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The 1983 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League and 24th overall. The Patriots played inconsistently all season, but at 8–7 had a chance for a playoff spot with a win in their final game of the season in Seattle. The Patriots would have problems with turnovers as rookie quarterback Tony Eason was swallowed up in a 24–6 loss to the Seahawks.

1983 New England Patriots season
Head coachRon Meyer
General managerPatrick Sullivan
OwnerBilly Sullivan
Home fieldSullivan Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division placeT-2nd AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersP Rich Camarillo
CB Raymond Clayborn
RB Tony Collins
G John Hannah
T Brian Holloway
AP All-ProsG John Hannah (1st team)
P Rich Camarillo (2nd team)

In the first week of December, in shocking conditions with sleet and snow,[1] the Patriots’ game with wild card contender New Orleans Saints saw just one score set up by Ricky Smith returning the Saints’ initial kickoff to the 3-yard line. As of 2017, this game remains the most recent 7–0 result in NFL history,[2] with only two games since seeing just one score,[3] both a single field goal.[note 1]

Contents

StaffEdit

New England Patriots 1983 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

RosterEdit

1983 New England Patriots roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 Baltimore Colts L 29–23
45,526
2 September 11, 1983 at Miami Dolphins L 34–24
59,343
3 September 18, 1983 New York Jets W 23–13
43,182
4 September 25, 1983 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–23
58,282
5 October 2, 1983 San Francisco 49ers L 33–13
54,293
6 October 9, 1983 at Baltimore Colts L 12–7
35,618
7 October 16, 1983 San Diego Chargers W 37–21
59,016
8 October 23, 1983 at Buffalo Bills W 31–0
60,424
9 October 30, 1983 at Atlanta Falcons L 24–13
47,546
10 November 6, 1983 Buffalo Bills W 21–7
42,604
11 November 13, 1983 Miami Dolphins W 17–6
60,771
12 November 20, 1983 Cleveland Browns L 30–0
40,987
13 November 27, 1983 at New York Jets L 26–3
48,620
14 December 4, 1983 New Orleans Saints W 7–0
24,579
15 December 11, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams W 21–7
46,503
16 December 18, 1983 at Seattle Seahawks L 24–6
59,688

StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 389 250 W5
New England Patriots 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 274 289 L1
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–5 283 351 L2
Baltimore Colts 7 9 0 .438 3–5 5–9 264 354 W1
New York Jets 7 9 0 .438 3–5 4–8 313 331 L2

NotesEdit

  1. ^ These 3–0 scores occurred in 1993 when the Jets defeated the Redskins and in 2007 when the Steelers defeated the Dolphins.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ‘Kickoff Return Practices Pay Off as Patriots Slip Past Saints 7–0’; St. Petersburg Times, December 5, 1983, p. 5C
  2. ^ Pro Football Reference; Games with Final Score 7–0
  3. ^ Pro Football Reference; Games with Final Score 3–0

See alsoEdit