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1983 Buffalo Bills

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.8, Offense: -3.4, Defense: -0.4, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 283 points (17.7/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 351 points (21.9/g), 18th.
 Differential of -68 points (-4.2/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 6.0-10.0.

Coach: Kay Stephenson (8-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Zeman

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

Team Info

Owner/President Ralph Wilson
Executive VP/Interim General Manager Pat McGroder
Head Coach/Player Personnel Kay Stephenson
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 283 4823 1023 4.7 40 12 309 317 571 3087 30 28 5.1 171 415 1736 4 4.2 100 144 1094 38
Opp. Stats 351 5809 1078 5.4 31 18 332 286 480 3306 22 13 6.5 148 566 2503 14 4.4 148 128 1298 36
Lg Rank Offense 23 25 17 5 16 4 18 4 22 28 26 24 28 11
Lg Rank Defense 18 24 24 10 23 7 18 15 27 23 24 24 12 23

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore L 0-1 Miami Dolphins 0 12 14 258 172 86 2 13 177 26 151 1
2 Sun September 11 boxscore W 1-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 6 21 267 157 110 15 281 201 80
3 Sun September 18 boxscore W 2-1 Baltimore Colts 28 23 27 322 177 145 17 372 225 147 1
4 Sun September 25 boxscore W 3-1 Houston Oilers 30 13 21 333 105 228 2 23 382 201 181 2
5 Mon October 3 boxscore L 3-2 New York Jets 10 34 16 216 151 65 5 24 416 206 210 2
6 Sun October 9 boxscore W OT 4-2 @ Miami Dolphins 38 35 28 483 407 76 2 31 488 335 153 2
7 Sun October 16 boxscore W 5-2 @ Baltimore Colts 30 7 23 401 230 171 13 284 73 211 4
8 Sun October 23 boxscore L 5-3 New England Patriots 0 31 14 292 199 93 3 21 444 244 200
9 Sun October 30 boxscore W 6-3 New Orleans Saints 27 21 22 301 169 132 20 389 256 133 3
10 Sun November 6 boxscore L 6-4 @ New England Patriots 7 21 20 263 186 77 4 19 450 251 199 4
11 Sun November 13 boxscore W 7-4 @ New York Jets 24 17 20 314 245 69 2 18 325 236 89 3
12 Sun November 20 boxscore L 7-5 Los Angeles Raiders 24 27 15 184 116 68 3 27 401 232 169 3
13 Sun November 27 boxscore L 7-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 41 22 345 271 74 5 24 355 202 153 1
14 Sun December 4 boxscore W 8-6 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 9 16 264 76 188 3 23 341 284 57 2
15 Sun December 11 boxscore L 8-7 San Francisco 49ers 10 23 16 303 183 120 5 19 310 183 127 1
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 8-8 @ Atlanta Falcons 14 31 14 277 243 34 4 25 394 151 243 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
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 33 QB 16 16 8-8-0 281 508 55.3 2995 26 5.1 25 4.9 43 5.9 4.7 10.7 187.2 69.3 27 266 5.10 3.97 5.0 3 3
10 Matt Kofler 24 16 0 35 61 57.4 440 4 6.6 3 4.9 28 7.2 6.3 12.6 27.5 81.3 10 85 5.00 4.23 14.1
20 Joe Cribbs* 25 RB 16 16 1 2 50.0 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 3 1.5 1.5 3.0 0.2 56.2 0 0 1.50 1.50 0.0
Team Total 26.5 16 8-8-0 317 571 55.5 3438 30 5.3 28 4.9 43 6.0 4.9 10.8 214.9 70.5 37 351 5.08 3.99 6.1 3 3
Opp Total 16 286 480 59.6 3553 22 4.6 13 2.7 7.4 7.10 12.4 222.1 86.6 32 247 6.5 6.2 6.3

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 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
20 Joe Cribbs* 25 RB 16 16 263 1131 3 45 4.3 70.7 16.4 57 524 9.2 7 33 3.6 32.8 1655 10 6
34 Booker Moore 24 FB 15 11 60 275 0 21 4.6 18.3 4.0 34 199 5.9 1 21 2.3 13.3 474 1 1
48 Roosevelt Leaks 30 rb 12 4 58 157 1 12 2.7 13.1 4.8 8 74 9.3 0 12 0.7 6.2 231 1 0
12 Joe Ferguson 33 QB 16 16 20 88 0 19 4.4 5.5 1.3 88 0 3
40 Robb Riddick 26 KR/PR 16 0 4 18 0 12 4.5 1.1 0.3 3 43 14.3 0 24 0.2 2.7 61 0 7
10 Matt Kofler 24 16 0 4 25 0 11 6.3 1.6 0.3 25 0 0
23 Van Williams 24 rb 16 1 3 11 0 5 3.7 0.7 0.2 11 0 2
47 Tony Hunter 23 te 13 3 2 28 0 24 14.0 2.2 0.2 36 402 11.2 3 40 2.8 30.9 430 3 1
85 Byron Franklin 25 wr 15 5 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 30 452 15.1 4 43 2.0 30.1 455 4 0
80 Jerry Butler 26 WR 9 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 385 10.7 3 25 4.0 42.8 385 3 1
82 Frank Lewis 36 WR 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 486 13.5 3 27 3.3 44.2 486 3 0
86 Mark Brammer 25 TE 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 215 8.6 2 21 2.1 17.9 215 2 0
81 Perry Tuttle 24 wr 9 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 261 15.4 3 38 1.9 29.0 261 3 1
88 Mike Mosley 25 wr 7 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 180 12.9 3 35 2.0 25.7 180 3 1
89 Julius Dawkins 22 wr 11 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 123 11.2 1 28 1.0 11.2 123 1 0
84 Buster Barnett 25 te 15 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 94 9.4 0 14 0.7 6.3 94 0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 415 1736 4 45 4.2 108.5 25.9 317 3438 10.8 30 43 19.8 214.9 5174 34 24
Opp Total 16 566 2503 14 4.4 156.4 35.4 286 3306 11.6 22 17.9 206.6 5809 36 32

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
40 Robb Riddick 26 KR/PR 16 0 42 241 0 24 5.7 28 568 0 49 20.3 870
23 Van Williams 24 rb 16 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 25 550 0 60 22.0 561
88 Mike Mosley 25 wr 7 2 9 236 0 33 26.2 416
56 Darryl Talley 23 16 0 2 9 0 5 4.5 15
47 Bill Hurley 26 10 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 44 241 0 24 5.5 64 1363 0 60 21.3 6903
Opp Total 16 42 403 0 9.6 53 949 0 17.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring 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 Greg Cater 26 P 16 0 89 3533 60 0 39.7
18 Joe Danelo 30 K 14 0 4 2 6 5 6 3 4 20 10 50.0% 35 33 94.3%
5 Fred Steinfort 31 k 2 0 1 1 2 3 6 1 16.7% 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 26.5 16 5 3 8 5 9 3 4 26 11 42.3% 36 34 94.4% 89 3533 60 0 39.7
Opp Total 16 39 26 66.7% 39 39 100.0% 78 3346 42.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
56 Darryl Talley 23 16 0 0 0 2 6 0 5.0 39 0
77 Ben Williams 29 LDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0 10.0
40 Robb Riddick 26 KR/PR 16 0 0 7 1 0 0
20 Joe Cribbs* 25 RB 16 16 0 6 1 0 0
12 Joe Ferguson 33 QB 16 16 0 3 3 0 0
76 Fred Smerlas* 26 NT 16 16 6.0
22 Steve Freeman 30 FS/ss 16 16 3 40 0 29 0 0 0 2 31 0
62 Ervin Parker 25 ROLB 16 16 4.0
27 Chris Williams 24 fs 16 5 3 6 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
91 Ken Johnson 28 rde 16 8 0 0 1 0 0 2.0
52 Chris Keating 26 LILB 16 16 2 20 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
43 David Kilson 23 db 16 2 0 0 3 88 1
57 Lucius Sanford 27 LOLB 16 16 2 39 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Sherman White 35 RDE 8 8 3.0
23 Van Williams 24 rb 16 1 0 2 1 0 0
47 Tony Hunter 23 te 13 3 0 1 1 0 0
47 Bill Hurley 26 10 0 0 1 1 0 0
21 Mike Kennedy 24 SS 12 7 1 22 1 22 0 0 0 1 0 0
54 Eugene Marve 23 RILB 16 16 2.0
34 Booker Moore 24 FB 15 11 0 1 1 0 0
26 Charles Romes 29 RCB 16 16 2 27 0 27 0
80 Jerry Butler 26 WR 9 9 0 1 0 0 0
67 Darryl Caldwell 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Justin Cross 24 RT 15 13 0 0 1 0 0
72 Ken Jones 31 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
50 Trey Junkin 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Joey Lumpkin 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Mike Mosley 25 wr 7 2 0 1 0 0 0
81 Perry Tuttle 24 wr 9 3 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 13 154 1 29 0 0 24 28 125 1 32.0 39 0
Opp Total 16 32 14 37

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
18 Joe Danelo 30 K 14 0 33 35 10 20 63
20 Joe Cribbs* 25 RB 16 16 3 7 10 60
85 Byron Franklin 25 wr 15 5 4 4 24
80 Jerry Butler 26 WR 9 9 3 3 18
47 Tony Hunter 23 te 13 3 3 3 18
82 Frank Lewis 36 WR 11 11 3 3 18
88 Mike Mosley 25 wr 7 2 3 3 18
81 Perry Tuttle 24 wr 9 3 3 3 18
86 Mark Brammer 25 TE 12 12 2 2 12
89 Julius Dawkins 22 wr 11 2 1 1 6
21 Mike Kennedy 24 SS 12 7 1 1 6
43 David Kilson 23 db 16 2 1 1 6
48 Roosevelt Leaks 30 rb 12 4 1 1 6
34 Booker Moore 24 FB 15 11 1 1 6
5 Fred Steinfort 31 k 2 0 1 1 1 6 4
Team Total 26.5 16 4 30 1 1 36 34 36 11 26 283
Opp Total 16 14 22 1 2 39 39 26 39 351

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1983-09-11 @ CIN W, 10-6 3 14 pass Jerry Butler 14 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Fred Steinfort kick)
2 1983-09-18 BAL W, 28-23 2 3 pass Joe Cribbs 3 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
3 1983-09-18 BAL W, 28-23 3 1 rush Joe Cribbs 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
4 1983-09-18 BAL W, 28-23 4 27 pass Frank Lewis 27 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
5 1983-09-18 BAL W, 28-23 4 2 pass Joe Cribbs 2 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
6 1983-09-25 HOU W, 30-13 1 1 rush Joe Cribbs 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
7 1983-09-25 HOU W, 30-13 2 7 pass Jerry Butler 7 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
8 1983-09-25 HOU W, 30-13 4 19 pass Frank Lewis 19 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
9 1983-09-25 HOU W, 30-13 4 87 fumble David Kilson 87 yard fumble return (Joe Danelo kick)
10 1983-10-03 NYJ L, 10-34 4 12 pass Joe Cribbs 12 yard pass from Matt Kofler (Joe Danelo kick)
11 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 1 9 pass Byron Franklin 9 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
12 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 2 30 pass Byron Franklin 30 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
13 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 3 11 pass Booker Moore 11 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
14 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 4 4 pass Joe Cribbs 4 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
15 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 4 1 pass Joe Cribbs 1 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
16 1983-10-16 @ BAL W, 30-7 1 14 pass Joe Cribbs 14 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
17 1983-10-16 @ BAL W, 30-7 2 4 pass Mark Brammer 4 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
18 1983-10-16 @ BAL W, 30-7 2 20 pass Frank Lewis 20 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
19 1983-10-30 NOR W, 27-21 1 15 pass Jerry Butler 15 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
20 1983-10-30 NOR W, 27-21 2 40 pass Tony Hunter 40 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
21 1983-10-30 NOR W, 27-21 2 22 pass Mike Mosley 22 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
22 1983-10-30 NOR W, 27-21 3 8 pass Mike Mosley 8 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
23 1983-11-06 @ NWE L, 7-21 4 1 pass Mark Brammer 1 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
24 1983-11-13 @ NYJ W, 24-17 3 10 pass Mike Mosley 10 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
25 1983-11-13 @ NYJ W, 24-17 3 19 pass Byron Franklin 19 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
26 1983-11-13 @ NYJ W, 24-17 4 33 pass Joe Cribbs 33 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
27 1983-11-20 RAI L, 24-27 4 23 pass Tony Hunter 23 yard pass from Matt Kofler (Joe Danelo kick)
28 1983-11-20 RAI L, 24-27 4 1 rush Joe Cribbs 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
29 1983-11-20 RAI L, 24-27 4 28 pass Perry Tuttle 28 yard pass from Matt Kofler (Joe Danelo kick)
30 1983-11-27 @ RAM L, 17-41 2 15 pass Tony Hunter 15 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
31 1983-11-27 @ RAM L, 17-41 3 43 pass Byron Franklin 43 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
32 1983-12-04 @ KAN W, 14-9 2 17 pass Perry Tuttle 17 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
33 1983-12-04 @ KAN W, 14-9 4 22 interception Mike Kennedy 22 yard interception return (Joe Danelo kick)
34 1983-12-11 SFO L, 10-23 2 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
35 1983-12-18 @ ATL L, 14-31 2 13 pass Perry Tuttle 13 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Joe Danelo kick)
36 1983-12-18 @ ATL L, 14-31 4 28 pass Julius Dawkins 28 yard pass from Matt Kofler (Joe Danelo kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1983-09-18 BAL W, 28-23 3 72 pass Curtis Dickey 72 yard pass from Mike Pagel (Raul Allegre kick)
2 1983-09-18 BAL W, 28-23 4 33 rush Curtis Dickey 33 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
3 1983-09-25 HOU W, 30-13 3 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Florian Kempf kick)
4 1983-10-03 NYJ L, 10-34 2 11 pass Bruce Harper 11 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
5 1983-10-03 NYJ L, 10-34 3 0 fumble Mark Gastineau 0 yard fumble return (Pat Leahy kick)
6 1983-10-03 NYJ L, 10-34 4 22 pass Johnny Hector 22 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
7 1983-10-03 NYJ L, 10-34 4 1 rush Scott Dierking 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
8 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 2 1 rush Woody Bennett 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
9 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 3 63 pass Mark Duper 63 yard pass from Dan Marino (Uwe von Schamann kick)
10 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 3 48 pass Mark Duper 48 yard pass from Mark Clayton (Uwe von Schamann kick)
11 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 4 2 pass Nat Moore 2 yard pass from Dan Marino (Uwe von Schamann kick)
12 1983-10-09 @ MIA W, 38-35 4 14 pass Mark Clayton 14 yard pass from Dan Marino (Uwe von Schamann kick)
13 1983-10-16 @ BAL W, 30-7 1 52 pass Ray Butler 52 yard pass from Mike Pagel (Raul Allegre kick)
14 1983-10-23 NWE L, 0-31 2 35 pass Derrick Ramsey 35 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Fred Steinfort kick)
15 1983-10-23 NWE L, 0-31 4 2 pass Derrick Ramsey 2 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Fred Steinfort kick)
16 1983-10-23 NWE L, 0-31 4 50 rush Tony Collins 50 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
17 1983-10-23 NWE L, 0-31 4 2 rush Mark van Eeghen 2 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
18 1983-10-30 NOR W, 27-21 2 12 pass John Tice 12 yard pass from Dave Wilson (Morten Andersen kick)
19 1983-10-30 NOR W, 27-21 4 2 pass Hoby Brenner 2 yard pass from Dave Wilson (Morten Andersen kick)
20 1983-10-30 NOR W, 27-21 4 5 pass Tyrone Young 5 yard pass from Dave Wilson (Morten Andersen kick)
21 1983-11-06 @ NWE L, 7-21 2 4 rush Tony Collins 4 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
22 1983-11-06 @ NWE L, 7-21 2 40 pass Clarence Weathers 40 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Fred Steinfort kick)
23 1983-11-06 @ NWE L, 7-21 3 58 pass Clarence Weathers 58 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Fred Steinfort kick)
24 1983-11-13 @ NYJ W, 24-17 2 1 rush Dwayne Crutchfield 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
25 1983-11-13 @ NYJ W, 24-17 2 42 interception Johnny Lynn 42 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)
26 1983-11-20 RAI L, 24-27 1 2 rush Frank Hawkins 2 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
27 1983-11-20 RAI L, 24-27 3 4 rush Marcus Allen 4 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
28 1983-11-20 RAI L, 24-27 4 15 pass Todd Christensen 15 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)
29 1983-11-27 @ RAM L, 17-41 2 45 pass George Farmer 45 yard pass from Vince Ferragamo (Mike Lansford kick)
30 1983-11-27 @ RAM L, 17-41 2 11 pass Preston Dennard 11 yard pass from Vince Ferragamo (Mike Lansford kick)
31 1983-11-27 @ RAM L, 17-41 3 2 rush Eric Dickerson 2 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
32 1983-11-27 @ RAM L, 17-41 4 15 pass Preston Dennard 15 yard pass from Vince Ferragamo (Mike Lansford kick)
33 1983-11-27 @ RAM L, 17-41 4 60 interception Johnnie Johnson 60 yard interception return (Mike Lansford kick)
34 1983-12-11 SFO L, 10-23 3 4 pass Roger Craig 4 yard pass from Joe Montana (Ray Wersching kick)
35 1983-12-11 SFO L, 10-23 3 4 rush Wendell Tyler 4 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
36 1983-12-18 @ ATL L, 14-31 2 7 pass Arthur Cox 7 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick)
37 1983-12-18 @ ATL L, 14-31 2 10 rush William Andrews 10 yard rush (Mick Luckhurst kick)
38 1983-12-18 @ ATL L, 14-31 3 1 rush William Andrews 1 yard rush (Mick Luckhurst kick)
39 1983-12-18 @ ATL L, 14-31 4 6 pass William Andrews 6 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick)