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1968 Buffalo Bills

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1-12-1, Finished 5th in AFL East Division  · 1968 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -10.8, Offense: -7.9, Defense: -2.9, SoS: 1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 199 points (14.2/g), 10th of 10 in the AFL. Allowed 367 points (26.2/g), 8th.
 Differential of -168 points (-12.0/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 2.7-11.3.

Coach: Joe Collier (0-2-0) and Harvey Johnson (1-10-1)

Stadium: War Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Niagara University (Niagara Falls, New York)

Team Info

Owner/President Ralph Wilson
General Manager/VP Bob Lustig
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 199 2870 844 3.4 42 14 159 168 405 1343 7 28 3.0 72 400 1527 9 3.8 71 67 687 16
Opp. Stats 367 4225 876 4.8 35 13 210 143 340 2204 19 22 5.9 103 505 2021 15 4.0 85 66 540 22
Lg Rank Offense 10 10 8 7 10 8 10 10 8 10 10 9 9 8
Lg Rank Defense 8 5 6 6 3 1 3 5 5 8 10 8 7 6

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 8 boxscore L 0-1 Boston Patriots 7 16 11 191 115 76 4 9 195 45 150 3
2 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-2 Oakland Raiders 6 48 14 191 -19 210 1 20 411 201 210 1
3 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 23 34 17 215 123 92 2 9 201 52 149 2
4 Sun September 29 boxscore W 1-3 New York Jets 37 35 10 197 57 140 2 17 427 257 170 6
5 Sat October 5 boxscore L 1-4 Kansas City Chiefs 7 18 11 251 136 115 5 20 353 141 212 2
6 Sat October 12 boxscore T 1-4-1 @ Miami Dolphins 14 14 12 237 93 144 3 14 171 59 112 2
7 Sun October 20 boxscore L 1-5-1 @ Boston Patriots 6 23 9 203 154 49 5 11 299 96 203 2
8 Sun October 27 boxscore L 1-6-1 Houston Oilers 7 30 8 113 63 50 3 13 332 199 133
9 Sun November 3 boxscore L 1-7-1 @ New York Jets 21 25 10 196 134 62 5 11 274 164 110 1
10 Sun November 10 boxscore L 1-8-1 Miami Dolphins 17 21 12 274 141 133 3 22 305 156 149 2
11 Sun November 17 boxscore L 1-9-1 San Diego Chargers 6 21 7 151 61 90 1 15 282 206 76 5
12 Sun November 24 boxscore L 1-10-1 @ Denver Broncos 32 34 14 220 132 88 2 15 386 302 84 3
13 Thu November 28 boxscore L 1-11-1 @ Oakland Raiders 10 13 17 343 144 199 4 11 186 111 75 2
14 Sat December 7 boxscore L 1-12-1 @ Houston Oilers 6 35 7 89 10 79 2 23 403 215 188 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Dan Darragh 22 QB 11 7 1-6-0 92 215 42.8 917 3 1.4 14 6.5 41 4.3 1.6 10.0 83.4 33.0 1 0
40 Ed Rutkowski 27 qb 13 3 0-3-0 41 100 41.0 380 0 0.0 6 6.0 37 3.8 1.1 9.3 29.2 27.1
18 Kay Stephenson 24 qb 10 3 0-3-0 29 79 36.7 364 4 5.1 7 8.9 55 4.6 1.6 12.6 36.4 31.8
16 Tom Flores 31 qb 1 1 0-0-1 3 5 60.0 15 0 0.0 1 20.0 12 3.0 -6.0 5.0 15.0 25.0
32 Gary McDermott 20 14 0 2 3 66.7 35 0 0.0 0 0.0 27 11.7 11.7 17.5 2.5 106.2
3 Benny Russell 24 1 0 1 2 50.0 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 1.5 1.5 3.0 3.0 56.2
22 Max Anderson 23 HB/KR 14 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.3 14 1-12-1 168 405 41.5 1714 7 1.7 28 6.9 55 4.2 1.5 10.2 122.4 31.2 1 0
Opp Total 14 143 340 42.1 2477 19 5.6 22 6.5 7.3 5.49 17.3 176.9 59.2 31 273 5.9 4.3 8.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
22 Max Anderson 23 HB/KR 14 0 147 525 2 45 3.6 37.5 10.5 22 140 6.4 0 23 1.6 10.0 665 2 3
36 Bob Cappadona 26 14 0 73 272 1 33 3.7 19.4 5.2 18 92 5.1 2 21 1.3 6.6 364 3 3
33 Ben Gregory 22 FB 6 0 52 283 1 67 5.4 47.2 8.7 5 21 4.2 0 8 0.8 3.5 304 1 2
32 Gary McDermott 20 14 0 47 102 3 17 2.2 7.3 3.4 20 115 5.8 1 37 1.4 8.2 217 4 2
20 Keith Lincoln 29 4 0 26 84 0 24 3.2 21.0 6.5 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.3 0.8 87 0 1
40 Ed Rutkowski 27 qb 13 3 20 96 1 33 4.8 7.4 1.5 1 27 27.0 0 27 0.1 2.1 123 1 2
10 Dan Darragh 22 QB 11 7 13 11 0 8 0.8 1.0 1.2 11 0 7
87 Billy Masters 24 14 0 6 70 0 35 11.7 5.0 0.4 8 101 12.6 0 21 0.6 7.2 171 0 0
25 Haven Moses 22 SE 14 0 5 -4 0 19 -0.8 -0.3 0.4 42 633 15.1 2 55 3.0 45.2 629 2 0
18 Kay Stephenson 24 qb 10 3 4 30 0 12 7.5 3.0 0.4 30 0 0
23 Charlie Brown 26 8 0 3 39 0 27 13.0 4.9 0.4 39 0 1
82 Paul Costa 27 TE 14 0 2 11 1 6 5.5 0.8 0.1 15 172 11.5 1 27 1.1 12.3 183 2 0
30 Wayne Patrick 22 3 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.7 0.3 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.7 7 0 0
55 Paul Maguire 30 P 14 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 6 0 0
28 Richard Trapp 22 FL 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 235 9.8 0 27 1.7 16.8 235 0 1
83 Bobby Crockett 25 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 76 12.7 0 23 0.7 8.4 76 0 0
43 Monte Ledbetter 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 94 23.5 1 43 0.6 13.4 94 1 0
50 Al Bemiller 30 C 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 0.0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 400 1527 9 67 3.8 109.1 28.6 168 1714 10.2 7 55 12.0 122.4 3241 16 23
Opp Total 14 505 2021 15 4.0 144.4 36.1 143 2204 15.4 19 10.2 157.4 4225 34 24

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Max Anderson 23 HB/KR 14 0 39 971 1 100 24.9 1636
45 Hagood Clarke 26 PR 14 0 29 241 1 82 8.3 241
40 Ed Rutkowski 27 qb 13 3 8 23 0 9 2.9 5 87 0 26 17.4 233
23 Charlie Brown 26 8 0 12 274 0 32 22.8 313
82 Paul Costa 27 TE 14 0 5 68 0 33 13.6 251
46 Charley Mitchell 28 3 0 5 98 0 24 19.6 98
28 Richard Trapp 22 FL 14 0 5 26 0 11 5.2 261
42 Butch Byrd* 27 RCB 14 14 2 11 0 11 5.5 11
77 Stew Barber 29 LT 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
55 Paul Maguire 30 P 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 11
32 Gary McDermott 20 14 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 233
43 Monte Ledbetter 25 7 0 0 18 0 18 112
Team Total 26.3 14 44 301 1 82 6.8 69 1537 1 100 22.3 5156
Opp Total 14 45 521 1 11.6 49 1062 0 21.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
55 Paul Maguire 30 P 14 0 100 4175 61 1 41.8
46 Bruce Alford 23 K 11 0 4 4 5 5 5 3 8 1 2 1 24 14 58.3% 15 15 100.0%
7 Mike Mercer 33 k 3 0 1 3 4 0.0% 4 4 100.0%
Team Total 26.3 14 4 4 5 5 6 3 11 1 2 1 28 14 50.0% 19 19 100.0% 100 4175 61 1 41.8
Opp Total 14 48 27 56.3% 41 40 97.6% 75 2978 39.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
10 Dan Darragh 22 QB 11 7 0 7 1 0 0
42 Butch Byrd* 27 RCB 14 14 6 76 1 53 0
33 Ben Gregory 22 FB 6 0 0 2 3 4 0
26 George Saimes* 27 RS 13 0 2 36 0 19 0 0 0 3 27 0
22 Max Anderson 23 HB/KR 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
24 Booker Edgerson 29 LCB 13 0 4 100 2 45 0
72 Ron McDole 29 LDE 14 0 2 47 0 42 0 0 0 2 10 0
36 Bob Cappadona 26 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
27 Tom Janik 28 LS 11 10 3 137 1 100 0
48 John Pitts 23 ls 14 7 2 21 0 17 0 0 0 1 4 0
40 Ed Rutkowski 27 qb 13 3 0 2 1 0 0
50 Al Bemiller 30 C 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
78 Jim Dunaway* 27 LDT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
59 Paul Guidry 24 LLB 14 14 1 21 0 21 0 0 0 1 3 0
32 Gary McDermott 20 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
57 Marty Schottenheimer 25 14 0 1 22 0 22 0 0 0 1 10 0
66 Billy Shaw* 30 LG 13 0 0 0 2 19 0
23 Charlie Brown 26 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
45 Hagood Clarke 26 PR 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
89 Tom Day 33 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
20 Keith Lincoln 29 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
70 Tom Sestak 32 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Mike Stratton* 27 RLB 14 0 1 15 0 15 0
28 Richard Trapp 22 FL 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 22 475 4 100 0 0 23 22 77 0
Opp Total 14 24 11 39

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
46 Bruce Alford 23 K 11 0 15 15 14 24 57
32 Gary McDermott 20 14 0 3 1 4 1 26
36 Bob Cappadona 26 14 0 1 2 3 1 20
22 Max Anderson 23 HB/KR 14 0 2 1 3 18
82 Paul Costa 27 TE 14 0 1 1 2 12
24 Booker Edgerson 29 LCB 13 0 2 2 12
25 Haven Moses 22 SE 14 0 2 2 12
42 Butch Byrd* 27 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
45 Hagood Clarke 26 PR 14 0 1 1 6
33 Ben Gregory 22 FB 6 0 1 1 6
27 Tom Janik 28 LS 11 10 1 1 6
43 Monte Ledbetter 25 7 0 1 1 6
40 Ed Rutkowski 27 qb 13 3 1 1 6
7 Mike Mercer 33 k 3 0 4 4 4 4
Team Total 26.3 14 9 7 1 1 4 22 2 19 19 14 28 1 199
Opp Total 14 15 19 1 6 40 41 27 48 367

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1968-09-08 BOS L, 7-16 1 6 rush Paul Costa 6 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
2 1968-09-15 OAK L, 6-48 4 7 pass Bob Cappadona 7 yard pass from Dan Darragh (run failed)
3 1968-09-22 @ CIN L, 23-34 2 14 rush Max Anderson 14 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
4 1968-09-22 @ CIN L, 23-34 3 5 rush Gary McDermott 5 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
5 1968-09-22 @ CIN L, 23-34 4 100 kickoff Max Anderson 100 yard kickoff return (Mike Mercer kick)
6 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 1 2 rush Ben Gregory 2 yard rush (Bruce Alford kick)
7 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 2 100 interception Tom Janik 100 yard interception return (Bruce Alford kick)
8 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 4 53 interception Butch Byrd 53 yard interception return (Bruce Alford kick)
9 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 4 45 interception Booker Edgerson 45 yard interception return (Bruce Alford kick)
10 1968-10-05 KAN L, 7-18 1 5 pass Haven Moses 5 yard pass from Dan Darragh (Bruce Alford kick)
11 1968-10-12 @ MIA T, 14-14 4 3 pass Gary McDermott 3 yard pass from Dan Darragh (two point pass successful)
12 1968-10-27 HOU L, 7-30 2 36 pass Monte Ledbetter 36 yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Bruce Alford kick)
13 1968-11-03 @ NYJ L, 21-25 1 55 pass Haven Moses 55 yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Bruce Alford kick)
14 1968-11-03 @ NYJ L, 21-25 4 10 pass Paul Costa 10 yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Bruce Alford kick)
15 1968-11-03 @ NYJ L, 21-25 4 82 punt Hagood Clarke 82 yard punt return (Bruce Alford kick)
16 1968-11-10 MIA L, 17-21 2 33 rush Bob Cappadona 33 yard rush (Bruce Alford kick)
17 1968-11-10 MIA L, 17-21 2 21 pass Bob Cappadona 21 yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Bruce Alford kick)
18 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 2 1 rush Ed Rutkowski 1 yard rush (Bruce Alford kick)
19 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 3 35 interception Booker Edgerson 35 yard interception return (Bruce Alford kick)
20 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 4 2 rush Gary McDermott 2 yard rush (two point pass successful)
21 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 4 3 rush Gary McDermott 3 yard rush (Bruce Alford kick)
22 1968-11-28 @ OAK L, 10-13 4 5 rush Max Anderson 5 yard rush (Bruce Alford kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1968-09-08 BOS L, 7-16 3 45 rush R.C. Gamble 45 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
2 1968-09-15 OAK L, 6-48 1 86 punt George Atkinson 86 yard punt return (George Blanda kick)
3 1968-09-15 OAK L, 6-48 1 9 rush Pete Banaszak 9 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
4 1968-09-15 OAK L, 6-48 1 57 pass Warren Wells 57 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
5 1968-09-15 OAK L, 6-48 2 17 rush Hewritt Dixon 17 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
6 1968-09-15 OAK L, 6-48 4 11 rush Larry Todd 11 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
7 1968-09-15 OAK L, 6-48 4 31 rush Larry Todd 31 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
8 1968-09-22 @ CIN L, 23-34 1 80 rush Warren McVea 80 yard rush (Dale Livingston kick)
9 1968-09-22 @ CIN L, 23-34 3 32 interception Charlie King 32 yard interception return (Dale Livingston kick)
10 1968-09-22 @ CIN L, 23-34 4 17 interception Al Beauchamp 17 yard interception return (Dale Livingston kick)
11 1968-09-22 @ CIN L, 23-34 4 1 rush Tommie Smiley 1 yard rush (Dale Livingston kick)
12 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 1 4 pass George Sauer 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Jim Turner kick)
13 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 2 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
14 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 2 55 pass Don Maynard 55 yard pass from Joe Namath (Jim Turner kick)
15 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 4 3 pass Matt Snell 3 yard pass from Joe Namath (Jim Turner kick)
16 1968-09-29 NYJ W, 37-35 4 10 pass George Sauer 10 yard pass from Joe Namath (Jim Turner kick)
17 1968-10-05 KAN L, 7-18 1 15 pass Gloster Richardson 15 yard pass from Len Dawson
18 1968-10-12 @ MIA T, 14-14 2 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Jimmy Keyes kick)
19 1968-10-12 @ MIA T, 14-14 4 1 rush Stan Mitchell 1 yard rush (Jimmy Keyes kick)
20 1968-10-20 @ BOS L, 6-23 3 40 pass Jim Whalen 40 yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Gino Cappelletti kick)
21 1968-10-20 @ BOS L, 6-23 3 18 pass Jim Whalen 18 yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Gino Cappelletti kick)
22 1968-10-27 HOU L, 7-30 1 2 rush Woody Campbell 2 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
23 1968-10-27 HOU L, 7-30 3 23 pass Alvin Reed 23 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
24 1968-10-27 HOU L, 7-30 4 42 pass Alvin Reed 42 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
25 1968-11-03 @ NYJ L, 21-25 2 36 interception Johnny Sample 36 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
26 1968-11-10 MIA L, 17-21 3 13 rush Bob Griese 13 yard rush (Jimmy Keyes kick)
27 1968-11-10 MIA L, 17-21 4 5 pass Karl Noonan 5 yard pass from Bob Griese (Jimmy Keyes kick)
28 1968-11-10 MIA L, 17-21 4 4 rush Jim Kiick 4 yard rush (Jimmy Keyes kick)
29 1968-11-17 SDG L, 6-21 1 18 pass Jacque MacKinnon 18 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
30 1968-11-17 SDG L, 6-21 2 62 pass Jacque MacKinnon 62 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
31 1968-11-17 SDG L, 6-21 2 12 rush Dickie Post 12 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
32 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 2 40 pass Brendan McCarthy 40 yard pass from Marlin Briscoe (Bobby Howfield kick)
33 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 2 15 pass Eric Crabtree 15 yard pass from Marlin Briscoe (Bobby Howfield kick)
34 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 2 66 pass Floyd Little 66 yard pass from Marlin Briscoe (Bobby Howfield kick)
35 1968-11-24 @ DEN L, 32-34 3 15 pass Al Denson 15 yard pass from Marlin Briscoe (Bobby Howfield kick)
36 1968-11-28 @ OAK L, 10-13 3 33 interception George Atkinson 33 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
37 1968-12-07 @ HOU L, 6-35 2 1 rush Woody Campbell 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
38 1968-12-07 @ HOU L, 6-35 3 40 pass Mac Haik 40 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
39 1968-12-07 @ HOU L, 6-35 4 52 interception Miller Farr 52 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
40 1968-12-07 @ HOU L, 6-35 4 29 pass Alvin Reed 29 yard pass from Don Trull (Wayne Walker kick)
41 1968-12-07 @ HOU L, 6-35 4 40 interception Miller Farr 40 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)