We showed how the division rival Jets have a decided scheduling advantage this season against the Bills in that they’re coming off a Thursday night game in Week 2 to face the Bills off 10 days rest in Week 3. Then they come off their bye week in Week 10 to face Buffalo in Week 11. As ludicrous an advantage as that might sound it’s not the first time. In fact this marks the second time it’s happened in three years.
In 2011, the Jets, off their bye in Week 8 played the Bills in Week 9 and won going away 27-11.
Three weeks later New York coming off a 10-day rest following a Thursday night game beat Buffalo again 28-24.
You can look at the Jets 2011 schedule for yourself to see how scheduling history is repeating itself and at a disadvantage for Buffalo within their own division.
The league needs to eliminate extra rest for clubs leading up to games against division opponents. They’re just too important to tilt the scale in favor of one side by providing extra rest for players and extra prep time and game planning for coaches.
Tags: 2011 schedule, AFC East
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