A preliminary look at the Jets' 2019 schedule

The Jets will play five games next season against 2018 playoff teams (three on the road)

Now that the season (and the year) is in the books, let's turn our attention to 2019.

NFL teams' schedules follow the same formula every season -- six division games, four games against every team from one division in your own conference, four against every team from a division in the other conference and then two games against teams from the remaining two divisions who finished as the same place you did.

Jets 2019 opponents

So for the Jets that means: Their annual two with the Pats, Bills and Dolphins, four games against the AFC North (vs. PIT and CLE, and at CIN and BAL), four against the NFC East (vs. NYG and DAL, and at WAS and PHI) and then two against the other last-place teams (vs. OAK and at JAX).

The Jets, who'll have a new head coach and a second-year quarterback in Sam Darnold, won't have to travel outside the Eastern Time Zone next season, which is a rarity (they did it three times each of the last two seasons), and they'll play only five games against 2018 playoff teams (NE twice, DAL, PHI, BAL).

The combined 2018 record of their opponents is 96-110-2.

The Jets obviously have problems of their own, as they've missed the playoffs eight straight seasons and have finished in last place in four of the last five. But with the third pick and a softer schedule, it could be a brighter 2019 for New York.

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