First look at the New York Jets’ 2014 schedule

The 2014 National Football League schedule was released earlier this evening. Here is your first look at the New York Jets’ schedule.

Week 1: Oakland @ Jets – Sunday, Sept 7, 1 pm, CBS

Week 2: Jets @ Green Bay – Sunday, Sept 14, 4:25 pm, CBS

Week 3: Chicago @ Jets – Monday, Sept 22, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Week 4: Detroit @ Jets – Sunday, Sept 28, 1 pm, FOX

Week 5: Jets @ San Diego – Sunday, Oct 5, 4:25 pm, CBS

Week 6: Denver @ Jets – Sunday, Oct 12, 1 pm, CBS

Week 7: Jets @ New England – Thursday, Oct 16, 8:25 pm, CBS/NFLN

Week 8: Buffalo @ Jets – Sunday, Oct 26, 1 pm, CBS

Week 9: Jets @ Kansas City – Sunday, Nov 2, 1 pm, CBS

Week 10: Pittsburgh @ Jets – Sunday, Nov 9, 1 pm, CBS

Week 11: BYE

Week 12: Jets @ Buffalo – Sunday, Nov 23, 1 pm, CBS

Week 13: Miami @ Jets – Monday, Dec 1, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Week 14: Jets @ Minnesota – Sunday, Dec 7, 1 pm, CBS

Week 15: Jets @ Tennessee – Sunday, Dec 14, 4:05 pm, CBS

Week 16: New England @ Jets – Sunday, Dec 21, 1 pm, CBS

Week 17: Jets @ Miami – Sunday, Dec 28, 1 pm, CBS

Some early thoughts:

Easily my least favorite feature of this schedule is the Jets’ Week 14 journey to Minnesota to take on the Vikings outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings have to play there for the next two years before their new stadium is built and opened, and the Jets were one of the few teams dealt a December game there. According to weatherspark.com, the average temperature for December 7 at 1 p.m. in Minneapolis is a balmy 28° F, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it closer to 10° and 10 inches of snow, knowing the Jets’ luck.

I’m also not a fan of having a Week 11 bye. I would prefer a mid-year bye, somewhere between Weeks 7 and 9.

I was surprised to see the Jets were placed in two Monday Night Football games. In contrast, Super Bowl-champion Seattle got one MNF matchup. Another quirk is that the Jets don’t play any AFC East games until Week 7, when they visit Foxboro to play the Patriots on CBS’s new Thursday Night Football. (They also play both their games against Miami in December for the second straight season.) Before that, they play three straight games against three tough NFC North opponents in Weeks 2, 3 and 4.

But I don’t mind the Jets’ division schedule starting later. If the team, particularly the offense with all its new parts, is still “figuring things out” and learning to play together early in the year, they’ll have pulled themselves together in time for the division games, which are more crucial in terms of playoff positioning.

What do you think of the Jets’ 2014 schedule? Tell me in the comments!

News and Notes: The Jets now also have dates and times to go with their preseason opponents. Their first game, hosting Indianapolis, will take place Thursday, August 7, at 7 p.m. The next week, they travel to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, August 16, also 7 p.m. The MetLife Bowl against the New York Giants will be played Friday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. Finally, the Jets play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m., the only date we knew prior to today. All four of the Jets’ preseason games will be broadcast locally on CBS.

~It appears the petition I wrote about a few weeks ago was unsuccessful: The Jets officially announced today that they will return to the State University of New York College at Cortland in Cortland, N.Y. for training camp this summer. “As it has in the past, this summer’s training camp will bring millions of tourist dollars into the Cortland economy, showcase the college’s professional-caliber facilities on an international stage, and provide SUNY Cortland students with the educational experience of a lifetime,” said SUNY Cortland president Erik Bitterbaum. Maybe this will wake up certain student protesters out of their slacktivist dreamland.