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1971 New York Jets

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6-8-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.4, Offense: -3.7, Defense: -1.6, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 212 points (15.1/g), 23rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 299 points (21.4/g), 19th.
 Differential of -87 points (-6.2/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 4.3-9.7.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (6-8-0)
 Other Notable Asst.: Buddy Ryan (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Shea Stadium
 Training Camp: Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)

Team Info

Principal Owner Leon Hess
Head Coach/General Manager Weeb Ewbank
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 212 3267 786 4.2 26 10 20 202 119 278 1379 15 16 4.6 67 485 1888 12 3.9 115
Team Defense 299 4357 841 5.2 27 14 16 235 163 342 2055 17 13 5.6 101 472 2302 18 4.9 118
Lg Rank Offense 23 26 4 1 20 25 26 10 9 22 10 11 12 16
Lg Rank Defense 19 19 25 15 16 8 9 18 25 12 15 25 21 26

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 0 22 7 118 75 43 16 319 66 253 1
2 Mon September 27 boxscore L 0-2 @ St. Louis Cardinals 10 17 18 239 121 118 15 340 222 118 1
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 1-2 @ Miami Dolphins 14 10 13 221 87 134 1 14 297 134 163 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 1-3 @ New England Patriots 0 20 11 121 8 113 2 15 337 130 207 2
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 2-3 Buffalo Bills 28 17 20 331 140 191 14 271 188 83 2
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-4 Miami Dolphins 14 30 16 233 101 132 1 19 361 59 302
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 2-5 @ San Diego Chargers 21 49 19 263 94 169 4 20 523 358 165 2
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 3-5 Kansas City Chiefs 13 10 11 145 9 136 10 190 95 95 3
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 3-6 Baltimore Colts 13 14 9 188 113 75 3 15 189 70 119 3
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 4-6 @ Buffalo Bills 20 7 10 231 78 153 1 12 197 119 78 6
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 4-7 San Francisco 49ers 21 24 21 393 275 118 3 20 351 88 263 1
12 Sat December 4 boxscore L 4-8 @ Dallas Cowboys 10 52 12 149 19 130 6 26 439 221 218 1
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 5-8 New England Patriots 13 6 17 261 95 166 4 16 250 150 100 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 6-8 Cincinnati Bengals 35 21 18 374 164 210 2 23 293 155 138

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
15 Bob Davis 26 QB 13 7 3-4-0 49 121 40.5% 624 10 8.3 8 6.6 44 5.2 3.8 12.7 48.0 57.3 14 92 3.94 2.76 10.4 0 1
18 Al Woodall 26 qb 5 4 1-3-0 42 97 43.3% 395 0 0.0 2 2.1 26 4.1 3.1 9.4 79.0 46.5 9 85 2.92 2.08 8.5 1 1
12 Joe Namath 28 qb 4 3 2-1-0 28 59 47.5% 537 5 8.5 6 10.2 74 9.1 6.2 19.2 134.3 68.2 0 0 9.10 6.22 0.0
20 Steve O'Neal 25 P 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.2 14 6-8-0 119 278 42.8% 1556 15 5.4 16 5.8 74 5.6 4.1 13.1 111.1 55.1 23 177 4.58 3.19 7.6 1 2
Opp Total 14 163 342 47.7% 2285 17 5.0 13 3.8 6.7 5.96 14.0 163.2 70.4 27 230 5.6 4.9 7.3

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
32 Emerson Boozer 28 RB 14 14 188 618 5 19 3.3 44.1 13.4 11 120 10.9 1 36 0.8 8.6 738 6 6
44 John Riggins 22 FB 14 14 180 769 1 25 4.3 54.9 12.9 36 231 6.4 2 32 2.6 16.5 1000 3 6
37 George Nock 25 14 0 48 137 3 17 2.9 9.8 3.4 6 44 7.3 2 19 0.4 3.1 181 5 4
36 Steve Harkey 22 14 0 20 62 0 10 3.1 4.4 1.4 5 28 5.6 0 10 0.4 2.0 90 0 1
15 Bob Davis 26 QB 13 7 18 154 1 24 8.6 11.8 1.4 154 1 3
18 Al Woodall 26 qb 5 4 13 26 0 7 2.0 5.2 2.6 26 0 3
42 Cliff McClain 24 11 0 12 108 2 63 9.0 9.8 1.1 108 2 1
12 Joe Namath 28 qb 4 3 3 -1 0 1 -0.3 -0.3 0.8 -1 0 0
88 Rich Caster 23 WR 14 14 2 10 0 17 5.0 0.7 0.1 26 454 17.5 6 57 1.9 32.4 464 6 0
13 Don Maynard 36 WR 14 14 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 21 408 19.4 2 74 1.5 29.1 410 2 0
87 Pete Lammons 28 TE 14 14 0 3 0 3 0.2 0.0 8 149 18.6 1 27 0.6 10.6 152 1 1
7 Eddie Bell 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 110 22.0 1 31 0.4 7.9 110 1 1
82 Gary Arthur 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 0.9 12 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 485 1888 12 63 3.9 134.9 34.6 119 1556 13.1 15 74 8.5 111.1 3444 27 30
Opp Total 14 472 2302 18 4.9 164.4 33.7 163 2055 12.6 17 11.6 146.8 4357 35 35

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
19 Chris Farasopoulos 22 KR/PR 14 2 19 155 0 19 8.2 25 545 0 30 21.8 700
22 Vern Studdard 23 8 0 4 3 0 3 0.8 15 329 0 37 21.9 332
27 Phil Wise 22 SS 14 8 8 210 0 41 26.3 210
37 George Nock 25 14 0 5 71 0 35 14.2 252
7 Eddie Bell 25 14 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 107
36 Steve Harkey 22 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 92
33 W.K. Hicks 29 FS 13 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
42 Cliff McClain 24 11 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 119
Team Total 26.2 14 25 155 0 19 6.2 55 1168 0 41 21.2 4767
Opp Total 14 41 359 0 8.8 34 906 1 26.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
20 Steve O'Neal 25 P 14 0 78 3026 58 0 38.8
3 Bobby Howfield 35 K 14 0 1 1 3 1 7 5 7 1 1 19 8 42.1%% 26 25 96.2%%
51 Ralph Baker 29 LLB 12 11 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 26.2 14 1 1 3 1 7 5 7 1 1 19 8 42.1%% 27 26 96.3%% 78 3026 58 0 38.8
Opp Total 14 25 14 56.0%% 37 35 94.6%% 65 2476 38.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
32 Emerson Boozer 28 RB 14 14 0 6 3 1 0
44 John Riggins 22 FB 14 14 0 6 2 -7 0
33 W.K. Hicks 29 FS 13 12 4 46 0 26 0 0 1 1 9 0
37 George Nock 25 14 0 0 4 2 0 0
18 Al Woodall 26 qb 5 4 0 3 2 -9 0
56 Paul Crane 27 14 5 1 23 0 23 0 0 0 3 0 0
15 Bob Davis 26 QB 13 7 0 3 1 -13 0
60 Larry Grantham 33 RLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
20 Steve O'Neal 25 P 14 0 0 2 2 0 0
48 Gus Hollomon 26 11 6 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 0
27 Phil Wise 22 SS 14 8 1 33 0 33 0 0 0 2 4 0
62 Al Atkinson 28 MLB 10 7 2 19 0 17 0
7 Eddie Bell 25 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
43 John Dockery 27 LCB 14 7 2 13 0 13 0
88 Rich Caster 23 WR 14 14 0 0 1 7 0
19 Chris Farasopoulos 22 KR/PR 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
70 Dave Foley 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Steve Harkey 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
67 Dave Herman 30 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
75 Winston Hill* 30 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
87 Pete Lammons 28 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
57 John Little 24 LDT 14 10 0 0 1 0 0
42 Cliff McClain 24 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
52 John Schmitt 29 C 14 14 0 0 1 1 0
45 Earlie Thomas 26 RCB 13 12 0 0 1 13 0
Team Total 26.2 14 13 136 0 33 0 0 30 30 10 0
Opp Total 14 23 35 21

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Bobby Howfield 35 K 14 0 25 8 49
32 Emerson Boozer 28 RB 14 14 5 1 6 36
88 Rich Caster 23 WR 14 14 6 6 36
37 George Nock 25 14 0 3 2 5 30
44 John Riggins 22 FB 14 14 1 2 3 18
13 Don Maynard 36 WR 14 14 2 2 12
42 Cliff McClain 24 11 0 2 2 12
7 Eddie Bell 25 14 0 1 1 6
15 Bob Davis 26 QB 13 7 1 1 6
87 Pete Lammons 28 TE 14 14 1 1 6
51 Ralph Baker 29 LLB 12 11 1 1
Team Total 26.2 14 12 15 27 26 8 212
Opp Total 14 18 17 1 1 35 14 299

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-27 @ STL L, 10-17 2 3 rush George Nock 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
2 1971-10-03 @ MIA W, 14-10 4 1 rush George Nock 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
3 1971-10-03 @ MIA W, 14-10 4 2 rush George Nock 2 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1971-10-17 BUF W, 28-17 1 2 rush Emerson Boozer 2 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1971-10-17 BUF W, 28-17 1 11 pass Rich Caster 11 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
6 1971-10-17 BUF W, 28-17 3 1 rush Cliff McClain 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
7 1971-10-17 BUF W, 28-17 4 32 pass John Riggins 32 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1971-10-24 MIA L, 14-30 1 14 pass Emerson Boozer 14 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1971-10-24 MIA L, 14-30 4 16 pass Pete Lammons 16 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
10 1971-10-31 @ SDG L, 21-49 1 23 pass Rich Caster 23 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1971-10-31 @ SDG L, 21-49 2 31 pass John Riggins 31 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
12 1971-10-31 @ SDG L, 21-49 3 6 rush Emerson Boozer 6 yard rush (Ralph Baker pass from Bob Davis)
13 1971-11-07 KAN W, 13-10 1 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1971-11-14 BAL L, 13-14 2 1 rush Bob Davis 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1971-11-14 BAL L, 13-14 4 16 pass Rich Caster 16 yard pass from Bob Davis
16 1971-11-21 @ BUF W, 20-7 2 33 pass Don Maynard 33 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1971-11-21 @ BUF W, 20-7 2 19 pass George Nock 19 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
18 1971-11-28 SFO L, 21-24 3 57 pass Rich Caster 57 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1971-11-28 SFO L, 21-24 4 20 pass Rich Caster 20 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1971-11-28 SFO L, 21-24 4 22 pass Eddie Bell 22 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1971-12-04 @ DAL L, 10-52 3 1 pass George Nock 1 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
22 1971-12-12 NWE W, 13-6 3 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
23 1971-12-19 CIN W, 35-21 1 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
24 1971-12-19 CIN W, 35-21 2 11 pass Rich Caster 11 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
25 1971-12-19 CIN W, 35-21 2 74 pass Don Maynard 74 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
26 1971-12-19 CIN W, 35-21 2 7 rush Emerson Boozer 7 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
27 1971-12-19 CIN W, 35-21 3 63 rush Cliff McClain 63 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ BAL W, 22-0 1 1 rush Tom Matte 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ BAL W, 22-0 2 67 rush Norm Bulaich 67 yard rush
3 1971-09-27 @ STL W, 17-10 1 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1971-09-27 @ STL W, 17-10 2 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1971-10-03 @ MIA L, 10-14 1 16 rush Larry Csonka 16 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1971-10-10 @ NWE W, 20-0 3 15 pass Randy Vataha 15 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (pass failed)
7 1971-10-10 @ NWE W, 20-0 3 6 pass Ron Sellers 6 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ NWE W, 20-0 4 50 rush Jim Nance 50 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
9 1971-10-17 BUF L, 17-28 2 12 pass Marlin Briscoe 12 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
10 1971-10-17 BUF L, 17-28 3 3 rush O.J. Simpson 3 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
11 1971-10-24 MIA W, 30-14 2 37 pass Paul Warfield 37 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1971-10-24 MIA W, 30-14 3 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1971-10-24 MIA W, 30-14 4 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1971-10-31 @ SDG W, 49-21 2 2 rush John Hadl 2 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
15 1971-10-31 @ SDG W, 49-21 2 37 pass Mike Montgomery 37 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
16 1971-10-31 @ SDG W, 49-21 2 17 pass Billy Parks 17 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
17 1971-10-31 @ SDG W, 49-21 3 49 pass Gary Garrison 49 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
18 1971-10-31 @ SDG W, 49-21 4 13 rush Mike Montgomery 13 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
19 1971-10-31 @ SDG W, 49-21 4 21 pass Pettis Norman 21 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
20 1971-10-31 @ SDG W, 49-21 4 36 interception Chris Fletcher 36 yard interception return (Dennis Partee kick)
21 1971-11-07 KAN L, 10-13 1 6 pass Mike Adamle 6 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1971-11-14 BAL W, 14-13 3 2 rush Don Nottingham 2 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
23 1971-11-14 BAL W, 14-13 3 10 rush Tom Matte 10 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
24 1971-11-21 @ BUF L, 7-20 1 41 pass Marlin Briscoe 41 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
25 1971-11-28 SFO W, 24-21 2 2 rush Vic Washington 2 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
26 1971-11-28 SFO W, 24-21 3 1 rush John Brodie 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
27 1971-11-28 SFO W, 24-21 4 22 pass Vic Washington 22 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
28 1971-12-04 @ DAL W, 52-10 1 101 kickoff Ike Thomas 101 yard kickoff return (Mike Clark kick)
29 1971-12-04 @ DAL W, 52-10 1 27 pass Calvin Hill 27 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
30 1971-12-04 @ DAL W, 52-10 1 27 pass Calvin Hill 27 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
31 1971-12-04 @ DAL W, 52-10 1 3 rush Duane Thomas 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
32 1971-12-04 @ DAL W, 52-10 2 9 rush Calvin Hill 9 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
33 1971-12-04 @ DAL W, 52-10 3 18 pass Duane Thomas 18 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
34 1971-12-04 @ DAL W, 52-10 4 20 pass Lance Alworth 20 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
35 1971-12-19 CIN L, 21-35 1 5 pass Chip Myers 5 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
36 1971-12-19 CIN L, 21-35 3 6 rush Fred Willis 6 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
37 1971-12-19 CIN L, 21-35 4 9 pass Bruce Coslet 9 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Virgil Carter run)