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1972 New York Jets

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.5, Offense: 4.7, Defense: -4.2, SoS: -2.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 367 points (26.2/g), 2nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 324 points (23.1/g), 19th.
 Differential of 43 points (3.1/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.0-6.0.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (7-7-0)
 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 367 4787 825 5.8 31 9 27 250 172 347 2777 21 22 7.6 117 461 2010 18 4.4 106
Team Defense 324 4709 866 5.4 31 12 16 255 186 363 2637 18 19 6.8 118 476 2072 16 4.4 121
Lg Rank Offense 2 2 9 2 8 16 1 3 17 1 18 13 5 7
Lg Rank Defense 19 22 15 19 22 17 26 16 12 23 15 18 20 19

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 41 24 19 293 102 191 1 16 287 207 80 4
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-0 @ Baltimore Colts 44 34 19 573 490 83 2 28 412 332 80 2
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-1 @ Houston Oilers 20 26 19 398 301 97 4 19 412 262 150 1
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-2 Miami Dolphins 17 27 16 270 147 123 1 23 394 220 174 1
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-2 @ New England Patriots 41 13 24 396 63 333 1 18 311 175 136 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-2 Baltimore Colts 24 20 10 347 228 119 4 23 406 227 179 2
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 5-2 New England Patriots 34 10 21 392 201 191 2 14 194 128 66 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 5-3 Washington Redskins 17 35 19 222 116 106 4 7 311 222 89 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 6-3 Buffalo Bills 41 3 17 289 141 148 1 11 210 67 143 4
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 6-4 @ Miami Dolphins 24 28 14 283 175 108 3 20 346 132 214 3
11 Thu November 23 boxscore L 6-5 @ Detroit Lions 20 37 19 394 165 229 1 19 385 125 260
12 Sun December 3 boxscore W 7-5 New Orleans Saints 18 17 18 323 259 64 2 22 333 194 139 1
13 Mon December 11 boxscore L 7-6 @ Oakland Raiders 16 24 20 401 365 36 2 19 366 197 169 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 7-7 Cleveland Browns 10 26 15 206 24 182 3 16 342 149 193 3

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
12 Joe Namath* 29 QB 13 13 7-6-0 162 324 50.0% 2816 19 5.9 21 6.5 83 8.7 6.9 17.4 216.6 72.5 11 101 8.10 6.42 3.3 2 2
15 Bob Davis 27 qb 14 1 0-1-0 10 22 45.5% 114 2 9.1 1 4.5 35 5.2 5.0 11.4 8.1 72.9 6 52 2.21 2.04 21.4
42 Cliff McClain 25 13 4 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 26.7 14 7-7-0 172 347 49.6% 2930 21 6.1 22 6.3 83 8.4 6.8 17.0 209.3 72.3 17 153 7.63 6.06 4.7 2 2
Opp Total 14 186 363 51.2% 2888 18 5.0 19 5.2 8.0 6.59 15.5 206.3 72.7 27 251 6.8 5.5 6.9

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
44 John Riggins 23 FB 12 11 207 944 7 40 4.6 78.7 17.3 21 230 11.0 1 67 1.8 19.2 1174 8 2
32 Emerson Boozer 29 RB 11 10 120 549 11 37 4.6 49.9 10.9 11 142 12.9 3 49 1.0 12.9 691 14 3
42 Cliff McClain 25 13 4 59 305 0 30 5.2 23.5 4.5 6 88 14.7 0 44 0.5 6.8 393 0 5
36 Steve Harkey 23 11 3 45 129 0 10 2.9 11.7 4.1 9 114 12.7 0 24 0.8 10.4 243 0 1
40 Hank Bjorklund 22 7 0 15 42 0 10 2.8 6.0 2.1 4 54 13.5 0 35 0.6 7.7 96 0 0
15 Bob Davis 27 qb 14 1 6 32 0 20 5.3 2.3 0.4 32 0 0
12 Joe Namath* 29 QB 13 13 6 8 0 2 1.3 0.6 0.5 8 0 3
88 Rich Caster* 24 TE 14 13 2 6 0 6 3.0 0.4 0.1 39 833 21.4 10 80 2.8 59.5 839 10 0
7 Eddie Bell 26 WR 13 13 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.4 0.1 35 629 18.0 2 83 2.7 48.4 624 2 1
13 Don Maynard 37 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 510 17.6 2 41 2.1 36.4 510 2 0
83 Jerome Barkum 22 te 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 304 19.0 2 52 1.1 21.7 304 2 1
89 Wayne Stewart 25 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 26 13.0 1 22 0.1 1.9 26 1 0
Team Total 26.7 14 461 2010 18 40 4.4 143.6 32.9 172 2930 17.0 21 83 12.3 209.3 4940 39 21
Opp Total 14 476 2072 16 4.4 148.0 34.0 186 2637 14.2 18 13.3 188.4 4709 34 21

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 23 FS/KR/PR 13 11 17 179 1 65 10.5 26 627 0 51 24.1 806
27 Phil Wise 23 9 3 9 211 0 33 23.4 211
29 Rocky Turner 22 8 0 5 38 0 16 7.6 3 57 0 22 19.0 95
40 Hank Bjorklund 22 7 0 7 150 0 27 21.4 246
33 W.K. Hicks 30 14 3 3 25 0 20 8.3 4 73 0 23 18.3 98
63 Roy Kirksey 25 10 0 2 33 0 17 16.5 33
42 Cliff McClain 25 13 4 2 45 0 26 22.5 438
83 Jerome Barkum 22 te 14 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 304
41 Matt Snell 31 4 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
53 Willie Zapalac 24 6 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
Team Total 26.7 14 25 242 1 65 9.7 56 1218 0 51 21.8 6400
Opp Total 14 23 239 0 10.4 47 1386 1 29.5

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
3 Bobby Howfield 36 K 14 0 8 7 7 7 15 11 7 2 37 27 73.0%% 41 40 97.6%%
20 Steve O'Neal 26 P 14 0 51 2006 57 1 39.3
Team Total 26.7 14 8 7 7 7 15 11 7 2 37 27 73.0%% 41 40 97.6%% 51 2006 57 1 39.3
Opp Total 14 33 22 66.7%% 37 36 97.3%% 56 2206 39.4

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
42 Cliff McClain 25 13 4 0 5 2 0 0
21 Steve Tannen 24 LCB 13 10 7 125 0 32 0
19 Chris Farasopoulos 23 FS/KR/PR 13 11 2 48 0 25 0 0 1 2 0 0
12 Joe Namath* 29 QB 13 13 0 3 1 0 0
32 Emerson Boozer 29 RB 11 10 0 3 0 0 0
45 Earlie Thomas 27 RCB 14 14 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
51 Ralph Baker 30 LLB 10 7 2 0 0 0 0
7 Eddie Bell 26 WR 13 13 0 1 1 10 0
60 Larry Grantham 34 RLB 11 10 0 0 2 4 0
63 Roy Kirksey 25 10 0 0 1 1 0 0
84 Mark Lomas 24 RDE 14 12 0 0 2 2 0
20 Steve O'Neal 26 P 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
81 Gerry Philbin 31 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
66 Randy Rasmussen 27 LG 14 14 0 0 2 0 1
44 John Riggins 23 FB 12 11 0 2 0 0 0
46 Rich Sowells 24 11 4 2 14 0 14 0
29 Rocky Turner 22 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
27 Phil Wise 23 9 3 0 1 1 0 0
62 Al Atkinson 29 MLB 13 13 1 7 0 7 0
83 Jerome Barkum 22 te 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
88 Rich Caster* 24 TE 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
56 Paul Crane 28 8 6 1 4 0 4 0
61 Roger Finnie 27 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
36 Steve Harkey 23 11 3 0 1 0 0 0
33 W.K. Hicks 30 14 3 1 43 0 43 0
48 Gus Hollomon 27 SS 14 12 1 25 0 25 0
71 John Mooring 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Wayne Stewart 25 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
50 Michael Taylor 23 14 5 1 2 0 2 0
Team Total 26.7 14 19 282 0 43 0 0 21 24 16 1
Opp Total 14 17 21 9

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 36 K 14 0 40 27 121
32 Emerson Boozer 29 RB 11 10 11 3 14 84
88 Rich Caster* 24 TE 14 13 10 10 60
44 John Riggins 23 FB 12 11 7 1 8 48
83 Jerome Barkum 22 te 14 1 2 2 12
7 Eddie Bell 26 WR 13 13 2 2 12
13 Don Maynard 37 WR 14 14 2 2 12
19 Chris Farasopoulos 23 FS/KR/PR 13 11 1 1 6
66 Randy Rasmussen 27 LG 14 14 1 1 6
89 Wayne Stewart 25 14 1 1 1 6
Team Total 26.7 14 18 21 1 1 41 40 27 367
Opp Total 14 16 18 1 1 1 36 22 324

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ BUF W, 41-24 1 16 rush John Riggins 16 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ BUF W, 41-24 1 65 punt Chris Farasopoulos 65 yard punt return (Bobby Howfield kick)
3 1972-09-17 @ BUF W, 41-24 2 12 pass Emerson Boozer 12 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1972-09-17 @ BUF W, 41-24 2 15 rush Emerson Boozer 15 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1972-09-17 @ BUF W, 41-24 4 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
6 1972-09-24 @ BAL W, 44-34 1 65 pass Eddie Bell 65 yard pass from Joe Namath
7 1972-09-24 @ BAL W, 44-34 2 67 pass John Riggins 67 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1972-09-24 @ BAL W, 44-34 2 28 pass Don Maynard 28 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1972-09-24 @ BAL W, 44-34 2 10 pass Rich Caster 10 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
10 1972-09-24 @ BAL W, 44-34 4 79 pass Rich Caster 79 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1972-09-24 @ BAL W, 44-34 4 80 pass Rich Caster 80 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
12 1972-10-01 @ HOU L, 20-26 1 25 pass Jerome Barkum 25 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
13 1972-10-01 @ HOU L, 20-26 4 4 pass Rich Caster 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1972-10-08 MIA L, 17-27 1 0 fumble Randy Rasmussen 0 yard fumble return (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1972-10-08 MIA L, 17-27 4 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1972-10-15 @ NWE W, 41-13 1 6 rush John Riggins 6 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1972-10-15 @ NWE W, 41-13 2 37 rush Emerson Boozer 37 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
18 1972-10-15 @ NWE W, 41-13 2 27 pass Rich Caster 27 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1972-10-15 @ NWE W, 41-13 4 23 rush Emerson Boozer 23 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1972-10-15 @ NWE W, 41-13 4 8 rush Emerson Boozer 8 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1972-10-22 BAL W, 24-20 1 32 rush John Riggins 32 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
22 1972-10-22 BAL W, 24-20 1 49 pass Emerson Boozer 49 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
23 1972-10-22 BAL W, 24-20 4 83 pass Eddie Bell 83 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
24 1972-10-29 NWE W, 34-10 2 5 rush Emerson Boozer 5 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
25 1972-10-29 NWE W, 34-10 2 12 rush Emerson Boozer 12 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
26 1972-10-29 NWE W, 34-10 3 19 rush Emerson Boozer 19 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
27 1972-10-29 NWE W, 34-10 4 14 pass Rich Caster 14 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
28 1972-11-05 WAS L, 17-35 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
29 1972-11-05 WAS L, 17-35 4 15 pass Don Maynard 15 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
30 1972-11-12 BUF W, 41-3 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
31 1972-11-12 BUF W, 41-3 2 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
32 1972-11-12 BUF W, 41-3 2 4 pass Emerson Boozer 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
33 1972-11-12 BUF W, 41-3 3 26 pass Rich Caster 26 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
34 1972-11-12 BUF W, 41-3 4 9 pass Jerome Barkum 9 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
35 1972-11-19 @ MIA L, 24-28 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
36 1972-11-19 @ MIA L, 24-28 2 29 pass Rich Caster 29 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
37 1972-11-19 @ MIA L, 24-28 3 4 pass Wayne Stewart 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
38 1972-11-23 @ DET L, 20-37 2 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
39 1972-11-23 @ DET L, 20-37 3 33 pass Rich Caster 33 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
40 1972-12-11 @ OAK L, 16-24 1 49 pass Rich Caster 49 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
41 1972-12-17 CLE L, 10-26 1 3 rush Emerson Boozer 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ BUF L, 24-41 2 38 pass J.D. Hill 38 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ BUF L, 24-41 3 21 pass J.D. Hill 21 yard pass from O.J. Simpson (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1972-09-17 @ BUF L, 24-41 4 25 pass Haven Moses 25 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
4 1972-09-24 @ BAL L, 34-44 1 40 pass Sam Havrilak 40 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ BAL L, 34-44 2 93 kickoff Don McCauley 93 yard kickoff return (Jim O'Brien kick)
6 1972-09-24 @ BAL L, 34-44 4 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
7 1972-09-24 @ BAL L, 34-44 4 21 pass Tom Matte 21 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
8 1972-10-01 @ HOU W, 26-20 2 1 rush Willie Rodgers 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
9 1972-10-01 @ HOU W, 26-20 2 52 pass Ken Burrough 52 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
10 1972-10-08 MIA W, 27-17 2 16 pass Howard Twilley 16 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1972-10-08 MIA W, 27-17 2 6 rush Jim Kiick 6 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
12 1972-10-08 MIA W, 27-17 4 3 rush Jim Kiick 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1972-10-15 @ NWE L, 13-41 3 41 rush Carl Garrett 41 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
14 1972-10-22 BAL L, 20-24 2 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
15 1972-10-22 BAL L, 20-24 4 13 pass Jim O'Brien 13 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
16 1972-10-29 NWE L, 10-34 4 1 rush Brian Dowling 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
17 1972-11-05 WAS W, 35-17 1 45 pass Roy Jefferson 45 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
18 1972-11-05 WAS W, 35-17 2 70 pass Charley Taylor 70 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
19 1972-11-05 WAS W, 35-17 2 41 interception Chris Hanburger 41 yard interception return (Curt Knight kick)
20 1972-11-05 WAS W, 35-17 3 89 pass Larry Brown 89 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
21 1972-11-05 WAS W, 35-17 4 16 fumble Verlon Biggs 16 yard fumble return (Curt Knight kick)
22 1972-11-19 @ MIA W, 28-24 1 9 pass Howard Twilley 9 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1972-11-19 @ MIA W, 28-24 2 1 rush Mercury Morris 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1972-11-19 @ MIA W, 28-24 3 31 rush Earl Morrall 31 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1972-11-19 @ MIA W, 28-24 4 14 rush Mercury Morris 14 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1972-11-23 @ DET W, 37-20 2 34 pass Larry Walton 34 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
27 1972-11-23 @ DET W, 37-20 2 1 rush Greg Landry 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
28 1972-11-23 @ DET W, 37-20 4 6 rush Greg Landry 6 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
29 1972-11-23 @ DET W, 37-20 4 38 rush Altie Taylor 38 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
30 1972-12-03 NOR L, 17-18 2 3 rush Bob Gresham 3 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
31 1972-12-03 NOR L, 17-18 4 8 pass Bill Butler 8 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
32 1972-12-11 @ OAK W, 24-16 2 39 pass Fred Biletnikoff 39 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
33 1972-12-11 @ OAK W, 24-16 3 1 rush Charlie Smith 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
34 1972-12-11 @ OAK W, 24-16 4 68 pass Raymond Chester 68 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
35 1972-12-17 CLE W, 26-10 1 27 rush Bo Scott 27 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
36 1972-12-17 CLE W, 26-10 3 80 pass Frank Pitts 80 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
37 1972-12-17 CLE W, 26-10 4 7 pass Frank Pitts 7 yard pass from Mike Phipps