1976 New York Jets season

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1976 New York Jets season
Head coach Lou Holtz
Home field Shea Stadium
Results
Record 3–11
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1975 1977 >

The 1976 New York Jets season was the 17th season for the team and the seventh in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 3–11 record from 1975 under new head coach Lou Holtz. The Jets again finished with a record of 3–11, which combined with the departure of Holtz before the end of the season, prompted John Facenda to say about the Jets during the NFL Films highlight film for that season "Perhaps the best thing to say about the 1976 New York Jets season is that it's over".

The only teams that the Jets defeated in 1976 were the 2–12 Buffalo Bills (twice) and the 0–14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets were 0–9 vs. teams with a winning record.

The 1976 season was also the twelfth and final year with the Jets for quarterback Joe Namath.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 Sep 12, 1976 Cleveland Browns L 38–17 Cleveland Stadium
67,496
2 Sep 19, 1976 Denver Broncos L 46–3 Mile High Stadium
62,669
3 Sep 29, 1976 Miami Dolphins L 16–0 Miami Orange Bowl
49,754
4 Oct 3, 1976 San Francisco 49ers L 17–6 Candlestick Park
42,961
5 Oct 10, 1976 Buffalo Bills W 17–14 Shea Stadium
59,110
6 Oct 18, 1976 New England Patriots L 41–7 Schafer Stadium
50,883
7 Oct 24, 1976 Baltimore Colts L 20–0 Shea Stadium
59,576
8 Oct 31, 1976 Buffalo Bills W 19–14 Rich Stadium
41,285
9 Nov 7, 1976 Miami Dolphins L 27–7 Shea Stadium
53,344
10 Nov 14, 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–0 Shea Stadium
46,426
11 Nov 21, 1976 New England Patriots L 38–24 Shea Stadium
49,983
12 Nov 28, 1976 Baltimore Colts L 33–16 Memorial Stadium
44,023
13 Dec 5, 1976 Washington Redskins L 37–16 Shea Stadium
46,638
14 Dec 12, 1976 Cincinnati Bengals L 42–3 Shea Stadium
31,067

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Baltimore Colts(2) 11 3 0 .786 7–1 11–1 376 236
New England Patriots(4) 11 3 0 .786 6–2 10–2 246 171
Miami Dolphins 6 8 0 .429 5–3 6–6 263 264
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 2–6 3–9 169 383
Buffalo Bills 2 12 0 .143 0–8 2–10 245 363

In popular culture[edit]

  • The television series, Barney Miller, referenced the game between the Buccaneers playing at the Jets, in the 3rd season episode "The Recluse", in which Yemana had tickets to the Jets/Tampa Bay game. When asked "Why?", his response, "They were on sale". The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 0–14 the same season.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Namath would play one final season with the 1977 L.A. Rams