The 1982 New York Jets season.
The NFLPA went on strike following the second regular season game. It ended after 57 days. This reduced the 1982 season from a 16-game schedule per team to 9. Because of the shortened season, the NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament. Division standings were ignored. Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1-8 based on their regular season records. The Jets, with a 6-3 record, were the sixth seeds.
Freeman McNeil becomes the first Jet to lead the NFL in rushing with 786 yards on 151 carries (5.2 avg.)
The Miami Dolphins defeat the Jets in the AFC Conference Final, on a field that was turned into a sea of mud, thanks to some chicanery by Don Shula, the Dolphins head coach. The final score in what has become known as the Mud Bowl was 14-0.
|Team||Wins||Losses||Ties||PCT||Points For||Points Against|
|Los Angeles Raiders||8||1||0||.889||260||200|
|San Diego Chargers||6||3||0||.667||288||221|
|New York Jets||6||3||0||.667||245||166|
|New England Patriots||5||4||0||.556||143||157|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||6||0||.333||176||184|
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