Ahead of the Week 2 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, let’s take quick look at the history between these two teams.
Total Games Between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets: 45
All-Time Record: Raiders lead 24-19-2
Current Streak: Raiders won the last meeting in 2015, 34-20
Total Raiders Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 1,065 (23.6 PPG)
Total Jets Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 976 (21.6 PPG)
Longest Raiders Winning Streak Against Jets: 5 (September 8th, 1985 – October 6th, 1996)
Longest Jets Winning Streak Against Raiders: 6 (December 11th, 1960 – September 28th, 1963)
As two of the oldest and most storied relics of the American Football League, the Raiders and the Jets have a shared history that is best represented by a game most fans across the country never saw the live ending to.
The “Heidi Bowl”, as it’s referred to, was a 1968 regular season AFL contest between the two franchises. A home game for the Raiders, it was slated for a 4:00 PM EST kickoff, with a three-hour time-block via NBC. At 7:00 PM EST, the network was scheduled to broadcast the movie Heidi.
As the seven o’clock hour approached, with 1:01 left in the fourth quarter and the Raiders trailing 32-29, NBC (due to a logjam in communication between the network executives and the central programming station) left the game and began airing Heidi, as promised.
And of course, the Raiders, receiving the kickoff as the movie began, would go on to score twice within a span of five plays and only a handful of seconds off of the game clock, executing what must’ve been one of the most exciting comeback victories in the history of the sport.
Envision, if you will, the type of violent fury that would ensue in this day in age were something like this to happen. I’ve been thoroughly insulted when a television network chose to cut away from some blowouts the Raiders were on the wrong end of. Imagine the game going black as they were driving down the field in the fourth against New Orleans. Raider Nation would make the KKK look like tree-huggers in comparison.
More than that, though the Heidi Game is the perfect microcosm of the Jets/Raiders’ rivalry; the ebb and flow of success the two teams have experienced in their fifty-plus years of existence, partially masked by periods of marked ineptitude. Even then, the games between the two have mostly been close, with the occasional massacre sprinkled in for good measure.
Here recently, the relationship between the two teams has taken yet another swing back in the Raiders’ direction. The 2014 season-opener between the two serves as the genesis of the Carr-Mack era. Though a loss, in retrospect you can look back at that game as sign of things to come — particularly as it pertains to our young signal-caller, who only in victory could have had a more successful NFL debut against a team only a handful of years removed from an AFC Title Game appearance.
In 2015, both organizations installed new coaching regimes. Todd Bowles was among the league’s hottest candidates, and famously turned down an interview with the Raiders, shortly before accepting an offer to become the Jets head coach.
The young core of talent he turned down would exact its revenge in November of that year, throttling Bowles’ Jets in a fashion that not even the two-touchdown difference in final score accurately indicates. Since that point, the Raiders’ profile within the conference has only risen, while the Jets’ has, well, nosedived.
Raider Nation expects more of the same this Sunday, and with good reason — as a collective, the Jets aren’t very good. But if history holds true, this contest should be competitive, if only for a brief, fleeting moment.
However, my guess is, by the time the fourth quarter rolls around, you might be ready to put on a movie instead.
Enjoy the game, Nation.