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1974 Buffalo Bills

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9-5-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.0, Offense: -0.3, Defense: 1.4, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (18.9/g), 12th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 244 points (17.4/g), 12th.
 Differential of 20 points (1.4/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 7.7-6.3.

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 3-4

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 264 3586 829 4.3 29 14 17 220 128 251 1492 14 15 5.3 85 545 2094 11 3.8 118
Team Defense 244 3489 832 4.2 31 11 26 219 146 311 1611 11 20 4.7 97 489 1878 19 3.8 96
Lg Rank Offense 12 23 7 14 20 26 25 12 7 15 5 9 18 14
Lg Rank Defense 12 5 16 19 7 3 3 4 12 4 16 14 22 13

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 16 boxscore W 1-0 Oakland Raiders 21 20 22 306 106 200 1 18 252 100 152 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 1-1 Miami Dolphins 16 24 16 264 157 107 3 16 248 72 176 3
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 2-1 New York Jets 16 12 17 223 223 2 7 139 33 106 3
4 Sun October 6 boxscore W 3-1 @ Green Bay Packers 27 7 22 305 157 148 2 18 231 131 100 3
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 4-1 @ Baltimore Colts 27 14 15 306 125 181 2 11 162 1 161 2
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 5-1 New England Patriots 30 28 19 315 135 180 19 320 131 189 2
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 6-1 Chicago Bears 16 6 16 226 100 126 17 258 159 99 1
8 Sun November 3 boxscore W 7-1 @ New England Patriots 29 28 22 327 224 103 4 20 355 200 155 3
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 7-2 Houston Oilers 9 21 16 224 91 133 6 10 174 59 115 4
10 Sun November 17 boxscore L 7-3 @ Miami Dolphins 28 35 16 271 139 132 2 21 382 222 160 2
11 Sun November 24 boxscore W 8-3 @ Cleveland Browns 15 10 10 197 9 188 19 277 130 147 3
12 Sun December 1 boxscore W 9-3 Baltimore Colts 6 0 9 184 46 138 1 10 144 98 46 1
13 Sun December 8 boxscore L 9-4 @ New York Jets 10 20 12 220 94 126 3 12 226 131 95 1
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 9-5 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 19 8 218 109 109 3 21 321 144 177 1
Playoffs
Division Sun December 22 boxscore L 9-6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 32 15 264 164 100 1 29 438 203 235

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
12 Joe Ferguson 24 QB 14 14 9-5-0 119 232 51.3% 1588 12 5.2 12 5.2 55 6.8 5.6 13.3 113.4 69.0 32 235 5.13 3.99 12.1 3 3
17 Gary Marangi 22 3 0 9 18 50.0% 140 2 11.1 3 16.7 44 7.8 2.5 15.6 46.7 73.6 1 1 7.32 2.32 5.3
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 27 RB 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 25.0 14 9-5-0 128 251 51.0% 1728 14 5.6 15 6.0 55 6.9 5.3 13.5 123.4 67.0 33 236 5.25 3.86 11.6 3 3
Opp Total 14 146 311 46.9% 1898 11 3.5 20 6.4 6.1 3.92 13.0 135.6 51.6 32 287 4.7 2.7 9.3

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*+ 27 RB 14 14 270 1125 3 41 4.2 80.4 19.3 15 189 12.6 1 29 1.1 13.5 1314 4 7
34 Jim Braxton 25 FB 12 11 146 543 4 21 3.7 45.3 12.2 18 171 9.5 0 15 1.5 14.3 714 4 5
12 Joe Ferguson 24 QB 14 14 54 111 2 15 2.1 7.9 3.9 111 2 14
38 Larry Watkins 28 10 1 41 170 2 13 4.1 17.0 4.1 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.7 177 2 0
29 Don Calhoun 22 rb 14 1 21 88 0 15 4.2 6.3 1.5 2 10 5.0 0 7 0.1 0.7 98 0 0
21 Gary Hayman 23 1 0 7 31 0 8 4.4 31.0 7.0 31 0 0
17 Gary Marangi 22 3 0 4 20 0 16 5.0 6.7 1.3 20 0 2
39 Wayne Mosley 22 3 0 2 6 0 4 3.0 2.0 0.7 6 0 0
27 Ahmad Rashad 25 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 433 12.0 4 29 2.6 30.9 433 4 0
40 J.D. Hill 26 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 572 17.9 6 55 2.3 40.9 572 6 0
87 Paul Seymour 24 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 246 16.4 2 40 1.1 17.6 246 2 0
81 Bob Chandler 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 88 12.6 1 21 0.5 6.3 88 1 0
74 Donnie Green 26 RT 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 0.0 0 0 0
24 Ed Jenkins 24 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.2 2.4 12 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 545 2094 11 41 3.8 149.6 38.9 128 1728 13.5 14 55 9.1 123.4 3822 25 32
Opp Total 14 489 1878 19 3.8 134.1 34.9 146 1611 11.0 11 10.4 115.1 3489 30 26

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
26 Donnie Walker 24 PR 14 0 43 384 0 52 8.9 1 20 0 20 20.0 404
89 Wallace Francis 23 KR 14 0 37 947 0 74 25.6 947
22 Bill Cahill 23 14 0 10 62 0 15 6.2 1 26 0 26 26.0 88
29 Don Calhoun 22 rb 14 1 6 90 0 25 15.0 188
30 Bo Cornell 25 LOLB 14 0 3 45 0 20 15.0 45
21 Gary Hayman 23 1 0 2 13 0 11 6.5 44
42 Neal Craig 26 SS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
45 Rex Kern 25 8 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
27 Ahmad Rashad 25 WR 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 433
Team Total 25.0 14 56 460 0 52 8.2 50 1128 0 74 22.6 5410
Opp Total 14 45 416 0 9.2 58 1345 0 23.2

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
3 John Leypoldt 28 K 14 0 10 8 9 6 12 5 2 33 19 57.6%% 29 25 86.2%%
11 Spike Jones 27 P 8 0 35 1305 56 0 37.3
7 Marv Bateman 24 p 5 0 34 1494 66 0 43.9
Team Total 25.0 14 10 8 9 6 12 5 2 33 19 57.6%% 29 25 86.2%% 69 2799 66 0 40.6
Opp Total 14 15 8 53.3%% 32 28 87.5%% 77 2857 37.1

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
12 Joe Ferguson 24 QB 14 14 0 14 5 -13 0
43 Tony Greene+ 25 FS 12 12 9 157 0 38 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 27 RB 14 14 0 7 1 0 0
34 Jim Braxton 25 FB 12 11 0 5 1 0 0
20 Robert James*+ 27 LCB 14 14 3 13 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Donnie Walker 24 PR 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
86 Dave Washington 26 ROLB 14 8 2 72 1 72 0 0 0 2 46 1
59 Doug Allen 23 LILB 14 8 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
17 Gary Marangi 22 3 0 0 2 1 0 0
50 Jim Cheyunski 29 RILB 14 14 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Dave Costa 33 14 0 0 0 2 3 0
42 Neal Craig 26 SS 14 14 1 55 1 55 0 0 0 1 19 0
76 Halvor Hagen 27 8 2 0 0 2 0 0
27 Ahmad Rashad 25 WR 14 14 0 0 2 0 2
30 Bo Cornell 25 LOLB 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 Joe DeLamielleure 23 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
78 Dave Foley 27 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
28 Dwight Harrison 26 RCB 13 12 1 24 0 24 0
45 Rex Kern 25 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Merv Krakau 23 11 0 1 37 0 37 0
56 Rich Lewis 24 6 6 1 33 0 33 0
39 Wayne Mosley 22 3 0 0 0 1 -2 0
85 Walt Patulski 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 3 0
55 John Skorupan 23 lilb 6 6 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 20 413 2 72 0 0 32 29 56 3 1
Opp Total 14 33 26 15

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 28 K 14 0 25 19 82
40 J.D. Hill 26 WR 14 14 6 6 36
27 Ahmad Rashad 25 WR 14 14 4 2 6 36
34 Jim Braxton 25 FB 12 11 4 4 24
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 27 RB 14 14 3 1 4 24
12 Joe Ferguson 24 QB 14 14 2 2 12
87 Paul Seymour 24 TE 14 14 2 2 12
86 Dave Washington 26 ROLB 14 8 1 1 2 12
38 Larry Watkins 28 10 1 2 2 12
81 Bob Chandler 25 14 0 1 1 6
42 Neal Craig 26 SS 14 14 1 1 6
71 Mike Kadish 24 NT 14 14 1 2
Team Total 25.0 14 11 14 3 2 30 25 19 1 264
Opp Total 14 19 11 1 1 28 8 244

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-16 OAK W, 21-20 2 4 pass J.D. Hill 4 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
2 1974-09-16 OAK W, 21-20 4 8 pass Ahmad Rashad 8 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1974-09-16 OAK W, 21-20 4 13 pass Ahmad Rashad 13 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
4 1974-09-22 MIA L, 16-24 3 0 fumble Ahmad Rashad 0 yard fumble return
5 1974-09-22 MIA L, 16-24 4 25 pass J.D. Hill 25 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
6 1974-09-29 NYJ W, 16-12 1 1 rush Joe Ferguson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
7 1974-09-29 NYJ W, 16-12 4 21 rush Jim Braxton 21 yard rush
8 1974-10-06 @ GNB W, 27-7 1 9 pass Ahmad Rashad 9 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
9 1974-10-06 @ GNB W, 27-7 2 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush
10 1974-10-06 @ GNB W, 27-7 3 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1974-10-06 @ GNB W, 27-7 4 2 rush Jim Braxton 2 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1974-10-13 @ BAL W, 27-14 2 55 interception Neal Craig 55 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
13 1974-10-13 @ BAL W, 27-14 2 47 pass J.D. Hill 47 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
14 1974-10-13 @ BAL W, 27-14 4 1 rush Larry Watkins 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
15 1974-10-20 NWE W, 30-28 1 10 pass Paul Seymour 10 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
16 1974-10-20 NWE W, 30-28 1 29 pass O.J. Simpson 29 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
17 1974-10-20 NWE W, 30-28 1 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
18 1974-10-20 NWE W, 30-28 2 40 pass Paul Seymour 40 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
19 1974-10-27 CHI W, 16-6 1 1 rush Larry Watkins 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
20 1974-11-03 @ NWE W, 29-28 2 25 pass Ahmad Rashad 25 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
21 1974-11-03 @ NWE W, 29-28 2 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
22 1974-11-03 @ NWE W, 29-28 3 72 interception Dave Washington 72 yard interception return (John Leypoldt kick)
23 1974-11-17 @ MIA L, 28-35 3 1 rush Joe Ferguson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
24 1974-11-17 @ MIA L, 28-35 4 42 fumble Dave Washington 42 yard fumble return (John Leypoldt kick)
25 1974-11-17 @ MIA L, 28-35 4 44 pass J.D. Hill 44 yard pass from Gary Marangi (John Leypoldt kick)
26 1974-11-17 @ MIA L, 28-35 4 5 pass Bob Chandler 5 yard pass from Gary Marangi (John Leypoldt kick)
27 1974-11-24 @ CLE W, 15-10 2 41 rush O.J. Simpson 41 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
28 1974-12-08 @ NYJ L, 10-20 3 41 pass J.D. Hill 41 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
29 1974-12-15 @ RAM L, 14-19 2 0 fumble Ahmad Rashad 0 yard fumble return (John Leypoldt kick)
30 1974-12-15 @ RAM L, 14-19 4 55 pass J.D. Hill 55 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-16 OAK L, 20-21 3 15 rush Clarence Davis 15 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
2 1974-09-16 OAK L, 20-21 4 29 fumble Art Thoms 29 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
3 1974-09-22 MIA W, 24-16 2 1 pass Jim Mandich 1 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1974-09-22 MIA W, 24-16 3 3 pass Marv Fleming 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1974-09-22 MIA W, 24-16 4 17 rush Mercury Morris 17 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1974-09-29 NYJ L, 12-16 2 13 rush John Riggins 13 yard rush
7 1974-10-06 @ GNB L, 7-27 4 3 rush MacArthur Lane 3 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
8 1974-10-13 @ BAL L, 14-27 2 9 rush Bert Jones 9 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
9 1974-10-13 @ BAL L, 14-27 3 6 rush Lydell Mitchell 6 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
10 1974-10-20 NWE L, 28-30 1 75 rush Sam Cunningham 75 yard rush (John Smith kick)
11 1974-10-20 NWE L, 28-30 2 12 rush Sam Cunningham 12 yard rush (John Smith kick)
12 1974-10-20 NWE L, 28-30 3 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
13 1974-10-20 NWE L, 28-30 4 12 pass Reggie Rucker 12 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
14 1974-11-03 @ NWE L, 28-29 1 43 pass Mack Herron 43 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
15 1974-11-03 @ NWE L, 28-29 2 20 pass Mack Herron 20 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
16 1974-11-03 @ NWE L, 28-29 2 31 rush Sam Cunningham 31 yard rush (John Smith kick)
17 1974-11-03 @ NWE L, 28-29 3 2 rush Mack Herron 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
18 1974-11-10 HOU W, 21-9 1 13 rush Willie Rodgers 13 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
19 1974-11-10 HOU W, 21-9 1 25 pass Mack Alston 25 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
20 1974-11-10 HOU W, 21-9 3 9 rush Vic Washington 9 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
21 1974-11-17 @ MIA W, 35-28 2 2 rush Larry Csonka 2 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1974-11-17 @ MIA W, 35-28 2 49 pass Paul Warfield 49 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1974-11-17 @ MIA W, 35-28 3 6 rush Larry Csonka 6 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
24 1974-11-17 @ MIA W, 35-28 4 11 rush Don Nottingham 11 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
25 1974-11-17 @ MIA W, 35-28 4 23 rush Don Nottingham 23 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
26 1974-11-24 @ CLE L, 10-15 4 3 pass Ken Brown 3 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1974-12-08 @ NYJ W, 20-10 3 19 pass Rich Caster 19 yard pass from Joe Namath
28 1974-12-08 @ NYJ W, 20-10 4 36 pass Jerome Barkum 36 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
29 1974-12-08 @ NYJ W, 20-10 4 67 interception Ralph Baker 67 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)
30 1974-12-15 @ RAM W, 19-14 3 14 pass Rob Scribner 14 yard pass from James Harris (Mike Burke kick)
31 1974-12-15 @ RAM W, 19-14 3 1 rush James Harris 1 yard rush
32 1974-12-15 @ RAM W, 19-14 4 1 rush Ron Jaworski 1 yard rush