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1978 New York Jets season

1978 New York Jets season
Head coach Walt Michaels
Home field Shea Stadium
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
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< 1977      1979 >

The 1978 New York Jets season was the 19th season for the team and the 9th in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 3–11 record from 1977 under head coach Walt Michaels. The Jets finished the season with a record of 8–8.

This was the first season for a new logo with the "J" styled to have a jet-like appearance. This logo would last until the 1997 NFL season. Amazingly, the eighth game was the last time the Jets would oppose the Cardinals until 1996, when that franchise, based in Phoenix, would provide the Jets with their only win for the entire season.[1] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[2]


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1978-09-03 Miami Dolphins W 33–20 Shea Stadium
2 1978-09-10 at Buffalo Bills W 21–20 Rich Stadium
3 1978-09-17 Seattle Seahawks L 17–24 Shea Stadium
4 1978-09-24 at Washington Redskins L 3–23 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
5 1978-10-01 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17-28 Shea Stadium
6 1978-10-08 Buffalo Bills W 45–14 Shea Stadium
7 1978-10-15 at Baltimore Colts W 33–10 Memorial Stadium
8 1978-10-22 St. Louis Cardinals W 23–10 Shea Stadium
9 1978-10-29 at New England Patriots L 21-55 Schafer Stadium
10 1978-11-05 at Denver Broncos W 31–28 Mile High Stadium
11 1978-11-12 at Philadelphia Eagles L 9-17 Veterans Stadium
12 1978-11-19 New England Patriots L 17–19 Shea Stadium
13 1978-11-26 at Miami Dolphins W 24–13 Miami Orange Bowl
14 1978-12-03 Baltimore Colts W 24–16 Shea Stadium
15 1978-12-10 at Cleveland Browns L 34–37 (OT) Cleveland Stadium
16 1978-12-17 Dallas Cowboys L 7–30 Shea Stadium

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Dolphins 0 677 20
• Jets 10 1076 33


Week 6

1 234Total
Bills 7 007 14
• Jets 14 21100 45




New York Jets roster
  • 14 {(Richard Todd)]

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

Awards and records


External links

  • 1978 statistics

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