Perfect schedule to give Jets best chance to make playoffs

In anticipation of the NFL’s 2018 schedule release this week, we’ve constructed the optimal schedule for the Jets to compete for the playoffs. After all, not all schedules are created equally.

So, we’ve factored in opponents’ key injuries, weather, travel time, bye weeks and strategic extra rest when setting up this slate of games for Gang Green.

This would be an ideal schedule for Todd Bowles and the Jets.

This would be an ideal schedule for Todd Bowles and the Jets.

(Seth Wenig/AP)

Here’s the perfect schedule for Todd Bowles’ team to have a fighting chance to break the franchise’s seven-year postseason drought:

Week 1: vs. Colts

Andrew Luck last took a regular-season snap on New Year’s Day 2017. Better to get him right out of the shoot when rust will still be a factor.

Week 2: vs. Texans

Deshaun Watson was a comet in seven games last season, but he’ll only be 10 months removed from ACL surgery when he comes to MetLife Stadium. The rust factor applies here too. Starting a season with back-to-back home games against teams with rehabbing quarterbacks? Sign me up.

Week 3: at Bears

A rookie head coach with a raw second-year signal caller? Sweet. Give me a crack at Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky before they figure it out. This gives Gang Green a real chance to steal a road game and improve to 3-0.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had an inconsistent rookie season.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had an inconsistent rookie season.

(Darron Cummings/AP)

Week 4: at Jaguars

Real talk: Winning four in a row will be an arduous task. Jacksonville had six defensive starters that made the Pro Bowl or All-Pro teams in 2017. Just get this loss out of the way and move on.


Record: 3-1

Week 5: vs. Patriots (Sunday Night)

What better way to kick off the second quarter of the season than by hosting The Evil Empire in primetime? Gang Green’s best chance to beat the Patriots is to be buoyed by a rowdy home crowd at night.

Week 6: vs. Broncos

A fourth home game in the first six weeks (and second back-to-back home stretch) will give provide a great opportunity to build some good mojo.

Week 7: at Titans

This is a winnable road game against a rookie head coach.

Week 8: vs. Bills

Buffalo has a new offensive coordinator and new quarterback (AJ McCarron, Nathan Peterman or incoming rookie). Five home games in the first half of the season would be ideal for Bowles’ team.

AUG. 31, 2017 FILE PHOTO

The Bills signed former Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron this offseason.

(Michael Conroy/AP)


Record: 5-3

Week 9: At Lions

Not impossible to steal this one.

Week 10: BYE

The absolute perfect time to take a breather to gear up for a tough stretch.

Week 11: at Patriots

The Jets get two weeks to prepare for a road game against the GOAT and Lord Vader. Who would complain about that?

Week 12: vs. Vikings (Monday night)

The Jets get a long week to devise a way to make Kirk Cousins regret his choice to spurn them in free agency. A primetime crowd needs to bring the juice to help level the playing field against a better team.

The Jets have a chance to get revenge on Kirk Cousins.

The Jets have a chance to get revenge on Kirk Cousins.

(Jim Mone/AP)

Week 13: at Dolphins

It’s never easy against the division rivals, but it’s better to play in Miami later in the season unless Bowles doesn’t mind his players getting IVs on the sideline in September.


Record: 6-6

Week 14: at Cleveland

A layup, so why not play them in the middle of a difficult stretch filled with division games?

Week 15: vs. Dolphins (Thursday night)

Beating the Dolphins twice in three weeks will be hard, but having them travel on a short week would bolster Gang Green’s chances.

Week 16: vs. Packers

A few extra days to prepare for Aaron Rodgers would help.

Week 17: at Bills

Buffalo still doesn’t have a quarterback.



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