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1980 Pittsburgh Steelers season

1980 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Dick Haley
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd in AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Donnie Shell
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1979 1981 >

The 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League.

In 1980, the Steelers struggled for the first time in many years. The aging defense wasn't as effective as it had been in the 1978 and '79 seasons, falling from 2nd to 15th in yards allowed. The Steelers also surrendered 313 points, ranked 15th in the league, compared to 262 points (5th in the league) the previous season. The Pittsburgh defense only garnered 18 quarterback sacks.

The offense was still plagued with 42 total turnovers, 42 total,[1] but ranking 6th in total offense, and scoring 352 points.[2]

Despite the team's troubles, the Steelers could have again obtained home field advantage throughout the playoffs had they not lost several close games, including games against Cincinnati and Cleveland in which they lost despite having large leads in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh remained in the playoff hunt until a 28–13 loss to Buffalo in week 12 and then a 6–0 loss to Houston effectively eliminated Pittsburgh from the postseason.

To many, these two losses marked the end of the Steeler Dynasty. Several key players retired after the 1980 season and the team was never the same again. The 1980 season was the first in which the Steelers did not qualify for the playoffs since 1971.

Personnel

Staff

Roster

Offseason

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 7 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 31–17 1–0
2 Sun. Sep. 14 at Baltimore Colts Memorial Stadium 2:00 pm NBC W 20–17 2–0
3 Sun. Sep. 21 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 30–28 2–1
4 Sun. Sep. 28 Chicago Bears Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 38–3 3–1
5 Sun. Oct. 5 at Minnesota Vikings Metropolitan Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 23–17 4–1
6 Sun. Oct. 12 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 17–16 4–2
7 Mon. Oct. 20 Oakland Raiders Three Rivers Stadium 9:00 pm ABC L 45–34 4–3
8 Sun. Oct. 26 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 27–26 4–4
9 Sun. Nov. 2 Green Bay Packers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 22–20 5–4
10 Sun. Nov. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 24–21 6–4
11 Sun. Nov. 16 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 16–13 7–4
12 Sun. Nov. 23 at Buffalo Bills Rich Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 28–13 7–5
13 Sun. Nov. 30 Miami Dolphins Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 23–10 8–5
14 Thu. Dec. 4 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 8:30 pm ABC L 6–0 8–6
15 Sun. Dec. 14 Kansas City Chiefs Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 21–16 9–6
16 Mon. Dec. 22 at San Diego Chargers San Diego Stadium 9:00 pm ABC L 26–17 9–7

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Houston Oilers

Houston Oilers at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 0 17 0 17
Steelers 17 0 0 14 31


Week 2: at Baltimore Colts

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Colts
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 0 7 20
Colts 0 7 10 0 17


Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 7 7 28
Bengals 10 3 0 17 30


Week 4: vs. Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 0 0 3
Steelers 7 17 7 7 38
  • Date: Sunday, September 28
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 53,987
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Frank Glieber and Roger Staubach


Week 5: at Minnesota Vikings

Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 10 7 0 23
Vikings 3 0 0 14 17


Week 6: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 10 7 0 0 17
Steelers 0 0 16 0 16
  • Date: Sunday, October 12
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 53,668
  • Referee: Fred Silva
  • TV announcers (NBC): Sam Nover and Bob Trumpy


Week 7 : vs. Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 21 7 10 45
Steelers 10 14 10 0 34


Week 8: at Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 3 13 0 26
Browns 0 7 7 13 27


Week 9: vs. Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 0 6 20
Steelers 2 7 6 7 22
  • Date: Sunday, November 2
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 52,165
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier


Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 14 0 0 24
Buccaneers 7 7 7 0 21


Week 11: vs. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 13 0 0 13
Steelers 0 7 0 9 16
  • Date: Sunday, November 16
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 54,563
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen


Week 12: at Buffalo Bills

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 3 0 3 13
Bills 7 7 7 7 28


Week 13: vs. Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 3 0 7 10
• Steelers 0 13 3 7 23


Week 14 : at Houston Oilers

Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Oilers
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 0 0
Oilers 0 0 3 3 6


Week 15: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 13 0 16
Steelers 7 0 0 14 21


Week 16: at San Diego Chargers

Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 7 7 17
Chargers 3 6 10 7 26


Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Cleveland Browns(2) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 357 310
Houston Oilers(5) 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 295 251
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 2–4 5–7 352 313
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 244 312

References

  1. ^ ranked 23rd in the league in 1980
  2. ^ Ranked 10th in the NFL
  3. ^ 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  5. ^ 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  6. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1980_roster.htm". 
  • 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers season at Pro Football Reference
  • Steelers on jt-sw.com
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