Primer: Jets 2014 Opponents

We’ll update and re-post this after Sunday’s games, but here’s a look at who the Jets will be facing in 2014:

Home Games

Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns or Pittsburgh Steelers*
New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins
Buffalo Bills

* This is complicated but check the standings afterwards and the Jets will face whichever team ends up in the same position (ie 2nd if the Jets win, 3rd if they lose but the Bills also lose or 4th if they lose but the Bills win) in their division.

Road Games

Kansas City
San Diego
Green Bay
Minnesota
Jacksonville (if the Jets don’t win on Sunday, but the Bills also don’t win), Tennessee (if the Jets win on Sunday) or Houston (if the Jets lose and the Bills win)
Buffalo
Miami
New England

UPDATED: If the Jets win on Sunday they will finish second in the division by virtue of having a better divisional record than the Dolphins. However, if they lose and the Bills also win, they will finish fourth.

The full schedule is usually released in April.





88 comments
here2win
here2win

Bent lets get the schedule contest going again, we came up with it at the last min back in April, we need to get the hype machine going early in 2014.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

San Diego! That's always a great road trip.....



SackDance99
SackDance99

Not that bad a schedule.  The NFC North is a defensive wasteland.  This season with a rookie QB, the Jets were 3-1 against the NFC South, which has 3 defenses in the top 11 per Football Outsiders.  The "best" defense in the NFC North is Detroit, at 15.  The rest are in the bottom 7.  The AFC West is tough, especially KC on the road and the Jets didn't fare very well against the AFC North, which has overall better defensive rankings than the AFC West.  Having Oakland at home, along with Denver, is a plus.  Not too many playoff teams on the schedule and not that many good defenses.

bittinho
bittinho

I don't think this looks so bad. The only "sure" loss is on the road at Green Bay. Maybe at KC is another very difficult game if you think they are the real deal but I think we can match up with them in a year. All division games are winnable and I would rather travel to SD than Denver or OAK. Only one west coast game and two western teams coming to us is a bonus. Minnesota and JAX are winnable road games too. We can beat anyone at home but Denver is the longshot. So only 3 really difficult games. Thats assuming we get over the hump against teams like Pitt/Balt/Tenn who we struggle against.

greggreen
greggreen

i hope we win sunday if for no other reason then woody and idzik can be grilled if they fire a coach with 1 losing season in 5 years. 

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@a57se I know the conventional wisdom is we need a sure fire #1 WR; however, sometimes conventional wisdom is correct. Why do you (or even Charlie Campbell) want to go OLB in the first ? Isn't their a WR that we can get with our pick that would be a difference-maker ?

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@a57se Unless as rumour has it Jets unload the vault for Graham.

psi1
psi1

@jaygo The NYJ media (for the most part) are not journalists playing it straight. They are advocates for Jets mayhem real or if necessary…contrived. "Jaygo", you have it nailed in your post.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@jaygo It says a lot about the quality of coach Rex is that those who sought to destroy him weekly recognize that he's the best the Jets have had in a long time and you don't just toss that away.

Pat d
Pat d

I don't see us doing as well against the AFC West this time. They are all improved. Even the Raiders will be better after freeing up their dead money.

ww85
ww85

@SackDance99 If Rex is the Lions HC or DC, that will be a tough game!

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@SackDance99 I always find it a bad idea to judge what any team might be before preseason.

juunit
juunit

@SackDance99 

Defensively, maybe. But there's plenty of good offenses in there. And the 3 worst, Oakland, Minnesota and Jacksonville all figure to have new QBs. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Does this mean you've given up on using everything Cimini reports as gospel and repeating it ad nauseum here on TJB? 

jdb7
jdb7

@karlhungus @a57se Pass.  LSU WR's just never seem to pan out.   Looking hard at guys like Brandin Cooks and Dri Archer.

jdb7
jdb7

@johnnyl65 @a57se Brent Celek is a more likely option as Philly will probably unload him.  He has a big cap number and the Eagles are a little pressed for space next year. 

karlhungus
karlhungus

@johnnyl65@a57se There is zero chance Graham leaves New Orleans as long as Brees is the QB.... none...... They are BFF's and Graham pretty much owes his career to Brees...He flat out said he wasn't going anywhere, so you can put that dream to bed.

Pat d
Pat d

Everyone is out to get the Jets is a lame story line and has nothing to do with a GM picking his own head coach.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Pat dWon't the Jets be improved, too, after freeing up cap space and with 12 picks?  The defense is real close to being dominant and the offense with the defense being so good just needs to be competent.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@johnnyl65@SackDance99True enough, but the Vikings, Bears and Packers have significant issues with their defenses.  Maybe a new DC will help, but defense can be very hard to fix when so much $$$ is tied up in the offense, which is the case with the Bears and Packers.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@juunit@SackDance99The Jets were 2-2 against top 10 offenses and with a better QB and offensive players, could've easily been 4-0 (losses on the road to NE and Carolina were close).  I'll take facing good offenses over defenses any time with this team.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@jake100@greggreenAren't teams judged by their peers?  Last playoffs for the Phins (if they don't make it this year) was 2008; for the Bills it was 1999.  Rex's Jets have the second best record in the division and the second most playoff appearances.  Having an all-time great team, with a great coach and HOF QB in the division makes it much harder to make the playoffs.  If it was so easy, the Phins wouldn't have a 5 year drought and the Bills a 14 year drought.  And, trying to make the playoffs without a franchise QB is even harder.  Rex has done it 40% of the time.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@a57se @1969JAN12th Ok, I see where you are going. However, in this case I'd prefer Lee, but I see your point about Beckham.

Pat d
Pat d

I never said Rex should go. I would like to see him stay but I just doubt that will happen.

Pat d
Pat d

I know that a new GM wants to pick his own Head Coach. It was widely reported that Idzik had to agree to keep Rex as head coach for one year. In my opinion Rex was done when he had Sanchez in the 4th qtr of a preseason game and he got knocked out for the year. That was a bonehead move.

Pat d
Pat d

It sounds like you think too much. Idzik had to agree to keep Rex a year. Well its been a year.

Pat d
Pat d

Geno was winning the QB competition? The reports I remember we're that it was even, Geno does not look ready and that Sanchez was clearly outplaying Smith. Geno is the worst QB in the NFL and the Jets WRs are one of the worst groups in the NFL. I've seen Geno miss too many open WRs and not seem capable of reading the opposing defenses to think he is the answer.

jdb7
jdb7

@a57se @Pat d Just so you know, Fales does not have a pro arm, weaker than Pennington after his 1st surgery.   Jimmy Garappolo is a nice under the radar guy to look at.  

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@Pat dYeah, I've never made it secret that I think Geno is talented and his rookie season is FAR better than it seems.  As for the rest, I gave examples of what I believe was "competition".  Mangold, Brick, Landry, Wilkerson and others weren't subjected to any "real" competition, but I think we have ideas about competition than Idzik doesn't have.  There were rookies and free agents at every position.  Whether the "competition" was real or not is subjective.  Maybe Idzik thinks that just by having a warm body in camp gunning for a vet's position is competition enough.

I also think you're being unfair about the Geno competition.  Before he hurt his ankle, Geno was winning the QB competition.  After his ankle was injured, Geno started to make mistakes and Sanchez pulled even...not ahead.  Then, Sanchez got injured.  Part of competition is being around to last until the end.  Geno was hurt, played through it, and outlasted Sanchez.  Sanchez got hurt and was lost for the season.  Like or not, that was a competition and Sanchez lost.


EDIT: And, Simms beat out GMac and that was a true competition, under any definition.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Pat dIf the rest of the offensive system isn't built out, it won't matter who the QB is.  Like I said, if Geno wins on Sunday, I think many of us will reassess his rookie season and view it in a much more positive light.

Pat d
Pat d

More like 1st round. Thinking Geno is the answer is a bigger risk than drafting a QB in the 1st.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@SackDance99There was camp competition and that's what I'm talking about.  IMO, the only player coming out of camp who clearly didn't deserve to start was Milliner, mostly because he wasn't ready.  He came to camp late, was injured and had very little camp time.  Maybe Winters shouldn't have permanently replaced Vlad, but Vlad did come out of camp with the job.  And, Big Snacks beat out Ellis, while Allen beat out Bush and Jarrett.  Winslow beat out Cumby.  Douzable won a spot; Folk withstood a good challenge and I'm sure that I'm missing some others.  Point is there was "competition" and I'm pretty certain that what constitutes "competition" as to fans and Idzik are different.

Pat d
Pat d

The Jets need to draft a QB.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@SackDance99There aren't as many open spots to plug rookies into and Idzik's mantra is "competition", so in theory the rookies will have holdovers and/or vets to compete against.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@Pat dI don't want to get into a Geno debate.  Let's see how he does in Miami.  If he wins, that's 8 rookie wins, 3 wins in his last 4 games and, IMO, great improvement in his command of the offense, matched with far fewer gadget plays.  So, I'd be hopeful that Geno could make a big leap in his 2nd pro year, just like many rookie QBs that struggle their first years.  If he loses AND plays poorly, I'd be less optimistic.


Even with my optimism as to his prospects, I still think MM (if he's still the OC) needs to bring in a vet to compete with him, especially a vet that knows how to run a WCO.  If Geno beats out a guy that can run the WCO well, then that would just add to my optimism.  If not, then the Jets have a vet and can try to approach offensive competence.

Pat d
Pat d

With Geno at QB?

ww85
ww85

YEAH. Well, hopefully, Rex will continue to be the HC of The New York Jets!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se@SackDance99I wasn't talking about Detroit; they have a good defense.  We disagree.  I think the Bears have a lot of things wrong with their run defense that transcends just adding a rookie LB.  As for the Packers, I said I thought they were easier to fix; I just don't expect a 1 year huge turnaround.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@johnnyl65@SackDance99Great offensive teams need to do one thing: stop the run.  The Bears are one of the worst teams that I've ever seen against the run (last per FO); I don't think they can fix all of their problems in just 1 year.  The Packers are suffering from age and injury.  They're probably closer to being better defensively, however, expecting massive improvement against the run (30 per FO) is also doubtful.


Rob Ryan did a great job improving the Saints D, but he'd likely agree that it's easier to fix the pass D than the run D, especially when you have a 3-4 defense.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@SackDance99 @johnnyl65 True but I look at the Bears and Packers historically and judge them by the norm and that would be Offensively potent and Defensively opportunistic. Scheme can easily keep a bad defensive team winning with a high powered Offense and playing everything in front of you on the Defense.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@jake100@SackDance99@greggreenThe whole Woody/Idzik/Rex dynamic is very hard to predict.  But, I've found that NFL teams are either completely owner-controlled, GM-controlled or HC-controlled.  The Jets aren't like the Cowboys or Redskins, so they're not owner-controlled.  The Jets were GM-controlled in the Tanny era.  Before that, IMO, Woody was getting his sea legs as an owner.  He inherited the Parcells-run team and then went for Bradway/Herm.  It seemed to me that Herm held sway in that relationship.  So, where he goes from here is anyone's guess.

I'm thinking that Woody and Idzik keep Rex and help Rex build the team in his image.  But, it wouldn't surprise me if the Jets go in an opposite direction because Woody has never had a good offensive Jets team in an era of super-heated offense.  Personally, I always admired great defensive teams more than great offensive ones and this team is so close to being a dominant defensive team that I think it would be a shame to fire Rex as he's building from the ground up a really excellent defense.

__fense
__fense

@jake100 "They all do it" is a terrible defense.  Don't listen to the rest, either. BS is BS, even if everyone is saying it.