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1981 Colts at Browns Game 8
1981 Colts at Browns Game 8
Published: 2017/01/02
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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 Baltimore Colts season Top  #10 Facts
1981 Baltimore Colts season Top #10 Facts
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: Trisha Jignesh
Roger Carr Baltimore Colts # 81
Roger Carr Baltimore Colts # 81
Published: 2011/09/05
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1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17
1980 Steelers 20 at Colts 17
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: Tim McMillen
Colts 1995 Yearbook [Fight to the Finish]
Colts 1995 Yearbook [Fight to the Finish]
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
America
America's Game 1970 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Desmond Amy
1980 Browns vs Colts part 1
1980 Browns vs Colts part 1
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: John Castro
Super Bowl III: "Joe Namath
Super Bowl III: "Joe Namath's Guarantee" | Jets vs Colts | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/11/22
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1982-12-19 Green Bay Packers vs Baltimore Colts
1982-12-19 Green Bay Packers vs Baltimore Colts
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: classicsportsvids
1980 Browns at Colts Game 10
1980 Browns at Colts Game 10
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Comrade Dobler
1975 Colts @ Giants GOTW  [12-7 75]
1975 Colts @ Giants GOTW [12-7 75]
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
Bert Jones - Colts - 1978 - Week 10 - (TV 1 of ??)
Bert Jones - Colts - 1978 - Week 10 - (TV 1 of ??)
Published: 2010/09/26
Channel: joneseracolts
1972 Baltimore Colts season Top  #5 Facts
1972 Baltimore Colts season Top #5 Facts
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: Trisha Jignesh
Colts 1967 Yearbook
Colts 1967 Yearbook
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
1983 Colts at Browns Game 13
1983 Colts at Browns Game 13
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Comrade Dobler
1978-11-08 Washington Redskins vs Baltimore Colts
1978-11-08 Washington Redskins vs Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: classicsportsvids
Colts 1977 Yearbook
Colts 1977 Yearbook
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
One-on-One with Baltimore Colts Quarterback Bert Jones
One-on-One with Baltimore Colts Quarterback Bert Jones
Published: 2013/02/10
Channel: ThePostGameAthletes
1971 Colts @ Dolphins  GOTW  [11-21-71]
1971 Colts @ Dolphins GOTW [11-21-71]
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: CURTIS EAKER
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
1971 Week 6 MNF Baltimore Colts @ Minnesota Vikings
1971 Week 6 MNF Baltimore Colts @ Minnesota Vikings
Published: 2017/07/31
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Bert Jones - Colts - 1979 - 2 Weeks 8, 9 and 10
Bert Jones - Colts - 1979 - 2 Weeks 8, 9 and 10
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: ondatra428
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
1979 Cleveland Browns 13 Baltimore Colts 10
1979 Cleveland Browns 13 Baltimore Colts 10
Published: 2016/01/18
Channel: Crazy Cav
Dark Days: When the Colts Left Baltimore
Dark Days: When the Colts Left Baltimore
Published: 2011/03/30
Channel: ABC 2 News - WMAR
Vince Bagli on the move of the Baltimore Colts
Vince Bagli on the move of the Baltimore Colts
Published: 2009/03/26
Channel: wbalam
1970 09 28 Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Colts
1970 09 28 Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Colts
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: classicsportsvids
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
Baltimore Colts Band on the news
Baltimore Colts Band on the news
Published: 2009/06/20
Channel: butchybull
1963 Oakland Raiders vs. 1968 Baltimore Colts
1963 Oakland Raiders vs. 1968 Baltimore Colts
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: Chad Smith
1970 Baltimore Colts - Colts Crusade LP (4 of 4)
1970 Baltimore Colts - Colts Crusade LP (4 of 4)
Published: 2013/06/23
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Baltimore Colts Marching Band -  Sundays at 2:00 - The Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum on 33rd St.
Baltimore Colts Marching Band - Sundays at 2:00 - The Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum on 33rd St.
Published: 2013/08/18
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Baltimore Colts Fight Song
Baltimore Colts Fight Song
Published: 2014/10/13
Channel: zz bottom
1959 NFL Championship New York Giants at Baltimore Colts Radio Broadcast
1959 NFL Championship New York Giants at Baltimore Colts Radio Broadcast
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: stpaulimdog
America
America's Game 2006 Indianapolis Colts
Published: 2017/03/18
Channel: Desmond Amy
Baltimore Colts Training Camp 1960s
Baltimore Colts Training Camp 1960s
Published: 2010/11/27
Channel: thecelebratedmisterk
RIP Art Donovan...Baltimore Colts Legend
RIP Art Donovan...Baltimore Colts Legend
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: ThaSportsJunkies101
Action TV Rentals  (Baltimore) ad with Sanders Shiver from 1981
Action TV Rentals (Baltimore) ad with Sanders Shiver from 1981
Published: 2016/01/02
Channel: VintageCommercials
2009-11-15 New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts
2009-11-15 New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts
Published: 2017/04/03
Channel: classicsportsvids
Steve Stonebreaker NFL Linebacker
Steve Stonebreaker NFL Linebacker
Published: 2016/01/10
Channel: Linda Stonebreaker
March 12, 1984 - Colts Owner Bob Irsay Mulls Possible Move from Baltimore
March 12, 1984 - Colts Owner Bob Irsay Mulls Possible Move from Baltimore
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: TheClassicSports
Baltimore Colts art and uniform history
Baltimore Colts art and uniform history
Published: 2010/08/04
Channel: Scott Sillcox
America
America's Game 2001 New England Patriots
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: Desmond Amy
1981 Topps Coke Baltimore Colts Football 11 Card Set
1981 Topps Coke Baltimore Colts Football 11 Card Set
Published: 2015/02/02
Channel: Dakota Treasure Hunter
America
America's Game Missing Rings 1998 Minnesota Vikings
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: Desmond Amy
America
America's Game Missing Rings 1981 San Diego Chargers
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Desmond Amy
Super Bowl III - New York Jets vs  Baltimore Colts slideshow - AFL vs. NFL - Segue Commercials
Super Bowl III - New York Jets vs Baltimore Colts slideshow - AFL vs. NFL - Segue Commercials
Published: 2013/06/03
Channel: Rusty Brewer
1983 BRONCOS vs COLTS 2ND HALF
1983 BRONCOS vs COLTS 2ND HALF
Published: 2015/05/24
Channel: Bruce Parkes
History of the Baltimore Colts (1953-1983)
History of the Baltimore Colts (1953-1983)
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: Sports Fanatics
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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]

Staff[edit]

1981 Baltimore Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – George Boutselis


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

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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