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Jets request Week 3 schedule change because of Jewish high holidays

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets, upset about being scheduled for home games on consecutive Sundays in direct conflict with Jewish holidays, sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a letter Thursday asking that one of the game times be changed.

Johnson's letter to Goodell

Read more from the letter that Jets owner Woody Johnson sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, asking that the kickoff time for the team's Week 3 game be moved up to 1 p.m. ET. More ...

The Jets' home opener is Week 2 against the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. on Sept. 20, which falls during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. New York then plays the Tennessee Titans at 4:15 p.m. the following Sunday, with Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, beginning at sundown.

In the letter to Goodell, Jets owner Woody Johnson suggested that the game against the Titans be changed to a 1 p.m. start to give Jewish fans time to arrive home before sundown.

"I am extremely disappointed with the league's decision to schedule us to play at home on consecutive Sundays that are in direct conflict with the Jewish High Holy Days," Johnson wrote. "There has long been an understanding that neither the Jets nor the Giants fans should have to bear completely the brunt of this issue since we are in the largest Jewish market in the country."

Jets officials first called the league offices Wednesday to express their concern, and Johnson followed with a formal letter Thursday.

"We were not contacted prior to this decision," Johnson said. "We are flexible and would have been more than happy to work with the league to accommodate as many of our fans as possible."

Brian McCarthy, the NFL's vice president of corporate communications, said the league received the letter and was reviewing it.

The Giants are on the road for both weeks, with games at Dallas at 8:20 p.m. in Week 2 and at Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. in Week 3.

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