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1997 Buffalo Bills

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.5, Offense: -4.0, Defense: -0.5, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 255 points (15.9/g), 29th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 367 points (22.9/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -112 points (-7.0/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-11.3.

Coach: Marv Levy (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Dan Henning
 Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips
 Other Notable Asst.: Ted Cottrell (Linebackers)

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

Team Info

Owner/President Ralph Wilson
General Manager John Butler
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
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 255 4657 1014 4.6 42 17 26 268 293 546 2875 14 25 4.9 144 422 1782 12 4.2 98
Team Defense 367 4853 1041 4.7 22 7 20 265 287 502 3061 17 15 5.6 160 493 1792 11 3.6 85
Lg Rank Offense 29 25 28 26 25 11 25 26 29 30 23 14 16 9
Lg Rank Defense 23 9 26 28 3 9 12 8 15 11 23 15 10 6

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore L 0-1 Minnesota Vikings 13 34 22 426 279 147 4 17 385 200 185 1
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-1 @ New York Jets 28 22 15 269 193 76 3 12 202 163 39 2
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 1-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 16 22 16 325 275 50 2 17 267 160 107
4 Sun September 21 boxscore W 2-2 Indianapolis Colts 37 35 25 393 230 163 5 17 322 198 124 1
5 Bye Week
6 Sun October 5 boxscore W 3-2 Detroit Lions 22 13 10 266 102 164 17 309 189 120 1
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 3-3 @ New England Patriots 6 33 13 242 148 94 4 19 310 171 139 1
8 Mon October 20 boxscore W 4-3 @ Indianapolis Colts 9 6 16 246 156 90 15 238 144 94
9 Sun October 26 boxscore L OT 4-4 Denver Broncos 20 23 19 315 160 155 6 17 341 116 225 3
10 Sun November 2 boxscore W 5-4 Miami Dolphins 9 6 17 265 86 179 1 13 230 176 54 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore L 5-5 New England Patriots 10 31 14 241 119 122 4 11 267 164 103
12 Mon November 17 boxscore L 5-6 @ Miami Dolphins 13 30 15 223 131 92 2 16 314 218 96 2
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 5-7 @ Tennessee Oilers 14 31 12 290 286 4 2 21 322 159 163 1
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 6-7 New York Jets 20 10 19 336 139 197 1 16 294 264 30 2
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 6-8 @ Chicago Bears 3 20 10 160 105 55 1 23 392 272 120 2
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 6-9 Jacksonville Jaguars 14 20 24 335 192 143 3 20 388 297 91 1
17 Sat December 20 boxscore L 6-10 @ Green Bay Packers 21 31 21 325 274 51 4 14 272 170 102 3

Passing

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
15 Todd Collins 26 QB 14 13 5-8-0 215 391 55.0 2367 12 3.1 13 3.3 77 6.1 5.2 11.0 169.1 69.5 39 278 4.86 4.06 9.1 2 4
10 Alex Van Pelt 27 qb 6 3 1-2-0 60 124 48.4 684 2 1.6 10 8.1 39 5.5 2.2 11.4 114.0 37.2 4 33 5.09 1.88 3.1 0 1
8 Billy Joe Hobert 26 2 0 17 30 56.7 133 0 0.0 2 6.7 20 4.4 1.4 7.8 66.5 40.0 2 7 3.94 1.13 6.3
9 Chris Mohr 31 P 16 0 1 1 100.0 29 0 0.0 0 0.0 29 29.0 29.0 29.0 1.8 118.7 0 0 29.00 29.00 0.0
83 Andre Reed 33 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 20 -20.00 -20.00 100.0
Team Total 27.0 16 6-10-0 293 546 53.7 3213 14 2.6 25 4.6 77 5.9 4.3 11.0 200.8 60.8 46 338 4.86 3.43 7.8 2 5
Opp Total 16 287 502 57.2 3405 17 3.4 15 3.0 6.8 6.12 11.9 212.8 76.8 46 344 5.6 5.0 8.4

Rushing & Receiving

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
23 Antowain Smith 25 16 0 194 840 8 56 4.3 52.5 12.1 28 177 6.3 0 19 1.8 11.1 1017 8 4
34 Thurman Thomas 31 RB 16 16 154 643 1 24 4.2 40.2 9.6 30 208 6.9 0 30 1.9 13.0 851 1 2
15 Todd Collins 26 QB 14 13 30 77 0 11 2.6 5.5 2.1 77 0 10
44 Darick Holmes 26 13 0 22 106 2 19 4.8 8.2 1.7 13 106 8.2 0 22 1.0 8.2 212 2 1
10 Alex Van Pelt 27 qb 6 3 11 33 1 9 3.0 5.5 1.8 33 1 3
80 Eric Moulds 24 KR/WR 16 8 4 59 0 29 14.8 3.7 0.3 29 294 10.1 0 32 1.8 18.4 353 0 3
83 Andre Reed 33 WR 15 15 3 11 0 9 3.7 0.7 0.2 60 880 14.7 5 77 4.0 58.7 891 5 1
8 Billy Joe Hobert 26 2 0 2 7 0 7 3.5 3.5 1.0 7 0 1
84 Lonnie Johnson 26 TE 16 16 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 41 340 8.3 2 62 2.6 21.3 346 2 2
9 Chris Mohr 31 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
88 Quinn Early 32 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 60 853 14.2 5 45 3.8 53.3 853 5 0
85 Jay Riemersma 24 te 16 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 208 8.0 2 22 1.6 13.0 208 2 1
33 Tim Tindale 26 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 105 26.3 0 45 0.6 15.0 105 0 0
86 Tony Cline 26 te 10 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 29 29.0 0 29 0.1 2.9 29 0 0
81 Jerry Reese 24 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.2 2.6 13 0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 422 1782 12 56 4.2 111.4 26.4 293 3213 11.0 14 77 18.3 200.8 4995 26 39
Opp Total 16 493 1792 11 3.6 112.0 30.8 287 3061 10.7 17 17.9 191.3 4853 28 23

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
80 Eric Moulds 24 KR/WR 16 8 2 20 0 10 10.0 43 921 0 53 21.4 1294
44 Darick Holmes 26 13 0 23 430 0 36 18.7 642
22 Jeff Burris 25 LCB/PR 14 14 21 198 0 32 9.4 1 10 0 10 10.0 208
89 Steve Tasker 35 14 0 12 113 0 47 9.4 1 12 0 12 12.0 125
82 Mitchell Galloway 23 3 0 2 15 0 15 7.5 6 130 0 30 21.7 145
86 Tony Cline 26 te 10 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 29
87 Rob Coons 28 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
31 Raymond Jackson 24 9 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
20 Henry Jones 30 SS 15 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
94 Mark Pike 34 15 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
75 Marcellus Wiley 23 16 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 27.0 16 39 346 0 47 8.9 78 1538 0 53 19.7 6879
Opp Total 16 44 366 0 8.3 55 1385 3 25.2

Kicking & Punting

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
9 Chris Mohr 31 P 16 0 90 3764 59 1 41.8
2 Steve Christie 30 K 16 0 6 6 12 9 10 8 2 1 30 24 80.0% 21 21 100.0%
Team Total 27.0 16 6 6 12 9 10 8 2 1 30 24 80.0% 21 21 100.0% 90 3764 59 1 41.8
Opp Total 16 46 37 80.4% 35 34 97.1% 86 3612 42.0

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
20 Henry Jones 30 SS 15 15 2.0 0 1 1 0 0 64 17
92 Ted Washington* 29 NT 16 16 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 63 17
95 Bryce Paup* 29 LOLB 16 16 9.5 2 0 1 0 0 58 20
90 Phil Hansen 29 LDE 16 16 6.0 2 0 0 0 0 58 21 1
78 Bruce Smith*+ 34 RDE 16 16 14.0 49 16
54 Chris Spielman 32 LILB 8 8 1 8 0 8 0 50 18
24 Kurt Schulz 29 FS 15 15 2 23 0 21 0 2 0 0 0 0 44 18
57 Damien Covington 25 RILB 8 8 0.5 1 6 0 6 0 37 30
52 John Holecek 25 rilb 14 8 1.5 1 0 0 0 0 38 20
59 Sam Rogers 27 ROLB 15 15 3.5 1 0 0 0 0 39 14
22 Jeff Burris 25 LCB/PR 14 14 2 19 0 10 0 0 3 1 0 0 39 6
28 Thomas Smith 27 RCB 16 16 0 1 1 1 0 35 4
98 Sean Moran 24 lilb 16 7 4.5 2 12 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 24 13
46 Marlon Kerner 24 db 13 2 2 20 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 18 2
99 Gabe Northern 23 lb 16 1 15 9
21 Emanuel Martin 28 db 16 1 1 12 0 12 0 17 1
91 Shawn Price 27 10 0 12 9
75 Marcellus Wiley 23 16 0 1 1 2 40 0 12 4
55 Mark Maddox 29 lb 8 1 1 25 0 25 0 10 8
58 Marlo Perry 25 13 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 3
96 Dan Brandenburg 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 1
40 Eric Smedley 24 db 13 1 9 1
27 Ken Irvin 25 16 0 2 28 0 28 0 5 0
15 Todd Collins 26 QB 14 13 0 10 0 -30 0
77 Jim Jeffcoat 36 7 0 0.5 2 2
10 Alex Van Pelt 27 qb 6 3 0 3 3 -7 0
80 Eric Moulds 24 KR/WR 16 8 0 3 1 0 0
23 Antowain Smith 25 16 0 0 4 0 0 0
84 Lonnie Johnson 26 TE 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
60 Jerry Ostroski 27 RT 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
89 Steve Tasker 35 14 0 0 1 2 0 0
8 Billy Joe Hobert 26 2 0 0 1 1 -5 0
44 Darick Holmes 26 13 0 0 1 1 0 0
9 Chris Mohr 31 P 16 0 0 1 1 -10 0
34 Thurman Thomas 31 RB 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
61 Dusty Zeigler 24 C 13 13 0 1 1 -12 0
79 Ruben Brown* 25 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
70 John Fina 28 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
82 Mitchell Galloway 23 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 Raymond Jackson 24 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 Corbin Lacina 27 RG 16 13 0 0 1 0 0
83 Andre Reed 33 WR 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
85 Jay Riemersma 24 te 16 8 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 46.0 15 157 0 28 0 10 39 28 -23 0 717 254 1
Opp Total 16 46 23 16

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
2 Steve Christie 30 K 16 0 21 24 93
23 Antowain Smith 25 16 0 8 8 48
88 Quinn Early 32 WR 16 16 5 5 30
83 Andre Reed 33 WR 15 15 5 5 30
85 Jay Riemersma 24 te 16 8 2 2 1 14
44 Darick Holmes 26 13 0 2 2 12
84 Lonnie Johnson 26 TE 16 16 2 2 12
34 Thurman Thomas 31 RB 16 16 1 1 6
10 Alex Van Pelt 27 qb 6 3 1 1 6
90 Phil Hansen 29 LDE 16 16 1 2
80 Eric Moulds 24 KR/WR 16 8 1 2
Team Total 27.0 16 12 14 26 2 21 24 1 255
Opp Total 16 11 17 3 3 3 34 37 367