The less the rest of the nation has to see the Jets, the better.
That seemed to be the thinking of the NFL and its partner networks as they made up the 2017 schedule. The Jets, coming off a 5-11 season and heading for a year that doesn't appear to be promising, are scheduled to play only one game in prime time on national TV - a league-mandated Thursday night game that every team must have.
That game will take place on Nov. 2 at home against the Buffalo Bills. It's always possible that the Jets could get more prime time games, thanks to the NFL's "flexible scheduling" procedures that begin in Week 5. It certainly seems unlikely, though, given the low expectations for the season.
And to make things even more difficult for the rebuilding Jets, they were given their first two games on the road before they open at home on Sept. 24 against the Miami Dolphins, who made the playoffs last season.
And just in case they somehow find themselves with a shot at the playoffs near the end of the season? Well, the NFL schedule-makers set up a difficult season-ending stretch too, with three of their last four games on the road - including the always dangerous finale in New England on New Year's Eve.
Here is a look at the Jets' full preseason and regular season slate. Single game tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.:
Saturday, Aug. 12: vs. Tennessee Titans, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19: @ Detroit Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 26: @ Giants, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 31: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 10: @ Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24: vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 8: @ Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15: vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 22: @ Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2: vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:25 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19: BYE
Sunday, Nov. 26: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec.3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10: @ Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17: @ New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 31: @ New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
*All times Eastern.
**The NFL "flexible scheduling" from Weeks 5-15 and again in Week 17. During those weeks, game times for all Sunday games may be changed as the NFL reorganizes its Sunday Night Football schedule.