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1979 Houston Oilers season

1979 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Bum Phillips
Owner Bud Adams
Home field Astrodome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost AFC Championship Game (Steelers)
Timeline
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< 1978 1980 >

The 1979 season was the Houston Oilers 20th season and their tenth in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise scored 362 points while the defense gave up 331 points. Their record of 11 wins and 5 losses resulted in a second place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared once on Monday Night Football and returned to the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year. Earl Campbell would lead the NFL in rushing for the second consecutive year and set a franchise record for most touchdowns in a season with 19.

Offseason

NFL draft

Main article: 1979 NFL draft
1979 Houston Oilers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 31 Mike Stensrud  Defensive tackle Iowa State
2 50 Jesse Baker  Defensive end Jacksonville State
3 72 Kenny King *  Running back Oklahoma
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1979 Houston Oilers staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Bum Phillips

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – John Paul Young


Roster

1979 Houston Oilers roster
Quarterbacks

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Tight ends

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Defensive linemen

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Defensive backs

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Rookies in italics

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Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 at Washington Redskins W 29–27
54,582
2 September 9, 1979 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–7
49,792
3 September 16, 1979 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–6
45,684
4 September 23, 1979 at Cincinnati Bengals W 30–27
45,615
5 September 30, 1979 Cleveland Browns W 31–10
48,915
6 October 7, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–17
53,043
7 October 14, 1979 at Baltimore Colts W 28–16
45,021
8 October 21, 1979 at Seattle Seahawks L 34–14
60,705
9 October 28, 1979 New York Jets W 27–24
45,825
10 November 5, 1979 at Miami Dolphins W 9–6
70,273
11 November 11, 1979 Oakland Raiders W 31–17
48,614
12 November 18, 1979 Cincinnati Bengals W 42–21
49,829
13 November 22, 1979 at Dallas Cowboys W 30–24
63,897
14 December 2, 1979 at Cleveland Browns L 14–7
69,112
15 December 10, 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–17
55,293
16 December 16, 1979 Philadelphia Eagles L 26–20
49,407

Game summaries

Week 13

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Cowboys 14 703 24
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Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers(2) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 416 262 W1
Houston Oilers(4) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 362 331 L1
Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 359 352 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 337 421 W1

Postseason

AFC Wild Card

Houston Oilers 13, Denver Broncos 7
1 2 34Total
Broncos 7 0 007
Oilers 3 7 0313

at Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

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</div> The Oilers managed to shut down the Broncos offense for most of the game en route to a 13–7 win.

AFC Divisional Playoff

Houston Oilers 17, San Diego Chargers 14
1 2 34Total
Oilers 0 10 7017
Chargers 7 0 7014

at San Diego Stadium, San Diego

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</div> The Oilers offense, playing without starting quarterback Dan Pastorini, receiver Ken Burrough, and running back Earl Campbell, could only generate 259 yard compared to San Diego's 385. But they still won the game, largely due to the effort of rookie safety Vernon Perry, who set a playoff record with 4 interceptions as the Oilers defeated the Chargers, 17–14. In his first career playoff game, Chargers future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts threw for 333 yards, but was intercepted 5 times.

AFC Championship Game

Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Houston Oilers 13
1 2 34Total
Oilers 7 3 0313
Steelers 3 14 01027

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: January 6, 1980
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Script error: No such module "convert"., cloudy
  • Game attendance: 50,475
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen

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</div> The Steelers held the Oilers to only 24 rushing yards, but were also aided by a controversial non-touchdown call on Mike Renfro to come away with a 27–13 win.

Awards and records

Milestones

  • Earl Campbell, 2nd 1,000 yard rushing season
  • Earl Campbell, 2nd NFL Rushing Title

References

  1. "1979 Houston Oilers draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  2. "1979 Houston Oilers starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  3. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Nov-09.
  4. http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm

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