The Jets and Giants will play a total of seven prime-time games in 2009, beginning in Week 2, when the Giants help open the Cowboys' facility in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday night.
The Jets visit Miami in a Monday Night game Oct. 12 and play in Toronto against the Bills Dec. 3, a Thursday night broadcast by NFL Network. The Giants will host the defending NFC champion Cardinals in a Sunday night game Oct. 25 and are scheduled to host the Eagles on a Sunday night on Dec. 13 (although it could be flexed to a different time). The Giants also play at Denver Thanksgiving night and will make their only Monday Night Football appearance Dec. 21 against the Redskins.
Both teams received good bye weeks. The Jets will be off Week 9 and the Giants won't play Week 10. Last year the Giants had a bye in Week 4 and attributed some of their late-season fade to that scheduling quirk.
The Jets will open the Rex Ryan era at Houston Sept. 13. That game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. The Giants play later that afternoon, hosting the Redskins.
The Giants will play their final regular-season game at Giants Stadium Dec. 27 against the Panthers, a rematch of one of last year's most exciting regular-season games (which also occurred in Week 16). But the Jets will have the honor of hosting the last regular-season game in Giants Stadium history, against the Bengals Jan. 3. The Giants and Jets will move into the new stadium for the start of the 2010 season.
Other noteworthy games include the Giants against the Saints and their former tight end Jeremy Shockey, in New Orleans Oct. 18; three straight Giants games against NFC East opponents in Weeks 13-15; Ryan's first taste of the Jets- Patriots rivalry, at the Meadowlands in Week 2; and a Nov. 1 Jets game against the defending AFC East champion Dolphins at Giants Stadium.