1969 Houston Oilers season
|1969 Houston Oilers season|
|Head coach||Wally Lemm|
|Division place||2nd AFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||Lost Divisional Round|
The 1969 Houston Oilers season was their tenth and final in the American Football League before moving to the National Football League when the two merged. The team equaled their 1968 record of 7–7 (.500), finishing 6–6–2. They qualified for the playoffs, but lost in the Divisional Round to the Oakland Raiders.
|1||September 14, 1969||at Oakland Raiders||L 21–17||
|2||September 21, 1969||at Buffalo Bills||W 17–3||
|3||September 28, 1969||Miami Dolphins||W 22–10||
|4||October 5, 1969||Buffalo Bills||W 28–14||
|5||October 12, 1969||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 24–0||
|6||October 20, 1969||at New York Jets||L 26–17||
|7||October 26, 1969||Denver Broncos||W 24–21||
|8||November 2, 1969||at Boston Patriots||L 24–0||
|9||November 9, 1969||Cincinnati Bengals||T 31–31||
|10||November 16, 1969||at Denver Broncos||T 20–20||
|11||November 23, 1969||at Miami Dolphins||W 32–7||
|12||November 27, 1969||San Diego Chargers||L 21–17||
|13||December 6, 1969||New York Jets||L 34–26||
|14||December 14, 1969||Boston Patriots||W 27–23||
The Oilers opened the season at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum and fell behind the Raiders 14–0 in the first quarter. They scored 17 points the next three quarters, but Daryle Lamonica unloaded a 64-yard touchdown to Warren Wells for the 21–17 Raiders win. Pete Beathard had one touchdown but also two interceptions
The Oilers faced Buffalo for the second time in three weeks and scored a touchdown in each quarter, winning 28–14. Jack Kemp threw for 223 yards, nearly reaching Houston's total offensive output of 252 yards.
The Oilers traveled to Kansas City but came out with a shutout loss. The game saw a combined seventeen turnovers and just 345 combined yards of offense as the Chiefs put up 24 points for the 24–0 win.
A full year before the debut of Monday Night Football the defending champion Jets hosted the Oilers on Monday Night and ground out a 23–17 win. Both teams combined for six turnovers (Zeke Moore put up Houston's first touchdown returning a Joe Namath pick in the second quarter) as Namath (306 passing yards) came out on top of Pete Beathard's 314 yards.
With both teams at 3–3 the Oilers returned to the Astrodome to face Lou Saban and the Broncos. The game lead tied or changed on every score; the Oilers took a 14–7 lead in the second before Denver tied it at halftime; the Broncos then scored in the third on Floyd Little's three-yard run; in the fourth Roy Hopkins of the Oilers broke through for a 43-yard touchdown, then the Oilers won on Roy Gerela's 22-yard field goal and the 24–21 final.
|Divisional||December 21, 1969||at Oakland Raiders||L 56–7||
|AFL Eastern Division|
|New York Jets||10||4||0||.714||8–0||353||269||W2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.