1983 Houston Oilers season

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1983 Houston Oilers season
Owner Bud Adams
Head coach Ed Biles
Chuck Studley (interim)
General manager Ladd Herzeg
Home field Houston Astrodome
Results
Record2–14
Division place4th AFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1983 Houston Oilers season was the 24th season overall and 14th with the National Football League (NFL). The team improved upon their previous season's output of 1–8, winning two games, [1] but failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The 460 points allowed by the team are the most given up by the team in franchise history. [2]

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The week 13 game against Tampa Bay, in which both teams had 1–11 records, was nicknamed the "Repus Bowl". Steve Wulf wrote of the game, "Yes, this was the Small One, the battle of the beatens, the movable object meeting the resistible force. There were only tomorrows. When these two teams get together, nothing can happen. This game was for a marble." [3] Tampa Bay won the game 33-24.

Offseason

NFL draft

1983 Houston Oilers draft
RoundPickPlayerPositionCollegeNotes
19 Bruce Matthews  *   Guard USC
      Made roster        Pro Football Hall of Fame     *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[4]

Personnel

Staff

1983 Houston Oilers staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman of the Board/President – Bud Adams
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Ladd Herzeg

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Vic Rapp

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bill Allerheiligen

Roster

1983 Houston Oilers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueRecap
1September 4 Green Bay Packers L 38–41 (OT)0–1 Astrodome Recap
2September 11at Los Angeles Raiders L 6–200–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
3September 18 Pittsburgh Steelers L 28–400–3Astrodome Recap
4September 25at Buffalo Bills L 13–300–4 Rich Stadium Recap
5October 2at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–170–5 Three Rivers Stadium Recap
6October 9 Denver Broncos L 14–260–6Astrodome Recap
7October 16at Minnesota Vikings L 14–340–7 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
8October 23 Kansas City Chiefs L 10–13 (OT)0–8Astrodome Recap
9October 30at Cleveland Browns L 19–25 (OT)0–9 Cleveland Stadium Recap
10November 6 Cincinnati Bengals L 14–550–10Astrodome Recap
11November 13 Detroit Lions W 27–171–10Astrodome Recap
12November 20at Cincinnati Bengals L 10–381–11 Riverfront Stadium Recap
13November 27at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–331–12 Tampa Stadium Recap
14December 4 Miami Dolphins L 17–241–13Astrodome Recap
15December 11 Cleveland Browns W 34–272–13Astrodome Recap
16December 18at Baltimore Colts L 10–202–14 Memorial Stadium Recap

Season summary

Week 1 vs Packers

Week One: Green Bay Packers (0–0) at Houston Oilers (0–0)
1234OTTotal
Packers72137341
Oilers100721038

at Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Standings

AFC Central
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
Pittsburgh Steelers (3)1060.6254–28–4355303L1
Cleveland Browns 970.5633–37–5356342W1
Cincinnati Bengals 790.4384–24–8346302L1
Houston Oilers 2140.1251–51–11288460L1

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