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1973 Houston Oilers

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1-13-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -16.8, Offense: -4.4, Defense: -12.4, SoS: 1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 199 points (14.2/g), 23rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 447 points (31.9/g), 26th.
 Differential of -248 points (-17.7/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 1.8-12.2.

Coach: Bill Peterson (0-5-0) and Sid Gillman (1-8-0)

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

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
Executive VP/General Manager Sid Gillman
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 199 3307 840 3.9 52 25 11 193 225 411 1919 11 27 4.2 93 386 1388 9 3.6 89
Team Defense 447 4647 929 5.0 27 10 22 274 178 326 2237 26 17 6.3 114 576 2410 19 4.2 138
Lg Rank Offense 23 24 26 24 24 4 16 18 24 23 26 26 20 22
Lg Rank Defense 26 24 24 24 24 9 20 26 13 22 26 23 22 17

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-1 @ New York Giants 14 34 6 155 59 96 4 29 372 154 218 3
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 0-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 24 10 214 57 157 2 23 372 154 218
3 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 36 13 178 115 63 5 14 255 130 125 3
4 Sun October 7 boxscore L 0-4 Los Angeles Rams 26 31 16 280 204 76 4 21 348 179 169 1
5 Sun October 14 boxscore L 0-5 Denver Broncos 20 48 20 215 98 117 5 21 447 214 233
6 Sun October 21 boxscore L 0-6 @ Cleveland Browns 13 42 4 106 83 23 1 26 366 102 264 1
7 Sun October 28 boxscore L 0-7 @ Chicago Bears 14 35 19 211 54 157 4 19 269 154 115 2
8 Sun November 4 boxscore W 1-7 @ Baltimore Colts 31 27 20 444 340 104 6 16 259 155 104 2
9 Sun November 11 boxscore L 1-8 Cleveland Browns 13 23 16 309 203 106 1 13 299 119 180 1
10 Sun November 18 boxscore L 1-9 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 38 13 262 216 46 5 18 266 147 119 4
11 Sun November 25 boxscore L 1-10 New England Patriots 0 32 11 184 83 101 3 22 317 176 141 1
12 Sun December 2 boxscore L 1-11 Oakland Raiders 6 17 15 285 191 94 2 19 375 140 235 4
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 1-12 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 33 5 83 25 58 9 19 320 132 188 4
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 1-13 Cincinnati Bengals 24 27 25 381 191 190 1 14 382 281 101 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 24 QB 14 10 0-10-0 154 290 53.1% 1482 5 1.7 17 5.9 50 5.1 2.8 9.6 105.9 49.0 30 313 3.65 1.58 9.4
10 Lynn Dickey 24 qb 12 4 1-3-0 71 120 59.2% 888 6 5.0 10 8.3 66 7.4 4.7 12.5 74.0 64.2 13 138 5.64 3.16 9.8 1 1
44 Fred Willis 26 FB 14 14 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 25.9 14 1-13-0 225 411 54.7% 2370 11 2.7 27 6.6 66 5.8 3.3 10.5 169.3 53.3 43 451 4.23 2.04 9.5 1 1
Opp Total 14 178 326 54.6% 2466 26 8.0 17 5.2 7.6 6.81 13.9 176.1 84.0 27 229 6.3 5.6 7.6

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
44 Fred Willis 26 FB 14 14 171 579 4 25 3.4 41.4 12.2 57 371 6.5 1 50 4.1 26.5 950 5 5
36 Bob Gresham 25 RB 13 10 104 400 2 52 3.8 30.8 8.0 28 244 8.7 1 62 2.2 18.8 644 3 5
18 Paul Robinson 29 11 1 34 151 2 22 4.4 13.7 3.1 7 46 6.6 0 19 0.6 4.2 197 2 0
7 Dan Pastorini 24 QB 14 10 31 102 0 17 3.3 7.3 2.2 102 0 17
12 George Amundson 22 9 2 15 56 0 10 3.7 6.2 1.7 7 60 8.6 0 18 0.8 6.7 116 0 1
28 Bill Thomas 24 6 1 10 39 0 17 3.9 6.5 1.7 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.2 0.7 43 0 0
40 Lewis Jolley 24 10 0 7 6 0 3 0.9 0.6 0.7 3 56 18.7 0 48 0.3 5.6 62 0 2
10 Lynn Dickey 24 qb 12 4 6 9 0 6 1.5 0.8 0.5 9 0 5
00 Ken Burrough 25 WR 14 12 5 38 1 34 7.6 2.7 0.4 43 577 13.4 2 49 3.1 41.2 615 3 2
82 Mack Alston 26 TE 14 14 1 13 0 13 13.0 0.9 0.1 19 195 10.3 4 39 1.4 13.9 208 4 0
87 Eddie Hinton 26 11 1 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.2 0.1 13 202 15.5 1 34 1.2 18.4 200 1 1
15 Al Johnson 23 5 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.6 0.2 -3 0 0
20 Billy Parks 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 43 581 13.5 1 66 3.1 41.5 581 1 1
83 Dave Parks 32 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 31 10.3 1 12 0.6 6.2 31 1 0
86 Clifton McNeil 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.3 1.0 3 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 386 1388 9 52 3.6 99.1 27.6 225 2370 10.5 11 66 16.1 169.3 3758 20 44
Opp Total 14 576 2410 19 4.2 172.1 41.1 178 2237 12.6 26 12.7 159.8 4647 45 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
13 Alvin Haymond 31 KR 6 0 14 101 0 44 7.2 28 703 0 47 25.1 804
36 Bob Gresham 25 RB 13 10 27 723 1 103 26.8 1367
37 Jeff Severson 24 PR/SS 14 14 16 126 0 74 7.9 1 17 0 17 17.0 143
87 Eddie Hinton 26 11 1 8 141 0 30 17.6 341
26 Larry Eaglin 25 11 2 3 76 0 39 25.3 76
67 Mike Fanucci 24 13 0 3 40 0 14 13.3 40
27 Joe Blahak 23 12 4 2 41 0 23 20.5 41
40 Lewis Jolley 24 10 0 2 41 0 21 20.5 103
85 Floyd Rice 24 LLB 7 6 2 17 0 9 8.5 17
Team Total 25.9 14 30 227 0 74 7.6 76 1799 1 103 23.7 5784
Opp Total 14 44 343 0 7.8 37 811 1 21.9

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
2 Skip Butler 26 K/P 14 0 4 4 2 2 8 6 8 3 2 24 15 62.5%% 21 21 100.0%% 36 1344 55 0 37.3
7 Dan Pastorini 24 QB 14 10 27 1087 59 0 40.3
11 Dave Green 24 p 4 0 22 868 61 0 39.5
10 Lynn Dickey 24 qb 12 4 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 25.9 14 4 4 2 2 8 6 8 3 2 24 15 62.5%% 22 22 100.0%% 85 3299 61 0 38.8
Opp Total 14 42 25 59.5%% 53 52 98.1%% 62 2455 39.6

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
7 Dan Pastorini 24 QB 14 10 0 17 3 -37 0
36 Bob Gresham 25 RB 13 10 0 5 2 0 0
44 Fred Willis 26 FB 14 14 0 5 2 0 0
56 Guy Roberts 23 RLB 14 12 4 55 0 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
10 Lynn Dickey 24 qb 12 4 0 5 0 -11 0
37 Jeff Severson 24 PR/SS 14 14 4 24 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Willie Alexander 24 RCB 11 10 3 3 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
27 Joe Blahak 23 12 4 2 120 0 87 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Elbert Drungo 30 RT 14 9 0 0 3 7 0
13 Alvin Haymond 31 KR 6 0 0 2 1 0 0
54 Gregg Bingham 22 MLB 14 14 2 22 0 18 0
00 Ken Burrough 25 WR 14 12 0 2 0 0 0
25 John Charles 29 4 4 2 74 0 39 0
40 Lewis Jolley 24 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
20 Billy Parks 25 WR 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
85 Floyd Rice 24 LLB 7 6 0 1 1 51 1
70 Tody Smith 25 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
12 George Amundson 22 9 2 0 1 0 0 0
65 Elvin Bethea* 27 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
63 Levert Carr 29 13 8 0 0 1 0 0
26 Larry Eaglin 25 11 2 0 1 0 0 0
69 Solomon Freelon 22 LG 11 9 0 0 1 0 0
87 Eddie Hinton 26 11 1 0 1 0 0 0
60 Al Jenkins 27 RG 13 6 0 0 1 0 0
51 Ron Lou 22 9 1 0 0 1 0 0
59 Brian McConnell 23 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
22 Zeke Moore 30 LCB 13 11 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 17 298 0 87 0 0 44 26 10 1
Opp Total 14 43 29 19 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 26 K/P 14 0 21 15 66
44 Fred Willis 26 FB 14 14 4 1 5 30
82 Mack Alston 26 TE 14 14 4 4 24
36 Bob Gresham 25 RB 13 10 2 1 1 4 24
00 Ken Burrough 25 WR 14 12 1 2 3 18
18 Paul Robinson 29 11 1 2 2 12
26 Larry Eaglin 25 11 2 1 1 6
87 Eddie Hinton 26 11 1 1 1 6
20 Billy Parks 25 WR 14 14 1 1 6
83 Dave Parks 32 5 0 1 1 6
85 Floyd Rice 24 LLB 7 6 1 1 6
10 Lynn Dickey 24 qb 12 4 1 1
Team Total 25.9 14 9 11 1 1 1 23 22 15 205
Opp Total 14 19 26 1 3 4 52 25 1 447

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 @ NYG L, 14-34 3 7 pass Dave Parks 7 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
2 1973-09-16 @ NYG L, 14-34 3 49 pass Ken Burrough 49 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ CIN L, 10-24 1 103 kickoff Bob Gresham 103 yard kickoff return (Skip Butler kick)
4 1973-09-30 PIT L, 7-36 2 7 pass Mack Alston 7 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
5 1973-10-07 RAM L, 26-31 4 4 rush Bob Gresham 4 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
6 1973-10-07 RAM L, 26-31 4 14 blocked punt Larry Eaglin 14 yard blocked punt return (Skip Butler kick)
7 1973-10-14 DEN L, 20-48 1 4 rush Fred Willis 4 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
8 1973-10-14 DEN L, 20-48 2 19 rush Ken Burrough 19 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
9 1973-10-21 @ CLE L, 13-42 3 34 pass Eddie Hinton 34 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
10 1973-10-28 @ CHI L, 14-35 3 5 rush Paul Robinson 5 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
11 1973-10-28 @ CHI L, 14-35 4 25 pass Ken Burrough 25 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Skip Butler kick)
12 1973-11-04 @ BAL W, 31-27 1 66 pass Billy Parks 66 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Skip Butler kick)
13 1973-11-04 @ BAL W, 31-27 2 4 rush Bob Gresham 4 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
14 1973-11-04 @ BAL W, 31-27 2 10 pass Mack Alston 10 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Lynn Dickey run)
15 1973-11-04 @ BAL W, 31-27 4 13 pass Fred Willis 13 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Skip Butler kick)
16 1973-11-11 CLE L, 13-23 4 39 pass Mack Alston 39 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Skip Butler kick)
17 1973-11-18 @ KAN L, 14-38 3 62 pass Bob Gresham 62 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Skip Butler kick)
18 1973-11-18 @ KAN L, 14-38 4 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
19 1973-12-09 @ PIT L, 7-33 1 11 pass Mack Alston 11 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
20 1973-12-16 CIN L, 24-27 2 5 rush Fred Willis 5 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
21 1973-12-16 CIN L, 24-27 4 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
22 1973-12-16 CIN L, 24-27 4 1 rush Paul Robinson 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 @ NYG W, 34-14 2 1 rush Ron Johnson 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
2 1973-09-16 @ NYG W, 34-14 2 14 pass Don Herrmann 14 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
3 1973-09-16 @ NYG W, 34-14 2 1 rush Ron Johnson 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
4 1973-09-16 @ NYG W, 34-14 4 1 rush Joe Orduna 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
5 1973-09-23 @ CIN W, 24-10 2 11 rush Essex Johnson 11 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
6 1973-09-23 @ CIN W, 24-10 4 3 rush Boobie Clark 3 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
7 1973-09-23 @ CIN W, 24-10 4 35 pass Bob Trumpy 35 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
8 1973-09-30 PIT W, 36-7 3 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush
9 1973-09-30 PIT W, 36-7 3 45 interception Andy Russell 45 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1973-09-30 PIT W, 36-7 4 26 pass Ron Shanklin 26 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1973-09-30 PIT W, 36-7 4 86 interception Glen Edwards 86 yard interception return (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1973-10-07 RAM W, 31-26 1 38 pass Jack Snow 38 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
13 1973-10-07 RAM W, 31-26 2 5 rush Tony Baker 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
14 1973-10-07 RAM W, 31-26 2 15 pass Harold Jackson 15 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
15 1973-10-07 RAM W, 31-26 3 69 pass Harold Jackson 69 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
16 1973-10-14 DEN W, 48-20 1 19 pass Haven Moses 19 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
17 1973-10-14 DEN W, 48-20 2 33 pass Haven Moses 33 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
18 1973-10-14 DEN W, 48-20 2 3 pass Haven Moses 3 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
19 1973-10-14 DEN W, 48-20 3 59 interception Bill Thompson 59 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
20 1973-10-14 DEN W, 48-20 3 4 rush Floyd Little 4 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
21 1973-10-14 DEN W, 48-20 4 62 pass Billy Van Heusen 62 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
22 1973-10-21 @ CLE W, 42-13 1 8 rush Leroy Kelly 8 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1973-10-21 @ CLE W, 42-13 1 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
24 1973-10-21 @ CLE W, 42-13 2 21 pass Fair Hooker 21 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1973-10-21 @ CLE W, 42-13 2 3 pass Frank Pitts 3 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1973-10-21 @ CLE W, 42-13 4 13 rush Mike Phipps 13 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1973-10-21 @ CLE W, 42-13 4 2 pass Bo Scott 2 yard pass from Don Horn (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1973-10-28 @ CHI W, 35-14 1 0 fumble Dick Butkus 0 yard fumble return (Mirro Roder kick)
29 1973-10-28 @ CHI W, 35-14 2 5 rush Carl Garrett 5 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
30 1973-10-28 @ CHI W, 35-14 2 5 pass George Farmer 5 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mirro Roder kick)
31 1973-10-28 @ CHI W, 35-14 3 95 kickoff Ike Hill 95 yard kickoff return (Mirro Roder kick)
32 1973-10-28 @ CHI W, 35-14 4 1 pass Earl Thomas 1 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)
33 1973-11-04 @ BAL L, 27-31 3 19 interception Stan White 19 yard interception return (George Hunt kick)
34 1973-11-04 @ BAL L, 27-31 3 1 pass John Andrews 1 yard pass from Marty Domres (George Hunt kick)
35 1973-11-04 @ BAL L, 27-31 4 1 rush Marty Domres 1 yard rush (George Hunt kick)
36 1973-11-11 CLE W, 23-13 1 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
37 1973-11-11 CLE W, 23-13 1 53 rush Greg Pruitt 53 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
38 1973-11-18 @ KAN W, 38-14 1 5 pass Gary Butler 5 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
39 1973-11-18 @ KAN W, 38-14 2 24 pass Otis Taylor 24 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
40 1973-11-18 @ KAN W, 38-14 3 3 rush Mike Livingston 3 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
41 1973-11-18 @ KAN W, 38-14 4 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
42 1973-11-18 @ KAN W, 38-14 4 19 fumble John Lohmeyer 19 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick)
43 1973-11-25 NWE W, 32-0 1 5 pass Bob Windsor 5 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
44 1973-11-25 NWE W, 32-0 2 1 rush Mack Herron 1 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
45 1973-11-25 NWE W, 32-0 2 8 pass Reggie Rucker 8 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Jeff White kick)
46 1973-12-02 OAK W, 17-6 4 21 pass Fred Biletnikoff 21 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
47 1973-12-02 OAK W, 17-6 4 2 rush Marv Hubbard 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
48 1973-12-09 @ PIT W, 33-7 2 15 pass Barry Pearson 15 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
49 1973-12-09 @ PIT W, 33-7 2 3 pass Steve Davis 3 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
50 1973-12-09 @ PIT W, 33-7 3 0 fumble Jack Ham 0 yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)
51 1973-12-16 CIN W, 27-24 2 77 pass Isaac Curtis 77 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
52 1973-12-16 CIN W, 27-24 3 10 pass Bob Trumpy 10 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
53 1973-12-16 CIN W, 27-24 3 67 pass Isaac Curtis 67 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)