1978 Baltimore Colts season
OwnerRobert Irsay
Head coachTed Marchibroda
General managerDick Szymanski
Home fieldMemorial Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division placeT-4th AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersNone

The 1978 Baltimore Colts season was the 26th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). Under fourth-year head coach Ted Marchibroda, the Colts finished with 5 wins and 11 losses, tied for fourth in the AFC East division with the Buffalo Bills. Baltimore lost the tiebreaker to Buffalo based on head-to-head series (0–2). This was the first time under Marchibroda that Baltimore did not make the postseason.

With quarterback Bert Jones out for several weeks with a shoulder injury, Baltimore started the season in catastrophic fashion, losing their first two games by a combined score of 80–0.[1] The Colts' first win of the season, in week three over New England on Monday Night Football, is one of the biggest regular season upsets in NFL history. The Patriots were favored by an overwhelming 17½ points, but the Colts scored 27 points in the fourth quarter, including a 90-yard kickoff return by running back Joe Washington with under a minute left to take the lead for good.[2][3][4] In the game, Washington became the first player to throw a touchdown, catch a pass for a touchdown, and return a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game.[5]

Offseason

NFL draft

Main article: 1978 NFL draft

1978 Baltimore Colts draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Reese McCall  Tight End Auburn
2 52 Mike Woods  Linebacker Cincinnati
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

1978 Baltimore Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – George Boutselis


Roster

1978 Baltimore Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Source:[6]

Regular season

Schedule

Main article: 1978 NFL season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 4 at Dallas Cowboys L 0–38 0–1 Texas Stadium
64,224
2 September 10 Miami Dolphins L 0–42 0–2 Memorial Stadium
47,730
3 September 18 at New England Patriots W 34–27 1–2 Schaefer Stadium
57,284
4 September 24 at Buffalo Bills L 17–24 1–3 Rich Stadium
55,270
5 October 1 Philadelphia Eagles L 14–17 1–4 Memorial Stadium
50,314
6 October 8 at St. Louis Cardinals W 30–17 2–4 Busch Memorial Stadium
47,479
7 October 15 New York Jets L 10–33 2–5 Memorial Stadium
45,563
8 October 22 Denver Broncos W 7–6 3–5 Memorial Stadium
54,057
9 October 29 at Miami Dolphins L 8–26 3–6 Orange Bowl
53,524
10 November 6 Washington Redskins W 21–17 4–6 Memorial Stadium
57,631
11 November 12 at Seattle Seahawks W 17–14 5–6 Kingdome
61,905
12 November 19 Cleveland Browns L 24–45 5–7 Memorial Stadium
45,341
13 November 26 New England Patriots L 14–35 5–8 Memorial Stadium
42,828
14 December 3 at New York Jets L 17–30 5–9 Shea Stadium
50,248
15 December 9 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–35   5–10 Three Rivers Stadium
41,957
16 December 17 Buffalo Bills L 14–21   5–11 Memorial Stadium
25,415
  • Monday night (September 4, September 18, November 6), Saturday (December 9)

This was the first NFL regular season with 16 games: the previous seventeen seasons had 14 games.

Results

Week 3

See also: 1978 New England Patriots season and Colts–Patriots rivalry

Week Three: Baltimore Colts (0–2) at New England Patriots (1–1)
1 2 34Total
Colts 0 7 02734
Patriots 6 7 01427

at Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New England Patriots(2) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 358 286 L1
Miami Dolphins(4) 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 372 254 W3
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 6–2 7–5 359 364 L2
Buffalo Bills 5 11 0 .313 2–6 4–10 302 354 W1
Baltimore Colts 5 11 0 .313 1–7 3–9 240 421 L5

See also

References

  1. ^ "Pats have big chance to gain division start". The Day. (New London, Connecticut). Associated Press. September 18, 1978. p. 24.
  2. ^ "It was Washington's night, Pats' nightmare, 34-27". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 19, 1978. p. 3C.
  3. ^ May, Peter (September 19, 1978). "Patriots' 'D' takes fourth quarter off". Nashua Telegraph. (New Hampshire). UPI. p. 20.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single game, from 1940 to 2012, in the Regular Season, team won game, requiring Underdog By >= 0, sorted by descending Underdog By.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: Baltimore Colts 34 at New England Patriots 27, Monday, September 18, 1978
  6. ^ "1978 Baltimore Colts starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.