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1978 Buffalo Bills

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5-11-0, AFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.3, Offense: -0.1, Defense: -3.2, SoS: -0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (18.9/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 354 points (22.1/g), 24th.
 Differential of -52 points (-3.2/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 6.5-9.5.

Coach: Chuck Knox (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Prochaska
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Catlin

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 28 5 16 175 for 330, 2,136 yards, 16 td, 15 int, & 27 rushes for 76 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
RB Terry Miller 22 Rook 16 238 rushes for 1,060 yards, 7 td, & 22 catches for 246 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1978
FB Curtis Brown 24 1 10 128 rushes for 591 yards, 4 td, & 18 catches for 130 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1977
WR Bob Chandler 29 7 13 44 catches for 581 yards, 5 td Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
WR Frank Lewis 31 7 15 41 catches for 735 yards, 7 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
TE Reuben Gant 26 4 16 34 catches for 408 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for 14 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1974
LT Ken Jones 26 2 14 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
LG Reggie McKenzie 28 6 16 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
C Willie Parker 30 5 16 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1971
RG Joe DeLamielleure* 27 5 16 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
RT Joe Devlin 24 2 14 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ben Williams 24 2 16 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
LDT Dee Hardison 22 Rook 15 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1978
RDT Phil Dokes 23 1 10 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 12th pick / 1977
RDE Sherman White 30 6 16 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
LLB Shane Nelson 23 1 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Randy McClanahan 24 1 10 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered
RLB Lucius Sanford 22 Rook 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
LCB Mario Clark 24 2 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
RCB Charles Romes 24 1 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
SS Doug Jones 28 5 9 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 145th pick / 1973
FS Tony Greene 29 7 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Tom Dempsey 31 9 0 10 of 13 field goals & 36 of 38 extra points
P Rusty Jackson 28 2 0 87 punts for a 38.8 average, 2 blocked
PR Keith Moody 25 2 0 19 punt returns for a 12.6 average and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 10th / 280th pick / 1976
KR Keith Moody 25 2 0 18 kick returns for a 20.6 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 10th / 280th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Bill Adams 28 6 0 255 6-2 Holy Cross 2/4/1950 6 3 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 161st pick / 1972
52 Doug Becker 22 8 0 220 6-0 Notre Dame 6/27/1956 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 268th pick / 1978
34 Jim Braxton 29 6 5 243 6-1 West Virginia 5/23/1949 7 1 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1971
47 Curtis Brown 24 FB 15 10 203 5-10 Missouri 12/7/1954 1 7 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1977
58 Mario Celotto 22 4 0 228 6-3 USC 8/23/1956 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 171st pick / 1978
81 Bob Chandler 29 WR 16 13 180 6-0 USC 4/24/1949 7 7 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
29 Mario Clark 24 LCB 16 16 194 6-2 Oregon 3/29/1954 2 6 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
68 Joe DeLamielleure* 27 RG 16 16 254 6-3 Michigan St. 3/16/1951 5 12 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 26th pick / 1973
6 Tom Dempsey 31 K 16 0 255 6-2 Palomar College 1/12/1947 9 4
70 Joe Devlin 24 RT 14 14 261 6-5 Iowa 2/23/1954 2 6 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1976
85 Phil Dokes 23 RDT 10 10 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 9/7/1955 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 12th pick / 1977
79 Elbert Drungo 35 t 13 4 265 6-5 Tennessee St. 4/30/1943 9 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1969
56 Tom Ehlers 26 8 0 218 6-2 Kentucky 7/14/1952 3 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 13th / 324th pick / 1975
12 Joe Ferguson 28 QB 16 16 195 6-1 Arkansas 4/23/1950 5 10 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
84 Mike Franckowiak 25 16 0 220 6-3 Central Michigan 3/25/1953 3 0 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1975
22 Steve Freeman 25 ss 16 8 185 5-11 Mississippi St. 5/8/1953 3 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 117th pick / 1975
88 Reuben Gant 26 TE 16 16 230 6-4 Oklahoma St. 4/12/1952 4 5 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1974
55 Tom Graham 28 11 4 235 6-2 Oregon 4/15/1950 6 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
53 Will Grant 24 16 0 254 6-3 Idaho St.,Kentucky 3/7/1954 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 255th pick / 1978
43 Tony Greene 29 FS 16 14 170 5-10 Maryland 8/29/1949 7 5
74 Dee Hardison 22 LDT 16 15 274 6-4 North Carolina 5/2/1956 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1978
25 Roland Hooks 25 16 0 197 6-0 North Carolina St. 1/2/1953 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 253rd pick / 1975
78 Scott Hutchinson 22 16 0 246 6-4 Florida 5/27/1956 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 38th pick / 1978
73 Mekeli Ieremia 24 2 0 244 6-2 BYU 3/4/1954 Rook 2 Chicago Bears / 6th / 158th pick / 1978
4 Rusty Jackson 28 P 16 0 193 6-2 LSU 11/17/1950 2 2
51 Dan Jilek 25 lb 15 1 220 6-2 Michigan 12/3/1953 2 1 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 109th pick / 1976
39 Dennis Johnson 22 16 1 220 6-3 Mississippi St. 2/26/1956 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1978
75 Dennis Johnson 27 14 0 260 6-4 Delaware 10/22/1951 4 2 Washington Redskins / 13th / 337th pick / 1973
24 Doug Jones 28 SS 12 9 202 6-2 Arizona St.,Cal State-Northridge 5/31/1950 5 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 145th pick / 1973
72 Ken Jones 26 LT 16 14 260 6-5 Arkansas St. 12/1/1952 2 7 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
71 Mike Kadish 28 rdt 11 6 270 6-5 Notre Dame 5/27/1950 5 2 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
52 Merv Krakau 27 5 3 242 6-2 Iowa St. 5/16/1951 5 2 Buffalo Bills / 14th / 344th pick / 1973
87 Mike Levenseller 22 2 0 180 6-1 Washington St. 2/21/1956 Rook 0 Oakland Raiders / 6th / 164th pick / 1978
82 Frank Lewis 31 WR 15 15 196 6-1 Grambling St. 7/4/1947 7 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
10 Dave Mays 29 1 0 204 6-1 Texas Southern 6/20/1949 2 0
54 Randy McClanahan 24 MLB 16 10 225 6-5 La-Lafayette 12/12/1954 1 4
67 Reggie McKenzie 28 LG 16 16 255 6-4 Michigan 7/27/1950 6 7 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
41 Eddie McMillan 27 14 0 189 6-0 Florida St. 11/25/1951 5 2 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 95th pick / 1973
40 Terry Miller 22 RB 16 16 196 5-10 Oklahoma St. 1/7/1956 Rook 12 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1978
46 Keith Moody 25 KR 14 0 171 5-11 Syracuse 6/13/1953 2 1 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 280th pick / 1976
9 Bill Munson 37 4 0 203 6-2 Utah St. 8/11/1941 14 1 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
59 Shane Nelson 23 LLB 16 16 226 6-1 Baylor 5/25/1955 1 5
61 Willie Parker 30 C 16 16 245 6-3 North Texas 12/28/1948 5 7 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1971
89 Lou Piccone 29 wr 16 1 175 5-9 West Liberty St. 7/17/1949 4 1
23 Steve Powell 22 10 0 186 5-11 Truman St. 1/2/1956 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 183rd pick / 1978
26 Charles Romes 24 RCB 16 16 191 6-1 North Carolina Central 12/16/1954 1 6 Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
57 Lucius Sanford 22 RLB 16 15 216 6-2 Georgia Tech 2/14/1956 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
21 Marvin Switzer 24 db 10 1 192 6-0 Kansas St. 10/28/1954 Rook 1
49 Larry Walton 31 wr 12 2 180 6-0 Arizona St. 2/8/1947 9 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
83 Sherman White 30 RDE 16 16 250 6-5 California 10/6/1948 6 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
77 Ben Williams 24 LDE 16 16 251 6-3 Mississippi 9/1/1954 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
86 Leonard Willis 25 4 1 183 5-11 Ohio St. 3/4/1953 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 118th pick / 1976
Team Total 26.2 16 220.5 6-1.8 3.3