1981 Miami Dolphins schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
11-4-1 0-0 5794 3543 2251 34 331 5927 3746 2181 37 330
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The Miami Dolphins' sixteenth season was in 1981, and it was the twelfth season Don Shula served as the head coach of the team. They finished the year 11-4-1 in the regular season but they lost their first playoff game to the San Diego Chargers 41-38.


Games

Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 20-7
Week 2 Pittsburgh Steelers 30-10
Week 3 @ Houston Oilers 16-10
Week 4 @ Baltimore Colts 31-28
Week 5 New York Jets 28-28
Week 6 @ Buffalo Bills 21-31
Week 7 Washington Redskins 13-10
Week 8 @ Dallas Cowboys 27-28
Week 9 Baltimore Colts 27-10
Week 10 @ New England Patriots 30-27
Week 11 Oakland Raiders 17-33
Week 12 @ New York Jets 15-16
Week 13 Philadelphia Eagles 13-10
Week 14 New England Patriots 24-14
Week 15 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17-7
Week 16 Buffalo Bills 16-6

Playoffs

Week Opponent Score Notes
Divisional Round San Diego Chargers 38-41

Coaches

Head Coach: Don Shula Assistant Head Coach-Defense: Bill Arnsparger Running Game Coordinator: John Sandusky Running Defense Coordinator: Mike Scarry Quarterbacks Coach: Wally English Wide Receivers Coach: Wally English Offensive Line Coach: John Sandusky Offensive Backs Coach: Carl Taseff Defensive Line Coach: Mike Scarry Linebackers Coach: Steve Crosby Defensive Backs Coach: Tom Keane Special Teams Coach: Steve Crosby, Carl Taseff Punting Coach: Tom Keane