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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
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 283 4823 1023 4.7 40 12 38 309 317 571 3087 30 28 5.1 171 415 1736 4 4.2 100
Team Defense 351 5809 1078 5.4 31 18 36 332 286 480 3306 22 13 6.5 148 566 2503 14 4.4 148
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

W# 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. 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 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. 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* 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. Player 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 9
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 6778
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. 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 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. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
56 Darryl Talley 23 16 0 5.0 0 0 2 6 0 39 0
77 Ben Williams 29 LDE 16 16 10.0 0 0 2 0 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 2.0 0 0 1 0 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 32.0 13 154 1 29 0 0 24 28 125 1 39 0
Opp Total 16 37 32 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
18 Joe Danelo 30 K 14 0 33 10 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 4
Team Total 26.5 16 4 30 1 1 36 34 11 283
Opp Total 16 14 22 1 2 39 26 351

Touchdown Log

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