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1978 New York Jets

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.1, Offense: 4.4, Defense: -3.3, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 359 points (22.4/g), 3rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 364 points (22.8/g), 27th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.3/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-8.1.

Coach: Walt Michaels (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: John Idzik

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Leon Hess
President/General Manager Jim Kensil
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 359 4857 993 4.9 37 9 18 277 193 388 2607 19 28 6.0 128 562 2250 21 4.0 131
Team Defense 364 5524 1069 5.2 40 17 21 324 260 447 2823 21 23 6.0 146 600 2701 20 4.5 157
Lg Rank Offense 3 12 10 2 14 18 13 8 21 8 14 15 4 13
Lg Rank Defense 27 27 16 14 26 24 23 23 11 22 20 26 21 25

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore W 1-0 Miami Dolphins 33 20 23 380 227 153 1 16 329 175 154 2
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W 2-0 @ Buffalo Bills 21 20 18 288 171 117 2 17 314 213 101 1
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 2-1 Seattle Seahawks 17 24 17 378 201 177 3 28 334 181 153 2
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L 2-2 @ Washington Redskins 3 23 11 215 113 102 3 26 427 171 256 1
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 28 18 297 142 155 1 20 327 189 138 2
6 Sun October 8 boxscore W 3-3 Buffalo Bills 45 14 18 278 47 231 1 16 322 185 137 4
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 4-3 @ Baltimore Colts 33 10 17 403 199 204 23 360 211 149 5
8 Sun October 22 boxscore W 5-3 St. Louis Cardinals 23 10 21 293 123 170 13 304 144 160 3
9 Sun October 29 boxscore L 5-4 @ New England Patriots 21 55 20 276 172 104 2 26 529 289 240 1
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 6-4 @ Denver Broncos 31 28 19 403 201 202 3 15 306 173 133 3
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 6-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 9 17 15 248 140 108 4 19 283 129 154 2
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 6-6 New England Patriots 17 19 12 208 139 69 3 18 324 99 225 2
13 Sun November 26 boxscore W 7-6 @ Miami Dolphins 24 13 18 307 222 85 1 18 256 150 106 4
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 8-6 Baltimore Colts 24 16 19 377 175 202 4 17 244 75 169 2
15 Sun December 10 boxscore L OT 8-7 @ Cleveland Browns 34 37 20 369 266 103 5 29 519 283 236 5
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 8-8 Dallas Cowboys 7 30 11 137 69 68 4 23 346 156 190 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
17 Matt Robinson 23 QB 16 11 6-5-0 124 266 46.6 2002 13 4.9 16 6.0 77 7.5 5.8 16.1 125.1 63.5 28 228 6.03 4.47 9.5 1 1
14 Richard Todd 25 qb 5 5 2-3-0 60 107 56.1 849 6 5.6 10 9.3 49 7.9 4.9 14.2 169.8 61.6 15 122 5.96 3.25 12.3 1 1
4 Pat Ryan 23 2 0 9 14 64.3 106 0 0.0 2 14.3 18 7.6 1.1 11.8 53.0 47.6 0 0 7.57 1.14 0.0
25 Scott Dierking 23 RB 15 13 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 24.2 16 8-8-0 193 388 49.7 2957 19 4.9 28 7.2 77 7.6 5.4 15.3 184.8 61.5 43 350 6.05 4.01 10.0 2 2
Opp Total 16 260 447 58.2 3052 21 4.7 23 5.1 6.8 5.45 11.7 190.8 73.2 22 229 6.0 4.7 4.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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
33 Kevin Long 23 FB 16 16 214 954 10 27 4.5 59.6 13.4 26 204 7.8 0 17 1.6 12.8 1158 10 4
25 Scott Dierking 23 RB 15 13 170 681 4 26 4.0 45.4 11.3 19 152 8.0 0 17 1.3 10.1 833 4 2
42 Bruce Harper 23 KR/PR 16 0 58 303 2 32 5.2 18.9 3.6 13 196 15.1 2 44 0.8 12.3 499 4 3
21 Clark Gaines 24 rb 16 1 44 154 2 33 3.5 9.6 2.8 3 23 7.7 0 13 0.2 1.4 177 2 1
17 Matt Robinson 23 QB 16 11 28 23 0 15 0.8 1.4 1.8 23 0 6
20 Darnell Powell 24 rb 14 1 20 77 1 17 3.9 5.5 1.4 77 1 0
14 Richard Todd 25 qb 5 5 14 18 0 10 1.3 3.6 2.8 18 0 1
44 Tom Newton 24 16 0 11 45 2 7 4.1 2.8 0.7 5 48 9.6 0 14 0.3 3.0 93 2 1
81 Derrick Gaffney 23 WR 16 16 2 -2 0 1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 38 691 18.2 3 50 2.4 43.2 689 3 0
85 Wesley Walker*+ 23 WR 16 16 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 48 1169 24.4 8 77 3.0 73.1 1166 8 2
83 Jerome Barkum 28 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 391 14.0 3 27 1.8 24.4 391 3 0
82 Mickey Shuler 22 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 67 6.1 3 15 0.7 4.2 67 3 1
89 Bobby Jones 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.1 1.1 18 0 0
61 John Roman 26 t 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.1 -0.1 -2 0 0
Team Total 24.2 16 562 2250 21 33 4.0 140.6 35.1 193 2957 15.3 19 77 12.1 184.8 5207 40 22
Opp Total 16 600 2701 20 4.5 168.8 37.5 260 2823 10.9 21 16.3 176.4 5524 41 34

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
42 Bruce Harper 23 KR/PR 16 0 30 378 1 82 12.6 55 1280 0 40 23.3 2157
21 Clark Gaines 24 rb 16 1 3 33 0 14 11.0 210
20 Darnell Powell 24 rb 14 1 3 50 0 26 16.7 127
48 Ken Schroy 26 db 16 2 3 35 0 30 11.7 61
87 Bruce Stephens 22 6 0 3 42 0 16 14.0 42
80 Kevin Bell 23 9 0 2 66 0 29 33.0 66
82 Mickey Shuler 22 te 16 1 1 12 0 12 12.0 79
Team Total 24.2 16 33 413 1 82 12.5 67 1509 0 40 22.5 7129
Opp Total 16 52 609 0 11.7 64 1417 0 22.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
15 Chuck Ramsey 26 P 16 0 74 2964 79 0 40.1
5 Pat Leahy+ 27 K 16 0 2 2 5 5 12 9 9 6 2 30 22 73.3% 42 41 97.6%
Team Total 24.2 16 2 2 5 5 12 9 9 6 2 30 22 73.3% 42 41 97.6% 74 2964 79 0 40.1
Opp Total 16 24 18 75.0% 45 40 88.9% 70 2618 37.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
17 Matt Robinson 23 QB 16 11 0 6 4 -5 0
22 Burgess Owens 27 FS 14 14 5 156 1 49 0 0 0 2 2 0
40 Bobby Jackson 22 LCB 16 16 5 26 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Bruce Harper 23 KR/PR 16 0 0 3 1 0 0
33 Kevin Long 23 FB 16 16 0 4 0 0 0
23 Shafer Suggs 25 SS 16 16 3 61 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Jerome Barkum 28 TE 16 16 0 0 3 2 0
51 Greg Buttle 24 lolb 8 8 2 34 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Scott Dierking 23 RB 15 13 0 2 1 0 0
52 Mike Hennigan 27 RILB 12 12 3 76 0 53 0
56 Larry Keller 25 LOLB 16 8 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0
48 Ken Schroy 26 db 16 2 0 1 2 0 0
85 Wesley Walker*+ 23 WR 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
59 Bob Martin 25 ROLB 16 16 2 32 0 26 0
76 Lawrence Pillers 26 LDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
38 Ed Taylor 25 RCB 16 16 2 0 0 0 0
60 Dan Alexander 23 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
21 Clark Gaines 24 rb 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
89 Bobby Jones 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Joe Klecko 25 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
37 Tim Moresco 24 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Tom Newton 24 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
77 Joe Pellegrini 22 9 1 0 0 1 0 0
20 Darnell Powell 24 rb 14 1 0 0 1 23 0
79 Marvin Powell 23 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
34 Larry Riley 24 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Abdul Salaam 25 NT 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
82 Mickey Shuler 22 te 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
14 Richard Todd 25 qb 5 5 0 1 0 -3 0
Team Total 24.2 16 23 389 1 53 0 0 22 30 19 0
Opp Total 16 43 34 17

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
5 Pat Leahy+ 27 K 16 0 41 22 107
33 Kevin Long 23 FB 16 16 10 10 60
85 Wesley Walker*+ 23 WR 16 16 8 8 48
42 Bruce Harper 23 KR/PR 16 0 2 2 1 5 30
25 Scott Dierking 23 RB 15 13 4 4 24
83 Jerome Barkum 28 TE 16 16 3 3 18
81 Derrick Gaffney 23 WR 16 16 3 3 18
82 Mickey Shuler 22 te 16 1 3 3 18
21 Clark Gaines 24 rb 16 1 2 2 12
44 Tom Newton 24 16 0 2 2 12
22 Burgess Owens 27 FS 14 14 1 1 6
20 Darnell Powell 24 rb 14 1 1 1 6
Team Total 24.2 16 21 19 1 1 42 41 22 359
Opp Total 16 20 21 2 2 40 18 364