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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)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Joe Ferguson 24 1 14 119 for 232, 1,588 yards, 12 td, 12 int, & 54 rushes for 111 yards and 2 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
RB O.J. Simpson*+ 27 5 14 270 rushes for 1,125 yards, 3 td, & 15 catches for 189 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
FB Jim Braxton 25 3 11 146 rushes for 543 yards, 4 td, & 18 catches for 171 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1971
WR J.D. Hill 26 3 14 32 catches for 572 yards, 6 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
WR Ahmad Rashad 25 2 14 36 catches for 433 yards, 4 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
TE Paul Seymour 24 1 14 15 catches for 246 yards, 2 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 7th pick / 1973
LT Dave Foley 27 5 14 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 1st / 26th pick / 1969
LG Reggie McKenzie 24 2 14 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
C Mike Montler 30 5 14 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
RG Joe DeLamielleure 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
RT Donnie Green 26 3 10 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 107th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE Walt Patulski 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1972
NT Mike Kadish 24 1 14 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
RDE Earl Edwards 28 5 14 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
LOLB Bo Cornell 25 3 0 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 40th pick / 1971
LILB Doug Allen 23 Rook 8 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1974
RILB Jim Cheyunski 29 6 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 12th / 305th pick / 1968
ROLB Dave Washington 26 4 8 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
LCB Robert James*+ 27 5 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RCB Dwight Harrison 26 3 12 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 35th pick / 1971
SS Neal Craig 26 3 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 171st pick / 1971
FS Tony Greene+ 25 3 12 9 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K John Leypoldt 28 3 0 19 of 33 field goals & 25 of 29 extra points
P Spike Jones 27 4 0 35 punts for a 37.3 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1970
PR Donnie Walker 24 1 0 43 punt returns for a 8.9 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 4th / 87th pick / 1973
KR Wallace Francis 23 1 0 37 kick returns for a 25.6 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Bill Adams 24 8 0 255 6-2 Holy Cross 2/4/1950 2 3 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 161st pick / 1972
59 Doug Allen 23 LILB 14 8 228 6-2 Penn St. 11/13/1951 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1974
7 Marv Bateman 24 5 0 213 6-4 Utah 4/5/1950 2 2 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 78th pick / 1972
34 Jim Braxton 25 FB 12 11 243 6-1 West Virginia 5/23/1949 3 8 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1971
22 Bill Cahill 23 14 0 180 5-11 Washington 5/5/1951 1 2 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 158th pick / 1973
29 Don Calhoun 22 rb 14 1 206 6-0 Kansas St. 4/29/1952 Rook 1 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
81 Bob Chandler 25 14 0 180 6-0 USC 4/24/1949 3 1 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
50 Jim Cheyunski 29 RILB 14 14 225 6-1 Syracuse 12/29/1945 6 6 Boston Patriots / 12th / 305th pick / 1968
30 Bo Cornell 25 LOLB 14 0 220 6-2 Washington 3/7/1949 3 5 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 40th pick / 1971
64 Dave Costa 33 14 0 250 6-2 Utah 10/27/1941 11 3 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
42 Neal Craig 26 SS 14 14 191 6-1 Fisk 4/21/1948 3 5 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 171st pick / 1971
72 Don Croft 25 6 0 254 6-4 Texas-El Paso 1/7/1949 2 2 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 115th pick / 1972
68 Joe DeLamielleure 23 RG 14 14 254 6-3 Michigan St. 3/16/1951 1 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
73 Earl Edwards 28 RDE 14 14 260 6-7 Wichita St. 3/17/1946 5 5 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
12 Joe Ferguson 24 QB 14 14 195 6-1 Arkansas 4/23/1950 1 10 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
78 Dave Foley 27 LT 14 14 255 6-5 Ohio St. 10/28/1947 5 6 New York Jets / 1st / 26th pick / 1969
89 Wallace Francis 23 KR 14 0 190 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 11/7/1951 1 0 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
88 Reuben Gant 22 13 0 230 6-4 Oklahoma St. 4/12/1952 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1974
74 Donnie Green 26 RT 10 10 272 6-7 Purdue 7/12/1948 3 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 107th pick / 1971
43 Tony Greene+ 25 FS 12 12 170 5-10 Maryland 8/29/1949 3 11
76 Halvor Hagen 27 8 2 245 6-5 Weber St. 2/4/1947 5 3 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 74th pick / 1969
28 Dwight Harrison 26 RCB 13 12 187 6-1 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/12/1948 3 5 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 35th pick / 1971
47 Clint Haslerig 22 9 0 189 6-0 Michigan 4/9/1952 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 83rd pick / 1974
21 Gary Hayman 23 1 0 198 6-1 Penn St. 9/8/1951 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 106th pick / 1974
40 J.D. Hill 26 WR 14 14 202 6-1 Arizona St. 10/30/1948 3 9 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
16 Scott Hunter 27 1 0 205 6-2 Alabama 11/11/1947 3 0 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 140th pick / 1971
20 Robert James*+ 27 LCB 14 14 184 6-1 Fisk 7/7/1947 5 12
51 Bruce Jarvis 26 1 0 250 6-7 Washington 11/3/1948 3 2 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1971
24 Ed Jenkins 24 5 0 210 6-2 Holy Cross 8/31/1950 2 0 Miami Dolphins / 11th / 285th pick / 1972
11 Spike Jones 27 P 8 0 197 6-2 Georgia 7/9/1947 4 1 Houston Oilers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1970
46 Steve Jones 23 3 0 200 6-0 Duke 3/6/1951 1 0 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 129th pick / 1973
71 Mike Kadish 24 NT 14 14 270 6-5 Notre Dame 5/27/1950 1 5 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
70 Bob Kampa 23 3 0 252 6-4 California 4/26/1951 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 77th pick / 1973
45 Rex Kern 25 8 0 190 5-11 Ohio St. 5/28/1949 3 2 Baltimore Colts / 10th / 260th pick / 1971
37 Ted Koy 27 12 0 212 6-2 Texas 9/15/1947 4 0 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 50th pick / 1970
52 Merv Krakau 23 11 0 242 6-2 Iowa St. 5/16/1951 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 14th / 344th pick / 1973
56 Rich Lewis 24 6 6 220 6-3 Portland St. 6/8/1950 2 2
3 John Leypoldt 28 K 14 0 229 6-2 Northern Virginia CC 3/31/1946 3 2
17 Gary Marangi 22 3 0 201 6-1 Boston Col. 7/29/1952 Rook 1 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 70th pick / 1974
67 Reggie McKenzie 24 LG 14 14 255 6-4 Michigan 7/27/1950 2 9 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
77 Dave Means 22 9 0 235 6-4 SE Missouri St. 1/23/1952 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 12th / 303rd pick / 1974
53 Mike Montler 30 C 14 14 254 6-5 Colorado 1/10/1944 5 6 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
39 Wayne Mosley 22 3 0 190 6-0 Alabama A&M 10/6/1952 Rook 0
65 Nick Nighswander 22 7 0 232 6-0 Morehead St. 11/3/1952 Rook 3
61 Willie Parker 26 14 0 245 6-3 North Texas 12/28/1948 1 3 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1971
85 Walt Patulski 24 LDE 14 14 259 6-6 Notre Dame 2/3/1950 2 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1972
24 Al Randolph 30 3 0 205 6-2 Iowa 7/8/1944 8 2 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 37th pick / 1966
27 Ahmad Rashad 25 WR 14 14 205 6-2 Oregon 11/19/1949 2 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
87 Paul Seymour 24 TE 14 14 252 6-5 Michigan 2/6/1950 1 4 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 7th pick / 1973
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 27 RB 14 14 212 6-2 USC 7/9/1947 5 14 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
55 John Skorupan 23 lilb 6 6 222 6-2 Penn St. 5/17/1951 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 136th pick / 1973
26 Donnie Walker 24 PR 14 0 180 6-2 Central State (OH) 12/26/1950 1 0 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 87th pick / 1973
86 Dave Washington 26 ROLB 14 8 223 6-5 Alcorn St. 9/12/1948 4 5 Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
38 Larry Watkins 28 10 1 230 6-2 Alcorn St. 10/5/1946 5 2
62 Jeff Yeates 23 10 0 248 6-3 Boston Col. 8/3/1951 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
Team Total 25.0 14 221.8 6-2.3 2.5