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1971 Houston Oilers

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4-9-1, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.7, Offense: -3.0, Defense: -3.8, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 251 points (17.9/g), 16th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 330 points (23.6/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -79 points (-5.6/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 4.8-9.2.

Coach: Ed Hughes (4-9-1)

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

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
General Manager John Breen
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 251 3515 815 4.3 51 14 22 201 194 423 2409 12 37 5.3 117 361 1106 10 3.1 62
Team Defense 330 3795 880 4.3 37 14 23 237 180 354 2072 11 23 5.3 97 489 1723 22 3.5 117
Lg Rank Offense 16 22 26 10 21 4 6 19 26 16 25 26 18 26
Lg Rank Defense 22 9 13 15 17 13 10 5 9 8 20 11 25 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 @ Cleveland Browns 0 31 11 243 208 35 6 21 377 269 108 2
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 0-2 Kansas City Chiefs 16 20 15 198 172 26 3 19 286 207 79 2
3 Sun October 3 boxscore T 0-2-1 New Orleans Saints 13 13 13 263 156 107 3 16 263 79 184 2
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 0-3-1 @ Washington Redskins 13 22 13 192 146 46 5 11 251 136 115 2
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 0-4-1 Detroit Lions 7 31 13 295 209 86 5 20 385 155 230 3
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 0-5-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 16 23 19 272 180 92 2 26 419 254 165 5
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 1-5-1 Cincinnati Bengals 10 6 9 177 83 94 5 9 83 -52 135 1
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 1-6-1 @ New England Patriots 20 28 16 331 260 71 3 21 253 154 99
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 1-7-1 @ Oakland Raiders 21 41 16 189 130 59 6 12 245 163 82 4
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 1-8-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 13 28 13 241 171 70 2 19 263 143 120 2
11 Sun November 28 boxscore L 1-9-1 Cleveland Browns 24 37 10 216 170 46 5 19 311 151 160 4
12 Sun December 5 boxscore W 2-9-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 29 3 15 275 128 147 10 132 59 73 3
13 Sun December 12 boxscore W 3-9-1 @ Buffalo Bills 20 14 16 268 176 92 1 14 292 207 85 3
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 4-9-1 San Diego Chargers 49 33 22 355 220 135 5 20 235 147 88 4

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
7 Dan Pastorini 22 P/QB 14 8 4-4-0 127 270 47.0% 1702 7 2.6 21 7.8 62 6.3 3.3 13.4 121.6 43.8 20 152 5.34 2.57 6.9 1 1
12 Charley Johnson 33 qb 14 4 0-4-0 46 94 48.9% 592 3 3.2 7 7.4 70 6.3 3.6 12.9 42.3 48.7 8 61 5.21 2.71 7.8 1 0
10 Lynn Dickey 22 qb 7 2 0-1-1 19 57 33.3% 315 0 0.0 9 15.8 42 5.5 -1.6 16.6 45.0 13.3 3 21 4.90 -1.85 5.0
35 Woody Campbell 27 RB 12 11 2 2 100.0% 34 2 100.0 0 0.0 20 17.0 37.0 17.0 2.8 158.3 0 0 17.00 37.00 0.0
Team Total 25.8 14 4-9-1 194 423 45.9% 2643 12 2.8 37 8.7 70 6.2 2.9 13.6 188.8 39.3 31 234 5.31 2.17 6.8 2 1
Opp Total 14 180 354 50.8% 2416 11 3.1 23 6.5 6.8 4.52 13.4 172.6 56.2 37 344 5.3 3.2 9.5

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
35 Woody Campbell 27 RB 12 11 96 259 1 18 2.7 21.6 8.0 20 179 9.0 0 24 1.7 14.9 438 1 0
36 Robert Holmes 26 FB 8 8 91 288 4 31 3.2 36.0 11.4 17 138 8.1 0 22 2.1 17.3 426 4 7
34 Joe Dawkins 23 6 5 42 135 2 21 3.2 22.5 7.0 9 53 5.9 0 13 1.5 8.8 188 2 0
32 Ward Walsh 23 13 1 38 129 0 19 3.4 9.9 2.9 6 36 6.0 1 16 0.5 2.8 165 1 2
7 Dan Pastorini 22 P/QB 14 8 26 140 3 27 5.4 10.0 1.9 140 3 3
41 Leroy Sledge 25 6 1 24 74 0 19 3.1 12.3 4.0 6 32 5.3 1 10 1.0 5.3 106 1 1
2 Dickie Post 26 7 2 22 42 0 10 1.9 6.0 3.1 5 66 13.2 0 28 0.7 9.4 108 0 0
24 Mike Richardson 25 7 0 17 33 0 13 1.9 4.7 2.4 4 17 4.3 0 9 0.6 2.4 50 0 0
28 Andy Hopkins 22 2 0 2 2 0 2 1.0 1.0 1.0 2 0 0
12 Charley Johnson 33 qb 14 4 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 2
10 Lynn Dickey 22 qb 7 2 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.6 0.1 4 0 1
81 Jim Beirne 25 WR 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 38 550 14.5 1 40 2.7 39.3 550 1 0
18 Charlie Joiner 24 WR 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 681 22.0 7 70 2.2 48.6 681 7 1
00 Ken Burrough 23 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 370 14.8 1 62 1.9 28.5 370 1 0
89 Alvin Reed 27 TE 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 408 16.3 1 36 1.8 29.1 408 1 1
83 Willie Frazier 29 6 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 113 14.1 0 33 1.3 18.8 113 0 1
Team Total 25.8 14 361 1106 10 31 3.1 79.0 25.8 194 2643 13.6 12 70 13.9 188.8 3749 22 24
Opp Total 14 489 1723 22 3.5 123.1 34.9 180 2072 11.5 11 12.9 148.0 3795 33 31

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
87 Linzy Cole 23 KR 14 1 14 107 0 31 7.6 32 834 0 45 26.1 941
29 Ken Houston* 27 PR/SS 14 14 16 91 0 15 5.7 91
22 Zeke Moore 28 LCB 13 13 10 214 0 28 21.4 214
00 Ken Burrough 23 13 0 8 157 0 30 19.6 527
36 Robert Holmes 26 FB 8 8 5 129 0 29 25.8 555
85 Floyd Rice 22 14 5 2 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
18 Charlie Joiner 24 WR 14 13 1 25 0 25 25.0 706
24 Mike Richardson 25 7 0 1 26 0 26 26.0 76
32 Ward Walsh 23 13 1 1 24 0 24 24.0 189
Team Total 25.8 14 32 198 0 31 6.2 59 1409 0 45 23.9 5356
Opp Total 14 39 304 0 7.8 41 862 0 21.0

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
7 Dan Pastorini 22 P/QB 14 8 75 3044 62 0 40.6
11 Mark Moseley 23 K 12 0 9 8 4 2 10 6 3 26 16 61.5%% 27 25 92.6%%
17 Braden Beck 27 k 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 50.0%% 2 1 50.0%%
Team Total 25.8 14 1 1 9 8 5 2 10 6 3 28 17 60.7%% 29 26 89.7%% 75 3044 62 0 40.6
Opp Total 14 35 24 68.6%% 37 36 97.3%% 76 3207 42.2

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
29 Ken Houston* 27 PR/SS 14 14 9 220 4 48 0 0 2 2 71 1
36 Robert Holmes 26 FB 8 8 0 7 4 0 0
25 John Charles 27 FS 14 13 5 94 0 51 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 Dan Pastorini 22 P/QB 14 8 0 3 3 0 0
19 Willie Alexander 22 RCB 14 10 4 74 0 36 0
52 Garland Boyette 31 MLB 14 14 0 0 4 24 1
22 Zeke Moore 28 LCB 13 13 3 29 0 26 0
88 Allen Aldridge 26 13 1 0 1 1 -30 0
87 Linzy Cole 23 KR 14 1 0 2 0 0 0
12 Charley Johnson 33 qb 14 4 0 2 0 0 0
37 Dave Olerich 27 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
85 Floyd Rice 22 14 5 0 0 2 4 0
32 Ward Walsh 23 13 1 0 2 0 0 0
48 Bob Atkins 25 12 2 1 25 1 25 0
82 Ron Billingsley 26 RDT 13 10 0 0 1 0 0
73 Lee Brooks 24 11 4 1 14 0 14 0
10 Lynn Dickey 22 qb 7 2 0 1 0 0 0
83 Willie Frazier 29 6 4 0 1 0 0 0
66 Tom Funchess 27 12 2 0 0 1 0 0
79 Pat Holmes 31 LDE 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
18 Charlie Joiner 24 WR 14 13 0 1 0 0 0
89 Alvin Reed 27 TE 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
41 Leroy Sledge 25 6 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.8 14 23 456 5 51 0 0 24 22 69 2
Opp Total 14 31 31 17

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
11 Mark Moseley 23 K 12 0 25 16 73
18 Charlie Joiner 24 WR 14 13 7 7 42
29 Ken Houston* 27 PR/SS 14 14 1 4 5 30
36 Robert Holmes 26 FB 8 8 4 4 24
7 Dan Pastorini 22 P/QB 14 8 3 3 18
34 Joe Dawkins 23 6 5 2 2 12
48 Bob Atkins 25 12 2 1 1 6
81 Jim Beirne 25 WR 14 13 1 1 6
52 Garland Boyette 31 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
00 Ken Burrough 23 13 0 1 1 6
35 Woody Campbell 27 RB 12 11 1 1 6
89 Alvin Reed 27 TE 14 10 1 1 6
41 Leroy Sledge 25 6 1 1 1 6
32 Ward Walsh 23 13 1 1 1 6
17 Braden Beck 27 k 2 0 1 1 4
Team Total 25.8 14 10 12 2 5 29 26 17 251
Opp Total 14 22 11 1 3 36 24 330

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-26 KAN L, 16-20 2 68 fumble Ken Houston 68 yard fumble return (Braden Beck kick)
2 1971-09-26 KAN L, 16-20 4 12 pass Charlie Joiner 12 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
3 1971-10-03 NOR T, 13-13 4 70 pass Charlie Joiner 70 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Mark Moseley kick)
4 1971-10-10 @ WAS L, 13-22 2 5 pass Leroy Sledge 5 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Mark Moseley kick)
5 1971-10-17 DET L, 7-31 2 58 pass Charlie Joiner 58 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
6 1971-10-24 @ PIT L, 16-23 1 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
7 1971-10-24 @ PIT L, 16-23 3 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush
8 1971-10-31 CIN W, 10-6 3 48 interception Ken Houston 48 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
9 1971-11-07 @ NWE L, 20-28 3 28 pass Charlie Joiner 28 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
10 1971-11-07 @ NWE L, 20-28 4 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
11 1971-11-14 @ OAK L, 21-41 4 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
12 1971-11-14 @ OAK L, 21-41 4 14 pass Jim Beirne 14 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
13 1971-11-14 @ OAK L, 21-41 4 1 pass Ward Walsh 1 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
14 1971-11-21 @ CIN L, 13-28 4 56 pass Charlie Joiner 56 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Mark Moseley kick)
15 1971-11-28 CLE L, 24-37 2 19 fumble Garland Boyette 19 yard fumble return (Mark Moseley kick)
16 1971-11-28 CLE L, 24-37 2 20 pass Charlie Joiner 20 yard pass from Woody Campbell (Mark Moseley kick)
17 1971-11-28 CLE L, 24-37 4 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
18 1971-12-05 PIT W, 29-3 1 27 pass Alvin Reed 27 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
19 1971-12-05 PIT W, 29-3 1 8 rush Woody Campbell 8 yard rush
20 1971-12-05 PIT W, 29-3 4 4 rush Robert Holmes 4 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
21 1971-12-12 @ BUF W, 20-14 3 17 interception Ken Houston 17 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
22 1971-12-12 @ BUF W, 20-14 4 2 rush Robert Holmes 2 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
23 1971-12-19 SDG W, 49-33 2 14 pass Charlie Joiner 14 yard pass from Woody Campbell (Mark Moseley kick)
24 1971-12-19 SDG W, 49-33 3 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
25 1971-12-19 SDG W, 49-33 3 62 pass Ken Burrough 62 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
26 1971-12-19 SDG W, 49-33 3 35 interception Ken Houston 35 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
27 1971-12-19 SDG W, 49-33 3 29 interception Ken Houston 29 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
28 1971-12-19 SDG W, 49-33 4 2 rush Robert Holmes 2 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
29 1971-12-19 SDG W, 49-33 4 25 interception Bob Atkins 25 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 @ CLE W, 31-0 1 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1971-09-19 @ CLE W, 31-0 2 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1971-09-19 @ CLE W, 31-0 3 8 pass Gary Collins 8 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1971-09-19 @ CLE W, 31-0 4 18 pass Frank Pitts 18 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
5 1971-09-26 KAN W, 20-16 1 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1971-09-26 KAN W, 20-16 4 4 rush Warren McVea 4 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
7 1971-10-03 NOR T, 13-13 1 63 pass Danny Abramowicz 63 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ WAS W, 22-13 2 18 interception Ron McDole 18 yard interception return (Curt Knight kick)
9 1971-10-17 DET W, 31-7 2 28 interception Lem Barney 28 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
10 1971-10-17 DET W, 31-7 2 10 rush Steve Owens 10 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
11 1971-10-17 DET W, 31-7 4 35 pass Altie Taylor 35 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
12 1971-10-17 DET W, 31-7 4 1 rush Steve Owens 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
13 1971-10-24 @ PIT W, 23-16 4 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1971-10-24 @ PIT W, 23-16 4 30 rush John Fuqua 30 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1971-11-07 @ NWE W, 28-20 1 10 pass Hubie Bryant 10 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
16 1971-11-07 @ NWE W, 28-20 2 2 rush Jack Maitland 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
17 1971-11-07 @ NWE W, 28-20 4 4 rush Jim Nance 4 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
18 1971-11-07 @ NWE W, 28-20 4 2 rush Carl Garrett 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
19 1971-11-14 @ OAK W, 41-21 1 63 pass Drew Buie 63 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
20 1971-11-14 @ OAK W, 41-21 1 1 rush Pete Banaszak 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
21 1971-11-14 @ OAK W, 41-21 1 25 pass Drew Buie 25 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
22 1971-11-14 @ OAK W, 41-21 2 1 rush Pete Banaszak 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
23 1971-11-14 @ OAK W, 41-21 2 59 interception Jimmy Warren 59 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
24 1971-11-21 @ CIN W, 28-13 1 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
25 1971-11-21 @ CIN W, 28-13 1 6 pass Bruce Coslet 6 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
26 1971-11-21 @ CIN W, 28-13 2 5 rush Fred Willis 5 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
27 1971-11-21 @ CIN W, 28-13 3 31 pass Bob Trumpy 31 yard pass from Virgil Carter (Horst Muhlmann kick)
28 1971-11-28 CLE W, 37-24 2 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1971-11-28 CLE W, 37-24 3 1 rush Bo Scott 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
30 1971-11-28 CLE W, 37-24 3 18 pass Frank Pitts 18 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
31 1971-11-28 CLE W, 37-24 4 4 rush Bo Scott 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
32 1971-12-12 @ BUF L, 14-20 4 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
33 1971-12-12 @ BUF L, 14-20 4 14 pass Haven Moses 14 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
34 1971-12-19 SDG L, 33-49 2 4 rush Jeff Queen 4 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
35 1971-12-19 SDG L, 33-49 2 5 rush Jeff Queen 5 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
36 1971-12-19 SDG L, 33-49 2 27 fumble Bob Babich 27 yard fumble return
37 1971-12-19 SDG L, 33-49 3 1 rush Leon Burns 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)