1982 San Diego Chargers season
|1982 San Diego Chargers season|
|Head coach||Don Coryell
|General manager||Johnny Sanders
|Home field||Jack Murphy Stadium|
|Division place||6th AFC|
|Playoff finish||Won First-round Playoffs (Steelers) (31–28)
Lost Second-round Playoffs (Dolphins) (13–34)
The 1982 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 23rd year, and 13th in the National Football League. The team had a 10–6 record in 1981. It was a strike-shortened season so the league was divided up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment. It ended with a second round loss to the Dolphins. This would be the team's last playoff appearance until 1992.
The 1982 Chargers were the top-scoring team in the NFL. They scored a total of 288 points, 32 per game. They led the league in passing touchdowns (19), rushing touchdowns (15, tied with the Raiders) passing yards (2,927), and yards per attempt (8.9).
The Chargers defense, however, surrendered the most passing yards (2,292), and second-most first downs (119) in the league.
Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts was named the Pro Football Writers of America MVP, and 1982 AP Offensive Player of the Year. Wide receiver Wes Chandler, tight end Kellen Winslow, and guard Doug Wilkerson all made first-team All-Pro.
1982 NFL Draft
|1982 San Diego Chargers draft|
|8||215||Maury Buford||Punter||Texas Tech|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1||September 12, 1982||at Denver Broncos||W 23–3||
|2||September 19, 1982||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 12–19||
|September 26, 1982||Los Angeles Raiders||cancelled|
|October 3, 1982||at Atlanta Falcons||cancelled|
|October 10, 1982||Seattle Seahawks||cancelled|
|October 17, 1982||Kansas City Chiefs||cancelled|
|October 24, 1982||at Seattle Seahawks||cancelled|
|October 31, 1982||Los Angeles Rams||cancelled|
|November 8, 1982||at Miami Dolphins||cancelled|
|November 14, 1982||New Orleans Saints||cancelled|
|3||November 22, 1982||at Los Angeles Raiders||L 24–28||
|4||November 28, 1982||Denver Broncos||W 30–20||
|5||December 5, 1982||at Cleveland Browns||W 30–13||
|6||December 11, 1982||at San Francisco 49ers||W 41–37||
|7||December 20, 1982||Cincinnati Bengals||W 50–34||
|8||December 26, 1982||Baltimore Colts||W 44–26||
|9||January 2, 1983||Los Angeles Raiders||L 34–41||
|Wildcard||January 9, 1983||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 31–28||
|Divisional||January 16, 1983||at Miami Dolphins||L 13–34||
|Los Angeles Raiders(1)||8||1||0||.889||5–0||5–1||260||200||W5|
|San Diego Chargers(5)||6||3||0||.667||2–1||5–3||288||221||L1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||6||0||.333||2–1||3–3||176||184||W1|
|American Football Conference|
|Los Angeles Raiders(1)||8||1||0||.889||260||200||W5|
|San Diego Chargers(5)||6||3||0||.667||288||221||L1|
|New York Jets(6)||6||3||0||.667||245||166||L1|
|New England Patriots(7)||5||4||0||.556||143||157||W1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||6||0||.333||176||184||W1|
1982 San Diego Chargers Team Starters Rookies in italics
14 Dan Fouts QB 46 Chuck Muncie RB 25 John Cappelletti FB 89 Wes Chandler WR 18 Charlie Joiner WR 80 Kellen Winslow TE
66 Billy Shields LT 63 Doug Wilkerson LG 62 Don Macek C 67 Ed White RG 70 Russ Washington RT
68 Leroy Jones LDE 74 Louie Kelcher LDT 79 Gary Johnson RDT 90 Keith Ferguson RDE
57 Linden King LB 59 Cliff Thrift LB 51 Woodrow Lowe LB
27 Jeff Allen LCB 29 Mike Williams RCB 30 Bruce Laird SS 48 Tim Fox FS
6 Rolf Benirschke K 4 Maury Buford P 21 James Brooks PR 21 James Brooks KR
- The Pittsburgh Steelers finished ahead of the Chargers based on better record against common opponents.
- "1982 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- "1982 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1982 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics
- Pro-Football-Reference: 1982 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics
- 1982 San Diego Chargers at pro-football-reference.com