1969 Houston Oilers Season
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1969 Houston Oilers Season

1969 Houston Oilers season
OwnerBud Adams
Head coachWally Lemm
General managerDon Klosterman
Home fieldHouston Astrodome
Results
Record6-6-2
Division place2nd AFL Eastern
Playoff finishLost Divisional playoffs (at Raiders) 7-56

The 1969 Houston Oilers season was the 10th and final season for the Houston Oilers as a professional AFL franchise before moving to the National Football League when the two merged. The team equaled their 1968 record of 7-7 (.500), finishing 6-6-2.[1] They qualified for the playoffs but lost in the Divisional Round to the Oakland Raiders.

Roster

Season schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 14 at Oakland Raiders L 17-21 0-1 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,361 Recap
2 September 21 at Buffalo Bills W 17-3 1-1 War Memorial Stadium 40,146 Recap
3 September 28 Miami Dolphins W 22-10 2-1 Houston Astrodome 41,086 Recap
4 October 5 Buffalo Bills W 28-14 3-1 Houston Astrodome 46,485 Recap
5 October 12 at Kansas City Chiefs L 0-24 3-2 Municipal Stadium 45,805 Recap
6 October 20 at New York Jets L 17-26 3-3 Shea Stadium 63,841 Recap
7 October 26 Denver Broncos W 24-21 4-3 Houston Astrodome 45,348 Recap
8 November 2 at Boston Patriots L 0-24 4-4 Alumni Stadium 19,006 Recap
9 November 9 Cincinnati Bengals T 31-31 4-4-1 Houston Astrodome 45,298 Recap
10 November 16 at Denver Broncos T 20-20 4-4-2 Mile High Stadium 45,002 Recap
11 November 23 at Miami Dolphins W 32-7 5-4-2 Miami Orange Bowl 27,218 Recap
12 November 27 San Diego Chargers L 17-21 5-5-2 Houston Astrodome 40,065 Recap
13 December 6 New York Jets L 26-34 5-6-2 Houston Astrodome 51,923 Recap
14 December 14 Boston Patriots W 27-23 6-6-2 Houston Astrodome 39,215 Recap

Note:

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1

The Oilers opened the season at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and fell behind the Raiders 14-0 in the first quarter. They scored 17 points the next three quarters, but Daryle Lamonica unloaded a 64-yard touchdown to Warren Wells for the 21-17 Raiders win. Pete Beathard had one touchdown but also two interceptions

Week 2

1 234Total
• Oilers 0 737 17
Bills 3 000 3

[2]

The Oilers intercepted Jack Kemp three times and limited him to 99 passing yards as they scored on Alvin Reed's 12-yard touchdown catch, a Roy Gerela field goal, and Hoyle Granger score.

Week 3

Roy Gerela booted five field goals as the Oilers' home opener at the Astrodome was a 22-10 win over the Dolphins. Bob Griese had one touchdown, one interception, and was sacked five times.

Week 4

The Oilers faced Buffalo for the second time in three weeks and scored a touchdown in each quarter, winning 28-14. Jack Kemp threw for 223 yards, nearly reaching Houston's total offensive output of 252 yards.

Week 5

The Oilers traveled to Kansas City but came out with a shutout loss. The game saw a combined seventeen turnovers and just 345 combined yards of offense as the Chiefs put up 24 points for the 24-0 win.

Week 6

A full year before the debut of Monday Night Football the defending champion Jets hosted the Oilers on Monday Night and ground out a 23-17 win. Both teams combined for six turnovers (Zeke Moore put up Houston's first touchdown returning a Joe Namath pick in the second quarter) as Namath (306 passing yards) came out on top of Pete Beathard's 314 yards.

Week 7

With both teams at 3-3 the Oilers returned to the Astrodome to face Lou Saban and the Broncos. The game lead tied or changed on every score; the Oilers took a 14-7 lead in the second before Denver tied it at halftime; the Broncos then scored in the third on Floyd Little's three-yard run; in the fourth Roy Hopkins of the Oilers broke through for a 43-yard touchdown, then the Oilers won on Roy Gerela's 22-yard field goal and the 24-21 final.

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Game
recap
Divisional December 21 at Oakland Raiders L 7-56 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 53,539 Recap

Standings

AFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
New York Jets 10 4 0 .714 8-0 353 269 W2
Houston Oilers 6 6 2 .500 5-3 278 279 W1
Boston Patriots 4 10 0 .286 3-5 266 316 L2
Buffalo Bills 4 10 0 .286 2-6 230 359 L2
Miami Dolphins 3 10 1 .231 2-6 233 332 L1

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

References


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