The Jets better enjoy their relatively stress-free travel days this season, because it’s going to get mighty annoying in 2020.
Gang Green will log a franchise-low (and NFL-low) 6,688 air miles in 2019. Short trips to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington will make things easier for the Jets traveling secretary. (No, it’s not George Costanza).
The following season, however, will be a travel nightmare.
Consider the long road trips for Adam Gase’s team: Los Angeles TWICE, Seattle and Kansas City. Sprinkle in their annual 2,500-mile round trip to square off against the Dolphins (plus a road game against a yet-to-be-determined AFC South opponent) and you got a lot of miles on the team charter.
By my math, the Jets are scheduled to log about 19,975 air miles in 2020, or nearly three times as much as this season. The three cross-country trips (to play the Rams, Chargers and Seahawks) are more than double the distance (14,652 air miles) of the entire 2019 road campaign.
The most grueling part of this season will be back-to-back trips to Florida (Jacksonville and Miami) in Weeks 8 and 9.
The Jets, frankly, should have played the Jaguars in London this season, instead of in Jacksonville for the second consecutive year. The fact they aren’t makes little sense, given owner Woody Johnson is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
The NFL had two opportunities to make what is a no-brainer decision. Although the Jets would have added to their air miles by playing in London rather than Jacksonville, the organization would have gladly taken their brand overseas again – Gang Green played the Dolphins in London in 2015.