1991 Houston Oilers season

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1991 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Jack Pardee
General manager Mike Holovak
Owner Bud Adams
Home field Astrodome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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The 1991 season was the Houston Oilers 32nd season and their 22nd in the National Football League (NFL). Haywood Jeffires would become the second Oiler to have 100 receptions in a season. The first Oiler to accomplish the feat was Charley Hennigan in 1964. Jeffires would be the fifth receiver in NFL history to have a 100 reception season. The Oilers scored 386 points and gave up 251 points. The franchise earned its first division title since the AFL-NFL merger. The last division title for the Oilers was in 1967. The franchise finished the season with 11 wins compared to 5 losses and appeared twice on Monday Night Football.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1991 NFL Draft
1991 Houston Oilers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 28 Mike Dumas  Defensive back Indiana
2 38 Darryll Lewis *  Defensive back Arizona
2 44 John Flannery  Guard Syracuse
3 71 Steve Jackson  Defensive back Purdue
3 79 Kevin Donnalley  Guard North Carolina
4 101 David Rocker  Defensive tackle Auburn
4 102 Marcus Robertson *  Defensive back Iowa State
5 129 Gary Wellman  Wide receiver USC
7 183 Kyle Freeman  Linebacker Angelo State
8 214 Gary Brown  Running back Penn State
9 240 Shawn Jefferson  Wide receiver Central Florida
10 267 Curtis Moore  Linebacker Kansas
11 294 James Smith  Defensive back Richmond
12 325 Alex Johnson  Wide receiver Miami (FL)
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1991 Houston Oilers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Richard Smith

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson

Roster[edit]

1991 Houston Oilers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends


Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

  • October 13, 1991 – Warren Moon threw for 423 yards against the New York Jets.
  • November 10, 1991 – Warren Moon threw for 432 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. On that same day, Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins threw for over 400 yards as well.
  • December 13, 1991 – Haywood Jeffires set an Oilers record with most receptions in one game with 13.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders W 47–17
61,367
2 September 8, 1991 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30–7
56,463
3 September 16, 1991 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–7
61,058
4 September 22, 1991 at New England Patriots L 24–20
30,702
5 Bye
6 October 6, 1991 Denver Broncos W 42–14
59,145
7 October 13, 1991 at New York Jets W 23–20
70,758
8 October 20, 1991 at Miami Dolphins W 17–13
60,705
9 October 27, 1991 Cincinnati Bengals W 35–3
58,634
10 November 3, 1991 at Washington Redskins L 16–13
55,096
11 November 10, 1991 Dallas Cowboys W 26–23
63,001
12 November 17, 1991 Cleveland Browns W 28–24
58,155
13 November 24, 1991 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 26–14
45,795
14 December 2, 1991 Philadelphia Eagles L 13–6
61,141
15 December 8, 1991 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–6
59,225
16 December 15, 1991 at Cleveland Browns W 17–14
55,680
17 December 21, 1991 at New York Giants L 24–20
63,421

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Houston Oilers 11 5 0 .688 386 251
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9 0 .438 292 344
Cleveland Browns 6 10 0 .375 293 298
Cincinnati Bengals 3 13 0 .188 263 435

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wild Card[edit]

Houston Oilers 17, New York Jets 10
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 10 0 0 10
Oilers 7 7 0 3 17

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

After leading 14–10 at halftime, the Oilers stopped the Jets twice inside the 5-yard line in the second half to preserve the victory. Houston quarterback Warren Moon threw two touchdowns in the first half, both to Ernest Givins for 5 and 20 yards.

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Denver Broncos 26, Houston Oilers 24
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 14 7 0 3 24
Broncos 6 7 3 10 26

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST/2:00 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 30 °F (−1 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 75,301 which included Houston Oiler Fans, Ray Seely, William & Laura Ward, Pat & Linda Tate, David Tate & Vanessa McNeill
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Todd Christensen

Trailing 24–23 with 2:07 left in the game, quarterback John Elway led the Broncos from their own 2-yard line to the winning 28-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining. On the drive, he converted on two fourth downs. On fourth down and 6 from the Denver 28, he rushed for 7 yards. Then on fourth down and 10, he completed a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Vance Johnson.

The Oilers jumped to a 14–0 lead with quarterback Warren Moon's two touchdown passes to wide receivers Haywood Jeffires and Drew Hill for 15 and 9 yards, respectively. Elway then completed a 10-yard touchdown to Johnson, but kicker David Treadwell missed the extra point. Moon responded by throwing a 6-yard touchdown to wide receiver Curtis Duncan to give Houston a 21–6 lead, but Denver running back Greg Lewis scored a 1-yard touchdown before halftime. In the second half, the Oilers were limited to only a 25-yard field goal by kicker Al Del Greco, which gave Houston a 24–16 lead in the fourth quarter. The Broncos then marched 80 yards to score on Lewis' 1-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 24–23.

Elway's comeback is now known solely as The Drive II.

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1991 Houston Oilers Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440

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