1972 New York Jets Season
Get 1972 New York Jets Season essential facts below. View Videos or join the 1972 New York Jets Season discussion. Add 1972 New York Jets Season to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
1972 New York Jets Season

1972 New York Jets season
Head coachWeeb Ewbank
OwnerLeon Hess
Home fieldShea Stadium
Results
Record7-7
Division place2nd AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersT Winston Hill
WR Jerome Barkum
QB Joe Namath

The 1972 New York Jets season was the 13th season for the team and the third in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 6-8 record from 1971 under legendary head coach Weeb Ewbank. The Jets star quarterback Joe Namath was healthy for a full season for the first time in three years but the rest of the squad was decimated by injuries and, after a strong start, the Jets finished with a record of 7-7.

The 1972 Jets have the distinction of being the last NFL team to play a team from another league. During the 1972 preseason, a squad composed of the Jets' rookies defeated the Long Island Chiefs of the Seaboard Football League 29-3.[1]

Namath threw for 496 yards and six touchdowns (on just 15 of 28 passes) in a 44-34 victory over the Baltimore Colts in Broadway Joe's first appearance at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium in week two, but the next week, the Jets were humbled 26-20 by the Houston Oilers, the Oilers' only victory of 1972 and their last before embarking on an 18-game losing streak.

They Jets were eliminated from playoff contention in the season's thirteenth week, a Monday Night Game with the Raiders in which a battered and bruised Namath threw for 403 yards and nearly pulled off the upset. After the game Raiders coach John Madden went into the Jets locker room and shook Namath's hand out of respect; it was the only time in his coaching career Madden ever did that. Eliminated from postseason play, the Jets' coaches decided Namath would sit out the final game of the season to make sure no serious injuries were incurred prior to the 1973 season.

Roster

Offseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 at Buffalo Bills W 41-24 War Memorial Stadium
46,206
2 September 24, 1972 at Baltimore Colts W 44-34 Memorial Stadium
56,626
3 October 1, 1972 at Houston Oilers L 26-20 Astrodome
51,423
4 October 8, 1972 Miami Dolphins L 27-17 Shea Stadium
63,841
5 October 15, 1972 at New England Patriots W 41-13 Schaefer Stadium
60,999
6 October 22, 1972 Baltimore Colts W 24-20 Shea Stadium
62,948
7 October 29, 1972 New England Patriots W 34-10 Shea Stadium
62,867
8 November 5, 1972 Washington Redskins L 35-17 Shea Stadium
63,962
9 November, 12 1972 Buffalo Bills W 41-3 Shea Stadium
62,853
10 November 19, 1972 at Miami Dolphins L 28-24 Miami Orange Bowl
80,010
11 November 23, 1972 at Detroit Lions L 37-20 Tiger Stadium
54,418
12 December 3, 1972 New Orleans Saints W 18-17 Shea Stadium
62,496
13 December 11, 1972 at Oakland Raiders L 24-16 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
54,843
14 December 17, 1972 Cleveland Browns L 26-10 Shea Stadium
62,614

Game summaries

Week 2: at Baltimore Colts

New York Jets at Baltimore Colts
1 234Total
Jets 6 21314 44
Colts 7 13014 34

The rivalry between Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas had never resulted in both quarterbacks meeting for a full game until this meeting. Namath and Unitas exploded to a combined 872 passing yards. Namath threw for 496 yards and six touchdowns despite only 15 completions in 28 attempts. Unitas scored twice but was sacked six times. Don McCauley also scored twice for the Colts as the Jets won 44-34.

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins 14 0 0 1.000 8-0 11-0 385 171 W14
New York Jets 7 7 0 .500 6-2 6-5 367 324 L2
Baltimore Colts 5 9 0 .357 4-4 5-6 235 252 L2
Buffalo Bills 4 9 1 .321 2-6 2-9 257 377 W1
New England Patriots 3 11 0 .214 0-8 0-11 192 446 L1

References

  1. ^ 'Hartford Gets Grid Franchise', Reading Eagle - May 31, 1972, p58 The Chiefs played an exhibition game against the New York Jets rookies on July 29, 1972, losing 29-3, 'Packer Excels at Quarterback As Jets Top L.I. Chiefs, 29-3', New York Times, July 30, 1972, pS-3; "Rookie QB Fires Jets", Pittsburgh Press, July 30, 1972, pD-8
  2. ^ Pro Football Reference; New York Jets at Baltimore Colts - September 24th, 1972

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

1972_New_York_Jets_season
 



 



 
Music Scenes