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1976 Buffalo Bills

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2-12-0, AFC East Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.2, Offense: -2.5, Defense: -6.7, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 245 points (17.5/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 363 points (25.9/g), 24th.
 Differential of -118 points (-8.4/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 4.0-10.0.

Coach: Jim Ringo (0-9-0) and Lou Saban (2-3-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Richie McCabe

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
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 245 4404 964 4.6 43 26 13 250 156 383 1838 16 17 4.4 102 548 2566 11 4.7 135
Team Defense 363 4730 898 5.3 42 23 24 262 163 337 2265 18 19 6.2 110 533 2465 19 4.6 128
Lg Rank Offense 20 12 24 28 15 10 18 14 13 22 9 3 19 2
Lg Rank Defense 24 23 7 4 20 5 20 20 12 23 18 23 22 26

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 Mon September 13 boxscore L 0-1 Miami Dolphins 21 30 16 383 275 108 25 401 197 204 3
2 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-2 Houston Oilers 3 13 13 168 79 89 2 11 260 52 208 1
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-2 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 9 14 295 186 109 2 15 338 168 170 2
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 2-2 Kansas City Chiefs 50 17 25 446 180 266 22 502 341 161 6
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-3 @ New York Jets 14 17 11 205 80 125 5 20 270 63 207 4
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-4 Baltimore Colts 13 31 17 344 199 145 2 24 415 202 213 2
7 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-5 New England Patriots 22 26 21 309 100 209 5 18 277 93 184 4
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 2-6 New York Jets 14 19 17 311 87 224 5 16 234 79 155 4
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 2-7 @ New England Patriots 10 20 20 373 224 149 8 16 298 126 172 5
10 Mon November 15 boxscore L 2-8 @ Dallas Cowboys 10 17 19 250 103 147 1 14 228 165 63 1
11 Sun November 21 boxscore L 2-9 San Diego Chargers 13 34 14 219 71 148 3 20 382 198 184 4
12 Thu November 25 boxscore L 2-10 @ Detroit Lions 14 27 19 322 15 307 3 17 304 111 193 3
13 Sun December 5 boxscore L 2-11 @ Miami Dolphins 27 45 23 424 155 269 2 19 425 207 218 1
14 Sun December 12 boxscore L 2-12 @ Baltimore Colts 20 58 21 355 84 271 5 25 396 263 133 2

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
17 Gary Marangi 24 QB 11 7 0-7-0 82 232 35.3 998 7 3.0 16 6.9 39 4.3 1.8 12.2 90.7 30.8 22 166 3.28 0.99 8.7
12 Joe Ferguson 26 qb 7 7 2-5-0 74 151 49.0 1086 9 6.0 1 0.7 58 7.2 8.1 14.7 155.1 90.0 11 80 6.21 7.04 6.8 1 1
Team Total 25.4 14 2-12-0 156 383 40.7 2084 16 4.2 17 4.4 58 5.4 4.3 13.4 148.9 54.1 33 246 4.42 3.35 7.9 1 1
Opp Total 14 163 337 48.4 2475 18 5.3 19 5.6 7.3 5.88 15.2 176.8 67.3 28 210 6.2 4.8 7.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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*+ 29 RB 14 13 290 1503 8 75 5.2 107.4 20.7 22 259 11.8 1 43 1.6 18.5 1762 9 6
36 Jeff Kinney 27 FB 12 7 116 475 1 22 4.1 39.6 9.7 14 78 5.6 0 15 1.2 6.5 553 1 3
17 Gary Marangi 24 QB 11 7 39 230 2 21 5.9 20.9 3.5 230 2 12
25 Roland Hooks 23 rb 14 2 25 116 0 24 4.6 8.3 1.8 6 72 12.0 0 28 0.4 5.1 188 0 4
38 Eddie Ray 29 7 3 24 56 0 7 2.3 8.0 3.4 3 26 8.7 0 15 0.4 3.7 82 0 5
33 Vic Washington 30 2 1 22 65 0 10 3.0 32.5 11.0 3 29 9.7 0 11 1.5 14.5 94 0 0
12 Joe Ferguson 26 qb 7 7 18 81 0 19 4.5 11.6 2.6 81 0 2
35 Darnell Powell 22 11 0 11 40 0 20 3.6 3.6 1.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 46 0 0
81 Bob Chandler 27 WR 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 61 824 13.5 10 58 4.4 58.9 824 10 3
86 Emmett Edwards 24 wr 6 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2 53 26.5 0 46 0.3 8.8 53 0 0
34 Jim Braxton 27 1 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 0
87 Paul Seymour 26 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 169 10.6 0 22 1.2 13.0 169 0 1
80 John Holland 24 WR 13 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 299 19.9 2 58 1.2 23.0 299 2 1
88 Reuben Gant 24 wr 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 263 21.9 3 39 0.9 18.8 263 3 1
53 Mike Montler 32 C 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 6 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 548 2566 11 75 4.7 183.3 39.1 156 2084 13.4 16 58 11.1 148.9 4650 27 45
Opp Total 14 533 2465 19 4.6 176.1 38.1 163 2265 13.9 18 11.6 161.8 4730 37 37

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
46 Keith Moody 23 KR/PR 14 2 16 166 1 67 10.4 26 605 0 41 23.3 771
25 Roland Hooks 23 rb 14 2 11 45 0 12 4.1 23 521 0 79 22.7 754
80 John Holland 24 WR 13 8 4 11 0 8 2.8 4 62 0 19 15.5 372
54 Tom Ruud 23 14 0 6 68 0 17 11.3 68
86 Mike Holmes 26 1 0 4 90 0 26 22.5 90
35 Darnell Powell 22 11 0 4 101 0 26 25.3 147
33 Vic Washington 30 2 1 3 63 0 27 21.0 157
47 Roscoe Word 24 1 0 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 2 36 0 19 18.0 28
30 Bo Cornell 27 lb 14 1 2 32 0 18 16.0 32
89 Bob Gaddis 24 2 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 1 16 0 16 16.0 22
Team Total 25.4 14 33 220 1 67 6.7 75 1594 0 79 21.3 6464
Opp Total 14 52 878 2 16.9 48 1204 0 25.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
7 Marv Bateman 26 P 14 0 86 3678 78 1 42.8
5 George Jakowenko 28 K 11 0 4 4 6 4 7 4 17 12 70.6% 24 21 87.5%
3 John Leypoldt 30 k 1 0 3 3 0.0% 3 3 100.0%
1 Benny Ricardo 22 k 2 0 3 1 1 4 1 25.0% 2 2 100.0%
Team Total 25.4 14 7 5 9 4 7 4 1 24 13 54.2% 29 26 89.7% 86 3678 78 1 42.8
Opp Total 14 30 26 86.7% 41 39 95.1% 72 2772 38.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
17 Gary Marangi 24 QB 11 7 0 12 3 -10 0
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 29 RB 14 13 0 6 2 0 0
43 Tony Greene 27 FS 14 14 5 135 1 101 0 0 0 2 7 0
25 Roland Hooks 23 rb 14 2 0 4 3 0 0
52 Merv Krakau 25 MLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 65 0
46 Keith Moody 23 KR/PR 14 2 3 63 0 44 0 0 3 0 0 0
38 Eddie Ray 29 7 3 0 5 1 0 0
51 Dan Jilek 23 RLB 14 14 2 33 0 28 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Doug Jones 26 SS 14 14 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 1 0
36 Jeff Kinney 27 FB 12 7 0 3 1 0 0
81 Bob Chandler 27 WR 14 14 0 3 0 0 0
29 Mario Clark 22 LCB 14 14 2 21 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 John Holland 24 WR 13 8 0 1 2 0 1
68 Joe DeLamielleure*+ 25 RG 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
12 Joe Ferguson 26 qb 7 7 0 2 0 0 0
69 Ken Jones 24 LDE 12 7 0 0 2 0 0
54 Tom Ruud 23 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
55 John Skorupan 25 LLB 14 14 1 13 0 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
30 Bo Cornell 27 lb 14 1 0 0 1 4 0
78 Dave Foley 29 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
22 Steve Freeman 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Bob Gaddis 24 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
88 Reuben Gant 24 wr 14 7 0 1 0 0 0
28 Dwight Harrison 28 RCB 12 12 1 18 0 18 0
71 Mike Kadish 26 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 5 0
67 Reggie McKenzie 26 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mike Montler 32 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
56 Bob Nelson 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Paul Seymour 26 TE 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
79 Marty Smith 23 RDT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
83 Sherman White 28 RDE 13 13 1 5 0 5 0
77 Ben Williams 22 lde 13 7 0 0 1 0 0
47 Roscoe Word 24 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 19 293 1 101 0 0 45 39 72 1
Opp Total 14 33 37 14

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
81 Bob Chandler 27 WR 14 14 10 10 60
5 George Jakowenko 28 K 11 0 21 12 57
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 29 RB 14 13 8 1 9 54
88 Reuben Gant 24 wr 14 7 3 3 18
80 John Holland 24 WR 13 8 2 1 3 18
17 Gary Marangi 24 QB 11 7 2 2 12
43 Tony Greene 27 FS 14 14 1 1 6
36 Jeff Kinney 27 FB 12 7 1 1 6
46 Keith Moody 23 KR/PR 14 2 1 1 6
1 Benny Ricardo 22 k 2 0 2 1 5
3 John Leypoldt 30 k 1 0 3 3
Team Total 25.4 14 11 16 1 1 1 30 26 13 245
Opp Total 14 19 18 2 1 39 26 363