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1980 Buffalo Bills

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.9, Offense: -1.6, Defense: 5.5, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 320 points (20.0/g), 12th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 260 points (16.2/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 60 points (3.8/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-6.1.

Coach: Chuck Knox (11-5-0)
 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 320 4972 1084 4.6 41 22 26 317 262 461 2750 20 19 5.7 157 603 2222 17 3.7 134
Team Defense 260 4101 952 4.3 44 20 22 251 240 433 2282 15 24 4.9 120 486 1819 14 3.7 109
Lg Rank Offense 12 18 20 27 10 21 23 15 8 18 2 8 10 25
Lg Rank Defense 3 1 5 3 1 2 2 2 11 3 11 9 13 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-0 Miami Dolphins 17 7 22 357 213 144 7 13 200 110 90 6
2 Sun September 14 boxscore W 2-0 New York Jets 20 10 22 362 207 155 1 17 303 166 137 1
3 Sun September 21 boxscore W 3-0 @ New Orleans Saints 35 26 26 410 281 129 2 15 316 278 38
4 Sun September 28 boxscore W 4-0 Oakland Raiders 24 7 25 325 160 165 1 12 179 109 70 5
5 Sun October 5 boxscore W 5-0 @ San Diego Chargers 26 24 14 202 83 119 1 19 300 214 86 4
6 Sun October 12 boxscore L 5-1 Baltimore Colts 12 17 24 363 201 162 1 22 355 206 149 2
7 Sun October 19 boxscore L 5-2 @ Miami Dolphins 14 17 18 289 221 68 3 15 232 83 149 3
8 Sun October 26 boxscore W 6-2 New England Patriots 31 13 21 357 176 181 3 8 148 109 39 4
9 Sun November 2 boxscore L 6-3 Atlanta Falcons 14 30 20 364 270 94 5 19 311 161 150 3
10 Sun November 9 boxscore W 7-3 @ New York Jets 31 24 17 274 127 147 18 267 164 103 4
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 8-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 14 0 22 306 169 137 4 9 213 124 89 2
12 Sun November 23 boxscore W 9-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 28 13 23 379 201 178 2 16 239 155 84 1
13 Sun November 30 boxscore L 9-4 @ Baltimore Colts 24 28 24 284 164 120 4 14 201 88 113 3
14 Sun December 7 boxscore W OT 10-4 Los Angeles Rams 10 7 15 272 122 150 2 14 215 34 181 3
15 Sun December 14 boxscore L 10-5 @ New England Patriots 2 24 8 161 53 108 3 21 324 129 195 2
16 Sun December 21 boxscore W 11-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 18 13 16 267 102 165 2 19 298 152 146 1
Playoffs
Division Sat January 3 boxscore L 11-6 @ San Diego Chargers 14 20 17 244 147 97 3 21 397 301 96 3

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 30 QB 16 16 11-5-0 251 439 57.2% 2805 20 4.6 18 4.1 69 6.4 5.5 11.2 175.3 74.5 13 129 5.92 5.01 2.9 2 4
10 David Humm 28 16 0 4 14 28.6% 39 0 0.0 1 7.1 19 2.8 -0.4 9.8 2.4 9.8 2 9 1.88 -0.94 12.5
11 Dan Manucci 23 2 0 5 6 83.3% 64 0 0.0 0 0.0 22 10.7 10.7 12.8 32.0 111.1 5 48 1.45 1.45 45.5
7 Greg Cater 23 P 16 0 1 1 100.0% 15 0 0.0 0 0.0 15 15.0 15.0 15.0 0.9 118.7 0 0 15.00 15.00 0.0
20 Joe Cribbs* 22 PR/RB 16 16 1 1 100.0% 13 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 13.0 13.0 13.0 0.8 118.7 0 0 13.00 13.00 0.0
Team Total 26.1 16 11-5-0 262 461 56.8% 2936 20 4.3 19 4.1 69 6.4 5.4 11.2 183.5 73.3 20 186 5.72 4.77 4.2 2 4
Opp Total 16 240 433 55.4% 2561 15 3.5 24 5.5 5.9 4.11 10.7 160.1 61.4 33 279 4.9 3.2 7.1

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
20 Joe Cribbs* 22 PR/RB 16 16 306 1185 11 48 3.9 74.1 19.1 52 415 8.0 1 21 3.3 25.9 1600 12 16
47 Curtis Brown 26 FB 16 16 153 559 3 34 3.7 34.9 9.6 27 137 5.1 0 20 1.7 8.6 696 3 4
48 Roosevelt Leaks 27 16 0 67 219 2 15 3.3 13.7 4.2 8 57 7.1 1 18 0.5 3.6 276 3 1
12 Joe Ferguson 30 QB 16 16 31 65 0 15 2.1 4.1 1.9 65 0 9
25 Roland Hooks 27 16 0 25 118 1 25 4.7 7.4 1.6 23 179 7.8 0 26 1.4 11.2 297 1 3
40 Terry Miller 24 KR 15 0 12 35 0 6 2.9 2.3 0.8 3 25 8.3 0 15 0.2 1.7 60 0 0
11 Dan Manucci 23 2 0 3 29 0 17 9.7 14.5 1.5 29 0 0
7 Greg Cater 23 P 16 0 2 -10 0 -1 -5.0 -0.6 0.1 -10 0 0
80 Jerry Butler* 23 WR 16 16 1 18 0 18 18.0 1.1 0.1 57 832 14.6 6 69 3.6 52.0 850 6 0
86 Mark Brammer 22 te 16 5 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.5 0.1 26 283 10.9 4 36 1.6 17.7 291 4 0
81 Ron Jessie 32 wr 16 2 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -0.6 0.1 4 56 14.0 1 20 0.3 3.5 47 1 0
10 David Humm 28 16 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.3 0.1 5 0 1
82 Frank Lewis 33 WR 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 648 16.2 6 31 2.7 43.2 648 6 0
88 Reuben Gant 28 TE 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 181 15.1 1 48 0.8 11.3 181 1 0
89 Lou Piccone 31 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 82 11.7 0 16 0.8 9.1 82 0 1
19 Duke Fergerson 26 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 41 13.7 0 19 0.3 4.6 41 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 603 2222 17 48 3.7 138.9 37.7 262 2936 11.2 20 69 16.4 183.5 5158 37 36
Opp Total 16 486 1819 14 3.7 113.7 30.4 240 2282 9.5 15 15.0 142.6 4101 29 37

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
20 Joe Cribbs* 22 PR/RB 16 16 29 154 0 16 5.3 2 39 0 20 19.5 1793
40 Terry Miller 24 KR 15 0 16 303 0 43 18.9 363
25 Roland Hooks 27 16 0 8 90 0 17 11.3 7 109 0 35 15.6 496
47 Curtis Brown 26 FB 16 16 10 181 0 25 18.1 877
85 Artie Owens 27 4 0 8 157 0 29 19.6 157
52 Chris Keating 23 15 0 3 38 0 16 12.7 38
89 Lou Piccone 31 9 0 2 15 0 8 7.5 97
65 Tim Vogler 24 10 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 39 259 0 17 6.6 47 827 0 43 17.6 6244
Opp Total 16 34 204 0 6.0 52 1051 0 20.2

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
7 Greg Cater 23 P 16 0 73 2828 61 1 38.7
5 Nick Mike-Mayer 30 K 16 0 4 4 9 4 9 5 1 23 13 56.5%% 39 37 94.9%%
Team Total 26.1 16 4 4 9 4 9 5 1 23 13 56.5%% 39 37 94.9%% 73 2828 61 1 38.7
Opp Total 16 20 15 75.0%% 31 29 93.5%% 82 3223 39.3

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
20 Joe Cribbs* 22 PR/RB 16 16 0 16 1 -7 0
12 Joe Ferguson 30 QB 16 16 0 9 1 -12 0
22 Steve Freeman 27 SS 16 16 7 107 1 47 0
38 Jeff Nixon 24 fs 7 5 5 81 1 50 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Roland Hooks 27 16 0 0 3 2 0 0
42 Rod Kush 24 5 0 0 0 5 0 0
45 Bill Simpson 29 FS 11 11 4 36 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
47 Curtis Brown 26 FB 16 16 0 4 0 0 0
29 Mario Clark 26 LCB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
55 Jim Haslett 25 LILB 16 16 2 30 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Roosevelt Leaks 27 16 0 0 1 2 0 0
58 Isiah Robertson 31 ROLB 16 16 2 39 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
90 Scott Hutchinson 24 de 16 3 0 0 2 0 0
67 Reggie McKenzie 30 LG 16 16 0 1 1 30 0
59 Shane Nelson 25 RILB 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
89 Lou Piccone 31 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
26 Charles Romes 26 RCB 16 16 2 41 0 30 0
57 Lucius Sanford 24 LOLB 16 16 0 0 2 -1 0
83 Sherman White 32 RDE 15 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Will Grant 26 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
10 David Humm 28 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Ken Jones 28 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
52 Chris Keating 23 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Ervin Parker 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Ben Williams 26 LDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 24 334 2 50 0 0 36 32 10 0 2
Opp Total 16 20 37 17

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 30 K 16 0 37 13 76
20 Joe Cribbs* 22 PR/RB 16 16 11 1 12 72
80 Jerry Butler* 23 WR 16 16 6 6 36
82 Frank Lewis 33 WR 15 14 6 6 36
86 Mark Brammer 22 te 16 5 4 4 24
47 Curtis Brown 26 FB 16 16 3 3 18
48 Roosevelt Leaks 27 16 0 2 1 3 18
22 Steve Freeman 27 SS 16 16 1 1 6
88 Reuben Gant 28 TE 16 11 1 1 6
25 Roland Hooks 27 16 0 1 1 6
81 Ron Jessie 32 wr 16 2 1 1 6
38 Jeff Nixon 24 fs 7 5 1 1 6
57 Lucius Sanford 24 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
91 Ken Johnson 25 16 0 1 2
45 Bill Simpson 29 FS 11 11 1 2
Team Total 26.1 16 17 20 2 1 40 37 13 2 320
Opp Total 16 14 15 1 1 29 15 260

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-07 MIA W, 17-7 4 4 pass Roosevelt Leaks 4 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1980-09-07 MIA W, 17-7 4 2 rush Joe Cribbs 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1980-09-14 NYJ W, 20-10 2 1 rush Joe Cribbs 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
4 1980-09-14 NYJ W, 20-10 3 50 interception Jeff Nixon 50 yard interception return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
5 1980-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-26 1 12 pass Frank Lewis 12 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
6 1980-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-26 2 12 rush Joe Cribbs 12 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
7 1980-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-26 3 18 pass Frank Lewis 18 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
8 1980-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-26 4 2 pass Mark Brammer 2 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
9 1980-09-21 @ NOR W, 35-26 4 7 rush Joe Cribbs 7 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
10 1980-09-28 OAK W, 24-7 1 4 rush Curtis Brown 4 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
11 1980-09-28 OAK W, 24-7 2 1 rush Joe Cribbs 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
12 1980-09-28 OAK W, 24-7 4 21 pass Joe Cribbs 21 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1980-10-05 @ SDG W, 26-24 2 0 fumble Lucius Sanford 0 yard fumble return
14 1980-10-05 @ SDG W, 26-24 4 9 pass Mark Brammer 9 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
15 1980-10-05 @ SDG W, 26-24 4 3 rush Joe Cribbs 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
16 1980-10-12 BAL L, 12-17 2 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush
17 1980-10-19 @ MIA L, 14-17 3 2 rush Joe Cribbs 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
18 1980-10-19 @ MIA L, 14-17 4 7 pass Jerry Butler 7 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1980-10-26 NWE W, 31-13 2 14 pass Frank Lewis 14 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1980-10-26 NWE W, 31-13 2 12 pass Frank Lewis 12 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1980-10-26 NWE W, 31-13 4 16 rush Joe Cribbs 16 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1980-10-26 NWE W, 31-13 4 5 rush Joe Cribbs 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1980-11-02 ATL L, 14-30 1 11 pass Frank Lewis 11 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1980-11-02 ATL L, 14-30 2 13 rush Joe Cribbs 13 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1980-11-09 @ NYJ W, 31-24 1 6 pass Mark Brammer 6 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1980-11-09 @ NYJ W, 31-24 2 3 pass Mark Brammer 3 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1980-11-09 @ NYJ W, 31-24 3 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
28 1980-11-09 @ NYJ W, 31-24 4 31 pass Frank Lewis 31 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
29 1980-11-16 @ CIN W, 14-0 2 16 pass Jerry Butler 16 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
30 1980-11-16 @ CIN W, 14-0 4 5 rush Roland Hooks 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
31 1980-11-23 PIT W, 28-13 1 29 pass Jerry Butler 29 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
32 1980-11-23 PIT W, 28-13 2 10 pass Jerry Butler 10 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
33 1980-11-23 PIT W, 28-13 3 34 rush Curtis Brown 34 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
34 1980-11-23 PIT W, 28-13 4 2 pass Reuben Gant 2 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
35 1980-11-30 @ BAL L, 24-28 1 2 rush Joe Cribbs 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
36 1980-11-30 @ BAL L, 24-28 2 12 pass Ron Jessie 12 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
37 1980-11-30 @ BAL L, 24-28 4 7 pass Jerry Butler 7 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
38 1980-12-07 RAM W, 10-7 3 47 interception Steve Freeman 47 yard interception return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
39 1980-12-21 @ SFO W, 18-13 1 10 pass Jerry Butler 10 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
40 1980-12-21 @ SFO W, 18-13 2 4 rush Curtis Brown 4 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-07 MIA L, 7-17 3 4 pass Tony Nathan 4 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
2 1980-09-14 NYJ L, 10-20 4 11 pass Clark Gaines 11 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
3 1980-09-21 @ NOR L, 26-35 2 1 rush Chuck Muncie 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
4 1980-09-21 @ NOR L, 26-35 2 44 pass Ike Harris 44 yard pass from Archie Manning
5 1980-09-21 @ NOR L, 26-35 4 15 pass Ike Harris 15 yard pass from Archie Manning (Benny Ricardo kick)
6 1980-09-28 OAK L, 7-24 3 48 interception Lester Hayes 48 yard interception return (Chris Bahr kick)
7 1980-10-05 @ SDG L, 24-26 1 4 pass Kellen Winslow 4 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
8 1980-10-05 @ SDG L, 24-26 2 5 pass John Jefferson 5 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
9 1980-10-05 @ SDG L, 24-26 3 3 rush Clarence Williams 3 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
10 1980-10-12 BAL W, 17-12 1 38 pass Mike Siani 38 yard pass from Bert Jones (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
11 1980-10-12 BAL W, 17-12 2 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
12 1980-10-19 @ MIA W, 17-14 1 44 fumble Don Bessillieu 44 yard fumble return (Uwe von Schamann kick)
13 1980-10-19 @ MIA W, 17-14 2 3 pass Nat Moore 3 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick)
14 1980-10-26 NWE L, 13-31 3 26 pass Russ Francis 26 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
15 1980-11-02 ATL W, 30-14 2 16 pass Junior Miller 16 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
16 1980-11-02 ATL W, 30-14 3 1 rush Lynn Cain 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
17 1980-11-02 ATL W, 30-14 4 1 rush Lynn Cain 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
18 1980-11-09 @ NYJ L, 24-31 2 1 rush Richard Todd 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
19 1980-11-09 @ NYJ L, 24-31 4 9 pass Derrick Gaffney 9 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
20 1980-11-09 @ NYJ L, 24-31 4 2 rush Scott Dierking 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
21 1980-11-23 PIT L, 13-28 1 2 rush Franco Harris 2 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
22 1980-11-30 @ BAL W, 28-24 2 6 rush Greg Landry 6 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1980-11-30 @ BAL W, 28-24 2 8 pass Ray Butler 8 yard pass from Greg Landry (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1980-11-30 @ BAL W, 28-24 3 18 rush Curtis Dickey 18 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1980-11-30 @ BAL W, 28-24 4 3 rush Curtis Dickey 3 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1980-12-07 RAM L, 7-10 3 3 rush Mike Guman 3 yard rush (Nolan Cromwell run)
27 1980-12-14 @ NWE W, 24-2 1 9 rush Vagas Ferguson 9 yard rush (John Smith kick)
28 1980-12-14 @ NWE W, 24-2 2 5 pass Russ Francis 5 yard pass from Matt Cavanaugh (John Smith kick)
29 1980-12-14 @ NWE W, 24-2 3 13 pass Andy Johnson 13 yard pass from Matt Cavanaugh (John Smith kick)
30 1980-12-21 @ SFO L, 13-18 1 4 rush Earl Cooper 4 yard rush
31 1980-12-21 @ SFO L, 13-18 3 2 pass Eason Ramson 2 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)