The NFL announced its 2023-24 regular season schedule Thursday night. The slate of games for the New York Jets and newly acquired, Hall of Fame-bound quarterback Aaron Rodgers is now on the table.
Many Jets fans are already contemplating when to make the move to NY sportsbooks before the season begins.
It is an annual ritual for NFL teams to dissect the schedule, game by game, for your favorite NFL team.
Well, Jets fans, we are here to help.
EmpireStakes.com – your source for New York sports betting apps - created a point system to determine the toughest three-game stretch of the New York Jets’ 2023-24 schedule. For points, we awarded 1 to 4 for each grouping of 8 teams in final standings from 2022-23 season (Chiefs = 4 pts, Bears = 1 pt), 2 for an away game, 2 for a short week (going into TNF game or coming off MNF), 1 for a divisional opponent and 1 for a primetime game.
Here is what we found out:
Toughest Stretches of Jets Schedule
Trouble Right from Start
The Jets have two three-game stretches that have combined for 17 points each, including the team's first three games of the season.
Week 1 features a strong, in-state, AFC East Division battle on the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan as the Jets host the Buffalo Bills in a Monday Night Football showdown. This will provide a nice measuring stick in assessing any progress each team made during off-season and training camps.
Week 2 features the first road game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys. It should help that Rodgers has recorded an all-time 8-3 record against the Cowboys, including four in a row (three in Dallas).
In Week 3, the Jets return home to face another divisional nemesis as they host the New England Patriots. It will be the 126th meeting all-time between the two teams. The Pats hold a commanding 71-53-1 record in the series, including their current 14-game win streak. The Jets have not beaten the Patriots since a 26-20 home win on Dec. 27, 2015. Yikes!
If you think Rodgers is just the guy to end that streak, be on the lookout that week for NY sportsbook promos. Rodgers holds a 2-2 record all-time against New England.
Another Daunting Stretch for Jets
The second challenging stretch comes from Week 9 through Week 11.
The Los Angeles Chargers come to MetLife Stadium in Week 9 for another Monday Night matchup. The Jets have lost four straight and six of their last seven games to the Chargers, including a 34-28 road loss on Nov. 22, 2020.
The very next week, the Las Vegas Raiders come into town for a Sunday Night Football battle. The Raiders should be led by a newly acquired quarterback of their own, Jimmy Garoppolo. As any Jets fan knows, the Raiders always give them problems, including dropping three of their last four matchups.
Week 11 features the rematch at Buffalo. Both teams will have a sense of where they stand in the division and the conference and will serve as payback for the season-opening result.
Regardless of these tough stretches, oddsmakers think this Jets team is on the way up.
BetMGM NY sees the Jets as the sixth-best bet in the league to win the Super Bowl at +1400.
The Kansas City Chiefs (+650) and Philadelphia Eagles (+700), who met in last year’s Super Bowl, are 1-2 with BetMGM.
As far as the AFC East goes, the state’s leading operator, Fan Duel NY, has the Jets at +250, behind the Bills (+130) but ahead of the Miami Dolphins (+290) and Patriots (+750).
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