Before Tennesse Titans
were known by their current name, they were called the Houston
Oilers and they were owned by Bud Adams and they retained this name until 1996.
American Football League (AFL) (1960–1969)
Eastern Division (1960–1969)
National Football League (1970–1996)
American Football Conference (1970–1996)
AFC Central (1970–1996)
The Oilers were able to take two AFL championships before it was renamed AFL-NFL. The Tennessee
Titans odds in recent years, therefore, have a historical background. The Oilers moved to AFC Central after the changes and before then, they played their games at the Astrodome in Houston.
Since their two wins in the 1960's, the Oilers were unable to repeat the feat again for many years. They reached a number of playoffs without any success. All through the 70's and 80's, the team had limited success in the AFL and AFC championships and they never really won anything major other than division titles in the early 90's. In fact, much of the history of the team during this time is all about their exploits in the league's second division.
For much of the team's history, the main colors used by the team were Columbia blue and white. This would change when they were playing away marches and at that time, wearing white in place Columbia blue. A few changes were made through the years but the colors that persisted until 1975 were the Columbia blue derrick and white helmet.
The Oilers name only changed to Tennessee Titans
after the owner of the team finally moved it to Tennessee. This new name was to commemorate their new stadium's opening in 1999. The colors of the Oilers were also replaced with the Titans current colors. The former name was also officially withdrawn from possible future use. After the departure of the Oilers from Houston, there were no representatives in the NFL from the city until 2002, when the Texans
filled the gap.
Adams had severally threatened to move the Oilers from Houston. At one time when both the team and the league were reemerging, the team's dome was in a bad shape. Adams' threats unsettled the city's officials who raised taxes in order to improve the home ground. This brought a slight reprieve for the team but the ramifications of these actions would finally see them move away from the city. The 1990's marked the full resurgence of the team in the NFL. They lifted the division title in 1991 and proceeded to set a team's record in the NFL in 1993 when they won the title again. After that, however, the team barely managed playoffs.
The demands made by Adams for a new stadium despite the renovations of the old one proved to be contentious. Some city officials privately supported the plan for such a stadium but the city residents were not privy to spending more taxes on another stadium. Adams ultimately had to look for a new location for the team. He thus embarked on visiting various cities until he finally settled on Nashville in 1998. The city supported the construction of a new stadium. Around this time, support for the team in Houston waned.
The move to Tennessee was necessitated by the fact that the team barely enjoyed any success at Houston. Three years later, the new franchise team Houston Texans
would come into existence through the support of the city. The Texans adopted everything that was used by the Oilers, save for the old stadium.