1968 American Football League season
Regular season September 6, 1968 - December 15, 1968
Champions
All-Star game

The 1968 American Football League season was the ninth regular season of the American Football League, and its penultimate season prior to the AFL-NFL Merger.

The season ended when the New York Jets defeated the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship Game; the Jets then defeated the National Football League's Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in one of the biggest sports upsets in history.

Division races[edit | edit source]

With the addition of the Cincinnati Bengals, the AFL's ten teams were grouped into two divisions. Each team would play a home-and-away game against the other four teams in its division, one game against each of the five teams in the opposite division, and a second game against one of the other division's teams.

The best team in the Eastern Division would play against the best in the Western Division in a championship game. If there was tie in the standings (as happened when Oakland and Kansas City both finished at 12-2-0), a playoff would be held to determine the division winner.

Week EASTERN WESTERN
1 BOSTON 1-0-0 Tie (KC, SD) 1-0-0
2 Tie (Bos, NYJ) 1-0-0 Tie (Oak, SD) 1-0-0
3 N.Y. JETS 2-0-0 Tie (Oak, SD) 2-0-0
4 Tie (Bos, NY) 2-1-0 OAKLAND 3-0-0
5 N.Y. JETS 3-1-0 OAKLAND 4-0-0
6 N.Y. JETS 3-2-0 KANSAS CITY 5-1-0
7 N.Y. JETS 4-2-0 KANSAS CITY 6-1-0
8 N.Y. JETS 5-2-0 KANSAS CITY 7-1-0
9 N.Y. JETS 6-2-0 KANSAS CITY 7-2-0
10 N.Y. JETS 7-2-0 KANSAS CITY 8-2-0
11 N.Y. JETS 7-3-0 KANSAS CITY 9-2-0
12 N.Y. JETS 8-3-0 Tie (KC, Oak) 9-2-0
13 N.Y. JETS 9-3-0 Tie (KC, Oak) 10-2-0
14 N.Y. JETS 10-3-0 Tie (KC, Oak) 11-2-0
15 N.Y. JETS 11-3-0 Tie (KC, Oak) 12-2-0

Standings [1][edit | edit source]

The Cincinnati Bengals joined the league as an expansion team.

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*New York Jets 11 3 0 .786 419 280
Houston Oilers 7 7 0 .500 303 248
Miami Dolphins 5 8 1 .385 276 355
Boston Patriots 4 10 0 .286 229 406
Buffalo Bills 1 12 1 .077 199 367
Western Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 .857 453 233
Kansas City Chiefs 12 2 0 .857 371 170
San Diego Chargers 9 5 0 .643 382 310
Denver Broncos 5 9 0 .357 255 404
Cincinnati Bengals 3 11 0 .214 215 329


* — Team qualified for Championship Game.
Italics mean team qualified for the playoffs.

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Eastern Division Western Division
Boston Cincinnati
Buffalo Denver
Houston Kansas City
Miami Oakland
New York Jets San Diego
1969 AFL DraftAFL Playoffs1968 AFL All-Star gameSuper Bowl III
Related: 1968 NFL Season
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