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1981 New York Jets season


1981 New York Jets season

1981 New York Jets season
Head coach Walt Michaels
Home field Shea Stadium
Record 10–5–1
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wildcard
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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.


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1981-09-06 at Buffalo Bills L 31–0 Rich Stadium
2 1981-09-13 Cincinnati Bengals L 31–30 Shea Stadium
3 1981-09-20 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–10 Three Rivers Stadium
4 1981-09-27 Houston Oilers W 33–17 Shea Stadium
5 1981-10-04 at Miami Dolphins T 28–28 Miami Orange Bowl
6 1981-10-11 New England Patriots W 28–24 Shea Stadium
7 1981-10-18 Buffalo Bills W 33–14 Shea Stadium
8 1981-10-25 Seattle Seahawks L 19–3 Shea Stadium
9 1981-11-01 at New York Giants W 26–7 Giants Stadium
10 1981-11-08 at Baltimore Colts W 41–14 Memorial Stadium
11 1981-11-15 at New England Patriots W 17–6 Schafer Stadium
12 1981-11-22 Miami Dolphins W 16–15 Shea Stadium
13 1981-11-29 Baltimore Colts W 25–0 Shea Stadium
14 1981-12-06 at Seattle Seahawks L 27–23 Kingdome
15 1981-12-12 at Cleveland Browns W 14–13 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
16 1981-12-20 Green Bay Packers W 28–3 Shea Stadium


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



External links

  • 1981 statistics

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