1980 Houston Oilers season

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1980 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Bum Phillips
Home field Astrodome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Game
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1979 1981 >

The 1980 season was the Houston Oilers 21st season and their 11th in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise scored 295 points while the defense gave up 251 points. Their record of 11 wins and 5 losses resulted in a second place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared twice on Monday Night Football. In their first appearance on Monday Night Football, the Oilers beat the Cleveland Browns 16–7. In their second appearance, the Oilers defeated the New England Patriots 38–34. Earl Campbell would lead the NFL in rushing for the third consecutive year and have four 200 yard rushing games.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1980 NFL draft
1980 Houston Oilers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 38 Angelo Fields  Offensive tackle Michigan State
2 52 Daryle Skaugstad  Defensive tackle California
3 79 Tim Smith  Wide receiver Nebraska
4 106 Chris Combs  Tight end New Mexico
5 134 John Corker  Linebacker Oklahoma State
7 182 Craig Bradshaw  Quarterback Utah State
8 217 Harold Bailey  Wide receiver Oklahoma State
9 244 Ed Harris  Running back Bishop
11 301 Ed Preston  Wide receiver Western Kentucky
12 328 Wiley Pitts  Wide receiver Temple
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1980 Houston Oilers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Bum Phillips

Offensive coaches

  • Quarterbacks/Receivers – King Hill
  • Offensive Backs – Andy Bourgeois
  • Offensive Line – Joe Bugel
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – John Paul Young


Regular season[edit]

Earl Campbell[edit]

  • In 1980, Earl Campbell had four 200 yard rushing games.
Date Opponent Attempts Yards Touchdowns
Oct 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33 203 0
Oct 26 Cincinnati Bengals 27 202 2
Nov 16 Chicago Bears 31 206 0
Dec 21 Minnesota Vikings 29 203 1

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Oilers points Opponents Oilers first downs Record Attendance
1 Sep 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers Loss 17 31 16 0–1
54,386
2 Sep 15 at Cleveland Browns Win 16 7 23 1–1
80,243
3 Sep 21 Baltimore Colts Win 21 16 27 2–1
47,878
4 Sep 28 at Cincinnati Bengals Win 13 10 20 3–1
50,413
5 Oct 5 Seattle Seahawks Loss 7 26 16 3–2
46,860
6 Oct 12 at Kansas City Chiefs Loss 20 21 21 3–3
75,048
7 Oct 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win 20 14 23 4–3
48,167
8 Oct 26 Cincinnati Bengals Win 23 3 17 5–3
49,189
9 Nov 2 at Denver Broncos Win 20 16 23 6–3
74,717
10 Nov 10 New England Patriots Win 38 34 20 7–3
51,524
11 Nov 16 at Chicago Bears Win 10 6 20 8–3
59,390
12 Nov 23 at New York Jets Loss 28 31 28 8–4
52,358
13 Nov 30 Cleveland Browns Loss 14 17 17 8–5
51,514
14 Dec 4 Pittsburgh Steelers Win 6 0 13 9–5
53,960
15 Dec 14 at Green Bay Packers Win 22 3 22 10–5
53,201
16 Dec 21 Minnesota Vikings Win 20 16 23 11–5
51,064

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Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns(2) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 357 310 W1
Houston Oilers(5) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 295 251 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 2–4 5–7 352 313 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 244 312 L1

Postseason[edit]

AFC Wild Card[edit]

Oakland Raiders 27, Houston Oilers 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 0 0 0 7
Raiders 3 7 0 17 27

at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

Even though the Oilers recorded more yards, more first downs, and more time of possession, the Raiders scored on big plays to win, 27–7.

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

  • Earl Campbell, 3rd 1,000 yard rushing season
  • Earl Campbell, 3rd NFL Rushing Title
  • Earl Campbell, Four 200 Yard Rushing Games (Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov., 16, Dec. 21)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 Houston Oilers draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/oti/1980.htm

External links[edit]