1-7): Oakland will hold the most cards at the table when the NFL Draft commences in April. The Raiders have a ton of early draft picks including a trio in the opening round as the rebuilding commences in earnest. The Jets have the third overall pick in the draft and the Raiders will follow with the fourth choice due to the strength of their opponents’ combined records.

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Buffalo
(6-10, 4-4): Darnold became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to lead a game-winning drive, rallying the Green & White to a 27-23 win in Orchard Park, NY on Dec. 9th. That was the start of a last-season surge that has Jets fans eagerly anticipating the 2019 campaign.

Miami (7-9, 6-2): The Jets dropped a 13-6 decision in South Florida in early November, but the defense played winning football while yielding only 168 yards and sacking Brock Osweiler four times. Quincy Enunwa provided one of the plays of the year, trucking a few Dolphins along the way for a 23-yard gain on a bubble screen. Ryan Tannehill has expressed his desire to remain in Miami, but the ‘Fins have a critical offseason decision to make on his future.

*New England (11-5, 8-0): The Jets have ended their last two regular seasons at Gillette Stadium. Sony Michel, a first-round pick of the Pats in the 2018 draft, helped New England finish as a top-10 rushing offense for the second year in a row.

*Baltimore (10-6, 6-2): Safety Eric Weddle reached a huge incentive clause Sunday, earning $1 million by virtue of his Pro Bowl invitation and the Ravens making the playoffs in the same season. Baltimore held off a Browns’ comeback attempt in Week 17, clinching the AFC North in the process. The Edgar Allen Poes had the NFL’s stingiest defense in the regular season.

Cincinnati (6-10, 4-4): It was a tough year in the ‘Nati. Despite starting 4-1, the Bengals finished 6-10 and lost seven of their last eight contests.

Jacksonville (5-11, 3-5): Jacksonville dominated the Jets in J-Ville in Week 4, but the Jags went just 2-8 in their next 10 following that clash. They figure to have a new starting signal caller in 2019. London will play host to four regular-season games in 2019 and the Jaguars again will be one of the clubs playing across the pond.

*Philadelphia (9-7, 5-3): After winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles had trouble finding a run game and stopping the pass in 2018. It is awfully difficult to repeat in the NFL, but Philly improbably made a late charge to earn the NFC’s No. 6 seed.

Washington (7-9, 3-5): At 33, Adrian Peterson defied age and amassed more than 1,000 yards on the ground. While it’s unclear if Peterson will be back, quarterback Alex Smith is just hoping to resume his NFL career after a spiral leg fracture became infected after multiple surgeries.

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