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1973 Buffalo Bills

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9-5-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.3, Offense: -1.8, Defense: 2.1, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 259 points (18.5/g), 15th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 230 points (16.4/g), 10th.
 Differential of 29 points (2.1/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.0-6.0.

Coach: Lou Saban (9-5-0)

Stadium: Rich 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 259 4085 849 4.8 27 13 219 96 213 997 4 14 4.1 60 605 3088 20 5.1 152 75 744 7
Opp. Stats 230 3915 855 4.6 33 19 231 166 368 2118 12 14 5.3 112 455 1797 11 3.9 101 53 485 18
Lg Rank Offense 15 10 4 6 16 26 26 26 8 24 2 1 1 1
Lg Rank Defense 10 14 12 3 14 19 17 9 21 16 5 7 10 10

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 16 boxscore W 1-0 @ New England Patriots 31 13 23 459 99 360 2 17 297 190 107 4
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-1 @ San Diego Chargers 7 34 16 287 139 148 4 17 354 249 105 1
3 Sun September 30 boxscore W 2-1 New York Jets 9 7 15 272 64 208 3 17 250 148 102 1
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles 27 26 16 276 47 229 1 28 451 176 275 1
5 Sun October 14 boxscore W 4-1 Baltimore Colts 31 13 18 311 52 259 3 13 203 60 143 4
6 Sun October 21 boxscore L 4-2 @ Miami Dolphins 6 27 8 76 1 75 2 18 310 127 183 5
7 Mon October 29 boxscore W 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs 23 14 21 309 63 246 3 8 105 67 38 4
8 Sun November 4 boxscore L 5-3 @ New Orleans Saints 0 13 10 190 66 124 1 19 281 166 115
9 Sun November 11 boxscore L 5-4 Cincinnati Bengals 13 16 10 180 30 150 2 18 281 120 161 4
10 Sun November 18 boxscore L 5-5 Miami Dolphins 0 17 15 309 71 238 2 17 277 123 154
11 Sun November 25 boxscore W 6-5 @ Baltimore Colts 24 17 16 384 169 215 2 15 221 69 152 2
12 Sun December 2 boxscore W 7-5 @ Atlanta Falcons 17 6 17 334 95 239 1 12 272 147 125 3
13 Sun December 9 boxscore W 8-5 New England Patriots 37 13 13 324 31 293 20 390 292 98 4
14 Sun December 16 boxscore W 9-5 @ New York Jets 34 14 21 374 70 304 1 12 223 184 39

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
12 Joe Ferguson 23 QB 14 14 9-5-0 73 164 44.5 939 4 2.4 10 6.1 42 5.7 3.5 12.9 67.1 45.8 20 164 4.21 2.20 10.9 2 1
16 Dennis Shaw 26 4 0 22 46 47.8 300 0 0.0 4 8.7 40 6.5 2.6 13.6 75.0 32.9 11 75 3.95 0.79 19.3
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 26 RB 14 14 1 2 50.0 -3 0 0.0 0 0.0 -3 -1.5 -1.5 -3.0 -0.2 56.2 0 0 -1.50 -1.50 0.0
81 Bob Chandler 24 WR 14 14 0 1 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 24.6 14 9-5-0 96 213 45.1 1236 4 1.9 14 6.6 42 5.8 3.2 12.9 88.3 42.7 31 239 4.09 1.83 12.7 2 1
Opp Total 14 166 368 45.1 2394 12 3.3 14 3.8 6.5 5.45 14.4 171.0 61.8 32 276 5.3 4.3 8.0

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*+ 26 RB 14 14 332 2003 12 80 6.0 143.1 23.7 6 70 11.7 0 24 0.4 5.0 2073 12 7
34 Jim Braxton 24 6 4 108 494 4 36 4.6 82.3 18.0 6 101 16.8 0 37 1.0 16.8 595 4 2
38 Larry Watkins 27 FB 14 10 98 414 2 17 4.2 29.6 7.0 12 86 7.2 1 28 0.9 6.1 500 3 3
12 Joe Ferguson 23 QB 14 14 48 147 2 24 3.1 10.5 3.4 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3 0.1 -0.2 144 2 7
81 Bob Chandler 24 WR 14 14 5 -14 0 18 -2.8 -1.0 0.4 30 427 14.2 3 37 2.1 30.5 413 3 2
30 Bo Cornell 24 14 0 4 13 0 7 3.3 0.9 0.3 13 0 0
16 Dennis Shaw 26 4 0 4 2 0 1 0.5 0.5 1.0 2 0 2
46 Steve Jones 22 11 0 3 9 0 7 3.0 0.8 0.3 9 0 0
36 Pete Van Valkenberg 23 13 0 2 20 0 12 10.0 1.5 0.2 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.5 27 0 0
11 Spike Jones 26 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
40 J.D. Hill 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 422 14.6 0 42 2.1 30.1 422 0 2
87 Paul Seymour 23 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 114 11.4 0 22 0.7 8.1 114 0 0
80 Ray Jarvis 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 1.0 12 0 0
Team Total 24.6 14 605 3088 20 80 5.1 220.6 43.2 96 1236 12.9 4 42 6.9 88.3 4324 24 27
Opp Total 14 455 1797 11 3.9 128.4 32.5 166 2118 12.8 12 11.9 151.3 3915 23 30

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
26 Donnie Walker 23 PR 11 1 25 210 0 23 8.4 210
89 Wallace Francis 22 KR 12 0 23 687 2 101 29.9 687
22 Bill Cahill 22 5 0 4 73 1 51 18.3 2 42 0 24 21.0 115
46 Steve Jones 22 11 0 6 116 0 22 19.3 125
80 Ray Jarvis 24 12 0 5 84 0 25 16.8 96
81 Bob Chandler 24 WR 14 14 2 5 0 3 2.5 418
34 Jim Braxton 24 6 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 595
30 Bo Cornell 24 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 15
43 Tony Greene 24 FS 14 12 1 7 0 7 7.0 20
40 J.D. Hill 25 WR 14 14 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 413
56 Willie Parker 25 14 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
36 Pete Van Valkenberg 23 13 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 27
38 Larry Watkins 27 FB 14 10 1 18 0 18 18.0 518
Team Total 24.6 14 32 279 1 51 8.7 42 972 2 101 23.1 5592
Opp Total 14 34 312 1 9.2 44 934 1 21.2

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
11 Spike Jones 26 P 14 0 66 2660 62 0 40.3
3 John Leypoldt 27 K 14 0 7 7 5 3 6 5 8 4 4 2 30 21 70.0% 27 27 100.0%
81 Bob Chandler 24 WR 14 14 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 24.6 14 7 7 5 3 6 5 8 4 4 2 30 21 70.0% 28 28 100.0% 66 2660 62 0 40.3
Opp Total 14 34 19 55.9% 25 23 92.0% 63 2507 39.8

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
12 Joe Ferguson 23 QB 14 14 0 7 4 -3 0
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 26 RB 14 14 0 7 0 0 0
28 Dwight Harrison 25 RCB 14 12 5 117 1 38 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jim Cheyunski 28 MLB 13 12 3 31 0 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 J.D. Hill 25 WR 14 14 0 2 2 0 0
24 Ernie Kellermann 30 SS 10 10 2 23 0 19 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 Jim Braxton 24 6 4 0 2 1 0 0
81 Bob Chandler 24 WR 14 14 0 2 1 0 0
43 Tony Greene 24 FS 14 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 13 0
16 Dennis Shaw 26 4 0 0 2 1 -11 0
38 Larry Watkins 27 FB 14 10 0 3 0 0 0
57 Fred Forsberg 29 10 2 0 0 2 0 0
89 Wallace Francis 22 KR 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
47 Leon Garror 25 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
55 John Skorupan 22 LLB 14 14 0 0 2 22 0
30 Bo Cornell 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Joe DeLamielleure 22 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
20 Robert James*+ 26 LCB 13 12 1 0 0 0 0
11 Spike Jones 26 P 14 0 0 1 0 -16 0
46 Steve Jones 22 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 Mike Kadish 23 LDT 12 9 0 0 1 0 0
70 Bob Kampa 22 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 Rich Lewis 23 RLB 10 8 0 0 1 0 0
3 John Leypoldt 27 K 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Jerry Patton 27 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
85 Walt Patulski 23 LDE 14 10 0 0 1 0 0
26 Donnie Walker 23 PR 11 1 1 22 0 22 0
86 Dave Washington 25 7 4 0 0 1 10 0
Team Total 24.6 14 14 224 1 38 0 0 27 31 17 0
Opp Total 14 30 11 31

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 27 K 14 0 27 27 21 30 90
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 26 RB 14 14 12 12 72
34 Jim Braxton 24 6 4 4 4 24
81 Bob Chandler 24 WR 14 14 3 3 1 1 19
38 Larry Watkins 27 FB 14 10 2 1 3 18
12 Joe Ferguson 23 QB 14 14 2 2 12
89 Wallace Francis 22 KR 12 0 2 2 12
22 Bill Cahill 22 5 0 1 1 6
28 Dwight Harrison 25 RCB 14 12 1 1 6
Team Total 24.6 14 20 4 1 2 1 28 28 28 21 30 259
Opp Total 14 11 12 1 1 23 25 19 34 230

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1973-09-16 @ NWE W, 31-13 1 80 rush O.J. Simpson 80 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
2 1973-09-16 @ NWE W, 31-13 3 4 rush Larry Watkins 4 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1973-09-16 @ NWE W, 31-13 4 22 rush O.J. Simpson 22 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
4 1973-09-16 @ NWE W, 31-13 4 15 rush Larry Watkins 15 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
5 1973-09-23 @ SDG L, 7-34 2 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
6 1973-10-07 PHI W, 27-26 1 101 kickoff Wallace Francis 101 yard kickoff return (John Leypoldt kick)
7 1973-10-07 PHI W, 27-26 2 1 rush Joe Ferguson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
8 1973-10-07 PHI W, 27-26 2 2 rush O.J. Simpson 2 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
9 1973-10-14 BAL W, 31-13 2 10 pass Larry Watkins 10 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1973-10-14 BAL W, 31-13 3 3 rush O.J. Simpson 3 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1973-10-14 BAL W, 31-13 4 1 rush Joe Ferguson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1973-10-14 BAL W, 31-13 4 78 rush O.J. Simpson 78 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
13 1973-10-29 KAN W, 23-14 1 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
14 1973-10-29 KAN W, 23-14 1 4 rush O.J. Simpson 4 yard rush (Bob Chandler run)
15 1973-11-11 CIN L, 13-16 3 32 rush O.J. Simpson 32 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
16 1973-11-25 @ BAL W, 24-17 2 58 rush O.J. Simpson 58 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
17 1973-11-25 @ BAL W, 24-17 4 37 pass Bob Chandler 37 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
18 1973-11-25 @ BAL W, 24-17 4 31 interception Dwight Harrison 31 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
19 1973-12-02 @ ATL W, 17-6 1 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
20 1973-12-02 @ ATL W, 17-6 3 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
21 1973-12-09 NWE W, 37-13 1 90 kickoff Wallace Francis 90 yard kickoff return (John Leypoldt kick)
22 1973-12-09 NWE W, 37-13 2 6 rush O.J. Simpson 6 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
23 1973-12-09 NWE W, 37-13 3 37 pass Bob Chandler 37 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
24 1973-12-09 NWE W, 37-13 3 6 pass Bob Chandler 6 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
25 1973-12-16 @ NYJ W, 34-14 1 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
26 1973-12-16 @ NYJ W, 34-14 2 13 rush O.J. Simpson 13 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
27 1973-12-16 @ NYJ W, 34-14 2 51 punt Bill Cahill 51 yard punt return (John Leypoldt kick)
28 1973-12-16 @ NYJ W, 34-14 3 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1973-09-16 @ NWE W, 31-13 1 7 rush Sam Cunningham 7 yard rush
2 1973-09-16 @ NWE W, 31-13 3 10 rush Mack Herron 10 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
3 1973-09-23 @ SDG L, 7-34 1 72 punt Ron Smith 72 yard punt return (Ray Wersching kick)
4 1973-09-23 @ SDG L, 7-34 2 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
5 1973-09-23 @ SDG L, 7-34 3 26 pass Gary Garrison 26 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Ray Wersching kick)
6 1973-09-23 @ SDG L, 7-34 3 12 pass Jim Thaxton 12 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Ray Wersching kick)
7 1973-09-23 @ SDG L, 7-34 4 4 rush Robert Holmes 4 yard rush
8 1973-09-30 NYJ W, 9-7 4 34 pass Jerome Barkum 34 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1973-10-07 PHI W, 27-26 2 7 pass Norm Bulaich 7 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
10 1973-10-07 PHI W, 27-26 3 9 pass Charle Young 9 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
11 1973-10-14 BAL W, 31-13 4 1 rush Bill Olds 1 yard rush (George Hunt kick)
12 1973-10-21 @ MIA L, 6-27 2 2 pass Jim Mandich 2 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1973-10-21 @ MIA L, 6-27 2 25 pass Jim Mandich 25 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1973-10-21 @ MIA L, 6-27 2 4 rush Mercury Morris 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
15 1973-10-29 KAN W, 23-14 2 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
16 1973-10-29 KAN W, 23-14 4 2 rush Pete Beathard 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
17 1973-11-04 @ NOR L, 0-13 2 9 pass Bob Newland 9 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
18 1973-11-11 CIN L, 13-16 2 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
19 1973-11-18 MIA L, 0-17 1 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1973-11-18 MIA L, 0-17 2 17 pass Paul Warfield 17 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1973-11-25 @ BAL W, 24-17 1 101 kickoff Cotton Speyrer 101 yard kickoff return (George Hunt kick)
22 1973-11-25 @ BAL W, 24-17 4 11 pass Tom Mitchell 11 yard pass from Marty Domres (George Hunt kick)
23 1973-12-09 NWE W, 37-13 3 5 rush Jim Plunkett 5 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
24 1973-12-16 @ NYJ W, 34-14 1 48 pass Jerome Barkum 48 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)
25 1973-12-16 @ NYJ W, 34-14 4 16 pass Rich Caster 16 yard pass from Joe Namath (Bobby Howfield kick)