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10-6-0, AFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.3, Offense: -2.5, Defense: 3.9, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 311 points (19.4/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 276 points (17.2/g), 6th.
 Differential of 35 points (2.2/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 9.1-6.9.

Coach: Chuck Knox (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Prochaska
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Catlin

Stadium: Rich Stadium
 Training Camp: SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, New York)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Joe Ferguson 31 8 16 252 for 498, 3,652 yards, 24 td, 20 int, & 20 rushes for 29 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
RB Joe Cribbs* 23 1 15 257 rushes for 1,097 yards, 3 td, & 40 catches for 603 yards and 7 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 29th pick / 1980
FB Curtis Brown 27 4 8 62 rushes for 226 yards, 0 td, & 7 catches for 46 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1977
WR Jerry Butler 24 2 16 55 catches for 842 yards, 8 td, & 1 rush for 1 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1979
WR Frank Lewis* 34 10 16 70 catches for 1,244 yards, 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
TE Mark Brammer 23 1 16 33 catches for 365 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for 17 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 67th pick / 1980
LT Ken Jones 29 5 15 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
LG Jon Borchardt 24 2 9 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1979
C Will Grant 27 3 16 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 10th / 255th pick / 1978
RG Conrad Dobler 31 9 13 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 110th pick / 1972
RT Joe Devlin 27 5 16 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ben Williams 27 5 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
NT Fred Smerlas* 24 2 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1979
RDE Sherman White 33 9 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
LOLB Lucius Sanford 25 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
LILB Jim Haslett 26 2 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 51st pick / 1979
RILB Shane Nelson 26 4 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
ROLB Isiah Robertson 32 10 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
LCB Mario Clark 27 5 16 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
RCB Charles Romes 27 4 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
SS Steve Freeman 28 6 16 New England Patriots / 5th / 117th pick / 1975
FS Bill Simpson 30 7 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 50th pick / 1974
 Special Teams Starters
K Nick Mike-Mayer 31 8 0 14 of 24 field goals & 37 of 37 extra points Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
P Greg Cater 24 1 0 80 punts for a 39.7 average, 0 blocked Buffalo Bills / 10th / 259th pick / 1980
PR Roland Hooks 28 5 1 17 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 10th / 253rd pick / 1975
KR Byron Franklin 23 Rook 0 21 kick returns for a 20.8 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 50th pick / 1981

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
87 Steve Alvers 24 16 0 240 6-4 Taft,Miami (FL) 4/4/1957 Rook 0 New York Giants / 7th / 172nd pick / 1979
84 Buster Barnett 23 16 0 228 6-5 Jackson St. 11/24/1958 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 11th / 299th pick / 1981
28 Rufus Bess 25 16 0 184 5-9 South Carolina St. 9/13/1956 2 2
73 Jon Borchardt 24 LG 16 9 260 6-5 Montana St. 8/13/1957 2 5 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1979
86 Mark Brammer 23 TE 16 16 238 6-3 Michigan St. 5/3/1958 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 67th pick / 1980
47 Curtis Brown 27 FB 14 8 203 5-10 Missouri 12/7/1954 4 2 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1977
80 Jerry Butler 24 WR 16 16 178 6-0 Clemson 10/12/1957 2 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1979
7 Greg Cater 24 P 16 0 191 6-0 Tenn-Chattanooga 4/17/1957 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 259th pick / 1980
29 Mario Clark 27 LCB 16 16 194 6-2 Oregon 3/29/1954 5 9 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
20 Joe Cribbs* 23 RB 15 15 190 5-11 Auburn 1/5/1958 1 13 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 29th pick / 1980
70 Joe Devlin 27 RT 16 16 261 6-5 Iowa 2/23/1954 5 8 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1976
69 Conrad Dobler 31 RG 14 13 254 6-3 Wyoming 10/1/1950 9 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 110th pick / 1972
12 Joe Ferguson 31 QB 16 16 195 6-1 Arkansas 4/23/1950 8 12 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
85 Byron Franklin 23 KR 13 0 179 6-1 Auburn 9/3/1958 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 50th pick / 1981
22 Steve Freeman 28 SS 16 16 185 5-11 Mississippi St. 5/8/1953 6 7 New England Patriots / 5th / 117th pick / 1975
53 Will Grant 27 C 16 16 254 6-3 Idaho St.,Kentucky 3/7/1954 3 8 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 255th pick / 1978
55 Jim Haslett 26 LILB 16 16 232 6-3 Indiana (PA) 12/9/1955 2 8 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 51st pick / 1979
25 Roland Hooks 28 PR 16 1 197 6-0 North Carolina St. 1/2/1953 5 3 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 253rd pick / 1975
50 Mike Humiston 22 16 0 238 6-3 Weber St. 1/8/1959 Rook 2
97 Darrell Irvin 24 13 0 259 6-4 Oklahoma 1/21/1957 1 1
81 Ron Jessie 33 15 0 185 6-0 Kansas 2/4/1948 10 2 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
91 Ken Johnson 26 16 0 253 6-5 Knoxville 3/25/1955 2 2 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 83rd pick / 1979
72 Ken Jones 29 LT 15 15 260 6-5 Arkansas St. 12/1/1952 5 7 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
71 Mike Kadish 31 16 0 270 6-5 Notre Dame 5/27/1950 8 1 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 25th pick / 1972
52 Chris Keating 24 lb 2 2 223 6-2 Maine 10/12/1957 2 1
42 Rod Kush 25 16 0 188 6-0 Nebraska-Omaha 12/29/1956 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 114th pick / 1979
48 Roosevelt Leaks 28 fb 16 5 225 5-10 Texas 1/31/1953 6 3 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 105th pick / 1975
82 Frank Lewis* 34 WR 16 16 196 6-1 Grambling St. 7/4/1947 10 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
61 Tom Lynch 26 g 5 2 256 6-5 Boston Col. 5/24/1955 4 1 Seattle Seahawks / 2nd / 30th pick / 1977
30 Lawrence McCutcheon 31 rb 6 3 205 6-1 Colorado St. 6/2/1950 9 1 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 70th pick / 1972
67 Reggie McKenzie 31 lg 6 6 255 6-4 Michigan 7/27/1950 9 3 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
5 Nick Mike-Mayer 31 K 16 0 186 5-8 Temple 3/1/1950 8 3 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
59 Shane Nelson 26 RILB 10 10 226 6-1 Baylor 5/25/1955 4 5
38 Jeff Nixon 25 13 0 190 6-3 Richmond 10/13/1956 2 1 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 87th pick / 1979
62 Ervin Parker 23 16 0 236 6-4 South Carolina St. 8/19/1958 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 93rd pick / 1980
89 Lou Piccone 32 14 0 175 5-9 West Liberty St. 7/17/1949 7 1
40 Robb Riddick 24 10 0 195 6-0 Millersville 4/26/1957 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 9th / 241st pick / 1981
51 Jim Ritcher 23 g 14 3 273 6-3 North Carolina St. 5/21/1958 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 16th pick / 1980
58 Isiah Robertson 32 ROLB 16 16 225 6-3 Southern 8/17/1949 10 9 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
17 Matt Robinson 26 15 0 196 6-2 Georgia 6/28/1955 4 0 New York Jets / 9th / 227th pick / 1977
26 Charles Romes 27 RCB 16 16 191 6-1 North Carolina Central 12/16/1954 4 8 Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
57 Lucius Sanford 25 LOLB 16 16 216 6-2 Georgia Tech 2/14/1956 3 8 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
45 Bill Simpson 30 FS 16 16 184 6-1 Michigan St. 12/5/1951 7 8 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 50th pick / 1974
76 Fred Smerlas* 24 NT 16 16 277 6-3 Boston Col. 4/8/1957 2 11 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1979
41 Phil Villapiano 32 lb 16 4 225 6-2 Bowling Green 2/26/1949 10 3 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 45th pick / 1971
65 Tim Vogler 25 14 0 259 6-3 Ohio St. 10/2/1956 2 1
83 Sherman White 33 RDE 16 16 250 6-5 California 10/6/1948 9 8 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
77 Ben Williams 27 LDE 16 16 251 6-3 Mississippi 9/1/1954 5 9 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
Team Total 26.9 16 221.0 6-1.8 4.1