1976 Houston Oilers season
Head Coach Bum Phillips
Home Field Astrodome
Results
Record 5–9
Place 4th AFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1975 1977

The 1976 Houston Oilers season was the 17th season overall and seventh with the league. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 10–4, winning only five games,[1] They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Finishing one game ahead of the upstart Cleveland Browns, they came in third, in what became the NFL's toughest division that year. So they lost out on an opportunity to win the division title or secure a wild-card spot based upon a tie-breaker situation where both the Steelers and Bengals had better division and/or conference records.

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–0
42,228
2 September 19, 1976 at Buffalo Bills W 13–3
61,364
3 September 26, 1976 Oakland Raiders L 14-13
42,338
4 October 3, 1976 at New Orleans Saints W 31–26
51,973
5 October 10, 1976 Denver Broncos W 17–3
45,928
6 October 17, 1976 at San Diego Chargers L 30–27
31,565
7 October 24, 1976 Cincinnati Bengals L 27–7
45,499
8 November 1, 1976 at Baltimore Colts L 38–14
60,020
9 November 7, 1976 Cleveland Browns L 21–7
39,828
10 November 14, 1976 at Cincinnati Bengals L 31–27
53,243
11 November 21, 1976 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 32–16
47,947
12 November 28, 1976 Atlanta Falcons W 20–14
25,838
13 December 5, 1976 at Cleveland Browns L 13–10
56,025
14 December 11, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–0
44,743

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 4 0 .714 342 138 W-9
Cincinnati Bengals 10 4 0 .714 335 210 W-1
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 267 287 L-1
Houston Oilers 5 9 0 .357 222 273 L-2

References[edit | edit source]

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