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1981 New England Patriots

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2-14-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.7, Offense: -0.6, Defense: -3.1, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 322 points (20.1/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 370 points (23.1/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -48 points (-3.0/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 6.7-9.3.

Coach: Ron Erhardt (2-14-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Ringo
 Defensive Coordinator: Fritz Shurmur

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: Bryant College (Smithfield, Rhode Island)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Billy Sullivan
General Manager Bucko Kilroy
Offensive Scheme Erhardt-Perkins
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 322 5623 1026 5.5 50 16 16 306 254 482 3583 17 34 6.8 166 499 2040 23 4.1 124
Team Defense 370 5827 1103 5.3 33 17 20 328 243 439 2877 18 16 6.3 148 644 2950 20 4.6 160
Lg Rank Offense 15 9 26 7 16 17 6 22 28 4 16 15 3 12
Lg Rank Defense 22 25 23 14 24 1 6 10 24 21 28 28 23 26

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore L 0-1 Baltimore Colts 28 29 22 388 274 114 3 21 346 97 249 1
2 Sun September 13 boxscore L 0-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 14 283 137 146 5 18 362 142 220 2
3 Mon September 21 boxscore L 0-3 Dallas Cowboys 21 35 16 333 225 108 7 22 455 218 237 1
4 Sun September 27 boxscore L OT 0-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21 27 24 438 323 115 1 27 498 247 251
5 Sun October 4 boxscore W 1-4 Kansas City Chiefs 33 17 25 451 211 240 2 22 327 108 219 4
6 Sun October 11 boxscore L 1-5 @ New York Jets 24 28 25 454 368 86 4 18 297 156 141 3
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 2-5 Houston Oilers 38 10 21 436 192 244 4 18 309 189 120 4
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L 2-6 @ Washington Redskins 22 24 23 409 283 126 3 15 230 145 85 2
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 2-7 @ Oakland Raiders 17 27 15 282 205 77 2 24 460 275 185 3
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L OT 2-8 Miami Dolphins 27 30 23 492 351 141 5 24 419 216 203 4
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 2-9 New York Jets 6 17 15 197 105 92 2 17 226 60 166 1
12 Sun November 22 boxscore L 2-10 @ Buffalo Bills 17 20 11 297 181 116 2 19 434 249 185 2
13 Sun November 29 boxscore L 2-11 St. Louis Cardinals 20 27 19 353 226 127 2 25 412 255 157 2
14 Sun December 6 boxscore L 2-12 @ Miami Dolphins 14 24 17 256 122 134 2 19 340 128 212 2
15 Sun December 13 boxscore L 2-13 Buffalo Bills 10 19 16 204 107 97 2 20 329 137 192
16 Sun December 20 boxscore L 2-14 @ Baltimore Colts 21 23 20 350 273 77 4 19 383 255 128 2

Passing

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Matt Cavanaugh 25 QB 16 8 1-7-0 115 219 52.5 1633 5 2.3 13 5.9 65 7.5 5.2 14.2 102.1 59.8 24 165 6.04 4.05 9.9
14 Steve Grogan 28 qb 8 7 1-6-0 117 216 54.2 1859 7 3.2 16 7.4 76 8.6 5.9 15.9 232.4 63.0 19 137 7.33 4.86 8.1
17 Tom Owen 29 qb 2 1 0-1-0 15 36 41.7 218 1 2.8 4 11.1 28 6.1 1.6 14.5 109.0 31.7 2 19 5.24 1.03 5.3
32 Andy Johnson 29 16 0 7 9 77.8 194 4 44.4 1 11.1 66 21.6 25.4 27.7 12.1 118.7 0 0 21.56 25.44 0.0
33 Tony Collins 22 KR/RB 16 11 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
29 Harold Jackson 35 WR 16 15 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.7 16 2-14-0 254 482 52.7 3904 17 3.5 34 7.1 76 8.1 5.6 15.4 244.0 62.1 45 321 6.80 4.54 8.5 0 0
Opp Total 16 243 439 55.4 3052 18 4.1 16 3.6 7.0 6.13 12.6 190.8 75.7 20 175 6.3 5.5 4.4

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
33 Tony Collins 22 KR/RB 16 11 204 873 7 29 4.3 54.6 12.8 26 232 8.9 0 22 1.6 14.5 1105 7 8
39 Sam Cunningham 31 FB 11 8 86 269 4 12 3.1 24.5 7.8 12 92 7.7 0 12 1.1 8.4 361 4 2
43 Vagas Ferguson 24 rb 13 5 78 340 3 19 4.4 26.2 6.0 4 39 9.8 0 20 0.3 3.0 379 3 1
44 Don Calhoun 29 fb 14 7 57 205 2 33 3.6 14.6 4.1 7 71 10.1 0 20 0.5 5.1 276 2 1
30 Mosi Tatupu 26 rb 16 1 38 201 2 43 5.3 12.6 2.4 12 132 11.0 1 41 0.8 8.3 333 3 2
12 Matt Cavanaugh 25 QB 16 8 17 92 3 11 5.4 5.8 1.1 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 101 3 2
14 Steve Grogan 28 qb 8 7 12 49 2 24 4.1 6.1 1.5 2 27 13.5 0 16 0.3 3.4 76 2 5
86 Stanley Morgan 26 PR/WR 13 13 2 21 0 11 10.5 1.6 0.2 44 1029 23.4 6 76 3.4 79.2 1050 6 2
29 Harold Jackson 35 WR 16 15 2 -14 0 -5 -7.0 -0.9 0.1 39 669 17.2 0 45 2.4 41.8 655 0 1
32 Andy Johnson 29 16 0 2 1 0 5 0.5 0.1 0.1 39 429 11.0 1 36 2.4 26.8 430 1 1
88 Carlos Pennywell 25 wr 5 2 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.6 0.2 3 49 16.3 1 22 0.6 9.8 52 1 0
80 Don Hasselbeck 26 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 808 17.6 6 51 3.3 57.7 808 6 2
87 Lin Dawson 22 te 15 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 126 18.0 0 42 0.5 8.4 126 0 0
83 Don Westbrook 28 wr 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 122 17.4 2 32 0.6 10.2 122 2 0
82 Ken Toler 22 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 70 14.0 0 23 0.3 4.4 70 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 499 2040 23 43 4.1 127.5 31.2 254 3904 15.4 17 76 15.9 244.0 5944 40 33
Opp Total 16 644 2950 20 4.6 184.4 40.3 243 2877 11.8 18 15.2 179.8 5827 38 34

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
33 Tony Collins 22 KR/RB 16 11 3 15 0 15 5.0 39 773 0 30 19.8 1893
86 Stanley Morgan 26 PR/WR 13 13 15 116 0 26 7.7 1166
82 Ken Toler 22 16 0 9 148 0 32 16.4 218
38 Roland James 23 rcb 16 6 7 56 0 18 8.0 56
40 Mike Haynes 28 RCB 8 6 6 12 0 6 2.0 12
25 Rick Sanford 24 SS 16 14 4 82 0 27 20.5 82
32 Andy Johnson 29 16 0 3 53 0 19 17.7 483
44 Don Calhoun 29 fb 14 7 2 38 0 22 19.0 314
47 Paul Dombroski 25 6 0 2 45 0 24 22.5 45
22 Keith Lee 24 rcb 15 6 2 20 0 16 10.0 20
71 Ray Hamilton 30 15 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
80 Don Hasselbeck 26 TE 14 14 1 7 0 7 7.0 815
23 Horace Ivory 27 1 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
53 Bill Matthews 25 RILB 16 9 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Team Total 26.7 16 31 199 0 26 6.4 65 1190 0 32 18.3 7333
Opp Total 16 35 305 1 8.7 68 1326 0 19.5

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
1 John Smith 32 K 16 0 7 7 6 2 7 5 4 1 24 15 62.5% 39 37 94.9%
3 Rich Camarillo 22 P 9 0 47 1959 75 0 41.7
6 Mike Hubach 23 p 5 0 19 726 56 0 38.2
7 Ken Hartley 24 p 2 0 9 266 41 0 29.6
Team Total 26.7 16 7 7 6 2 7 5 4 1 24 15 62.5% 39 37 94.9% 75 2951 75 0 39.3
Opp Total 16 39 25 64.1% 41 39 95.1% 74 2871 38.8

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
33 Tony Collins 22 KR/RB 16 11 0 8 2 0 0
14 Steve Grogan 28 qb 8 7 0 5 2 -8 0
25 Rick Sanford 24 SS 16 14 3 28 0 21 0 0 0 3 2 0
30 Mosi Tatupu 26 rb 16 1 0 2 3 0 0
26 Raymond Clayborn 26 LCB 16 16 2 39 0 39 0 0 0 2 4 0
38 Roland James 23 rcb 16 6 2 29 0 21 0 0 1 1 0 0
86 Stanley Morgan 26 PR/WR 13 13 0 2 2 0 0
56 Rod Shoate 28 ROLB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0
48 Tim Fox 28 FS 16 16 3 20 0 20 0
59 Mike Hawkins 26 LOLB 15 15 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
63 Mark Buben 24 de 16 4 1 49 0 49 0 0 0 1 31 0
3 Rich Camarillo 22 P 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
12 Matt Cavanaugh 25 QB 16 8 0 2 0 0 0
39 Sam Cunningham 31 FB 11 8 0 2 0 0 0
43 Vagas Ferguson 24 rb 13 5 0 1 1 0 0
73 John Hannah*+ 30 LG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
80 Don Hasselbeck 26 TE 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
54 John Zamberlin 25 lb 16 1 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Pete Brock 27 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
44 Don Calhoun 29 fb 14 7 0 1 0 0 0
51 Bob Golic 24 rilb 16 9 0 0 1 0 0
71 Ray Hamilton 30 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
40 Mike Haynes 28 RCB 8 6 1 3 0 3 0
76 Brian Holloway 22 lt 16 5 0 0 1 0 0
23 Horace Ivory 27 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 Harold Jackson 35 WR 16 15 0 1 0 0 0
32 Andy Johnson 29 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 Keith Lee 24 rcb 15 6 1 0 0 0 0
53 Bill Matthews 25 RILB 16 9 0 0 1 0 0
78 Tony McGee 32 LDE 16 9 0 0 1 0 0
17 Tom Owen 29 qb 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
82 Ken Toler 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 16 195 0 49 0 0 33 31 36 0
Opp Total 16 45 34 17 2

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 John Smith 32 K 16 0 37 15 82
33 Tony Collins 22 KR/RB 16 11 7 7 42
80 Don Hasselbeck 26 TE 14 14 6 6 36
86 Stanley Morgan 26 PR/WR 13 13 6 6 36
39 Sam Cunningham 31 FB 11 8 4 4 24
12 Matt Cavanaugh 25 QB 16 8 3 3 18
43 Vagas Ferguson 24 rb 13 5 3 3 18
30 Mosi Tatupu 26 rb 16 1 2 1 3 18
44 Don Calhoun 29 fb 14 7 2 2 12
14 Steve Grogan 28 qb 8 7 2 2 12
83 Don Westbrook 28 wr 12 1 2 2 12
32 Andy Johnson 29 16 0 1 1 6
88 Carlos Pennywell 25 wr 5 2 1 1 6
Team Total 26.7 16 23 17 40 37 15 322
Opp Total 16 20 18 1 2 1 39 25 2 370