The Sept. 14 game at New England will be the emotional focus of the early season. But if the Jets come in at 0-2 after losing at Seattle and then to Buffalo at home, the big slide could follow. The Raiders come in next, and they've always been tough on New York, having won the last five meetings between the teams, including a 34-13 win last season. A 1-3 start is likely, but 2-2 would be encouraging, especially if one of those wins comes against Parcells's former team.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
NFL rank: 13 (tie)
Opponents' 1996 winning percentage: .504
Games against playoff teams: 7