As promised, here is the next “quarter report” on the Jets’ 2013 schedule. We’re up to the fourth quarter, Games 13-16. And if the Jets can get through the first 12 games in decent shape, this quartet of December games could help them surprise, since these four foes combined for a 23-41 record (.359 winning percentage) and no playoff berths last year.
However, as we all know, the Jets had a similar stretch run last year and lost three of their last four. And the Raiders, Panthers, Browns and Dolphins have all made strides of their own to have their own successful closing kicks and playoff pushes.
Without further adieu (except to remind you that all four games’ starting times are subject to the NFL’s flex-scheduling policy), here is the Jets’ tweet-sized fourth-quarter schedule:
Game 13 — vs. OAKLAND, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
■ Jets trail all-time series 21-15-2 but lead at home 9-8-1 vs Silver & Black and have won last 3 in Meadowlands (most recent: 23-3 in ’06).
■ No Oaktown this time. Jets are home at MetLife for this one after playing 10 of last 12 games in series on West Coast.
■ Could be an interesting comparison of 1st-round rookie corners: Jets’ Dee Milliner (selected 9th overall) vs OAK’s D.J. Hayden (taken 12th).
■ RB Darren McFadden’s 70-yd TD run in ’11 is 2nd-longest run vs Jets in past 14 seasons. (Longest: TEN’s Chris Johnson, 94 yds last yr).
Game 14 — @ CAROLINA, Bank of America Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:05 p.m.
■ Jets lead all-time series 3-2. Their only road win vs Panthers in 3 tries was by 13-12 in ’01 (“the Shrek Game”).
■ Green & White also prevailed at CAR in last meeting, ’10 preseason, by 9-3. Joe McKnight had 67-yd punt return in that game.
■ Jets have faced Cam Newton just once, at home in ’12 preseason primetime game. Cam was 6-for-15 passing for 60 yds, TD in 17-12 win.
■ Jets will try to get their ground game rolling vs a defensive front that will include 1st-round DT Star Lotulelei.
Game 15 — vs. CLEVELAND, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m.
■ Jets trail overall series 12-8 and trail Browns at home by 4-2. Their last home win was by 24-21 in their 1990 home opener.
■ Rex Ryan, whose Ravens played Browns twice a year, will coach first home game as Jets HC vs CLE after winning at CLE 26-20 in OT in ’10.
■ Jets will face 1st-year HC Rob Chudzinski for first time, although Chud was Browns TEs coach in ’04 (Jets win @ CLE) and OC in ’07 (Browns win @ NYJ).
■ Green & White’s revamped OL will try to aid passing game by keeping Browns 1st-round DE Barkevious Mingo out of the pocket
Game 16 — @ MIAMI, Sun Life Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m.
■ Jets lead all-time series 49-44-1, but 1998-2008 run, when they won 17 of 21, is over. They’ve lost 2 of the last 3, 3 of 5, 6 of 9.
■ Yet they’ve fared well in South Florida. They won last yr 23-20 on Nick Folk’s 33-yd FG in OT and have taken 2 of the last 3, 5 of 7 at Sun Life.
■ Jets wrapped up their RS schedule vs Dolphins in ’96, ’03, ’08 and ’11 and lost all 4. But in ’91 they won at MIA and made the playoffs.
■ WR Clyde Gates, drafted by MIA in ’11, had best game as a pro vs ‘Fins last October: 7 catches for 82 yds, 2 KO returns for 63 yds.
Tags: Barkevious Mingo, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Clyde Gates, D.J. Hayden, Darren McFadden, Dee Milliner, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders
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