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1975 Buffalo Bills

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8-6-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1975 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.1, Offense: 10.4, Defense: -3.4, SoS: 2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 420 points (30.0/g), 1st of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 355 points (25.4/g), 21st.
 Differential of 65 points (4.6/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 8.4-5.6.

Coach: Lou Saban (8-6-0)

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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 420 5467 964 5.7 34 15 24 318 182 354 2493 28 19 6.6 132 588 2974 26 5.1 162
Team Defense 355 5073 941 5.4 45 20 25 300 237 431 3080 25 25 6.7 151 480 1993 21 4.2 124
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 8 10 1 19 8 1 13 4 3 1 3 1
Lg Rank Defense 21 24 1 5 24 24 26 23 6 24 9 14 21 20

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-0 New York Jets 42 14 26 361 52 309 17 261 150 111 5
2 Sun September 28 boxscore W 2-0 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 30 21 21 434 124 310 1 19 353 231 122 5
3 Sun October 5 boxscore W 3-0 Denver Broncos 38 14 29 436 143 293 1 13 305 258 47 4
4 Sun October 12 boxscore W 4-0 @ Baltimore Colts 38 31 26 424 246 178 2 19 349 153 196 1
5 Mon October 20 boxscore L 4-1 New York Giants 14 17 18 309 138 171 3 16 349 214 135 3
6 Sun October 26 boxscore L 4-2 Miami Dolphins 30 35 21 345 217 128 4 25 377 148 229 2
7 Sun November 2 boxscore W 5-2 @ New York Jets 24 23 22 435 287 148 3 25 366 167 199 1
8 Sun November 9 boxscore L 5-3 Baltimore Colts 35 42 20 418 239 179 3 25 498 299 199 3
9 Mon November 17 boxscore L 5-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 24 33 20 335 93 242 2 34 553 441 112 1
10 Sun November 23 boxscore W 6-4 New England Patriots 45 31 23 416 263 153 1 28 498 360 138 5
11 Thu November 27 boxscore W 7-4 @ St. Louis Cardinals 32 14 25 392 128 264 3 16 210 156 54 7
12 Sun December 7 boxscore L 7-5 @ Miami Dolphins 21 31 21 385 255 130 2 19 296 99 197
13 Sun December 14 boxscore W 8-5 @ New England Patriots 34 14 26 468 119 349 4 16 271 185 86 6
14 Sat December 20 boxscore L 8-6 Minnesota Vikings 13 35 20 309 189 120 5 28 387 219 168 2

Passing

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 25 QB 14 14 8-6-0 169 321 52.6 2426 25 7.8 17 5.3 77 7.6 6.7 14.4 173.3 81.3 20 153 6.67 5.89 5.9 1 3
17 Gary Marangi 23 5 0 13 33 39.4 235 3 9.1 2 6.1 64 7.1 6.2 18.1 47.0 69.6 2 15 6.29 5.43 5.7
Team Total 25.2 14 8-6-0 182 354 51.4 2661 28 7.9 19 5.4 77 7.5 6.7 14.6 190.1 80.2 22 168 6.63 5.85 5.9 1 3
Opp Total 14 237 431 55.0 3355 25 5.8 25 5.8 7.8 6.33 14.2 239.6 75.5 30 275 6.7 5.3 6.5

Rushing & Receiving

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*+ 28 RB 14 14 329 1817 16 88 5.5 129.8 23.5 28 426 15.2 7 64 2.0 30.4 2243 23 7
34 Jim Braxton 26 FB 14 14 186 823 9 29 4.4 58.8 13.3 26 282 10.8 4 32 1.9 20.1 1105 13 7
12 Joe Ferguson 25 QB 14 14 23 82 1 17 3.6 5.9 1.6 82 1 4
29 Don Calhoun 23 6 0 19 80 0 11 4.2 13.3 3.2 80 0 1
21 Gary Hayman 24 PR 14 0 10 30 0 7 3.0 2.1 0.7 30 0 3
33 Vic Washington 29 KR 13 3 9 49 0 9 5.4 3.8 0.7 2 21 10.5 0 15 0.2 1.6 70 0 1
17 Gary Marangi 23 5 0 7 78 0 30 11.1 15.6 1.4 78 0 0
81 Bob Chandler 26 WR 14 13 2 5 0 5 2.5 0.4 0.1 55 746 13.6 6 35 3.9 53.3 751 6 0
47 Clint Haslerig 23 3 0 2 9 0 6 4.5 3.0 0.7 9 0 0
40 J.D. Hill 27 WR 14 13 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 36 667 18.5 7 77 2.6 47.6 668 7 0
87 Paul Seymour 25 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 268 14.1 1 32 1.4 19.1 268 1 0
88 Reuben Gant 23 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 107 11.9 2 19 0.6 7.6 107 2 0
80 John Holland 23 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 144 20.6 1 63 0.6 12.0 144 1 0
Team Total 25.2 14 588 2974 26 88 5.1 212.4 42.0 182 2661 14.6 28 77 13.0 190.1 5635 54 24
Opp Total 14 480 1993 21 4.2 142.4 34.3 237 3080 13.0 25 16.9 220.0 5073 46 42

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
33 Vic Washington 29 KR 13 3 35 923 0 59 26.4 993
21 Gary Hayman 24 PR 14 0 25 216 0 30 8.6 8 179 0 34 22.4 425
80 John Holland 23 12 1 7 53 0 13 7.6 4 67 0 25 16.8 264
41 Royce McKinney 22 db 9 1 6 151 0 37 25.2 151
23 Steven Schnarr 23 12 0 4 80 0 27 20.0 80
30 Bo Cornell 26 ROLB 14 11 3 38 0 16 12.7 38
26 Ed Jones 23 SS 12 11 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
67 Reggie McKenzie 25 LG 14 14 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
54 Tom Ruud 22 lb 14 3 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
Team Total 25.2 14 33 278 0 30 8.4 62 1457 0 59 23.5 7370
Opp Total 14 29 179 0 6.2 64 1496 0 23.4

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
3 John Leypoldt 29 K 14 0 1 2 2 5 4 7 3 1 16 9 56.3% 57 51 89.5%
7 Marv Bateman 25 P 14 0 61 2536 74 2 41.6
Team Total 25.2 14 1 2 2 5 4 7 3 1 16 9 56.3% 57 51 89.5% 61 2536 74 2 41.6
Opp Total 14 16 9 56.3% 47 46 97.9% 59 2390 40.5

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
28 Dwight Harrison 27 RCB 13 13 8 99 0 40 0 0 1 1 0 0
43 Tony Greene 26 fs/LCB 14 12 6 81 0 37 0 0 0 3 64 0
34 Jim Braxton 26 FB 14 14 0 7 1 0 0
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 28 RB 14 14 0 7 1 0 0
12 Joe Ferguson 25 QB 14 14 0 4 3 -1 0
21 Gary Hayman 24 PR 14 0 0 3 2 0 0
26 Ed Jones 23 SS 12 11 3 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Merv Krakau 24 RILB 14 10 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
22 Steve Freeman 22 FS 14 6 2 44 1 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Don Croft 26 13 4 0 0 2 0 0
73 Earl Edwards 29 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 5 0
45 Charlie Ford 27 db 5 4 1 19 0 19 0 0 0 1 8 0
55 John Skorupan 24 LOLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 0
37 Ike Thomas 28 5 4 2 74 0 58 0
65 Pat Toomay 27 14 9 1 44 1 44 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Doug Allen 24 LILB 14 5 0 0 1 0 0
29 Don Calhoun 23 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
42 Frank Oliver 23 db 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
85 Walt Patulski 25 LDE 14 11 0 0 1 0 0
54 Tom Ruud 22 lb 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
87 Paul Seymour 25 TE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
33 Vic Washington 29 KR 13 3 0 1 0 0 0
75 Jeff Winans 24 g 11 3 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 25 376 2 58 0 0 24 29 116 1
Opp Total 14 22 42 22

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 28 RB 14 14 16 7 23 138
34 Jim Braxton 26 FB 14 14 9 4 13 78
3 John Leypoldt 29 K 14 0 51 9 78
40 J.D. Hill 27 WR 14 13 7 7 42
81 Bob Chandler 26 WR 14 13 6 6 36
88 Reuben Gant 23 14 1 2 2 12
12 Joe Ferguson 25 QB 14 14 1 1 6
22 Steve Freeman 22 FS 14 6 1 1 6
80 John Holland 23 12 1 1 1 6
71 Mike Kadish 25 NT 14 10 1 1 6
87 Paul Seymour 25 TE 14 14 1 1 6
65 Pat Toomay 27 14 9 1 1 6
Team Total 25.2 14 26 28 1 2 57 51 9 420
Opp Total 14 21 25 1 46 9 355