1980 Houston Oilers season
Head Coach Bum Phillips
Home Field Astrodome
Results
Record 11–5
Place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost Wild Card Game
Timeline
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1979 1981

The 1980 season was the Houston Oilers 21st season and their 11th in the NFL. The franchise scored 295 points while the defense gave up 251 points. Their record of 11 wins and 5 losses resulted in a second place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared twice on Monday Night Football. In their first appearance on Monday Night Football, the Oilers beat the Cleveland Browns 16–7. In their second appearance, the Oilers defeated the New England Patriots 38–34. Earl Campbell would lead the NFL in rushing for the third consecutive year and have four 200 yard rushing games.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
38 Houston Oilers Angelo Fields Offensive Tackle Michigan State University

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Earl Campbell[edit | edit source]

  • In 1980, Earl Campbell had four 200 yard rushing games.
Date Opponent Attempts Yards Touchdowns
Oct. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33 203 0
Oct. 26 Cincinnati Bengals 27 202 2
Nov. 16 Chicago Bears 31 206 0
Dec. 21 Minnesota Vikings 29 203 1

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Game Date Opponent Result Oilers points Opponents Oilers first downs Record Attendance
1 Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers Loss 17 31 16 0–1
54,386
2 Sept. 15 at Cleveland Browns Win 16 7 23 1–1
80,243
3 Sept. 21 Baltimore Colts Win 21 16 27 2–1
47,878
4 Sept. 28 at Cincinnati Bengals Win 13 10 20 3–1
50,413
5 Oct. 5 Seattle Seahawks Loss 7 26 16 3–2
46,860
6 Oct. 12 at Kansas City Chiefs Loss 20 21 21 3–3
75,048
7 Oct. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win 20 14 23 4–3
48,167
8 Oct. 26 Cincinnati Bengals Win 23 3 17 5–3
49,189
9 Nov. 2 at Denver Broncos Win 20 16 23 6–3
74,717
10 Nov. 10 New England Patriots Win 38 34 20 7–3
51,524
11 Nov. 16 at Chicago Bears Win 10 6 20 8–3
59,390
12 Nov. 23 at New York Jets Loss 28 31 28 8–4
52,358
13 Nov. 30 Cleveland Browns Loss 14 17 17 8–5
51,514
14 Dec. 4 Pittsburgh Steelers Win 6 0 13 9–5
53,960
15 Dec. 14 at Green Bay Packers Win 22 3 22 10–5
53,201
16 Dec. 21 Minnesota Vikings Win 20 16 23 11–5
51,064

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Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 11 5 0 .688 357 310
Houston Oilers 11 5 0 .688 295 251
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 352 313
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 244 312

Roster[edit | edit source]

1980 Houston Oilers roster

Quarterbacks

10 Craig Bradshaw
14 Gifford Nielsen
12 Ken Stabler

Running Backs

34 Earl Campbell
26 Rob Carpenter
39 Adger Armstrong
45 Tim Wilson (FB)
47 Ronnie Coleman
42 Boobie Clark

Wide Receivers

84 Billy "Whiteshoes" Johnson
82 Mike Renfro
00 Ken Burrough
85 Carl Roaches
81 Jeff Groth
83 Tim Smith

Tight Ends

86 Mike Barber 87 Dave Casper
88 Rich Caster

Offensive Linemen

55 Carl Mauck C
63 Bob Young G/C
76 Morris Towns T/G
70 Conway Hayman
74 Leon Gray
77 Angelo Fields
60 Ed Fisher

Linebackers

50 Daryl Hunt
51 Ted Thompson
52 Robert Brazile
53 Art Stringer
54 Gregg Bingham
56 Thomas Henderson
57 John Corker
58 David Carter
59 Ted Washitngton

Defensive Linemen

65 Elven Bethea
67 Mike Stensrud
69 Andy Dorris
71 Ken Kennard
78 Curley Culp
79 Charles Davis

Defensive Backs 27 Greg Stemrick
28 Jack Tatum
32 Vernon Perry
33 J.C. Wilson
36 Carter Harwig (WR,K,P)
79 Charles Davis

Special Teams 16 Toni Fritsch K
18 Clifford Parsley P,QB

Reserve Lists

5 Chester Marcol K

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Postseason[edit | edit source]

AFC Wild Card[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 0 0 0 7
Raiders 3 7 0 17 27




Even though the Oilers recorded more yards, more first downs, and more time of possession, the Raiders scored on big plays to win, 27–7.

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

  • Earl Campbell, 3rd 1,000 yard rushing season
  • Earl Campbell, 3rd NFL Rushing Title
  • Earl Campbell, Four 200 Yard Rushing Games (Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov., 16, Dec. 21)

References[edit | edit source]

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