1989 Houston Oilers season

1989 Houston Oilers season
Owner Bud Adams
Head coach Jerry Glanville
General manager Mike Holovak
Home field Houston Astrodome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Steelers) 23–26 (OT)
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The 1989 Houston Oilers season was the franchise's 30th season and their 20th in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise scored 365 points while the defense gave up 412 points. Their record of 9 wins and 7 losses resulted in a second-place finish in the AFC Central Division. The Oilers appeared once on Monday Night Football and appeared in the playoffs for the third consecutive year. It would be Jerry Glanville’s final year as the Oilers coach. Despite making the playoffs, the Oilers, like their arch rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, had a negative point differential, making them the first teams since the 1984 Giants with this distinction.

Offseason

NFL draft

1989 Houston Oilers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 23 David Williams  Offensive tackle Florida
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

1989 Houston Oilers staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman of the Board/President – Bud Adams
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mike Holovak

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson

Roster

1989 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

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 10 at Minnesota Vikings L 7–38 0–1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 54,015
2 September 17 at San Diego Chargers W 34–27 1–1 Jack Murphy Stadium 42,013
3 September 24 Buffalo Bills L 41–47 1–2 Astrodome 57,278
4 October 1 Miami Dolphins W 39–7 2–2 Astrodome 53,326
5 October 8 at New England Patriots L 13–23 2–3 Sullivan Stadium 59,828
6 October 15 at Chicago Bears W 33–28 3–3 Soldier Field 64,383
7 October 22 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–0 4–3 Astrodome 59,091
8 October 29 at Cleveland Browns L 17–28 4–4 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 78,765
9 November 5 Detroit Lions W 35–31 5–4 Astrodome 48,056
10 November 13 Cincinnati Bengals W 26–24 6–4 Astrodome 60,694
11 November 19 Los Angeles Raiders W 23–7 7–4 Astrodome 59,198
12 November 26 at Kansas City Chiefs L 0–34 7–5 Astrodome 51,342
13 December 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–16 8–5 Three Rivers Stadium 40,541
14 December 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–17 9–5 Astrodome 54,532
15 December 17 at Cincinnati Bengals L 7–61 9–6 Riverfront Stadium 47,510
16 December 23 Cleveland Browns L 20–24 9–7 Astrodome 58,852

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 31, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers L 26–23
58,406

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns(2) 9 6 1 .594 3–3 6–5–1 334 254 W2
Houston Oilers(4) 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 365 412 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers(5) 9 7 0 .563 1–5 6–6 265 326 W3
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 404 285 L1

Game summaries

Week 3

Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Houston Oilers (1-1)
1 2 3 4 OT Total
β€’ Bills 10 10 7 14 6 47
Oilers 7 3 14 17 0 41


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Playoffs

AFC Wildcard Game

Steelers defensive back Rod Woodson recovered a fumble to set up Gary Anderson's winning 51-yard field goal in overtime to give Pittsburgh the win. The Steelers scored first with running back Tim Worley's 1-yard rushing touchdown. But from that point on until the fourth quarter, the two teams exchanged 6 field goals. In the final period, Oilers quarterback Warren Moon, who finished the game with 315 passing yards, threw two touchdowns to wide receiver Ernest Givins, an 18-yarder and a 9-yarder. However, Pittsburgh running back Merrill Hoge tied the game on a 2-yard rushing touchdown with 46 seconds left in regulation.

Hoge finished the game with 100 rushing yards on just 17 carries, along with 3 receptions for 26 yards.

Awards and records

  • Ray Childress, 1989 AFC Pro Bowl selection
  • Warren Moon, Pro Bowl
  • Warren Moon, All-Pro selection
  • Warren Moon, Man of the Year

Milestones

  • Warren Moon, 1st 400 Yard Passing Game (414)

References

  1. ^ "1989 Houston Oilers draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. ^ [1]. Retrieved 2021-Jun-05.

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