1979 Houston Oilers season

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1979 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Bum Phillips
Home field Astrodome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost AFC Championship Game (Steelers)
Timeline
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< 1978 1980 >

The 1979 season was the Houston Oilers 20th season and their tenth in the NFL. The franchise scored 362 points while the defense gave up 331 points. Their record of 11 wins and 5 losses resulted in a second place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared once on Monday Night Football and returned to the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year. Earl Campbell would lead the NFL in rushing for the second consecutive year and set a franchise record for most touchdowns in a season with 19.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 at Washington Redskins W 29–27
54,582
2 September 9, 1979 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–7
49,792
3 September 16, 1979 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–6
45,684
4 September 23, 1979 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30–27
45,615
5 September 30, 1979 Cleveland Browns W 31–10
48,915
6 October 7, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–17
53,043
7 October 14, 1979 at Baltimore Colts W 28–16
45,021
8 October 21, 1979 at Seattle Seahawks L 34–14
60,705
9 October 28, 1979 New York Jets W 27–24
45,825
10 November 5, 1979 at Miami Dolphins W 9–6
70,273
11 November 11, 1979 Oakland Raiders W 31–17
48,614
12 November 18, 1979 Cincinnati Bengals W 42–21
49,829
13 November 22, 1979 at Dallas Cowboys W 30–24
63,897
14 December 2, 1979 at Cleveland Browns L 14–7
69,112
15 December 10, 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–17
55,293
16 December 16, 1979 Philadelphia Eagles L 26–20
49,407

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(2) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 416 262
Houston Oilers(4) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 362 331
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 359 352
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 337 421

Roster[edit]

Houston Oilers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Postseason[edit]

AFC Wild Card[edit]

Houston Oilers 13, Denver Broncos 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 0 0 0 7
Oilers 3 7 0 3 13

at Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

The Oilers managed to shut down the Broncos offense for most of the game en route to a 13–7 win.

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Houston Oilers 17, San Diego Chargers 14
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 10 7 0 17
Chargers 7 0 7 0 14

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego

The Oilers offense, playing without starting quarterback Dan Pastorini, receiver Ken Burrough, and running back Earl Campbell, could only generate 259 yard compared to San Diego's 385. But they still won the game, largely due to the effort of rookie safety Vernon Perry, who set a playoff record with 4 interceptions as the Oilers defeated the Chargers, 17–14. In his first career playoff game, Chargers future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts threw for 333 yards, but was intercepted 5 times.

AFC Championship Game[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Houston Oilers 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 3 0 3 13
Steelers 3 14 0 10 27

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Steelers held the Oilers to only 24 rushing yards, but was also aided by a controversial non-touchdown call to come away with a 27–13 win.

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • Earl Campbell, 2nd 1,000 yard rushing season
  • Earl Campbell, 2nd NFL Rushing Title

References[edit]