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1979 Houston Oilers

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11-5-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.4, Offense: 2.9, Defense: 1.4, SoS: 2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 362 points (22.6/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 331 points (20.7/g), 16th.
 Differential of 31 points (1.9/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 8.8-7.2.

Coach: Bum Phillips (11-5-0)
 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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 362 4827 1034 4.7 32 11 19 268 195 386 2256 17 21 5.4 100 616 2571 24 4.2 149
Team Defense 331 4990 1038 4.8 50 16 21 304 242 465 2765 18 34 5.4 158 522 2225 19 4.3 125
Lg Rank Offense 8 22 5 3 22 25 25 18 10 19 3 4 4 7
Lg Rank Defense 16 13 1 14 16 14 14 11 1 9 11 17 17 21

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W 1-0 @ Washington Redskins 29 27 21 365 166 199 3 14 246 104 142 3
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 1-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 38 12 124 22 102 6 17 256 174 82 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 2-1 Kansas City Chiefs 20 6 16 345 173 172 1 16 280 97 183 5
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W OT 3-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 30 27 19 361 184 177 3 21 265 100 165 2
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 4-1 Cleveland Browns 31 10 17 270 76 194 24 309 201 108 4
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 4-2 St. Louis Cardinals 17 24 13 222 165 57 3 26 447 253 194 4
7 Sun October 14 boxscore W 5-2 @ Baltimore Colts 28 16 16 247 27 220 2 16 189 82 107 4
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 5-3 @ Seattle Seahawks 14 34 16 243 160 83 3 21 391 240 151 2
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W OT 6-3 New York Jets 27 24 17 311 199 112 1 20 357 225 132 3
10 Mon November 5 boxscore W 7-3 @ Miami Dolphins 9 6 10 190 11 179 13 240 138 102 4
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 8-3 Oakland Raiders 31 17 16 348 205 143 2 21 294 213 81 3
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 9-3 Cincinnati Bengals 42 21 26 485 322 163 3 17 306 106 200 6
13 Thu November 22 boxscore W 10-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 30 24 17 378 154 224 20 371 279 92 3
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 10-4 @ Cleveland Browns 7 14 13 249 128 121 2 23 335 137 198 2
15 Mon December 10 boxscore W 11-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 17 20 350 160 190 15 338 218 120 2
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 11-5 Philadelphia Eagles 20 26 19 339 104 235 3 20 366 198 168 1
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 23 boxscore W 12-5 Denver Broncos 13 7 15 282 147 135 2 17 216 104 112 1
Division Sat December 29 boxscore W 13-5 @ San Diego Chargers 17 14 15 259 111 148 1 25 380 317 63 5
ConfChamp Sun January 6 boxscore L 13-6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 13 27 11 227 203 24 3 22 358 197 161 2

Passing

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 30 QB 15 15 10-5-0 163 324 50.3 2090 14 4.3 18 5.6 55 6.5 4.8 12.8 139.3 62.1 29 212 5.32 3.82 8.2 2 4
14 Gifford Nielsen 25 qb 16 1 1-0-0 32 61 52.5 404 3 4.9 3 4.9 41 6.6 5.4 12.6 25.3 69.3 3 26 5.91 4.73 4.7
00 Ken Burrough 31 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 26.3 16 11-5-0 195 386 50.5 2494 17 4.4 21 5.4 55 6.5 4.9 12.8 155.9 63.1 32 238 5.40 3.95 7.7 2 4
Opp Total 16 242 465 52.0 3186 18 3.9 34 7.3 6.9 4.34 13.2 199.1 56.4 51 421 5.4 3.1 9.9

Rushing & Receiving

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
34 Earl Campbell*+ 24 RB 16 16 368 1697 19 61 4.6 106.1 23.0 16 94 5.9 0 46 1.0 5.9 1791 19 8
26 Rob Carpenter 24 16 0 92 355 3 13 3.9 22.2 5.8 16 116 7.3 1 22 1.0 7.3 471 4 3
45 Tim Wilson 25 FB 16 16 84 319 2 19 3.8 19.9 5.3 29 208 7.2 1 24 1.8 13.0 527 3 2
42 Boobie Clark 29 15 0 22 51 0 7 2.3 3.4 1.5 6 58 9.7 0 38 0.4 3.9 109 0 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 28 14 0 21 81 0 10 3.9 5.8 1.5 12 114 9.5 1 17 0.9 8.1 195 1 2
7 Dan Pastorini 30 QB 15 15 15 23 0 14 1.5 1.5 1.0 23 0 6
14 Gifford Nielsen 25 qb 16 1 5 7 0 7 1.4 0.4 0.3 7 0 1
88 Rich Caster 31 WR 16 13 4 25 0 10 6.3 1.6 0.3 18 239 13.3 1 36 1.1 14.9 264 1 1
30 Kenny King 22 12 0 3 9 0 4 3.0 0.8 0.3 9 0 0
86 Mike Barber 26 TE 15 15 2 4 0 6 2.0 0.3 0.1 27 377 14.0 3 37 1.8 25.1 381 3 1
00 Ken Burrough 31 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 752 18.8 6 55 2.5 47.0 752 6 1
82 Mike Renfro 24 wr 15 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 323 20.2 2 49 1.1 21.5 323 2 1
84 Billy Johnson 27 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 108 18.0 1 29 3.0 54.0 108 1 0
87 Conrad Rucker 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 40 10.0 0 16 0.3 2.5 40 0 0
12 Guido Merkens 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 44 14.7 1 20 0.2 2.8 44 1 1
85 Rich Ellender 22 KR/PR 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.1 1.2 15 0 4
81 Jeff Groth 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.2 1.0 6 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 616 2571 24 61 4.2 160.7 38.5 195 2494 12.8 17 55 12.2 155.9 5065 41 31
Opp Total 16 522 2225 19 4.3 139.1 32.6 242 2765 11.4 18 15.1 172.8 4990 37 29

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
85 Rich Ellender 22 KR/PR 13 0 31 203 0 36 6.5 24 514 0 35 21.4 732
47 Ronnie Coleman 28 14 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 16 321 0 27 20.1 511
36 Carter Hartwig 23 16 0 13 238 0 37 18.3 238
84 Billy Johnson 27 2 2 4 17 0 16 4.3 4 37 0 12 9.3 162
12 Guido Merkens 24 16 0 2 6 0 6 3.0 2 22 0 13 11.0 72
26 Rob Carpenter 24 16 0 2 34 0 17 17.0 505
45 Tim Wilson 25 FB 16 16 2 30 0 15 15.0 557
88 Rich Caster 31 WR 16 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 264
81 Jeff Groth 22 6 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 27
30 Kenny King 22 12 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 26
27 Greg Stemrick 28 RCB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 38 221 0 36 5.8 67 1234 0 37 18.4 6520
Opp Total 16 64 726 1 11.3 69 1310 0 19.0

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
18 Cliff Parsley 25 P 16 0 93 3777 59 0 40.6
16 Toni Fritsch*+ 34 K 16 0 7 7 6 5 10 7 2 2 25 21 84.0% 43 41 95.3%
Team Total 26.3 16 7 7 6 5 10 7 2 2 25 21 84.0% 43 41 95.3% 93 3777 59 0 40.6
Opp Total 16 28 18 64.3% 40 37 92.5% 73 2993 41.0

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
37 Mike Reinfeldt*+ 26 FS 16 16 12 205 0 39 0
34 Earl Campbell*+ 24 RB 16 16 0 8 2 -1 0
7 Dan Pastorini 30 QB 15 15 0 6 3 0 0
33 J.C. Wilson 23 LCB 16 16 6 135 1 66 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Gregg Bingham 28 LILB 16 16 3 78 0 54 0 0 0 3 0 0
52 Robert Brazile*+ 26 ROLB 16 16 2 45 0 26 0 0 0 3 0 0
85 Rich Ellender 22 KR/PR 13 0 0 4 1 0 0
36 Carter Hartwig 23 16 0 2 24 0 24 0 0 0 3 1 0
26 Rob Carpenter 24 16 0 0 3 1 -2 0
55 Carl Mauck 32 C 16 16 0 0 4 0 0
45 Tim Wilson 25 FB 16 16 0 2 2 0 0
32 Vernon Perry 26 SS 16 16 3 33 0 24 0
27 Greg Stemrick 28 RCB 16 16 2 50 0 50 0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Willie Alexander 30 13 0 2 27 0 19 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 28 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
12 Guido Merkens 24 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
53 Art Stringer 25 RILB 8 8 2 21 0 21 0
75 Jesse Baker 22 de 16 2 0 0 1 20 1
86 Mike Barber 26 TE 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
65 Elvin Bethea* 33 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
00 Ken Burrough 31 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
88 Rich Caster 31 WR 16 13 0 1 0 0 0
42 Boobie Clark 29 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Bill Currier 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Daryl Hunt 23 16 8 0 0 1 0 0
14 Gifford Nielsen 25 qb 16 1 0 1 0 -1 0
82 Mike Renfro 24 wr 15 2 0 1 0 0 0
51 Ted Thompson 26 lb 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
76 Morris Towns 25 RT 16 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 34 618 1 66 0 0 31 32 17 1
Opp Total 16 32 29 13

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
34 Earl Campbell*+ 24 RB 16 16 19 19 114
16 Toni Fritsch*+ 34 K 16 0 41 21 104
00 Ken Burrough 31 WR 16 16 6 6 36
26 Rob Carpenter 24 16 0 3 1 4 24
86 Mike Barber 26 TE 15 15 3 3 18
45 Tim Wilson 25 FB 16 16 2 1 3 18
82 Mike Renfro 24 wr 15 2 2 2 12
75 Jesse Baker 22 de 16 2 1 1 6
88 Rich Caster 31 WR 16 13 1 1 6
47 Ronnie Coleman 28 14 0 1 1 6
84 Billy Johnson 27 2 2 1 1 6
12 Guido Merkens 24 16 0 1 1 6
33 J.C. Wilson 23 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 24 17 1 1 43 41 21 362
Opp Total 16 19 18 1 1 1 37 18 331