1981 New York Jets season

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1981 New York Jets season
Head coach Walt Michaels
Home field Shea Stadium
Results
Record 10–5–1
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wildcard
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1980 1982 >

The 1981 New York Jets season was the 22nd season for the team and the 12th in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 4–12 record from 1980 under head coach Walt Michaels. The Jets sputtered early, starting 0–3 and (combined with the previous season's 4–12 finish) fueling a quarterback controversy and altercation between quarterback Richard Todd and sports writer Steve Serby and speculation about Michaels' job. However, the Jets finished the season with a record of 10–5–1 and qualified for their first playoff appearance in twelve seasons. In the playoffs, they fell to their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills, 31–27.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1981-09-06 at Buffalo Bills L 31–0 Rich Stadium
79,754
2 1981-09-13 Cincinnati Bengals L 31–30 Shea Stadium
49,454
3 1981-09-20 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–10 Three Rivers Stadium
52,973
4 1981-09-27 Houston Oilers W 33–17 Shea Stadium
50,309
5 1981-10-04 at Miami Dolphins T 28–28 Miami Orange Bowl
68,723
6 1981-10-11 New England Patriots W 28–24 Shea Stadium
55,093
7 1981-10-18 Buffalo Bills W 33–14 Shea Stadium
54,607
8 1981-10-25 Seattle Seahawks L 19–3 Shea Stadium
49,678
9 1981-11-01 at New York Giants W 26–7 Giants Stadium
74,740
10 1981-11-08 at Baltimore Colts W 41–14 Memorial Stadium
31,521
11 1981-11-15 at New England Patriots W 17–6 Schafer Stadium
45,342
12 1981-11-22 Miami Dolphins W 16–15 Shea Stadium
59,962
13 1981-11-29 Baltimore Colts W 25–0 Shea Stadium
53,593
14 1981-12-06 at Seattle Seahawks L 27–23 Kingdome
53,105
15 1981-12-12 at Cleveland Browns W 14–13 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
56,866
16 1981-12-20 Green Bay Packers W 28–3 Shea Stadium
56,340

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Wildcard 1981-12-27 Buffalo Bills L 31–27 Shea Stadium
57,050

TV Announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones, Len Dawson

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Miami Dolphins(2) 11 4 1 .719 5–2–1 8–3–1 345 275
New York Jets(4) 10 5 1 .656 6–1–1 8–5–1 355 287
Buffalo Bills(5) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 9–3 311 276
Baltimore Colts 2 14 0 .125 2–6 2–10 259 533
New England Patriots 2 14 0 .125 0–8 2–10 322 370

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