New York Jets Facing Another Difficult Schedule in 2017
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after the win against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets could be headed for a dismal season in 2017 and the schedule makers aren’t doing them any favors. 

The 2017 NFL schedule for the New York Jets is out! Now it’s time for all the Jets fans to look at the opponents and begin to make predictions on how well they believe their New York Jets squad will do this season.

The 2017 schedule will be all the rage even though it is way too early to tell how good or bad a team will be at this point in the offseason.

So all one can do is based it on teams success from the previous season. Off the bat, it appears this will be another brutal schedule just like the Jets had last year. Perhaps this year will actually be more difficult.

The only difference is the first six weeks of the season is not a rough as last year’s. The Jets first six games in 2016 featured five games against teams that were in the playoffs the year before. This was a huge reason why the Jets started off 1-5.

This year’s first six games only three of their matchups are against teams that made the playoffs. Those games are against the Oakland Raiders in week 2, The Miami Dolphins in week 3, And in week six against the defending Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots.

They face a total of five teams that made the playoffs last year. I already mentioned the Raiders, Dolphins and Patriots. The other two playoff teams are the defending NFC Champions the Atlanta Falcons. And the Kansas City Chiefs, who obliterated the New York Jets last year during week three.

Facing five playoff teams is really seven games against teams that made the playoffs last year because they face the Dolphins and Patriots twice.

Seven games against playoff teams on this season schedule is the exact same amount of games against playoffs teams on last year schedule.

Furthermore, showing how the schedule is just as hard as last years or perhaps even harder is. The New York Jets had the seventh hardest schedule last season. The winning percentage of their opponents was 0.531 percent.

Coming into this season, the Jets have the eighth hardest schedule. But the opponent winning percentage is higher at 0.535 percent.

Some of the teams that are on the schedule, who did not make the playoffs last year are still no walk in the park.

Teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the year at 9-7 and almost made the playoffs. And Jameis Winston has that team heading into the right direction.

Or having to face quarterbacks like Philip Rivers with the Los Angeles Chargers and Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints. Those are not easy games by any sense of the imagination.

And you can’t forget about the  Denver Broncos. Especially, with the elite defense that they have. Or the Carolina Panthers, who were disappointing last year, but still have a solid team.

Also, with the Jets roster not looking to hot. This certainly is looking like it will be a long year for gang green. Coach Todd Bowles could be out the door after this season.

Originally from Long Island, Matt grew up as a die heart Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and Rangers fan. Matt moved to South Carolina when he was 13, but this did not stop him from watching his favorite teams. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Other than a contributor for Elite Sports NY, Matt was a former writer for Skyscrapersports and currently is a writer and co-host for The Assist Podcast. He is also a sports reporter for Greer Today.