The New York Jets may not be known for their offense in recent years – and their offensive players are buried in player props at the online sportsbook for 2022 – but believe it or not, they’ve had more than their fair share of prolific performances in their 62 years of history.
Here are the highest-scoring Jets’ games of all time, which include a 62-point outburst nearly 30 years ago:
1. New York Jets 62, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28
Date: November 17, 1985
The highest scoring game in Jets history was an air raid led by quarterback Ken O’ Brien.
O’Brien torched the Buccaneers as he threw for 367 yards and five touchdowns, three of which were to tight end, Mickey Shuler. This came against a Buccaneers team that was the worst team in the NFL. This loss would drop them to 1-10 on the season. On the other hand, this is one of the brightest feathers in the cap of Ken O’Brien, who will be on this list again.
2. New York Jets 56, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35
Date: September 28, 2008
Hall of Famer Brett Favre led this aerial assault as one of the best performances of his storied career.
Shockingly, the scoring did not start until the second quarter, when Favre would connect on the first of his six touchdown passes for the day. Three of the touchdowns would go to Laveranues Coles, and right behind him was Jerricho Cotchery with two.
After that, the Jets’ defense would get involved. Darrelle Revis would intercept Kurt Warner and take it to the house, which was only the beginning of the route.
3. New York Jets 52, Houston Oilers 13
Date: September 18, 1966
“Broadway” Joe Namath would turn in one of his finest performances as he would connect with his receiving corp for five touchdowns in the first three quarters.
His two longest connections were to fellow Hall of Famer Don Maynard. Namath was not very efficient, but he benefitted from the daunting Jets defense, which forced five turnovers. Four of the turnovers were interceptions from the arm of George Blanda.
4. New York Jets 51, Miami Dolphins 45
Date: September 21, 1986
This was an all-time shootout between Dan Marino and Ken O’Brien.
The duo would combine for ten passing touchdowns as they seemed to go shot for shot. However, O’Brien would get to fire last as he connected with Wesley Walker for the third time on a 43-yard touchdown pass to end the game in overtime.
5. New York Jets 48, Detroit Lions 17
Date: September 10, 2018
The New York Jets would start the 2018 season with a bang.
Quarterback Sam Darnold was responsible for 14 of the 27 points scored in the first half as he threw a pick-six and a passing touchdown. Detroit would tie the game at 17 early in the third quarter, but then the Jets would put up 31 unanswered points.
The Jets win their opener by beating the Lions 48-17. It's the Jets' 2nd-largest season-opening win in team history.
Their 48 points set a franchise record for most in a road game.
Sam Darnold is the first QB to win his first start by 31 or more points since Tom Brady in 2001. pic.twitter.com/EsXr3gdLGk
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 11, 2018
Two pick-sixes by the Jets defense and a 78-yard punt return would put the Jets ahead by 21 before Isiah Crowell put the final nail in the coffin with a 62-yard touchdown run.
It proved to be an anomaly; the Jets lost 12 of their next 16 games, which put head coach Todd Bowles on the NFL hot seat and ultimately on the unemployment line.
6. New York Jets 48, Buffalo Bills 28
Date: September 9, 2012
The Jets dominated in all facets of this game. Mark Sanchez was tremendous as he racked up 266 yards passing and threw touchdowns along the way.
Shonn Greene did the heavy lifting on the ground as he ran for 94 yards and one score. Then on the other side of the ball, the Jets defense picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick three times and took one of them to the house. Last but not least, Jeremy Kerley returned a punt 68 yards for six.
7. New York Jets 48, Carolina Panthers 21
Date: November 29, 1998
Curtis Martin and Wayne Chrebet would put the team on their backs in this one as the two combined for four scores.
Martin had over 100 yards on the ground, and Chrebet had over 100 yards receiving. The Jets had a lot of talent in 1998, and their two brightest stars shined on this day.
8. New York Jets 48, Boston Patriots 14
Date: October 27, 1968
It was a very windy day at Shea Stadium, so the Jets decided to dominate this game on the ground. Six men combined for 174 yards rushing and six touchdowns as the Jets ran over the Patriots.
As for Boston, quarterback Mike Taliaferro had a dreadful day trying to throw through the wind as the Jets picked him off five times, and he was sacked seven times before he took a seat on the bench early.
9. New York Jets 47, St. Louis Rams 3
Date: November 9, 2008
Running back Thomas Jones would carry the Jets to victory as he had one of the best days in his career. Jones rushed for 149 yards on 26 carries and scored three times.
On the other side of the ball, the Jets’ defense dominated. They forced five turnovers, and one of the three fumbles forced was picked up by Calvin Pace and returned 50 yards for a touchdown. This game may not be high on the list, but it might be the most dominant performance in New York Jets history.
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10. New York Jets 47, Boston Patriots 31
Date: September 22, 1968
The Jets would open the 1968 season with a statement victory. Their defense disrupted the Patriots all game long, forcing six turnovers and scoring twice.
Offensively, the Jets just converted on every short field they were given from the turnovers and put the game away in the third quarter. Kicker Jim Turner got his work in as he accounted for 17 points by making four field goals and five extra points.
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