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The New York Jets’ 2020 schedule – at least for the moment – is here.

If no changes are made to the schedule in the future, this is what the Jets’ slate will look like:

Preseason Week 1, TBD: vs. New York Giants (TBD)

Preseason Week 2, Aug. 20: at Detroit Lions (8 p.m. Eastern)

Preseason Week 3, TBD: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (TBD)

Preseason Week 4, TBD: at Philadelphia Eagles (TBD)

Week 1, Sept. 13: at Buffalo Bills (1 p.m.)

Week 2, Sept. 20: vs. San Francisco 49ers (1 p.m.)

Week 3, Sept. 27: at Indianapolis Colts (4 p.m.)

Week 4, Oct. 1 (Thursday): vs. Denver Broncos (8:20 p.m.)

Week 5, Oct. 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals (1 p.m.)

Week 6, Oct. 18: at Los Angeles Chargers (4 p.m.)

Week 7, Oct. 25: vs. Buffalo Bills (1 p.m.)

Week 8, Nov. 1: at Kansas City Chiefs (1 p.m.)

Week 9, Nov. 9 (Monday): vs. New England Patriots (8:15 p.m.)

Week 10, Nov. 15: at Miami Dolphins (4 p.m.)

Week 11: Bye

Week 12, Nov. 29: vs. Miami Dolphins (1 p.m.)

Week 13, Dec. 6: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (1 p.m.)

Week 14, Dec. 13: at Seattle Seahawks (4 p.m.)

Week 15, Dec 19 or 20 (TBD): at Los Angeles Rams (TBD)

Week 16, Dec. 26 or 27 (TBD): vs. Cleveland Browns (TBD)

Week 17, Jan. 3: at New England Patriots (1 p.m.)

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, it remains to be seen whether the NFL will be able to go through with its usual schedule structure.

First-round pick Mekhi Becton is ready to get going.

What jumps out the most is the Jets’ back-to-back set with the Miami Dolphins. The Jets will visit Miami in Week 11, have their bye week (as will Miami), and host the Dolphins in Week 13. Back-to-back matchups are extremely rare to see on a regular season schedule.

The Jets will wrap up with Buffalo early on, heading to Orchard Park for the season-opener and closing up the series at MetLife in Week 7. Sam Darnold and company’s first meetings with the post-Brady Patriots will come following the conclusion of the Buffalo series – Week 9 (Monday Night Football in New Jersey) and the season finale in Foxboro.

One of the major anecdotes of the Jets’ schedule release was always going to be how the schedule-makers plotted the team’s four taxing road trips – Los Angeles (for both teams), Seattle, and Kansas City. The Chargers and Chiefs matchups will come in Week 6 and Week 8, respectively, with a home battle against Buffalo sandwiched between the two. The Jets will visit the Seahawks and Rams back-to-back in Weeks 14 and 15.

On the flip side, the Jets will play host to four teams making the trek from out west, those games coming in Week 2 (San Francisco), Week 4 (Denver), Week 5 (Arizona), and Week 13 (Las Vegas).

There are no three-game road trips or homestands. The Jets have two sets of back-to-back home games – Weeks 4 and 5 against Denver and Arizona plus Weeks 12 and 13 against Miami and Las Vegas – and one set of back-to-back road games (Weeks 14 and 15 against the Seahawks and Rams), a relatively favorable ratio.

Now, the football world’s attention turns to whether or not this schedule will actually play out as planned.

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