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1975 Houston Oilers

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10-4-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1975 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.4, Offense: 1.2, Defense: 5.2, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 293 points (20.9/g), 12th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 226 points (16.1/g), 5th.
 Differential of 67 points (4.8/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 9.1-4.9.

Coach: Bum Phillips (10-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: King Hill
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Biles

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Sam Houston State (Huntsville, Texas)

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
Head Coach/General Manager Bum Phillips
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 293 3937 900 4.4 34 17 23 234 165 347 1869 14 17 5.0 90 526 2068 14 3.9 121
Team Defense 226 4137 952 4.3 43 19 23 264 235 409 2457 14 24 5.4 137 498 1680 13 3.4 104
Lg Rank Offense 12 19 8 13 20 22 23 19 7 18 11 12 13 15
Lg Rank Defense 5 11 5 6 16 21 17 7 9 12 12 3 6 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-0 @ New England Patriots 7 0 7 169 53 116 2 17 279 100 179 3
2 Sun September 28 boxscore W 2-0 San Diego Chargers 33 17 24 402 151 251 1 12 204 144 60 3
3 Sun October 5 boxscore L 2-1 Cincinnati Bengals 19 21 13 176 93 83 5 18 262 176 86 2
4 Sun October 12 boxscore W 3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 40 10 20 369 119 250 15 246 144 102 5
5 Sun October 19 boxscore W 4-1 Washington Redskins 13 10 14 228 107 121 1 17 255 197 58 3
6 Sun October 26 boxscore W 5-1 Detroit Lions 24 8 14 300 212 88 5 22 336 179 157 2
7 Sun November 2 boxscore W 6-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 13 13 325 181 144 2 22 345 208 137 4
8 Sun November 9 boxscore L 6-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 24 18 298 206 92 3 22 352 169 183 2
9 Sun November 16 boxscore W 7-2 Miami Dolphins 20 19 15 239 70 169 23 350 236 114 2
10 Mon November 24 boxscore L 7-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 32 13 257 131 126 4 22 367 139 228 5
11 Sun November 30 boxscore L 7-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 19 23 20 313 107 206 3 18 289 154 135 1
12 Sun December 7 boxscore W 8-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 27 13 23 279 109 170 3 11 200 195 5 3
13 Sun December 14 boxscore W 9-4 @ Oakland Raiders 27 26 19 260 174 86 3 23 377 237 140 6
14 Sun December 21 boxscore W 10-4 Cleveland Browns 21 10 21 322 156 166 2 22 275 179 96 2

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* 26 P/QB 14 14 10-4-0 163 342 47.7% 2053 14 4.1 16 4.7 77 6.0 4.7 12.6 146.6 61.0 24 210 5.04 3.83 6.6 3 4
10 Lynn Dickey 26 14 0 2 4 50.0% 46 0 0.0 1 25.0 28 11.5 0.3 23.0 3.3 52.1 3 20 3.71 -2.71 42.9
47 Ronnie Coleman 24 RB 14 12 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 26.6 14 10-4-0 165 347 47.6% 2099 14 4.0 17 4.9 77 6.0 4.7 12.7 149.9 59.9 27 230 5.00 3.70 7.2 3 4
Opp Total 14 235 409 57.5% 2800 14 3.4 24 5.9 6.8 4.89 11.9 200.0 65.4 45 343 5.4 3.6 9.9

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
47 Ronnie Coleman 24 RB 14 12 175 790 5 46 4.5 56.4 12.5 18 129 7.2 0 24 1.3 9.2 919 5 6
30 Don Hardeman 22 FB 13 10 166 648 5 39 3.9 49.8 12.8 5 10 2.0 0 9 0.4 0.8 658 5 3
44 Fred Willis 28 13 4 118 420 2 23 3.6 32.3 9.1 20 104 5.2 0 20 1.5 8.0 524 2 7
7 Dan Pastorini* 26 P/QB 14 14 23 97 1 19 4.2 6.9 1.6 97 1 3
36 Robert Holmes 30 14 2 19 42 0 11 2.2 3.0 1.4 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.4 47 0 0
34 Willie Rodgers 26 14 0 18 55 1 8 3.1 3.9 1.3 55 1 0
84 Billy Johnson* 23 KR/PR/WR 14 14 5 17 0 19 3.4 1.2 0.4 37 393 10.6 1 30 2.6 28.1 410 1 5
87 Emmett Edwards 23 11 0 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.4 0.1 2 22 11.0 0 18 0.2 2.0 18 0 0
10 Lynn Dickey 26 14 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 3 0 0
00 Ken Burrough* 27 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 1063 20.1 8 77 3.8 75.9 1063 8 1
82 Mack Alston 28 TE 13 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 165 9.2 4 26 1.4 12.7 165 4 0
81 John Sawyer 22 te 8 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 144 20.6 1 51 0.9 18.0 144 1 1
88 Jim Beirne 29 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.2 2.5 15 0 0
83 Willie Frazier 33 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.2 1.8 9 0 0
86 Nate Hawkins 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 32 32.0 0 32 0.1 2.9 32 0 0
20 Billy Parks 27 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.8 8 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 526 2068 14 46 3.9 147.7 37.6 165 2099 12.7 14 77 11.8 149.9 4167 28 28
Opp Total 14 498 1680 13 3.4 120.0 35.6 235 2457 10.5 14 16.8 175.5 4137 27 38

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
84 Billy Johnson* 23 KR/PR/WR 14 14 40 612 3 83 15.3 33 798 1 81 24.2 1820
33 Mark Cotney 23 db 14 3 2 8 0 5 4.0 10 189 0 28 18.9 197
47 Ronnie Coleman 24 RB 14 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 8 149 0 27 18.6 1068
34 Willie Rodgers 26 14 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 68
51 Ted Thompson 22 14 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -5
38 C.L. Whittington 23 14 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 43 620 3 83 14.4 54 1144 1 81 21.2 5931
Opp Total 14 47 356 0 7.6 61 1355 0 22.2

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
2 Skip Butler 28 K 14 0 9 8 8 4 12 6 1 30 18 60.0%% 34 31 91.2%%
7 Dan Pastorini* 26 P/QB 14 14 62 2447 68 0 39.5
4 David Beverly 25 p 2 0 12 459 45 0 38.3
Team Total 26.6 14 9 8 8 4 12 6 1 30 18 60.0%% 34 31 91.2%% 74 2906 68 0 39.3
Opp Total 14 23 13 56.5%% 27 21 77.8%% 73 2993 41.0

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
44 Fred Willis 28 13 4 0 7 3 -2 0
7 Dan Pastorini* 26 P/QB 14 14 0 3 4 0 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 24 RB 14 12 0 6 0 0 0
84 Billy Johnson* 23 KR/PR/WR 14 14 0 5 1 0 0
52 Robert Brazile 22 ROLB 14 14 0 0 5 18 0
22 Zeke Moore 32 RCB 14 14 5 137 0 74 0
59 Ted Washington 27 LOLB 14 14 3 30 0 23 0 0 0 2 18 0
48 Bob Atkins 29 FS 14 5 4 133 0 70 0
54 Gregg Bingham 24 RILB 14 14 4 57 0 26 0
29 Willie Germany 27 SS 14 11 2 15 0 15 0 0 0 2 48 1
30 Don Hardeman 22 FB 13 10 0 3 1 0 0
19 Willie Alexander 26 LCB 14 13 3 41 0 32 0
78 Curley Culp*+ 29 NT 14 14 0 0 3 38 1
57 Steve Kiner 28 LILB 14 14 2 7 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Ted Thompson 22 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
38 C.L. Whittington 23 14 9 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Mack Alston 28 TE 13 11 0 0 1 0 0
00 Ken Burrough* 27 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
33 Mark Cotney 23 db 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
60 Ed Fisher 26 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
53 Fred Hoaglin 31 14 0 0 1 0 -22 0
81 John Sawyer 22 te 8 3 0 1 0 0 0
85 Tody Smith 27 LDE 13 12 0 0 1 0 0
27 Greg Stemrick 24 11 1 0 0 1 0 0
79 Jim White 27 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 24 425 0 74 0 0 28 30 98 2 2
Opp Total 14 27 38 19 2

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 28 K 14 0 31 18 85
00 Ken Burrough* 27 WR 14 14 8 8 48
47 Ronnie Coleman 24 RB 14 12 5 5 30
30 Don Hardeman 22 FB 13 10 5 5 30
84 Billy Johnson* 23 KR/PR/WR 14 14 1 3 1 5 30
82 Mack Alston 28 TE 13 11 4 4 24
44 Fred Willis 28 13 4 2 2 12
34 Willie Rodgers 26 14 0 1 1 1 8
78 Curley Culp*+ 29 NT 14 14 1 1 6
29 Willie Germany 27 SS 14 11 1 1 6
7 Dan Pastorini* 26 P/QB 14 14 1 1 6
81 John Sawyer 22 te 8 3 1 1 6
65 Elvin Bethea* 29 RDE 14 14 1 2
Team Total 26.6 14 14 14 3 1 2 34 31 18 2 293
Opp Total 14 13 14 21 13 2 226

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1975-09-21 @ NWE W, 7-0 1 48 fumble Willie Germany 48 yard fumble return (Skip Butler kick)
2 1975-09-28 SDG W, 33-17 2 1 rush Don Hardeman 1 yard rush
3 1975-09-28 SDG W, 33-17 2 4 pass John Sawyer 4 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
4 1975-09-28 SDG W, 33-17 3 46 rush Ronnie Coleman 46 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
5 1975-09-28 SDG W, 33-17 4 38 fumble Curley Culp 38 yard fumble return (Skip Butler kick)
6 1975-10-05 CIN L, 19-21 2 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
7 1975-10-05 CIN L, 19-21 3 63 punt Billy Johnson 63 yard punt return (Skip Butler kick)
8 1975-10-12 @ CLE W, 40-10 2 6 pass Mack Alston 6 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
9 1975-10-12 @ CLE W, 40-10 2 5 pass Mack Alston 5 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
10 1975-10-12 @ CLE W, 40-10 3 81 kickoff Billy Johnson 81 yard kickoff return (Skip Butler kick)
11 1975-10-12 @ CLE W, 40-10 4 11 pass Mack Alston 11 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
12 1975-10-19 WAS W, 13-10 3 1 rush Don Hardeman 1 yard rush
13 1975-10-19 WAS W, 13-10 4 1 rush Don Hardeman 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
14 1975-10-26 DET W, 24-8 2 27 pass Billy Johnson 27 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
15 1975-10-26 DET W, 24-8 3 56 pass Ken Burrough 56 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
16 1975-10-26 DET W, 24-8 3 52 punt Billy Johnson 52 yard punt return (Skip Butler kick)
17 1975-11-02 @ KAN W, 17-13 1 77 pass Ken Burrough 77 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
18 1975-11-02 @ KAN W, 17-13 3 57 pass Ken Burrough 57 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
19 1975-11-09 @ PIT L, 17-24 2 3 rush Ronnie Coleman 3 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
20 1975-11-09 @ PIT L, 17-24 4 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
21 1975-11-16 MIA W, 20-19 3 83 punt Billy Johnson 83 yard punt return (Skip Butler kick)
22 1975-11-16 MIA W, 20-19 4 7 rush Ronnie Coleman 7 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
23 1975-11-24 PIT L, 9-32 4 59 pass Ken Burrough 59 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
24 1975-11-30 @ CIN L, 19-23 3 46 pass Ken Burrough 46 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
25 1975-11-30 @ CIN L, 19-23 4 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
26 1975-12-07 @ SFO W, 27-13 3 1 rush Don Hardeman 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
27 1975-12-07 @ SFO W, 27-13 4 1 rush Willie Rodgers 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
28 1975-12-07 @ SFO W, 27-13 4 2 rush Ronnie Coleman 2 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
29 1975-12-14 @ OAK W, 27-26 2 68 pass Ken Burrough 68 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
30 1975-12-14 @ OAK W, 27-26 2 13 pass Ken Burrough 13 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
31 1975-12-14 @ OAK W, 27-26 4 2 pass Mack Alston 2 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
32 1975-12-21 CLE W, 21-10 1 2 rush Don Hardeman 2 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
33 1975-12-21 CLE W, 21-10 1 75 pass Ken Burrough 75 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
34 1975-12-21 CLE W, 21-10 2 2 rush Ronnie Coleman 2 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1975-09-28 SDG L, 17-33 1 4 rush Don Woods 4 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
2 1975-09-28 SDG L, 17-33 4 30 pass Dwight McDonald 30 yard pass from Jesse Freitas (Ray Wersching kick)
3 1975-10-05 CIN W, 21-19 2 10 pass Lenvil Elliott 10 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)
4 1975-10-05 CIN W, 21-19 4 17 pass Stan Fritts 17 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)
5 1975-10-05 CIN W, 21-19 4 6 pass Isaac Curtis 6 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)
6 1975-10-12 @ CLE L, 10-40 2 1 rush Hugh McKinnis 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
7 1975-10-19 WAS L, 10-13 2 13 pass Frank Grant 13 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
8 1975-11-02 @ KAN L, 13-17 2 1 rush Jeff Kinney 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1975-11-09 @ PIT W, 24-17 1 8 pass Lynn Swann 8 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
10 1975-11-09 @ PIT W, 24-17 2 6 pass Larry Brown 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1975-11-09 @ PIT W, 24-17 4 21 pass John Stallworth 21 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1975-11-16 MIA L, 19-20 2 26 pass Jim Mandich 26 yard pass from Bob Griese
13 1975-11-16 MIA L, 19-20 3 2 rush Benny Malone 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1975-11-16 MIA L, 19-20 4 3 rush Don Nottingham 3 yard rush
15 1975-11-24 PIT W, 32-9 2 4 rush Franco Harris 4 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
16 1975-11-24 PIT W, 32-9 2 18 pass Lynn Swann 18 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
17 1975-11-24 PIT W, 32-9 4 13 rush John Fuqua 13 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1975-11-24 PIT W, 32-9 4 13 rush Franco Harris 13 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1975-11-30 @ CIN W, 23-19 2 34 pass Chip Myers 34 yard pass from John Reaves (Dave Green kick)
20 1975-11-30 @ CIN W, 23-19 2 18 pass Chip Myers 18 yard pass from John Reaves
21 1975-11-30 @ CIN W, 23-19 4 4 rush Stan Fritts 4 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
22 1975-12-07 @ SFO L, 13-27 2 1 rush Larry Schreiber 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1975-12-14 @ OAK L, 26-27 1 13 pass Cliff Branch 13 yard pass from Ken Stabler
24 1975-12-14 @ OAK L, 26-27 2 3 rush Pete Banaszak 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
25 1975-12-14 @ OAK L, 26-27 2 3 rush Harold Hart 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
26 1975-12-14 @ OAK L, 26-27 3 13 pass Morris Bradshaw 13 yard pass from David Humm
27 1975-12-21 CLE L, 10-21 4 4 rush Ken Brown 4 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)