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1977 Buffalo Bills

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3-11-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.9, Offense: -4.3, Defense: -3.7, SoS: 3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 160 points (11.4/g), 26th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 313 points (22.4/g), 25th.
 Differential of -153 points (-10.9/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 2.4-11.6.

Coach: Jim Ringo (3-11-0)
 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 160 4391 944 4.7 44 20 12 246 221 458 2530 12 24 5.1 141 450 1861 3 4.1 93
Team Defense 313 4453 922 4.8 33 12 28 260 155 316 2048 17 21 6.2 98 589 2405 21 4.1 134
Lg Rank Offense 26 8 22 24 13 1 1 18 22 16 27 18 28 8
Lg Rank Defense 25 23 15 20 22 5 16 24 11 27 25 25 25 22

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore L 0-1 Miami Dolphins 0 13 16 324 197 127 4 10 148 52 96
2 Sun September 25 boxscore L 0-2 @ Denver Broncos 6 26 8 129 63 66 3 17 296 93 203 2
3 Sun October 2 boxscore L 0-3 @ Baltimore Colts 14 17 18 302 225 77 5 22 309 154 155 1
4 Sun October 9 boxscore L 0-4 New York Jets 19 24 21 371 199 172 2 17 366 194 172 3
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W 1-4 Atlanta Falcons 3 0 15 314 96 218 2 15 200 86 114 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore L 1-5 Cleveland Browns 16 27 20 347 185 162 4 26 346 127 219 2
7 Sun October 30 boxscore L 1-6 @ Seattle Seahawks 17 56 17 336 221 115 3 30 559 333 226 3
8 Sun November 6 boxscore W 2-6 @ New England Patriots 24 14 21 399 175 224 2 14 202 113 89 4
9 Sun November 13 boxscore L 2-7 Baltimore Colts 13 31 12 206 120 86 5 18 316 171 145 4
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 2-8 New England Patriots 7 20 11 209 83 126 2 19 329 73 256 1
11 Mon November 28 boxscore L 2-9 @ Oakland Raiders 13 34 18 304 239 65 2 26 473 166 307 4
12 Sun December 4 boxscore L 2-10 Washington Redskins 0 10 19 326 180 146 3 18 264 136 128 2
13 Sun December 11 boxscore W 3-10 @ New York Jets 14 10 26 390 216 174 3 10 197 140 57 4
14 Sat December 17 boxscore L 3-11 @ Miami Dolphins 14 31 24 434 331 103 4 18 448 210 238 1

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 27 QB 14 14 3-11-0 221 457 48.4 2803 12 2.6 24 5.3 42 6.1 4.3 12.7 200.2 54.8 36 273 5.13 3.43 7.3 1 1
32 O.J. Simpson 30 RB 7 7 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 25.6 14 3-11-0 221 458 48.3 2803 12 2.6 24 5.2 42 6.1 4.3 12.7 200.2 54.7 36 273 5.12 3.42 7.3 1 1
Opp Total 14 155 316 49.1 2213 17 5.4 21 6.6 7.0 5.09 14.3 158.1 62.4 17 165 6.2 4.3 5.1

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
25 Roland Hooks 24 rb 14 7 128 497 0 66 3.9 35.5 9.1 16 195 12.2 0 33 1.1 13.9 692 0 8
32 O.J. Simpson 30 RB 7 7 126 557 0 39 4.4 79.6 18.0 16 138 8.6 0 18 2.3 19.7 695 0 2
34 Jim Braxton 28 FB 14 14 113 372 1 12 3.3 26.6 8.1 43 461 10.7 1 27 3.1 32.9 833 2 7
12 Joe Ferguson 27 QB 14 14 41 279 2 41 6.8 19.9 2.9 279 2 12
35 Mike Collier 24 6 0 31 116 0 15 3.7 19.3 5.2 3 23 7.7 0 11 0.5 3.8 139 0 1
47 Curtis Brown 23 7 0 8 34 0 9 4.3 4.9 1.1 5 20 4.0 1 12 0.7 2.9 54 1 0
89 Lou Piccone 28 WR 14 10 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 17 240 14.1 2 25 1.2 17.1 246 2 0
7 Marv Bateman 27 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
36 Mike Franckowiak 24 13 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
81 Bob Chandler 28 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 60 745 12.4 4 31 4.3 53.2 745 4 0
88 Reuben Gant 25 te 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 646 15.8 2 39 2.9 46.1 646 2 0
82 John Kimbrough 23 PR 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 207 20.7 2 42 0.7 14.8 207 2 0
80 John Holland 25 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 107 13.4 0 27 2.7 35.7 107 0 1
87 Paul Seymour 27 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 11 0.1 1.5 21 0 0
Team Total 25.6 14 450 1861 3 66 4.1 132.9 32.1 221 2803 12.7 12 42 15.8 200.2 4664 15 36
Opp Total 14 589 2405 21 4.1 171.8 42.1 155 2048 13.2 17 11.1 146.3 4453 38 21

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
46 Keith Moody 24 KR 14 3 15 196 1 91 13.1 30 636 0 45 21.2 832
82 John Kimbrough 23 PR 14 1 16 184 1 73 11.5 15 346 0 27 23.1 737
35 Mike Collier 24 6 0 4 55 0 19 13.8 194
89 Lou Piccone 28 WR 14 10 4 89 0 26 22.3 335
47 Curtis Brown 23 7 0 3 66 0 34 22.0 120
76 Bill Dunstan 28 RDT 14 13 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
36 Mike Franckowiak 24 13 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
56 Bob Nelson 24 11 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
26 Charles Romes 23 14 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
86 Leonard Willis 24 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.6 14 32 380 2 91 11.9 60 1238 0 45 20.6 6282
Opp Total 14 42 604 0 14.4 40 814 1 20.4

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
7 Marv Bateman 27 P 14 0 81 3229 75 2 39.9
5 Carson Long 23 K 9 0 2 2 3 2 6 3 11 7 63.6% 14 13 92.9%
8 Neil O'Donoghue 24 k 5 0 2 1 2 1 1 1 6 2 33.3% 5 4 80.0%
Team Total 25.6 14 4 3 5 3 7 3 1 17 9 52.9% 19 17 89.5% 81 3229 75 2 39.9
Opp Total 14 21 14 66.7% 39 37 94.9% 73 2643 36.2

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
12 Joe Ferguson 27 QB 14 14 0 12 7 -7 0
43 Tony Greene* 28 FS 14 14 9 144 0 47 0 1
25 Roland Hooks 24 rb 14 7 0 8 1 0 0
29 Mario Clark 23 LCB 14 13 7 151 0 43 0 0 0 1 3 0
34 Jim Braxton 28 FB 14 14 0 7 0 0 0
46 Keith Moody 24 KR 14 3 0 2 2 3 0
30 Bo Cornell 28 12 0 0 0 3 22 1
24 Doug Jones 27 SS 14 14 2 30 1 24 0 0 0 1 20 0
28 Dwight Harrison 29 RCB 12 12 2 0 0 0 0
59 Shane Nelson 22 LLB 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
61 Willie Parker 29 C 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
54 Tom Ruud 24 8 0 0 0 2 3 0
32 O.J. Simpson 30 RB 7 7 0 2 0 0 0
35 Mike Collier 24 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 Joe DeLamielleure*+ 26 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
36 Mike Franckowiak 24 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 Steve Freeman 24 14 0 1 4 0 4 0
88 Reuben Gant 25 te 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
80 John Holland 25 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
51 Dan Jilek 24 RLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
71 Mike Kadish 27 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
67 Reggie McKenzie 27 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
89 Lou Piccone 28 WR 14 10 0 0 1 0 0
26 Charles Romes 23 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
77 Ben Williams 23 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
53 Connie Zelencik 22 14 0 0 1 0 -14 0
Team Total 25.6 14 21 329 1 47 0 0 36 28 30 1 1
Opp Total 14 36 21 9

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
5 Carson Long 23 K 9 0 13 7 34
81 Bob Chandler 28 WR 14 14 4 4 24
82 John Kimbrough 23 PR 14 1 2 1 3 18
34 Jim Braxton 28 FB 14 14 1 1 2 12
12 Joe Ferguson 27 QB 14 14 2 2 12
88 Reuben Gant 25 te 14 1 2 2 12
89 Lou Piccone 28 WR 14 10 2 2 12
8 Neil O'Donoghue 24 k 5 0 4 2 10
47 Curtis Brown 23 7 0 1 1 6
30 Bo Cornell 28 12 0 1 1 6
24 Doug Jones 27 SS 14 14 1 1 6
46 Keith Moody 24 KR 14 3 1 1 6
43 Tony Greene* 28 FS 14 14 1 2
Team Total 25.6 14 3 12 2 1 1 19 17 9 1 160
Opp Total 14 21 17 1 37 14 313