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1981 New York Jets

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10-5-1, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.8, Offense: 0.2, Defense: 1.7, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 355 points (22.2/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (17.9/g), 8th.
 Differential of 68 points (4.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 10.0-6.0.

Coach: Walt Michaels (10-5-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Joe Walton
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Gardi

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Leon Hess
President/General Manager Jim Kensil
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 355 5396 1108 4.9 31 17 26 318 283 507 3055 26 14 5.7 170 571 2341 11 4.1 122
Team Defense 287 4871 1036 4.7 36 15 24 291 275 505 3004 15 21 5.3 155 465 1867 19 4.0 112
Lg Rank Offense 9 15 4 9 9 11 19 6 3 21 5 6 21 11
Lg Rank Defense 8 5 17 22 8 14 8 5 13 4 3 7 21 13

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore L 0-1 @ Buffalo Bills 0 31 8 231 129 102 2 25 418 236 182 1
2 Sun September 13 boxscore L 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals 30 31 19 388 224 164 1 22 310 233 77 1
3 Sun September 20 boxscore L 0-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10 38 16 258 174 84 2 33 566 223 343 1
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W 1-3 Houston Oilers 33 17 25 478 307 171 2 16 221 105 116 6
5 Sun October 4 boxscore T OT 1-3-1 @ Miami Dolphins 28 28 32 546 304 242 3 17 399 301 98
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 2-3-1 New England Patriots 28 24 18 297 156 141 3 25 454 368 86 4
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-3-1 Buffalo Bills 33 14 21 374 174 200 1 14 288 242 46 3
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L 3-4-1 Seattle Seahawks 3 19 15 219 101 118 4 26 380 163 217 1
9 Sun November 1 boxscore W 4-4-1 @ New York Giants 26 7 13 299 185 114 1 10 166 111 55 3
10 Sun November 8 boxscore W 5-4-1 @ Baltimore Colts 41 14 28 393 271 122 21 332 218 114 2
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 6-4-1 @ New England Patriots 17 6 17 226 60 166 1 15 197 105 92 2
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 7-4-1 Miami Dolphins 16 15 21 285 165 120 2 13 187 41 146 2
13 Sun November 29 boxscore W 8-4-1 Baltimore Colts 25 0 22 300 139 161 11 152 103 49 1
14 Sun December 6 boxscore L 8-5-1 @ Seattle Seahawks 23 27 23 395 276 119 3 18 383 256 127 4
15 Sat December 12 boxscore W 9-5-1 @ Cleveland Browns 14 13 18 314 150 164 2 17 334 260 74 2
16 Sun December 20 boxscore W 10-5-1 Green Bay Packers 28 3 22 393 240 153 4 8 84 39 45 3
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 27 boxscore L 10-6-1 Buffalo Bills 27 31 23 419 348 71 5 15 321 230 91 4

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
14 Richard Todd 28 QB 16 16 10-5-1 279 497 56.1% 3231 25 5.0 13 2.6 49 6.5 6.3 11.6 201.9 81.8 30 224 5.71 5.54 5.7 2 1
10 Pat Ryan 26 15 0 4 10 40.0% 48 1 10.0 1 10.0 18 4.8 2.3 12.0 3.2 49.2 0 0 4.80 2.30 0.0
Team Total 25.6 16 10-5-1 283 507 55.8% 3279 26 5.1 14 2.8 49 6.5 6.3 11.6 204.9 81.1 30 224 5.69 5.48 5.6 2 1
Opp Total 16 275 505 54.5% 3522 15 3.0 21 4.2 7.0 5.70 12.8 220.1 69.1 66 518 5.3 4.1 11.6

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
24 Freeman McNeil 22 RB 11 6 137 623 2 43 4.5 56.6 12.5 18 171 9.5 1 18 1.6 15.5 794 3 5
35 Mike Augustyniak 25 FB 10 8 85 339 1 12 4.0 33.9 8.5 18 144 8.0 0 19 1.8 14.4 483 1 3
42 Bruce Harper 26 PR/rb 16 7 81 393 4 29 4.9 24.6 5.1 52 459 8.8 1 24 3.3 28.7 852 5 7
25 Scott Dierking 26 rb 16 4 74 328 1 15 4.4 20.5 4.6 26 228 8.8 1 23 1.6 14.3 556 2 2
44 Tom Newton 27 fb 16 7 73 244 1 13 3.3 15.3 4.6 17 104 6.1 0 13 1.1 6.5 348 1 2
33 Kevin Long 26 16 0 73 269 2 19 3.7 16.8 4.6 13 66 5.1 3 18 0.8 4.1 335 5 2
14 Richard Todd 28 QB 16 16 32 131 0 19 4.1 8.2 2.0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 132 0 5
20 Kenny Lewis 24 5 0 6 18 0 7 3.0 3.6 1.2 2 14 7.0 0 8 0.4 2.8 32 0 0
15 Chuck Ramsey 29 P 16 0 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 2
10 Pat Ryan 26 15 0 3 -5 0 -1 -1.7 -0.3 0.2 -5 0 0
80 Lam Jones 23 wr 15 3 2 0 0 5 0.0 0.0 0.1 20 342 17.1 3 47 1.3 22.8 342 3 2
38 Billy Taylor 25 3 0 2 1 0 2 0.5 0.3 0.7 1 0 0
85 Wesley Walker 26 WR 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 770 16.4 9 49 3.6 59.2 770 9 0
83 Jerome Barkum 31 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 495 12.7 7 40 2.4 30.9 495 7 0
89 Bobby Jones 26 wr 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 239 14.9 1 36 1.0 14.9 239 1 0
81 Derrick Gaffney 26 WR 16 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 246 17.6 0 39 0.9 15.4 246 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 571 2341 11 43 4.1 146.3 35.7 283 3279 11.6 26 49 17.7 204.9 5620 37 38
Opp Total 16 465 1867 19 4.0 116.7 29.1 275 3004 10.9 15 17.2 187.8 4871 34 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
42 Bruce Harper 26 PR/rb 16 7 35 265 0 46 7.6 23 480 0 42 20.9 1597
87 Kurt Sohn 24 KR 16 0 13 66 0 14 5.1 26 528 0 31 20.3 594
20 Kenny Lewis 24 5 0 5 108 0 30 21.6 140
86 Steve Stephens 24 16 0 2 21 0 14 10.5 21
89 Bobby Jones 26 wr 16 3 1 1 0 1 1.0 240
80 Lam Jones 23 wr 15 3 1 6 0 6 6.0 348
76 Ben Rudolph 24 dt 15 4 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
48 Ken Schroy 29 SS 16 16 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Team Total 25.6 16 50 337 0 46 6.7 58 1151 0 42 19.8 7108
Opp Total 16 31 149 0 4.8 63 1415 0 22.5

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
15 Chuck Ramsey 29 P 16 0 81 3290 65 0 40.6
5 Pat Leahy 30 K 16 0 13 11 8 6 12 8 3 36 25 69.4%% 39 38 97.4%%
Team Total 25.6 16 13 11 8 6 12 8 3 36 25 69.4%% 39 38 97.4%% 81 3290 65 0 40.6
Opp Total 16 20 12 60.0%% 36 33 91.7%% 94 3798 40.4

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
28 Darrol Ray 23 FS 16 16 7 227 2 64 0 0 1 2 4 0
42 Bruce Harper 26 PR/rb 16 7 0 7 2 0 0
87 Kurt Sohn 24 KR 16 0 0 5 2 0 0
14 Richard Todd 28 QB 16 16 0 5 2 0 0
24 Freeman McNeil 22 RB 11 6 0 5 0 0 0
45 Kirk Springs 23 10 0 2 5 0 5 0 0 1 2 0 0
51 Greg Buttle 27 LLB 15 14 2 34 0 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
80 Lam Jones 23 wr 15 3 0 2 2 0 0
56 Lance Mehl 23 RLB 15 15 3 17 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Mike Augustyniak 25 FB 10 8 0 3 0 0 0
83 Jerome Barkum 31 TE 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
25 Scott Dierking 26 rb 16 4 0 2 1 0 0
33 Kevin Long 26 16 0 0 2 1 0 0
29 Johnny Lynn 25 13 0 3 76 0 67 0
15 Chuck Ramsey 29 P 16 0 0 2 1 -39 0
99 Mark Gastineau* 25 LDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
47 Jerry Holmes 24 RCB 16 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Joe Klecko*+ 28 RDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
44 Tom Newton 27 fb 16 7 0 2 0 0 0
48 Ken Schroy 29 SS 16 16 2 58 0 39 0
57 John Woodring 22 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
54 Stan Blinka 24 MLB 16 16 1 15 0 15 0
26 Donald Dykes 26 rcb 14 9 0 0 1 0 0
65 Joe Fields* 28 C 16 16 0 1 0 -15 0
27 Jesse Johnson 24 b 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
89 Bobby Jones 26 wr 16 3 0 0 1 61 1
93 Marty Lyons 24 RDT 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
77 Kenny Neil 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Abdul Salaam 28 LDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 21 432 2 67 0 0 38 34 11 1 1
Opp Total 16 30 35 20 1

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
5 Pat Leahy 30 K 16 0 38 25 113
85 Wesley Walker 26 WR 13 13 9 9 54
83 Jerome Barkum 31 TE 16 16 7 7 42
42 Bruce Harper 26 PR/rb 16 7 4 1 5 30
33 Kevin Long 26 16 0 2 3 5 30
80 Lam Jones 23 wr 15 3 3 3 18
24 Freeman McNeil 22 RB 11 6 2 1 3 18
25 Scott Dierking 26 rb 16 4 1 1 2 12
89 Bobby Jones 26 wr 16 3 1 1 2 12
28 Darrol Ray 23 FS 16 16 2 2 12
35 Mike Augustyniak 25 FB 10 8 1 1 6
44 Tom Newton 27 fb 16 7 1 1 6
51 Greg Buttle 27 LLB 15 14 1 2
Team Total 25.6 16 11 26 1 2 40 38 25 1 355
Opp Total 16 19 15 2 33 12 1 287

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-13 CIN L, 30-31 2 40 pass Jerome Barkum 40 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
2 1981-09-13 CIN L, 30-31 2 14 pass Wesley Walker 14 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
3 1981-09-13 CIN L, 30-31 4 8 pass Jerome Barkum 8 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
4 1981-09-20 @ PIT L, 10-38 4 17 pass Freeman McNeil 17 yard pass from Pat Ryan (Pat Leahy kick)
5 1981-09-27 HOU W, 33-17 1 1 pass Kevin Long 1 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
6 1981-09-27 HOU W, 33-17 2 28 pass Wesley Walker 28 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
7 1981-09-27 HOU W, 33-17 2 40 pass Wesley Walker 40 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
8 1981-09-27 HOU W, 33-17 4 2 rush Kevin Long 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
9 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 1 15 pass Jerome Barkum 15 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
10 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 1 9 pass Wesley Walker 9 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
11 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 4 14 pass Wesley Walker 14 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
12 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 4 36 pass Bobby Jones 36 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
13 1981-10-11 NWE W, 28-24 1 17 pass Jerome Barkum 17 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
14 1981-10-11 NWE W, 28-24 2 5 pass Jerome Barkum 5 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
15 1981-10-11 NWE W, 28-24 2 29 pass Wesley Walker 29 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
16 1981-10-11 NWE W, 28-24 3 43 interception Darrol Ray 43 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)
17 1981-10-18 BUF W, 33-14 3 29 rush Bruce Harper 29 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
18 1981-10-18 BUF W, 33-14 3 19 pass Jerome Barkum 19 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
19 1981-10-18 BUF W, 33-14 3 61 fumble Bobby Jones 61 yard fumble return (Pat Leahy kick)
20 1981-11-01 @ NYG W, 26-7 2 39 pass Wesley Walker 39 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
21 1981-11-01 @ NYG W, 26-7 4 64 interception Darrol Ray 64 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)
22 1981-11-08 @ BAL W, 41-14 1 34 pass Wesley Walker 34 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
23 1981-11-08 @ BAL W, 41-14 2 1 rush Mike Augustyniak 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
24 1981-11-08 @ BAL W, 41-14 2 25 pass Lam Jones 25 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
25 1981-11-08 @ BAL W, 41-14 3 1 pass Kevin Long 1 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
26 1981-11-08 @ BAL W, 41-14 4 3 rush Bruce Harper 3 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
27 1981-11-15 @ NWE W, 17-6 2 4 rush Bruce Harper 4 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
28 1981-11-15 @ NWE W, 17-6 3 5 rush Tom Newton 5 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
29 1981-11-22 MIA W, 16-15 4 11 pass Jerome Barkum 11 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
30 1981-11-29 BAL W, 25-0 1 30 rush Freeman McNeil 30 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
31 1981-11-29 BAL W, 25-0 3 1 rush Freeman McNeil 1 yard rush
32 1981-12-06 @ SEA L, 23-27 2 11 pass Scott Dierking 11 yard pass from Richard Todd
33 1981-12-06 @ SEA L, 23-27 3 15 rush Scott Dierking 15 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
34 1981-12-06 @ SEA L, 23-27 4 1 pass Kevin Long 1 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
35 1981-12-12 @ CLE W, 14-13 2 28 pass Lam Jones 28 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
36 1981-12-12 @ CLE W, 14-13 2 7 pass Bruce Harper 7 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
37 1981-12-20 GNB W, 28-3 1 1 rush Kevin Long 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
38 1981-12-20 GNB W, 28-3 2 3 rush Bruce Harper 3 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
39 1981-12-20 GNB W, 28-3 2 47 pass Lam Jones 47 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
40 1981-12-20 GNB W, 28-3 4 38 pass Wesley Walker 38 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 @ BUF W, 31-0 2 28 pass Joe Cribbs 28 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1981-09-06 @ BUF W, 31-0 3 19 pass Jerry Butler 19 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1981-09-06 @ BUF W, 31-0 3 14 rush Joe Cribbs 14 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
4 1981-09-06 @ BUF W, 31-0 3 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
5 1981-09-13 CIN W, 31-30 2 7 pass Steve Kreider 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
6 1981-09-13 CIN W, 31-30 3 1 rush Archie Griffin 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
7 1981-09-13 CIN W, 31-30 4 3 pass Archie Griffin 3 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
8 1981-09-13 CIN W, 31-30 4 12 fumble Mike St. Clair 12 yard fumble return (Jim Breech kick)
9 1981-09-20 @ PIT W, 38-10 1 9 rush Russell Davis 9 yard rush (David Trout kick)
10 1981-09-20 @ PIT W, 38-10 2 23 rush Frank Pollard 23 yard rush (David Trout kick)
11 1981-09-20 @ PIT W, 38-10 3 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (David Trout kick)
12 1981-09-20 @ PIT W, 38-10 3 1 rush Frank Pollard 1 yard rush (David Trout kick)
13 1981-09-20 @ PIT W, 38-10 4 1 rush Sidney Thornton 1 yard rush (David Trout kick)
14 1981-09-27 HOU L, 17-33 1 3 rush Earl Campbell 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
15 1981-09-27 HOU L, 17-33 3 70 pass Ken Burrough 70 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
16 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 1 2 rush Andra Franklin 2 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
17 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 2 6 pass Nat Moore 6 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
18 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 3 1 rush Andra Franklin 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
19 1981-10-04 @ MIA T, 28-28 4 23 pass Nat Moore 23 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
20 1981-10-11 NWE L, 24-28 2 2 rush Mosi Tatupu 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
21 1981-10-11 NWE L, 24-28 2 9 rush Tony Collins 9 yard rush (John Smith kick)
22 1981-10-11 NWE L, 24-28 3 11 pass Don Hasselbeck 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
23 1981-10-18 BUF L, 14-33 2 23 pass Frank Lewis 23 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1981-10-18 BUF L, 14-33 3 67 pass Jerry Butler 67 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1981-10-25 SEA W, 19-3 2 10 rush Steve Largent 10 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
26 1981-10-25 SEA W, 19-3 3 27 pass Steve Largent 27 yard pass from Jim Zorn
27 1981-10-25 SEA W, 19-3 4 4 rush Sherman Smith 4 yard rush
28 1981-11-01 @ NYG L, 7-26 3 4 fumble Beasley Reece 4 yard fumble return (Joe Danelo kick)
29 1981-11-08 @ BAL L, 14-41 1 2 pass Randy McMillan 2 yard pass from Bert Jones (Mike Wood kick)
30 1981-11-08 @ BAL L, 14-41 2 1 rush Randy McMillan 1 yard rush (Mike Wood kick)
31 1981-11-22 MIA L, 15-16 2 4 rush Tony Nathan 4 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
32 1981-12-06 @ SEA W, 27-23 1 6 pass Sam McCullum 6 yard pass from Dave Krieg
33 1981-12-06 @ SEA W, 27-23 2 21 rush Theotis Brown 21 yard rush (Wilson Alvarez kick)
34 1981-12-06 @ SEA W, 27-23 3 1 rush Dave Krieg 1 yard rush (Wilson Alvarez kick)
35 1981-12-06 @ SEA W, 27-23 4 57 pass Steve Largent 57 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Wilson Alvarez kick)
36 1981-12-12 @ CLE L, 13-14 3 8 pass Calvin Hill 8 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)