When the Oilers started the 1974 season 1-5, it looked like another dreary campaign after back-to-back one-win years. But behind an explosive rookie and a vastly imrpoved defense, the Oilers soon had the Astrodome roaring with delight as they turned their fortunes around, stunning the NFL in the process.
Now you can relive the Oilers' memorable 1974 season with this guide that explores the entire year game by game, from the exciting opening day victory over the Chargers through the final triumph against the Browns, as told in the original newspaper stories.
Houston got a needed jolt from a gem discovered in the 15th round of the draft -- Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, who electrified fans with his daring kick returns and instantly became a Houston favorite. With the help of Johnson, the Oilers stopped being a laughingstock and rallied to finish 7-7. There were many highlights along the way, including an impressive three-game road winning streak that began the turnaround, stunning upsets of the playoff-bound Steelers and Bills and a pair of wins over the rival Bengals that ruined Cincinnati's postseason hopes.
All of the highs and lows from the exciting season are here. A full recap and box score from every game is included, so you can follow the exploits of Sid Gillman's gang from start to finish as it set the stage for the success to come under Bum Phillips.
As an added bonus, links to many video highlights are included to add more depth to the story of the 1974 Oilers. Whether you are a die-hard Oilers fan or an NFL history buff, you will enjoy this look back at the 1974 Houston Oilers.