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1979 Buffalo Bills

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7-9-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.2, Offense: -3.3, Defense: 3.1, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 268 points (16.8/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 279 points (17.4/g), 8th.
 Differential of -11 points (-0.7/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-8.4.

Coach: Chuck Knox (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Prochaska
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Catlin

Stadium: Rich Stadium
 Training Camp: Niagara University (Niagara Falls, New York)

Team Info

Owner/President Ralph Wilson
General Manager/VP of Administration Stew Barber
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 268 4837 982 4.9 34 19 22 252 241 465 3216 14 15 6.3 147 474 1621 11 3.4 83
Team Defense 279 5011 1022 4.9 41 17 19 273 193 382 2530 14 24 6.2 117 617 2481 18 4.0 137
Lg Rank Offense 23 21 6 20 25 14 9 25 3 7 27 28 26 27
Lg Rank Defense 8 14 10 12 9 1 6 4 8 23 25 24 15 16

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore L 0-1 Miami Dolphins 7 9 5 121 76 45 1 20 293 118 175 1
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 1-1 Cincinnati Bengals 51 24 23 455 246 209 2 16 335 201 134 3
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 1-2 @ San Diego Chargers 19 27 14 298 238 60 18 339 94 245 1
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 2-2 New York Jets 46 31 25 497 348 149 1 22 416 151 265 4
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 3-2 @ Baltimore Colts 31 13 16 374 308 66 2 18 349 265 84 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 3-3 Chicago Bears 0 7 7 106 42 64 2 15 258 18 240 2
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 3-4 @ Miami Dolphins 7 17 11 178 108 70 1 14 279 101 178 1
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 3-5 Baltimore Colts 13 14 20 324 242 82 2 12 261 151 110 2
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 4-5 @ Detroit Lions 20 17 18 424 319 105 3 20 377 169 208 1
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 4-6 New England Patriots 6 26 15 264 181 83 5 20 438 327 111 3
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 5-6 @ New York Jets 14 12 15 270 132 138 16 237 170 67 3
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 6-6 Green Bay Packers 19 12 20 400 213 187 1 14 290 195 95 5
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W OT 7-6 @ New England Patriots 16 13 18 281 201 80 2 21 309 136 173 4
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 7-7 Denver Broncos 16 19 19 398 298 100 7 11 226 129 97 4
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 7-8 @ Minnesota Vikings 3 10 18 291 186 105 2 12 189 104 85 1
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 7-9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 0 28 8 156 78 78 3 24 415 201 214 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Joe Ferguson 29 QB 16 16 7-9-0 238 458 52.0% 3572 14 3.1 15 3.3 84 7.8 6.9 15.0 223.3 74.4 43 387 6.36 5.57 8.6 2 3
9 Bill Munson 38 3 0 3 7 42.9% 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 16 4.4 4.4 10.3 10.3 56.2 0 0 4.43 4.43 0.0
Team Total 26.1 16 7-9-0 241 465 51.8% 3603 14 3.0 15 3.2 84 7.7 6.9 15.0 225.2 74.2 43 387 6.33 5.55 8.5 2 3
Opp Total 16 193 382 50.5% 2713 14 3.7 24 6.3 7.1 5.01 14.1 169.6 59.8 23 183 6.2 4.3 5.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
47 Curtis Brown 25 FB 15 15 172 574 1 25 3.3 38.3 11.5 39 401 10.3 3 84 2.6 26.7 975 4 10
40 Terry Miller 23 RB 16 16 139 484 1 75 3.5 30.3 8.7 10 111 11.1 0 52 0.6 6.9 595 1 2
25 Roland Hooks 26 16 0 89 320 6 32 3.6 20.0 5.6 26 254 9.8 0 42 1.6 15.9 574 6 4
35 Mike Collier 26 rb 16 1 34 130 2 22 3.8 8.1 2.1 7 43 6.1 0 19 0.4 2.7 173 2 3
12 Joe Ferguson 29 QB 16 16 22 68 1 15 3.1 4.3 1.4 68 1 5
23 Steve Powell 23 15 0 10 29 0 9 2.9 1.9 0.7 29 0 0
39 Dennis Johnson 23 3 0 3 5 0 2 1.7 1.7 1.0 5 0 0
82 Frank Lewis 32 WR 15 15 2 -6 0 -1 -3.0 -0.4 0.1 54 1082 20.0 2 55 3.6 72.1 1076 2 1
80 Jerry Butler 22 WR 13 13 2 13 0 12 6.5 1.0 0.2 48 834 17.4 4 75 3.7 64.2 847 4 1
5 Nick Mike-Mayer 29 K 13 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 4 0 0
89 Lou Piccone 30 wr 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 556 16.8 2 49 2.1 34.8 556 2 1
88 Reuben Gant 27 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 245 12.9 2 22 1.4 17.5 245 2 1
87 Joe Shipp 24 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 43 14.3 1 27 0.2 2.7 43 1 0
80 Danny Fulton 23 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 34 17.0 0 18 0.3 5.7 34 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 474 1621 11 75 3.4 101.3 29.6 241 3603 15.0 14 84 15.1 225.2 5224 25 32
Opp Total 16 617 2481 18 4.0 155.1 38.6 193 2530 13.1 14 12.1 158.1 5011 32 31

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
46 Keith Moody 26 KR/PR 16 0 38 318 0 32 8.4 27 556 0 35 20.6 874
40 Terry Miller 23 RB 16 16 8 160 0 24 20.0 755
35 Mike Collier 26 rb 16 1 7 129 0 27 18.4 302
23 Steve Powell 23 15 0 6 97 0 36 16.2 126
86 Leonard Willis 26 7 0 4 92 0 33 23.0 92
47 Curtis Brown 25 FB 15 15 3 42 0 22 14.0 1017
89 Lou Piccone 30 wr 16 4 3 41 0 17 13.7 597
52 Chris Keating 22 16 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 26.1 16 38 318 0 32 8.4 59 1131 0 36 19.2 6673
Opp Total 16 61 555 1 9.1 54 1142 0 21.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
4 Rusty Jackson 29 P 16 0 96 3671 60 0 38.2
5 Nick Mike-Mayer 29 K 13 0 8 8 10 8 11 4 29 20 69.0%% 18 17 94.4%%
6 Tom Dempsey 32 k 3 0 1 1 2 1 4 1 25.0%% 11 8 72.7%%
Team Total 26.1 16 1 1 8 8 12 8 12 4 33 21 63.6%% 29 25 86.2%% 96 3671 60 0 38.2
Opp Total 16 31 16 51.6%% 34 27 79.4%% 92 3514 38.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
47 Curtis Brown 25 FB 15 15 0 10 1 0 0
12 Joe Ferguson 29 QB 16 16 0 5 3 0 0
29 Mario Clark 25 LCB 16 16 5 95 0 36 0 0 0 1 12 0
46 Keith Moody 26 KR/PR 16 0 0 4 2 5 0
38 Jeff Nixon 23 db 16 4 6 81 0 43 0
35 Mike Collier 26 rb 16 1 0 3 2 0 0
22 Steve Freeman 26 SS 16 16 3 62 1 50 0 0 0 2 0 0
25 Roland Hooks 26 16 0 0 4 1 0 0
55 Jim Haslett 24 LILB 16 16 2 15 0 11 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Isiah Robertson 30 LOLB 16 16 2 29 1 23 0 0 0 2 12 0
43 Tony Greene 30 FS 16 12 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 2 3 0
40 Terry Miller 23 RB 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
76 Fred Smerlas 22 nt 13 3 0 0 3 23 1
70 Joe Devlin 25 RT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
71 Mike Kadish 29 NT 16 13 0 0 2 4 0
59 Shane Nelson 24 RILB 16 16 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Charles Romes 25 RCB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -10 0
57 Lucius Sanford 23 ROLB 16 16 2 44 0 25 0
80 Jerry Butler 22 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
88 Reuben Gant 27 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
21 Doug Greene 23 15 0 1 21 0 21 0
72 Ken Jones 27 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
82 Frank Lewis 32 WR 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
61 Willie Parker 31 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
89 Lou Piccone 30 wr 16 4 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 24 370 2 50 0 0 32 30 49 1
Opp Total 16 43 31 14

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
5 Nick Mike-Mayer 29 K 13 0 17 20 77
25 Roland Hooks 26 16 0 6 6 36
47 Curtis Brown 25 FB 15 15 1 3 4 24
80 Jerry Butler 22 WR 13 13 4 4 24
35 Mike Collier 26 rb 16 1 2 2 12
88 Reuben Gant 27 TE 14 14 2 2 12
82 Frank Lewis 32 WR 15 15 2 2 12
89 Lou Piccone 30 wr 16 4 2 2 12
6 Tom Dempsey 32 k 3 0 8 1 11
12 Joe Ferguson 29 QB 16 16 1 1 6
22 Steve Freeman 26 SS 16 16 1 1 6
40 Terry Miller 23 RB 16 16 1 1 6
58 Isiah Robertson 30 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
26 Charles Romes 25 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
57 Lucius Sanford 23 ROLB 16 16 1 1 6
87 Joe Shipp 24 te 16 2 1 1 6
76 Fred Smerlas 22 nt 13 3 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 16 11 14 1 2 2 30 25 21 268
Opp Total 16 18 14 1 1 27 16 279

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 MIA L, 7-9 2 76 blocked field goal Charles Romes 76 yard blocked field goal return (Tom Dempsey kick)
2 1979-09-09 CIN W, 51-24 2 2 rush Terry Miller 2 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
3 1979-09-09 CIN W, 51-24 3 3 rush Roland Hooks 3 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
4 1979-09-09 CIN W, 51-24 3 23 interception Isiah Robertson 23 yard interception return (Tom Dempsey kick)
5 1979-09-09 CIN W, 51-24 3 32 rush Roland Hooks 32 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
6 1979-09-09 CIN W, 51-24 4 4 rush Roland Hooks 4 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
7 1979-09-09 CIN W, 51-24 4 28 rush Roland Hooks 28 yard rush
8 1979-09-09 CIN W, 51-24 4 3 blocked punt Lucius Sanford 3 yard blocked punt return (Tom Dempsey kick)
9 1979-09-16 @ SDG L, 19-27 1 21 pass Frank Lewis 21 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
10 1979-09-16 @ SDG L, 19-27 2 10 rush Joe Ferguson 10 yard rush
11 1979-09-16 @ SDG L, 19-27 3 84 pass Curtis Brown 84 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Tom Dempsey kick)
12 1979-09-23 NYJ W, 46-31 2 5 pass Jerry Butler 5 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
13 1979-09-23 NYJ W, 46-31 2 75 pass Jerry Butler 75 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1979-09-23 NYJ W, 46-31 3 74 pass Jerry Butler 74 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
15 1979-09-23 NYJ W, 46-31 3 9 pass Jerry Butler 9 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
16 1979-09-23 NYJ W, 46-31 3 13 fumble Fred Smerlas 13 yard fumble return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
17 1979-09-23 NYJ W, 46-31 4 13 pass Joe Shipp 13 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
18 1979-09-30 @ BAL W, 31-13 2 1 rush Roland Hooks 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1979-09-30 @ BAL W, 31-13 2 24 pass Frank Lewis 24 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1979-09-30 @ BAL W, 31-13 3 47 pass Lou Piccone 47 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1979-09-30 @ BAL W, 31-13 3 9 pass Reuben Gant 9 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1979-10-14 @ MIA L, 7-17 3 3 rush Roland Hooks 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1979-10-21 BAL L, 13-14 3 21 pass Curtis Brown 21 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1979-10-28 @ DET W, 20-17 4 3 rush Curtis Brown 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1979-10-28 @ DET W, 20-17 4 7 pass Reuben Gant 7 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1979-11-11 @ NYJ W, 14-12 2 1 rush Mike Collier 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1979-11-11 @ NYJ W, 14-12 4 30 pass Curtis Brown 30 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
28 1979-11-18 GNB W, 19-12 4 1 rush Mike Collier 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
29 1979-11-25 @ NWE W, 16-13 4 11 pass Lou Piccone 11 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
30 1979-12-02 DEN L, 16-19 2 50 interception Steve Freeman 50 yard interception return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-02 MIA W, 9-7 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush
2 1979-09-09 CIN L, 24-51 2 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
3 1979-09-09 CIN L, 24-51 3 73 pass Billy Brooks 73 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
4 1979-09-09 CIN L, 24-51 4 5 rush Jack Thompson 5 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
5 1979-09-16 @ SDG W, 27-19 1 5 rush Clarence Williams 5 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
6 1979-09-16 @ SDG W, 27-19 2 1 rush Clarence Williams 1 yard rush
7 1979-09-16 @ SDG W, 27-19 3 55 rush Clarence Williams 55 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
8 1979-09-16 @ SDG W, 27-19 4 2 rush Clarence Williams 2 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
9 1979-09-23 NYJ L, 31-46 2 51 rush Tom Newton 51 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
10 1979-09-23 NYJ L, 31-46 2 1 rush Tom Newton 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
11 1979-09-23 NYJ L, 31-46 2 37 pass Wesley Walker 37 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
12 1979-09-23 NYJ L, 31-46 4 27 pass Mickey Shuler 27 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
13 1979-09-30 @ BAL L, 13-31 4 4 pass Reese McCall 4 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1979-10-07 CHI W, 7-0 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
15 1979-10-14 @ MIA W, 17-7 1 86 punt Tony Nathan 86 yard punt return (Uwe von Schamann kick)
16 1979-10-14 @ MIA W, 17-7 2 7 rush Larry Csonka 7 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
17 1979-10-21 BAL W, 14-13 2 1 rush Bert Jones 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
18 1979-10-21 BAL W, 14-13 4 4 pass Mack Alston 4 yard pass from Bert Jones (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1979-10-28 @ DET L, 17-20 1 5 pass Freddie Scott 5 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
20 1979-10-28 @ DET L, 17-20 1 11 rush Horace King 11 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
21 1979-11-04 NWE W, 26-6 2 6 pass Horace Ivory 6 yard pass from Steve Grogan
22 1979-11-04 NWE W, 26-6 3 63 pass Stanley Morgan 63 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
23 1979-11-04 NWE W, 26-6 4 34 pass Stanley Morgan 34 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
24 1979-11-11 @ NYJ L, 12-14 2 1 rush Kevin Long 1 yard rush
25 1979-11-11 @ NYJ L, 12-14 4 11 pass Bobby Jones 11 yard pass from Richard Todd
26 1979-11-18 GNB L, 12-19 2 34 pass James Lofton 34 yard pass from David Whitehurst
27 1979-11-25 @ NWE L, 13-16 4 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
28 1979-12-02 DEN W, 19-16 3 78 fumble Louis Wright 78 yard fumble return (pass failed)
29 1979-12-02 DEN W, 19-16 3 46 pass Haven Moses 46 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
30 1979-12-09 @ MIN W, 10-3 1 19 pass Ahmad Rashad 19 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
31 1979-12-16 @ PIT W, 28-0 1 20 pass Lynn Swann 20 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Matt Bahr kick)
32 1979-12-16 @ PIT W, 28-0 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
33 1979-12-16 @ PIT W, 28-0 3 8 rush Sidney Thornton 8 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
34 1979-12-16 @ PIT W, 28-0 4 11 rush Franco Harris 11 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)