The Jets will play two Monday night games - at home against Houston on Oct. 8 and at Tennessee on Dec. 17 - and will play a Sunday night game against San Diego at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 23. The schedule, announced by the NFL on Tuesday night, marks the third straight season the Jets have had at least four prime-time games.
"That's always good," coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call. "It's good to be involved in that. I know the players get excited, and I think the fans get excited for those prime-time games. It's a challenging schedule."
"Oh man, that one's going to be a beauty, there's no doubt," Ryan said. "It's a late-night one and our fans are going to be ready to roll. I know New England has a tremendous team and everything, so it's going to be a great challenge for us. ... I hope my wife's got the green bean casserole ready for after the game."
"Man, I told him a lot of things that bothered us (defensively), so we're going to be expecting all of it, that's for sure." Ryan said. "Clearly, going against Brian will be a challenge."
New York will take on three of last season's playoff teams in a four-week span after Week 1, including at Pittsburgh (Sept. 16) and at home against San Francisco (Sept. 30) and Houston.
"That's definitely a tough stretch," Ryan said. "Fortunately, we traditionally can get out of the blocks pretty good and we're going to need to."
"You definitely kind of see that clump of games right there and it's like, `Whew, man, that's a tough December,"' Ryan said. "But, you're going into some decent weather with Jacksonville and Tennessee, and I kind of like San Diego coming to our place in December. I think that's a good thing. It presents certain challenges, but we'll be ready for it."