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2012 New York Jets Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Time and TV Info

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets reacts after the Philadelphia Eagles scored during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 17, 2012

After three straight winning seasons, and two straight trips to the playoffs, the Jets missed out on the postseason party with an 8-8 record. Their fate was sealed when they closed out the season with three straight losses. 

They will be hungry to improve on that mediocre outing. Their schedule will not make this task difficult for them. The combined 2011 winning percentage of the Jets opponents is 49.2. That ranks their schedule as the 23rd toughest in the league. 

The Jets still have a solid nucleus on defense. They were just far too streaky and mistake-prone last season. If they can clean up their act and add some athleticism in the draft, they will have enough success with the following schedule to make the playoffs. 

 

Schedule 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13:   Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Week 1 9/9: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

Week 2 9/16: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 3 9/23: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 4 9/30: San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox

Week 5 10/8: Houston Texans at New York Jets 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Week 6 10/14: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 7 10/21: New York Jets at New England Patriots 4:15 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 8 10/28: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 9: BYE

Week 10 11/11: New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 11 11/18: New York Jets at St. Louis Rams 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 12 11/22: New England Patriots at New York Jets 8:20 p.m., NBC

Week 13 12/2: Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets 1:00 p.m. ET, Fox

Week 14 12/9: New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS 

Week 15 12/17: New York Jets at Tennessee Titans 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Week 16 12/23: San Diego Chargers at New York Jets 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Week 17 12/30: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00 p.m. ET CBS

 

Analysis 

The Jets' strength of schedule is a bit deceiving because the AFC East has the look of a division that will be improved next year. The Patriots are showing no signs of slowing down, the Bills made a big splash in free agency with Mario Williams, and the Dolphins finished last year strong. 

The division games are going to be tough match-ups. Yet they are offset by a nice break, as the Jets are subsequently matched up against the weak AFC South. The Colts and Jaguars are firmly locked in a rebuilding process. Tennessee will certainly be beatable, and the one real bully in the South is the Texans.

New York also draws the complete NFC West on their schedule. This is not as appealing a prospect as it was a year ago. The 49ers are loaded and the Seahawks and Cardinals both finished last season playing fantastic football. 

Still, if the Jets want to be anything near the quality of team they and their fans are hoping for, they should be able handle the NFC West. 

 

Most Pivotal Matchup

Week 12: New England Patriots

If the Jets want to be the bullies of the AFC East, they have to take down the division's current tormentors, the New England Patriots. And they absolutely must do that when they play them in New York. 

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