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1981 Houston Oilers

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.7, Offense: -3.1, Defense: -1.6, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 281 points (17.6/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 355 points (22.2/g), 18th.
 Differential of -74 points (-4.6/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-10.2.

Coach: Ed Biles (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Shofner
 Defensive Coordinator: Dick Nolan

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Angelo State (San Angelo, Texas)

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
General Manager Ladd Herzeg
Offensive Scheme Run-and-Shoot
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 281 4511 947 4.8 44 21 14 241 258 441 2777 21 23 5.8 124 466 1734 11 3.7 103
Team Defense 355 5726 1084 5.3 31 13 25 325 295 502 3315 22 18 6.2 162 549 2411 16 4.4 138
Lg Rank Offense 23 27 20 22 28 24 23 12 16 20 24 23 21 22
Lg Rank Defense 18 24 27 28 22 12 17 14 18 18 22 24 14 25

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore W 1-0 @ Los Angeles Rams 27 20 13 309 169 140 3 17 385 248 137 4
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 2-0 @ Cleveland Browns 9 3 8 209 118 91 4 20 302 203 99 2
3 Sun September 20 boxscore L 2-1 Miami Dolphins 10 16 9 202 117 85 1 16 257 133 124 1
4 Sun September 27 boxscore L 2-2 @ New York Jets 17 33 16 221 105 116 6 25 478 307 171 2
5 Sun October 4 boxscore W 3-2 Cincinnati Bengals 17 10 11 187 -4 191 1 20 357 282 75 1
6 Sun October 11 boxscore W 4-2 Seattle Seahawks 35 17 21 372 156 216 1 19 289 214 75 3
7 Sun October 18 boxscore L 4-3 @ New England Patriots 10 38 18 309 189 120 4 21 436 192 244 4
8 Mon October 26 boxscore L 4-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 13 26 13 307 231 76 3 22 363 196 167 1
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21 34 21 433 301 132 4 25 422 266 156 1
10 Sun November 8 boxscore W 5-5 Oakland Raiders 17 16 17 298 190 108 2 16 316 167 149 2
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 5-6 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 23 19 370 224 146 5 19 283 25 258 2
12 Sun November 22 boxscore L 5-7 New Orleans Saints 24 27 16 260 161 99 2 20 321 140 181 2
13 Sun November 29 boxscore L 5-8 Atlanta Falcons 27 31 23 318 235 83 3 18 459 348 111 2
14 Thu December 3 boxscore W 6-8 Cleveland Browns 17 13 7 154 120 34 1 28 367 177 190 2
15 Sun December 13 boxscore L 6-9 @ San Francisco 49ers 6 28 11 186 130 56 2 22 414 266 148
16 Sun December 20 boxscore W 7-9 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 20 18 376 335 41 2 17 277 151 126 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
12 Ken Stabler 36 QB 13 12 5-7-0 165 285 57.9% 1988 14 4.9 18 6.3 71 7.0 5.1 12.0 152.9 69.5 29 254 5.52 3.83 9.2 0 0
14 Gifford Nielsen 27 qb 5 2 1-1-0 60 93 64.5% 709 5 5.4 3 3.2 44 7.6 7.2 11.8 141.8 92.1 8 61 6.42 6.07 7.9 1 1
8 John Reaves 31 qb 5 2 1-1-0 31 61 50.8% 379 2 3.3 2 3.3 51 6.2 5.4 12.2 75.8 67.6 3 27 5.50 4.72 4.7 1 1
18 Cliff Parsley 27 P 16 0 2 2 100.0% 43 0 0.0 0 0.0 31 21.5 21.5 21.5 2.7 118.7 0 0 21.50 21.50 0.0
Team Total 27.3 16 7-9-0 258 441 58.5% 3119 21 4.8 23 5.2 71 7.1 5.7 12.1 194.9 74.4 40 342 5.77 4.49 8.3 2 2
Opp Total 16 295 502 58.8% 3554 22 4.4 18 3.6 7.1 6.34 12.0 222.1 80.2 33 239 6.2 5.5 6.2

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* 26 RB 16 16 361 1376 10 43 3.8 86.0 22.6 36 156 4.3 0 17 2.3 9.8 1532 10 10
39 Adger Armstrong 24 rb 16 2 31 146 0 18 4.7 9.1 1.9 29 278 9.6 1 48 1.8 17.4 424 1 2
47 Ronnie Coleman 30 16 0 21 91 1 30 4.3 5.7 1.3 19 211 11.1 0 24 1.2 13.2 302 1 2
26 Rob Carpenter 26 rb 4 4 18 74 0 20 4.1 18.5 4.5 13 80 6.2 1 33 3.3 20.0 154 1 1
45 Tim Wilson 27 FB 16 9 13 35 0 7 2.7 2.2 0.8 5 33 6.6 0 11 0.3 2.1 68 0 2
12 Ken Stabler 36 QB 13 12 10 -3 0 4 -0.3 -0.2 0.8 -3 0 7
14 Gifford Nielsen 27 qb 5 2 6 2 0 4 0.3 0.4 1.2 2 0 3
8 John Reaves 31 qb 5 2 6 13 0 13 2.2 2.6 1.2 13 0 2
00 Ken Burrough 33 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 668 16.7 7 71 2.5 41.8 668 7 1
82 Mike Renfro 26 WR 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 451 11.6 1 43 3.3 37.6 451 1 2
87 Dave Casper 30 TE 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 572 17.3 8 52 2.1 35.8 572 8 0
84 Mike Holston 23 wr 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 427 15.8 2 50 1.7 26.7 427 2 0
86 Mike Barber 28 te 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 190 14.6 1 35 0.8 11.9 190 1 0
88 Billy Brooks 28 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 16 8.0 0 16 0.7 5.3 16 0 0
83 Tim Smith 24 wr 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 37 18.5 0 25 0.5 9.3 37 0 0
Team Total 27.3 16 466 1734 11 43 3.7 108.4 29.1 258 3119 12.1 21 71 16.1 194.9 4853 32 33
Opp Total 16 549 2411 16 4.4 150.7 34.3 295 3315 11.2 22 18.4 207.2 5726 38 20

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
85 Carl Roaches* 28 PR 16 0 39 296 0 40 7.6 28 769 1 96 27.5 1065
20 Willie Tullis 23 KR 16 0 2 29 0 16 14.5 32 779 1 95 24.3 808
39 Adger Armstrong 24 rb 16 2 3 36 0 18 12.0 460
50 Daryl Hunt 25 RILB 16 13 3 19 0 11 6.3 19
45 Tim Wilson 27 FB 16 9 3 41 0 23 13.7 109
33 J.C. Wilson 25 LCB 16 14 2 27 0 14 13.5 27
53 Avon Riley 23 16 0 1 51 0 51 51.0 51
Team Total 27.3 16 41 325 0 40 7.9 72 1722 2 96 23.9 6900
Opp Total 16 47 360 0 7.7 59 1201 0 20.4

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 27 P 16 0 79 3137 62 0 39.7
16 Toni Fritsch 36 K 16 0 4 3 4 4 13 7 1 1 22 15 68.2%% 34 32 94.1%%
Team Total 27.3 16 4 3 4 4 13 7 1 1 22 15 68.2%% 34 32 94.1%% 79 3137 62 0 39.7
Opp Total 16 42 27 64.3%% 39 38 97.4%% 70 2933 41.9

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* 26 RB 16 16 0 10 2 0 0
12 Ken Stabler 36 QB 13 12 0 7 2 -13 0
36 Carter Hartwig 25 db 16 1 3 78 0 36 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Gifford Nielsen 27 qb 5 2 0 3 1 -15 0
37 Mike Reinfeldt 28 FS 16 16 2 18 0 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Mike Renfro 26 WR 12 12 0 2 2 12 0
54 Gregg Bingham 30 LILB 16 16 2 20 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
00 Ken Burrough 33 WR 16 16 0 1 2 0 0
32 Vernon Perry 28 SS 16 16 2 46 0 34 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Greg Stemrick 30 RCB 16 15 3 94 0 38 0
39 Adger Armstrong 24 rb 16 2 0 2 0 0 0
52 Robert Brazile* 28 ROLB 16 16 2 7 0 7 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 30 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
22 Bill Kay 21 db 16 2 2 47 0 30 0
8 John Reaves 31 qb 5 2 0 2 0 -2 0
90 Daryle Skaugstad 24 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
33 J.C. Wilson 25 LCB 16 14 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
45 Tim Wilson 27 FB 16 9 0 2 0 0 0
75 Jesse Baker 24 de 16 2 0 0 1 0 0
26 Rob Carpenter 26 rb 4 4 0 1 0 0 0
58 David Carter 28 C 16 13 0 0 1 0 0
69 Andy Dorris 30 LDE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
71 Ken Kennard 27 NT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
53 Avon Riley 23 16 0 0 0 1 6 0
62 John Schuhmacher 26 LG 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
67 Mike Stensrud 25 nt 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
59 Ted Washington 33 LOLB 16 16 1 19 0 19 0
Team Total 27.3 16 18 330 0 38 0 0 33 23 -12 0
Opp Total 16 40 20 7 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 36 K 16 0 32 15 77
34 Earl Campbell* 26 RB 16 16 10 10 60
87 Dave Casper 30 TE 16 11 8 8 48
00 Ken Burrough 33 WR 16 16 7 7 42
84 Mike Holston 23 wr 16 4 2 2 12
39 Adger Armstrong 24 rb 16 2 1 1 6
86 Mike Barber 28 te 16 5 1 1 6
26 Rob Carpenter 26 rb 4 4 1 1 6
47 Ronnie Coleman 30 16 0 1 1 6
82 Mike Renfro 26 WR 12 12 1 1 6
85 Carl Roaches* 28 PR 16 0 1 1 6
20 Willie Tullis 23 KR 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.3 16 11 21 2 34 32 15 281
Opp Total 16 16 22 1 38 27 1 355

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 @ RAM W, 27-20 3 33 pass Rob Carpenter 33 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
2 1981-09-06 @ RAM W, 27-20 3 20 pass Ken Burrough 20 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
3 1981-09-06 @ RAM W, 27-20 4 95 kickoff Willie Tullis 95 yard kickoff return (Toni Fritsch kick)
4 1981-09-20 MIA L, 10-16 1 71 pass Ken Burrough 71 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
5 1981-09-27 @ NYJ L, 17-33 1 3 rush Earl Campbell 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
6 1981-09-27 @ NYJ L, 17-33 3 70 pass Ken Burrough 70 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
7 1981-10-04 CIN W, 17-10 2 2 rush Earl Campbell 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
8 1981-10-04 CIN W, 17-10 3 96 kickoff Carl Roaches 96 yard kickoff return (Toni Fritsch kick)
9 1981-10-11 SEA W, 35-17 1 31 pass Ken Burrough 31 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1981-10-11 SEA W, 35-17 2 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
11 1981-10-11 SEA W, 35-17 4 32 pass Dave Casper 32 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
12 1981-10-11 SEA W, 35-17 4 24 pass Ken Burrough 24 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
13 1981-10-11 SEA W, 35-17 4 4 rush Earl Campbell 4 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
14 1981-10-18 @ NWE L, 10-38 2 9 pass Dave Casper 9 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
15 1981-10-26 @ PIT L, 13-26 4 52 pass Dave Casper 52 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
16 1981-11-01 @ CIN L, 21-34 1 25 pass Mike Renfro 25 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
17 1981-11-01 @ CIN L, 21-34 4 51 pass Ken Burrough 51 yard pass from John Reaves (Toni Fritsch kick)
18 1981-11-01 @ CIN L, 21-34 4 1 rush Ronnie Coleman 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
19 1981-11-08 OAK W, 17-16 2 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
20 1981-11-08 OAK W, 17-16 4 25 pass Mike Barber 25 yard pass from John Reaves (Toni Fritsch kick)
21 1981-11-15 @ KAN L, 10-23 4 50 pass Ken Burrough 50 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
22 1981-11-22 NOR L, 24-27 3 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
23 1981-11-22 NOR L, 24-27 4 50 pass Mike Holston 50 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
24 1981-11-22 NOR L, 24-27 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
25 1981-11-29 ATL L, 27-31 2 15 pass Mike Holston 15 yard pass from Ken Stabler
26 1981-11-29 ATL L, 27-31 2 15 pass Dave Casper 15 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Toni Fritsch kick)
27 1981-11-29 ATL L, 27-31 4 18 rush Earl Campbell 18 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
28 1981-11-29 ATL L, 27-31 4 3 pass Adger Armstrong 3 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Toni Fritsch kick)
29 1981-12-03 CLE W, 17-13 3 30 pass Dave Casper 30 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Toni Fritsch kick)
30 1981-12-03 CLE W, 17-13 3 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
31 1981-12-13 @ SFO L, 6-28 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush
32 1981-12-20 PIT W, 21-20 1 15 pass Dave Casper 15 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Toni Fritsch kick)
33 1981-12-20 PIT W, 21-20 2 23 pass Dave Casper 23 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Toni Fritsch kick)
34 1981-12-20 PIT W, 21-20 4 16 pass Dave Casper 16 yard pass from Gifford Nielsen (Toni Fritsch kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 @ RAM L, 20-27 1 67 pass Wendell Tyler 67 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
2 1981-09-06 @ RAM L, 20-27 2 19 pass Walt Arnold 19 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
3 1981-09-20 MIA W, 16-10 4 3 pass Andra Franklin 3 yard pass from Don Strock (Uwe von Schamann kick)
4 1981-09-27 @ NYJ W, 33-17 1 1 pass Kevin Long 1 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
5 1981-09-27 @ NYJ W, 33-17 2 28 pass Wesley Walker 28 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
6 1981-09-27 @ NYJ W, 33-17 2 40 pass Wesley Walker 40 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
7 1981-09-27 @ NYJ W, 33-17 4 2 rush Kevin Long 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
8 1981-10-04 CIN L, 10-17 3 13 pass Dan Ross 13 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
9 1981-10-11 SEA L, 17-35 1 17 pass David Hughes 17 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Efren Herrera kick)
10 1981-10-11 SEA L, 17-35 4 31 pass Steve Largent 31 yard pass from Sam Adkins (Efren Herrera kick)
11 1981-10-18 @ NWE W, 38-10 1 28 pass Stanley Morgan 28 yard pass from Andy Johnson (John Smith kick)
12 1981-10-18 @ NWE W, 38-10 3 42 pass Stanley Morgan 42 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
13 1981-10-18 @ NWE W, 38-10 3 10 pass Andy Johnson 10 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
14 1981-10-18 @ NWE W, 38-10 4 15 rush Vagas Ferguson 15 yard rush (John Smith kick)
15 1981-10-18 @ NWE W, 38-10 4 24 rush Steve Grogan 24 yard rush (John Smith kick)
16 1981-10-26 @ PIT W, 26-13 1 46 pass Jim Smith 46 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (David Trout kick)
17 1981-10-26 @ PIT W, 26-13 4 6 pass John Stallworth 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw
18 1981-10-26 @ PIT W, 26-13 4 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (David Trout kick)
19 1981-11-01 @ CIN W, 34-21 2 4 rush Pete Johnson 4 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
20 1981-11-01 @ CIN W, 34-21 2 8 pass Dan Ross 8 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
21 1981-11-01 @ CIN W, 34-21 2 18 pass Cris Collinsworth 18 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
22 1981-11-01 @ CIN W, 34-21 4 14 pass Dan Ross 14 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Jim Breech kick)
23 1981-11-08 OAK L, 16-17 3 12 rush Arthur Whittington 12 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
24 1981-11-15 @ KAN W, 23-10 1 6 rush Joe Delaney 6 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
25 1981-11-15 @ KAN W, 23-10 3 1 rush Billy Jackson 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
26 1981-11-22 NOR W, 27-24 2 9 rush Jack Holmes 9 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
27 1981-11-22 NOR W, 27-24 3 2 rush Jack Holmes 2 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
28 1981-11-22 NOR W, 27-24 3 22 pass Wayne Wilson 22 yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick)
29 1981-11-29 ATL W, 31-27 1 3 rush William Andrews 3 yard rush (Mick Luckhurst kick)
30 1981-11-29 ATL W, 31-27 2 43 pass Alfred Jackson 43 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick)
31 1981-11-29 ATL W, 31-27 2 42 pass Alfred Jenkins 42 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick)
32 1981-11-29 ATL W, 31-27 3 0 fumble Alfred Jackson 0 yard fumble return (Mick Luckhurst kick)
33 1981-12-03 CLE L, 13-17 4 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
34 1981-12-13 @ SFO W, 28-6 3 3 rush Ricky Patton 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
35 1981-12-13 @ SFO W, 28-6 3 3 rush Earl Cooper 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
36 1981-12-13 @ SFO W, 28-6 3 2 pass Dwight Clark 2 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)
37 1981-12-13 @ SFO W, 28-6 4 27 pass Mike Wilson 27 yard pass from Guy Benjamin (Ray Wersching kick)
38 1981-12-20 PIT L, 20-21 3 17 rush Sidney Thornton 17 yard rush (David Trout kick)
39 1981-12-20 PIT L, 20-21 3 2 rush Mark Malone 2 yard rush (David Trout kick)