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1988 Buffalo Bills

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.4, Offense: -0.0, Defense: 6.4, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 329 points (20.6/g), 14th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 237 points (14.8/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 92 points (5.8/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 11.0-5.0.

Coach: Marv Levy (12-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Ringo
 Defensive Coordinator: Walt Corey
 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 329 5315 1012 5.3 33 16 15 313 271 454 3182 15 17 6.6 161 528 2133 15 4.0 137
Team Defense 237 4578 971 4.7 32 17 39 299 250 448 2724 14 15 5.5 146 477 1854 14 3.9 114
Lg Rank Offense 14 12 10 16 11 23 15 20 7 6 6 7 12 12
Lg Rank Defense 3 4 19 7 12 3 4 6 23 7 13 12 10 11

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 W 1-0 Minnesota Vikings 13 10 18 310 196 114 1 21 300 170 130 2
2 Sun September 11 boxscore W 2-0 Miami Dolphins 9 6 15 319 215 104 4 16 334 219 115 2
3 Sun September 18 boxscore W 3-0 @ New England Patriots 16 14 18 254 149 105 2 14 264 159 105 3
4 Sun September 25 boxscore W 4-0 Pittsburgh Steelers 36 28 22 398 282 116 3 25 408 314 94 5
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 4-1 @ Chicago Bears 3 24 13 217 217 1 22 423 260 163 2
6 Sun October 9 boxscore W 5-1 Indianapolis Colts 34 23 25 456 315 141 3 25 308 241 67 3
7 Mon October 17 boxscore W 6-1 @ New York Jets 37 14 24 427 292 135 1 10 199 154 45 2
8 Sun October 23 boxscore W 7-1 New England Patriots 23 20 18 339 149 190 4 20 223 47 176
9 Sun October 30 boxscore W 8-1 Green Bay Packers 28 0 18 261 66 195 3 10 131 54 77 4
10 Sun November 6 boxscore W 9-1 @ Seattle Seahawks 13 3 18 336 194 142 2 10 145 73 72 2
11 Mon November 14 boxscore W 10-1 @ Miami Dolphins 31 6 29 416 211 205 15 257 224 33 3
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W OT 11-1 New York Jets 9 6 20 341 112 229 2 16 259 119 140 1
13 Sun November 27 boxscore L 11-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21 35 21 353 243 110 4 34 455 223 232
14 Sun December 4 boxscore L 11-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 10 16 273 234 39 2 19 253 143 110
15 Sun December 11 boxscore W 12-3 Los Angeles Raiders 37 21 24 367 112 255 17 318 207 111 3
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 12-4 @ Indianapolis Colts 14 17 14 248 195 53 1 25 301 117 184
Playoffs
Division Sun January 1 boxscore W 13-4 Houston Oilers 17 10 18 372 237 135 1 20 351 226 125 3
ConfChamp Sun January 8 boxscore L 13-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 21 10 181 136 45 3 23 249 74 175 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 Jim Kelly* 28 QB 16 16 12-4-0 269 452 59.5% 3380 15 3.3 17 3.8 66 7.5 6.4 12.6 211.3 78.2 30 229 6.54 5.57 6.2 3 5
40 Robb Riddick 31 15 0 2 2 100.0% 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 26 15.5 15.5 15.5 2.1 118.7 0 0 15.50 15.50 0.0
Team Total 26.1 16 12-4-0 271 454 59.7% 3411 15 3.3 17 3.7 66 7.5 6.5 12.6 213.2 78.5 30 229 6.57 5.61 6.2 3 5
Opp Total 16 250 448 55.8% 3046 14 3.1 15 3.3 6.8 5.92 12.2 190.4 73.4 46 322 5.5 4.7 9.3

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
34 Thurman Thomas 22 RB 15 15 207 881 2 37 4.3 58.7 13.8 18 208 11.6 0 34 1.2 13.9 1089 2 9
40 Robb Riddick 31 15 0 111 438 12 21 3.9 29.2 7.4 30 282 9.4 1 26 2.0 18.8 720 13 3
39 Jamie Mueller 24 FB 15 15 81 296 0 20 3.7 19.7 5.4 8 42 5.3 0 17 0.5 2.8 338 0 2
33 Ronnie Harmon 24 rb 16 1 57 212 1 32 3.7 13.3 3.6 37 427 11.5 3 36 2.3 26.7 639 4 2
12 Jim Kelly* 28 QB 16 16 35 154 0 20 4.4 9.6 2.2 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.3 159 0 5
35 Carl Byrum 25 rb 15 1 28 91 0 11 3.3 6.1 1.9 2 0 0.0 0 3 0.1 0.0 91 0 1
83 Andre Reed* 24 WR 15 14 6 64 0 36 10.7 4.3 0.4 71 968 13.6 6 65 4.7 64.5 1032 6 1
14 Frank Reich 27 3 0 3 -3 0 -1 -1.0 -1.0 1.0 -3 0 0
86 Trumaine Johnson 28 WR 16 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 514 13.9 0 49 2.3 32.1 514 0 1
88 Pete Metzelaars 28 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 438 13.3 1 35 2.1 27.4 438 1 0
85 Chris Burkett 26 wr 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 354 15.4 1 34 2.1 32.2 354 1 0
80 Flip Johnson 25 PR 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 170 18.9 1 66 0.8 15.5 170 1 1
87 Butch Rolle 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 3 1.5 2 2 0.1 0.2 3 2 0
Team Total 26.1 16 528 2133 15 37 4.0 133.3 33.0 271 3411 12.6 15 66 16.9 213.2 5544 30 26
Opp Total 16 477 1854 14 3.9 115.9 29.8 250 2724 10.9 14 15.6 170.3 4578 28 28

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
80 Flip Johnson 25 PR 11 0 16 72 0 16 4.5 14 250 0 24 17.9 492
22 Erroll Tucker 24 KR 9 0 10 80 0 24 8.0 15 310 0 30 20.7 390
33 Ronnie Harmon 24 rb 16 1 11 249 0 37 22.6 888
40 Robb Riddick 31 15 0 6 100 0 23 16.7 820
35 Carl Byrum 25 rb 15 1 2 9 0 9 4.5 100
94 Mark Pike 25 16 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
87 Butch Rolle 24 16 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 15
Team Total 26.1 16 26 152 0 24 5.8 50 935 0 37 18.7 6631
Opp Total 16 36 222 0 6.2 69 1117 0 16.2

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
11 Scott Norwood*+ 28 K 16 0 1 1 10 10 16 15 9 6 1 37 32 86.5%% 33 33 100.0%%
4 John Kidd 27 P 16 0 62 2451 60 0 39.5
Team Total 26.1 16 1 1 10 10 16 15 9 6 1 37 32 86.5%% 33 33 100.0%% 62 2451 60 0 39.5
Opp Total 16 24 12 50.0%% 29 27 93.1%% 75 2978 39.7

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
55 Cornelius Bennett*+ 23 LOLB 16 16 9.5 2 30 0 30 0 3 0 3 0 0 103 0
58 Shane Conlan* 24 LILB 13 13 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 84 0
56 Darryl Talley 28 ROLB 16 15 2.5 2 0 1 0 0 73 0
78 Bruce Smith*+ 25 RDE 12 12 11.0 3 0 0 0 0 56 0 1
97 Scott Radecic 26 lb 16 3 1.5 0 0 2 0 0 57 0
37 Nate Odomes 23 RCB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 44 0
91 Jeff Wright 25 15 0 5.0 0 0 1 0 0 22 0
94 Mark Pike 25 16 0 7 0
54 Carlton Bailey 24 6 0 6 0
34 Thurman Thomas 22 RB 15 15 0 9 1 0 0
38 Mark Kelso 25 FS 16 16 7 180 1 78 0
40 Robb Riddick 31 15 0 0 3 4 0 0
72 Art Still 33 LDE 15 15 6.0 0 0 1 0 0
12 Jim Kelly* 28 QB 16 16 0 5 0 0 0
96 Leon Seals 24 rde 16 5 2.0 0 0 3 7 1
76 Fred Smerlas* 31 NT 16 16 4.0 0 0 1 4 0
50 Ray Bentley 28 RILB 16 16 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Jamie Mueller 24 FB 15 15 0 2 1 0 0
20 Sherman Cocroft 27 13 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Wayne Davis 25 db 16 3 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Ronnie Harmon 24 rb 16 1 0 2 0 0 0
46 Leonard Smith 28 SS 13 12 1.0 1 14 0 14 0
29 Derrick Burroughs 26 LCB 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
35 Carl Byrum 25 rb 15 1 0 1 0 0 0
70 Joe Devlin 34 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
99 Hal Garner 26 lb 12 1 1.0
80 Flip Johnson 25 PR 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Trumaine Johnson 28 WR 16 10 0 1 0 0 0
88 Pete Metzelaars 28 TE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
83 Andre Reed* 24 WR 15 14 0 1 0 0 0
22 Erroll Tucker 24 KR 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
73 Will Wolford 24 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 46.0 15 244 1 78 0 10 26 26 11 1 452 0 1
Opp Total 16 30 28 11

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*+ 28 K 16 0 33 32 129
40 Robb Riddick 31 15 0 12 1 1 14 84
83 Andre Reed* 24 WR 15 14 6 6 36
33 Ronnie Harmon 24 rb 16 1 1 3 4 24
87 Butch Rolle 24 16 0 2 2 12
34 Thurman Thomas 22 RB 15 15 2 2 12
85 Chris Burkett 26 wr 11 8 1 1 6
80 Flip Johnson 25 PR 11 0 1 1 6
38 Mark Kelso 25 FS 16 16 1 1 6
88 Pete Metzelaars 28 TE 16 16 1 1 6
96 Leon Seals 24 rde 16 5 1 1 6
78 Bruce Smith*+ 25 RDE 12 12 1 2
Team Total 26.1 16 15 15 1 1 1 33 33 32 1 329
Opp Total 16 14 14 1 27 12 237

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 MIN W, 13-10 1 5 rush Thurman Thomas 5 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
2 1988-09-18 @ NWE W, 16-14 4 3 pass Robb Riddick 3 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
3 1988-09-25 PIT W, 36-28 1 26 pass Chris Burkett 26 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
4 1988-09-25 PIT W, 36-28 3 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
5 1988-09-25 PIT W, 36-28 3 5 blocked punt Robb Riddick 5 yard blocked punt return (Scott Norwood kick)
6 1988-10-09 IND W, 34-23 2 26 pass Ronnie Harmon 26 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
7 1988-10-09 IND W, 34-23 3 16 pass Andre Reed 16 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
8 1988-10-09 IND W, 34-23 3 12 pass Andre Reed 12 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
9 1988-10-09 IND W, 34-23 4 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
10 1988-10-17 @ NYJ W, 37-14 1 65 pass Andre Reed 65 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
11 1988-10-17 @ NYJ W, 37-14 1 66 pass Flip Johnson 66 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
12 1988-10-17 @ NYJ W, 37-14 2 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
13 1988-10-17 @ NYJ W, 37-14 2 16 pass Andre Reed 16 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
14 1988-10-23 NWE W, 23-20 1 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
15 1988-10-23 NWE W, 23-20 3 10 pass Pete Metzelaars 10 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
16 1988-10-30 GNB W, 28-0 1 2 rush Robb Riddick 2 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
17 1988-10-30 GNB W, 28-0 2 1 pass Butch Rolle 1 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
18 1988-10-30 GNB W, 28-0 3 78 interception Mark Kelso 78 yard interception return (Scott Norwood kick)
19 1988-10-30 GNB W, 28-0 4 7 fumble Leon Seals 7 yard fumble return (Scott Norwood kick)
20 1988-11-06 @ SEA W, 13-3 2 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
21 1988-11-14 @ MIA W, 31-6 1 16 pass Ronnie Harmon 16 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
22 1988-11-14 @ MIA W, 31-6 3 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
23 1988-11-14 @ MIA W, 31-6 3 6 rush Ronnie Harmon 6 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
24 1988-11-14 @ MIA W, 31-6 4 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
25 1988-11-27 @ CIN L, 21-35 2 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
26 1988-11-27 @ CIN L, 21-35 3 9 pass Ronnie Harmon 9 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
27 1988-11-27 @ CIN L, 21-35 4 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
28 1988-12-11 RAI W, 37-21 1 1 rush Robb Riddick 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
29 1988-12-11 RAI W, 37-21 2 37 rush Thurman Thomas 37 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
30 1988-12-11 RAI W, 37-21 3 2 rush Robb Riddick 2 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
31 1988-12-11 RAI W, 37-21 4 2 pass Butch Rolle 2 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
32 1988-12-18 @ IND L, 14-17 2 23 pass Andre Reed 23 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
33 1988-12-18 @ IND L, 14-17 4 6 pass Andre Reed 6 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 MIN L, 10-13 4 2 rush Allen Rice 2 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
2 1988-09-18 @ NWE L, 14-16 2 41 pass Cedric Jones 41 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Teddy Garcia kick)
3 1988-09-18 @ NWE L, 14-16 2 19 pass Stanley Morgan 19 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Teddy Garcia kick)
4 1988-09-25 PIT L, 28-36 2 1 rush Bubby Brister 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
5 1988-09-25 PIT L, 28-36 2 5 pass Warren Williams 5 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
6 1988-09-25 PIT L, 28-36 4 1 rush Bubby Brister 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
7 1988-09-25 PIT L, 28-36 4 42 pass Weegie Thompson 42 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
8 1988-10-02 @ CHI W, 24-3 1 4 pass Emery Moorehead 4 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Kevin Butler kick)
9 1988-10-02 @ CHI W, 24-3 2 63 pass Ron Morris 63 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Kevin Butler kick)
10 1988-10-02 @ CHI W, 24-3 2 58 rush Dennis Gentry 58 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
11 1988-10-09 IND L, 23-34 1 1 rush Chris Chandler 1 yard rush (Dean Biasucci kick)
12 1988-10-09 IND L, 23-34 2 39 pass Clarence Verdin 39 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Dean Biasucci kick)
13 1988-10-17 @ NYJ L, 14-37 2 1 rush Johnny Hector 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
14 1988-10-17 @ NYJ L, 14-37 3 40 interception Erik McMillan 40 yard interception return (Pat Leahy kick)
15 1988-10-23 NWE L, 20-23 1 12 pass Irving Fryar 12 yard pass from Doug Flutie (Teddy Garcia kick)
16 1988-10-23 NWE L, 20-23 2 11 rush John Stephens 11 yard rush
17 1988-10-23 NWE L, 20-23 4 1 rush Bob Perryman 1 yard rush (Teddy Garcia kick)
18 1988-11-14 @ MIA L, 6-31 2 4 pass Mark Clayton 4 yard pass from Dan Marino
19 1988-11-27 @ CIN W, 35-21 1 3 rush James Brooks 3 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
20 1988-11-27 @ CIN W, 35-21 2 13 pass James Brooks 13 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
21 1988-11-27 @ CIN W, 35-21 2 2 rush Ickey Woods 2 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
22 1988-11-27 @ CIN W, 35-21 3 1 rush Ickey Woods 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
23 1988-11-27 @ CIN W, 35-21 4 2 rush Ickey Woods 2 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
24 1988-12-04 @ TAM W, 10-5 2 4 rush Vinny Testaverde 4 yard rush (John Carney kick)
25 1988-12-11 RAI L, 21-37 1 1 rush Steve Smith 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
26 1988-12-11 RAI L, 21-37 3 43 pass Tim Brown 43 yard pass from Jay Schroeder (Chris Bahr kick)
27 1988-12-11 RAI L, 21-37 4 6 pass Steve Smith 6 yard pass from Jay Schroeder (Chris Bahr kick)
28 1988-12-18 @ IND W, 17-14 4 3 pass Matt Bouza 3 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Dean Biasucci kick)
29 1988-12-18 @ IND W, 17-14 4 7 pass Albert Bentley 7 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Dean Biasucci kick)