Nobody expects the New York Jets to compete for a playoff berth in the 2013 season.
The green and white have undergone ugly turnover, headlined by the exit of former franchise player Darrelle Revis.
The Jets reached a crossroad at the start of this offseason when it became apparent that the team would be forced to rebuild without the presence of its supposed prima donna, albeit a player that could be a supreme difference-maker for a team just footsteps removed from earning championship glory.
It's an unprecedented clash between two teams that aren't touted as playoff-caliber, but the game's outcome will dictate the tempo of each team's season.
Week 1 serves as a starting point for the Jets for multiple reasons. It has the potential to represent the beginning of a new era if rookie quarterback Geno Smith becomes the team's main signal-caller. It also grants New York a chance to deny its former star player a stake at supremacy.
The following examines five key games that will determine the Jets' fate in the 2013 season.