1972 Houston Oilers season

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1972 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Bill Peterson
Results
Record 1–13
Division place 4th AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1971 1973 >

The 1972 Houston Oilers season was their 13th season overall and third with the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 4–9–1, winning only one game.[1] They missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

The low point of the season came in week four, a 34–0 loss on Monday Night Football to the Oakland Raiders. With the game out of hand, ABC cameras panned the stands at the Astrodome and found a man who appeared to be sleeping. When he realized the camera was on him, he shot the finger at the camera. When the camera discovered the sleeping fan, Howard Cosell intoned, "Right there, is a vivid pictureization of the excitement...". Don Meredith shot back when the fan flipped the bird, "They're number one in the nation!"

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 at Denver Broncos L 30–17
51,656
2 September 24, 1972 at Miami Dolphins L 34–13
77,821
3 October 1, 1972 New York Jets W 26–20
51,423
4 October 9, 1972 Oakland Raiders L 34–0
51,378
5 October 15, 1972 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–7
42,929
6 October 22, 1972 Cleveland Browns L 23–17
38,113
7 October 29, 1972 at Cincinnati Bengals L 30–7
59,409
8 November 5, 1972 at Cleveland Browns L 20–0
61,985
9 November 12, 1972 Philadelphia Eagles L 18–17
34,175
10 November 19, 1972 Green Bay Packers L 23–10
41,752
11 November 26, 1972 at San Diego Chargers L 34–20
46,289
12 December 3, 1972 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–10
58,850
13 December 10, 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers L 9–3
36,528
14 December 17, 1972 Cincinnati Bengals L 61–17
32,482

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 3 0 .786 343 175 W-4
Cleveland Browns 10 4 0 .714 268 249 W-2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 6 0 .571 299 229 W-1
Houston Oilers 1 13 0 .071 164 380 L-11

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