1964 New York Jets season

The 1964 New York Jets season was the fifth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The season marked their first in Shea Stadium, after four seasons in the Polo Grounds. The season began with the team trying to improve on their 5–8–1 record from 1963 under head coach Weeb Ewbank. The Jets finished the season 5–8–1.

1964 New York Jets season
OwnerSonny Werblin
Head coachWeeb Ewbank
Home fieldShea Stadium
Division place3rd AFL East
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The Jets modified their helmet and logo design for 1964, switching from a single green stripe to two parallel green stripes down the center of the helmet crown. The jet-airplane logo decal was replaced by a white football shape outlined in green, with the word "JETS" in thick green sans-serif capitals over "NY" in green outline serif lettering, and a miniature football at bottom center.

Both the Jets and the baseball New York Mets moved to Shea in 1964. The team's original owner when it was the Titans, Harry Wismer, hoped the team could play in Shea beginning in 1961, but funding difficulties and legal problems delayed construction of the stadium. Wismer signed a memorandum of understanding in late 1961 to secure the Titans' new home. That memorandum recognized that the Mets would have exclusive use of the stadium until they had completed their season. As the Jets moved to Shea under new ownership, they were, in most years, required to open the season with several road games, a problem which would become worse in 1969 and 1973 when the Mets had long playoff runs.[1]

The Jets' popularity had reached a zenith at this point, in that the attendance at any one of their home games this season (except for one) outdrew the Titans' entire 1962 season attendance at the Polo Grounds.


1964 New York Jets final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
active, inactive, practice squad


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 12 Denver Broncos W 30–6 1–0 Shea Stadium 44,497 Recap
2 Bye
3 September 27 at Boston Patriots L 10–26 1–1 Alumni Stadium 22,716 Recap
4 October 3 San Diego Chargers T 17–17 1–1–1 Shea Stadium 50,222 Recap
5 October 10 Oakland Raiders W 35–13 2–1–1 Shea Stadium 36,499 Recap
6 October 17 Houston Oilers W 24–21 3–1–1 Shea Stadium 35,816 Recap
7 October 24 at Buffalo Bills L 34–24 3–2–1 War Memorial Stadium 39,621 Recap
8 October 31 Boston Patriots W 35–14 4–2–1 Shea Stadium 45,033 Recap
9 November 8 Buffalo Bills L 7–20 4–3–1 Shea Stadium 61,929 Recap
10 November 15 at Denver Broncos L 16–20 4–4–1 Bears Stadium 11,309 Recap
11 November 22 at Oakland Raiders L 26–35 4–5–1 Frank Youell Field 15,589 Recap
12 November 29 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–14 5–5–1 Shea Stadium 46,597 Recap
13 December 6 at San Diego Chargers L 3–38 5–6–1 Balboa Stadium 25,753 Recap
14 December 13 at Houston Oilers L 17–33 5–7–1 Jeppesen Stadium 16,225 Recap
15 December 20 at Kansas City Chiefs L 7–24 5–8–1 Municipal Stadium 14,316 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Broncos 3 003 6
• Jets 7 6017 30



AFL Eastern Division
Buffalo Bills 12 2 0 .857 5–1 400 242 W2
Boston Patriots 10 3 1 .769 4–2 365 297 L1
New York Jets 5 8 1 .385 2–4 278 315 L3
Houston Oilers 4 10 0 .286 1–5 310 355 W2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


  1. ^ Ryczek, pp. 158–159
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Nov-30.


Ryczek, William J. (2009). Crash of the Titans: The Early Years of the New York Jets and the AFL (revised ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co. ISBN 978-0-7864-4126-6.

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