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1989 Buffalo Bills

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9-7-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1989 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: 3.8, Defense: 0.5, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 409 points (25.6/g), 3rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 317 points (19.8/g), 14th.
 Differential of 92 points (5.8/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.3-5.7.

Coach: Marv Levy (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ted Marchibroda
 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
Offensive Scheme Run-and-Shoot
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 409 5853 1045 5.6 41 21 21 334 281 478 3589 32 20 7.0 177 532 2264 15 4.3 136
Team Defense 317 5046 1030 4.9 36 13 26 299 255 508 3206 14 23 5.9 156 484 1840 15 3.8 117
Lg Rank Offense 3 5 21 27 6 21 8 2 15 4 5 3 10 7
Lg Rank Defense 14 11 15 18 14 13 10 2 7 10 18 14 16 12

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 10 boxscore W 1-0 @ Miami Dolphins 27 24 27 367 226 141 2 20 323 255 68 4
2 Mon September 18 boxscore L 1-1 Denver Broncos 14 28 28 413 319 94 4 26 382 181 201 2
3 Sun September 24 boxscore W OT 2-1 @ Houston Oilers 47 41 22 449 337 112 1 33 439 311 128 2
4 Sun October 1 boxscore W 3-1 New England Patriots 31 10 16 371 256 115 1 17 279 155 124 1
5 Sun October 8 boxscore L 3-2 @ Indianapolis Colts 14 37 25 424 353 71 6 20 330 177 153 1
6 Mon October 16 boxscore W 4-2 Los Angeles Rams 23 20 17 348 214 134 4 15 266 207 59 2
7 Sun October 22 boxscore W 5-2 New York Jets 34 3 22 343 139 204 9 154 115 39 3
8 Sun October 29 boxscore W 6-2 Miami Dolphins 31 17 18 394 114 280 1 19 413 348 65 3
9 Sun November 5 boxscore L 6-3 @ Atlanta Falcons 28 30 19 329 211 118 2 20 340 213 127
10 Sun November 12 boxscore W 7-3 Indianapolis Colts 30 7 26 393 161 232 13 189 103 86 3
11 Sun November 19 boxscore L 7-4 @ New England Patriots 24 33 24 424 340 84 6 19 359 167 192 4
12 Sun November 26 boxscore W 8-4 Cincinnati Bengals 24 7 18 345 117 228 2 16 298 133 165 3
13 Mon December 4 boxscore L 8-5 @ Seattle Seahawks 16 17 11 232 135 97 2 22 355 277 78 2
14 Sun December 10 boxscore L 8-6 New Orleans Saints 19 22 16 279 204 75 4 21 436 286 150 2
15 Sun December 17 boxscore L 8-7 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 21 17 301 255 46 5 18 283 132 151 2
16 Sat December 23 boxscore W 9-7 @ New York Jets 37 0 28 441 208 233 1 11 200 146 54 2
Playoffs
Division Sat January 6 boxscore L 9-8 @ Cleveland Browns 30 34 24 453 404 49 3 18 325 235 90 1

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 Jim Kelly 29 QB 13 13 6-7-0 228 391 58.3 3130 25 6.4 18 4.6 78 8.0 7.2 13.7 240.8 86.2 30 216 6.92 6.19 7.1 2 2
14 Frank Reich 28 qb 7 3 3-0-0 53 87 60.9 701 7 8.0 2 2.3 63 8.1 8.6 13.2 100.1 103.7 4 24 7.44 7.99 4.4 1 1
80 Flip Johnson 26 wr 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 -2.00 -2.00 100.0
Team Total 26.9 16 9-7-0 281 478 58.8 3831 32 6.7 20 4.2 78 8.0 7.5 13.6 239.4 89.3 35 242 7.00 6.49 6.8 3 3
Opp Total 16 255 508 50.2 3495 14 2.8 23 4.5 6.9 5.39 13.7 218.4 62.9 38 289 5.9 4.5 7.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
34 Thurman Thomas* 23 RB 16 16 298 1244 6 38 4.2 77.8 18.6 60 669 11.2 6 74 3.8 41.8 1913 12 7
28 Larry Kinnebrew 30 FB 15 10 131 533 6 25 4.1 35.5 8.7 5 60 12.0 0 18 0.3 4.0 593 6 3
23 Kenneth Davis 27 16 0 29 149 1 21 5.1 9.3 1.8 6 92 15.3 2 29 0.4 5.8 241 3 2
12 Jim Kelly 29 QB 13 13 29 137 2 19 4.7 10.5 2.2 137 2 6
33 Ronnie Harmon 25 KR 15 2 17 99 0 24 5.8 6.6 1.1 29 363 12.5 4 42 1.9 24.2 462 4 2
39 Jamie Mueller 25 rb 14 3 16 44 0 9 2.8 3.1 1.1 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.6 52 0 1
14 Frank Reich 28 qb 7 3 9 30 0 9 3.3 4.3 1.3 30 0 2
83 Andre Reed* 25 WR 16 16 2 31 0 23 15.5 1.9 0.1 88 1312 14.9 9 78 5.5 82.0 1343 9 4
16 Stan Gelbaugh 27 1 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -3.0 1.0 -3 0 0
80 Flip Johnson 26 wr 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 303 12.1 1 36 1.6 18.9 303 1 0
84 Keith McKeller 25 WR 16 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 341 17.1 2 39 1.3 21.3 341 2 1
88 Pete Metzelaars 29 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 179 9.9 2 23 1.1 11.2 179 2 0
82 Don Beebe 25 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 317 18.6 2 63 1.2 22.6 317 2 1
86 James Lofton 33 wr 12 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 166 20.8 3 47 0.7 13.8 166 3 0
85 Chris Burkett 27 wr 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 20 6.7 0 9 1.5 10.0 20 0 0
87 Butch Rolle 25 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 1 1 0.1 0.1 1 1 0
Team Total 26.9 16 532 2264 15 38 4.3 141.5 33.3 281 3831 13.6 32 78 17.6 239.4 6095 47 30
Opp Total 16 484 1840 15 3.8 115.0 30.3 255 3206 12.6 14 15.9 200.4 5046 29 31

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 Mickey Sutton 29 PR 12 0 26 231 0 26 8.9 231
33 Ronnie Harmon 25 KR 15 2 18 409 0 49 22.7 871
82 Don Beebe 25 14 0 16 353 0 85 22.1 670
22 Erroll Tucker 25 4 0 6 63 0 14 10.5 10 166 0 23 16.6 229
23 Kenneth Davis 27 16 0 3 52 0 20 17.3 293
87 Butch Rolle 25 te 16 1 2 20 0 14 10.0 21
89 Steve Tasker 27 16 0 2 39 0 20 19.5 39
47 Kirby Jackson 24 LCB 14 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
80 Flip Johnson 26 wr 16 5 1 7 0 7 7.0 310
39 Jamie Mueller 25 rb 14 3 1 19 0 19 19.0 71
Team Total 26.9 16 33 301 0 26 9.1 53 1058 0 85 20.0 7454
Opp Total 16 25 227 0 9.1 75 1187 0 15.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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
11 Scott Norwood 29 K 16 0 6 5 9 8 15 10 30 23 76.7% 47 46 97.9%
4 John Kidd 28 P 16 0 65 2564 60 2 39.4
Team Total 26.9 16 6 5 9 8 15 10 30 23 76.7% 47 46 97.9% 65 2564 60 2 39.4
Opp Total 16 37 26 70.3% 34 33 97.1% 75 2872 38.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
56 Darryl Talley 29 ROLB 16 16 6.0 1 0 0 0 0 97 0
78 Bruce Smith* 26 RDE 16 16 13.0 88 0
97 Scott Radecic 27 LILB 16 12 1.5 77 0
55 Cornelius Bennett 24 LOLB 12 12 5.5 2 5 0 6 0 1 0 2 5 0 54 0
58 Shane Conlan* 25 lilb 10 9 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 50 0
37 Nate Odomes 24 RCB 16 16 1.0 5 20 0 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 46 0
54 Carlton Bailey 25 16 0 1 16 0 16 0 27 0
91 Jeff Wright 26 15 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 15 0
12 Jim Kelly 29 QB 13 13 0 6 3 -6 0
34 Thurman Thomas* 23 RB 16 16 0 7 2 0 0
38 Mark Kelso 26 FS 16 16 6 101 0 43 0 0 0 2 0 0
94 Mark Pike 26 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
96 Leon Seals 25 16 0 4.0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Andre Reed* 25 WR 16 16 0 4 0 0 0
46 Leonard Smith 29 SS 15 15 2 46 0 24 0 0 0 2 14 0
47 Kirby Jackson 24 LCB 14 13 2 43 1 40 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Larry Kinnebrew 30 FB 15 10 0 3 0 0 0
20 Mickey Sutton 29 PR 12 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
29 Derrick Burroughs 27 db 3 3 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Kenneth Davis 27 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
33 Ronnie Harmon 25 KR 15 2 0 2 0 0 0
67 Kent Hull* 28 C 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
14 Frank Reich 28 qb 7 3 0 2 0 0 0
82 Don Beebe 25 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
90 Tim Cofield 26 5 0 1.0
45 Dwight Drane 27 db 16 1 1 25 0 25 0
84 Keith McKeller 25 WR 16 7 0 1 0 0 0
39 Jamie Mueller 25 rb 14 3 0 1 0 0 0
76 Fred Smerlas 32 NT 16 16 1.0
72 Art Still 34 LDE 16 16 1 10 0 10 0
Team Total 26.9 16 38.0 23 269 1 43 0 7 30 20 13 0 457 0
Opp Total 16 35 31 18 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
11 Scott Norwood 29 K 16 0 46 23 115
34 Thurman Thomas* 23 RB 16 16 6 6 12 72
83 Andre Reed* 25 WR 16 16 9 9 54
28 Larry Kinnebrew 30 FB 15 10 6 6 36
33 Ronnie Harmon 25 KR 15 2 4 4 24
23 Kenneth Davis 27 16 0 1 2 3 18
86 James Lofton 33 wr 12 2 3 3 18
82 Don Beebe 25 14 0 2 2 12
12 Jim Kelly 29 QB 13 13 2 2 12
84 Keith McKeller 25 WR 16 7 2 2 12
88 Pete Metzelaars 29 TE 16 16 2 2 12
47 Kirby Jackson 24 LCB 14 13 1 1 6
80 Flip Johnson 26 wr 16 5 1 1 6
87 Butch Rolle 25 te 16 1 1 1 6
Team Total 26.9 16 15 32 1 1 49 46 23 403
Opp Total 16 15 14 1 2 33 26 1 317