1988 New York Jets season

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1988 New York Jets season
Head coach Joe Walton
Owner Leon Hess
Home field The Meadowlands
Results
Record 8–7–1
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1987 1989 >

The 1988 New York Jets season was the 29th season for the team and the 19th in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 6–9 record from 1987 under head coach Joe Walton. The Jets finished the season with a record of 8–7–1. Although for the second straight year they failed to qualify for the playoffs, they would play the spoiler, as a victory over their cross-town rival New York Giants in Week 16 kept the Giants out of the playoffs due to a series of tiebreakers. For the third time in his career, Ken O'Brien had the lowest rate of interceptions among quarterbacks. He had 7 interceptions in 424 passing attempts.

The Jets endured a major distraction when Mark Gastineau, the team's main pass rusher who appeared to be experiencing a career-renaissance, abruptly retired in midseason to tend to ailing actress Brigitte Nielsen.

Offseason[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

[1]

Starters[edit]

POS Name GS
QB 7 Ken O'Brien 12
RB 24 Freeman McNeil 16
FB 43 Roger Vick 12
WR 88 Al Toon 15
WR 85 Wesley Walker 10
TE 82 Mickey Shuler 15
LT 61 Jeff Criswell 12
LG 79 Mike Haight 9
C 53 Jim Sweeney 16
RG 60 Dan Alexander 13
RT 68 Reggie McElroy 16


POS Name GS
LDE 99 Mark Gastineau 7
NT 94 Scott Mersereau 15
RDE 93 Marty Lyons 16
LOLB 55 Alex Gordon 13
LILB 54 Troy Benson 16
RILB 59 Kyle Clifton 15
ROLB 57 Kevin McArthur 16
LCB 48 Bobby Humphery 16
RCB 40 James Hasty 15
SS 36 Rich Miano 16
FS 22 Erik McMillan 13
Kicking Team

5 Pat Leahy       K
6 Joe Prokup      P
83 Jo-Jo Townsell PR/KR

[2]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 at New England Patriots L 28–3 Sullivan Stadium
44,027
2 September 11, 1988 at Cleveland Browns W 23–3 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
74,434
3 September 18, 1988 Houston Oilers W 45–3 The Meadowlands
64,483
4 September 25, 1988 at Detroit Lions W 17–10 Pontiac Silverdome
29,250
5 October 2, 1988 Kansas City Chiefs T 17–17 (OT) The Meadowlands
66,110
6 October 9, 1988 at Cincinnati Bengals L 36–19 Riverfront Stadium
57,482
7 October 17, 1988 Buffalo Bills L 37–14 The Meadowlands
70,218
8 October 23, 1988 at Miami Dolphins W 44–30 Joe Robbie Stadium
68,292
9 October 30, 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–20 The Meadowlands
64,862
10 November 6, 1988 at Indianapolis Colts L 38–14 Hoosier Dome
59,233
11 November 13, 1988 New England Patriots L 14–13 The Meadowlands
48,358
12 November 20, 1988 at Buffalo Bills L 9–6 (OT) Rich Stadium
78,389
13 November 27, 1988 Miami Dolphins W 38–34 The Meadowlands
52,752
14 December 4, 1988 at Kansas City Chiefs L 38–34 Arrowhead Stadium
30,059
15 December 10, 1988 Indianapolis Colts W 34–16 The Meadowlands
46,284
16 December 18, 1988 New York Giants W 27–21 The Meadowlands
69,770

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 0 0 0 3
• Patriots 3 3 10 12 28

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Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Jets 3 3 3 14 23
Browns 3 0 0 0 3

[4]


Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 3 0 0 0 3
• Jets 14 14 3 14 45

[5]


Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Jets 3 7 0 7 17
Lions 3 0 7 0 10

[6]


Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chiefs 0 0 3 14 0 17
Jets 3 7 0 7 0 17

[7]


Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 9 3 7 0 19
• Bengals 6 13 7 0 26

[8]


Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bills 17 14 3 3 37
Jets 0 7 7 0 14

[9]


Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Jets 6 24 7 7 44
Dolphins 7 3 13 7 30

[10]


Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 0 0 10 20
• Jets 0 10 7 7 24

[11]


Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 14 0 0 14
• Colts 7 3 21 7 38

[12]


Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Patriots 0 0 7 7 14
Jets 0 3 3 7 13

[13]


Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 0 3 0 3 0 6
Bills 0 0 3 3 3 9
  • Date: November 20
  • Location: Rich Stadium • Orchard Park, New York
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 78,389
  • Game weather: 43°F • Wind 10

[14]



Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 7 20 0 34
• Jets 7 17 0 14 38

[15]



Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 10 10 7 7 34
• Chiefs 14 7 0 17 38

[16]


Week 15[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 6 7 3 0 16
• Jets 10 0 21 3 34

[17]


Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 7 7 7 21
• Jets 10 3 7 7 27

[18]


Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Buffalo Bills(2) 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 329 237 L1
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 354 315 W1
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 250 284 L1
New York Jets 8 7 1 .531 3–5 6–7–1 372 354 W2
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 0–8 3–9 319 380 L1

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