1982 San Diego Chargers season

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1982 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Don Coryell
(5th season)
General manager Johnny Sanders
(Since 1976)
Owner Gene Klein
(Since 1966)
Home field Jack Murphy Stadium
Results
Record 6–3
Division place 6th AFC
Playoff finish Won First-round Playoffs (Steelers) (31–28)[1]
Lost Second-round Playoffs (Dolphins) (13–34)
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

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.[4]

Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts was named the Pro Football Writers of America MVP, and 1982 AP Offensive Player of the Year.[5] Wide receiver Wes Chandler, tight end Kellen Winslow, and guard Doug Wilkerson all made first-team All-Pro.

1982 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1982 NFL Draft
1982 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
8 215 Maury Buford  Punter Texas Tech
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 at Denver Broncos W 23–3
73,564
2 September 19, 1982 at Kansas City Chiefs L 12–19
60,514
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
42,162
4 November 28, 1982 Denver Broncos W 30–20
47,629
5 December 5, 1982 at Cleveland Browns W 30–13
54,064
6 December 11, 1982 at San Francisco 49ers W 41–37
55,988
7 December 20, 1982 Cincinnati Bengals W 50–34
51,296
8 December 26, 1982 Baltimore Colts W 44–26
49,711
9 January 2, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders L 34–41
51,612

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 9, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–28
53,546
Divisional January 16, 1983 at Miami Dolphins L 13–34
71,383

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
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
Seattle Seahawks 4 5 0 .444 2–1 3–5 127 147 W1
Kansas City Chiefs 3 6 0 .333 2–1 3–3 176 184 W1
Denver Broncos 2 7 0 .222 0–6 0–6 148 226 L3
American Football Conference
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 8 1 0 .889 260 200 W5
Miami Dolphins(2) 7 2 0 .778 198 131 W3
Cincinnati Bengals(3) 7 2 0 .778 232 177 W2
Pittsburgh Steelers(4) 6 3 0 .667 204 146 W2
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
Cleveland Browns(8) 4 5 0 .444 140 182 L1
Buffalo Bills 4 5 0 .444 150 154 L3
Seattle Seahawks 4 5 0 .444 127 147 W1
Kansas City Chiefs 3 6 0 .333 176 184 W1
Denver Broncos 2 7 0 .222 148 226 L3
Houston Oilers 1 8 0 .111 136 245 L7
Baltimore Colts 0 8 1 .056 113 236 L2

Roster[edit]

1982 San Diego Chargers Team Starters
Rookies in italics
Offense
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
Defense
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
Kicking Team
6   Rolf Benirschke    K
4   Maury Buford       P
21  James Brooks       PR
21  James Brooks       KR

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Pittsburgh Steelers finished ahead of the Chargers based on better record against common opponents.
  2. ^ "1982 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 
  3. ^ "1982 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1982 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference: 1982 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics

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