Even though it's still mired in a labor stalemate with the players, leading to questions of whether there will actually be a season, the NFL released the preseason schedule Tuesday.
The Jets open the season under the lights in primetime, squaring off against the Texans on Aug. 15 in Houston on ESPN's "Monday Night Football." Coincidentally, that was the site of the first official game of the Mark Sanchez-Rex Ryan Era, a convincing 24-7 season-opening win on Sept. 13, 2009.
Their primetime opener marks the third season in a row the Jets are slated to play one of their preseason games on national television, a common theme since Ryan was tabbed as the head coach.
The Jets' preseason home opener at New Meadowlands Stadium is scheduled for Week 2 against the Bengals, who by that time might have bid goodbye to quarterback Carson Palmer, a good friend of Sanchez's. The Jets also have a "road" game against the stadium co-tenant Giants in Week 3 before wrapping up things against the Eagles at home in Week 4, likely on Sept. 1.
The NFL is expected to release the regular-season schedule sometime later this month, perhaps the week of the league's annual draft, slated for April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall.