It may be too early to evaluate the New York Jets' 2013 schedule for the following reasons:
- The NFL draft won't take place until April 25. Teams who are counting on the draft to fill critical needs haven't had the opportunity.
- The Jets are an unknown commodity. They're not a stable franchise where we know the personnel and can predict their performance level. Even the starting quarterback is a mystery.
The Jets will play a third-place schedule. In addition to their AFC East rivals, they'll play each team in the AFC North and NFC South, plus the 2012 third-place finishers from the AFC South and AFC West.
Reviewing the Jets' opponents' 2012 records reveals the following facts:
- Their combined record was 102-106.
- Five of the 13 opponents had .500 or better records.
- Their NFC South opponents had a combined 11-5 record against AFC opponents.
- Their non-divisional AFC rivals had a 19-17 record outside their own divisions, including two victories against the Jets.
- Atlanta (299), Pittsburgh (314) and Miami (317) were among the stingiest teams in allowing points.
- The Jets scored fewer points in 2012 than any of their 2013 opponents.
The Jets will face three of the NFL's top five leaders in passing yardage:
It's a schedule that will pose challenges for a team that's trying to implement a new offense, hasn't settled on a starting quarterback and may have a 50 percent turnover in starting personnel.
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