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Baltimore Colts 1981 Dredging For Gold
Baltimore Colts 1981 Dredging For Gold
Published: 2013/09/15
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1981 Colts at Browns Game 8
1981 Colts at Browns Game 8
Published: 2017/01/02
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1982 12 19 Green Bay Packers vs Baltimore Colts
1982 12 19 Green Bay Packers vs Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/05/16
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1981 Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Colts - 2 - David Humm
1981 Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Colts - 2 - David Humm
Published: 2017/02/10
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1981 Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Colts - 1 - Glenn Carano
1981 Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Colts - 1 - Glenn Carano
Published: 2017/02/10
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Colts 1977 Yearbook
Colts 1977 Yearbook
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Colts 1967 Yearbook
Published: 2017/04/10
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Colts 75-77
Colts 75-77
Published: 2017/02/17
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Baltimore Colts vs Miami Dolphins 1982
Baltimore Colts vs Miami Dolphins 1982
Published: 2017/06/07
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1979 Cleveland Browns 13 Baltimore Colts 10
1979 Cleveland Browns 13 Baltimore Colts 10
Published: 2016/01/18
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1983 BRONCOS COLTS 2ND HALF
1983 BRONCOS COLTS 2ND HALF
Published: 2015/05/24
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America's Game 1970 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Desmond Amy
The History of the Baltimore Colts
The History of the Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/05/23
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1980 Browns vs Colts part 1
1980 Browns vs Colts part 1
Published: 2016/12/21
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NFL Today - December 26, 1977 (divisional playoffs) "Ghost to the Post"
NFL Today - December 26, 1977 (divisional playoffs) "Ghost to the Post"
Published: 2016/09/30
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1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17
1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17
Published: 2017/02/26
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1975 Colts @ Giants GOTW  [12-7 75]
1975 Colts @ Giants GOTW [12-7 75]
Published: 2017/04/06
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1970 Baltimore Colts
1970 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/04/28
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1969 Baltimore Colts
1969 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/04/28
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1980 Baltimore Colts
1980 Baltimore Colts
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1983 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/04/28
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1978-11-08 Washington Redskins vs Baltimore Colts
1978-11-08 Washington Redskins vs Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/03/27
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1983 NFL Week 1 Baltimore Colts vs New England Patriots
1983 NFL Week 1 Baltimore Colts vs New England Patriots
Published: 2017/05/07
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1983 Colts at Browns Game 13
1983 Colts at Browns Game 13
Published: 2017/01/04
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Colts Crusade - The Story Of The 1970 Baltimore Colts - 1080p/60fps
Colts Crusade - The Story Of The 1970 Baltimore Colts - 1080p/60fps
Published: 2017/05/04
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1977 Baltimore Colts
1977 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/04/28
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1978 Baltimore Colts @ Dallas Cowboys - 1 - Mike Kirkland
1978 Baltimore Colts @ Dallas Cowboys - 1 - Mike Kirkland
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: MuseumOfObscure NFLQBs
Bert Jones - Colts - 1979 - 2 Weeks 8, 9 and 10
Bert Jones - Colts - 1979 - 2 Weeks 8, 9 and 10
Published: 2010/03/12
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GOTW   1977 Oakland Raiders vs Baltimore Colts
GOTW 1977 Oakland Raiders vs Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/04/28
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1978 Cleveland Browns 45 Baltimore Colts 24
1978 Cleveland Browns 45 Baltimore Colts 24
Published: 2016/05/06
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Bert Jones - Colts - 8 1978 - Weeks 3 and 10
Bert Jones - Colts - 8 1978 - Weeks 3 and 10
Published: 2010/03/13
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Former Baltimore Colts players reflect on 30 years
Former Baltimore Colts players reflect on 30 years
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore
1980 Browns at Colts Game 10
1980 Browns at Colts Game 10
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Comrade Dobler
America
America's Game - Missing Rings - 1968 Baltimore Colts - Earl Morrall - Mike Curtis - Jimmy Orr
Published: 2012/11/17
Channel: Rusty Brewer
1979 NFL Week 12 Baltimore Colts vs New England Patriots
1979 NFL Week 12 Baltimore Colts vs New England Patriots
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: Timothy Donovan
1970 Baltimore Colts - Colts Crusade LP (3 of 4)
1970 Baltimore Colts - Colts Crusade LP (3 of 4)
Published: 2013/06/23
Channel: Rusty Brewer
OU Legend "Joe Washington" | Learn More Information About Tulsa Sports Charities
OU Legend "Joe Washington" | Learn More Information About Tulsa Sports Charities
Published: 2012/12/20
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John Saunders is Dead HD Version
Published: 2016/08/11
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A Visit with Autry Beamon
A Visit with Autry Beamon
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: Seattle Seahawks Legends
Remembering Michael Ansara, Dick Kazmaier, Art Donovan, Cowboy Jack Clement
Remembering Michael Ansara, Dick Kazmaier, Art Donovan, Cowboy Jack Clement
Published: 2013/08/21
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George Blanda Hall of Fame Football Quarterback and Kicker
George Blanda Hall of Fame Football Quarterback and Kicker
Published: 2017/04/03
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1986 San Diego Chargers @ Philadelphia Eagles - 1 - Mark Herrmann
1986 San Diego Chargers @ Philadelphia Eagles - 1 - Mark Herrmann
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: MuseumOfObscure NFLQBs
John Elway: Short Biography, Net Worth & Career Highlights
John Elway: Short Biography, Net Worth & Career Highlights
Published: 2017/05/31
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1970 Baltimore Colts - Colts Crusade LP (1 of 4)
1970 Baltimore Colts - Colts Crusade LP (1 of 4)
Published: 2013/06/23
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Official Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Highlights Rocky Intro | Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme)
Official Philadelphia Eagles 2014 Highlights Rocky Intro | Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme)
Published: 2014/10/10
Channel: Further A.M.
Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: 2006 AFC Championship | Patriots vs Colts | NFL Full Game
Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: 2006 AFC Championship | Patriots vs Colts | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/09/09
Channel: NFL
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America's Game 2012 Baltimore Ravens
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Edgar Soto
1981 49ers.
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Published: 2016/04/20
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1981 Baltimore Colts season
Head coach Mike McCormack
General manager Dick Szymanski
Owner Robert Irsay
Home field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 2–14
Division place T-4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1981 Baltimore Colts season was the 29th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Colts finished the NFL's 1981 season with a record of 2 wins and 14 losses, and 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. They also won the two games by a combined 3 points, winning 29-28 the first time, and 23-21 the second time.

The Colts defense had one of the worst seasons in NFL history, setting records for points (533) and yards (6,793) allowed. (The yardage record was later surpassed by the 2012 New Orleans Saints, who allowed 7,042.) 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' pass defense surrendered a staggering 8.19 yards-per-dropback, the most surrendered by any team in NFL history.[1]

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.[2] The 1981 Colts and the 1990 New England Patriots are the only NFL teams since 1940 to have 11 losses in a season in which they never had a lead.[3] The Colts allowed 40 points in 4 separate games during the season, still an NFL record today.

The season included a bizarre incident in which, during the Colts' 38-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 1981, team owner Bob Irsay called plays from the coaches' booth. Quarterback Bert Jones told Sports Illustrated in 1986: "[Irsay] couldn't have told you how many players there were on the field, never mind what plays we had. All he was trying to do was embarrass the coaches and the players. When he told me to run, I threw. When he told me to throw left, I ran right."[4]

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Staff[edit]

1981 Baltimore Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – George Boutselis


Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 at New England Patriots W 29–28 1–0 Schaefer 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]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(2) 11 4 1 .719 5–2–1 8–3–1 345 275 W4
New York Jets(4) 10 5 1 .656 6–1–1 8–5–1 355 287 W2
Buffalo Bills(5) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 9–3 311 276 L1
Baltimore Colts 2 14 0 .125 2–6 2–10 259 533 W1
New England Patriots 2 14 0 .125 0–8 2–10 322 370 L9

Records set[edit]

  • Most Points Allowed, Season, 533
  • Worst Point Differential, 16-game season, −274
  • Most First-Half Points Allowed, 16-game season, 307[5]
  • Most Touchdowns Allowed, Season, 68
  • Most First Downs Allowed Season, 406
  • Fewest Punt Returns, Season, 12

[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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