When Rex Ryan first took a peek at the Jets 2010 schedule, he figured there had to be something wrong.
“Really, you look at the schedule, the only disappointment -- I was assuming that the Cleveland Browns game would be a nationally televised game because clearly everybody wants to see the Ryan brothers do battle," Ryan cracked, obviously referring to his brother Rob who's Cleveland's defensive coordinator. "So I was a little surprised by that not being a national televised game.“
But Ryan wasn't surprised by something else: the Jets received five prime time games, the maximum allowed.
After kicking things off in the New Meadowlands Stadium on "Monday Night Football" against the Ravens Sept. 13, the Jets will play under the lights four more times -- at Miami Sept. 26 in Jason Taylor's return; at home Oct. 11 vs. Brett Favre and the Vikings; vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 25; and at New England on Dec. 6.
“Overall, this is not a surprise to us, Ryan said. "We expected a lot of primetime games because we we’re a team that people want to watch. And the expectations now throughout the league and throughout the football fans, I think are becoming close to our own expectations, which is to have an outstanding football team and a team that can battle for a Super Bowl.”
As for taking on his former team in Week 1, Ryan said: “That opening night game against Baltimore is going to be a triple chin strap game. I know that Harbs (John Harbaugh) is going to have his guys popping out of their skin, and I have a funny feeling we are going to play with some emotion also in that game. But that one is going to be a great game.”
The Jets strength of schedule ranks 18th and the combined 2009 record of this upcoming season's opponents is 128-128.
Below is the entire schedule for your viewing pleasure:
(P.S. I apologize for this not showing up immediately earlier tonight. We were having some technical difficulties with our blogs, but we should be good now.)