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1986 Buffalo Bills

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4-12-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1986 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.8, Offense: -5.0, Defense: -0.8, SoS: -2.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 287 points (17.9/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 348 points (21.8/g), 20th.
 Differential of -61 points (-3.8/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 6.2-9.8.

Coach: Hank Bullough (2-7-0) and Marv Levy (2-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Ringo
 Defensive Coordinator: Herb Paterra
 Other Notable Asst.: Ted Cottrell (Defensive Line)

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

Team Info

Owner/President Ralph Wilson
General Manager Bill Polian
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 287 5017 963 5.2 39 20 38 291 294 499 3363 22 19 6.2 152 419 1654 9 3.9 101
Team Defense 348 5523 1071 5.2 18 8 30 334 343 570 3802 21 10 6.3 204 465 1721 18 3.7 100
Lg Rank Offense 20 19 19 24 18 19 15 9 10 11 25 21 23 13
Lg Rank Defense 20 24 28 28 23 24 27 11 27 23 10 9 23 8

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 L 0-1 New York Jets 24 28 19 368 289 79 2 19 390 287 103
2 Sun September 14 boxscore L OT 0-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 33 36 20 378 207 171 2 22 405 240 165 3
3 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-2 St. Louis Cardinals 17 10 10 176 82 94 1 25 381 259 122 1
4 Sun September 28 boxscore L 1-3 Kansas City Chiefs 17 20 24 366 269 97 4 20 327 201 126 1
5 Sun October 5 boxscore L 1-4 @ New York Jets 13 14 16 320 194 126 1 20 382 272 110 1
6 Sun October 12 boxscore L 1-5 @ Miami Dolphins 14 27 18 305 197 108 4 27 447 328 119 3
7 Sun October 19 boxscore W 2-5 Indianapolis Colts 24 13 21 364 243 121 3 20 297 167 130 2
8 Sun October 26 boxscore L 2-6 New England Patriots 3 23 16 224 147 77 4 20 298 173 125 1
9 Sun November 2 boxscore L 2-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28 34 23 403 324 79 3 20 306 171 135
10 Sun November 9 boxscore W 3-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 12 18 248 76 172 1 11 185 132 53 1
11 Sun November 16 boxscore L 3-8 Miami Dolphins 24 34 14 261 181 80 1 29 474 389 85
12 Sun November 23 boxscore L 3-9 @ New England Patriots 19 22 13 241 192 49 3 17 261 193 68 1
13 Sun November 30 boxscore W 4-9 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 14 25 336 172 164 2 26 346 273 73 3
14 Sun December 7 boxscore L 4-10 Cleveland Browns 17 21 17 391 308 83 3 21 371 230 141 1
15 Sun December 14 boxscore L 4-11 @ Indianapolis Colts 14 24 18 358 264 94 3 21 375 296 79
16 Sun December 21 boxscore L 4-12 @ Houston Oilers 7 16 19 278 218 60 2 16 278 191 87

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 Jim Kelly 26 QB 16 16 4-12-0 285 480 59.4% 3593 22 4.6 17 3.5 84 7.5 6.8 12.6 224.6 83.3 43 330 6.24 5.62 8.2
14 Frank Reich 25 3 0 9 19 47.4% 104 0 0.0 2 10.5 37 5.5 0.7 11.6 34.7 24.8 2 4 4.76 0.48 9.5
Team Total 25.6 16 4-12-0 294 499 58.9% 3697 22 4.4 19 3.8 84 7.4 6.6 12.6 231.1 80.9 45 334 6.18 5.42 8.3 0 0
Opp Total 16 343 570 60.2% 4069 21 3.7 10 1.8 7.1 7.09 11.9 254.3 86.9 36 267 6.3 6.2 5.9

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
40 Robb Riddick 29 RB 15 8 150 632 4 41 4.2 42.1 10.0 49 468 9.6 1 31 3.3 31.2 1100 5 8
28 Greg Bell 24 rb 6 6 90 377 4 42 4.2 62.8 15.0 12 142 11.8 2 40 2.0 23.7 519 6 2
33 Ronnie Harmon 22 KR 14 2 54 172 0 38 3.2 12.3 3.9 22 185 8.4 1 27 1.6 13.2 357 1 2
12 Jim Kelly 26 QB 16 16 41 199 0 20 4.9 12.4 2.6 199 0 7
35 Carl Byrum 23 rb 13 3 38 156 0 18 4.1 12.0 2.9 13 104 8.0 1 17 1.0 8.0 260 1 0
42 Ricky Moore 23 FB 11 8 33 104 1 14 3.2 9.5 3.0 23 184 8.0 0 27 2.1 16.7 288 1 2
49 Bruce King 23 rb 5 1 4 10 0 7 2.5 2.0 0.8 10 0 0
83 Andre Reed 22 WR 15 15 3 -8 0 4 -2.7 -0.5 0.2 53 739 13.9 7 55 3.5 49.3 731 7 2
34 Gary Wilkins 23 te 16 2 3 18 0 11 6.0 1.1 0.2 8 74 9.3 0 26 0.5 4.6 92 0 0
89 Walter Broughton 24 8 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.8 0.1 3 71 23.7 0 57 0.4 8.9 65 0 5
4 John Kidd 25 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
14 Frank Reich 25 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 1
88 Pete Metzelaars 26 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 49 485 9.9 3 44 3.1 30.3 485 3 2
85 Chris Burkett 24 WR 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 34 778 22.9 4 84 2.4 55.6 778 4 1
80 Jerry Butler 29 wr 11 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 302 20.1 2 53 1.4 27.5 302 2 0
86 Jimmy Teal 24 wr 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 60 10.0 1 20 1.2 12.0 60 1 0
87 Butch Rolle 22 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 56 14.0 0 20 0.3 3.5 56 0 0
82 Eric Richardson 24 wr 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 49 16.3 0 32 0.2 3.5 49 0 4
Team Total 25.6 16 419 1654 9 42 3.9 103.4 26.2 294 3697 12.6 22 84 18.4 231.1 5351 31 40
Opp Total 16 465 1721 18 3.7 107.6 29.1 343 3802 11.1 21 21.4 237.6 5523 39 19

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
89 Walter Broughton 24 8 0 12 53 0 13 4.4 11 243 0 39 22.1 361
27 Ron Pitts 24 PR 10 0 18 194 1 49 10.8 1 7 0 5 7.0 201
33 Ronnie Harmon 22 KR 14 2 18 321 0 32 17.8 678
89 Steve Tasker 24 7 0 9 148 0 24 16.4 148
40 Robb Riddick 29 RB 15 8 8 200 0 49 25.0 1300
82 Eric Richardson 24 wr 14 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 6 123 0 28 20.5 172
36 Rodney Bellinger 24 LCB 16 9 2 32 0 16 16.0 32
25 Rod Hill 27 db 6 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 32 247 1 49 7.7 55 1074 0 49 19.5 6672
Opp Total 16 32 260 0 8.1 56 1157 0 20.7

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 John Kidd 25 P 16 0 75 3031 57 0 40.4
11 Scott Norwood 26 K 16 0 1 1 6 6 7 7 8 3 5 27 17 63.0%% 34 32 94.1%%
Team Total 25.6 16 1 1 6 6 7 7 8 3 5 27 17 63.0%% 34 32 94.1%% 75 3031 57 0 40.4
Opp Total 16 33 22 66.7%% 40 38 95.0%% 83 3162 38.1

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 26 LOLB/rolb 16 16 3.0 0 0 1 47 0 116 0
43 Martin Bayless 24 SS 16 15 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 102 0
78 Bruce Smith 23 RDE 16 15 15.0 3 0 0 0 0 63 0
12 Jim Kelly 26 QB 16 16 0 7 2 0 0
40 Robb Riddick 29 RB 15 8 0 8 0 0 0
95 Sean McNanie 25 LDE 16 16 6.5 0 0 1 0 0
89 Walter Broughton 24 8 0 0 5 1 0 0
36 Rodney Bellinger 24 LCB 16 9 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 4 15 1
82 Eric Richardson 24 wr 14 1 0 4 1 0 0
26 Charles Romes 32 RCB 16 16 4 23 0 23 0 0 0 1 6 0
28 Greg Bell 24 rb 6 6 0 2 2 0 0
27 Ron Pitts 24 PR 10 0 0 2 2 0 0
83 Andre Reed 22 WR 15 15 0 2 2 2 0
52 Guy Frazier 27 lolb 7 7 1.0 0 0 2 0 0
88 Pete Metzelaars 26 TE 16 16 0 2 1 0 1
76 Fred Smerlas 29 NT 16 16 2.0 1 3 0 3 0
54 Eugene Marve 26 LILB 16 16 2.5
29 Derrick Burroughs 24 lcb 15 5 2 49 0 41 0
58 George Cumby 30 RILB 11 8 1.0 0 0 1 38 0
75 Mike Hamby 24 de 16 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Ronnie Harmon 22 KR 14 2 0 2 0 0 0
42 Ricky Moore 23 FB 11 8 0 2 0 0 0
85 Chris Burkett 24 WR 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
45 Dwight Drane 24 db 13 1 1.0
22 Steve Freeman 33 FS 16 16 1 0 0 0 0
71 Dale Hellestrae 24 8 0 0 1 0 -14 0
25 Rod Hill 27 db 6 2 0 1 0 0 0
4 John Kidd 25 P 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Dean Prater 28 16 0 1.0
14 Frank Reich 25 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
51 Jim Ritcher 28 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
57 Lucius Sanford 30 ROLB 10 8 1.0
62 Mark Traynowicz 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 36.0 10 89 0 41 0 3 40 25 94 2 281 0
Opp Total 16 45 19 11 2

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
11 Scott Norwood 26 K 16 0 32 17 83
83 Andre Reed 22 WR 15 15 7 7 42
28 Greg Bell 24 rb 6 6 4 2 6 36
40 Robb Riddick 29 RB 15 8 4 1 5 30
85 Chris Burkett 24 WR 14 10 4 4 24
88 Pete Metzelaars 26 TE 16 16 3 1 4 24
80 Jerry Butler 29 wr 11 6 2 2 12
36 Rodney Bellinger 24 LCB 16 9 1 1 6
35 Carl Byrum 23 rb 13 3 1 1 6
33 Ronnie Harmon 22 KR 14 2 1 1 6
42 Ricky Moore 23 FB 11 8 1 1 6
27 Ron Pitts 24 PR 10 0 1 1 6
86 Jimmy Teal 24 wr 5 1 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 16 9 22 1 2 34 32 17 287
Opp Total 16 18 21 1 38 22 2 348

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1986-09-07 NYJ L, 24-28 1 2 pass Greg Bell 2 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
2 1986-09-07 NYJ L, 24-28 4 55 pass Andre Reed 55 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
3 1986-09-07 NYJ L, 24-28 4 4 pass Pete Metzelaars 4 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
4 1986-09-14 @ CIN L, 33-36 2 6 rush Robb Riddick 6 yard rush
5 1986-09-14 @ CIN L, 33-36 3 9 rush Greg Bell 9 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
6 1986-09-14 @ CIN L, 33-36 3 84 pass Chris Burkett 84 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
7 1986-09-14 @ CIN L, 33-36 4 0 fumble Pete Metzelaars 0 yard fumble return (Scott Norwood kick)
8 1986-09-21 STL W, 17-10 2 2 rush Ricky Moore 2 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
9 1986-09-21 STL W, 17-10 4 6 rush Greg Bell 6 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
10 1986-09-28 KAN L, 17-20 1 41 rush Robb Riddick 41 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
11 1986-09-28 KAN L, 17-20 3 14 pass Ronnie Harmon 14 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
12 1986-10-05 @ NYJ L, 13-14 2 40 pass Greg Bell 40 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
13 1986-10-12 @ MIA L, 14-27 1 1 rush Greg Bell 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
14 1986-10-12 @ MIA L, 14-27 4 6 pass Andre Reed 6 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
15 1986-10-19 IND W, 24-13 1 15 fumble Rodney Bellinger 15 yard fumble return (Scott Norwood kick)
16 1986-10-19 IND W, 24-13 2 6 pass Andre Reed 6 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
17 1986-10-19 IND W, 24-13 3 13 pass Andre Reed 13 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
18 1986-11-02 @ TAM L, 28-34 3 1 pass Pete Metzelaars 1 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
19 1986-11-02 @ TAM L, 28-34 3 44 pass Pete Metzelaars 44 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
20 1986-11-02 @ TAM L, 28-34 4 49 punt Ron Pitts 49 yard punt return (Scott Norwood kick)
21 1986-11-02 @ TAM L, 28-34 4 9 pass Jerry Butler 9 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
22 1986-11-09 PIT W, 16-12 1 3 pass Andre Reed 3 yard pass from Jim Kelly
23 1986-11-09 PIT W, 16-12 2 5 rush Robb Riddick 5 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
24 1986-11-16 MIA L, 24-34 1 10 pass Carl Byrum 10 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
25 1986-11-16 MIA L, 24-34 2 11 rush Robb Riddick 11 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
26 1986-11-16 MIA L, 24-34 2 25 pass Jerry Butler 25 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
27 1986-11-23 @ NWE L, 19-22 4 31 pass Robb Riddick 31 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
28 1986-11-30 @ KAN W, 17-14 2 9 pass Andre Reed 9 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
29 1986-11-30 @ KAN W, 17-14 3 10 pass Andre Reed 10 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
30 1986-12-07 CLE L, 17-21 3 75 pass Chris Burkett 75 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
31 1986-12-07 CLE L, 17-21 4 4 pass Jimmy Teal 4 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
32 1986-12-14 @ IND L, 14-24 1 42 pass Chris Burkett 42 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
33 1986-12-14 @ IND L, 14-24 2 1 rush Greg Bell 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
34 1986-12-21 @ HOU L, 7-16 2 12 pass Chris Burkett 12 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1986-09-07 NYJ W, 28-24 1 2 rush Tony Paige 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
2 1986-09-07 NYJ W, 28-24 2 46 pass Al Toon 46 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
3 1986-09-07 NYJ W, 28-24 4 1 rush Johnny Hector 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
4 1986-09-07 NYJ W, 28-24 4 71 pass Wesley Walker 71 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
5 1986-09-14 @ CIN W, 36-33 1 11 rush Larry Kinnebrew 11 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
6 1986-09-14 @ CIN W, 36-33 2 35 pass Eddie Brown 35 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
7 1986-09-14 @ CIN W, 36-33 2 17 pass Eddie Brown 17 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
8 1986-09-14 @ CIN W, 36-33 4 2 rush Boomer Esiason 2 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
9 1986-09-21 STL L, 10-17 4 19 pass Vai Sikahema 19 yard pass from Neil Lomax (John Lee kick)
10 1986-09-28 KAN W, 20-17 2 26 pass Stephone Paige 26 yard pass from Todd Blackledge (Nick Lowery kick)
11 1986-09-28 KAN W, 20-17 4 1 pass Paul Coffman 1 yard pass from Todd Blackledge (Nick Lowery kick)
12 1986-10-05 @ NYJ W, 14-13 2 4 pass Al Toon 4 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
13 1986-10-05 @ NYJ W, 14-13 4 36 pass Mickey Shuler 36 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
14 1986-10-12 @ MIA W, 27-14 2 30 pass Mark Duper 30 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
15 1986-10-12 @ MIA W, 27-14 3 4 rush Lorenzo Hampton 4 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
16 1986-10-12 @ MIA W, 27-14 4 1 rush Lorenzo Hampton 1 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
17 1986-10-19 IND L, 13-24 3 18 pass Bill Brooks 18 yard pass from Jack Trudeau (Dean Biasucci kick)
18 1986-10-26 NWE W, 23-3 1 2 rush Craig James 2 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
19 1986-10-26 NWE W, 23-3 2 16 rush Robert Weathers 16 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
20 1986-11-02 @ TAM W, 34-28 1 0 fumble Pat Franklin 0 yard fumble return (Donald Igwebuike kick)
21 1986-11-02 @ TAM W, 34-28 2 2 rush Steve Young 2 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
22 1986-11-02 @ TAM W, 34-28 4 1 rush Steve Young 1 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
23 1986-11-02 @ TAM W, 34-28 4 45 rush James Wilder 45 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
24 1986-11-09 PIT L, 12-16 3 5 rush Earnest Jackson 5 yard rush
25 1986-11-09 PIT L, 12-16 3 11 pass Weegie Thompson 11 yard pass from Mark Malone
26 1986-11-16 MIA W, 34-24 2 19 pass Ron Davenport 19 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
27 1986-11-16 MIA W, 34-24 3 27 pass Mark Duper 27 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
28 1986-11-16 MIA W, 34-24 4 4 pass Dan Johnson 4 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
29 1986-11-16 MIA W, 34-24 4 2 pass Lorenzo Hampton 2 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
30 1986-11-23 @ NWE W, 22-19 1 4 rush Craig James 4 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
31 1986-11-23 @ NWE W, 22-19 4 13 pass Greg Baty 13 yard pass from Tony Eason (Tony Franklin kick)
32 1986-11-30 @ KAN L, 14-17 1 12 pass Stephone Paige 12 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
33 1986-11-30 @ KAN L, 14-17 4 1 rush Herman Heard 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
34 1986-12-07 CLE W, 21-17 1 1 rush Kevin Mack 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
35 1986-12-07 CLE W, 21-17 2 1 rush Kevin Mack 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
36 1986-12-07 CLE W, 21-17 3 11 pass Brian Brennan 11 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Mark Moseley kick)
37 1986-12-14 @ IND W, 24-14 3 1 rush Gary Hogeboom 1 yard rush (Dean Biasucci kick)
38 1986-12-14 @ IND W, 24-14 3 1 pass Tim Sherwin 1 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Dean Biasucci kick)
39 1986-12-14 @ IND W, 24-14 4 15 pass Pat Beach 15 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Dean Biasucci kick)
40 1986-12-21 @ HOU W, 16-7 1 1 rush Allen Pinkett 1 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)