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1977 Houston Oilers

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8-6-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.6, Offense: 4.4, Defense: 2.3, SoS: 1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 299 points (21.4/g), 5th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 230 points (16.4/g), 14th.
 Differential of 69 points (4.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.1-4.9.

Coach: Bum Phillips (8-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ken Shipp
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Biles
 Other Notable Asst.: Wade Phillips (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Stephen F. Austin State (Nacogdoches, 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 299 3864 879 4.4 38 17 25 228 181 347 1875 14 21 5.1 91 509 1989 15 3.9 112
Team Defense 230 3957 933 4.2 54 28 20 247 192 379 2142 12 26 5.2 124 522 1815 11 3.5 103
Lg Rank Offense 5 18 18 20 16 15 17 14 13 18 15 14 11 11
Lg Rank Defense 14 14 1 1 19 24 20 9 3 16 15 10 10 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 New York Jets 20 0 19 239 130 109 11 179 77 102 2
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 2-0 @ Green Bay Packers 16 10 18 227 137 90 15 279 184 95 4
3 Sun October 2 boxscore L 2-1 @ Miami Dolphins 7 27 13 205 137 68 3 29 397 180 217 3
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 10 15 267 169 98 2 21 389 211 178 9
5 Sun October 16 boxscore L 3-2 Cleveland Browns 23 24 18 228 119 109 3 11 170 61 109 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 3-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10 27 10 119 -14 133 6 19 352 227 125 6
7 Sun October 30 boxscore L OT 3-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 13 15 186 79 107 1 15 262 173 89 3
8 Sun November 6 boxscore W 4-4 Chicago Bears 47 0 19 489 234 255 3 10 125 -16 141 2
9 Sun November 13 boxscore L 4-5 @ Oakland Raiders 29 34 13 352 196 156 5 24 365 255 110 4
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 5-5 @ Seattle Seahawks 22 10 25 432 237 195 3 12 129 27 102 4
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 6-5 Kansas City Chiefs 34 20 21 370 74 296 6 18 337 246 91 3
12 Sun December 4 boxscore L 6-6 Denver Broncos 14 24 11 251 139 112 1 23 332 163 169 2
13 Sun December 11 boxscore W 7-6 @ Cleveland Browns 19 15 10 167 56 111 2 22 400 222 178 8
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 8-6 Cincinnati Bengals 21 16 21 332 182 150 3 17 241 132 109 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 28 QB 14 12 8-4-0 169 319 53.0% 1987 13 4.1 18 5.6 85 6.2 4.5 11.8 141.9 62.3 20 198 5.28 3.65 5.9 0 0
21 John Hadl 37 qb 14 2 0-2-0 11 24 45.8% 76 0 0.0 3 12.5 18 3.2 -2.5 6.9 5.4 13.9 2 26 1.92 -3.27 7.7
47 Ronnie Coleman 26 RB 14 13 1 3 33.3% 44 1 33.3 0 0.0 44 14.7 21.3 44.0 3.1 121.5 0 0 14.67 21.33 0.0
00 Ken Burrough* 29 WR 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
84 Billy Johnson*+ 25 KR/PR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 8 -8.00 -8.00 100.0
Team Total 26.7 14 8-6-0 181 347 52.2% 2107 14 4.0 21 6.1 85 6.1 4.2 11.6 150.5 59.1 23 232 5.07 3.27 6.2 0 0
Opp Total 14 192 379 50.7% 2431 12 3.2 26 6.9 6.4 3.96 12.7 173.6 53.0 32 289 5.2 2.9 7.8

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 26 RB 14 13 185 660 5 22 3.6 47.1 13.2 22 115 5.2 1 21 1.6 8.2 775 6 7
26 Rob Carpenter 22 FB 11 7 144 652 1 77 4.5 59.3 13.1 23 156 6.8 0 27 2.1 14.2 808 1 3
45 Tim Wilson 23 fb 10 5 99 343 3 16 3.5 34.3 9.9 20 107 5.4 0 17 2.0 10.7 450 3 1
30 Don Hardeman 24 12 3 42 162 2 18 3.9 13.5 3.5 11 47 4.3 1 9 0.9 3.9 209 3 0
7 Dan Pastorini 28 QB 14 12 18 39 2 15 2.2 2.8 1.3 39 2 7
31 Mike Voight 23 14 0 7 20 0 6 2.9 1.4 0.5 20 0 0
84 Billy Johnson*+ 25 KR/PR 14 0 6 102 1 61 17.0 7.3 0.4 20 412 20.6 3 71 1.4 29.4 514 4 2
00 Ken Burrough* 29 WR 14 14 4 10 0 28 2.5 0.7 0.3 43 816 19.0 8 85 3.1 58.3 826 8 4
21 John Hadl 37 qb 14 2 3 11 1 6 3.7 0.8 0.2 11 1 1
88 Jimmie Giles 23 te 14 4 1 -10 0 -10 -10.0 -0.7 0.1 17 147 8.6 0 17 1.2 10.5 137 0 0
89 Eddie Foster 23 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 208 13.9 0 56 1.1 14.9 208 0 1
86 Mike Barber 24 TE 13 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 94 10.4 1 23 0.7 7.2 94 1 0
82 Gary Garrison 33 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.7 5 0 0
Team Total 26.7 14 509 1989 15 77 3.9 142.1 36.4 181 2107 11.6 14 85 12.9 150.5 4096 29 30
Opp Total 14 522 1815 11 3.5 129.6 37.3 192 2142 11.2 12 13.7 153.0 3957 23 39

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*+ 25 KR/PR 14 0 35 539 2 87 15.4 25 630 1 76 25.2 1683
83 Warren Anderson 22 8 0 8 182 0 38 22.8 182
31 Mike Voight 23 14 0 8 156 0 34 19.5 176
45 Tim Wilson 23 fb 10 5 2 33 0 18 16.5 483
89 Eddie Foster 23 WR 14 14 1 31 0 31 31.0 239
27 Greg Stemrick 26 9 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
39 Art Stringer 23 13 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
51 Ted Thompson 24 14 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
Team Total 26.7 14 36 539 2 87 15.0 46 1056 1 76 23.0 5691
Opp Total 14 46 340 0 7.4 63 1331 0 21.1

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
18 Cliff Parsley 23 P 14 0 77 3030 55 2 39.4
16 Toni Fritsch 32 K 9 0 1 1 6 5 6 5 2 1 1 16 12 75.0%% 20 19 95.0%%
23 Tom Dempsey 30 k 5 0 3 3 2 1 1 6 4 66.7%% 11 8 72.7%%
2 Skip Butler 30 k 1 0 1 2 3 0.0%% 3 2 66.7%%
7 Dan Pastorini 28 QB 14 12 1 0.0%%
Team Total 26.7 14 1 1 10 8 8 6 5 1 1 25 16 64.0%% 35 29 82.9%% 77 3030 55 2 39.4
Opp Total 14 22 16 72.7%% 26 24 92.3%% 77 3142 40.8

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 28 QB 14 12 0 7 4 -2 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 26 RB 14 13 0 7 2 -6 0
22 Zeke Moore 34 RCB 14 10 3 56 0 34 0 0 1 3 68 1
37 Mike Reinfeldt 24 FS 14 14 5 78 0 30 0 0 0 1 15 0
59 Ted Washington 29 LOLB 14 14 3 26 0 19 0 0 1 1 0 0
19 Willie Alexander 28 LCB 14 14 3 111 1 95 0 0 0 1 15 0
54 Gregg Bingham 26 RILB 14 14 2 36 0 30 0 0 1 1 34 1
00 Ken Burrough* 29 WR 14 14 0 4 0 0 0
26 Rob Carpenter 22 FB 11 7 0 3 1 0 0
20 Bill Currier 22 SS 14 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
57 Steve Kiner 30 LILB 14 14 1 17 0 17 0 0 0 3 2 0
27 Greg Stemrick 26 9 4 1 18 0 18 0 0 1 2 41 1
52 Robert Brazile* 24 ROLB 14 14 3 40 0 16 0
68 Al Burton 25 6 0 0 0 3 0 0
78 Curley Culp* 31 NT 14 11 1 25 0 25 0 0 0 2 28 0
51 Ted Thompson 24 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
63 Steve Baumgartner 26 6 0 0 0 2 0 0
89 Eddie Foster 23 WR 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
84 Billy Johnson*+ 25 KR/PR 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
39 Art Stringer 23 13 0 1 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Tim Wilson 23 fb 10 5 0 1 1 0 0
65 Elvin Bethea 31 RDE 9 9 0 0 1 0 0
58 David Carter 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Elbert Drungo 34 RG 14 14 0 0 1 6 0
21 John Hadl 37 qb 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
72 Kevin Hunt 29 RT 13 12 0 0 1 3 0
15 Al Johnson 27 14 0 0 0 1 11 0
79 Ernest Kirk 25 14 4 1 2 0 2 0
31 Mike Voight 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.7 14 26 429 1 95 0 0 30 40 215 3 3
Opp Total 14 23 39 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
16 Toni Fritsch 32 K 9 0 19 12 55
00 Ken Burrough* 29 WR 14 14 8 8 48
84 Billy Johnson*+ 25 KR/PR 14 0 1 3 2 1 7 42
47 Ronnie Coleman 26 RB 14 13 5 1 6 36
23 Tom Dempsey 30 k 5 0 8 4 20
30 Don Hardeman 24 12 3 2 1 3 18
45 Tim Wilson 23 fb 10 5 3 3 18
7 Dan Pastorini 28 QB 14 12 2 2 12
19 Willie Alexander 28 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
86 Mike Barber 24 TE 13 10 1 1 6
54 Gregg Bingham 26 RILB 14 14 1 1 6
26 Rob Carpenter 22 FB 11 7 1 1 6
21 John Hadl 37 qb 14 2 1 1 6
22 Zeke Moore 34 RCB 14 10 1 1 6
27 Greg Stemrick 26 9 4 1 1 6
77 Jim Young 27 LDE 13 10 2 4
2 Skip Butler 30 k 1 0 2 2
71 Ken Kennard 23 11 8 1 2
Team Total 26.7 14 15 14 2 1 3 1 36 29 16 3 299
Opp Total 14 11 12 2 1 24 16 1 230

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 NYJ W, 20-0 2 1 rush Don Hardeman 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
2 1977-09-18 NYJ W, 20-0 4 1 rush Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
3 1977-09-18 NYJ W, 20-0 4 1 rush Rob Carpenter 1 yard rush
4 1977-09-25 @ GNB W, 16-10 2 1 rush Tim Wilson 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
5 1977-09-25 @ GNB W, 16-10 4 95 interception Willie Alexander 95 yard interception return
6 1977-10-02 @ MIA L, 7-27 2 2 rush Dan Pastorini 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
7 1977-10-09 PIT W, 27-10 1 44 pass Ken Burrough 44 yard pass from Ronnie Coleman (Toni Fritsch kick)
8 1977-10-09 PIT W, 27-10 3 51 pass Billy Johnson 51 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
9 1977-10-09 PIT W, 27-10 4 5 fumble Greg Stemrick 5 yard fumble return (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1977-10-16 CLE L, 23-24 1 87 punt Billy Johnson 87 yard punt return (Toni Fritsch kick)
11 1977-10-16 CLE L, 23-24 2 6 rush John Hadl 6 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
12 1977-10-23 @ PIT L, 10-27 2 5 pass Mike Barber 5 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
13 1977-10-30 @ CIN L, 10-13 4 3 pass Ronnie Coleman 3 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
14 1977-11-06 CHI W, 47-0 2 85 pass Ken Burrough 85 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
15 1977-11-06 CHI W, 47-0 2 61 rush Billy Johnson 61 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
16 1977-11-06 CHI W, 47-0 3 1 rush Don Hardeman 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
17 1977-11-06 CHI W, 47-0 3 43 pass Ken Burrough 43 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
18 1977-11-06 CHI W, 47-0 4 34 fumble Gregg Bingham 34 yard fumble return (Toni Fritsch kick)
19 1977-11-06 CHI W, 47-0 4 75 kickoff Billy Johnson 75 yard kickoff return (Toni Fritsch kick)
20 1977-11-13 @ OAK L, 29-34 2 41 pass Ken Burrough 41 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
21 1977-11-13 @ OAK L, 29-34 3 66 fumble Zeke Moore 66 yard fumble return
22 1977-11-13 @ OAK L, 29-34 3 71 pass Billy Johnson 71 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
23 1977-11-20 @ SEA W, 22-10 2 31 pass Ken Burrough 31 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Tom Dempsey kick)
24 1977-11-20 @ SEA W, 22-10 4 1 rush Ronnie Coleman 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
25 1977-11-27 KAN W, 34-20 1 48 pass Ken Burrough 48 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Tom Dempsey kick)
26 1977-11-27 KAN W, 34-20 2 11 rush Tim Wilson 11 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
27 1977-11-27 KAN W, 34-20 3 1 rush Tim Wilson 1 yard rush
28 1977-11-27 KAN W, 34-20 4 7 pass Ken Burrough 7 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Tom Dempsey kick)
29 1977-11-27 KAN W, 34-20 4 3 pass Don Hardeman 3 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Tom Dempsey kick)
30 1977-12-04 DEN L, 14-24 2 2 rush Ronnie Coleman 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
31 1977-12-04 DEN L, 14-24 3 29 pass Ken Burrough 29 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
32 1977-12-11 @ CLE W, 19-15 1 3 rush Ronnie Coleman 3 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
33 1977-12-11 @ CLE W, 19-15 2 2 rush Ronnie Coleman 2 yard rush
34 1977-12-11 @ CLE W, 19-15 3 72 punt Billy Johnson 72 yard punt return
35 1977-12-18 CIN W, 21-16 2 1 rush Ronnie Coleman 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
36 1977-12-18 CIN W, 21-16 2 17 pass Billy Johnson 17 yard pass from Dan Pastorini

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-25 @ GNB L, 10-16 1 40 pass Steve Odom 40 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Chester Marcol kick)
2 1977-10-02 @ MIA W, 27-7 1 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
3 1977-10-02 @ MIA W, 27-7 1 16 pass Duriel Harris 16 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1977-10-02 @ MIA W, 27-7 1 3 rush Benny Malone 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1977-10-02 @ MIA W, 27-7 4 2 rush Leroy Harris 2 yard rush
6 1977-10-09 PIT L, 10-27 2 1 rush Rocky Bleier 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1977-10-16 CLE W, 24-23 1 6 rush Cleo Miller 6 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
8 1977-10-16 CLE W, 24-23 1 49 interception Clarence Scott 49 yard interception return (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1977-10-16 CLE W, 24-23 2 8 pass Oscar Roan 8 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
10 1977-10-23 @ PIT W, 27-10 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1977-10-23 @ PIT W, 27-10 3 49 pass John Stallworth 49 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
12 1977-10-23 @ PIT W, 27-10 4 2 pass Bennie Cunningham 2 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1977-10-23 @ PIT W, 27-10 4 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1977-10-30 @ CIN W, 13-10 2 0 fumble Willie Shelby 0 yard fumble return (Chris Bahr kick)
15 1977-11-13 @ OAK W, 34-29 1 11 pass Dave Casper 11 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
16 1977-11-13 @ OAK W, 34-29 2 14 pass Fred Biletnikoff 14 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
17 1977-11-13 @ OAK W, 34-29 3 2 rush Mark van Eeghen 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
18 1977-11-13 @ OAK W, 34-29 3 3 rush Clarence Davis 3 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
19 1977-11-20 @ SEA L, 10-22 4 2 rush Sherman Smith 2 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
20 1977-11-27 KAN L, 20-34 4 36 pass Walter White 36 yard pass from Tony Adams (Jan Stenerud kick)
21 1977-11-27 KAN L, 20-34 4 10 fumble Willie Lee 10 yard fumble return (Jan Stenerud kick)
22 1977-12-04 DEN W, 24-14 2 13 pass Riley Odoms 13 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
23 1977-12-04 DEN W, 24-14 2 13 pass Rick Upchurch 13 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
24 1977-12-04 DEN W, 24-14 4 5 rush Norris Weese 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
25 1977-12-11 @ CLE L, 15-19 4 3 pass Gary Parris 3 yard pass from Terry Luck (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1977-12-18 CIN L, 16-21 4 11 pass Pat McInally 11 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)