If you’re now feeling optimistic about the Jets’ roster heading into the 2020 season, you’ll quickly lose that feeling when you see their regular-season schedule. Earlier this offseason, CBS Sports NFL writer John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. Despite finishing third place in the AFC East, the Jets will face the second-hardest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team’s strength of schedule, check out Breech’s breakdown here.
Even when you base the strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team’s opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill Sportsbook, the Jets’ path doesn’t change much. New York will go from facing the second-toughest schedule in the league to facing the third-toughest. For a complete look at every team’s strength of schedule using this methodology, check out CBS Sports NFL writer Jared Dubin’s full breakdown here.
While Tom Brady is no longer with the New England Patriots, that doesn’t mean that the Jets will now be able to sweep the season series against Bill Belichick. Additionally, the Buffalo Bills appear set to record another double-digit win campaign and the Miami Dolphins had a monster offseason which included acquiring a new quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa. It is of course too early to try to predict how every single divisional game will go, but what if I proposed to you a guaranteed 3-3 record in divisional play. Would you take it? For the record, New York went 2-4 against AFC East opponents in 2019.