With all of the 2017 regular season games now in the books certain things have been finalized. Chief among these are playoff berths and seedings, draft order for the 20 teams that haven’t made the playoffs, and the 2018 schedule.
For the New York Jets the 2018 schedule looks like this:
New England Patriots
Things will change quite a bit from now until the 2018 season, but first impressions are that looks like a pretty difficult schedule. The Jets will play seven games against 2017 playoff teams (Patriots twice, Bills twice, Jaguars, Vikings and Titans), and another three games against teams getting top quarterbacks back that should be serious playoff contenders in 2018 if their quarterbacks return fully healthy (Packers, Texans, Colts).
The list of quarterbacks the Jets will face in 2018 is daunting. Brady twice, Luck, Watson, Rodgers, Mariota, Stafford and (maybe) Keenum. That won’t be easy for a Jets team that has all kinds of problems with cornerbacks.
The home schedule also looks daunting. With the Patriots, Packers and Vikings on the home schedule three home losses are not difficult to envision. Throw in a Luck led Colts team, a Watson led Texans team and a Mariota led Titans team and a .500 record at home seems far from assured. Playoff teams that struggle to achieve a .500 home record are rare specimens, so making the playoffs in 2018 could be a tall order.
Of course, all this needs to be taken with a grain of salt; things will change dramatically by next September. Opponents expected to be good will turn out to be terrible and vice versa.
What do you think of the Jets 2018 schedule?