1986 New York Jets season

1986 New York Jets season

1986 New York Jets season
Head coach Joe Walton
Owner Leon Hess
Home field The Meadowlands
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Won AFC Wild Card
35–15 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Lost AFC Divisional
23–20 (2OT) at Cleveland Browns
Timeline
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The 1986 New York Jets season was the 27th season for the team and the 17th in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 11–5 record from 1985 and return to the playoffs under head coach Joe Walton. The Jets finished the season with a record of 10–6, qualifying for the top Wild Card spot in the playoffs despite losing their last five games of the season. They defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round, but lost to the Cleveland Browns in the divisional round. The loss to the Browns is infamous in Jets history. Leading 20–10 in the 4th quarter, the Jets collapsed when Mark Gastineau hammered Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar seconds after he released a pass; Gastineau was flagged for roughing the passer and the Browns rallied to force overtime and win early in the game's second overtime.

The Week 3 game against Miami was memorable as Ken O'Brien and Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino fought a wild shootout that culminated in the Jets winning 51-45 in overtime. Marino threw for 448 yards and six TD passes while O'Brien accumulated 479 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception for what would statistically be the best game of his career.

Offseason

Schedule

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 1986-09-07 at Buffalo Bills W 28–24 Rich Stadium
79,951
2 1986-09-11 New England Patriots L 20–6 The Meadowlands
72,422
3 1986-09-21 Miami Dolphins W 51–45 (OT) The Meadowlands
71,025
4 1986-09-28 at Indianapolis Colts W 26–7 Hoosier Dome
56,075
5 1986-10-05 Buffalo Bills W 14–13 The Meadowlands
69,504
6 1986-10-12 at New England Patriots W 31–24 Sullivan Stadium
60,342
7 1986-10-20 Denver Broncos W 22–10 The Meadowlands
73,759
8 1986-10-26 New Orleans Saints W 28–23 The Meadowlands
44,246
9 1986-11-02 at Seattle Seahawks W 38–7 Kingdome
62,497
10 1986-11-09 at Atlanta Falcons W 28–14 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
53,476
11 1986-11-16 Indianapolis Colts W 31–16 The Meadowlands
65,149
12 1986-11-24 at Miami Dolphins L 45–3 Miami Orange Bowl
70,206
13 1986-11-30 Los Angeles Rams L 17–3 The Meadowlands
70,539
14 1986-12-07 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–10 Candlestick Park
58,091
15 1986-12-13 Pittsburgh Steelers L 45–24 The Meadowlands
58,044
16 1986-12-21 at Cincinnati Bengals L 52–21 Riverfront Stadium
51,619

Game summaries

Week 1: at Buffalo Bills

1 2 34Total
Jets 7 7 01428
Bills 7 3 01424

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: Sunday, September 7
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 56°F, wind 12 mph
  • Pro-Football-Reference.com
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • NYJ - Al Toon 46-yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick) - Jets 14-7
  • BUF - Scott Norwood 19-yard field goal - Jets 14-10
Fourth Quarter
  • BUF - Andre Reed 55-yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick) - Bills 17-14
  • NYJ - Johnny Hector 1-yard run (Pat Leahy kick) - Jets 21-17
  • NYJ - Wesley Walker 71-yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick) - Jets 28-17
  • BUF - Pete Metzelaars 4-yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick) - Jets 28-24
Jets
  • Ken O'Brien
    18/25, 318 Yds, 2 TD
  • Freeman McNeil
    21 Rush, 72 Yds
  • Al Toon
    6 Rec, 119 Yds, TD
Bills
  • Jim Kelly
    20/33, 292 Yds, 3 TD
  • Greg Bell
    17 Rush, 44 Yds
  • Andre Reed
    5 Rec, 95 Yds, TD

Week 3: vs. Miami Dolphins

1 234OTTotal
Dolphins 7 141770 45
Jets 3 280146 51
  • Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

Statistics

  • Ken O'Brien 29/43, 479 Yds, 4 TD, INT
  • Wesley Walker 6 Rec, 194 Yds, 4 TD
  • Al Toon 7 Rec, 111 Yds



Postseason

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
WC 1986-12-28 Kansas City Chiefs W 35–15 The Meadowlands
69,307
Div 1987-01-03 at Cleveland Browns L 23–20 (2OT) Cleveland Municipal Stadium
78,106

Roster

Depth chart

Defense
1986 New York Jets roster




CB
Jerry Holmes


CB
Russell Carter
Offense
1986 New York Jets roster
WR
Al Toon
LT LG C RG RT
Jim Sweeney Ted Banker Joe Fields Dan Alexander Reggie McElroy
Guy Bingham Gordon King
TE
Mickey Shuler
Rocky Klever
WR
Wesley Walker
QB
Ken O'Brien
RB
Freeman McNeil
Johnny Hector
FB
Tony Paige
Special Teams
PK Pat Leahy
P Dave Jennings
KR Bobby Humphery
PR Kurt Sohn


Standings

Template:1986 AFC East standings

References

External links

  • 1986 statistics

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