Aaron Rodgers will make Jets debut on ‘Monday Night Football’ against Bills


Aaron Rodgers will receive a primetime slot for his debut in a New York Jets uniform. 

The Jets will open the 2023 NFL season at home on “Monday Night Football” against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. 

Josh Allen looks to pass

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen looks to pass during the wild-card playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, Jan. 15, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The game will be played on the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks and will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET. 

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It’s the first time the Jets will open a season in primetime since 2011. 

It will be the first time that Rodgers will play for an organization other than the Green Bay Packers in his 19-year career after the Jets acquired the four-time MVP in April. 

The matchup will immediately set the tone for the AFC East as the Jets look to compete for their first division title since 2002. 

Aaron Rodgers with his jersey

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers poses with a jersey after a news conference at the team’s training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, April 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The two teams split their season series in 2022, with the Jets beating the Bills in Week 9, 20-17, at MetLife Stadium. 

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The Jets ended the 2022 season on a wildly disappointing note, losing their final six games and missing the playoffs for the 12th consecutive year. 

After 2021 second-overall pick Zach Wilson took a huge step back in his second season, the Jets made it clear that acquiring a veteran quarterback in the offseason was a necessity. 

Zach Wilson and Aaron Rodgers

Zach Wilson of the New York Jets speaks with Aaron Rodgers of the Packers following their game at Lambeau Field on Oct. 16, 2022, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

After weeks of rumors and negotiations, the Jets and Packers completed the trade for Rodgers on April 24. 

New York gave up a lot in order to acquire Rodgers, sending Green Bay the 13th pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, a 2023 second-round pick, a 2023 sixth-round pick, and a conditional 2024 second-round pick that becomes a first-round pick if Rodgers plays 65% of the plays in 2023.

“Obviously, Aaron’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game,” Jets general manager Joe Douglas said of the trade, via Pro Football Talk. “To have an opportunity to add a player of that caliber, you’re always going to look into it and how it fits within our culture, within our team. 

Aaron Rodgers attends an introductory press with the Jets

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers attends an introductory press conference at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on April 26, 2023, in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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“Obviously, it goes back to something I said to you guys in Phoenix [at the NFL owners’ meetings], it’s a real credit to Robert [Saleh] and his staff and what he’s been able to implement with our players and with everybody here that a player of Aaron’s caliber would even want to come here. We’re all excited to add someone of his character and his ability.”

The entire 2023 NFL schedule will be released Thursday night at 8 ET.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.



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