Breaking down the schedule

As reported earlier here at JetsInsider, the NFL regular season schedule has finally been released.   Let the analysis/predictions/over-analysis/knee-jerk reactions begin.

After looking over the Jets schedule in-depth for a couple of hours now (God, I wish I had some free time), let me join in the fun.

Braylon Edwards returns to Cleveland in the Jets' Week 10 matchup. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

  • Still can’t over the fact that ESPN had a two-hour special tonight on the RELEASE OF THE SCHEDULE.  Can you imagine what the draft coverage is going to be like all weekend?  Anyway…
  • Home opener on Monday night against Baltimore.   Would’ve rather seen the ‘Fins in this spot, but hey Baltimore is certainly no slouch of an opponent, intrigue-wise.   Plenty of interesting sub-plots for this one: First game in the new stadium, Boldin vs. Revis, Rex vs. his old squad, and my personal favorite, the Meadowlands debut of Jason Taylor.   Maybe it’s better off that it wasn’t Miami in Week 1.  Asking the Jets faithful to cheer for Jason Taylor is one thing.  Asking them to do it after seeing him exchange bro-hugs with former teammates, is quite another.
  • Week 2 at home against New England, for the second straight season.   If this game gets half as loud as it was last year, I may need to invest in a pair of hearing aids very soon.  Between the infamous “Air Raid” sirens and the unbelievable energy from the crowd that day, last week’s Week 2 victory will be hard to top.  Gang Green and the Gang Green faithful will do their best.
  • Week 3, Sunday night in Miami.  Also known as REVIS-MARSHALL I. Jason Taylor returns to Sun Life Stadium or Land Shark or Pro Player or whatever the hell they’re calling it these days.  After all the vocal jabbing that went on between these two teams all of last year, I think it’s safe to say that both squads will be on edge for this one.
  • Week 5, Minnesota at home on Monday Night Football.   Possibly Brett Favre’s prime-time homecoming to East Rutherford.   Or not.   Or maybe.  One thing that is certain; A.P. will be in uniform for the Vikings and ready to take on the Jets’ vaunted defense.   Not to mention, this will be Santonio Holmes’ regular season debut.
  • Week 10, the Jets travel out to Cleveland for a Sunday matinee against Mangenius.   It’s safe to say there will be plenty of “Hey coach, nice to see you but damn am I glad you’re not coaching us anymore” exchanges between Mangini and the longer-tenured Jets.  Here’s to hoping Eric decides on a starting quarterback by halftime.   Another storyline will be the return of Braylon Edwards, who should certainly receive a rousing ovation from the Dog Pound…
  • Week 12, Thanksgiving night at home against Cincinnati.  This has all the makings to be epic:  Turkey Day, prime-time, Ochocinco-Revis III.   The best part about this is the 8:20 PM EST start.   So by the time you wake up from your post-dinner, sausage stuffing and marshmallow yams-induced coma, it’ll be time for kickoff.
  • Week 15, in Pittsburgh.   Santonio Holmes makes his return to the Steel City.  Nothing better than a late-season, hopefully high-stakes competition between two AFC contenders.  Gotta have Nantz/Simms on the call for this one.  GOT TO.
  • Week 17, Jets close at home against Buffalo.   Who said the schedule gods weren’t generous?

Prediction: 11-5

Much like ‘09, Gang Green comes out of the gate sprinting, then sputters, then dashes towards the finish line.   I’m predicting a fast 4-0 start, followed by three straight losses to Minnesota, Denver, and Green Bay.   Rex Ryan’s crew bounces back, feasting on the likes of Cleveland and Detroit en route to a four-game winning streak.   They then finish 3-2 over their last five, falling at Foxboro and in Pittsburgh.

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