The New York Jets are relishing their bodacious offseason, and Lady Luck continues to be on their side.
The Jets will have the luxury of working close to home throughout the entirety of their next campaign. Wednesday’s release of the Jets’ schedule for next season confirms that each of their regular season games will be played in the Eastern time zone.
They are set to play the NFC East and AFC North, alongside their divisional bouts against the world champion New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins. They also have an AFC West clash with the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 24.
The Jets had the NFC East as the 4-game interconference rotation. Dallas was the one team New York could have played outside the Eastern time zone, but that’s a home game. They have four versus the AFC North. Jacksonville (AFC South) is on Eastern as well. Oakland (the only other possible non-Eastern team) is a home game.
That’s 16 of 16 games in the same time zone.
The New York Jets are coming off a bumpy year in 2018 – finishing last in the AFC East with a 4-12 record. Sam Darnold heads into his sophomore NFL season on decent pace to become the franchise quarterback that New York has yearned for. He recorded a commendable 2,865 yards passing, to go along with 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Turnovers aside, that’s very encouraging for a first-year pocket passer.
New head coach Adam Gase will look to get the Jets’ revamped squad on track, hoping the free agency acquisitions of Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley will pave the way.
The cozy fact that they only need to travel 3,917 miles on road trips might play a factor, as well.