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1983 Baltimore Colts season
Head Coach Frank Kush
Home Field Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Place T-4th AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1983 Baltimore Colts season was the 31st season for the team in the National Football League. This would be the last season in Baltimore as they moved to Indianapolis for the following season. The Baltimore Colts finished the National Football League's 1983 season with a record of 7 wins and 9 losses, and finished tied for fourth in the AFC East division with the New York Jets. However, the Colts finished ahead of New York based on better conference record (5–9 to Jets' 4–8).

Having finished the 1982 season with the worst record in the league, the Colts held the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NFL draft and expected to land the nation's top collegiate player to their 1983 roster. The Colts used the top pick on John Elway of Stanford. Elway, however, refused to play for the Colts (and even considered joining the New York Yankees baseball organization unless he was traded). The Colts were forced to trade Elway to the Denver Broncos and Mike Pagel retained his position as starting quarterback. The Elway controversy became more interesting when Elway's Broncos visited Baltimore during the season. The Colts took a 19–0 lead only to blow it and lose 21–19.

Regular season Edit

Schedule Edit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 at New England Patriots W 29–23 1–0 Sullivan Stadium
45,526
2 September 11, 1983 Denver Broncos L 10–17 1–1 Memorial Stadium
52,613
3 September 18, 1983 at Buffalo Bills L 23–28 1–2 Rich Stadium
40,937
4 September 25, 1983 Chicago Bears W 22–19 2–2 Memorial Stadium
34,350
5 October 2, 1983 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–31 3–2 Riverfront Stadium
48,104
6 October 9, 1983 New England Patriots W 12–7 4–2 Memorial Stadium
35,618
7 October 16, 1983 Buffalo Bills L 7–30 4–3 Memorial Stadium
38,565
8 October 23, 1983 Miami Dolphins L 7–21 4–4 Memorial Stadium
32,343
9 October 30, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 22–21 5–4 Veterans Stadium
59,150
10 November 6, 1983 at New York Jets W 17–14 6–4 Shea Stadium
53,323
11 November 13, 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–24 6–5 Memorial Stadium
57,319
12 November 20, 1983 at Miami Dolphins L 17–50 6–6 Miami Orange Bowl
54,482
13 November 27, 1983 at Cleveland Browns L 23–41 6–7 Cleveland Stadium
65,812
14 December 4, 1983 New York Jets L 6–10 6–8 Memorial Stadium
35,462
15 December 11, 1983 at Denver Broncos L 19–21 6–9 Mile High Stadium
74,864
16 December 18, 1983 Houston Oilers W 20–10 7–9 Memorial Stadium
20,418

Standings Edit

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Miami Dolphins 1240.750389250
New England Patriots 880.500274289
Buffalo Bills 880.500283351
Baltimore Colts 790.438264354
New York Jets 790.438313331

See also Edit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1983 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XVIII

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