File this under the “lipstick on a pig” department.
In lieu of the ongoing CBA dispute between the owners and players, the National Football League released the preseason schedule for all 32 teams Tuesday for the upcoming (err…impending) 2011-12 season.
The New York Jets released the following statement:
An ESPN Monday Night Football contest at Houston on August 15 highlights the Jets 2011 preseason schedule that was announced by the National Football League today. The slate also includes home games versus Cincinnati and Philadelphia as well as a “road” game against the Giants.
The preseason opener is scheduled for Monday night, Aug. 15, on ESPN against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The next week the Jets return to kickoff their second season at New Meadowlands Stadium when they play the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets finish the preseason against the Giants in Week 3 and then host the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, Sept. 1.
The ESPN opener marks the third summer in a row, all with Rex Ryan as head coach, and the 11th out of the last 14 that the Jets are being scheduled to play one of their preseason games on national television. It also stands as first time the Jets have been scheduled to play the Texans in the preseason.
All times and some dates remain to be determined for these games.