The New York Jets will be thrust directly into the spotlight
The NFL will not release its full 2023 schedule until 8 p.m. ET tonight, but since Wednesday, the league has been trickling out announcements of certain noteworthy games.
Yesterday, we learned the New York Jets will be hosting the Miami Dolphins on Black Friday (3 p.m. ET). This morning, we received news of another big game: the Jets will be opening the season on Monday Night Football, at home against the Buffalo Bills (8:15 p.m. ET).
.@AaronRodgers12 debut with the @nyjets?
Week 1 on MNF vs. @JoshAllenQB and the @BuffaloBills. 🔥
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The Jets will look to make it two consecutive home victories over the Bills after defeating Buffalo 20-17 in Week 9 of last season. Buffalo evened the season series with a 20-12 home victory in the second matchup. Both games were physical and tightly contested, planting the seeds for a renewed rivalry.
Rodgers will seek to break his 1-1 career split against Josh Allen after losing to Allen in Buffalo last season. Back in 2018, Rodgers defeated a rookie Allen at Lambeau Field.
The Jets are now confirmed to be hosting at least two nationally-televised home games. More prime-time games are expected once the full schedule drops tonight. Prime-time-worthy home matchups on the Jets’ schedule include Kansas City and Philadelphia, while prime-time-worthy road matchups include the Giants, Dallas, Denver, and Las Vegas. The Patriots should also be considered an option for prime time.
As soon as the Jets acquired Rodgers, it felt clear to everyone that the Jets would be prime-time darlings for the NFL’s schedule-makers in 2023. That hypothesis has already been proven correct, and we haven’t even gotten the full schedule release yet.
The entire nation will have its eyes on the New York Jets this season – starting with the team’s very first game of the year.
I hate playing on Monday night in week one. Not only a really tough game to start the season but then a short week for week 2. Would have been really nice if they could have let us ease into the season with an easier opponent.
Agreed I was hoping for something along the lines of Texans or Falcons at home for a normal Sunday 1 p.m. game.
There should be no division games for ANY team until week 3. It’s just dumb, there are plenty of out of division games that can be played those weeks. The Jets could have opened on Monday night with Dallas if they wanted a big ticket game.