Perhaps the Jets most significant offseason acquisition was veteran and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Favre, the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes, completions, passing yards, interceptions, wins and consecutive starts by a quarterback, was picked up in a trade during training camp. Favre finished the 2007 season second in MVP voting and was named starter of the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Matchups were determined at the end of the 2007 season based on the league's scheduling formula. Along with home and away games against each of their traditional rivals in the AFC East, the Jets played each of the teams from the AFC West and NFC West divisions, as per the NFL's annual rotation. The NFL revealed its schedule for all 256 regular season games on April 15, 2008. One notable game in the schedule was the Jets' first game televised on the NFL Network, against the division rivalNew England Patriots. Game times from weeks 12 through 17 were subject to change in accordance with the NFL's flexible scheduling policy; two games were affected by this policy.
The Jets started with quarterback Brett Favre against a Miami Dolphins team that was sporting new starting quarterback and former Jets starting quarterback Chad Pennington. Favre got the Jets on the scoreboard first in the first quarter with a play-action pass that found Jerricho Cotchery at the 10-yard line en route to a 56-yard touchdown. However, Mike Nugent sprained his thigh on the following kickoff, and when he attempted and missed a 32-yard field goal attempt, Nugent was brought out of the game. Miami then responded, with Chad Pennington marching the Dolphins down to the 6-yard line. From there, Pennington connected with Anthony Fasano for a 5-yard touchdown, tying the game. On the following drive for the Jets, coach Eric Mangini, faced with the possibility of missing a 40-yard field goal if he allowed an uncertain Mike Nugent to kick the ball, opted for Favre to continue on 4th down and 13 yards. Favre, under pressure, threw up a high ball and rookie Chansi Stuckey jumped up for the catch in the end zone, giving the Jets a 13–7 lead. Rather than put Nugent out to the field for a PAT, Mangini opted to go for two points, but the option failed.
In the 3rd quarter, Favre brought the Jets back to the red zone, moving them to the 6 yard line. From there, Favre handed off the ball to Thomas Jones, who ran in for the touchdown. Along with an extra point from Mike Nugent, the Jets now had a 20–7 lead. Due to miscommunication, Chad Pennington was forced to use two time-outs early in the 4th quarter. Late in the 4th quarter, Pennington moved Miami down the field, including connecting on a 14 yard pass from 4th-and-7 at midfield. Pennington completed an 11 yard touchdown pass to David Martin with 3:27 remaining, cutting the Jets' lead to 6 points. The Jets, who ran the clock down to the two-minute warning, went three-and-out on their drive, giving the ball back to Miami at their 34-yard line with 1:53 remaining. Pennington moved the team down the field, getting to the 18-yard line with 18 seconds on the clock. On 3rd-and-10 from the 18-yard line, Pennington attempted a throw to Ted Ginn, Jr. in the back of the end zone, but it was intercepted by Darrelle Revis, sealing the six-point win for the Jets.
With the win, the Jets began their 2008 season at 1–0.
Brett Favre, in his Jets debut, completed 15 of 22 passes for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns (with a passer rating of 125.9).
Coming off their divisional road win over the Dolphins, the Jets played their Week 2 home opener against their AFC East foe, the New England Patriots. The Jets had the first opportunity to score in the first quarter, but a 31-yard field goal attempt by new kicker Jay Feely was wide right. New York then trailed as Patroits kicker Stephen Gostkowski got a 21-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Jets continued to trail as Gostkowski kicked a 37-yard field goal. Brett Favre got the Jets down to the 3 yard line, but after three running plays resulting in 0 net yardage, the Jets settled for a 21-yard field goal to get on the board.
In the third quarter, New England capitalized on an interception by Brandon Meriweather off a Brett Favre pass. The Patriots increased its lead 6 plays later as RB Sammy Morris got a 1-yard TD run and Gostkowski nailed a 28-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Jets tried to rally as QB Brett Favre completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Chansi Stuckey. However, the Patriots pulled away with Gostkowski's 27-yard field goal.
Hoping to rebound from their divisional home loss to the Patriots, the Jets flew to Qualcomm Stadium for a Week 3 MNF duel with the San Diego Chargers. In the first quarter, New York took flight as CB David Barrett returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. The Chargers responded with kicker Nate Kaeding getting a 36-yard field goal, along with QB Philip Rivers completing a 1-yard TD pass to FB Mike Tolbert. In the second quarter, San Diego increased its lead with CB Antonio Cromartie returning an interception 52 yards for a touchdown. The Jets answered with QB Brett Favre completing a 3-yard TD pass to WR Laveranues Coles. The turning point in the game occurred on the following kickoff, an on-side kick, which traveled only 15 yards before the Chargers picked up the ball. They then added a touchdown, with Rivers completing a 27-yard TD pass to WR Chris Chambers. Following another interception, the Chargers scored again with a 6-yard TD pass to TE Antonio Gates.
In the third quarter, San Diego increased its lead with RB LaDainian Tomlinson getting a 2-yard TD run. New York then managed to move the ball down to the San Diego 9 yard line, but turned the ball over on downs. In the fourth quarter, New York tried to rally as Favre completed a 4-yard TD pass to WR Chansi Stuckey (with a failed 2-point conversion), along with kicker Jay Feely getting a 32-yard field goal, yet the Chargers answered with Tomlinson's 2-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Jets tried to make yet another comeback attempt as Jerricho Cotchery ran a return ball 54 yards. Favre completed a 13-yard TD pass to TE Dustin Keller to put them within 2 touchdowns from tying, yet San Diego sealed the win with Kaeding's 49-yard field goal with 2:08 left in the game.
Hoping to rebound from a tough MNF road loss to the Chargers, the Jets went home, donned their New York Titans throwbacks, and played a Week 4 interconference duel with the Arizona Cardinals. After a scoreless first quarter, New York would begin their explosive second quarter. It began with QB Brett Favre completing a 12-yard TD pass to WR Laveranues Coles. It continued with CB Darrelle Revis returning an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. Afterwards, New York kept its domination going with Favre completing a 34-yard TD pass to Coles, kicker Jay Feely getting a 20-yard field goal, Favre and Coles hooking up with each other for a third time on a 2-yard TD pass, and Feely kicking a 30-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Cardinals started to rally as RB Edgerrin James got a 4-yard and a 2-yard TD run, while RB Tim Hightower got a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Jets answered with Favre completing a 17-yard TD pass to WR Jerricho Cotchery. Arizona replied with QB Kurt Warner completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin, yet New York continued its victory march as Favre completed a 40-yard TD pass to Cotchery. The Cardinals tried to come back as Warner completing a 14-yard TD pass to WR Jerheme Urban, yet the Jets were able to close out the game as Favre threw his career-best sixth touchdown pass to rookie TE Dustin Keller from 24 yards out. In the final minute, Anquan Boldin suffered fractured paranasal sinuses as a result of a helmet-to-helmet collision. After witnessing the injury, Kurt Warner considered retirement, but remained to lead the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII.
With the amazing win, New York went into the bye week at 2–2.
The Jets' 34-second quarter points became a franchise record for the most points in any given quarter. The defense was also impressive with 5 sacks and 7 turnovers. Also, heading into the game, Favre was listed as questionable, due to an injury from MNF. He improved to 6–1 in career games where he's listed an questionable.
Coming off their bye week, the Jets stayed at home, donned their New York Titans throwbacks again, and played a Week 6 duel with the winless Cincinnati Bengals. In the first quarter, the Jets trailed early as Bengals strong safety Chinedum Ndukwe returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown. New York would respond with QB Brett Favre completing a 2-yard TD pass to RB Thomas Jones. In the second quarter, the Jets took the lead as kicker Jay Feely got a 38-yard field goal, while Jones got a 7-yard TD run. Cincinnati closed out the half with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick getting a 1-yard TD run.
In the third quarter, New York began to pull away as Feely nailed a 43-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Jets closed the game out with Jones getting a 1-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion).
Coming off their home win over the Bengals, the Jets flew to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for a Week 7 duel with the Oakland Raiders, Brett Favre's first trip to the stadium since a 2003 Monday night game played in the aftermath of his father's death. In the first quarter, New York took flight as kicker Jay Feely got a 40-yard field goal. The Raiders responded with kicker Sebastian Janikowski getting a 29-yard field goal. After a scoreless second quarter, Oakland took the lead as QB JaMarcus Russell completed an 8-yard TD pass to WR Javon Walker. In the fourth quarter, the Jets answered with RB Leon Washington getting an 11-yard TD run. The Raiders regained their lead as Janikowski got a 37-yard field goal. Favre orchestrated a remarkable[according to whom?] final drive, culminating in a Feely 52-yard field goal with just 3 seconds left that sent the game into overtime. The Jets nearly won in regulation, but Jerricho Cotchery was tripped up by the last Oakland defender, preventing what would have been a game-winning touchdown. Oakland prevailed in overtime, as Janikowski nailed the game-ending 57-yard field goal.
Hoping to rebound from their tough overtime road loss to the Raiders, the Jets went home for a Week 8 duel with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the first quarter, New York took flight as QB Brett Favre completed an 18-yard TD pass to RB Leon Washington. In the second quarter, the Chiefs tied the game as QB Tyler Thigpen completed a 19-yard TD pass to TE Tony Gonzalez. The Jets would answer with Washington getting a 60-yard TD run. Kansas City closed out the half as Thigpen completed an 11-yard TD pass to WR Mark Bradley.
In the third quarter, the Chiefs took the lead as kicker Connor Barth nailed a 30-yard field goal, yet New York replied with RB Thomas Jones getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Kansas City got the lead again as CB Brandon Flowers returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown. Fortunately, the Jets pulled out the win with Favre completing the game-winning 15-yard TD pass to WR Laveranues Coles.
With the win, New York improved to 4–3.
During halftime, the Jets celebrated the 40th anniversary of their Super Bowl III championship team.
Coming off their home win over the Chiefs, the Jets flew to Ralph Wilson Stadium for a Week 9 AFC East duel with the Buffalo Bills. In the first quarter, New York took flight early as kicker Jay Feely getting a 37-yard field goal. The Bills answered with QB Trent Edwards completing a 9-yard TD pass to TE Derek Fine. Afterwards, the Jets regained the lead as Feely got a 26-yard field goal, along with safety Abram Elam returning an interception 92 yards for a touchdown. After a scoreless second quarter, New York kicked off the third quarter with Feely making a 20-yard field goal. Buffalo would respond with kicker Rian Lindell getting a 53-yard field goal, yet New York replied with RB Thomas Jones getting a 7-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Bills tried to rally as CB Jabari Greer returned QB Brett Favre's 300th career interception 42 yards for a touchdown. Favre subsequently led the Jets downfield on a seven-minute drive, resulting in a 31-yard field goal from Feely to put the game out of reach for Buffalo.
With the win, not only did New York improve to 5–3, but Favre also earned his first win at Ralph Wilson Stadium after going 0–3 in his previous three visits with Green Bay.
Coming off their road win over the Bills, the Jets went home for Week 10 interconference duel with the St. Louis Rams. In the first quarter, New York took flight as RB Thomas Jones got a 13-yard TD run, kicker Jay Feely nailed a 22-yard field goal, and LB Calvin Pace returning a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, the Jets continued their domination as Jones got a 2-yard TD run, Feely making a 49-yard and a 46-yard field goal, QB Brett Favre completing a 2-yard TD pass to TE Dustin Keller, and Feely getting a 55-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Rams would get only points of the game as kicker Josh Brown nailed a 37-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, New York flew away as Jones got a 6-yard TD run.
With the huge win, the Jets improved to 6–3.
The +44 point differential marked the largest margin of victory in franchise history. Also, it was their first win over the Rams since 1983.
Coming off their dominating home win over the Rams, the Jets flew to Gillette Stadium for a Week 11 AFC East rematch with the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. In the first quarter, New York took flight as QB Brett Favre completed a 7-yard TD pass to RB Leon Washington. The Patriots would respond with kicker Stephen Gostkowski getting a 42-yard field goal. The Jets would increase their lead as kicker Jay Feely made a 22-yard field goal. In the second quarter, New England would answer with Gostkowski making a 31-yard field goal, yet New York immediately replied as Washington returned the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Later, the Jets added onto their lead as Favre completed a 15-yard TD pass to WR Jerricho Cotchery to give the Jets a commanding 24–6 lead. The Patriots would get back into the game by closing out the half with a QB Matt Cassel 19-yard TD pass to WR Jabar Gaffney.
In the third quarter, New England hacked away at New York's lead as Cassel completed a 10-yard TD pass to TE Benjamin Watson (along with a 2-point conversion pass to Gaffney) on the final play of the 3rd quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots completely erased the Jets' 18-point lead with Gostkowski kicking a 47-yard field goal. New York would answer with RB Thomas Jones getting a 1-yard TD run, but New England tied the game with Cassel completing a 16-yard TD pass to WR Randy Moss, who had beaten Ty Law as time expired. In overtime, the Jets took the kickoff and marched straight down the field to win on Feely's 34-yard field goal. The drive included some clutch throws by Favre, particularly a connection with Dustin Keller on 3rd-and-17 from deep in the Jets' zone. It was Favre's 42nd game winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in his career. Washington was selected as AFC special teams player of the week for the first time in his career. His 92-yard touchdown was the fourth kick return TD of his career, surpassing Justin Miller for the club record.
Coming off their impressive Thursday night road win over the Patriots, the Jets flew to LP Field for a Week 12 duel with the undefeated Tennessee Titans. In the first quarter, New York took flight early as QB Brett Favre completed a 10-yard TD pass to RB Thomas Jones. In the second quarter, the Jets continued their scoring as kicker Jay Feely got a 20-yard field goal. The Titans closed out the half with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 43-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, New York went back to work as Feely made a 30-yard field goal, while Favre completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Laveranues Coles. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee tried to rally as Bironas nailed a 49-yard field goal, yet the Jets replied with RB Leon Washington's 61-yard TD run. The Titans tried to keep their perfect season alive as QB Kerry Collins completed a 6-yard TD pass to FB Ahmard Hall. Afterwards, New York flew away as Washington got another 4-yard TD run.
With the win, the Jets improved to 8–3. Favre also broke a tie with Dan Marino for victories in the most NFL stadiums by winning in his 32nd at LP Field.
Coming off their road win over the Titans, the Jets went home for a Week 13 duel with the Denver Broncos. In the first quarter, New York trailed early as Broncos safety Vernon Fox returning a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown. The Jets would respond with RB Thomas Jones getting a 59-yard TD run, but Denver answered with QB Jay Cutler completing a 59-yard TD pass to WR Eddie Royal, along with kicker Matt Prater making a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, New York drew close as Jones got a 29-yard TD run, yet the Broncos replied with RB Peyton Hillis getting a 1-yard TD run, along with Prater getting a 35-yard field goal.
In the third quarer, the Jets tried to rally as kicker Jay Feely nailed a 30-yard field goal. However, in the fourth quarter, Denver pulled away as Cutler completed a 36-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Stokley.
Hoping to rebound from their home loss to the Broncos, the Jets flew to Candlestick Park for a Week 14 interconference battle with the San Francisco 49ers. Late in the first quarter, New York trailed early as 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley recovered Jason Hill's fumble in the endzone for a touchdown. The Jets responded in the second quarter with quarterback Brett Favre getting a 2-yard touchdown run, yet San Francisco would answer with quarterback Shaun Hill completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to running back Frank Gore.
In the third quarter, New York tied the game with running back Thomas Jones's 17-yard touchdown run. However, the 49ers pulled away in the fourth quarter as kicker Joe Nedney nailed a 32-yard field goal, along with Hill completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryant Johnson.
Hoping to snap a two-game losing streak, the Jets went home for a Week 15 AFC East rematch with the Buffalo Bills. Early in the first quarter, New York soared off to an early lead as running back Thomas Jones got a 2-yard touchdown run. The Bills would answer with a 34-yard field goal from kicker Rian Lindell, yet the Jets answered with quarterback Brett Favre completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. Buffalo would take the lead in the second quarter as quarterback J.P. Losman got an 8-yard touchdown run and completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Johnson, but New York would get the halftime lead as running back Leon Washington got a 47-yard touchdown run.
In the third quarter, the Bills got within one as Lindell got a 48-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Jets added onto their lead as kicker Jay Feely nailed a 31-yard field goal. Buffalo got the lead again as running back Fred Jackson dragged defenders for an 11-yard touchdown run. After a Jets punt, Buffalo took over with just over two minutes remaining. Rather than try to run out the clock and burn the Jets' timeouts, Losman dropped back for a pass on third down. Under pressure from safety Abram Elam, Losman let go of the ball, allowing defensive end Shaun Ellis to return that fumble 11 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
With the win, the Jets improved to 9–5, needing wins in their last 2 games to clinch the AFC East.
For the fourth time in as many trips to the western United States, the Jets lost to the woeful Seahawks in Mike Holmgren's final home game as the team's head coach. The loss dropped the Jets to 9–6 and out of first place in the AFC East. Jay Feely put the Jets on the board with a field goal eight minutes into the game and the lead held for most of the remainder of the first half. Seattle scored with thirty one seconds remaining in the half on a Seneca Wallace touchdown pass. Olindo Mare kicked two field goals in the second half, including one with 1:47 remaining to clinch victory for Seattle. Brett Favre was held without a touchdown pass for the Jets and threw two interceptions, and Thomas Jones was held to 67 yards. For the Seahawks Maurice Morris rushed for 116 yards on 29 carries and Wallace finished with 175 yards passing and his second quarter touchdown.
Hoping to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, the Jets went home for a Week 17 AFC East rematch with the Miami Dolphins. After a scoreless first quarter, New York took flight in the second quarter as quarterback Brett Favre completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Laveranues Coles (with a failed PAT). The Dolphins would strike back with former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington completing a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., along with rookie defensive end Phillip Merling returning an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. New York would close out the half as kicker Jay Feely got a 28-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Jets regained the lead as running back Leon Washington got a 10-yard touchdown run (followed by Favre's 2-point conversion pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery). However, Miami replied with Pennington's 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano. In the fourth quarter, the Dolphins would pull away as kicker Dan Carpenter nailed a 48-yard field goal. New York tried to get a comeback, but Miami's defense stopped any attempt.
With the disappointing finish, the Jets' season ended at 9–7. As a result, head coach Eric Mangini was fired.