1966 Miami Dolphins season

1966 Miami Dolphins season

1966 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach George Wilson
Home field
Results
Record 3–11–0
Division place 5th AFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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N/A      1967

The 1966 Miami Dolphins season was the team's inaugural year in the American Football League. Future Harlem Globetrotters and Montreal Canadiens owner George N. Gillett, Jr. was a minority partner in the Miami Dolphins.[1]

Offseason

AFL Draft

With the first pick overall, the Dolphins selected Running Back Jim Grabowski from the University of Illinois.[2] Grabowski was also drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Draft. The result was a bidding war between the two franchises to obtain Grabowski’s services. The Packers signed Grabowski and he played for them for five seasons.

Main article: 1966 AFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 1 Jim Grabowski Running Back University of Illinois

Regular season

Season standings

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Buffalo Bills 9 4 1 .692 358 255
Boston Patriots 8 4 2 .677 315 283
New York Jets 6 6 2 .500 322 312
Houston Oilers 3 11 0 .214 335 396
Miami Dolphins 3 11 0 .214 213 362
[3]

Season Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 2, 1966 Oakland Raiders L 23–14 0–1–0
25,188
2 September 9, 1966 New York Jets L 19–14 0–2–0
33,650
3 September 18, 1966 at Buffalo Bills L 58–24 0–3–0
37,176
4 Bye
5 October 2, 1966 at San Diego Chargers L 44–10 0–4–0
26,444
6 October 9, 1966 at Oakland Raiders L 21–10 0–5–0
28,863
7 October 16, 1966 Denver Broncos W 24–7 1–5–0
22,191
8 October 23, 1966 at Houston Oilers W 20–13 2–5–0
21,999
9 Bye
10 November 6, 1966 Buffalo Bills L 29–0 2–6–0
36,685
11 November 13, 1966 at Kansas City Chiefs L 34–16 2–7–0
33,733
12 November 20, 1966 at New York Jets L 30–13 2–8–0
57,092
13 November 27, 1966 Boston Patriots L 20–14 2–9–0
22,480
14 December 4, 1966 at Denver Broncos L 17–7 2–10–0
32,116
15 December 11, 1966 Kansas City Chiefs L 19–18 2–11–0
17,881
16 December 18, 1966 Houston Oilers W 29–28 3–11–0
19,274

Roster

Notes and references

  • Miami Dolphins on Pro Football Reference
  • Miami Dolphins on jt-sw.com