Wheels Up: How Far Will Jets Travel in 2024?

On Wednesday night, the New York Jets will find out the order of their 2024 opponents.

However, they have long known who they’ll be playing. Every year, the Jets will play each of their division rivals – the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and Buffalo Bills – twice. They will also play an entire division from each conference on a rotating basis. New York will also play the third-place finisher in the remaining AFC divisions and one NFC division (again, on a rotating basis).

Now that the schedule is 17 games instead of 16, conferences will alternate between hosting eight and nine games. This year, the Jets will play host eight times.

wheels up: how far will jets travel in 2024?

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One of their away games, though, will come against the Minnesota Vikings – in London.

The international affair will make travel difficult, especially if New York elects to not take the bye week in Week 6 (after the trip across the pond). Just how troublesome may the Jets’ travels be?

According to Bookies.com, New York will travel 22,397 miles during the regular season, spanning 24 time zones.

That mileage ranks ninth among teams this season and third among teams playing games abroad, behind the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Playing in England certainly plays into this equation, but this is largely a matter of geography. Settled in the Northeast, the Jets will play several road games in far corners of the continental United States. New York visits the Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers in 2024. That’s a lot of distance to cover – both there and back.

While this schedule certainly adds some difficulty to their campaign, 10 teams will have more time-zone changes, and the Jets were spared a trip to Denver, where altitude made life difficult and injuries crippled their season.

There’s no points awarded for sympathy in the NFL. Wherever New York plays, it will be expected to look like one of the best teams in the conference.

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