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1973 New York Jets

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4-10-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.4, Offense: -1.8, Defense: -1.6, SoS: 1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 240 points (17.1/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 306 points (21.9/g), 17th.
 Differential of -66 points (-4.7/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 5.0-9.0.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (4-10-0)
 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 240 3920 863 4.5 39 17 18 222 181 373 2056 16 22 5.0 109 453 1864 7 4.1 95
Team Defense 306 4178 860 4.9 38 19 9 226 150 296 1950 18 19 6.1 101 538 2228 12 4.1 116
Lg Rank Offense 17 16 19 16 15 8 11 9 20 17 21 16 25 12
Lg Rank Defense 17 16 5 3 12 3 14 21 10 20 21 20 13 16

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 17 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 7 23 16 269 200 69 3 14 253 98 155
2 Sun September 23 boxscore W 1-1 @ Baltimore Colts 34 10 16 276 168 108 1 14 277 188 89 8
3 Sun September 30 boxscore L 1-2 @ Buffalo Bills 7 9 17 250 148 102 1 15 272 64 208 3
4 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-3 @ Miami Dolphins 3 31 12 198 42 156 5 18 370 219 151 2
5 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-3 @ New England Patriots 9 7 13 232 232 1 9 172 58 114 2
6 Sun October 21 boxscore L 2-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 26 9 118 46 72 3 19 360 146 214 2
7 Sun October 28 boxscore L 2-5 Denver Broncos 28 40 17 315 229 86 3 20 432 235 197 1
8 Sun November 4 boxscore L 2-6 Miami Dolphins 14 24 16 281 168 113 2 21 346 193 153 2
9 Sun November 11 boxscore W 3-6 New England Patriots 33 13 16 326 59 267 4 10 149 108 41 8
10 Sun November 18 boxscore L 3-7 @ Cincinnati Bengals 14 20 21 357 264 93 4 11 208 76 132 1
11 Sun November 25 boxscore L 3-8 Atlanta Falcons 20 28 15 290 173 117 6 15 288 141 147 3
12 Sun December 2 boxscore W 4-8 Baltimore Colts 20 17 18 353 219 134 3 19 319 151 168 2
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 4-9 @ Philadelphia Eagles 23 24 24 432 156 276 3 20 358 203 155 3
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 4-10 Buffalo Bills 14 34 12 223 184 39 21 374 70 304 1

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
18 Al Woodall 28 QB 9 6 1-5-0 101 201 50.2% 1228 9 4.5 8 4.0 56 6.1 5.2 12.2 136.4 67.8 19 127 5.00 4.19 8.6
12 Joe Namath 30 qb 6 5 2-3-0 68 133 51.1% 966 5 3.8 6 4.5 63 7.3 6.0 14.2 161.0 68.7 10 97 6.08 4.89 7.0
6 Bill Demory 23 qb 6 3 1-2-0 12 39 30.8% 159 2 5.1 8 20.5 31 4.1 -4.1 13.3 26.5 22.2 8 73 1.83 -4.98 17.0 1 1
Team Total 26.0 14 4-10-0 181 373 48.5% 2353 16 4.3 22 5.9 63 6.3 4.5 13.0 168.1 58.5 37 297 5.01 3.38 9.0 1 1
Opp Total 14 150 296 50.7% 2148 18 6.1 19 6.4 7.3 5.58 14.3 153.4 68.1 26 198 6.1 4.5 8.1

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 30 RB 13 12 182 831 3 52 4.6 63.9 14.0 22 130 5.9 3 15 1.7 10.0 961 6 6
44 John Riggins 24 FB 11 9 134 482 4 15 3.6 43.8 12.2 23 158 6.9 0 19 2.1 14.4 640 4 6
1 Mike Adamle 24 14 4 67 264 0 36 3.9 18.9 4.8 9 63 7.0 0 13 0.6 4.5 327 0 5
40 Hank Bjorklund 23 10 1 22 72 0 14 3.3 7.2 2.2 2 15 7.5 0 11 0.2 1.5 87 0 1
35 Jim Nance 31 7 1 18 78 0 18 4.3 11.1 2.6 4 26 6.5 0 9 0.6 3.7 104 0 0
18 Al Woodall 28 QB 9 6 13 68 0 17 5.2 7.6 1.4 68 0 1
42 Cliff McClain 26 12 1 8 32 0 13 4.0 2.7 0.7 6 52 8.7 0 14 0.5 4.3 84 0 1
6 Bill Demory 23 qb 6 3 4 -1 0 0 -0.3 -0.2 0.7 -1 0 2
10 Julian Fagan 25 P 14 0 2 47 0 26 23.5 3.4 0.1 47 0 0
83 Jerome Barkum* 23 WR 14 14 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 44 810 18.4 6 63 3.1 57.9 812 6 0
88 Rich Caster 25 TE 14 14 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -0.6 0.1 35 593 16.9 4 49 2.5 42.4 584 4 1
12 Joe Namath 30 qb 6 5 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.3 0.2 -2 0 1
7 Eddie Bell 27 WR 13 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 319 13.3 2 38 1.8 24.5 319 2 0
26 Margene Adkins 26 KR 13 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 109 18.2 0 29 0.5 8.4 109 0 2
82 David Knight 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 78 13.0 1 19 0.4 5.6 78 1 0
Team Total 26.0 14 453 1864 7 52 4.1 133.1 32.4 181 2353 13.0 16 63 12.9 168.1 4217 23 32
Opp Total 14 538 2228 12 4.1 159.1 38.4 150 1950 13.0 18 10.7 139.3 4178 30 30

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
26 Margene Adkins 26 KR 13 5 31 615 0 38 19.8 724
19 Chris Farasopoulos 24 FS/PR 9 8 14 111 0 23 7.9 111
29 Rocky Turner 23 14 0 11 54 0 10 4.9 54
40 Hank Bjorklund 23 10 1 9 175 0 24 19.4 262
1 Mike Adamle 24 14 4 5 79 0 26 15.8 406
42 Cliff McClain 26 12 1 5 89 0 21 17.8 173
22 Burgess Owens 22 SS 14 14 2 103 1 82 51.5 103
21 Steve Tannen 25 9 2 2 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.0 14 27 165 0 23 6.1 52 1061 1 82 20.4 5443
Opp Total 14 36 411 1 11.4 44 1021 0 23.2

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
10 Julian Fagan 25 P 14 0 74 2744 58 2 37.1
3 Bobby Howfield 37 K 14 0 4 4 6 5 7 5 6 3 1 24 17 70.8%% 27 27 100.0%%
Team Total 26.0 14 4 4 6 5 7 5 6 3 1 24 17 70.8%% 27 27 100.0%% 74 2744 58 2 37.1
Opp Total 14 34 23 67.6%% 34 33 97.1%% 67 2740 40.9

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 30 RB 13 12 0 6 2 0 0
44 John Riggins 24 FB 11 9 0 6 1 0 0
1 Mike Adamle 24 14 4 0 5 1 0 0
19 Chris Farasopoulos 24 FS/PR 9 8 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 3 29 0
6 Bill Demory 23 qb 6 3 0 2 3 -7 0
20 Delles Howell 25 LCB 14 14 4 76 0 41 0 0 1 0 0 0
26 Margene Adkins 26 KR 13 5 0 2 2 0 0
51 Ralph Baker 31 LLB 14 14 4 51 1 22 0
55 John Ebersole 25 MLB 13 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
27 Phil Wise 24 8 4 0 0 4 80 1
22 Burgess Owens 22 SS 14 14 1 27 0 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
46 Rich Sowells 25 12 3 3 55 1 30 0
21 Steve Tannen 25 9 2 1 30 0 30 0 0 1 1 0 0
45 Earlie Thomas 28 RCB 12 11 2 25 0 25 0 0 0 1 9 0
29 Rocky Turner 23 14 0 0 2 1 -2 0
88 Rich Caster 25 TE 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
18 Al Woodall 28 QB 9 6 0 1 1 0 0
62 Al Atkinson 30 5 5 1 11 0 11 0
7 Eddie Bell 27 WR 13 9 0 0 1 0 0
40 Hank Bjorklund 23 10 1 0 1 0 0 0
75 Winston Hill* 32 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
57 John Little 26 LDT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
84 Mark Lomas 25 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
42 Cliff McClain 26 12 1 0 1 0 0 0
12 Joe Namath 30 qb 6 5 0 1 0 0 0
81 Richard Neal 26 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
66 Randy Rasmussen 28 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
52 John Schmitt 31 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
59 Rob Spicer 22 13 4 1 12 0 12 0
Team Total 26.0 14 19 288 2 41 0 0 32 33 109 1
Opp Total 14 37 30 11

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 37 K 14 0 27 17 78
83 Jerome Barkum* 23 WR 14 14 6 6 36
32 Emerson Boozer 30 RB 13 12 3 3 6 36
88 Rich Caster 25 TE 14 14 4 4 24
44 John Riggins 24 FB 11 9 4 4 24
7 Eddie Bell 27 WR 13 9 2 2 12
51 Ralph Baker 31 LLB 14 14 1 1 6
82 David Knight 22 14 0 1 1 6
22 Burgess Owens 22 SS 14 14 1 1 6
46 Rich Sowells 25 12 3 1 1 6
27 Phil Wise 24 8 4 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 14 7 16 1 1 2 27 27 17 240
Opp Total 14 12 18 1 1 2 33 23 306

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-17 @ GNB L, 7-23 4 17 pass David Knight 17 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
2 1973-09-23 @ BAL W, 34-10 3 12 pass Eddie Bell 12 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ BAL W, 34-10 4 1 pass Emerson Boozer 1 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1973-09-23 @ BAL W, 34-10 4 22 interception Ralph Baker 22 yard interception return (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1973-09-23 @ BAL W, 34-10 4 30 interception Rich Sowells 30 yard interception return (Bobby Howfield kick)
6 1973-09-30 @ BUF L, 7-9 4 34 pass Jerome Barkum 34 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
7 1973-10-21 @ PIT L, 14-26 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1973-10-21 @ PIT L, 14-26 2 28 pass Rich Caster 28 yard pass from Bill Demory (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1973-10-28 DEN L, 28-40 1 82 kickoff Burgess Owens 82 yard kickoff return (Bobby Howfield kick)
10 1973-10-28 DEN L, 28-40 3 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1973-10-28 DEN L, 28-40 3 30 pass Jerome Barkum 30 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
12 1973-10-28 DEN L, 28-40 3 56 pass Jerome Barkum 56 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
13 1973-11-04 MIA L, 14-24 2 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1973-11-04 MIA L, 14-24 2 3 rush John Riggins 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1973-11-11 NWE W, 33-13 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1973-11-11 NWE W, 33-13 2 17 rush Emerson Boozer 17 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1973-11-11 NWE W, 33-13 4 31 pass Jerome Barkum 31 yard pass from Bill Demory (Bobby Howfield kick)
18 1973-11-18 @ CIN L, 14-20 2 3 pass Jerome Barkum 3 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1973-11-18 @ CIN L, 14-20 3 12 pass Rich Caster 12 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1973-11-25 ATL L, 20-28 1 2 pass Rich Caster 2 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1973-11-25 ATL L, 20-28 3 38 pass Eddie Bell 38 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
22 1973-12-02 BAL W, 20-17 2 80 fumble Phil Wise 80 yard fumble return (Bobby Howfield kick)
23 1973-12-02 BAL W, 20-17 2 15 pass Emerson Boozer 15 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
24 1973-12-09 @ PHI L, 23-24 1 11 pass Emerson Boozer 11 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
25 1973-12-09 @ PHI L, 23-24 1 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
26 1973-12-16 BUF L, 14-34 1 48 pass Jerome Barkum 48 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
27 1973-12-16 BUF L, 14-34 4 16 pass Rich Caster 16 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-17 @ GNB W, 23-7 2 19 pass Rich McGeorge 19 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Chester Marcol kick)
2 1973-09-17 @ GNB W, 23-7 4 1 rush John Brockington 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ BAL L, 10-34 2 23 pass Glenn Doughty 23 yard pass from Bert Jones (George Hunt kick)
4 1973-10-07 @ MIA W, 31-3 1 3 rush Mercury Morris 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1973-10-07 @ MIA W, 31-3 1 12 pass Marlin Briscoe 12 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1973-10-07 @ MIA W, 31-3 2 3 pass Paul Warfield 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1973-10-07 @ MIA W, 31-3 3 40 pass Paul Warfield 40 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1973-10-14 @ NWE L, 7-9 3 0 fumble Will Foster 0 yard fumble return (Jeff White kick)
9 1973-10-21 @ PIT W, 26-14 4 16 pass Ron Shanklin 16 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1973-10-21 @ PIT W, 26-14 4 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1973-10-28 DEN W, 40-28 1 15 pass Gene Washington 15 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
12 1973-10-28 DEN W, 40-28 1 21 pass Riley Odoms 21 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
13 1973-10-28 DEN W, 40-28 1 40 interception Leroy Mitchell 40 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
14 1973-10-28 DEN W, 40-28 3 76 pass Haven Moses 76 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
15 1973-11-04 MIA W, 24-14 1 19 rush Mercury Morris 19 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
16 1973-11-04 MIA W, 24-14 2 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1973-11-04 MIA W, 24-14 3 37 pass Paul Warfield 37 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1973-11-11 NWE L, 13-33 1 22 pass Bob Windsor 22 yard pass from Jim Plunkett
19 1973-11-11 NWE L, 13-33 4 21 pass Bob Windsor 21 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
20 1973-11-18 @ CIN W, 20-14 2 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
21 1973-11-18 @ CIN W, 20-14 2 24 pass Isaac Curtis 24 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
22 1973-11-25 ATL W, 28-20 1 38 pass Tom Geredine 38 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1973-11-25 ATL W, 28-20 2 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1973-11-25 ATL W, 28-20 2 47 pass Louis Neal 47 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1973-11-25 ATL W, 28-20 4 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1973-12-02 BAL L, 17-20 4 54 pass Glenn Doughty 54 yard pass from Cotton Speyrer (George Hunt kick)
27 1973-12-02 BAL L, 17-20 4 1 rush Lydell Mitchell 1 yard rush (George Hunt kick)
28 1973-12-09 @ PHI W, 24-23 2 2 pass Don Zimmerman 2 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
29 1973-12-09 @ PHI W, 24-23 3 62 pass Harold Carmichael 62 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
30 1973-12-09 @ PHI W, 24-23 3 45 interception John Outlaw 45 yard interception return (Tom Dempsey kick)
31 1973-12-16 BUF W, 34-14 1 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
32 1973-12-16 BUF W, 34-14 2 13 rush O.J. Simpson 13 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
33 1973-12-16 BUF W, 34-14 2 51 punt Bill Cahill 51 yard punt return (John Leypoldt kick)
34 1973-12-16 BUF W, 34-14 3 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)