New York Dominates the NFL Schedule Release as Jets and Giants Monopolize Prime-Time Games

    Following the NFL's regular season schedule release, it's clear that the New York Jets and New York Giants are under immense pressure in 2024.

    If the pressure of representing New York City wasn’t enough, the NFL‘s regular season schedule release added even more stress for the New York Jets and New York Giants in 2024.

    Thanks to the highly anticipated return of Aaron Rodgers, the Jets have landed seven standalone matchups during the regular season, while the Giants have surprisingly landed five standalone matchups, which is surprising given the team’s low expectations.

    While it’s no surprise to see both New York teams take over a big portion of the prime-time schedule, NFL fans will get an up-close look this season at two teams entering 2024 with key figureheads on the hot seat.

    NFL Schedule Release Reveals 6 Prime-Time Games for the Jets

    After Rodgers suffered a season-ending injury just a few snaps into his regular season debut for the Jets, expectations are high for New York in 2024. This is evident by New York’s seven standalone matchups during the regular season.

    According to Warren Sharp, the Jets are now the first team in NFL history to receive six prime-time games in the first 11 weeks of the regular season. It’s clear that the NFL is banking on Rodgers remaining healthy and New York meeting the lofty expectations.

    Sharp doesn’t include New York’s international matchup in Week 5 against Minnesota as the Jets will fly overseas to “visit” the Vikings in London at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    New York’s fans will have to enjoy breakfast while watching that matchup, as kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. ET. Although, given the relatively low expectations for Minnesota in 2024, it could be a relatively easy matchup for the Jets after all.

    With six total games, the Jets are tied with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys for the most prime-time matchups during the regular season, though the bright lights could be both a gift and a curse for New York.

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    If New York fails to reach the playoffs, the collapse of the Jets could be put on display for the national audience to see. The jobs of both Jets head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas could be on the line in 2024.

    Giants Scheduled for 5 Standalone Games in Make-or-Break Season

    While many expected the Giants to make a notable move at quarterback this offseason, they are rolling with Daniel Jones once again, which the NFL apparently doesn’t mind as the NFL schedule release revealed five standalone games for the Giants.

    New York landed three prime-time matchups, an international game, and a Thanksgiving game. Despite the team’s relatively low expectations, it’s clear that the NFL is still confident in the New York market making a huge impact.

    Similar to their neighbors in New York, the surprising amount of prime-time matchups for the Giants could be a gift and a curse. It’s no secret that Giants head coach Brian Daboll caused some waves last season, and it’s fair to say he’s on the hot seat in 2024.

    Despite New York’s refusal to invest in a new starting quarterback, Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen have married themselves to Jones next season. While it is certainly a decision worth questioning, Daboll and Schoen will have to live with the results on the NFL’s biggest stage.

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    While the Giants will play the Carolina Panthers in Germany, the team’s other standalone matchups will be difficult. New York’s four other standalone games will include both matchups against the Dallas Cowboys, hosting the Cincinnati Bengals, and a trip to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Although the Giants should be able to defeat the Panthers overseas, it’s entirely possible that they will lose the other four standalone matchups. Could the duo of Daboll and Schoen survive being embarrassed four times on national television? We’ll find out in 2024.

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