New York Jets: 5 Games to Circle on Your Calendars

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIMay 12, 2011

New York Jets: 5 Games to Circle on Your Calendars

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  The New York Jets huddle around Mark Sanchez #6 during their 2011 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    For most American's every Sunday during the fall is a chance to sit down and relax, grab a drink and watch a football game.

    With this year's season in question, that perfect fall afternoon could be stolen away from fans across the nation.

    Assuming that the owners and players will come to understand that, the season should go on.

    With that in mind the New York Jets have a very exciting and packed schedule ahead of them.

    Considered by many to have Super Bowl potential, the Jets will have to battle their way through the very talented NFC East, along with as usual competing with the AFC East teams in order to just make the playoffs.

    This slide-show featured the five most important games for the Jets next season.

    As always feel free to comment below.

No. 5: San Diego Chargers at New York Jets, October 23

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs the ball in the first quarter the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo b
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    The San Diego Chargers managed to have the best statistical offense and best statistical defense last season, and still failed to make the playoffs, an NFL first.

    Numerous injuries held the Chargers back, and if they can avoid that problem this season it seems impossible to not see them in the playoffs and as one of the best teams in the AFC.

    This game could potentially be a preview of a playoff game, and the winner of this will have the upper hand when it comes to home field advantage.

    The fact that both these teams are good is not the only storyline, as LaDainian Tomlinson going against his old team and the playoff victory the Jets had over the Chargers two years ago will also be backdrops.

    A home game against a talented San Diego team halfway through the season won't be a must win, but it's the kind of game the Jets need to win in order to look like contenders.

No. 4: Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets, September 11

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the AFC's New York Jets lines up in position across from Miles Austin #19 of the NFC's Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Fl
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    The New York Jets kick off the season in a big way, by welcoming the Dallas Cowboys to the New Meadowlands Stadium on the 10th anniversary of September 11th.

    In what should be a very emotional day for fans throughout the New York area, the Jets will cap off the opening Sunday of football by playing on NBC.

    The Cowboys struggled a lot last season, but most fans look at that as more of a fluke than a cause for concern.

    Tony Romo should be back to lead the Cowboys, who have dangerous receivers like Miles Austin to put pressure on the Jets pass defense.

    The Jets bounced back from a poor start last season pretty well, but with three of the next four games being at Baltimore, at Oakland and at New England, this Cowboys game is crucial to carrying momentum into those battles.

No. 3: New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles, December 18

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Ima
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    Games at the end of the season are important no matter who is on the other sideline, but when the Jets travel to Philadelphia in Week 15 there will be a lot more on the line than just another win.

    Michael Vick has made the Eagles instant contenders, and even the best defenses in the league have had a tough time slowing him down.

    This game will not only be exciting because of how important it should be, but also because it will be interesting to see what game-plan Rex Ryan comes up with to shut down Vick.

    In another great NFC East receiver against Darrelle Revis matchup, DeSean Jackson will test his speed against the best corner in the game.

    In a rivalry that splits New Jersey in half and only occurs every four years, the Eagles and Jets should make for an exciting game.

No. 2: New England Patriots at New York Jets, November 13

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Jerricho Cotchery #89, Braylon Edwards #17 and Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrate their 28 to 21 victory over the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January
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    In a game that could have easily have been first on this list had it not been for it occurring in Week 10, the New York Jets and New England Patriots will meet for the second time of the season in a game that will go a long way in deciding who wins the division.

    The Jets and Pats will battle it out in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Football, with both teams looking for revenge.

    The Jets may have gotten the upper hand in the playoffs, but they will still be able to find some anger in the 45-3 smackdown that occurred during last year's regular season.

    To say that the New York and Boston areas hate each other would be a grotesque understatement, and these games bring around some of the best storylines of the season.

    The Jets have their bye week and the Buffalo Bills before this game, and should come in healthy and well prepared.

    Whether the Jets that were embarrassed on Monday Night Football or the Jets that brought tears to New York fan's eyes after their playoff victory will show up is unknown.

No. 1: New York Giants at New York Jets, December 24

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 16:  LaDanian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets falls into the endzone for a touchdown that was eventually called back during their game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 16, 2010 in East Ruther
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    In a game that unfortunately happens only every four years, besides preseason, the Jets will welcome their fellow stadium owners the New York Giants in a Week 16 match-up.

    There is nothing like two teams from the same city going at it so late in the season, with both bragging rights and playoff positions on the line.

    Message boards have been arguing who the superior team is in New York for a while now, with Giants fans saying they have won a Super Bowl more recently and Jets fans saying they have reached the AFC Championship game the past two seasons.

    All of those arguments can be put to bed when the teams finally face each other in a game that matters.

    The Jets may have a lot more of the big names on the field, but the Giants find ways to win games behind players who come out of nowhere.

    This game, along with the other games in this slideshow, have me very excited for the NFL season, and make me even more confident that the sides will come together in the end.