1978 Miami Dolphins season

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1978 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach Don Shula
Home field Miami Orange Bowl
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wildcard
Timeline
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< 1977 1979 >

The 1978 Miami Dolphins season saw the team return to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1974, with an 11–5 record. In the process the Dolphins set two notable records: scoring first in all but one of their sixteen regular season games,[1] and never trailing at any point in eleven games.[2] The former record was equalled by the 2004 Patriots, and the latter was beaten by the 2005 Colts.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Dolphins points Opponents Record Attendance
1 Sep 3 at New York Jets Loss 20 33 0–1
49,598
2 Sep 10 at Baltimore Colts Win 42 0 1–1
47,730
3 Sep 17 Buffalo Bills Win 31 24 2–1
48,373
4 Sep 24 at Philadelphia Eagles Loss 3 17 2–2
62,998
5 Oct 1 St. Louis Cardinals Win 24 10 3–2
43,882
6 Oct 9 Cincinnati Bengals Win 21 0 4–2
54,729
7 Oct 15 at San Diego Chargers Win 28 21 5–2
50,637
8 Oct 22 at New England Patriots Loss 24 33 5–3
60,424
9 Oct 29 Baltimore Colts Win 26 8 6–3
53,524
10 Nov 5 Dallas Cowboys Win 23 16 7–3
69,414
11 Nov 12 at Buffalo Bills Win 25 24 8–3
48,623
12 Nov 20 at Houston Oilers Loss 30 35 8–4
50,290
13 Nov 26 New York Jets Loss 13 24 8–5
49,255
14 Dec 3 at Washington Redskins Win 16 0 9–5
52,860
15 Dec 10 Oakland Raiders Win 23 6 10–5
73,003
16 Dec 18 New England Patriots Win 23 3 11–5
72,071

Results[edit]

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 3 14 24
• Dolphins 7 7 10 7 31

[3]


Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
New England Patriots(2) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 358 286
Miami Dolphins(4) 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 372 254
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 6–2 7–5 359 364
Baltimore Colts 5 11 0 .313 1–7 3–9 239 421
Buffalo Bills 5 11 0 .313 2–6 4–10 302 354

Roster[edit]

Miami Dolphins 1978 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wildcard Playoff (Sunday December 24, 1978): vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 0 0 10 17
Dolphins 7 0 0 2 9

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Awards and honors[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Notes and references[edit]