1998 New York Jets season
Head Coach Bill Parcells
Home Field Giants Stadium
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish Won Divisional round
34–24 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Lost AFC Championship
23–10 vs. Denver Broncos
Previous Season Next Season
1997 1999

The 1998 New York Jets season was the 39th season for the team and the 29th in the National Football League. The team tried to improve upon its 9–7 record from 1997 and finished 12–4 in their second season under head coach Bill Parcells, winning their first division title since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970; the 12–4 record was also the best in Jets history. In the process, they also earned their first first-round bye, given to the two division winners with the best records. They defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Their attempt to reach their first Super Bowl in thirty years fell short when they lost to John Elway and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game 23–10.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

In the offseason, the Jets signed New England Patriot running back Curtis Martin to an offer sheet. The Patriots had offered Martin, their star running back, a tender deal that would net them a first-round pick and a third-round pick if a team signed him. Jets coach and general manager Bill Parcells, who had left New England two years prior and still harbored some bad blood with the team, offered Martin a very large contract that the Patriots were unwilling to match, further fueling the rivalry between the teams.

In addition, the Jets parted ways with veteran quarterback Neil O'Donnell after two seasons and signed another veteran, Vinny Testaverde, to serve as backup to Glenn Foley. Testaverde eventually succeeded Foley as the starter and led the Jets to their division title. On defense, New York added former Miami Dolphin linebacker Bryan Cox.

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
1 September 6 at San Francisco 49ers L 36–30 (OT) 3Com Park
2 September 13 Baltimore Ravens L 24–10 The Meadowlands
3 September 20 Indianapolis Colts W 44–6 The Meadowlands
4 Bye week
5 October 4 Miami Dolphins W 20–9 The Meadowlands
6 October 11 at St. Louis Rams L 30–10 Trans World Dome
7 October 19 at New England Patriots W 24–14 Foxboro Stadium
8 October 25 Atlanta Falcons W 28–3 The Meadowlands
9 November 1 at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 Arrowhead Stadium
10 November 8 Buffalo Bills W 34–12 The Meadowlands
11 November 15 at Indianapolis Colts L 24–23 RCA Dome
12 November 22 at Tennessee Oilers W 24–3 Vanderbilt Stadium
13 November 29 Carolina Panthers W 48–21 The Meadowlands
14 December 6 Seattle Seahawks W 32–31 The Meadowlands
15 December 13 at Miami Dolphins W 21–16 Pro Player Stadium
16 December 19 at Buffalo Bills W 17–10 Rich Stadium
17 December 27 New England Patriots W 31–10 The Meadowlands

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC East
New York Jets 12 4 0 .750 416 266
Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 321 265
Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 400 333
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 337 329
Indianapolis Colts 3 13 0 .188 310 444

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Divisional January 10 Jacksonville Jaguars W 34–24 The Meadowlands
AFC Champ. January 17 at Denver Broncos L 23–10 Mile High Stadium

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