The Jets and Giants will meet in Week 3 of the preseason, as usual, but for the first time in four years it'll be for real on Sunday, Dec. 6. They will battle for local bragging rights in Week 13, with the Giants as the host.
It will be their first regular-season meeting since Dec. 24, 2011, when the Giants won, 29-14, on the way to their fourth Super Bowl title. That game is remembered for Victor Cruz's game-turning 99-yard touchdown catch.
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The Jets, who went 4-12 in 2014, will host the Browns and their former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Week 1. But they'll have to wait until Week 10 (Nov. 12) to get their first crack at Rex Ryan and the Bills. Not surprisingly, Ryan's highly anticipated return to MetLife Stadium will be in prime time on a Thursday.
The Jets will play three night games, including Week 2 against the Colts and on Saturday in Week 15 at Dallas. They'll have their bye during Week 5, right after they travel to London in Week 4 to face the Dolphins.
Jets coach Todd Bowles didn't seem too concerned with his team's schedule. He didn't have much time to look at it because the staff spent most of the day in meetings. "We've gotta play them all," Bowles said.
The Giants have five prime-time games, including two at MetLife Stadium. They'll host the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots the night of Nov. 15.
The Giants, who went 6-10 last season, will play three of their first five games at home and four of their first six at night. "This is a difficult schedule that includes many formidable opponents," coach Tom Coughlin said.
One of those prime-time games is against the Cowboys, who host the Giants in Week 1. It'll be the third time in the past four years that the Giants will open against Dallas.
The Giants also have two Monday Night Football road games (at Philly Oct. 19, at Miami Dec. 14), plus a Thursday night home game against Washington. Their home opener will be in Week 2 against the Falcons.
The league schedule kicks off with New England hosting the Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The Thanksgiving Day triple-header Nov. 26 will begin with the Lions hosting the Eagles, followed by the Panthers visiting the Cowboys. The prime-time game will pit NFC North rivals, the Packers and Bears, at Lambeau Field on a night when the Packers are expected to retire Brett Favre's number at halftime.