New York Jets 2014 Schedule Preview

When it comes to the New York Jets, no one could have expected an 8-8 performance from a team that looked close to a complete collapse. Even more unsettling for the 2013 Jets was having to trust rookie quarterback Geno Smith with the offense. While there were plenty of disturbing performances from Smith, none were out of the ordinary of what you would expect from a first year starter. With a solid year under his belt at the position and veteran QB Michael Vick added to the roster for guidance, there is no reason Geno’s sophomore year in the NFL won’t be exciting to watch. If it’s not, there is always a chance to have Vick as your starting quarterback, and as most Jets fan will tell you any quarterback is better than a butt-fumbling quarterback. Along with Vick, in an attempt to beef up the skill positions surrounding Geno Smith, the Jets took a shot on former Tennessee Titans running back, Chris Johnson. While the once elusive back has been somewhat of a disappointment lately, Johnson’s best years were with a mobile quarterback. With Smith and Vick as viable options under center it will be interesting to see if the 28-year-old speedster still has some juice left. As for Rex Ryan, he may have pulled out the most impressive season in his career in 2013 with his fate as head coach hanging in limbo. The 8-8 finish landed Ryan a multi-year contract proposing that New York has uncovered a renewed confidence in the head coach. While a losing season will surely land Rex back on the hot seat, this move is great for the franchise as it provides some stability to the locker room, besides, the players love Rex.

The New York Jets have some marquee matchups to look forward to in the upcoming season. Though it will only be a preseason game, the bitterness between the Giants and Jets always produces some exciting football. Outside of their divisional games, which includes two matchups with the New England Patriots, the NY Jets have a daunting schedule ahead of them. At home New York will host the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders. While they faced Oakland and Pittsburgh last year, it will be the first time the Jets have faced the Lions, Broncos and Bears at home in more than half a decade. The schedule doesn’t get any easier on the road as the Jets head to Lambeau Field, Arrowhead Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, and LP Field. The Jets lead the series with the Green Bay Packers 9-3, but in their last meeting 4 years ago the Packers took the cake 9-0 at Lincoln Financial Field. In a much closer bout, the series between the Jets and Kansas City Chiefs is neck and neck with New York leading by one, 18-17-1. The last time the Jets played at Arrowhead Stadium, we were still waiting on the iPhone, the first generation. It was also the last time the Chiefs beat the Jets, which makes it all the more intriguing to attend.

While the Jets appear to have a lot going for them heading into the 2014 season, there are some areas of much needed improvement before aspiring to get back in the playoffs. First and foremost offensive talent. More importantly a clear cut number one wide receiver. Chris Johnson should offer some great options for the offense to use and adding a solid option on the outside will balance this offense and keep their opponents guessing. While the defense seemed to be a diamond in the ruff last year, their #11 ranking among defenses in the NFL can be attributed to the front seven, who were quite possibly the best in the league. Beyond the line of scrimmage the Jets are hurting for some secondary weapons. The selling of “Revis Island” proved to be a mistake as the secondary seemed to crumble upon his departure while creating havoc for teams playing Tampa Bay. While there still hope for Cromartie and Milliner to be solid defensive backs some reassurance might be necessary to get the two back on top.

Schedule:

September 7 vs. Oakland Raiders
September 14 at Green Bay Packers
September 22 vs. Chicago Bears
September 28 vs. Detroit Lions
October 5 4:25PMEDT * AT CHARGERS
October 12 vs. Denver Broncos
October 16  at New England Patriots
October 26 vs. Buffalo Bills
November 2 at Kansas City Chiefs
November 9  vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
BYE
November 23 at Buffalo Bills
December 1 vs. Miami Dolphins
December 7  at Minnesota Vikings
December 14 at Tennessee Titans
December 21 vs. New England Patriots
December 28 at Miami Dolphins

The Most Intriguing Games Of The 2011 NFL Schedule

Instead of moping around, wondering if the 2011 NFL Season is going to happen, we’re going to celebrate what we are certain of: the 2011 NFL schedule. It was released yesterday, and after reading through it, we’ve decided which games to circle with a red pen on our calendar.

New York Jets at New England (Week 5): It was only in January that the New England Patriots and its fans stood stunned, aghast at watching New York Jets players prance around Gillette Stadium after booting the Pats from the playoffs. Well, it won’t take too long for New England to get its revenge as the Jets go in to Foxboro for an AFC-East clash that will get plenty of press–and justifiably so.

New Orleans at Green Bay (Week 1): The first the season holds a great match-up between the past two Super Bowl Champions. It features two of the best quarterbacks in the business, Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers and the previous title holder, Drew Brees. Chicago was previously believed to be the Packers’ opening day challenger, but we’ll be happy to see these two teams duke it out for early-season NFC supremacy.

Green Bay at San Diego (Week 9): Green Bay quarterback Rodgers and Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers were on the short list of rising NFL stars whose Super Bowl dreams were thisclose to happening. Rodgers is now wearing a Super Bowl ring, so Rivers’ reaction in this game will be telling. Can the NC State product finally realize his part of the dream this year, or will he be the Dan Marino to Rodgers’ Joe Montana for the foreseeable future?

Dallas at New York Jets (Week 1): The New York Jets took it to another level last season, reaching the AFC Championship game. Alas, they had nothing left to fight Pittsburgh with after beating the Patriots. They will begin another run against a team also looking to make it to the next level (the playoffs): the Dallas Cowboys. It might depend on Tony Romo’s health, but coming up with a big week one win against a strong AFC opponent might do wonders for the Cowboys’ psyche for the 2011 season.


The First Round Of The NFL Playoffs Is Set!

It came down to literally the last game of the season, but the NFL Playoffs schedule has been finalized.

In the AFC, the NY Jets and the Indianapolis Colts battle in Indiana in a rematch of last year’s AFC championship game, which the Colts won 30-17. The second game will take place in Kansas City, where the Chiefs will take on the Baltimore Ravens. The AFC West-champions are 7-1 at home, its only loss coming in the last game against the Oakland Raiders.

On the other side of the bracket sees last year’s champs, the New Orleans Saints, take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle won the NFC West crown with a 7-9 record, and thus becomes the only team with a sub-.500 record to enter the playoffs. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles to finish out the Wild Card weekend. It was their week one meeting where Michael Vick began his ascent back into the mainstream (and which the Eagles won).

For more information about the games, or to get your seats before it’s too late, check out TicketCity’s NFL Playoffs Page.

TicketCity and TripCart.com Offer Easy Planning for Fall Travel

As temperatures begin to cool and leaves begin to turn, millions of travelers are expected to take to the road in pursuit of fall foliage in the Northeast, and when they do, TicketCity and TripCart.com will be there to provide recommendations for natural sites of interest, as well as live events they won’t want to miss along the way such as baseball, football and Broadway.

TicketCity partnered earlier this year with TripCart, the most comprehensive online Road Trip Planner and travel reference site.  Together, they have taken the guesswork out of planning exciting things to do while chasing fall’s ever-changing colors. Booking weekends full of sports and entertainment through the sites’ revolutionary combinations of enticing content and robust, interactive technology has made the information gathering process a breeze.  Not to mention TicketCity’s reputation for outstanding customer service, abundant seating options and guaranteed reliable transactions.

This fall, TripCart, TicketCity, and good ol’ Mother Nature herself present foliage fanatics and sports enthusiasts a weekend of colorful indulgence in the Northeast’s favorite cities.  And fall foliage tours aren’t limited to small towns in Vermont or the Rocky Mountains anymore and aren’t exclusively about the trees and leaves.

Highlights of TripCart’s unique Urban Fall Foliage Guide include information on hundreds of scenic spots and routes, including:

Red Leaves by David Hepworth.

  • Lunch among leaves and life at Massachusetts’ Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Drive through cranberry country just south of Boston along State Road 105, along twinkling ponds and red-gold forests.
  • Combine rich fall foliage with rich American history at Philadelphia’s Valley Forge National Historic Park.
  • Take a break from city hubbub and hike through tranquil, colorful Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
  • Hop on Metro-North for a moving view of Hudson Valley Fall Foliage or grab the subway to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for a nap under the color-changing trees and then a stroll through trendy Park Slope. 

For those travelers looking to supplement their nature exploration with spectacular live sports or entertainment events, TicketCity offers no shortage of ideas to choose from:

Boston Red Sox by Keith Allison.

  • Catch the U2 360 concert tour at Gillette Stadium in Boston on September 20, 2009.
  • See Dave Matthews Band in concert at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on September 19-20.
  • Celebrate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame benefit event at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2009.
  • Support the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox with tickets for events as they head into postseason baseball.
  • Enjoy NFL action with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and New York Jets tickets throughout the entire NFL season.
  • Kickoff the NBA season with tickets to the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks or Boston Celtics.
  • Explore Broadway and all of its offering including tickets to shows such as The Lion King at Minskoff Theatre, and Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

Travelers are encouraged to mix and match nature with culture to create an itinerary that captures the best of fall foliage, entertainment, and fun. For more information on TripCart, or to begin planning your next excursion within the United States, visit www.tripcart.com. For details on the hottest sports or entertainment tickets, visit www.ticketcity.com.