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The NFL schedule release earlier this week certainly was a favorable one for fans of teams like the New York Jets, who received six prime-time games in the first 11 weeks of the upcoming 2024-24 NFL season. But can it be argued that this could actually be a negative for the Jets roster?

 

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk certainly appears to believe so. On his Pro Football Talk Live show Friday, Florio argued that all the travel that will be required of the Jets early on in their season could be a massive strain on the players.

“The truth is, the broadcast partners are clamoring for Aaron Rodgers,” said Florio. “So they loaded it up early before the Jets have the wheels come off, The problem is they’re kicking the wheels off by doing this. By having them hopscotch the country and play short weeks twice and all of these prime-time games. There’s an extra layer of stress and strain that goes into all of these stand-alone games and all of this travel early in the season.”

It’s hard to argue this point from Florio. Just in the first three alone, the Jets will be traveling from Santa Clara, California for a Week 1 Game against the San Francisco 49ers to Nashville, Tennessee to face off against the Tennessee Titans. From there, they will have four days to head back to the Northeast for a Week 3 game against the New England Patriots for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

 

In the span of ten days, the Jets will be essentially traveling to every corner of the country to play three games, which can obviously be strenuous on several different levels.

Sure, it makes sense for the networks to schedule the Jets for so many primetime games. The Jets and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers are obviously a big draw that should bring in ratings.

Florio further discussed this, essentially saying that the league is prioritizing ratings over the “integrity of the game” for the Jets.

“You still have an obligation to balance things out,” said Florio. “It can’t be ‘let’s have the best possible TV audiences’. That can’t be the driving factor. It should be a fair balance for all teams. At some point it’s just going to be whatever we think every week is going to lead to the biggest ratings and the biggest numbers and the most money, that’s what we’re going to do and it’s unfair to certain teams to do that.”

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They play the first 3, then get an extra 3 days off. Its early in the year, they better be fresh and ready. Just play the schedule... but I'm glad people are concerned for the Jets... these people are just pissed the Jets are on PT 6 times again.

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4 hours ago, Jet_Engine1 said:

They play the first 3, then get an extra 3 days off. It’s early in the year, they better be fresh and ready. Just play the schedule... but I'm glad people are concerned for the Jets... these people are just pissed the Jets are on PT 6 times again.

PT games suck for a lot of fans. Give me my games Sunday 1pm please 

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5 hours ago, Jet_Engine1 said:

They play the first 3, then get an extra 3 days off. Its early in the year, they better be fresh and ready. Just play the schedule... but I'm glad people are concerned for the Jets... these people are just pissed the Jets are on PT 6 times again.

This.

Plus the Jets have a lot of veterans, they’ve been through this, they know prepare. They also barely practice anymore.

Florio is teasing an edgy fan base.

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6 hours ago, Warfish said:

Nice to see the preemptive excuse-making for 2024 is coming along great.

 

6 hours ago, Jet_Engine1 said:

They play the first 3, then get an extra 3 days off. Its early in the year, they better be fresh and ready. Just play the schedule... but I'm glad people are concerned for the Jets... these people are just pissed the Jets are on PT 6 times again.

The whining over the schedule is soooo lame. The Bears also play 3 games in 10 days - but they have to do it in DECEMBER. 
 

no excuses for the Jets to not be 2-1 after 3 games 

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