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1988 New York Jets season

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
Previous season      Next season
< 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 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

Personnel

Staff

[1]

Starters

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

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1988-09-04 at New England Patriots L 28–3 Sullivan Stadium
44,027
2 1988-09-11 at Cleveland Browns W 23–3 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
74,434
3 1988-09-18 Houston Oilers W 45–3 The Meadowlands
64,483
4 1988-09-25 at Detroit Lions W 17–10 Pontiac Silverdome
29,250
5 1988-10-02 Kansas City Chiefs T 17–17 (OT) The Meadowlands
66,110
6 1988-10-09 at Cincinnati Bengals L 36–19 Riverfront Stadium
57,482
7 1988-10-17 Buffalo Bills L 37–14 The Meadowlands
70,218
8 1988-10-23 at Miami Dolphins W 44–30 Joe Robbie Stadium
68,292
9 1988-10-30 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–20 The Meadowlands
64,862
10 1988-11-06 at Indianapolis Colts L 38–14 Hoosier Dome
59,233
11 1988-11-13 New England Patriots L 14–13 The Meadowlands
48,358
12 1988-11-20 at Buffalo Bills L 9–6 (OT) Rich Stadium
78,389
13 1988-11-27 Miami Dolphins W 38–34 The Meadowlands
52,752
14 1988-12-04 at Kansas City Chiefs L 38–34 Arrowhead Stadium
30,059
15 1988-12-10 Indianapolis Colts W 34–16 The Meadowlands
46,284
16 1988-12-18 New York Giants W 27–21 The Meadowlands
69,770

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Jets 3 000 3
• Patriots 3 31012 28

[3]


Week 2

1 234Total
• Jets 3 3314 23
Browns 3 000 3

[4]


Week 3

1 234Total
Oilers 3 000 3
• Jets 14 14314 45

[5]


Week 4

1 234Total
• Jets 3 707 17
Lions 3 070 10
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan
  • Game weather: indoors (dome)

[6]


Week 5

1 234OTTotal
Chiefs 0 03140 17
Jets 3 7070 17

[7]


Week 6

1 234Total
Jets 9 370 19
• Bengals 6 1370 26
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 51°F, wind 9

[8]


Week 7

1 234Total
• Bills 17 1433 37
Jets 0 770 14

[9]


Week 8

1 234Total
• Jets 6 2477 44
Dolphins 7 3137 30

[10]


Week 9

1 234Total
Steelers 10 0010 20
• Jets 0 1077 24

[11]


Week 10

1 234Total
Jets 0 1400 14
• Colts 7 3217 38

[12]


Week 11

1 234Total
• Patriots 0 077 14
Jets 0 337 13

[13]


Week 12

1 234OTTotal
Jets 0 3030 6
Bills 0 0333 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

1 234Total
Dolphins 7 7200 34
• Jets 7 17014 38

[15]



Week 14

1 234Total
Jets 10 1077 34
• Chiefs 14 7017 38

[16]


Week 15

1 234Total
Colts 6 730 16
• Jets 10 0213 34

[17]


Week 16

1 234Total
Giants 0 777 21
• Jets 10 377 27

[18]


Standings

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

External links

  • 1988 New York Jets at Pro-Football-Reference.com

References

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