1980 Houston Oilers Season
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1980 Houston Oilers Season

1980 Houston Oilers season
OwnerBud Adams
Head coachBum Phillips
General managerBum Phillips
Home fieldHouston Astrodome
Results
Record11-5
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Raiders) 27-7

The 1980 Houston Oilers season was the franchise's 21st overall and the 11th in the National Football League (NFL). The team scored 295 points while the defense gave up 251 points. Their record of 11 wins and 5 losses resulted in a second-place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared twice on Monday Night Football. In their first appearance on Monday Night Football, the Oilers beat the Cleveland Browns 16-7. In their second appearance, the Oilers defeated the New England Patriots 38-34. Earl Campbell led the NFL in rushing for the third consecutive year and had four 200-yard rushing games.

Offseason

NFL draft

1980 Houston Oilers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 38 Angelo Fields  Offensive tackle Michigan State
2 52 Daryle Skaugstad  Defensive tackle California
3 79 Tim Smith  Wide receiver Nebraska
4 106 Chris Combs  Tight end New Mexico
5 134 John Corker  Linebacker Oklahoma State
7 182 Craig Bradshaw  Quarterback Utah State
8 217 Harold Bailey  Wide receiver Oklahoma State
9 244 Ed Harris  Running back Bishop
11 301 Ed Preston  Wide receiver Western Kentucky
12 328 Wiley Pitts  Wide receiver Temple
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

Roster

Regular season

Earl Campbell

  • In 1980, Earl Campbell had four 200-yard rushing games.
Date Opponent Attempts Yards Touchdowns
Oct 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33 203 0
Oct 26 Cincinnati Bengals 27 202 2
Nov 16 Chicago Bears 31 206 0
Dec 21 Minnesota Vikings 29 203 1

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17-31 0-1 Three Rivers Stadium Recap
2 September 15 at Cleveland Browns W 16-7 1-1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium Recap
3 September 21 Baltimore Colts W 21-16 2-1 Astrodome Recap
4 September 28 at Cincinnati Bengals W 13-10 3-1 Riverfront Stadium Recap
5 October 5 Seattle Seahawks L 7-26 3-2 Astrodome Recap
6 October 12 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20-21 3-3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
7 October 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20-14 4-3 Astrodome Recap
8 October 26 Cincinnati Bengals W 23-3 5-3 Astrodome Recap
9 November 2 at Denver Broncos W 20-16 6-3 Mile High Stadium Recap
10 November 10 New England Patriots W 38-34 7-3 Astrodome Recap
11 November 16 at Chicago Bears W 10-6 8-3 Soldier Field Recap
12 November 23 at New York Jets L 28-31 8-4 Shea Stadium Recap
13 November 30 Cleveland Browns L 14-17 8-5 Astrodome Recap
14 December 4 Pittsburgh Steelers W 6- 0 9-5 Astrodome Recap
15 December 14 at Green Bay Packers W 22-3 10-5 Lambeau Field Recap
16 December 21 Minnesota Vikings W 20-16 11-5 Astrodome Recap

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Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns(2) 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 357 310 W1
Houston Oilers(5) 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5 295 251 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 2-4 5-7 352 313 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 244 312 L1

Postseason

AFC Wild Card

Even though the Oilers recorded more yards, more first downs, and more time of possession, the Raiders scored on big plays to win, 27-7. This would be Ken Stabler's final playoff game.

Awards and records

Milestones

  • Earl Campbell, 3rd 1,000-yard rushing season
  • Earl Campbell, 3rd NFL Rushing Title
  • Earl Campbell, Four 200-yard rushing games (Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov., 16, Dec. 21)

References

  1. ^ "1980 Houston Oilers draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/oti/1980.htm

External links


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