1970 Houston Oilers season
|1970 Houston Oilers season|
|Head coach||Wally Lemm|
|General manager||Bob Brodhead|
|Home field||Houston Astrodome|
|Division place||4th AFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1970 Houston Oilers season was the 11th season overall and its first as part of the National Football League. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 6–6–2, winning only three games. The Oilers would start out the season winning 2 of its first 3 games, both road wins against the Steelers and Bengals.
However, the Oilers would struggle the rest of the season, as they would go 0-6-1 following the 2-1 start. A crushing blow came in week five vs. the Steelers in the Astrodome when starting quarterback Charley Johnson suffered a broken clavicle when he was clipped by Pittsburgh defensive tackle Chuck Hinton on an interception return. Johnson incredibly returned after missing four games, but was nowhere near as effective than before the injury.
The Oilers won only one of their last 11 games, a 31-21 win over the Denver Broncos, before losing their final 3 games of the season, including a 52-10 rout by in-state rival Dallas in the finale, to finish the season 3-10-1. They missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, and for the first of eight consecutive campaigns.
|1970 Houston Oilers draft|
|1||14||Doug Wilkerson *||Guard||North Carolina Central|
|Made roster * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|Houston Oilers roster|
Rookies in italics
|1||September 20||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 19–7||1–0||Three Rivers Stadium||45,538||Recap|
|2||September 27||Miami Dolphins||L 10–20||1–1||Houston Astrodome||39,840||Recap|
|3||October 4||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 20–13||2–1||Riverfront Stadium||55,094||Recap|
|4||October 11||Baltimore Colts||L 20–24||2–2||Houston Astrodome||48,050||Recap|
|5||October 18||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 3–7||2–3||Houston Astrodome||42,799||Recap|
|6||October 25||at San Diego Chargers||T 31–31||2–3–1||San Diego Stadium||41,427||Recap|
|7||November 1||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 0–44||2–4–1||Busch Memorial Stadium||47,911||Recap|
|8||November 8||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 9–24||2–5–1||Municipal Stadium||49,810||Recap|
|9||November 15||San Francisco 49ers||L 20–30||2–6–1||Houston Astrodome||43,040||Recap|
|10||November 22||at Cleveland Browns||L 14–28||2–7–1||Cleveland Stadium||74,723||Recap|
|11||November 29||Denver Broncos||W 31–21||3–7–1||Houston Astrodome||35,733||Recap|
|12||December 7||Cleveland Browns||L 10–21||3–8–1||Houston Astrodome||50,582||Recap|
|13||December 13||Cincinnati Bengals||L 20–30||3–9–1||Houston Astrodome||34,435||Recap|
|14||December 20||at Dallas Cowboys||L 10–52||3–10–1||Cotton Bowl||50,504||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.