Following a gusty 30-27 National Football League 2013 Week 7 win over the New England Patriots, the New York Jets are within one game of first place in the AFC East Division. While the Jets “win one – lose one” flight path may be confusing for NFL fans who wager at online sportsbooks, like the brands featured at sportsbookbonus.com, Gang Green is alive and well in the AFC playoff race. With that in mind, we take a trip down memory lane as we look at some of the greatest season in Jets history. JetNation followers, that don’t find their most memorable Jets season mentioned below, are encouraged to join the conversation in the Forum section.
Broadway Joe “Willie” Namath Brings New York a Super Bowl Championship
Following a sluggish 38-58-6 franchise start, over eight seasons as the New York Titans (3 seasons) and New York Jets (5 seasons) few if any NFL fans predicted what was about to happen in the Big Apple area. Entering his third season as the Jets starting quarterback in 1968, Joe Namath was looking to build on the franchise’s best finish after New York posted an 8-5-1 record during the 1967 NFL season. Broadway Joe and the Jets posted a 3-2 record to open the year but closed the season with an 8-1 run to win the Eastern Division. New York would go on to wins over the Oakland Raiders 27-23 in the AFL Championship game and then the “guaranteed” 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts to capture the Super Bowl III Championship.
New York Jets Finish Second Overall in the American Football Conference
A year after finishing 9-7 and missing the NFL playoffs during NFL 1997, the Jets turned up the heat on the AFC as New York won their first ever AFC East regular season Championship in 1998. Despite starting the season with a 2-3 record, Gang Green won ten of their next eleven games to finish two games ahead of the Miami Dolphins with a 12-4 record. New York swept the Patriots, Dolphins and Bills in contests that were won by a combined 147-71 final score. Jets HC and GM Bill Parcells pulled RB Curtis Martin away from the rival Patriots in the off-season and Martin went on to post 1652 total yards and nine touchdowns. Also acquired in the off-season, QB Vinny Testaverde took over in Week 6 and went 10-1 as the Jets starter.
Back to back second place AFC East finishes results in four playoffs wins
We’re coupling 2009 and 2010 together as New York won a combined 24 games – the most the Jets have ever won in back-to-back seasons. The Jets won five of their last six games to finish with a 9-7 record in 2009 and then knocked off the Bengals and Chargers on the road in the playoffs. In Rex Ryan’s first season as Jets head coach, New York allowed an NFL low 236 points – down from 356 in 2008. Backing the Jets at online sportsbooks during the 2010 NFL season proved lucrative as New York posted an 11-5 record. Second year QB Mark Sanchez passed for 3291 yards and 17 TD while the Jets backfield by committee rushed for 2374 yards and 14 touchdowns. New York captured their second straight wildcard playoff berth and registered road wins against the Colts and Patriots. The Jets fell just short of a trip to the Super Bowl as they dropped a 24-19 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers who went on to capture Super Bowl XLV.