1960 Houston Oilers season
Head Coach Lou Rymkus
Home Field Jeppesen Stadium
Results
Record 10–4
Place 1st AFL Eastern
Playoff Finish Won AFL Championship (Chargers) (24–16)
Timeline
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N/A 1961

The 1960 Houston Oilers season was the team's inaugural season. Head Coach Lou Rymkus led the Oilers to the AFL Eastern Division title, with a 10-4 record. It was also the inaugural American Football League season. It ended with a 24-16 victory in the AFL Championship over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

AFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

  • The Oilers scored an important victory over the NFL when they signed LSU's Heisman Trophy winner, All-America running back Billy Cannon. Cannon joined other Oiler offensive stars such as quarterback George Blanda.

Season schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 11 at Oakland Raiders W 37–22
12,703
2 September 18 Los Angeles Chargers W 38-28
20,156
3 September 25 Oakland Raiders L 14-13
16,421
4 Bye week
5 October 9 New York Titans W 27-21
16,151
6 October 16 Dallas Texans W 20-10
19,026
7 October 23, 1960 at New York Titans W 42-28
21,000
8 October 30 at Buffalo Bills L 25-24
23,001
9 November 6 at Denver Broncos W 45–25
14,489
10 November 13 Los Angeles Chargers L 24-21
21,805
11 November 20 Denver Broncos W 20–10
20,778
12 November 25 at Boston Patriots W 24–10
27,123
13 December 4 at Dallas Texans L 24-0
20,000
14 December 11 Buffalo Bills W 31–23
25,247
15 December 18 Boston Patriots W 37–21
22,352

Season standings[edit | edit source]

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*Houston Oilers 10 4 0 .714 379 285
New York Titans 7 7 0 .500 382 399
Buffalo Bills 5 8 1 .385 296 303
Boston Patriots 5 9 0 .357 286 349

Notable Stats[edit | edit source]

Player Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's
George Blanda (HOU) 169 363 46.6 2413 24 22

Postseason[edit | edit source]

AFL Championship Game[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 6 3 7 0 16
Oilers 0 10 7 7 24




Houston Oilers 24, Los Angeles Chargers 16

January 1, 1961 at Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 32,183

Scoring

  • LA – Field goal Agajanian 38 LA 3–0
  • LA – Field goal Agajanian 22 LA 6–0
  • HOU – Smith 17 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 7–6
  • HOU – Field goal Blanda 18 HOU 10–6
  • LA – Field goal Agajanian 27 HOU 10–9
  • HOU – Groman 7 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 17–9
  • LA – Lowe 2 run (Agajanian kick) HOU 17–16
  • HOU – Cannon 88 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 24–16

Awards[edit | edit source]

Sporting News American Football League All-League Team – 1960[edit | edit source]

The American Football League did not have an All-Star game after its first season in 1960, but an All-League team, selected by vote of the AFL players themselves, was published by the Sporting News. In later years, the All-League players were augmented by other All-Stars to form two squads, Eastern and Western, to play in the All-Star Game. The exception was 1965, in which the League Champion Buffalo Bills played against a team of All-Stars from the rest of the League.

Offense[edit | edit source]

Player AFL Team Position AFL Division
Bill Groman Houston Oilers End Eastern
Dave Smith Houston Oilers Fullback Eastern

References[edit | edit source]

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