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Oilers Start Out on Right Track With 31-3 Victory at Green Bay

September 08, 1986| From Times Wire Services

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Houston's new winning attitude spilled into the regular season Sunday, as quarterback Warren Moon carried the Oilers to a 31-3 season-opening victory over the Green Bay Packers before 54,065 fans at Lambeau Field.

"We're going to have a real good year," said Jerry Glanville, in his first full year as the Houston coach. "I think we're for real."

The Oilers and Moon certainly looked real to the Packers, who never quite found a way to stop the Houston offense on third down.

The Oilers converted on third downs 79% of the time, helping them take a 14-3 lead at halftime and a 24-3 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Moon, the former Canadian Football League quarterback in his third National Football League season, completed 14 of 21 passes for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns--of 29 yards to Butch Woolfolk and 44 yards to Drew Hill, who caught 6 passes for 97 yards.

Moon's passes were set up by a solid running attack that gained 157 yards. Mike Rozier led all rushers with 83 yards in 23 carries.

Green Bay's lone points came on a 26-yard field goal by Al Del Greco at 8:48 in the first quarter.

Houston was 5-11 last season, but went 4-0 in the exhibition season.

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