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1970 Houston Oilers

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3-10-1, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1970 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.2, Offense: -3.5, Defense: -5.8, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 217 points (15.5/g), 20th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 352 points (25.1/g), 25th.
 Differential of -135 points (-9.6/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 3.4-10.6.

Coach: Wally Lemm (3-10-1)

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Schreiner Institute (Kerrville, Texas)

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
General Manager Bob Brodhead
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 217 4062 922 4.4 38 15 18 232 238 470 2506 12 23 5.0 126 419 1556 10 3.7 88
Team Defense 352 4398 840 5.2 26 8 27 227 164 344 2605 25 18 7.0 115 466 1793 16 3.8 85
Lg Rank Offense 20 10 17 15 8 1 7 19 19 20 20 19 18 14
Lg Rank Defense 25 25 23 25 18 5 24 26 18 26 18 17 22 14

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-0 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 19 7 17 305 133 172 11 214 143 71 1
2 Sun September 27 boxscore L 1-1 Miami Dolphins 10 20 19 307 181 126 3 20 284 127 157 1
3 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 20 13 14 239 166 73 4 12 248 177 71 2
4 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-2 Baltimore Colts 20 24 24 365 271 94 1 18 301 227 74 2
5 Sun October 18 boxscore L 2-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 7 17 259 124 135 4 11 241 186 55 4
6 Sun October 25 boxscore T 2-3-1 @ San Diego Chargers 31 31 25 448 263 185 3 16 233 157 76 2
7 Sun November 1 boxscore L 2-4-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 0 44 9 160 81 79 3 20 454 274 180
8 Sun November 8 boxscore L 2-5-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 9 24 14 326 252 74 3 11 221 88 133
9 Sun November 15 boxscore L 2-6-1 San Francisco 49ers 20 30 16 268 165 103 17 376 205 171 1
10 Sun November 22 boxscore L 2-7-1 @ Cleveland Browns 14 28 23 326 148 178 4 18 348 222 126
11 Sun November 29 boxscore W 3-7-1 Denver Broncos 31 21 12 332 234 98 3 14 247 164 83 5
12 Mon December 7 boxscore L 3-8-1 Cleveland Browns 10 21 11 223 113 110 1 20 344 150 194 4
13 Sun December 13 boxscore L 3-9-1 Cincinnati Bengals 20 30 19 353 310 43 4 17 338 144 194 1
14 Sun December 20 boxscore L 3-10-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 10 52 12 151 65 86 5 22 549 341 208 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Charley Johnson 32 QB 10 10 3-7-0 144 281 51.2% 1652 7 2.5 12 4.3 63 5.9 4.5 11.5 165.2 59.8 15 124 5.16 3.81 5.1 1 1
17 Jerry Rhome 28 qb 13 4 0-3-1 88 168 52.4% 1031 5 3.0 8 4.8 87 6.1 4.6 11.7 79.3 61.4 10 85 5.31 3.85 5.6
14 Bob Naponic 23 2 0 6 20 30.0% 85 0 0.0 2 10.0 21 4.3 -0.3 14.2 42.5 5.2 8 53 1.14 -2.07 28.6
23 Jerry LeVias 24 KR/PR/WR 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 25.4 14 3-10-1 238 470 50.6% 2768 12 2.6 23 4.9 87 5.9 4.2 11.6 197.7 56.9 33 262 4.98 3.40 6.6 1 1
Opp Total 14 164 344 47.7% 2851 25 7.3 18 5.2 8.3 7.39 17.4 203.6 78.8 30 246 7.0 6.1 8.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
34 Joe Dawkins 22 FB 14 7 124 517 2 49 4.2 36.9 8.9 15 94 6.3 0 17 1.1 6.7 611 2 4
24 Mike Richardson 24 RB 14 7 103 368 2 34 3.6 26.3 7.4 34 381 11.2 1 67 2.4 27.2 749 3 2
35 Woody Campbell 26 6 6 59 189 1 28 3.2 31.5 9.8 15 78 5.2 0 10 2.5 13.0 267 1 0
36 Roy Hopkins 25 12 3 57 207 3 12 3.6 17.3 4.8 14 142 10.1 0 43 1.2 11.8 349 3 0
32 Hoyle Granger 26 5 5 51 169 1 15 3.3 33.8 10.2 11 118 10.7 0 22 2.2 23.6 287 1 2
17 Jerry Rhome 28 qb 13 4 9 54 1 11 6.0 4.2 0.7 54 1 5
23 Jerry LeVias 24 KR/PR/WR 14 14 7 37 0 24 5.3 2.6 0.5 41 529 12.9 5 63 2.9 37.8 566 5 2
12 Charley Johnson 32 QB 10 10 5 3 0 9 0.6 0.3 0.5 3 0 3
14 Bob Naponic 23 2 0 3 12 0 11 4.0 6.0 1.5 12 0 1
39 Tommie Smiley 26 7 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
89 Alvin Reed 26 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 604 12.9 2 34 3.6 46.5 604 2 1
18 Charlie Joiner 23 WR 9 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 416 14.9 3 87 3.1 46.2 416 3 0
86 Mac Haik 24 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 190 11.2 0 35 1.3 14.6 190 0 3
81 Jim Beirne 24 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 216 13.5 1 25 1.1 15.4 216 1 0
Team Total 25.4 14 419 1556 10 49 3.7 111.1 29.9 238 2768 11.6 12 87 17.0 197.7 4324 22 26
Opp Total 14 466 1793 16 3.8 128.1 33.3 164 2605 15.9 25 11.7 186.1 4398 41 22

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
23 Jerry LeVias 24 KR/PR/WR 14 14 25 213 0 33 8.5 26 598 0 37 23.0 1377
33 Benny Johnson 22 14 0 15 320 0 40 21.3 320
24 Mike Richardson 24 RB 14 7 10 30 0 11 3.0 779
22 Zeke Moore* 27 RCB 14 14 7 190 0 45 27.1 190
29 Ken Houston* 26 SS 14 14 4 13 0 6 3.3 13
84 Donnie Davis 30 14 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0
81 Jim Beirne 24 14 7 1 1 0 1 1.0 217
34 Joe Dawkins 22 FB 14 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 611
75 Elbert Drungo 27 RG 14 14 1 25 0 25 25.0 25
32 Hoyle Granger 26 5 5 1 0 0 0 0.0 287
36 Roy Hopkins 25 12 3 1 20 0 20 20.0 369
37 Jess Lewis 23 10 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
89 Alvin Reed 26 TE 13 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 604
Team Total 25.4 14 41 257 0 33 6.3 55 1168 0 45 21.2 5749
Opp Total 14 52 441 0 8.5 32 741 0 23.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
11 Spike Jones 23 P 14 0 84 3559 73 1 42.4
3 Roy Gerela 22 K 14 0 5 5 5 4 8 6 14 3 32 18 56.3%% 23 23 100.0%%
Team Total 25.4 14 5 5 5 4 8 6 14 3 32 18 56.3%% 23 23 100.0%% 84 3559 73 1 42.4
Opp Total 14 30 14 46.7%% 44 44 100.0%% 77 3419 44.4

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
22 Zeke Moore* 27 RCB 14 14 6 85 0 32 0 0 1 0 0 0
12 Charley Johnson 32 QB 10 10 0 3 3 0 0
17 Jerry Rhome 28 qb 13 4 0 5 1 0 0
34 Joe Dawkins 22 FB 14 7 0 4 0 0 0
44 Johnny Peacock 23 FS 14 14 3 24 0 12 0 0 0 1 41 1
32 Hoyle Granger 26 5 5 0 2 1 0 0
86 Mac Haik 24 13 0 0 3 0 0 0
29 Ken Houston* 26 SS 14 14 3 32 0 9 0
41 Leroy Mitchell 26 LCB 14 12 2 35 0 35 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Elvin Bethea 24 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
84 Donnie Davis 30 14 0 0 1 1 7 0
75 Elbert Drungo 27 RG 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
23 Jerry LeVias 24 KR/PR/WR 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
14 Bob Naponic 23 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
58 Ron Pritchard 23 RLB 14 14 2 28 0 17 0 1
24 Mike Richardson 24 RB 14 7 0 2 0 0 0
48 Bob Atkins 24 14 2 1 7 0 7 0
52 Garland Boyette 30 MLB 13 13 1 18 0 18 0
88 Claude Harvey 22 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Glen Ray Hines 27 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
79 Pat Holmes 30 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
36 Roy Hopkins 25 12 3 0 0 1 0 0
37 Jess Lewis 23 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Bobby Maples 28 C 14 14 0 1 0 -11 0
74 Willie Parker 25 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
89 Alvin Reed 26 TE 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 18 242 0 35 0 0 26 19 37 1 1
Opp Total 14 33 22 14 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Roy Gerela 22 K 14 0 23 18 77
23 Jerry LeVias 24 KR/PR/WR 14 14 5 5 30
36 Roy Hopkins 25 12 3 3 3 18
18 Charlie Joiner 23 WR 9 8 3 3 18
24 Mike Richardson 24 RB 14 7 2 1 3 18
34 Joe Dawkins 22 FB 14 7 2 2 12
89 Alvin Reed 26 TE 13 13 2 2 12
81 Jim Beirne 24 14 7 1 1 6
35 Woody Campbell 26 6 6 1 1 6
32 Hoyle Granger 26 5 5 1 1 6
44 Johnny Peacock 23 FS 14 14 1 1 6
17 Jerry Rhome 28 qb 13 4 1 1 6
58 Ron Pritchard 23 RLB 14 14 1 2
Team Total 25.4 14 10 12 1 23 23 18 1 217
Opp Total 14 16 25 1 2 44 14 1 352

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-20 @ PIT W, 19-7 1 22 pass Jerry LeVias 22 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
2 1970-09-20 @ PIT W, 19-7 2 10 pass Jerry LeVias 10 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
3 1970-09-27 MIA L, 10-20 4 9 rush Hoyle Granger 9 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1970-10-04 @ CIN W, 20-13 3 6 rush Woody Campbell 6 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1970-10-04 @ CIN W, 20-13 4 28 pass Alvin Reed 28 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1970-10-11 BAL L, 20-24 2 7 pass Jerry LeVias 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1970-10-11 BAL L, 20-24 3 1 rush Roy Hopkins 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 2 2 rush Mike Richardson 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
9 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 2 8 rush Jerry Rhome 8 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 3 17 pass Alvin Reed 17 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 3 10 pass Charlie Joiner 10 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1970-11-15 SFO L, 20-30 1 4 rush Roy Hopkins 4 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1970-11-15 SFO L, 20-30 4 1 rush Roy Hopkins 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1970-11-22 @ CLE L, 14-28 2 40 rush Joe Dawkins 40 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1970-11-22 @ CLE L, 14-28 4 8 rush Joe Dawkins 8 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1970-11-29 DEN W, 31-21 1 63 pass Jerry LeVias 63 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
17 1970-11-29 DEN W, 31-21 1 5 pass Jerry LeVias 5 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1970-11-29 DEN W, 31-21 2 1 rush Mike Richardson 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1970-11-29 DEN W, 31-21 3 17 pass Mike Richardson 17 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1970-12-07 CLE L, 10-21 4 9 pass Jim Beirne 9 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1970-12-13 CIN L, 20-30 3 87 pass Charlie Joiner 87 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1970-12-13 CIN L, 20-30 4 4 pass Charlie Joiner 4 yard pass from Jerry Rhome (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1970-12-20 @ DAL L, 10-52 4 41 fumble Johnny Peacock 41 yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-20 @ PIT L, 7-19 4 15 pass Ron Shanklin 15 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Gene Mingo kick)
2 1970-09-27 MIA W, 20-10 2 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
3 1970-09-27 MIA W, 20-10 3 5 pass Howard Twilley 5 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1970-10-04 @ CIN L, 13-20 3 35 pass Bob Trumpy 35 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
5 1970-10-11 BAL W, 24-20 1 2 rush Jack Maitland 2 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
6 1970-10-11 BAL W, 24-20 2 17 pass Roy Jefferson 17 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
7 1970-10-11 BAL W, 24-20 4 31 pass Roy Jefferson 31 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
8 1970-10-18 PIT W, 7-3 2 67 pass Ron Shanklin 67 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gene Mingo kick)
9 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 2 4 rush Russ Smith 4 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
10 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 2 3 pass Willie Frazier 3 yard pass from John Hadl (Mike Mercer kick)
11 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 3 3 rush Russ Smith 3 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
12 1970-10-25 @ SDG T, 31-31 4 80 pass Lance Alworth 80 yard pass from Marty Domres (Mike Mercer kick)
13 1970-11-01 @ STL W, 44-0 2 2 rush MacArthur Lane 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1970-11-01 @ STL W, 44-0 2 46 pass John Gilliam 46 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1970-11-01 @ STL W, 44-0 3 2 rush Johnny Roland 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1970-11-01 @ STL W, 44-0 4 58 pass Dave Williams 58 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1970-11-01 @ STL W, 44-0 4 41 interception Don Parish 41 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1970-11-08 @ KAN W, 24-9 1 8 rush Ed Podolak 8 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1970-11-08 @ KAN W, 24-9 2 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1970-11-08 @ KAN W, 24-9 4 45 interception Bobby Bell 45 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1970-11-15 SFO W, 30-20 1 54 pass Jimmy Thomas 54 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1970-11-15 SFO W, 30-20 3 9 pass Dick Witcher 9 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
23 1970-11-15 SFO W, 30-20 4 3 rush Ken Willard 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
24 1970-11-15 SFO W, 30-20 4 15 pass Gene Washington 15 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
25 1970-11-22 @ CLE W, 28-14 1 14 pass Bo Scott 14 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1970-11-22 @ CLE W, 28-14 2 2 rush Leroy Kelly 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1970-11-22 @ CLE W, 28-14 3 7 pass Chip Glass 7 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1970-11-22 @ CLE W, 28-14 3 78 pass Chip Glass 78 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1970-11-29 DEN L, 21-31 4 1 rush Bobby Anderson 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
30 1970-11-29 DEN L, 21-31 4 58 pass Billy Van Heusen 58 yard pass from Alan Pastrana (Bobby Howfield kick)
31 1970-11-29 DEN L, 21-31 4 9 rush Alan Pastrana 9 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
32 1970-12-07 CLE W, 21-10 2 1 pass Gary Collins 1 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
33 1970-12-07 CLE W, 21-10 3 2 rush Bo Scott 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
34 1970-12-07 CLE W, 21-10 4 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
35 1970-12-13 CIN W, 30-20 3 25 fumble Al Beauchamp 25 yard fumble return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
36 1970-12-13 CIN W, 30-20 3 15 rush Essex Johnson 15 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
37 1970-12-13 CIN W, 30-20 4 49 pass Essex Johnson 49 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
38 1970-12-20 @ DAL W, 52-10 1 52 pass Reggie Rucker 52 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
39 1970-12-20 @ DAL W, 52-10 1 38 pass Bob Hayes 38 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
40 1970-12-20 @ DAL W, 52-10 2 38 pass Bob Hayes 38 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
41 1970-12-20 @ DAL W, 52-10 3 15 pass Bob Hayes 15 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
42 1970-12-20 @ DAL W, 52-10 3 59 pass Bob Hayes 59 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
43 1970-12-20 @ DAL W, 52-10 4 2 rush Calvin Hill 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
44 1970-12-20 @ DAL W, 52-10 4 5 rush Claxton Welch 5 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)