The New York Jets' schedule for 2020, the NFL's second-hardest schedule, was released Thursday.
The regular season kicks off with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 10 (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). The opening doubleheader for Monday Night Football will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers at the New York Giants (7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN) and the Tennessee Titans at the Denver Broncos (10:20 p.m. ET) on Monday, Sept. 14.
Check out the full week-by-week schedule here. Here's what is in store for the Jets:
Jets reporter Rich Cimini is predicting a 7-9 finish:
Sept. 13: at Buffalo, Loss
Sept. 20: vs. San Francisco, Loss
Sept. 27: at Indianapolis, Loss
Oct. 1: vs. Denver, Win
Oct. 11: vs. Arizona, Win
Oct. 18: at L.A. Chargers, Loss
Oct. 25: vs. Buffalo, Win
Nov. 1: at Kansas City, Loss
Nov. 9: vs. New England, Win
Nov. 15: at Miami, Loss
Nov. 22: BYE
Nov. 29: vs. Miami, Win
Dec. 6: vs. Las Vegas, Win
Dec. 13: at Seattle, Loss
Dec. 20: at L.A. Rams, Loss
Dec. 27: vs. Cleveland, Win
Jan. 3: at New England, Loss
Strength of schedule: 2nd, .533
Did coach Adam Gase tick off somebody in the league office? The first two games are a nasty way to start for the Jets, whose rebuilt offense will face two of the strongest defensive teams in the league -- the Buffalo Bills (No. 2 in total defense) and San Francisco 49ers (No. 8). The new offensive line, which could have as many as four new starters, will be put to an immediate test. There will be no soft beginning for quarterback Sam Darnold, who has to break in two new receivers against elite cornerbacks Tre'Davious White and Richard Sherman, respectively.
A fish sandwich
Or maybe we should call it a Gase sandwich. For the first time since the modern bye weeks were introduced in 1990, the Jets will play the same team twice in three weeks surrounding a bye. And that team is the Miami Dolphins, Gase's previous team. This is certainly a weird wrinkle in the schedule. In case you're wondering, it's the same setup for the Dolphins. The Jets could be limping into the Miami-Twice showdowns, coming off games against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, who won't be pushovers in the post-Tom Brady era.
Tough way to finish
If the Jets make the playoffs after navigating December, they will have earned the postseason berth. Three of the Jets' final four games are on the road, and we're not talking about pushovers -- the Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams and Patriots. Seattle and Los Angeles are back-to-back, so the Jets could opt to spend the week on the West Coast to cut down on travel. Right now, they will log an estimated 21,100 air miles, the second most in team history.