1982 NFL season

The 1982 NFL season was the 63rd regular season of the National Football League. A 57-day-long players' strike reduced the 1982 season from a 16-game schedule per team to an abbreviated nine game schedule. Because of the shortened season, the NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; division standings were ignored (although each division except the NFC West sent at least two teams to the playoffs, and the NFC Central sent four of five). Eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8 based on their regular season records. Two teams qualified for the playoffs despite losing records (the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions). The season ended with Super Bowl XVII when the Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17 at the Rose Bowl.

Before the season, a verdict was handed down against the league in the trial brought by the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum back in 1980. The jury ruled that the NFL violated antitrust laws when it declined to approve the proposed move by the team from Oakland to Los Angeles. Thus, the league was forced to let the officially renamed Los Angeles Raiders play in the second largest city in the United States, returning football to the Los Angeles area proper following a two-year absence (the Los Angeles Rams left the Coliseum for Anaheim Stadium in Orange County in 1980).

For the start of the 1982 season, the Minnesota Vikings moved from Metropolitan Stadium to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

1982 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 12 – January 3, 1983
A player's strike shortened the regular season to 9 games.
Start dateJanuary 8, 1983
AFC ChampionsMiami Dolphins
NFC ChampionsWashington Redskins
Super Bowl XVII
DateJanuary 30, 1983
SiteRose Bowl, Pasadena, California
ChampionsWashington Redskins
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 6, 1983
SiteAloha Stadium
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 09 - Mark Murphy (cropped)
The Redskins playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

Major rule changes

  • The penalty for incidental grabbing of a facemask that is committed by the defensive team was 5 yards and an automatic first down. Now the automatic first down is omitted.
  • The penalties for illegally kicking, batting, or punching the ball are changed from 15 yards to 10 yards.
  • The league discontinued the 1979 numbering system for officials, with officials numbered separately by position, and reverted to the original system where each NFL official was assigned a different number. Also the officials' position was now abbreviated on the back of the uniform instead of being spelled out.
  • This was the first season that the NFL began having the sack as an official statistic.
  • For the first time all Sunday afternoon games began in one of two windows: 1:00 p.m. ET for early games, or 4:00 p.m. for late games. From 1970-81, most games began at 1 p.m. local time regardless of the home team, (except in Denver, where the Broncos kicked off at 2 p.m. MT). An exception to this rule was made for the Baltimore Colts, who were forced to begin no earlier than 2 p.m. Eastern due to a Baltimore ordinance which prohibited sporting events from beginning prior to that hour on Sundays. That ordinance was cited by owner Robert Irsay as a burden and as one of the factors for moving the franchise to Indianapolis in 1984.

Final standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

Clinched playoff seeds are marked in parentheses and shaded in green

(1) Los Angeles Raiders 8 1 0 .889 260 200
(2) Miami Dolphins 7 2 0 .778 198 131
(3) Cincinnati Bengals 7 2 0 .778 232 177
(4) Pittsburgh Steelers 6 3 0 .667 204 146
(5) San Diego Chargers 6 3 0 .667 288 221
(6) New York Jets 6 3 0 .667 245 166
(7) New England Patriots 5 4 0 .556 143 157
(8) Cleveland Browns 4 5 0 .444 140 182
Buffalo Bills 4 5 0 .444 150 154
Seattle Seahawks 4 5 0 .444 127 147
Kansas City Chiefs 3 6 0 .333 176 184
Denver Broncos 2 7 0 .222 148 226
Houston Oilers 1 8 0 .111 136 245
Baltimore Colts 0 8 1 .056 113 236
(1) Washington Redskins 8 1 0 .889 190 128
(2) Dallas Cowboys 6 3 0 .667 226 145
(3) Green Bay Packers 5 3 1 .611 226 169
(4) Minnesota Vikings 5 4 0 .556 187 198
(5) Atlanta Falcons 5 4 0 .556 183 199
(6) St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 0 .556 135 170
(7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 4 0 .556 158 178
(8) Detroit Lions 4 5 0 .444 181 176
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250


  • AFC
    • Miami finished ahead of Cincinnati based on better conference record (6–1 to Bengals' 6–2).
    • Pittsburgh finished ahead of San Diego based on better record against common opponents (3–1 to Chargers' 2–1) after N.Y. Jets were bumped to the 6th seed from three-way tie based on conference record (Pittsburgh and San Diego 5–3 to Jets' 2–3).
    • Cleveland finished ahead of Buffalo and Seattle based on better conference record (4–3 to Bills' 3–3 to Seahawks' 3–5).
    • Buffalo finished ahead of Seattle based on better conference record (3–3 to Seahawks' 3–5).
  • NFC


1986 Jeno's Pizza - 16 - Eddie Lee Ivery
The Packers playing against the Cardinals in the 1982 NFC First Round Playoff game.
First RoundSecond RoundConf. Championship GamesSuper Bowl XVII
January 9 – Riverfront Stadium
6) N.Y. Jets44
January 15 – L.A. Memorial Coliseum
3) Cincinnati17
6) N.Y. Jets17
January 8 – L.A. Memorial Coliseum
1) L.A. Raiders14
8) Cleveland10
January 23 – Miami Orange Bowl
1) L.A. Raiders27
6) N.Y. Jets0
January 9 – Three Rivers Stadium
2) Miami14
5) San Diego31
January 16 – Miami Orange Bowl
4) Pittsburgh28
5) San Diego14
January 8 – Miami Orange Bowl
2) Miami34
7) New England13
January 30 – Rose Bowl
2) Miami28
A2) Miami17
January 8 – Lambeau Field
N1) Washington27
6) St. Louis16
January 16 – Texas Stadium
3) Green Bay41
3) Green Bay26
January 9 – Texas Stadium
2) Dallas37
7) Tampa Bay17
January 22 – RFK Stadium
2) Dallas30
2) Dallas17
January 9 – Metrodome
1) Washington31
5) Atlanta24
January 15 – RFK Stadium
4) Minnesota30
4) Minnesota7
January 8 – RFK Stadium
1) Washington21
8) Detroit7
1) Washington31

Bold type indicates the winning team.

Until this season, no team ever reached the post-season with a losing record. The Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions both made playoff appearances with 4–5 records. It would be 28 years before another team with a losing record would make the post-season (however, this would be accomplished in a full season).[1]


Most Valuable Player Mark Moseley, Placekicker, Washington
Coach of the Year Joe Gibbs, Washington
Offensive Player of the Year Dan Fouts, Quarterback, San Diego
Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor, Linebacker, NY Giants
Offensive Rookie of the Year Marcus Allen, Running Back, LA Raiders
Defensive Rookie of the Year Chip Banks, Linebacker, Cleveland
Man of the Year Joe Theismann, Quarterback, Redskins
Comeback Player of the Year Lyle Alzado, Defensive End, LA Raiders
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player John Riggins, Running Back, Washington


The 1982 NFL Draft was held from April 27 to 28, 1982 at New York City's Sheraton Hotel. With the first pick, the New England Patriots selected defensive end Kenneth Sims from the University of Texas.


American Football Conference

National Football Conference


  1. ^ O'Neil, Danny (January 2, 2011), "Seahawks defeat Rams 16–6 to win NFC West title", The Seattle Times, retrieved January 3, 2011
1980 NFL season

The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League.

Prior to the season in March 1980, fellow NFL owners voted against the proposed move by the Raiders from Oakland, California to Los Angeles. Raider team owner Al Davis along with the Los Angeles Coliseum sued the NFL charging that they had violated antitrust laws. A verdict in the trial would not be decided until before the 1982 NFL season; however, the planned move to Los Angeles went through that very season.

Meanwhile, the season ended at Super Bowl XV played on January 25, 1981, in New Orleans, Louisiana, with these same Oakland Raiders defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27–10, making them the first Wild Card team ever to win the Super Bowl.

1982 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1982 Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in a losing season. This season would mark the end of an era under head coach Dick Vermeil. While under Vermeil the Eagles had the most successful period of their existence up to that time, making the playoffs four straight seasons (1978–1981) and having a record of 54–47 in six seasons with Vermeil (1976–1982) while making the Super Bowl in 1980. Vermeil retired due to burnout but would return to coaching in 1997 with the St. Louis Rams and would lead them to a Super Bowl victory in 1999.

1982 Seattle Seahawks season

The 1982 Seattle Seahawks season was the team's seventh season with the National Football League, which was interrupted by a 57-day players strike, which began on September 21, after the second game.

The Seahawks lost their first two games, and three weeks into the strike, head coach Jack Patera and general manager John Thompson were fired on Wednesday, October 13, and Mike McCormack took over as head coach for the remainder of the season.

After the strike ended in November, the Seahawks won twice to even their record at 2–2, then lost a close game to the Los Angeles Raiders. After beating the Bears the next week, the team was upset 16–0 in the Kingdome by the New England Patriots. Seattle finished at 4–5 and missed the expanded playoffs as the second team out in the tiebreaker.

1982 Washington Redskins season

The 1982 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 46th in Washington, D.C.. Although the Redskins lost all their preseason games, they were to advance from an 8–8 record the previous season to become the only team in NFL History to win the Super Bowl after not winning a pre-season game. Only the 1990 Buffalo Bills and the 2000 New York Giants have since made it to the Super Bowl after a winless pre-season.The 1982 NFL season was shortened from sixteen games per team to nine because of a players’ strike. The NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8, and division standings were ignored. Washington had the best record in the NFC, and were the number one seed in the conference for the playoff tournament.

The Redskins marched through the NFC playoffs, beating each of their opponents by an average of 19 points. In a rematch of Washington's only prior Super Bowl appearance ten years prior, the Redskins – in a game famous for Washington's "70 Chip’ play on fourth-and-1 – went on to beat the Miami Dolphins 27–17 to win Super Bowl XVII. It was the Redskins’ first ever Super Bowl victory, and their first NFL Championship in 40 years. Combining the post-season and their first Super Bowl victory, the Redskins finished the season with an overall record of 12–1.

2000 San Diego Chargers season

The 2000 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise’s 31st season in the National Football League (NFL) and the 41st overall and the second under head coach Mike Riley. The Chargers failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 1999, and finished the season 1–15, the worst record of any Chargers team in history. The team lost its first eleven games before their only victory of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs (by one point, which was obtained on a last-second field goal). The Carolina Panthers would match this embarrassment the next year. The 2000 Chargers were also the first team to finish 1–15 and have their only win of the season be at home. Oddly enough, out of the ten teams in NFL history to finish 1–15, only two others had their only win at home (2007 Dolphins and 2016 Browns)

San Diego had a historically inept running attack in 2000; their 1,062 total team rushing yards (66.4 per game) is the lowest total of rushing yards by any team in NFL history in a 16-game season. For perspective, the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season—which was a nine-game schedule—included thirteen teams who rushed for more yards than San Diego did in 2000, and the 1992 Seahawks, who scored only 140 points in 16 games, rushed for 1,596 yards.Despite this, there were a few bright spots; Darren Bennett and Junior Seau would be selected for the Pro Bowl that year.

After their miserable season, the Chargers earned the first overall pick in the next season’s draft. The Chargers would trade that pick to the Falcons and draft LaDainian Tomlinson and also Drew Brees, both of whom would contribute to the Chargers’ success in the middle and late 2000s.

2008 NFL season

The 2008 NFL season was the 89th regular season of the National Football League, themed with the slogan "Believe in Now."

Super Bowl XLIII, the league's championship game, was at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on February 1, 2009, with the Pittsburgh Steelers coming out victorious over the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 and winning their NFL-record sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Conversely, the Detroit Lions became the first NFL team with a winless season since the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season, finishing their season 0–16. For the first time since the NFL expanded to the sixteen game season in 1978, three teams won two or fewer games: the Lions, the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams. Previously two teams won two or fewer games in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1992 and 2001.

The regular season began on September 4 with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants defeating the Washington Redskins 16–7, and concluded with the 2009 Pro Bowl on February 8, 2009, in Honolulu.

Brian Holloway

Brian Douglass Holloway (born July 25, 1959) is a former professional American football offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders from 1981 to 1988. He is the father of David Holloway, who also played professional football.

Dave Simmons (linebacker, born 1957)

Dave Simmons is a former linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1979 NFL Draft and played that season with the team. The following season, he was a member of the Detroit Lions. After a season away from the NFL, he played with the Baltimore Colts during the 1982 NFL season and the Chicago Bears during the 1983 NFL season.

List of Cleveland Browns seasons

The Cleveland Browns were a charter member club of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) when the league was founded in 1946. From 1946 to 1949, the Browns won each of the league’s four championships. The National Football League (NFL) does not recognize the Browns’ AAFC championships, the Pro Football Hall of Fame does recognize the team’s championships, which is reflected in this list. When the AAFC folded in 1949, the Browns were absorbed into the NFL in 1950. The Browns went on to win three NFL championships, nearly dominating the NFL in the 1950s, and won one more NFL championship in 1964. The team has yet to appear in a Super Bowl, however. Overall, the team has won eight championships: four in the AAFC, and four in the NFL.

In 1995, then-Browns owner Art Modell made the decision to move the team from Cleveland, Ohio to Baltimore, Maryland. An agreement between the city of Cleveland and the NFL kept the team’s history, name and colors in Cleveland, while Modell’s new team would be regarded as an expansion team. The Baltimore Ravens would begin play in 1996, and the Browns would return to the league in 1999. For record-keeping purposes, the Browns are considered to have suspended operations from 1996 to 1998, which is reflected in this list. In 2017, the Cleveland Browns became the second team in NFL history to suffer an 0–16 record.

List of Monday Night Football results (1970–89)

Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. From 1970 to 2005, the ABC television network carried these games, with the ESPN cable television network taking over beginning in September 2006. Listed below are games played from 1970 to 1989.

Mel Owens

Mel Tyrae Owens (born December 7, 1958) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at the University of Michigan from 1977 to 1980. He was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the first round (ninth overall pick) of the 1981 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons as a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL), all with the Rams. He compiled 26.5 quarterback sacks.

Mike Pruitt

Michael L. "Mike" Pruitt (born April 3, 1954) is a former American football player.

Pruitt played professional football in the National Football League (NFL), principally at the fullback position, for 11 seasons from 1976 to 1986. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the 1976 NFL Draft and spent nine seasons with that club. He had five seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1979 and 1980. He also played for the Buffalo Bills for four games in 1985 and for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1985 and 1986. In his NFL career, Pruitt appeared in a total of 152 games, gained 7,378 rushing yards and scored 56 touchdowns.

A native of Chicago, Pruitt also played college football at the fullback position for Purdue University from 1973 to 1975 and was selected as a second-team running back on the 1975 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

Ray Malavasi

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Ron Meyer

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Ron Spears

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Shelly Saltman

Sheldon "Shelly" Arthur Saltman (August 17, 1931 Boston – February 16, 2019, Los Angeles) was a promoter of major sports and entertainment events including the worldwide promotion of the Muhammad Ali / Joe Frazier heavyweight championship boxing matches, creating the Andy Williams San Diego Golf Classic and helped to arrange the independent NFL Players Association games during the 1982 NFL season strike. Saltman was perhaps best known to the public as the man that Evel Knievel tried to beat to death with a baseball bat in 1977.

Saltman created, wrote, and produced shows for television such as Pro-Fan, Challenge of the NFL Cheerleaders (an early "reality" show), and the movie Ring of Passion about the fights between American boxer Joe Louis and German champion Max Schmeling in the years leading up to World War II. He was also the author of various books including Evel Knievel on Tour, with Maury Green, and FEAR NO EVEL: An Insider's Look At Hollywood with Thomas Lyons.

Tom Bass (American football)

Tom Bass is a retired American football coach who spent 30 years as an assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Diego Chargers. He played at San Jose State University as a lineman until a bout of polio left him unable to play football. He then served as an undergraduate coach, and upon graduation, as the only full time assistant under Don Coryell. He later worked on the Chargers staff with Sid Gillman, coaching QB’s with John Hadal, he was the first Coach hired by Coach Paul Brown on the inaugural Bengals staff, and the Buccaneers staff under John McKay. He joined the Buccaneers in their inaugural season as their director of pro scouting, and unofficially took over the offensive coordinator role when John Rauch resigned. By the next season, he had become the team's defensive coordinator. He is credited with designing the Tampa Bay defense that ranked at or near the top of the league from 1978 to 1981. He left Tampa Bay before the 1982 NFL season to join the Chargers, tasked with improving their league-last pass defense. He was also noted for teaching clinics to help female fans understand the game of football, and for having written two volumes of poetry. He has published several books of football drills and instructional techniques.

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