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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)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Joe Ferguson 23 Rook 14 73 for 164, 939 yards, 4 td, 10 int, & 48 rushes for 147 yards and 2 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
RB O.J. Simpson*+ 26 4 14 332 rushes for 2,003 yards, 12 td, & 6 catches for 70 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
FB Larry Watkins 27 4 10 98 rushes for 414 yards, 2 td, & 12 catches for 86 yards and 1 td
WR Bob Chandler 24 2 14 30 catches for 427 yards, 3 td, & 5 rushes for -14 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
WR J.D. Hill 25 2 14 29 catches for 422 yards, 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
TE Paul Seymour 23 Rook 14 10 catches for 114 yards, 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 7th pick / 1973
LT Dave Foley* 26 4 14 New York Jets / 1st / 26th pick / 1969
LG Reggie McKenzie+ 23 1 14 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
C Bruce Jarvis 25 2 8 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1971
RG Joe DeLamielleure 22 Rook 14 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
RT Donnie Green 25 2 14 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 107th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE Walt Patulski 23 1 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1972
LDT Mike Kadish 23 Rook 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
RDT Jerry Patton 27 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDE Earl Edwards 27 4 14 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
LLB John Skorupan 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 6th / 136th pick / 1973
MLB Jim Cheyunski 28 5 12 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 12th / 305th pick / 1968
RLB Rich Lewis 23 1 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LCB Robert James*+ 26 4 12 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Dwight Harrison 25 2 12 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 35th pick / 1971
SS Ernie Kellermann 30 7 10 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 12th / 159th pick / 1965
FS Tony Greene 24 2 12 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K John Leypoldt 27 2 0 21 of 30 field goals & 27 of 27 extra points
P Spike Jones 26 3 0 66 punts for a 40.3 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1970
PR Donnie Walker 23 Rook 1 25 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 4th / 87th pick / 1973
KR Wallace Francis 22 Rook 0 23 kick returns for a 29.9 average and 2 td Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
34 Jim Braxton 24 6 4 243 6-1 West Virginia 5/23/1949 2 6 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1971
22 Bill Cahill 22 5 0 180 5-11 Washington 5/5/1951 Rook 3 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 158th pick / 1973
81 Bob Chandler 24 WR 14 14 180 6-0 USC 4/24/1949 2 7 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
50 Jim Cheyunski 28 MLB 13 12 225 6-1 Syracuse 12/29/1945 5 7 Boston Patriots / 12th / 305th pick / 1968
30 Bo Cornell 24 14 0 220 6-2 Washington 3/7/1949 2 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 40th pick / 1971
54 Phil Croyle 26 5 0 223 6-3 California 10/30/1947 2 2 Houston Oilers / 7th / 159th pick / 1971
68 Joe DeLamielleure 22 RG 14 14 254 6-3 Michigan St. 3/16/1951 Rook 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
73 Earl Edwards 27 RDE 14 14 260 6-7 Wichita St. 3/17/1946 4 6 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
57 Dale Farley 24 2 0 225 6-3 West Virginia 9/27/1949 2 2 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 74th pick / 1971
12 Joe Ferguson 23 QB 14 14 195 6-1 Arkansas 4/23/1950 Rook 5 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
78 Dave Foley* 26 LT 14 14 255 6-5 Ohio St. 10/28/1947 4 7 New York Jets / 1st / 26th pick / 1969
57 Fred Forsberg 29 10 2 235 6-1 Washington 7/4/1944 5 3 Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
89 Wallace Francis 22 KR 12 0 190 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 11/7/1951 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
47 Leon Garror 25 4 2 180 6-0 Alcorn St. 5/2/1948 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 105th pick / 1972
74 Donnie Green 25 RT 14 14 272 6-7 Purdue 7/12/1948 2 6 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 107th pick / 1971
43 Tony Greene 24 FS 14 12 170 5-10 Maryland 8/29/1949 2 6
88 Halvor Hagen 26 5 5 245 6-5 Weber St. 2/4/1947 4 2 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 74th pick / 1969
28 Dwight Harrison 25 RCB 14 12 187 6-1 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/12/1948 2 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 35th pick / 1971
40 J.D. Hill 25 WR 14 14 202 6-1 Arizona St. 10/30/1948 2 7 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
20 Robert James*+ 26 LCB 13 12 184 6-1 Fisk 7/7/1947 4 13
51 Bruce Jarvis 25 C 8 8 250 6-7 Washington 11/3/1948 2 3 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1971
80 Ray Jarvis 24 12 0 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
11 Spike Jones 26 P 14 0 197 6-2 Georgia 7/9/1947 3 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1970
46 Steve Jones 22 11 0 200 6-0 Duke 3/6/1951 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 129th pick / 1973
71 Mike Kadish 23 LDT 12 9 270 6-5 Notre Dame 5/27/1950 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
70 Bob Kampa 22 7 0 252 6-4 California 4/26/1951 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 77th pick / 1973
24 Ernie Kellermann 30 SS 10 10 183 6-0 Miami (OH) 12/17/1943 7 6 Dallas Cowboys / 12th / 159th pick / 1965
54 Rick Kingrea 24 4 0 233 6-1 Tulane 7/18/1949 2 2 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 352nd pick / 1971
37 Ted Koy 26 13 1 212 6-2 Texas 9/15/1947 3 0 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 50th pick / 1970
52 Merv Krakau 22 14 2 242 6-2 Iowa St. 5/16/1951 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 14th / 344th pick / 1973
56 Rich Lewis 23 RLB 10 8 220 6-3 Portland St. 6/8/1950 1 6
3 John Leypoldt 27 K 14 0 229 6-2 Northern Virginia CC 3/31/1946 2 5
82 Brian McConnell 23 1 0 220 6-4 Michigan St. 1/21/1950 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 162nd pick / 1973
67 Reggie McKenzie+ 23 LG 14 14 255 6-4 Michigan 7/27/1950 1 11 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
53 Mike Montler 29 c 10 6 254 6-5 Colorado 1/10/1944 4 3 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
79 Steve Okoniewski 24 5 4 257 6-3 Washington,Montana 8/22/1949 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 41st pick / 1972
56 Willie Parker 25 14 0 245 6-3 North Texas 12/28/1948 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1971
77 Jerry Patton 27 RDT 14 14 261 6-3 Nebraska 3/27/1946 2 6
85 Walt Patulski 23 LDE 14 10 259 6-6 Notre Dame 2/3/1950 1 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1972
69 Bob Penchion 24 5 0 265 6-5 Alcorn St. 8/11/1949 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 108th pick / 1972
48 John Pitts 28 3 2 218 6-4 Arizona St. 2/28/1945 6 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 22nd pick / 1967
87 Paul Seymour 23 TE 14 14 252 6-5 Michigan 2/6/1950 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 7th pick / 1973
16 Dennis Shaw 26 4 0 217 6-3 USC,San Diego St. 3/3/1947 3 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 30th pick / 1970
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 26 RB 14 14 212 6-2 USC 7/9/1947 4 19 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
55 John Skorupan 22 LLB 14 14 222 6-2 Penn St. 5/17/1951 Rook 6 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 136th pick / 1973
23 Ken Stone 23 6 4 179 6-1 Vanderbilt 9/14/1950 Rook 2 Washington Redskins / 10th / 245th pick / 1973
36 Pete Van Valkenberg 23 13 0 192 6-2 BYU 5/19/1950 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 66th pick / 1973
26 Donnie Walker 23 PR 11 1 180 6-2 Central State (OH) 12/26/1950 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 87th pick / 1973
86 Dave Washington 25 7 4 223 6-5 Alcorn St. 9/12/1948 3 3 Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
38 Larry Watkins 27 FB 14 10 230 6-2 Alcorn St. 10/5/1946 4 5
75 Jeff Winans 22 9 0 265 6-5 USC 10/12/1951 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1973
Team Total 24.6 14 223.9 6-2.6 1.9