1992 Houston Oilers season
Head Coach Jack Pardee
Home Field Astrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Wildcard Playoff
Timeline
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1991 1993

The 1992 Houston Oilers season was the team's 33rd season, and their 23rd in the NFL.

The Oilers reached the playoffs for the 6th consecutive season, which was the longest such streak in the NFL at the time. (They would extend that to seven straight playoff appearances the next season.)

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Staff[edit | edit source]

1992 Houston Oilers final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Richard Smith

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson

Roster[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers L 29–24
63,713
2 September 13, 1992 at Indianapolis Colts W 20–10
44,851
3 September 20, 1992 Kansas City Chiefs W 23–20
60,955
4 September 27, 1992 San Diego Chargers W 27–0
57,491
5 Bye week
6 October 11, 1992 at Cincinnati Bengals W 38–24
54,254
7 October 18, 1992 at Denver Broncos L 27–21
74,827
8 October 25, 1992 Cincinnati Bengals W 26–10
58,701
9 November 1, 1992 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–20
58,074
10 November 8, 1992 Cleveland Browns L 24–14
57,348
11 November 15, 1992 at Minnesota Vikings W 17–13
56,726
12 November 22, 1992 at Miami Dolphins L 19–16
63,597
13 November 26, 1992 at Detroit Lions W 24–21
73,711
14 December 7, 1992 Chicago Bears W 24–7
62,193
15 December 13, 1992 Green Bay Packers L 16–14
57,285
16 December 20, 1992 at Cleveland Browns W 17–14
59,898
17 December 27, 1992 Buffalo Bills W 27–3
61,742

Standings[edit | edit source]

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 299 225
Houston Oilers 10 6 0 .625 352 258
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 272 275
Cincinnati Bengals 5 11 0 .313 274 364

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

AFC Wildcard[edit | edit source]

The Oilers held a 35-3 lead on the Buffalo Bills. Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich led the Bills on a 35–3 run in the second half and overtime against the Oilers defense en route to a 41–38 overtime victory. The game is the largest comeback in NFL history, regular or postseason. Houston, whose 1992 team some believed gave them their best chance to win the Super Bowl, made several sweeping changes in the offseason.

Defensive coordinator Jim Eddy was fired shortly after the game. Oilers cornerback Chris Dishman called it "the biggest choke in history,"[1]

According to statistics site Football Outsiders, who does play-by-play analyses of each team each season, the Oilers were the best team in the AFC at the end of the 1992 season. "So if you are a Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans fan," says the site, "who agonizes over the Frank Reich comeback game blowing your franchise's best shot at a Super Bowl title, well, here's another opportunity to feel sad."[2]


Scoring summary

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 21 7 3 {{{RTotal}}}
Bills 3 0 28 7 {{{HTotal}}}


  • HOU – Jeffires 3-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 7–0 HOU
  • BUF – FG Christie 36-yards 7–3 HOU
  • HOU – Slaughter 7-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 14–3 HOU
  • HOU – Duncan 26-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 21–3 HOU
  • HOU – Jeffires 27-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 28–3 HOU
  • HOU – McDowell 58-yard interception return (Del Greco kick) 35–3 HOU
  • BUF – K. Davis 1-yard run (Christie kick) 35–10 HOU
  • BUF – Beebe 38-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–17 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 26-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–24 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 18-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–31 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 17-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 38–35 BUF
  • HOU – FG Del Greco 26-yards 38–38 tie
  • BUF – FG Christie 32-yards 41–38 BUF

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. JOHN McCLAIN, ""WE CHOKED'/Oilers squander 32-point lead in historic 41-38 loss to Bills"|Houston Chronicle, 4 January, 1993|Retrieved 8 January 2012
  2. Football Outsiders: 1992 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450

External links[edit | edit source]

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