1978 Baltimore Colts season

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1978 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Ted Marchibroda
General manager Dick Szymanski
Owner Robert Irsay
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Division place T-4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1978 Baltimore Colts season was the 26th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Colts finished the 1978 season with a record of 5 wins and 11 losses, and tied for fourth in the AFC East division with the Buffalo Bills. The Colts lost the tiebreaker to Buffalo based on head-to-head series (0–2).

Baltimore started the season in catastrophic fashion, losing their first two games by a combined score of 80–0. The Colts' first win of the season, a Week Three victory over New England on Monday Night Football, is one of the biggest regular-season upsets in NFL history. The Patriots were favored by an overwhelming 17.5 points, but the Colts scored 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a 90-yard kickoff return by running back Joe Washington with under a minute left to take the lead for good.[1] In the game, Washington became the first player to throw a touchdown, catch a pass for a touchdown, and return a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1978 Baltimore Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Receivers – Dick Bielski
  • Offensive Line – Whitey Dovell
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – George Boutselis


Roster[edit]

1978 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 4, 1978 at Dallas Cowboys L 0–38 0–1 Texas Stadium
64,224
2 September 10, 1978 Miami Dolphins L 0–42 0–2 Memorial Stadium
47,730
3 September 18, 1978 at New England Patriots W 34–27 1–2 Schaefer Stadium
57,284
4 September 24, 1978 at Buffalo Bills L 17–24 1–3 Rich Stadium
55,270
5 October 1, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles L 14–17 1–4 Memorial Stadium
50,314
6 October 8, 1978 at St. Louis Cardinals W 30–17 2–4 Busch Memorial Stadium
47,479
7 October 15, 1978 New York Jets L 10–33 2–5 Memorial Stadium
45,563
8 October 22, 1978 Denver Broncos W 7–6 3–5 Memorial Stadium
54,057
9 October 29, 1978 at Miami Dolphins L 8–26 3–6 Miami Orange Bowl
53,524
10 November 6, 1978 Washington Redskins W 21–17 4–6 Memorial Stadium
57,631
11 November 12, 1978 at Seattle Seahawks W 17–14 5–6 Kingdome
61,905
12 November 19, 1978 Cleveland Browns L 24–45 5–7 Memorial Stadium
45,341
13 November 26, 1978 New England Patriots L 14–35 5–8 Memorial Stadium
42,828
14 December 3, 1978 at New York Jets L 17–30 5–9 Shea Stadium
50,248
15 December 9, 1978 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–35 5–10 Three Rivers Stadium
41,957
16 December 17, 1978 Buffalo Bills L 14–21 5–11 Memorial Stadium
25,415

Results[edit]

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Colts 0 7 0 27 34
Patriots 6 7 0 14 27

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Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New England Patriots(2) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 358 286 L1
Miami Dolphins(4) 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 372 254 W3
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 6–2 7–5 359 364 L2
Baltimore Colts 5 11 0 .313 1–7 3–9 239 421 L5
Buffalo Bills 5 11 0 .313 2–6 4–10 302 354 W1

See also[edit]

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