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1971 Buffalo Bills

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1-13-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -13.4, Offense: -4.5, Defense: -8.9, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 184 points (13.1/g), 26th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 394 points (28.1/g), 26th.
 Differential of -210 points (-15.0/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 2.0-12.0.

Coach: Harvey Johnson (1-13-0)

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
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 184 3326 770 4.3 48 16 21 185 202 401 1989 12 32 4.4 96 320 1337 6 4.2 68
Team Defense 394 4604 895 5.1 22 11 14 250 157 303 2108 20 11 6.3 101 562 2496 21 4.4 135
Lg Rank Offense 26 25 25 14 26 6 18 19 25 25 26 24 24 11
Lg Rank Defense 26 25 26 22 23 1 11 23 26 25 26 26 24 21

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-1 Dallas Cowboys 37 49 18 401 335 66 4 19 371 211 160 1
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 0-2 Miami Dolphins 14 29 14 267 136 131 3 20 376 150 226
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 0-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 0 19 7 64 8 56 3 23 326 133 193 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 0-4 Baltimore Colts 0 43 4 49 45 4 6 19 401 187 214 3
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 0-5 @ New York Jets 17 28 14 271 188 83 2 20 331 140 191
6 Sat October 23 boxscore L 0-6 @ San Diego Chargers 3 20 11 189 37 152 2 22 446 248 198 5
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 0-7 St. Louis Cardinals 23 28 19 309 247 62 3 24 305 163 142
8 Sun November 7 boxscore L 0-8 @ Miami Dolphins 0 34 19 364 158 206 5 23 391 89 302
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 0-9 @ New England Patriots 33 38 15 217 128 89 1 9 299 180 119 3
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 0-10 New York Jets 7 20 12 197 119 78 6 10 231 78 153 1
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 1-10 New England Patriots 27 20 15 264 117 147 1 15 294 105 189 3
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 1-11 @ Baltimore Colts 0 24 8 182 106 76 6 16 310 130 180 2
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 1-12 Houston Oilers 14 20 14 292 207 85 3 16 268 176 92 1
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 1-13 @ Kansas City Chiefs 9 22 15 260 158 102 3 14 255 118 137

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
16 Dennis Shaw 24 QB 13 12 1-11-0 149 291 51.2% 1813 11 3.8 26 8.9 75 6.2 3.0 12.2 139.5 46.1 33 276 4.74 1.81 10.2
12 James Harris 24 qb 7 2 0-2-0 51 103 49.5% 512 1 1.0 6 5.8 62 5.0 2.5 10.0 73.1 43.0 16 145 3.08 0.98 13.4
34 Jim Braxton 22 13 0 1 3 33.3% 49 0 0.0 0 0.0 49 16.3 16.3 49.0 3.8 81.9 0 0 16.33 16.33 0.0
86 Marlin Briscoe 26 WR 14 14 1 2 50.0% 36 0 0.0 0 0.0 36 18.0 18.0 36.0 2.6 95.8 0 0 18.00 18.00 0.0
32 O.J. Simpson 24 RB 14 14 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 24.9 14 1-13-0 202 401 50.4% 2410 12 3.0 32 8.0 75 6.0 3.0 11.9 172.1 45.8 49 421 4.42 1.75 10.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 157 303 51.8% 2333 20 6.6 11 3.6 7.7 7.39 14.9 166.6 84.2 30 225 6.3 6.0 9.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
32 O.J. Simpson 24 RB 14 14 183 742 5 46 4.1 53.0 13.1 21 162 7.7 0 38 1.5 11.6 904 5 5
30 Wayne Patrick 25 FB 14 13 79 332 1 41 4.2 23.7 5.6 36 327 9.1 0 62 2.6 23.4 659 1 5
34 Jim Braxton 22 13 0 21 84 0 14 4.0 6.5 1.6 18 141 7.8 0 25 1.4 10.8 225 0 2
36 Greg Jones 23 14 1 16 53 0 11 3.3 3.8 1.1 16 113 7.1 1 21 1.1 8.1 166 1 1
16 Dennis Shaw 24 QB 13 12 14 82 0 12 5.9 6.3 1.1 82 0 4
12 James Harris 24 qb 7 2 6 42 0 13 7.0 6.0 0.9 42 0 3
40 J.D. Hill 23 5 5 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.4 0.2 11 216 19.6 2 47 2.2 43.2 218 2 0
86 Marlin Briscoe 26 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 603 13.7 5 75 3.1 43.1 603 5 0
25 Haven Moses 25 WR 12 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 470 20.4 2 73 1.9 39.2 470 2 0
80 Jan White 23 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 130 10.0 0 21 1.0 10.0 130 0 0
85 Ted Koy 24 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 133 13.3 1 22 0.7 9.5 133 1 0
81 Bob Chandler 22 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 60 12.0 0 20 0.4 4.6 60 0 0
28 Ike Hill 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 55 11.0 1 26 0.4 3.9 55 1 2
Team Total 24.9 14 320 1337 6 46 4.2 95.5 22.9 202 2410 11.9 12 75 14.4 172.1 3747 18 33
Opp Total 14 562 2496 21 4.4 178.3 40.1 157 2108 13.4 20 11.2 150.6 4604 41 17

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
41 Alvin Wyatt 24 KR/PR/RCB 14 14 23 188 1 61 8.2 30 762 0 39 25.4 950
46 Tim Beamer 23 12 2 7 22 0 10 3.1 20 394 0 44 19.7 416
28 Ike Hill 24 14 0 14 133 1 68 9.5 12 280 0 36 23.3 468
34 Jim Braxton 22 13 0 5 90 0 28 18.0 315
32 O.J. Simpson 24 RB 14 14 4 107 0 43 26.8 1011
54 Howard Kindig 30 14 0 2 16 0 8 8.0 16
36 Greg Jones 23 14 1 1 24 0 24 24.0 190
Team Total 24.9 14 44 343 2 68 7.8 74 1673 0 44 22.6 5763
Opp Total 14 40 446 0 11.2 42 971 0 23.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
10 Spike Jones 24 P 13 0 72 2966 62 1 41.2
3 John Leypoldt 25 K 8 0 3 3 2 1 1 6 5 3 15 9 60.0%% 12 12 100.0%%
7 Grant Guthrie 23 k 6 0 1 2 1 5 1 2 1 10 3 30.0%% 9 8 88.9%%
6 Dave Chapple 24 p 1 0 3 101 47 0 33.7
Team Total 24.9 14 3 3 3 3 2 11 6 5 1 25 12 48.0%% 21 20 95.2%% 75 3067 62 1 40.9
Opp Total 14 38 25 65.8%% 45 45 100.0%% 66 2574 39.0

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
41 Alvin Wyatt 24 KR/PR/RCB 14 14 1 30 0 30 0 0 5 2 0 0
16 Dennis Shaw 24 QB 13 12 0 4 3 -13 0
32 O.J. Simpson 24 RB 14 14 0 5 2 0 0
46 Tim Beamer 23 12 2 0 5 1 0 0
20 Robert James 24 LCB 14 14 4 25 0 25 0 0 0 2 2 1
30 Wayne Patrick 25 FB 14 13 0 5 1 0 0
12 James Harris 24 qb 7 2 0 3 2 0 0
34 Jim Braxton 22 13 0 0 2 1 0 0
82 Al Cowlings 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 3 5 0
59 Paul Guidry 27 LLB 14 14 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
28 Ike Hill 24 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
21 Jackie Allen 24 FS 14 7 0 1 1 0 0
56 Al Andrews 26 14 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 John Pitts 26 SS 14 12 2 12 0 12 0
47 Pete Richardson 25 fs 13 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 46 0
52 Edgar Chandler 25 MLB 14 14 1 13 0 13 0 1
43 Tony Greene 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Greg Jones 23 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
76 Mike McBath 25 13 4 0 0 1 4 0
55 Bill McKinley 22 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
67 Joe O'Donnell 30 RG 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
71 Bob Tatarek 25 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 24.9 14 11 93 0 30 0 0 33 28 44 1 1
Opp Total 14 49 17 6 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 John Leypoldt 25 K 8 0 12 9 39
86 Marlin Briscoe 26 WR 14 14 5 5 30
32 O.J. Simpson 24 RB 14 14 5 5 30
7 Grant Guthrie 23 k 6 0 8 3 17
28 Ike Hill 24 14 0 1 1 2 12
40 J.D. Hill 23 5 5 2 2 12
25 Haven Moses 25 WR 12 9 2 2 12
20 Robert James 24 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
36 Greg Jones 23 14 1 1 1 6
85 Ted Koy 24 14 1 1 1 6
30 Wayne Patrick 25 FB 14 13 1 1 6
41 Alvin Wyatt 24 KR/PR/RCB 14 14 1 1 6
52 Edgar Chandler 25 MLB 14 14 1 2
Team Total 24.9 14 6 12 2 1 21 20 12 1 184
Opp Total 14 21 20 3 45 25 2 394

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 DAL L, 37-49 1 73 pass Haven Moses 73 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
2 1971-09-19 DAL L, 37-49 1 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
3 1971-09-19 DAL L, 37-49 2 75 pass Marlin Briscoe 75 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
4 1971-09-19 DAL L, 37-49 3 23 pass Marlin Briscoe 23 yard pass from Dennis Shaw
5 1971-09-19 DAL L, 37-49 4 26 pass Ike Hill 26 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
6 1971-09-26 MIA L, 14-29 1 1 rush Wayne Patrick 1 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
7 1971-09-26 MIA L, 14-29 3 46 rush O.J. Simpson 46 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
8 1971-10-17 @ NYJ L, 17-28 2 12 pass Marlin Briscoe 12 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (Grant Guthrie kick)
9 1971-10-17 @ NYJ L, 17-28 3 3 rush O.J. Simpson 3 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
10 1971-10-31 STL L, 23-28 2 20 pass Ted Koy 20 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1971-10-31 STL L, 23-28 3 7 pass Greg Jones 7 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1971-10-31 STL L, 23-28 4 61 punt Alvin Wyatt 61 yard punt return (John Leypoldt kick)
13 1971-11-14 @ NWE L, 33-38 1 68 punt Ike Hill 68 yard punt return (John Leypoldt kick)
14 1971-11-14 @ NWE L, 33-38 2 15 pass Marlin Briscoe 15 yard pass from James Harris (John Leypoldt kick)
15 1971-11-14 @ NWE L, 33-38 3 0 fumble Robert James 0 yard fumble return (John Leypoldt kick)
16 1971-11-21 NYJ L, 7-20 1 41 pass Marlin Briscoe 41 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
17 1971-11-28 NWE W, 27-20 2 11 pass J.D. Hill 11 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
18 1971-11-28 NWE W, 27-20 2 47 pass J.D. Hill 47 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
19 1971-11-28 NWE W, 27-20 4 7 rush O.J. Simpson 7 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
20 1971-12-12 HOU L, 14-20 4 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
21 1971-12-12 HOU L, 14-20 4 14 pass Haven Moses 14 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 DAL W, 49-37 1 2 rush Calvin Hill 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
2 1971-09-19 DAL W, 49-37 2 76 pass Bob Hayes 76 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
3 1971-09-19 DAL W, 49-37 2 3 rush Walt Garrison 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
4 1971-09-19 DAL W, 49-37 2 3 rush Calvin Hill 3 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
5 1971-09-19 DAL W, 49-37 3 19 pass Reggie Rucker 19 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
6 1971-09-19 DAL W, 49-37 4 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
7 1971-09-19 DAL W, 49-37 4 1 rush Calvin Hill 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
8 1971-09-26 MIA W, 29-14 3 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1971-09-26 MIA W, 29-14 4 23 pass Paul Warfield 23 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1971-10-03 @ MIN W, 19-0 2 1 rush Dave Osborn 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
11 1971-10-03 @ MIN W, 19-0 4 1 rush Norm Snead 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
12 1971-10-10 BAL W, 43-0 1 30 pass Norm Bulaich 30 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim O'Brien kick)
13 1971-10-10 BAL W, 43-0 1 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
14 1971-10-10 BAL W, 43-0 4 36 rush Don Nottingham 36 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
15 1971-10-10 BAL W, 43-0 4 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
16 1971-10-10 BAL W, 43-0 4 3 rush Don McCauley 3 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
17 1971-10-17 @ NYJ W, 28-17 1 2 rush Emerson Boozer 2 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
18 1971-10-17 @ NYJ W, 28-17 1 11 pass Rich Caster 11 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1971-10-17 @ NYJ W, 28-17 3 1 rush Cliff McClain 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1971-10-17 @ NYJ W, 28-17 4 32 pass John Riggins 32 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1971-10-23 @ SDG W, 20-3 1 56 pass Billy Parks 56 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
22 1971-10-23 @ SDG W, 20-3 4 12 pass Billy Parks 12 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
23 1971-10-31 STL W, 28-23 1 1 rush MacArthur Lane 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1971-10-31 STL W, 28-23 1 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1971-10-31 STL W, 28-23 3 10 pass Jackie Smith 10 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
26 1971-10-31 STL W, 28-23 4 5 pass Jim McFarland 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
27 1971-11-07 @ MIA W, 34-0 1 12 rush Larry Csonka 12 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
28 1971-11-07 @ MIA W, 34-0 2 3 pass Paul Warfield 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
29 1971-11-07 @ MIA W, 34-0 3 10 pass Jim Mandich 10 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
30 1971-11-07 @ MIA W, 34-0 4 45 rush Mercury Morris 45 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
31 1971-11-14 @ NWE W, 38-33 1 16 pass Randy Vataha 16 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
32 1971-11-14 @ NWE W, 38-33 2 10 pass Tom Beer 10 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
33 1971-11-14 @ NWE W, 38-33 2 80 pass Carl Garrett 80 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
34 1971-11-14 @ NWE W, 38-33 2 10 blocked punt Roland Moss 10 yard blocked punt return (Charlie Gogolak kick)
35 1971-11-14 @ NWE W, 38-33 3 31 pass Eric Crabtree 31 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
36 1971-11-21 NYJ W, 20-7 2 33 pass Don Maynard 33 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
37 1971-11-21 NYJ W, 20-7 2 19 pass George Nock 19 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
38 1971-11-28 NWE L, 20-27 3 1 rush Jim Nance 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
39 1971-11-28 NWE L, 20-27 4 12 pass Ron Sellers 12 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Charlie Gogolak kick)
40 1971-12-05 @ BAL W, 24-0 3 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
41 1971-12-05 @ BAL W, 24-0 3 5 pass Ray Perkins 5 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
42 1971-12-05 @ BAL W, 24-0 4 19 interception Billy Newsome 19 yard interception return (Jim O'Brien kick)
43 1971-12-12 HOU W, 20-14 3 17 interception Ken Houston 17 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
44 1971-12-12 HOU W, 20-14 4 2 rush Robert Holmes 2 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
45 1971-12-19 @ KAN W, 22-9 3 26 interception Bobby Bell 26 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)