1979 New York Jets season
Head Coach Walt Michaels
Home Field Shea Stadium
Record 8–8
Place 3rd AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1978 1980

The 1979 New York Jets season was the 20th season for the team and the 10th in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 8–8 record from 1978 under head coach Walt Michaels. The Jets finished the season with a record of 8–8.


Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1979-09-02 Cleveland Browns L 25–22 (OT) Shea Stadium
2 1979-09-09 at New England Patriots L 56–3 Schafer Stadium
3 1979-09-16 Detroit Lions W 31–10 Shea Stadium
4 1979-09-23 at Buffalo Bills L 46–31 Rich Stadium
5 1979-09-30 Miami Dolphins W 33–27 Shea Stadium
6 1979-10-07 at Baltimore Colts L 10–8 Memorial Stadium
7 1979-10-15 Minnesota Vikings W 14–7 Shea Stadium
8 1979-10-21 Oakland Raiders W 28–19 Shea Stadium
9 1979-10-28 at Houston Oilers L 27–24 (OT) The Astrodome
10 1979-11-04 at Green Bay Packers W 27–22 Lambeau Field
11 1979-11-11 Buffalo Bills L 14–12 Shea Stadium
12 1979-11-18 at Chicago Bears L 23–13 Soldier Field
13 1979-11-26 at Seattle Seahawks L 30–7 Kingdome
14 1979-12-02 Baltimore Colts W 30–17 Shea Stadium
15 1979-12-09 New England Patriots W 27–26 Shea Stadium
16 1979-12-15 at Miami Dolphins W 27–24 Miami Orange Bowl

Standings Edit

AFC East
Miami Dolphins 1060.625341257
New England Patriots 970.563411326
New York Jets 880.500337383
Buffalo Bills 790.438268279
Baltimore Colts 5110.313271351

Week 1: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

Matt Robinson was named starting quarterback for the Jets against the Cleveland Browns but hid a thumb injury on his throwing hand from three days before the game, until swelling forced him to acknowledge the injury to an angered Walt Michaels and team president Jim Kensil. The injury was treated and Robinson had the tape taken off late in the game with the Jets leading, but a Brian Sipe drive aided by a roughing the passer call against Mark Gastineau led to a game-tying Don Cockroft field goal; forced to play in overtime, Robinson's thumb swelled again and the result was a sloppy pass that was intercepted and led to the game-winning Cockroft field goal. Michaels seethed, "You work, you plan all week, and then the kid hides an injury from you." He refused to play Robinson the rest of the season.[1]

Week 2: at New England PatriotsEdit

The Jets were crushed 56–3 in a game where Steve Grogan of the Patriots set a club touchdown record that would stand until Tom Brady broke it in 2007.

Week 13: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Seahawks cornerback Cornell Webster blocked a punt by the Jets' Chuck Ramsey, leading to a Seattle score in a 30–7 Seahawks win. Following the game Michaels called out Ramsey in front of Jets players by snarling, "I can fart farther than you can kick!" [2]


  1. Eskenazi, Gerald (1998). GANG GREEN: An Irreverent Look Behind The Scenes At Thirty-Eight (Well, Thirty-Seven) Seasons Of New York Jets Football Futility (New York: Simon & Schuster), pp. 146–50 ISBN 0-684-84115-0
  2. Eskenazi, GANG GREEN, pp. 155–6

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