From Sam ‘Bam’ Cunningham and Curt Warner to Tom Brady and Rex Ryan, memories abound in the longstanding rivalry between the New England Patriots and New York Jets. Thanks to this fun-filled, yet in-depth, look back at the decades-long NFL betting rivalry between the longtime AFC East enemies, you’ll have a great idea of what to expect when these two franchises meet in 2015 and beyond. The Beginning The rivalry between the New York Jets and New England Patriots began way back in 1960 when both teams were named members of the AFC East in the old American Football League (AFL). Both teams also had different surnames back then. The Boston Patriots visited the New York Titans and recorded a thrilling 28-24 win at the famed Polo Grounds in the very first meeting between the now long-standing rivals. The 60s Six years later, on October 2, 1966, the teams played to a 24–24 tie at Fenway Park that still stands as the only tie in the rivalry’s lengthy history. Later that same season, on December 17, New York knocked the Patriots out of the postseason by recording a narrow 38–28 win behind three Joe Namath touchdown passes. The 70s On October 13 1974, Sam Cunningham rushed for two touchdowns to help the Patriots win the first meting that season over a Jets team that was just 1-4 at the time. The win was New England’s fifth straight that season and first over New York in three seasons. Five weeks later on November 17, the Jets hand the Pats recorded a narrow 21–16 win at Schaefer Stadium as Joe Namath threw two touchdowns and the Jets picked of Jim Plunkett four times. On October 18, 1976,New England hosted New York on Monday Night Football in a contest that was unofficially renamed “Monday Night Madness” due to the rowdiness of drunken fans at Schaefer Stadium. The Patriots ran roughshod over the Jets as quarterback Steve Grogan led New England to five touchdowns en route to a convincing in a 41–7 blowout. The game achieved further publicity as Jets coach Lou Holtz authored a fight song for the team that was mockingly read on air by former NFL player turned broadcaster Alex Karras. Later that season on November 21, 1976, the Patriots handed New York a humbling 38–24 loss as they picked off Joe Namath an insane six times. On September 9, 1979, Steve Grogan set a Patriots franchise record with five touchdown passes in a 56–3 rout of the Jets at Schaefer Stadium. Grogan’s touchdown record stood until Tom Brady broke it against Miami in 2007. Al Groh swept the Patriots in 2000, going 9-4 through 13 games that season before losing their final three games to finish at 9-7. In 2001, widely-respected coach Herm Edwards replaced Groh as Jets head coach. In their September meeting that season, Drew Bledsoe was badly injured on a hit by Mo Lewis in Foxboro Stadium and subsequently replaced by backup Tom Brady. While the Jets would go on to win that game 10-3, the insertion of Brady would forever change the future of the Patriots franchise. In 2002, the Jets won the AFC East to nab just their second division crown since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. New York crushed the Indianapolis Colts, 41–0, in the wildcard round, but lost to the Oakland Raiders, 30–10 in the divisional round. Tom Brady and company dating back to 2011. The Over has played out for O/U Total bettors in nine of the last 11 meetings, though the AFC East rivals’ last meeting resulted in an Under outcome. Sources: Wikipedia.org (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Groh) NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/player/tombrady/2504211/profile)
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