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1972 Houston Oilers

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1-13-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -13.0, Offense: -7.1, Defense: -5.9, SoS: 2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 164 points (11.7/g), 25th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 380 points (27.1/g), 25th.
 Differential of -216 points (-15.4/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 1.7-12.3.

Coach: Bill Peterson (1-13-0)

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 164 3191 817 3.9 33 10 15 183 181 375 1673 10 23 4.0 88 397 1518 7 3.8 80
Team Defense 380 4734 894 5.3 24 18 16 263 174 324 2143 12 6 6.2 100 546 2591 23 4.7 147
Lg Rank Offense 25 26 14 5 25 10 23 21 19 26 23 23 23 21
Lg Rank Defense 25 23 24 5 23 7 11 6 26 20 24 25 24 25

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-1 @ Denver Broncos 17 30 12 196 142 54 2 18 478 239 239 3
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-2 @ Miami Dolphins 13 34 7 167 104 63 3 30 435 161 274 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore W 1-2 New York Jets 26 20 19 412 262 150 1 19 398 301 97 4
4 Mon October 9 boxscore L 1-3 Oakland Raiders 0 34 7 89 -1 90 5 19 302 138 164 4
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 1-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 24 7 108 108 1 18 295 46 249
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 1-5 Cleveland Browns 17 23 17 364 221 143 2 13 254 119 135
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 1-6 @ Cincinnati Bengals 7 30 10 145 47 98 2 29 496 252 244 2
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 1-7 @ Cleveland Browns 0 20 11 212 93 119 1 15 298 146 152
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 1-8 Philadelphia Eagles 17 18 18 348 112 236 3 12 237 84 153 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 1-9 Green Bay Packers 10 23 16 240 126 114 14 310 100 210
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 1-10 @ San Diego Chargers 20 34 18 213 162 51 1 23 367 137 230 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 1-11 @ Atlanta Falcons 10 20 13 242 154 88 6 17 328 167 161 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore L 1-12 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 9 11 159 87 72 1 12 193 63 130 1
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 1-13 Cincinnati Bengals 17 61 17 296 164 132 5 24 343 190 153 1

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 23 P/QB 14 12 1-11-0 144 299 48.2% 1711 7 2.3 12 4.0 82 5.7 4.4 11.9 122.2 57.1 37 310 4.17 2.98 11.0
14 Kent Nix 28 qb 12 2 0-2-0 33 63 52.4% 287 3 4.8 6 9.5 19 4.6 1.2 8.7 23.9 41.0 6 45 3.51 0.46 8.7
18 Ed Baker 24 1 0 4 10 40.0% 47 0 0.0 4 40.0 18 4.7 -13.3 11.8 47.0 15.4 2 17 2.50 -12.50 16.7
21 Fred Willis 25 FB 8 7 0 3 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 33.3 0 0.0 -15.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -15.00 0.0
Team Total 25.5 14 1-13-0 181 375 48.3% 2045 10 2.7 23 6.1 82 5.5 3.2 11.3 146.1 48.4 45 372 3.98 2.00 10.7 0 0
Opp Total 14 174 324 53.7% 2315 12 3.7 6 1.9 7.1 7.05 13.3 165.4 81.2 24 172 6.2 6.1 6.9

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
21 Fred Willis 25 FB 8 7 92 334 0 43 3.6 41.8 11.5 36 251 7.0 2 27 4.5 31.4 585 2 2
18 Paul Robinson 28 RB 8 7 86 355 3 30 4.1 44.4 10.8 14 112 8.0 0 24 1.8 14.0 467 3 0
34 Willie Rodgers 23 KR 14 3 71 204 2 14 2.9 14.6 5.1 6 61 10.2 0 15 0.4 4.4 265 2 5
39 Robert Holmes 27 6 2 43 172 0 18 4.0 28.7 7.2 6 32 5.3 0 13 1.0 5.3 204 0 0
30 Hoyle Granger 28 13 5 42 175 0 14 4.2 13.5 3.2 15 74 4.9 0 20 1.2 5.7 249 0 2
7 Dan Pastorini 23 P/QB 14 12 38 205 2 17 5.4 14.6 2.7 205 2 6
15 Al Johnson 22 14 3 11 13 0 7 1.2 0.9 0.8 6 24 4.0 0 16 0.4 1.7 37 0 2
32 Ward Walsh 24 6 1 8 36 0 14 4.5 6.0 1.3 4 22 5.5 0 16 0.7 3.7 58 0 0
14 Kent Nix 28 qb 12 2 3 3 0 5 1.0 0.3 0.3 3 0 3
18 Charlie Joiner 25 WR 6 6 2 12 0 9 6.0 2.0 0.3 16 306 19.1 2 82 2.7 51.0 318 2 1
18 Ed Baker 24 1 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9.0 1.0 9 0 0
00 Ken Burrough 24 WR 14 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 521 20.0 4 80 1.9 37.2 521 4 0
87 Dave Smith 25 8 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 218 10.9 0 24 2.5 27.3 218 0 0
89 Alvin Reed 28 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 251 13.2 0 29 1.4 17.9 251 0 2
81 Jim Beirne 26 10 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 95 13.6 1 19 0.7 9.5 95 1 0
20 Rhett Dawson 24 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 78 13.0 1 20 0.4 5.6 78 1 0
Team Total 25.5 14 397 1518 7 43 3.8 108.4 28.4 181 2045 11.3 10 82 12.9 146.1 3563 17 30
Opp Total 14 546 2591 23 4.7 185.1 39.0 174 2143 12.3 12 12.4 153.1 4734 35 29

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
29 Ken Houston* 28 PR/SS 14 14 25 148 0 33 5.9 148
34 Willie Rodgers 23 KR 14 3 17 335 0 32 19.7 600
33 Benny Johnson 24 RCB 14 10 13 230 0 29 17.7 230
40 Lewis Jolley 23 7 0 11 267 0 43 24.3 267
15 Al Johnson 22 14 3 2 0 0 0 0.0 7 154 0 28 22.0 191
22 Zeke Moore 29 8 4 7 15 0 19 2.1 1 22 0 22 22.0 37
26 Linzy Cole 24 2 0 2 41 0 21 20.5 41
39 Robert Holmes 27 6 2 2 39 0 21 19.5 243
30 Hoyle Granger 28 13 5 1 5 0 5 5.0 254
Team Total 25.5 14 34 163 0 33 4.8 54 1093 0 43 20.2 4819
Opp Total 14 31 299 1 9.6 28 547 0 19.5

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 23 P/QB 14 12 82 3381 63 1 41.2
2 Skip Butler 25 K 13 0 3 3 5 3 4 3 6 3 1 19 12 63.2%% 16 15 93.8%% 3 105 47 0 35.0
11 Mark Moseley 24 k 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 50.0%% 2 2 100.0%%
Team Total 25.5 14 3 3 6 4 4 3 7 3 1 21 13 61.9%% 18 17 94.4%% 85 3486 63 1 41.0
Opp Total 14 40 33 82.5%% 40 39 97.5%% 61 2568 42.1

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
34 Willie Rodgers 23 KR 14 3 0 5 4 0 0
7 Dan Pastorini 23 P/QB 14 12 0 6 2 -10 0
29 Ken Houston* 28 PR/SS 14 14 0 2 4 24 0
65 Elvin Bethea* 26 RDE 14 14 0 0 5 0 0
14 Kent Nix 28 qb 12 2 0 3 2 0 0
33 Benny Johnson 24 RCB 14 10 1 34 0 34 0 0 1 2 16 0
22 Zeke Moore 29 8 4 0 3 1 0 0
19 Willie Alexander 23 LCB 14 11 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 2 27 0
48 Bob Atkins 26 14 3 2 37 0 34 0 0 0 1 0 0
15 Al Johnson 22 14 3 0 2 1 4 0
25 John Charles 28 FS 13 11 2 6 0 6 0
30 Hoyle Granger 28 13 5 0 2 0 0 0
51 Calvin Hunt 25 C 10 10 0 0 2 0 0
89 Alvin Reed 28 TE 14 13 0 2 0 0 0
90 George Webster 27 5 5 0 0 2 0 0
21 Fred Willis 25 FB 8 7 0 2 0 0 0
88 Allen Aldridge 27 8 0 0 1 0 -25 0
82 Ron Billingsley 27 4 3 0 0 1 0 0
52 Garland Boyette 32 14 8 0 0 1 0 0
73 Lee Brooks 25 RDT 12 10 0 0 1 0 0
2 Skip Butler 25 K 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Pat Holmes 32 LDE 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
39 Robert Holmes 27 6 2 0 0 1 0 0
18 Charlie Joiner 25 WR 6 6 0 1 0 0 0
55 Rich Lewis 22 10 1 0 0 1 0 0
50 Guy Murdock 22 14 4 0 0 1 0 0
60 Tom Regner 28 LG 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
87 Dave Smith 25 8 7 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.5 14 6 93 0 34 0 0 30 38 36 0
Opp Total 14 45 29 11 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
2 Skip Butler 25 K 13 0 15 12 51
00 Ken Burrough 24 WR 14 11 4 4 24
18 Paul Robinson 28 RB 8 7 3 3 18
18 Charlie Joiner 25 WR 6 6 2 2 12
7 Dan Pastorini 23 P/QB 14 12 2 2 12
34 Willie Rodgers 23 KR 14 3 2 2 12
21 Fred Willis 25 FB 8 7 2 2 12
81 Jim Beirne 26 10 2 1 1 6
20 Rhett Dawson 24 14 2 1 1 6
32 Ward Walsh 24 6 1 1 1 6
11 Mark Moseley 24 k 1 0 2 1 5
Team Total 25.5 14 7 10 1 18 17 13 164
Opp Total 14 23 12 1 1 3 39 33 1 380

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ DEN L, 17-30 2 57 pass Ken Burrough 57 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ DEN L, 17-30 4 18 pass Jim Beirne 18 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
3 1972-09-24 @ MIA L, 13-34 3 82 pass Charlie Joiner 82 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
4 1972-09-24 @ MIA L, 13-34 3 1 rush Willie Rodgers 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
5 1972-10-01 NYJ W, 26-20 2 1 rush Willie Rodgers 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
6 1972-10-01 NYJ W, 26-20 2 52 pass Ken Burrough 52 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
7 1972-10-15 @ PIT L, 7-24 1 0 fumble Ward Walsh 0 yard fumble return (Skip Butler kick)
8 1972-10-22 CLE L, 17-23 1 51 pass Charlie Joiner 51 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
9 1972-10-22 CLE L, 17-23 3 80 pass Ken Burrough 80 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
10 1972-10-29 @ CIN L, 7-30 4 6 rush Paul Robinson 6 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
11 1972-11-12 PHI L, 17-18 3 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
12 1972-11-12 PHI L, 17-18 4 30 rush Paul Robinson 30 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
13 1972-11-19 GNB L, 10-23 2 1 rush Paul Robinson 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
14 1972-11-26 @ SDG L, 20-34 4 3 pass Rhett Dawson 3 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
15 1972-11-26 @ SDG L, 20-34 4 7 pass Fred Willis 7 yard pass from Kent Nix (Skip Butler kick)
16 1972-12-03 @ ATL L, 10-20 3 9 rush Dan Pastorini 9 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
17 1972-12-17 CIN L, 17-61 2 13 pass Fred Willis 13 yard pass from Kent Nix (Skip Butler kick)
18 1972-12-17 CIN L, 17-61 4 3 pass Ken Burrough 3 yard pass from Kent Nix (Skip Butler kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 @ DEN W, 30-17 1 3 rush Steve Ramsey 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
2 1972-09-17 @ DEN W, 30-17 2 25 pass Billy Masters 25 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
3 1972-09-17 @ DEN W, 30-17 4 66 rush Billy Van Heusen 66 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
4 1972-09-24 @ MIA W, 34-13 1 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ MIA W, 34-13 1 2 rush Mercury Morris 2 yard rush
6 1972-09-24 @ MIA W, 34-13 2 4 rush Larry Csonka 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1972-09-24 @ MIA W, 34-13 3 2 rush Bob Griese 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1972-09-24 @ MIA W, 34-13 4 6 pass Jim Kiick 6 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1972-10-01 NYJ L, 20-26 1 25 pass Jerome Barkum 25 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
10 1972-10-01 NYJ L, 20-26 4 4 pass Rich Caster 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1972-10-09 OAK W, 34-0 2 16 pass Fred Biletnikoff 16 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
12 1972-10-09 OAK W, 34-0 4 27 pass Mike Siani 27 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
13 1972-10-09 OAK W, 34-0 4 14 rush Clarence Davis 14 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
14 1972-10-09 OAK W, 34-0 4 1 pass Bob Moore 1 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
15 1972-10-15 @ PIT W, 24-7 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1972-10-15 @ PIT W, 24-7 3 11 pass Frank Lewis 11 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
17 1972-10-15 @ PIT W, 24-7 4 8 rush Terry Bradshaw 8 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1972-10-22 CLE W, 23-17 2 27 pass Frank Pitts 27 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1972-10-22 CLE W, 23-17 4 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1972-10-29 @ CIN W, 30-7 1 4 rush Doug Dressler 4 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
21 1972-10-29 @ CIN W, 30-7 3 17 rush Essex Johnson 17 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
22 1972-10-29 @ CIN W, 30-7 4 6 rush Ken Anderson 6 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
23 1972-11-05 @ CLE W, 20-0 4 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1972-11-05 @ CLE W, 20-0 4 14 rush Leroy Kelly 14 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1972-11-19 GNB W, 23-10 2 85 punt Jon Staggers 85 yard punt return (Chester Marcol kick)
26 1972-11-19 GNB W, 23-10 2 68 pass Dave Davis 68 yard pass from Ron Widby (Chester Marcol kick)
27 1972-11-19 GNB W, 23-10 4 36 rush MacArthur Lane 36 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
28 1972-11-26 @ SDG W, 34-20 1 0 fumble Jesse Taylor 0 yard fumble return (Dennis Partee kick)
29 1972-11-26 @ SDG W, 34-20 2 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
30 1972-11-26 @ SDG W, 34-20 3 31 rush Cid Edwards 31 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
31 1972-11-26 @ SDG W, 34-20 4 3 pass Dave Williams 3 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
32 1972-12-03 @ ATL W, 20-10 1 3 rush Dave Hampton 3 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
33 1972-12-03 @ ATL W, 20-10 3 4 rush Dave Hampton 4 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
34 1972-12-17 CIN W, 61-17 2 3 rush Ken Anderson 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
35 1972-12-17 CIN W, 61-17 3 43 rush Doug Dressler 43 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
36 1972-12-17 CIN W, 61-17 3 1 rush Doug Dressler 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
37 1972-12-17 CIN W, 61-17 4 20 pass Doug Dressler 20 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
38 1972-12-17 CIN W, 61-17 4 25 interception Lemar Parrish 25 yard interception return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
39 1972-12-17 CIN W, 61-17 4 33 interception Lemar Parrish 33 yard interception return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
40 1972-12-17 CIN W, 61-17 4 63 interception Neal Craig 63 yard interception return (Horst Muhlmann kick)