1968 New York Jets season

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1968 New York Jets season
Head coach Weeb Ewbank
General manager Weeb Ewbank
Owner Leon Hess
Home field Shea Stadium
Local radio WABC–AM
Results
Record 11–3
Division place 1st AFL East
Playoff finish Won AFL Championship
(Oakland Raiders, 27–23)
Won Super Bowl III
(Baltimore Colts, 16–7)
Pro Bowlers MLB Al Atkinson
RDE Verlon Biggs
HB Emerson Boozer
RDT John Elliott
RG Dave Herman
LT Winston Hill
FL Don Maynard
QB Joe Namath
LDE Gerry Philbin
SE George Sauer
K Jim Turner

The 1968 New York Jets season was the ninth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The team had the most successful season in franchise history. Trying to improve upon their 8–5–1 record of 1967, they won the AFL Eastern Division with an 11–3 record. They defeated the defending champion Oakland Raiders in the AFL championship game, and earned the right to play in Super Bowl III against the NFL champion Baltimore Colts. In a stunning upset, marked by fourth-year quarterback Joe Namath's famous "guarantee" of victory, the Jets defeated the heavily favored Colts 16–7. The Jets have yet to return to the Super Bowl and makes them along with the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the only teams to have been to just one Super Bowl and win it.

On April 2, 2007, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, the 1968 New York Jets, with team commentary from Joe Namath, Gerry Philbin and Don Maynard, and narrated by Alec Baldwin.

Offseason[edit]

On May 21, Sonny Werblin sold his shares in the Jets to his partners Don Lillis, Leon Hess, Townsend Martin, and Phil Isselin. Lillis became the president on May 21, but died on July 23, and Isselin was appointed president on August 6.[1]

Draft[edit]

1968 New York Jets draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Lee White  RB Weber St
2 44 Steve Thompson  DE Washington
3 72 Sam Walton  OT East Texas St
4 101 Gary Magner  DT USC
5 128 Lee Jacobsen  LB Kearney St
7 182 Oscar Lubke  OT Ball St
8 200 Bob Taylor  RB Maryland Eastern Shore Pick from MIA
8 210 Jim Richards  DB Virginia Tech
8 214 Karl Henke  DT Tulsa Pick from HOU
9 236 Gary Houser  TE Oregon St
10 264 Mike D'Amato  DB Hofstra
11 290 Henry Owens  WR Weber St
12 318 Ray Hayes  OT Toledo
13 344 Tom Myslinski  OG Maryland
14 372 Harvey Naim  RB Southern
15 398 Ronnie Ehrig  DB Texas
16 426 Tom Bilotta  OG Adams St (CO)
17 452 Myles Strasser  RB Wisconsin−Oshkosh
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Pre season[edit]

Pre season schedule[edit]

Pre season
Week Date Time Opponent Result Jets points Opponents Game site Attendance Local TV National TV Local Radio
1
August 12, 1968
9:00 PM EDT
at Houston Oilers
Loss
14
28
Astrodome
40,354
WOR
WABC–AM
2
August 17, 1968
8:15 PM EDT
vs. Boston Patriots
Win
25
6
City Stadium
14,000
WOR
WABC–AM
3
August 23, 1968
9:00 PM EDT
vs. Atlanta Falcons
Win
27
12
Legion Field
27,406
WOR
WABC–AM
4
August 30, 1968
9:00 PM EDT
vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Loss
9
13
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
24,358
WOR
WABC–AM
5
September 7, 1968
6:30 PM EDT
vs. Detroit Lions
Win
9
6
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
84,918
WOR
WABC–AM

All times are EASTERN time

Pre season Game Officials[edit]

Game Officials
Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Field Judge
1
at Houston Oilers
2
vs. Boston Patriots
3
vs. Atlanta Falcons
4
vs. Cincinnati Bengals
5
vs. Detroit Lions

Regular season[edit]

Results[edit]

Home/Road Eastern Division Western Division
BOS BUF HOU MIA NY CIN DEN KC OAK SD
Eastern Boston Patriots 23–6 0–16 10–34 31–47* 33–14 14–35 17–27
Buffalo Bills 7–16 7–30 17–21 37–35 7–18 6–48 6–21
Houston Oilers 45–17 35–6 7–24 14–20 38–17 21–26 15–24
Miami Dolphins 38–7 14–14 10–24 7–31 21–38 3–48 21–47
New York Jets 48–14 25–21 26–7 35–17 27–14 13–21 23–20
Western Cincinnati Bengals 34–23 17–27 22–24 24–10 9–16 0–34 10–31
Denver Broncos 17–20 34–32 21–14 10–7 7–30 7–43 23–47
Kansas City Chiefs 31–17 24–10 19–20 13–3 34–2 24–10 27–20
Oakland Raiders 41–10 13–10 43–32 31–10 33–27 38–21 14–23
San Diego Chargers 30–14 34–28 15–37 29–13 55–24 3–40 27–34

(*) Played at Legion Field, Birmingham since Boston Red Sox refused to rent Fenway Park to Patriots.

Standings[edit]

AFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
New York Jets 11 3 0 .786 7–1 419 280 W4
Houston Oilers 7 7 0 .500 5–3 303 248 W2
Miami Dolphins 5 8 1 .385 4–3–1 276 355 L1
Boston Patriots 4 10 0 .286 2–6 229 406 L2
Buffalo Bills 1 12 1 .077 1–6–1 199 367 L8

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Regular season schedule[edit]

Regular season
Week Date Time Opponent Result Jets points Opponents Game site Attendance National TV Local Radio
1
Bye
2
September 15, 1968
4:00 PM EDT
at Kansas City Chiefs
Win
20
19
Municipal Stadium
48,871
NBC
WABC–AM
3
September 22, 1968
4:00 PM EDT
vs. Boston Patriots
Win
47
31
Legion Field[2]
29,192
NBC
WABC–AM
4
September 29, 1968
1:30 PM EDT
at Buffalo Bills
Loss
35
37
War Memorial Stadium
38,044
NBC
WABC–AM
5
October 5, 1968
8:00 PM EDT
San Diego Chargers
Win
23
20
Shea Stadium
63,786
WABC–AM
6
October 13, 1968
1:30 PM EDT
Denver Broncos
Loss
13
21
Shea Stadium
63,052
NBC
WABC–AM
7
October 20, 1968
4:00 PM EDT
at Houston Oilers
Win
20
14
Astrodome
51,710
NBC
WABC–AM
8
October 27, 1968
1:30 PM EST
Boston Patriots
Win
48
14
Shea Stadium
62,351
NBC
WABC–AM
9
November 3, 1968
1:30 PM EST
Buffalo Bills
Win
25
21
Shea Stadium
61,452
NBC
WABC–AM
10
November 10, 1968
1:30 PM EST
Houston Oilers
Win
26
7
Shea Stadium
60,242
NBC
WABC–AM
11
November 17, 1968
4:00 PM EST
at Oakland Raiders
Loss
32
43
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
53,318
NBC
WABC–AM
12
November 24, 1968
4:00 PM EST
at San Diego Chargers
Win
37
15
San Diego Stadium
51,175
NBC
WABC–AM
13
December 1, 1968
1:30 PM EST
Miami Dolphins
Win
35
17
Shea Stadium
61,766
NBC
WABC–AM
14
December 8, 1968
1:30 PM EST
Cincinnati Bengals
Win
27
14
Shea Stadium
61,111
NBC
WABC–AM
15
December 15, 1968
1:30 PM EST
at Miami Dolphins
Win
31
7
Orange Bowl
32,843
NBC
WABC–AM

All times are EASTERN time

Regular season Game Officials[edit]

Game Officials
Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Field Judge
1
Bye
2
at Kansas City Chiefs
3
vs. Boston Patriots
4
at Buffalo Bills
5
San Diego Chargers
6
Denver Broncos
(12) Ben Dreith
(22) Paul Trepinski
(33) Elvin Hutchinson
(65) Aaron Wade
(40) Bob Whetstone
(51) Frank Rustich
7
at Houston Oilers
8
Boston Patriots
9
Buffalo Bills
10
Houston Oilers
11
at Oakland Raiders
12
at San Diego Chargers
13
Miami Dolphins
14
Cincinnati Bengals
15
at Miami Dolphins

Roster[edit]

1968 New York Jets final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant


Practice squad

  • Currently vacant


Rookies in italics
45 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Season summary[edit]

Week 1: Bye Week[edit]

Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week 2: New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (1–0) 7 10 0 3 20
Chiefs (0–1) 3 0 10 6 19

at Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: September 15, 1968
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), relative humidity 57%, wind 12 mph (19 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 48,871
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy (play-by-play), Kyle Rote (color commentator)
  • Box Score

Week 3: at Boston Patriots[edit]

Week 3: New York Jets at Boston Patriots
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (2–0) 14 6 17 10 47
Patriots (1–1) 3 7 7 14 31

at Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

  • Date: September 22, 1968
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), relative humidity 69%, wind 8 mph (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 29,192
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy (play-by-play), Kyle Rote (color commentator)
  • Box Score

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

This game, won by the Buffalo Bills at the old War Memorial Stadium (known as the rock pile) in Buffalo was the only win for the Bills all season. A win over the eventual Super Bowl champions.

Week 4: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (2–1) 7 14 0 14 35
Bills (1–3) 10 10 3 14 37

at War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York

  • Date: September 29, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), relative humidity 71%, wind 7 mph (11 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 38,044
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jim Simpson (play-by-play), Al DeRogatis (color commentator)
  • Box Score

Week 5: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week 5: San Diego Chargers at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers (3–1) 0 7 6 7 20
Jets (3–1) 3 6 7 7 23

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: October 5, 1968
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 63,786
  • Box Score

Week 6: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week 6: Denver Broncos at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos (2–3) 7 7 7 0 21
Jets (3–2) 7 3 0 3 13

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: October 13, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 63,052
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score

Week 7: at Houston Oilers[edit]

Week 7: New York Jets at Houston Oilers
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (4–2) 2 8 0 10 20
Oilers (2–5) 0 0 0 14 14

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 20, 1968
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 51,710
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score

Week 8: vs. Boston Patriots[edit]

Week 8: Boston Patriots at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots (3–4) 0 0 0 14 14
Jets (5–2) 7 3 10 28 48

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: October 27, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), relative humidity 48%, wind 16 mph (26 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 62,351
  • TV announcers (NBC): Jim Simpson (play-by-play), Al DeRogatis (color commentator)
  • Box Score

Week 9: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 9: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills (1–7–1) 7 0 0 14 21
Jets (6–2) 3 13 3 6 25

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: November 3, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C), relative humidity 48%, wind 8 mph (13 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 61,452
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score

Week 10: vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

Week 10: Houston Oilers at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers (4–6) 7 0 0 0 7
Jets (7–2) 13 3 7 3 26

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: November 10, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 60,242
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score

Week 11: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

The 1968 season also saw the Jets involved in one of the most notorious incidents in television history, an incident that would change the way television networks carried sporting events for decades to come. On November 17, 1968, just before 7:30 pm Eastern time, the Jets scored late to take a 32–29 lead over the Oakland Raiders with 1:05 left. NBC cut to a commercial, and then everywhere but the West Coast showed the movie Heidi, a show which NBC had promoted extensively for the sweeps period. Outraged fans bombarded NBC headquarters in New York with phone calls demanding the game be restored; so many phone calls were made that they eventually knocked out the NBC switchboard. Even though a decision was made to carry the game to conclusion, this decision could not be communicated, thus resulting in the movie starting on schedule.

Fans' ire was further fueled when they discovered that NBC's cutting away from the game denied them from seeing live a dramatic finish. On the Raiders' second play from scrimmage on the next drive, Daryle Lamonica threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Smith, giving the Raiders a 36–32 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Earl Christy of the Jets fumbled at the 10-yard line, which the Raiders' Preston Ridlehuber converted into another touchdown, ultimately giving the Raiders a 43–32 victory. Much of the country learned of this final outcome only via a bottom-of-screen crawl line shown during the movie. This incident, dubbed the Heidi Game, resulted in most television networks and sports leagues amending their television policies to ensure that games in progress would be broadcast to their conclusion, no matter what, even if it meant delaying or canceling the rest of the network's lineup, and even if the game's outcome seemed assured.

Week 11: New York Jets at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (7–3) 6 6 7 13 32
Raiders (8–2) 7 7 8 21 43

at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 17, 1968
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 53,318
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score


Week 12: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week 12: New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (8–3) 10 17 3 7 37
Chargers (8–3) 0 7 0 8 15

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 24, 1968
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 51,175
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score

Week 13: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 13: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins (4–7–1) 0 10 0 7 17
Jets (9–3) 0 14 0 21 35

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: December 1, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 61,766
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score


Week 14: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 14: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals (3–11) 0 7 0 7 14
Jets (10–3) 14 3 3 7 27

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: December 8, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 61,111
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score


Week 15: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 15: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (11–3) 10 7 7 7 31
Dolphins (5–8–1) 0 7 0 0 7

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

  • Date: December 15, 1968
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 32,843
  • TV: NBC
  • Box Score


Postseason[edit]

  • On December 29, Weeb Ewbank became the first coach to win titles in the National Football League and in the American Football League. Ironically, his former team, the Baltimore Colts won the 1968 NFL Championship on December 29 as well. The Colts defeated the Cleveland Browns by a score of 34–0.[3]
Playoffs
Round Date Time Opponent Result Jets points Opponents Game site Attendance National TV Local Radio National Radio
AFL Champ.
December 29, 1968
1:00 PM EST
Oakland Raiders
Win
27
23
Shea Stadium
62,627
NBC
WABC–AM
NBC
SB III
January 12, 1969
3:00 PM EST
Baltimore Colts
Win
16
7
Orange Bowl
75,402
NBC
WABC–AM
NBC

All times are EASTERN time

Post season Game Officials[edit]

Game Officials
Round Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Back Judge Field Judge Alternate
AFL Championship
Oakland Raiders
Walt Fitzgerald
George Young
Tony Veteri
Al Sabato
Hugh Gamber
Bob Baur
Super Bowl III
Baltimore Colts
(7) Tom Bell (NFL)
(25) Walt Parker (AFL)
(30) George Murphy (NFL)
(72) Cal Lepore (AFL)
(42) Jack Reader (AFL)
(54) Joe Gonzales (NFL)

AFL Championship[edit]

1968 AFL Championship Game: Oakland Raiders at New York Jets
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders (13–3) 0 10 3 10 23
Jets (12–3) 10 3 7 7 27

at Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York

  • Date: December 29, 1968
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), wind 18 mph (29 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 62,627
  • Referee: Walt Fitzgerald
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy (play-by-play), Kyle Rote (color commentator)
  • Box Score

Super Bowl III[edit]

The Guarantee[edit]

Namath (middle) running a play against the Colts in Super Bowl III.

In January 1969, the Jets would reach the pinnacle of their existence and provide the moment that would indicate the AFL's coming of age. Under Namath's guidance, the Jets rose to the top of the AFL, defeating the Oakland Raiders in a thrilling AFL championship game, 27–23. The win qualified them to represent their league in a game that was being referred to for the first time as the Super Bowl (and referred to retroactively as Super Bowl III). They were pitted against the champions of the NFL, the Baltimore Colts. At the time, the AFL was considered to be inferior to the NFL, and most considered the Jets to be considerable underdogs and treated them as such. That would change three nights before the game while Namath was being honored by the Miami Touchdown Club as its Player of the Year. Namath took exception to a heckling Colts fan and used that moment to lament the lack of respect his team had gotten to that point. He then said "The Jets will win Sunday. I guarantee it." His audacious remark proved correct, as the Jets created one of the greatest upsets in football history by defeating the Colts 16–7. This victory showed that the AFL was capable of competing with the NFL.[4]

Scoring summary[edit]

Super Bowl III: New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets (13–3) 0 7 6 3 16
Colts (15–2) 0 0 0 7 7

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

  • Date: January 12, 1969
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), overcast, windy, 20% chance of rain, wind 12 mph (19 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 75,389
  • Referee: Tom Bell
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy (play-by-play), Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote (color commentators), Jim Simpson (sideline reporter)
  • Box Score

Media[edit]

Radio
Flagship Station Play-by-play Color Commentator Studio Host
WABC–AM 770
Merle Harmon
Sam DeLuca
Pre season Local TV
Flagship Station Play-by-play Color Commentator
WOR-TV 9

Stats[edit]

Passing

Passing
Player G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate
Joe Namath 14 14 11–3–0 187 380 49.2 3147 15 3.9 17 4.5 87 8.3 7.1 16.8 224.8 72.1
Babe Parilli 14 0 29 55 52.7 401 5 9.1 2 3.6 40 7.3 7.5 13.8 28.6 91.6
Matt Snell 14 14 1 1 100.0 26 0 0.0 0 0.0 26 26.0 26.0 26.0 1.9 118.7
NYJ Totals 14 11–3–0 217 436 49.8 3574 20 4.6 19 4.4 87 8.2 7.2 16.5 255.3 74.8
Opp Totals 14 187 403 46.4 2567 17 4.2 28 6.9 6.4 4.09 13.7 183.4 77.9

Rushing

Rushing
Player G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G
Matt Snell 14 14 179 743 6 60 4.2 53.4 12.8
Emerson Boozer 12 12 143 441 5 33 3.1 36.8 11.9
Bill Mathis 14 2 74 208 5 16 2.8 14.9 5.3
Billy Joe 10 0 42 186 3 32 4.4 18.6 4.2
George Sauer 14 14 2 21 0 15 10.5 1.5 0.1
Mark Smolinski 14 0 12 15 0 5 1.3 1.1 0.9
Joe Namath 14 14 5 11 2 4 2.2 0.8 0.4
Babe Parilli 14 0 7 −2 1 10 −0.3 −0.1 0.5
Curley Johnson 14 1 2 −6 0 0 −3.0 −0.4 0.1
Bill Rademacher 14 0 1 −13 0 −13 −13.0 −0.9 0.1
NYJ Totals 14 467 1608 22 60 3.4 114.9 33.4
Opp Totals 14 368 1195 9 3.2 85.4 26.3

Receiving

Receiving
Player G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
George Sauer 14 14 66 1141 17.3 3 43 4.7 81.5
Don Maynard 13 13 57 1297 22.8 10 87 4.4 99.8
Pete Lammons 13 13 32 400 12.5 3 27 2.5 30.8
Matt Snell 14 14 16 105 6.6 1 39 1.1 7.5
Emerson Boozer 12 12 12 101 8.4 0 23 1.0 8.4
Bake Turner 13 1 10 241 24.1 2 71 0.8 18.5
Bill Mathis 14 2 9 149 16.6 1 31 0.6 10.6
Mark Smolinski 14 0 6 40 6.7 0 19 0.4 2.9
Curley Johnson 14 1 5 78 15.6 0 18 0.4 5.6
Billy Joe 10 0 2 11 5.5 0 11 0.2 1.1
Bill Rademacher 14 0 2 11 5.5 0 6 0.1 0.8
NYJ Totals 14 217 3574 16.5 20 87 15.5 255.3
Opp Totals 14 187 2168 11.6 17 13.4 154.9

Kicking

Kicking
Player G GS 0–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50+ FGM FGA FG% XPM XPA XP%
Jim Turner 14 0 8–8 15–18 6–10 5–9 0–1 34 46 73.9% 43 43 100.0%
NYJ Totals 14 8–8 15–18 6–10 5–9 0–1 34 46 73.9% 43 43 100.0%
Opp Totals 14 9 17 73.9% 33 34 97.1%

Punting

Punting
Player G GS Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Curley Johnson 14 1 68 2977 65 1 43.8
NYJ Totals 14 68 2977 65 1 43.8
Opp Totals 14 98 3763 38.4

Kick Return

Kick Return
Player G GS Rt Yds TD Lng Y/RT
Earl Christy 14 0 25 599 0 87 24.0
Bake Turner 13 1 14 319 0 36 22.8
Matt Snell 14 14 3 28 0 15 9.3
Mike D'Amato 13 0 1 32 0 32 32.0
Mark Smolinski 14 0 1 17 0 17 17.0
John Neidert 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0
Bill Rademacher 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0
NYJ Totals 14 46 995 0 87 21.6
Opp Totals 14 82 1664 0 20.3

Punt Return

Punt Return
Player G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R
Earl Christy 14 0 13 116 0 39 8.9
Bill Baird 14 14 18 111 0 20 6.2
Jim Richards 12 0 4 57 0 37 14.3
Gerry Philbin 14 14 1 2 0 2 2.0
NYJ Totals 14 36 286 0 39 7.9
Opp Totals 14 39 531 3 13.6

Defense & Fumbles

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
Player G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts
Jim Turner 14 0 43 43 34 46 145
Don Maynard 13 13 10 10 60
Matt Snell 14 14 6 1 7 42
Bill Mathis 14 2 5 1 6 1 38
Emerson Boozer 12 12 5 5 30
Billy Joe 10 0 3 3 18
Pete Lammons 13 13 3 3 18
George Sauer 14 14 3 3 18
Joe Namath 14 14 2 2 12
Bake Turner 13 1 2 2 12
Randy Beverly 13 13 1 1 6
Babe Parilli 14 0 1 1 6
Johnny Sample 14 14 1 1 6
Mark Smolinski 14 0 1 1 6
Paul Crane 13 0 1 2
NYJ Totals 14 22 20 2 1 45 1 43 43 34 46 1 421
Opp Totals 14 9 17 3 3 4 33 34 9 17 280

Team

Team Stats
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Pass Cmp Pass Att Pass Yds Pass TD Int NY/A Pass 1stD Rush Att Rush Yds Rush TD Y/A Rush 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
NYJ Stats 419 5047 921 5.5 28 9 249 217 436 3439 20 19 7.6 144 467 1608 22 3.4 80 76 742 25
Opp Stats 280 3363 814 4.1 43 15 178 187 403 2168 17 28 4.9 104 368 1195 9 3.2 59 65 695 15
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 2 3 8 1 9
Lg Rank Defense 4 1 2 3 1 4 2 4 2 3 2 1 2 1

Quarter-by-quarter

Quarter-by-quarter
1 2 3 4 T
Jets 103 113 64 139 419
Opponents 44 69 41 126 280

Pop Culture[edit]

In the 2017 song Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled, Rihanna makes a reference to the '68 Jets.

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 283
  2. ^ 1968 schedule
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.283
  4. ^ He guaranteed it – Pro Football Hall of Fame

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Oakland Raiders
1967
American Football League champion
1968
Succeeded by
Kansas City Chiefs
1969