1981 Baltimore Colts season
Baltimore Colts helmet
Head Coach: Mike McCormack
Home Field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 2–14
Place T-4th AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1981 Baltimore Colts season was the 29th season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1981 season with a record of 2 wins and 14 losses, and finished tied for fourth in the AFC East division with the New England Patriots. However the Colts finished ahead of New England in the AFC East based on head-to-head sweep (2–0). The victories over New England occurred on the first and last games of the season; Baltimore lost 14 games in between victories.

The Colts defense had one of the worst seasons in NFL history, setting records for points (533) and yards (6,783) allowed. The Colts gave up more than twice as many points as they scored (259). Conversely, the Patriots, with whom they were tied in the AFC East, only gave up 48 more points than they scored.

The Colts' -274 point differential (points scored vs. points allowed) is the second-worst since the 1970 merger, second only to the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who finished 0-14.[1] The 1981 Colts are one of only two teams in NFL history to play in 11 games in a single season in which they never led at any point in the game.[2]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 at New England Patriots W 29–28 1–0 Schaeffer Stadium
49,572
2 September 13, 1981 Buffalo Bills L 3–35 1–1 Memorial Stadium
44,950
3 September 20, 1981 at Denver Broncos L 10–28 1–2 Mile High Stadium
74,804
4 September 27, 1981 Miami Dolphins L 28–31 1–3 Memorial Stadium
41,630
5 October 4, 1981 at Buffalo Bills L 17–23 1–4 Rich Stadium
77,811
6 October 11, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals L 19–41 1–5 Memorial Stadium
33,060
7 October 18, 1981 San Diego Chargers L 14–43 1–6 Memorial Stadium
41,921
8 October 25, 1981 at Cleveland Browns L 28–42 1–7 Cleveland Stadium
78,986
9 November 1, 1981 at Miami Dolphins L 10–27 1–8 Orange Bowl
46,061
10 November 8, 1981 New York Jets L 14–41 1–9 Memorial Stadium
31,521
11 November 15, 1981 at Philadelphia Eagles L 13–38 1–10 Veterans Stadium
68,618
12 November 22, 1981 St. Louis Cardinals L 24–35 1–11 Memorial Stadium
24,784
13 November 29, 1981 at New York Jets L 0–25 1–12 Shea Stadium
53,593
14 December 6, 1981 Dallas Cowboys L 13–37 1–13 Memorial Stadium
54,871
15 December 13, 1981 at Washington Redskins L 14–38 1–14 RFK Stadium
46,706
16 December 20, 1981 New England Patriots W 23–21 2–14 Memorial Stadium
17,073

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Miami Dolphins 11 4 1 .719 345 275
New York Jets 10 5 1 .656 355 287
Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 311 276
Baltimore Colts 2 14 0 .125 259 533
New England Patriots 2 14 0 .125 322 370

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Records set[edit | edit source]

  • Most Points Allowed, Season, 533
  • Most Touchdowns Allowed, Season, 68
  • Most First Downs Allowed Season, 406
  • Most Yards Allowed, Season, 6,793
  • Fewest Punt Returns, Season, 12

References[edit | edit source]

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