New York Jets: 5 Biggest Games on the 2011 Schedule

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2011

New York Jets: 5 Biggest Games on the 2011 Schedule

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    The New York Jets will enter the 2011 season with the same mentality they have had over the last two seasons: Super Bowl or bust.

    With a brash coach, an outstanding defense and talented offensive weapons, anything is possible for Gang Green. Their new-found confidence has electrified the fan base, and has them once again believing in the great franchise.

    But if the Jets are to attain the success they desire, than they have to win some of the big games on their schedule. 

Week 1: Dallas Cowboys

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    It is essential that the Jets get off to a great start this season, and they will if they can snag a victory at home in Week 1.

    Their opponent will be the very talented Cowboys, who boast superstars such as Tony Romo, Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware.

    The game will be played on September 11, a day that will never be forgotten in New York. The Jets will have the weight of the entire city in their hands, and they will be motivated to make the Big Apple proud. 

Week 4: Baltimore Ravens

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    The Jets will continue their tough early season schedule when they head to Baltimore in Week 4.

    Gang Green will be looking for revenge, as the Ravens spoiled the Jets home opener at Meadowlands Stadium last year.

    New York and Baltimore play the same sort of game, as they both attain terrific defenses, and they rely on the run game, as their young quarterback can struggle at times.

    It is essential that the Jets show their dominance and beat one of the AFC's best teams, as it could be critical to a postseason spot later in the season. 

Week 7: San Diego Chargers

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    In Week 7, the Jets will meet the Chargers for the first time since their victory in San Diego in the 2010 AFC Divisional Playoffs.

    Philip Rivers and crew will be determined to snag a victory in New York, as they are bound to be more competitive this season with the talent they have.

    It will a very tight game all the way through, but it is critical that the Jets show up in crunch time and defeat their AFC West foes. 

Week 10: New England Patriots

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    The Jets will meet their main rival in a colossal battle in Week 10.

    I expect that the Patriots take the first game of the series in Foxborough, so it is critical that the Jets draw even when they host Tom Brady and company.

    The Patriots have a very tough schedule this season, so one game could decide who takes the division and possible home field advantage throughout the postseason.

    Expect a tough and physical game that is decided in the final minutes. 

Week 16: New York Giants

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    The Giants and Jets meet in a huge game in Week 16 at New Meadowlands Stadium. Both teams boast fantastic defenses and mistake ridden quarterbacks.

    It should be a tight and physical game that goes down to the wire. The Battle of New York will not only have serious playoff ramifications, but will decide who now owns the Big Apple.

    It is time that the Jets show that they are the city's main team.