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1978 Houston Oilers

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10-6-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.4, Offense: -0.6, Defense: 0.2, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 283 points (17.7/g), 14th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 298 points (18.6/g), 16th.
 Differential of -15 points (-0.9/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.5-8.5.

Coach: Bum Phillips (10-6-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Biles
 Other Notable Asst.: Wade Phillips (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Angelo State (San Angelo, 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 283 4814 993 4.8 38 21 22 276 201 373 2338 16 17 6.0 119 603 2476 19 4.1 135
Team Defense 298 4914 1021 4.8 34 17 28 292 240 428 2842 17 17 6.1 144 556 2072 14 3.7 120
Lg Rank Offense 14 16 12 21 15 24 18 14 4 9 7 6 5 10
Lg Rank Defense 16 17 25 14 19 12 24 14 24 24 10 9 9 10

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore L 0-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 14 20 13 261 105 156 4 11 171 71 100 1
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W 1-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 20 17 15 226 47 179 1 19 295 34 261 2
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 2-1 San Francisco 49ers 20 19 23 330 179 151 2 18 382 321 61 3
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L 2-2 Los Angeles Rams 6 10 10 232 120 112 2 26 388 213 175 3
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 3-2 @ Cleveland Browns 16 13 20 379 215 164 4 11 182 104 78 4
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 3-3 @ Oakland Raiders 17 21 20 373 168 205 2 22 279 156 123 5
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 4-3 Buffalo Bills 17 10 17 330 152 178 15 229 80 149 1
8 Mon October 23 boxscore W 5-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 24 17 22 329 160 169 1 21 328 215 113 1
9 Sun October 29 boxscore L 5-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 13 28 15 255 118 137 2 18 436 247 189 1
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 6-4 Cleveland Browns 14 10 18 392 236 156 4 10 194 166 28 1
11 Sun November 12 boxscore W 7-4 @ New England Patriots 26 23 24 322 194 128 4 16 274 130 144 4
12 Mon November 20 boxscore W 8-4 Miami Dolphins 35 30 23 406 141 265 1 27 454 327 127 2
13 Sun November 26 boxscore W 9-4 Cincinnati Bengals 17 10 17 301 148 153 2 19 237 95 142
14 Sun December 3 boxscore L 9-5 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 13 9 164 83 81 6 17 251 74 177 2
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 10-5 @ New Orleans Saints 17 12 16 244 119 125 18 297 241 56 1
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 10-6 San Diego Chargers 24 45 14 270 153 117 3 24 517 368 149 3
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 24 boxscore W 11-6 @ Miami Dolphins 17 9 23 455 290 165 1 14 209 118 91 5
Division Sun December 31 boxscore W 12-6 @ New England Patriots 31 14 21 344 170 174 1 15 263 180 83 3
ConfChamp Sun January 7 boxscore L 12-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 5 34 10 142 70 72 9 21 379 200 179 5

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 29 QB 16 16 10-6-0 199 368 54.1% 2473 16 4.3 17 4.6 80 6.7 5.5 12.4 154.6 70.4 15 123 6.14 4.97 3.9 6 7
14 Gifford Nielsen 24 2 0 2 4 50.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 56.2 2 12 -2.00 -2.00 33.3
00 Ken Burrough 30 WR 16 16 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 26.2 16 10-6-0 201 373 53.9% 2473 16 4.3 17 4.6 80 6.6 5.4 12.3 154.6 69.9 17 135 5.99 4.85 4.4 6 7
Opp Total 16 240 428 56.1% 3125 17 4.0 17 4.0 7.3 6.31 13.0 195.3 75.9 37 283 6.1 5.2 8.0

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
34 Earl Campbell*+ 23 RB 15 14 302 1450 13 81 4.8 96.7 20.1 12 48 4.0 0 20 0.8 3.2 1498 13 9
45 Tim Wilson 24 FB 16 13 126 431 0 24 3.4 26.9 7.9 15 91 6.1 1 14 0.9 5.7 522 1 5
26 Rob Carpenter 23 11 2 82 348 5 20 4.2 31.6 7.5 17 150 8.8 0 37 1.5 13.6 498 5 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 27 PR 15 2 61 188 1 16 3.1 12.5 4.1 19 246 12.9 1 33 1.3 16.4 434 2 4
7 Dan Pastorini 29 QB 16 16 18 11 0 11 0.6 0.7 1.1 11 0 5
88 Rich Caster 30 14 7 5 32 0 11 6.4 2.3 0.4 20 316 15.8 5 47 1.4 22.6 348 5 1
00 Ken Burrough 30 WR 16 16 3 -11 0 1 -3.7 -0.7 0.2 47 624 13.3 2 44 2.9 39.0 613 2 0
86 Mike Barber 25 TE 16 16 2 14 0 13 7.0 0.9 0.1 32 513 16.0 3 72 2.0 32.1 527 3 4
42 Robert Woods 23 3 1 2 4 0 5 2.0 1.3 0.7 6 96 16.0 2 80 2.0 32.0 100 2 1
82 Mike Renfro 23 WR 14 10 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.6 0.1 26 339 13.0 2 58 1.9 24.2 348 2 1
31 Brian Duncan 26 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0.4 0.0 0 0 0
87 Conrad Rucker 24 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 38 19.0 0 22 0.2 2.9 38 0 0
84 Billy Johnson 26 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.2 2.0 10 0 0
29 Guido Merkens 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 6 0 3
73 Greg Sampson 28 LT 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4 0.1 -0.3 -4 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 603 2476 19 81 4.1 154.8 37.7 201 2473 12.3 16 80 12.6 154.6 4949 35 35
Opp Total 16 556 2072 14 3.7 129.5 34.8 240 2842 11.8 17 15.0 177.6 4914 31 28

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
81 Johnnie Dirden 26 KR 16 0 32 780 0 60 24.4 780
47 Ronnie Coleman 27 PR 15 2 16 142 0 32 8.9 2 40 0 23 20.0 616
29 Guido Merkens 23 12 0 13 132 0 42 10.2 138
84 Billy Johnson 26 5 0 8 60 0 20 7.5 4 73 0 22 18.3 143
42 Robert Woods 23 3 1 9 82 0 14 9.1 3 59 0 24 19.7 241
28 Anthony Davis 26 2 0 4 98 0 31 24.5 98
39 Larry Poole 26 9 0 4 107 0 31 26.8 107
46 Robert Turner 24 4 0 4 69 0 23 17.3 69
31 Brian Duncan 26 5 0 2 38 0 21 19.0 38
45 Tim Wilson 24 FB 16 13 2 29 0 16 14.5 551
26 Rob Carpenter 23 11 2 1 11 0 11 11.0 509
Team Total 26.2 16 46 416 0 42 9.0 58 1304 0 60 22.5 6669
Opp Total 16 53 517 1 9.8 61 1360 0 22.3

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 24 P 16 0 91 3539 59 1 38.9
16 Toni Fritsch 33 K 16 0 2 2 3 2 9 7 4 3 18 14 77.8%% 32 31 96.9%%
Team Total 26.2 16 2 2 3 2 9 7 4 3 18 14 77.8%% 32 31 96.9%% 91 3539 59 1 38.9
Opp Total 16 32 19 59.4%% 34 33 97.1%% 81 3459 42.7

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 Earl Campbell*+ 23 RB 15 14 0 9 2 0 0
19 Willie Alexander 29 LCB 16 14 5 51 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 Dan Pastorini 29 QB 16 16 0 5 1 -19 0
45 Tim Wilson 24 FB 16 13 0 5 1 0 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 27 PR 15 2 0 4 1 0 0
86 Mike Barber 25 TE 16 16 0 4 0 0 0
20 Bill Currier 23 SS 14 11 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
29 Guido Merkens 23 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
37 Mike Reinfeldt 25 FS 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
27 Greg Stemrick 27 RCB 16 16 3 65 0 38 0
54 Gregg Bingham 27 RILB 16 16 0 0 2 2 0
58 David Carter 25 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
57 Steve Kiner 31 LILB 16 16 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Greg Sampson 28 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
53 Art Stringer 24 7 0 1 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Ted Thompson 25 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
59 Ted Washington 30 LOLB 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
33 J.C. Wilson 22 db 16 2 2 10 0 10 0
42 Robert Woods 23 3 1 0 1 1 0 0
65 Elvin Bethea* 32 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
52 Robert Brazile*+ 25 ROLB 16 16 1 30 0 30 0
88 Rich Caster 30 14 7 0 1 0 0 0
78 Curley Culp* 32 NT 16 16 0 0 1 4 0
81 Johnnie Dirden 26 KR 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 Kurt Knoff 24 16 5 1 6 0 6 0
14 Gifford Nielsen 24 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
64 George Reihner 23 LG 9 7 0 0 1 0 0
82 Mike Renfro 23 WR 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
38 C.L. Whittington 26 12 0 1 6 0 6 0
77 Jim Young 28 LDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 17 199 0 38 0 0 35 27 -13 0
Opp Total 16 17 28 11 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
34 Earl Campbell*+ 23 RB 15 14 13 13 78
16 Toni Fritsch 33 K 16 0 31 14 73
26 Rob Carpenter 23 11 2 5 5 30
88 Rich Caster 30 14 7 5 5 30
86 Mike Barber 25 TE 16 16 3 3 18
00 Ken Burrough 30 WR 16 16 2 2 12
47 Ronnie Coleman 27 PR 15 2 1 1 2 12
82 Mike Renfro 23 WR 14 10 2 2 12
42 Robert Woods 23 3 1 2 2 12
45 Tim Wilson 24 FB 16 13 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 16 19 16 35 31 14 283
Opp Total 16 14 17 1 2 33 19 2 298

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ ATL L, 14-20 1 73 rush Earl Campbell 73 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ ATL L, 14-20 3 8 pass Rich Caster 8 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
3 1978-09-10 @ KAN W, 20-17 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
4 1978-09-10 @ KAN W, 20-17 4 2 rush Earl Campbell 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
5 1978-09-17 SFO W, 20-19 1 4 rush Earl Campbell 4 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
6 1978-09-17 SFO W, 20-19 3 13 pass Ken Burrough 13 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
7 1978-10-01 @ CLE W, 16-13 3 41 pass Rich Caster 41 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
8 1978-10-01 @ CLE W, 16-13 4 7 rush Rob Carpenter 7 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
9 1978-10-08 @ OAK L, 17-21 2 58 pass Mike Renfro 58 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1978-10-08 @ OAK L, 17-21 3 17 pass Mike Barber 17 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
11 1978-10-15 BUF W, 17-10 1 4 pass Rich Caster 4 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
12 1978-10-15 BUF W, 17-10 3 18 rush Rob Carpenter 18 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
13 1978-10-23 @ PIT W, 24-17 2 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
14 1978-10-23 @ PIT W, 24-17 3 3 rush Earl Campbell 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
15 1978-10-23 @ PIT W, 24-17 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
16 1978-10-29 @ CIN L, 13-28 4 16 pass Ken Burrough 16 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
17 1978-10-29 @ CIN L, 13-28 4 6 pass Mike Renfro 6 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
18 1978-11-05 CLE W, 14-10 3 72 pass Mike Barber 72 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
19 1978-11-05 CLE W, 14-10 4 2 rush Rob Carpenter 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
20 1978-11-12 @ NWE W, 26-23 2 8 rush Rob Carpenter 8 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
21 1978-11-12 @ NWE W, 26-23 3 1 rush Rob Carpenter 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
22 1978-11-12 @ NWE W, 26-23 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush
23 1978-11-12 @ NWE W, 26-23 4 10 pass Rich Caster 10 yard pass from Dan Pastorini
24 1978-11-20 MIA W, 35-30 1 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
25 1978-11-20 MIA W, 35-30 2 15 pass Mike Barber 15 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
26 1978-11-20 MIA W, 35-30 3 6 rush Earl Campbell 6 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
27 1978-11-20 MIA W, 35-30 4 12 rush Earl Campbell 12 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
28 1978-11-20 MIA W, 35-30 4 81 rush Earl Campbell 81 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
29 1978-11-26 CIN W, 17-10 2 4 rush Ronnie Coleman 4 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
30 1978-11-26 CIN W, 17-10 2 47 pass Rich Caster 47 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
31 1978-12-10 @ NOR W, 17-12 1 2 rush Earl Campbell 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
32 1978-12-10 @ NOR W, 17-12 4 80 pass Robert Woods 80 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
33 1978-12-17 SDG L, 24-45 2 21 pass Robert Woods 21 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
34 1978-12-17 SDG L, 24-45 2 7 pass Ronnie Coleman 7 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
35 1978-12-17 SDG L, 24-45 4 2 pass Tim Wilson 2 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ ATL W, 20-14 2 38 pass Bubba Bean 38 yard pass from June Jones (Fred Steinfort kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ ATL W, 20-14 2 0 fumble Tom Moriarty 0 yard fumble return (Fred Steinfort kick)
3 1978-09-10 @ KAN L, 17-20 2 3 rush Ted McKnight 3 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1978-09-10 @ KAN L, 17-20 3 19 rush Tony Reed 19 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1978-09-17 SFO L, 19-20 3 58 pass Freddie Solomon 58 yard pass from Steve DeBerg
6 1978-09-17 SFO L, 19-20 4 8 pass Paul Seal 8 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
7 1978-09-24 RAM W, 10-6 1 3 rush Cullen Bryant 3 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
8 1978-10-01 @ CLE L, 13-16 2 7 pass Dave Logan 7 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
9 1978-10-08 @ OAK W, 21-17 2 4 rush Arthur Whittington 4 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
10 1978-10-08 @ OAK W, 21-17 3 96 fumble Charlie Phillips 96 yard fumble return (Errol Mann kick)
11 1978-10-08 @ OAK W, 21-17 4 3 pass Dave Casper 3 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
12 1978-10-15 BUF L, 10-17 2 82 punt Keith Moody 82 yard punt return (Tom Dempsey kick)
13 1978-10-23 @ PIT L, 17-24 2 25 pass Lynn Swann 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
14 1978-10-23 @ PIT L, 17-24 4 6 pass Lynn Swann 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
15 1978-10-29 @ CIN W, 28-13 1 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
16 1978-10-29 @ CIN W, 28-13 3 1 rush Tony Davis 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
17 1978-10-29 @ CIN W, 28-13 3 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
18 1978-10-29 @ CIN W, 28-13 4 45 pass Isaac Curtis 45 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
19 1978-11-05 CLE L, 10-14 2 2 rush Brian Sipe 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
20 1978-11-12 @ NWE L, 23-26 2 3 rush Horace Ivory 3 yard rush (David Posey kick)
21 1978-11-12 @ NWE L, 23-26 2 7 rush Steve Grogan 7 yard rush (David Posey kick)
22 1978-11-20 MIA L, 30-35 1 10 pass Nat Moore 10 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1978-11-20 MIA L, 30-35 2 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1978-11-20 MIA L, 30-35 3 1 rush Leroy Harris 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1978-11-20 MIA L, 30-35 4 11 pass Jimmy Cefalo 11 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1978-11-26 CIN L, 10-17 1 7 pass Don Bass 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
27 1978-12-03 PIT W, 13-3 4 5 pass John Stallworth 5 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
28 1978-12-10 @ NOR L, 12-17 3 6 pass Tinker Owens 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
29 1978-12-17 SDG W, 45-24 2 33 pass John Jefferson 33 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
30 1978-12-17 SDG W, 45-24 2 37 pass Dwight McDonald 37 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
31 1978-12-17 SDG W, 45-24 2 3 rush Don Woods 3 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
32 1978-12-17 SDG W, 45-24 3 10 pass Bob Klein 10 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
33 1978-12-17 SDG W, 45-24 4 18 rush Don Woods 18 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
34 1978-12-17 SDG W, 45-24 4 36 pass John Jefferson 36 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)