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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 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 184 3326 770 4.3 48 16 185 202 401 1989 12 32 4.4 96 320 1337 6 4.2 68 74 691 21
Opp. Stats 394 4604 895 5.1 22 11 250 157 303 2108 20 11 6.3 101 562 2496 21 4.4 135 89 883 14
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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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
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. 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. 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 5807
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. 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. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 17 6 49 2

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
3 John Leypoldt 25 K 8 0 12 12 9 15 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 9 3 10 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 21 12 25 1 186
Opp Total 14 21 20 3 1 45 45 25 38 2 394

Touchdown Log

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