The New York Jets announced their 2020 NFL schedule, which features the team opening the regular season against the Buffalo Bills for the second-consecutive year – this time in Western New York. The club’s home opener at MetLife Stadium is in Week Two against the San Francisco 49ers. The regular season schedule is highlighted by trips to Kansas City to face the defending Super Bowl champions and the club’s return to L.A. County for its first football game since 1993, where the team will face both the Chargers and the Rams at the newly opened SoFi Stadium.
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PRESEASON TILT: Traditionally facing off in the third preseason game of the year, the Jets and Giants will play their first preseason game of the year against their co-tenant the weekend of 13-17 It is the second-consecutive season the teams open versus each other.
THURSDAY NIGHT: For the third-consecutive season, the Jets will play a non-divisional opponent on Thursday night when the club hosts the Denver Broncos (10/1). The two teams last met on a Thursday Night in Denver (11/17/11).
BYE WEEK: The Bye Week falls during Week 11 of the season, the fifth time in the last six seasons the Jets have had their Bye following the season’s first 10 games. Since 2002 when the divisions re-aligned, the Jets Bye Week was scheduled Week Nine or later 10 times.
HOME-AND-HOME SERIES: With games vs. the Miami Dolphins in Week 10 and 12 sandwiching a bye, the Jets have what amounts to a home-and-home series with their division rivals from South Florida.
FLEX: In Weeks 15 and 16, the Jets have consecutive games that can be played on either Saturday or Sunday. Week 15 will see the Jets play their second game in Los Angeles this season and first against the Rams since 1992. Week 16 will have the Jets hosting the Browns. It is the sixth-consecutive year the two teams will meet. The Jets have won three of the last five matchups.
SEASON FINALE: For the third time in the last four seasons, the Jets close their regular season schedule in New England. Since the NFL went exclusively to division matchup finales, the Jets have faced the Patriots three times, Buffalo five times and Miami three times, with all but two of those meetings coming on the road.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.
For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.
In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.
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