1987 Houston Oilers season

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1987 Houston Oilers season
Head coachJerry Glanville
General managerLadd Herzeg
OwnerBud Adams
Home fieldHouston Astrodome
Results
Record9–6
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Seahawks) 20–23 (OT) Lost AFC Divisional Playoff (Broncos) 34-10

The 1987 Houston Oilers season was the franchise's 28th overall and the 18th in the National Football League (NFL). The Oilers came into the season looking to improve on their 5-11 record from 1986, and make the playoffs for the first time since 1980. The 1987 NFL season was affected by a players strike that took place in week 3 of the season, which canceled all week 3 games. As a result, the Oilers canceled their was-to-be week 3 game against the Los Angeles Raiders. The Oilers began the season 3-1, their best start to a season since 1980. After the Oilers lost at home to the Patriots 21-7 in week 5, the Oilers defeated the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals to give them a 5-2 start to the season. After the Oilers lost to the 49ers on the road, they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road, 23-3, for their first win in Pittsburgh since 1978. The Oilers would then play 2 disastrous games against the Browns and the Colts, as they allowed 40+ points in each game, losing 40-7 to Cleveland at home and losing 51-27 to the Colts in Indianapolis. The Oilers would defeat the Chargers the next week, rebounding from those 2 bad losses. The Oilers would clinch a playoff spot in the seasons final week with a 21-17 win over Cincinnati, thus ending their 6-year playoff drought. In the playoffs, they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 in overtime on a Tony Zendejas field goal. However, the next week, they lost to the Broncos 34-10 in the Divisional Round, ending their season.

Warren Moon (left) and Mike Rozier (right), playing for the Oilers in 1987, led the team in passing and rushing that season, respectively.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

1987 Houston Oilers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Alonzo Highsmith  Running back Miami (FL)
1 20 Haywood Jeffires *  Wide receiver North Carolina State
2 46 Walter Johnson  Linebacker Louisiana Tech
3 64 Cody Carlson  Quarterback Baylor
4 105 Mark Dusbabek  Linebacker Minnesota
5 133 Spencer Tillman  Running back Oklahoma
6 147 Al Smith *  Linebacker Utah State
6 159 Toby Caston  Linebacker LSU
7 176 Robert Banks  Defensive end Notre Dame
8 202 Michel James  Wide receiver Washington State
9 231 Wes Neighbors  Center Alabama
10 258 Curtis Duncan *  Wide receiver Northwestern
11 287 John Davis  Offensive tackle Georgia Tech
12 314 Ira Valentine  Running back Texas A&M
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 Houston Oilers staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman of the Board/President – Bud Adams
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Ladd Herzeg

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Miller McCalmon

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson

Roster[edit]

1987 Houston Oilers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 Los Angeles Rams W 20–16
33,186
2 September 20, 1987 at Buffalo Bills L 34–30
56,534
September 27, 1987 Los Angeles Raiders canceled
3 October 4, 1987 at Denver Broncos W 40–10
38,494
4 October 11, 1987 at Cleveland Browns W 15–10
38,927
5 October 18, 1987 New England Patriots L 21–7
26,294
6 October 25, 1987 Atlanta Falcons W 37–33
29,062
7 November 1, 1987 at Cincinnati Bengals W 31–29
52,700
8 November 8, 1987 at San Francisco 49ers L 27–20
59,740
9 November 15, 1987 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–3
56,177
10 November 22, 1987 Cleveland Browns L 40–7
51,161
11 November 29, 1987 at Indianapolis Colts L 51–27
54,999
12 December 6, 1987 San Diego Chargers W 33–18
31,714
13 December 13, 1987 at New Orleans Saints L 24–10
68,257
14 December 20, 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–16
38,683
15 December 27, 1987 Cincinnati Bengals W 21–17
49,775

Game summaries[edit]

Week 7[edit]

1 234Total
Falcons 3 10146 33
• Oilers 3 10717 37

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns(2) 10 5 0 .667 5–1 8–3 390 239 W3
Houston Oilers(4) 9 6 0 .600 5–1 7–4 345 349 W2
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 0 .533 2–4 6–5 285 299 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 4 11 0 .267 0–6 3–9 285 370 L3

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wild Card[edit]

Houston Oilers 23, Seattle Seahawks 20 (OT)
1 2 34OTTotal
Seahawks 7 3 37020
Oilers 3 10 70323

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Oilers kicker Tony Zendejas won the game with a 42-yard field goal 8:05 into overtime. Although Houston outgained Seattle with 427 total offensive yards to 250, the game remained close until the very end.

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Denver Broncos 34, Houston Oilers 10
1 2 34Total
Oilers 0 3 0710
Broncos 14 10 3734

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Awards and records[edit]

  • Keith Bostic, NFL Leader, Interceptions, (6) – Tied with two others for league lead

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1987 Houston Oilers draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014.

External links[edit]