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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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 199 3307 840 3.9 52 25 193 225 411 1919 11 27 4.2 93 386 1388 9 3.6 89 95 900 11
Opp. Stats 447 4647 929 5.0 27 10 274 178 326 2237 26 17 6.3 114 576 2410 19 4.2 138 90 811 22
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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
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. 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. 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 68
Team Total 25.9 14 30 227 0 74 7.6 76 1799 1 103 23.7 5794
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 29 19 43 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
2 Skip Butler 26 K/P 14 0 21 21 15 24 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 1
Team Total 25.9 14 9 11 1 1 1 23 22 22 15 24 205
Opp Total 14 19 26 1 3 4 52 53 25 42 1 447

Touchdown Log

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