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1972 Buffalo Bills

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.2, Offense: -1.6, Defense: -5.6, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 257 points (18.4/g), 19th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 377 points (26.9/g), 24th.
 Differential of -120 points (-8.6/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 4.0-10.0.

Coach: Lou Saban (4-9-1)

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
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 257 3733 877 4.3 39 15 19 221 164 316 1601 16 24 4.4 98 512 2132 11 4.2 104
Team Defense 377 4192 862 4.9 31 8 29 249 131 308 1951 19 23 5.9 95 532 2241 26 4.2 125
Lg Rank Offense 19 18 24 14 20 20 24 12 23 25 7 6 18 11
Lg Rank Defense 24 17 15 25 19 2 7 20 7 16 22 22 25 17

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-1 New York Jets 24 41 16 287 207 80 4 19 293 102 191 1
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-1 San Francisco 49ers 27 20 17 233 56 177 1 10 202 169 33 4
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-2 Baltimore Colts 0 17 11 229 111 118 5 17 339 180 159 4
4 Sun October 8 boxscore W 2-2 New England Patriots 38 14 19 305 160 145 2 23 354 244 110 4
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 2-3 @ Oakland Raiders 16 28 16 295 114 181 1 22 396 181 215 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 2-4 @ Miami Dolphins 23 24 11 188 24 164 1 20 310 80 230 4
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 2-5 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 38 24 418 164 254 4 18 309 93 216 1
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 2-6 Miami Dolphins 16 30 12 172 99 73 2 21 327 73 254 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore L 2-7 @ New York Jets 3 41 11 210 67 143 4 17 289 141 148 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore W 3-7 @ New England Patriots 27 24 19 295 116 179 4 15 298 183 115 4
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 3-8 @ Cleveland Browns 10 27 12 175 28 147 2 16 253 121 132 2
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 3-9 @ Baltimore Colts 7 35 13 244 144 100 4 22 391 202 189
13 Sun December 10 boxscore T 3-9-1 Detroit Lions 21 21 23 418 231 187 3 14 260 144 116
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 4-9-1 @ Washington Redskins 24 17 17 264 80 184 2 15 171 38 133 3

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 25 QB 14 13 4-8-1 136 258 52.7% 1666 14 5.4 17 6.6 58 6.5 4.6 12.3 119.0 63.5 38 320 4.55 2.91 12.8 3 3
17 Mike Taliaferro 31 5 0 16 33 48.5% 176 1 3.0 4 12.1 24 5.3 0.5 11.0 35.2 35.2 6 48 3.28 -0.82 15.4
10 Leo Hart 23 qb 2 1 0-1-0 6 15 40.0% 53 0 0.0 3 20.0 13 3.5 -5.5 8.8 26.5 10.6 4 32 1.11 -6.00 21.1
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 25 RB 14 14 5 8 62.5% 113 1 12.5 0 0.0 34 14.1 16.6 22.6 8.1 145.8 1 11 11.33 13.56 11.1
11 Spike Jones 25 P 14 0 1 2 50.0% 4 0 0.0 0 0.0 4 2.0 2.0 4.0 0.3 56.2 0 0 2.00 2.00 0.0
Team Total 25.0 14 4-9-1 164 316 51.9% 2012 16 5.1 24 7.6 58 6.4 4.0 12.3 143.7 57.1 49 411 4.39 2.30 13.4 3 3
Opp Total 14 131 308 42.5% 2148 19 6.2 23 7.5 7.0 4.85 16.4 153.4 56.0 22 197 5.9 3.9 6.7

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*+ 25 RB 14 14 292 1251 6 94 4.3 89.4 20.9 27 198 7.3 0 25 1.9 14.1 1449 6 8
34 Jim Braxton 23 FB 14 13 116 453 5 21 3.9 32.4 8.3 24 232 9.7 1 25 1.7 16.6 685 6 2
30 Wayne Patrick 26 13 1 35 130 0 9 3.7 10.0 2.7 8 42 5.3 1 10 0.6 3.2 172 1 3
16 Dennis Shaw 25 QB 14 13 35 138 0 16 3.9 9.9 2.5 138 0 6
33 Randy Jackson 24 5 0 17 57 0 15 3.4 11.4 3.4 2 21 10.5 1 13 0.4 4.2 78 1 0
10 Leo Hart 23 qb 2 1 5 19 0 16 3.8 9.5 2.5 19 0 2
17 Mike Taliaferro 31 5 0 5 19 0 14 3.8 3.8 1.0 19 0 1
81 Bob Chandler 23 WR 14 14 3 27 0 16 9.0 1.9 0.2 33 528 16.0 5 43 2.4 37.7 555 5 1
11 Spike Jones 25 P 14 0 2 18 0 10 9.0 1.3 0.1 18 0 1
40 J.D. Hill* 24 WR 14 14 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.8 0.1 52 754 14.5 5 58 3.7 53.9 765 5 1
37 Ted Koy 25 14 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.6 0.1 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 18 0 0
80 Jan White 24 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 148 12.3 2 18 0.9 10.6 148 2 0
25 Haven Moses 26 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 60 20.0 1 25 0.6 12.0 60 1 0
28 Dwight Harrison 24 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.1 2.3 16 0 0
86 Dave Washington 24 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 4 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 512 2132 11 94 4.2 152.3 36.6 164 2012 12.3 16 58 11.7 143.7 4144 27 29
Opp Total 14 532 2241 26 4.2 160.1 38.0 131 1951 14.9 19 9.4 139.4 4192 45 20

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 25 KR/PR 14 6 11 85 0 27 7.7 17 432 0 43 25.4 517
26 Linzy Cole 24 8 0 7 35 0 13 5.0 16 415 0 51 25.9 450
43 Tony Greene 23 RCB 14 14 2 18 0 9 9.0 15 378 0 66 25.2 396
40 J.D. Hill* 24 WR 14 14 4 24 0 12 6.0 2 32 0 26 16.0 821
37 Ted Koy 25 14 0 5 63 0 25 12.6 81
64 Andy Selfridge 23 13 0 3 36 0 16 12.0 36
34 Jim Braxton 23 FB 14 13 1 12 0 12 12.0 697
28 Dwight Harrison 24 7 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 18
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 25 RB 14 14 1 21 0 21 21.0 1470
Team Total 25.0 14 25 164 0 27 6.6 60 1389 0 66 23.2 5697
Opp Total 14 39 329 1 8.4 29 644 0 22.2

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
11 Spike Jones 25 P 14 0 80 3104 67 1 38.8
3 John Leypoldt 26 K 14 0 2 2 5 4 7 6 9 4 1 24 16 66.7%% 30 29 96.7%%
Team Total 25.0 14 2 2 5 4 7 6 9 4 1 24 16 66.7%% 30 29 96.7%% 80 3104 67 1 38.8
Opp Total 14 27 16 59.3%% 47 47 100.0%% 65 2568 39.5

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
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 25 RB 14 14 0 8 1 0 0
16 Dennis Shaw 25 QB 14 13 0 6 2 -11 0
43 Tony Greene 23 RCB 14 14 3 45 1 39 0 0 2 1 0 0
56 Ken Lee 24 MLB 12 6 6 155 1 61 0
30 Wayne Patrick 26 13 1 0 3 2 0 0
42 Maurice Tyler 22 SS 14 13 4 61 0 27 0 0 0 1 3 0
41 Alvin Wyatt 25 KR/PR 14 6 4 52 1 49 0 0 0 1 10 0
86 Dave Washington 24 14 7 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0
34 Jim Braxton 23 FB 14 13 0 2 1 0 0
81 Bob Chandler 23 WR 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
57 Dale Farley 23 7 1 1 42 0 42 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 Leo Hart 23 qb 2 1 0 2 0 0 0
11 Spike Jones 25 P 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
68 Remi Prudhomme 30 C 8 8 0 1 1 0 0
26 Linzy Cole 24 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
82 Al Cowlings 25 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 1 0
72 Don Croft 23 LDT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
78 Dave Foley 25 LT 12 11 0 0 1 0 0
59 Paul Guidry 28 LLB 14 12 1 0 0 0 0
40 J.D. Hill* 24 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
20 Robert James* 25 LCB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
37 Ted Koy 25 14 0 0 0 1 7 0
48 John Pitts 27 FS 14 3 1 10 0 10 0
58 Mike Stratton 31 RLB 10 8 1 0 0 0 0
17 Mike Taliaferro 31 5 0 0 1 0 -5 0
Team Total 25.0 14 23 369 3 61 0 0 29 20 5 0
Opp Total 14 49 20 12

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 26 K 14 0 29 16 77
34 Jim Braxton 23 FB 14 13 5 1 6 36
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 25 RB 14 14 6 6 36
81 Bob Chandler 23 WR 14 14 5 5 30
40 J.D. Hill* 24 WR 14 14 5 5 30
80 Jan White 24 TE 14 14 2 2 12
43 Tony Greene 23 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
33 Randy Jackson 24 5 0 1 1 6
56 Ken Lee 24 MLB 12 6 1 1 6
25 Haven Moses 26 5 0 1 1 6
30 Wayne Patrick 26 13 1 1 1 6
41 Alvin Wyatt 25 KR/PR 14 6 1 1 6
Team Total 25.0 14 11 16 3 30 29 16 257
Opp Total 14 26 19 1 1 47 16 377

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 NYJ L, 24-41 2 38 pass J.D. Hill 38 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
2 1972-09-17 NYJ L, 24-41 3 21 pass J.D. Hill 21 yard pass from O.J. Simpson (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1972-09-17 NYJ L, 24-41 4 25 pass Haven Moses 25 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
4 1972-09-24 SFO W, 27-20 3 17 pass Jan White 17 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
5 1972-09-24 SFO W, 27-20 4 2 rush Jim Braxton 2 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
6 1972-09-24 SFO W, 27-20 4 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
7 1972-10-08 NWE W, 38-14 2 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
8 1972-10-08 NWE W, 38-14 2 36 pass J.D. Hill 36 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
9 1972-10-08 NWE W, 38-14 2 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1972-10-08 NWE W, 38-14 2 11 rush O.J. Simpson 11 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1972-10-08 NWE W, 38-14 3 43 pass Bob Chandler 43 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1972-10-15 @ OAK L, 16-28 2 39 pass J.D. Hill 39 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
13 1972-10-22 @ MIA L, 23-24 2 16 interception Ken Lee 16 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
14 1972-10-22 @ MIA L, 23-24 4 6 pass Jim Braxton 6 yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (John Leypoldt kick)
15 1972-10-29 PIT L, 21-38 3 94 rush O.J. Simpson 94 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
16 1972-10-29 PIT L, 21-38 4 11 pass Bob Chandler 11 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
17 1972-10-29 PIT L, 21-38 4 4 pass Bob Chandler 4 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
18 1972-11-05 MIA L, 16-30 1 13 pass Randy Jackson 13 yard pass from Dennis Shaw
19 1972-11-05 MIA L, 16-30 2 39 interception Tony Greene 39 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
20 1972-11-19 @ NWE W, 27-24 2 13 rush O.J. Simpson 13 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
21 1972-11-19 @ NWE W, 27-24 2 7 pass Wayne Patrick 7 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
22 1972-11-19 @ NWE W, 27-24 4 42 pass Bob Chandler 42 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
23 1972-11-26 @ CLE L, 10-27 1 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
24 1972-12-03 @ BAL L, 7-35 4 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
25 1972-12-10 DET T, 21-21 2 58 pass J.D. Hill 58 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
26 1972-12-10 DET T, 21-21 3 39 pass Bob Chandler 39 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
27 1972-12-10 DET T, 21-21 4 2 pass Jan White 2 yard pass from Dennis Shaw (John Leypoldt kick)
28 1972-12-17 @ WAS W, 24-17 1 49 interception Alvin Wyatt 49 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
29 1972-12-17 @ WAS W, 24-17 4 21 rush O.J. Simpson 21 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
30 1972-12-17 @ WAS W, 24-17 4 4 rush Jim Braxton 4 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 NYJ W, 41-24 1 16 rush John Riggins 16 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
2 1972-09-17 NYJ W, 41-24 1 65 punt Chris Farasopoulos 65 yard punt return (Bobby Howfield kick)
3 1972-09-17 NYJ W, 41-24 2 12 pass Emerson Boozer 12 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1972-09-17 NYJ W, 41-24 2 15 rush Emerson Boozer 15 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1972-09-17 NYJ W, 41-24 4 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
6 1972-09-24 SFO L, 20-27 2 20 pass Ted Kwalick 20 yard pass from Steve Spurrier (Bruce Gossett kick)
7 1972-09-24 SFO L, 20-27 4 2 rush Larry Schreiber 2 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
8 1972-10-01 BAL W, 17-0 1 27 pass Tom Mitchell 27 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
9 1972-10-01 BAL W, 17-0 2 12 rush Sam Havrilak 12 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
10 1972-10-08 NWE L, 14-38 1 1 rush Josh Ashton 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
11 1972-10-08 NWE L, 14-38 4 1 rush Brian Dowling 1 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
12 1972-10-15 @ OAK W, 28-16 3 55 pass Raymond Chester 55 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
13 1972-10-15 @ OAK W, 28-16 4 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
14 1972-10-15 @ OAK W, 28-16 4 7 rush Clarence Davis 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
15 1972-10-15 @ OAK W, 28-16 4 20 rush Clarence Davis 20 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
16 1972-10-22 @ MIA W, 24-23 1 5 rush Mercury Morris 5 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1972-10-22 @ MIA W, 24-23 3 10 rush Larry Csonka 10 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1972-10-22 @ MIA W, 24-23 4 15 rush Mercury Morris 15 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1972-10-29 PIT W, 38-21 2 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1972-10-29 PIT W, 38-21 2 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1972-10-29 PIT W, 38-21 3 18 rush Franco Harris 18 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1972-10-29 PIT W, 38-21 4 17 pass Franco Harris 17 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1972-10-29 PIT W, 38-21 4 4 rush John Fuqua 4 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1972-11-05 MIA W, 30-16 1 22 rush Mercury Morris 22 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1972-11-05 MIA W, 30-16 3 7 pass Marv Fleming 7 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1972-11-05 MIA W, 30-16 4 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
27 1972-11-12 @ NYJ W, 41-3 1 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
28 1972-11-12 @ NYJ W, 41-3 2 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
29 1972-11-12 @ NYJ W, 41-3 2 4 pass Emerson Boozer 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
30 1972-11-12 @ NYJ W, 41-3 3 26 pass Rich Caster 26 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
31 1972-11-12 @ NYJ W, 41-3 4 9 pass Jerome Barkum 9 yard pass from Bob Davis (Bobby Howfield kick)
32 1972-11-19 @ NWE L, 24-27 1 32 pass Randy Vataha 32 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
33 1972-11-19 @ NWE L, 24-27 3 2 pass Bob Windsor 2 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Mike Walker kick)
34 1972-11-19 @ NWE L, 24-27 3 1 rush John Tarver 1 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
35 1972-11-26 @ CLE W, 27-10 2 13 pass Leroy Kelly 13 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
36 1972-11-26 @ CLE W, 27-10 3 1 rush Ken Brown 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
37 1972-11-26 @ CLE W, 27-10 4 36 interception Nick Roman 36 yard interception return (Don Cockroft kick)
38 1972-12-03 @ BAL W, 35-7 1 29 pass Don McCauley 29 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
39 1972-12-03 @ BAL W, 35-7 1 17 pass Lydell Mitchell 17 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
40 1972-12-03 @ BAL W, 35-7 3 9 pass Don McCauley 9 yard pass from Marty Domres (Jim O'Brien kick)
41 1972-12-03 @ BAL W, 35-7 4 15 rush Marty Domres 15 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
42 1972-12-03 @ BAL W, 35-7 4 63 pass Eddie Hinton 63 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Jim O'Brien kick)
43 1972-12-10 DET T, 21-21 2 9 pass Earl McCullouch 9 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
44 1972-12-10 DET T, 21-21 3 36 pass Nick Eddy 36 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
45 1972-12-10 DET T, 21-21 4 37 pass Ron Jessie 37 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
46 1972-12-17 @ WAS L, 17-24 2 8 rush Herb Mul-Key 8 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
47 1972-12-17 @ WAS L, 17-24 3 2 rush Bob Brunet 2 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)