Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jets 2009 Schedule Released

1 Sun, Sept. 13 at Houston Texans CBS 1 p.m.
2 Sun, Sept. 20 vs. New England Patriots CBS 1 p.m.
3 Sun, Sept. 27 vs. Tennessee Titans CBS 4:15 p.m.
4 Sun, Oct. 4 at New Orleans Saints CBS 4:05 p.m.
5 Mon, Oct. 12 at Miami Dolphins ESPN 8:30 p.m.
6 Sun, Oct. 18 vs. Buffalo Bills CBS 4:15 p.m.
7 Sun, Oct. 25 at Oakland Raiders CBS 4:05 p.m.
8 Sun, Nov. 1 vs. Miami Dolphins CBS 1 p.m.
9 Bye
10 Sun, Nov. 15 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars CBS 1 p.m.
11 Sun, Nov. 22 at New England Patriots CBS 4:15 p.m.
12 Sun, Nov. 29 vs. Carolina Panthers FOX 1 p.m.
13 Thu, Dec. 3 at Buffalo Bills NFLN 8:20 p.m.
14 Sun, Dec. 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers CBS 1 p.m.
15 Sun, Dec. 20 vs. Atlanta Falcons FOX 1 p.m.
16 Sun, Dec. 27 at Indianapolis Colts CBS 4:15 p.m.
17 Sun, Jan. 3 vs. Cincinnati Bengals CBS 1 p.m.

Initial thoughts:

Houston will be a difficult place to start. Reliant Stadium is a good home field advantage for the Texans, and Matt Schaub, Steve Slaton, and Andre Johnson have had injury problems in the past, especially Schaub.

Weeks two through five don't offer one easy game in the bunch. New England and Tennessee will be back to back again, except this time both at home, and once again, the Patriots will be the home opener. New Orleans and Miami are hard to figure out, but both will probably be contenders again.

By the way, as a fan, I hate having the Patriots in the home opener. I'd rather it be some team I don't passionately hate, so I can celebrate opening day AND the New England game on different days. Oh well, the NFL seems to like to give us the Pats in our home openers.

The first "breaks" on the schedule come weeks six through eight. Buffalo should be a very interesting team with the addition of Terrell Owens. It would have been nice to get them with a suspended Marshawn Lynch, but that is not the case. It's a tough game, but it's a home game against a team that was below .500 this year. Only Jacksonville and Cincinnati fit that same bill. Oakland on the road (again) follows that. They have enough young talent where they should be better, but you can never predict games with those two teams. Finally, the second game against Miami comes in week eight at home. Chances are, the Dolphins will have a bit of a reality check this year, even though they should still be pretty good.

The week nine bye, right in the middle of the season, is good news, as it gives the team a break exactly halfway through the season. However, you bet Rex Ryan would rather have New England on the road as the first game after the bye instead of Jacksonville at home. The Jaguars underachieved a bit last year, but even if they bounce back, the extra time and preparation would be nice to have before the Pats game.

New England on the road will be in week 11, the first week of flex scheduling, so that game could be a candidate to be moved to a night game. Same with the next week's game, which is an interesting inter-conference matchup. Carolina will be a tough opponent with the two-headed running attack, especially after a huge game at Gillette Stadium.

Week 13 at Buffalo will actually be up in Toronto. The Bills got embarrassed by Miami in Toronto last year, and it's unlikely that Toronto would offer the Bills the home field that Buffalo would, so this is a scheduling plus. Still won't be an easy game though.

Tampa Bay is next. On an interesting sidenote, the Buccaneers did not get one primetime game. For a team that was in the playoff hunt all year last year, that's some disrespect, even if their team has a ton of questions.

Atlanta had a resurgent year last year, and Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Roddy White will be a tough trio to deal with. This will also be John Abraham's return to the Meadowlands, assuming he's healthy, a big assumption.

This is followed by one of the toughest games on the schedule: at Indianapolis. You can bet Peyton Manning and co. will be in the playoff hunt, so this will be a very tough game in the RCA Dome.

And week 17? The Cincinnati Bengals will come to Giants Stadium for the last ever regular season game there. Don't write off the Bengals as a pushover, however, as Carson Palmer is healthy, and that alone is enough to make the Bengals a much improved squad.

All and all, it will be a very difficult schedule, at least on paper. Things can and will change, as they always do, but the Jets will face 11 teams who are coming off .500 or better seasons, 9 of whom were 9-7 or better, and 6 who made the playoffs.


Anonymous said...

I have been a season ticket holder since 1968. Never in all the years that I had tickets did the Jets schedule 2 home games on 2 jewish holidays. I think it is a disgrace.

Mackenzie Kraemer said...

That's a terrible break for you as a fan, but blame the NFL, not the Jets. They made the schedule.

It's luck of the draw (bad luck). Sundays normally don't fall on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but remember, unless games were moved to Monday night, either the Jets or the Giants were going to play at home on those holidays.