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1988 Houston Oilers season
Head Coach Jerry Glanville
Home Field Astrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Place 3rd AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff (at Bills) 10-17
Timeline
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The 1988 season was the Houston Oilers 29th season and their 19th in the NFL. The franchise scored 424 points, which was second in the AFC and second overall in the NFL. The defense gave up 365 points. Their record of 10 wins and 6 losses resulted in a third place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared once on Monday Night Football and appeared in the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Warren Moon would be selected for the Pro Bowl.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Personnel

Staff

1988 Houston Oilers final staff
Front Office
  • Owner/Chairman of the Board/President – Bud Adams
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Ladd Herzeg

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Quarterbacks – June Jones
  • Running Backs – Ray Sherman
  • Receivers – Milt Jackson
  • Tight Ends – Richard Smith
  • Offensive Line – Kim Helton
  Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Line – Doug Shively
  • Linebackers – Floyd Reese
  • Secondary – Nick Saban

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Richard Smith

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson

Roster

1988 Houston Oilers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

  • 80 Curtis Duncan
  • 81 Ernest Givins
  • 85 Drew Hill
  • 84 Haywood Jeffires

Tight ends

  • 88 Chris Verhulst
  • 87 Jamie Williams
Offensive linemen
  • 77 Bruce Davis T
  • 74 Bruce Matthews G
  • 63 Mike Munchak G
  • 52 Jay Pennison C
  • 70 Dean Steinkuhler T
  • 75 Vince Stroth G

Defensive linemen

  • 97 Robert Banks DE
  • 71 Richard Byrd DT
  • 79 Ray Childress DT
  • 95 William Fuller DE
  • 96 Sean Jones DE
  • 99 Doug Smith DT
Linebackers
  • 59 John Grimsley OLB
  • 93 Robert Lyles
  • 91 Johnny Meads OLB
  • 53 Eugene Seale MLB
  • 54 Al Smith MLB

Defensive backs

  • 29 Patrick Allen CB
  • 25 Keith Bostic SS
  • 24 Steve Brown CB
  • 28 Cris Dishman CB
  • 21 Tracey Eaton S
  • 27 Quintin Jones
  • 23 Richard Johnson CB

Special teams

  • 9 Greg Montgomery P
  • 7 Tony Zendejas K
Reserve lists


Practice/Taxi Squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 at Indianapolis Colts W 17–14
57,251
2 September 11, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders W 38–35
46,050
3 September 18, 1988 at New York Jets L 45–3
64,683
4 September 25, 1988 New England Patriots W 31–6
38,646
5 October 2, 1988 at Philadelphia Eagles L 32–23
64,692
6 October 9, 1988 Kansas City Chiefs W 7–6
39,134
7 October 16, 1988 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–14
52,229
8 October 23, 1988 at Cincinnati Bengals L 44–21
54,659
9 October 30, 1988 Washington Redskins W 41–17
48,781
10 November 7, 1988 Cleveland Browns W 24–17
51,467
11 November 13, 1988 at Seattle Seahawks L 27–24
60,446
12 November 20, 1988 Phoenix Cardinals W 38–20
43,843
13 November 24, 1988 at Dallas Cowboys W 25–17
50,845
14 December 4, 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers L 37–34
47,791
15 December 11, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals W 41–6
50,269
16 December 18, 1988 at Cleveland Browns L 28–23
74,610

Standings

1988 AFC Central standings
Team W L T PCT PF PA Streak
Cincinnati Bengals 12 4 0 .750 448 329 W1
Cleveland Browns 10 6 0 .625 304 288 W1
Houston Oilers 10 6 0 .625 424 365 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 11 0 .313 336 421 W1

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 24, 1988 at Cleveland Browns W 24–23
74,977
Divisional January 1, 1989 at Buffalo Bills L 17–10
79,532

Awards and records

  • Warren Moon, Pro Bowl
  • Warren Moon, All-Pro selection

Milestones

  • Drew Hill, 3rd 1,000 Yard Receiving Season (1,141)

References

External links

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