New York Jets: Favorite Among NFL Cable Carriers In 2010

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Pro football fans can spend Thanksgiving night with the team the league hopes is ready to capture America's fancy and Christmas night with America's Team.
The National Football League unveiled its 2010 schedule, which features the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 25 as the last of ESPN's game telecasts and the New York Jets hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving night on NFL Network in a rematch of last season's Wild Card playoff contest.
The NFL evidently believes big time in Rex Ryan's team as the Jets, who are co-occupying the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. with the New York Giants, will also appear on a trio of Monday Night Football contests on ESPN: the cable network's opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13; an Oct. 11 matchup against Minnesota and potetentially not-so-fondly-remembered former teammate Brett Favre; and division nemesis the New England Patriots on Dec. 6. The Jets, the subject of this year's Hard Knocks training camp show on HBO, are also slated to appear on NBC's Sunday Night Football on Sept 26 at Miami.
Gang Green joins the San Diego Chargers, the embattled Pittsburgh Steelers, the Super Bowl runner-up Indianapolis Colts and the Cowboys as the clubs slated for five primetime games in the upcoming campaign.
Indeed, one can argue that ESPN's top game on a schedule that includes all 12 playoff teams from last year and 13 divisional skirmishes has the ‘Boys hosting the Giants on Oct. 25 -- their Oct. 23, 2006 MNF tussle was at one time the most-watched show in the programmer's history
As for the league's in-house service, NFL Network kicks off its primetime slate with the Ravens visiting Atlanta on Thursday Nov. 11. Only the Christmas night finale is on a Saturday this season.
In between, NFL Network will present Peyton Manning's Colts visiting the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Dec. 9 and Carolina invading Heinz Field and the Steelers on Dec. 23.
All told, NFL Network will televise games involving eight of the 12 clubs that made the playoffs last season.