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1975 New England Patriots

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3-11-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1975 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.3, Offense: -2.3, Defense: -2.0, SoS: 2.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 258 points (18.4/g), 14th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 358 points (25.6/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -100 points (-7.1/g), 21st.  Expected W-L: 4.4-9.6.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (3-11-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner Billy Sullivan
Head Coach/de facto General Manager Chuck Fairbanks
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 258 4283 912 4.7 50 22 26 253 193 401 2438 16 28 5.5 133 472 1845 14 3.9 94
Team Defense 358 4464 956 4.7 29 16 16 254 213 368 2244 18 13 5.6 120 555 2220 20 4.0 118
Lg Rank Offense 14 13 26 25 15 8 10 13 21 12 17 16 13 16
Lg Rank Defense 22 14 21 12 13 9 12 18 23 15 20 19 19 14

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 21 boxscore L 0-1 Houston Oilers 0 7 17 279 100 179 3 7 169 53 116 2
2 Sun September 28 boxscore L 0-2 Miami Dolphins 14 22 12 187 109 78 4 17 257 47 210 3
3 Sun October 5 boxscore L 0-3 @ New York Jets 7 36 15 320 248 72 5 24 380 207 173 1
4 Sun October 12 boxscore L 0-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 27 12 250 42 208 3 26 446 272 174
5 Sun October 19 boxscore W 1-4 Baltimore Colts 21 10 18 282 41 241 2 10 130 13 117 3
6 Sun October 26 boxscore W 2-4 San Francisco 49ers 24 16 20 306 151 155 1 14 243 212 31 4
7 Sun November 2 boxscore L 2-5 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 24 17 274 152 122 3 18 273 158 115 3
8 Sun November 9 boxscore W 3-5 @ San Diego Chargers 33 19 24 344 224 120 3 18 358 279 79 2
9 Sun November 16 boxscore L 3-6 Dallas Cowboys 31 34 20 324 225 99 4 16 336 165 171 2
10 Sun November 23 boxscore L 3-7 @ Buffalo Bills 31 45 28 498 360 138 5 23 416 263 153 1
11 Mon December 1 boxscore L 3-8 @ Miami Dolphins 7 20 15 244 172 72 1 16 328 129 199 1
12 Sun December 7 boxscore L 3-9 New York Jets 28 30 21 424 261 163 5 21 361 156 205 1
13 Sun December 14 boxscore L 3-10 Buffalo Bills 14 34 16 271 185 86 6 26 468 119 349 4
14 Sun December 21 boxscore L 3-11 @ Baltimore Colts 21 34 18 280 168 112 5 18 299 171 128 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
14 Steve Grogan 22 QB 13 7 1-6-0 139 274 50.7% 1976 11 4.0 18 6.6 62 7.2 5.1 14.2 152.0 60.4 22 207 5.98 3.98 7.4
16 Jim Plunkett 28 qb 5 5 2-3-0 36 92 39.1% 571 3 3.3 7 7.6 76 6.2 3.4 15.9 114.2 39.7 13 89 4.59 2.16 12.4
15 Neil Graff 25 qb 11 2 0-2-0 18 35 51.4% 221 2 5.7 3 8.6 31 6.3 3.6 12.3 20.1 54.6 4 34 4.79 2.36 10.3
Team Total 25.2 14 3-11-0 193 401 48.1% 2768 16 4.0 28 7.0 76 6.9 4.6 14.3 197.7 55.2 39 330 5.54 3.40 8.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 213 368 57.9% 2515 18 4.9 13 3.5 6.8 6.22 11.8 179.6 80.4 33 271 5.6 5.0 8.2

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
39 Sam Cunningham 25 FB 13 13 169 666 6 17 3.9 51.2 13.0 32 253 7.9 2 24 2.5 19.5 919 8 12
32 Andy Johnson 23 RB 14 9 117 488 3 66 4.2 34.9 8.4 26 294 11.3 1 29 1.9 21.0 782 4 4
42 Mack Herron 27 rb 7 5 61 274 0 53 4.5 39.1 8.7 5 50 10.0 0 19 0.7 7.1 324 0 7
31 Leon McQuay 25 13 0 33 47 0 9 1.4 3.6 2.5 4 27 6.8 0 16 0.3 2.1 74 0 3
14 Steve Grogan 22 QB 13 7 30 110 3 14 3.7 8.5 2.3 110 3 6
44 Don Calhoun 23 rb 5 1 23 104 1 38 4.5 20.8 4.6 5 111 22.2 1 62 1.0 22.2 215 2 2
21 Allen Carter 23 KR 14 0 22 95 0 19 4.3 6.8 1.6 2 39 19.5 0 26 0.1 2.8 134 0 2
84 Darryl Stingley 24 PR/WR 14 14 6 39 0 21 6.5 2.8 0.4 21 378 18.0 2 45 1.5 27.0 417 2 2
16 Jim Plunkett 28 qb 5 5 4 7 1 5 1.8 1.4 0.8 7 1 2
44 Doug Dressler 27 5 0 3 8 0 6 2.7 1.6 0.6 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.2 -0.2 7 0 0
15 Neil Graff 25 qb 11 2 2 2 0 2 1.0 0.2 0.2 2 0 1
18 Randy Vataha 27 WR 14 14 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 46 720 15.7 6 47 3.3 51.4 724 6 0
33 Bobby Anderson 28 5 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 0 0
81 Russ Francis 22 TE 14 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 636 18.2 4 48 2.5 45.4 636 4 1
82 Steve Burks 22 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 158 26.3 0 76 0.5 12.2 158 0 0
86 Bob Windsor 33 te 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 57 9.5 0 12 0.4 4.1 57 0 0
17 Elmo Wright 26 wr 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 46 11.5 0 20 1.0 11.5 46 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 472 1845 14 66 3.9 131.8 33.7 193 2768 14.3 16 76 13.8 197.7 4613 30 43
Opp Total 14 555 2220 20 4.0 158.6 39.6 213 2244 10.5 18 15.2 160.3 4464 38 31

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
21 Allen Carter 23 KR 14 0 32 879 1 99 27.5 1013
84 Darryl Stingley 24 PR/WR 14 14 15 113 0 29 7.5 2 44 0 24 22.0 574
32 Andy Johnson 23 RB 14 9 6 60 0 15 10.0 10 188 0 32 18.8 1030
31 Leon McQuay 25 13 0 15 252 0 34 16.8 326
42 Mack Herron 27 rb 7 5 12 89 0 24 7.4 2 75 0 40 37.5 488
82 Steve Burks 22 13 0 4 65 0 25 16.3 223
44 Don Calhoun 23 rb 5 1 1 17 0 17 17.0 232
Team Total 25.2 14 33 262 0 29 7.9 66 1520 1 99 23.0 6395
Opp Total 14 42 513 1 12.2 46 1142 0 24.8

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
2 Mike Patrick 23 P 14 0 83 3223 62 0 38.8
1 John Smith 26 K 14 0 1 1 1 1 6 5 8 2 1 17 9 52.9%% 33 33 100.0%%
Team Total 25.2 14 1 1 1 1 6 5 8 2 1 17 9 52.9%% 33 33 100.0%% 83 3223 62 0 38.8
Opp Total 14 35 23 65.7%% 42 37 88.1%% 77 3042 39.5

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
39 Sam Cunningham 25 FB 13 13 0 12 2 0 0
14 Steve Grogan 22 QB 13 7 0 6 4 -12 0
42 Mack Herron 27 rb 7 5 0 7 2 0 0
27 Ron Bolton 25 RCB 13 13 5 33 0 15 0
25 John Sanders 25 FS 14 14 1 18 0 18 0 0 0 4 3 0
24 Bob Howard 31 LCB 14 14 3 52 1 44 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Andy Johnson 23 RB 14 9 0 4 0 0 0
31 Leon McQuay 25 13 0 0 3 1 0 0
21 Allen Carter 23 KR 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
50 Sam Hunt 24 RILB 13 13 0 0 3 13 0
67 Bill Lenkaitis 29 C 11 11 0 1 2 -9 0
84 Darryl Stingley 24 PR/WR 14 14 0 2 1 14 0
44 Don Calhoun 23 rb 5 1 0 2 0 0 0
68 Bill DuLac 24 g 13 1 0 0 2 0 0
15 Neil Graff 25 qb 11 2 0 1 1 -4 0
70 Leon Gray 24 LT 14 14 0 0 2 4 0
71 Ray Hamilton 24 NT 14 14 0 0 2 23 1
63 Shelby Jordan 23 RT 14 14 0 0 2 12 0
47 Jim Massey 27 db 14 1 0 0 2 0 0
57 Steve Nelson 24 LILB 14 14 2 8 0 4 0
16 Jim Plunkett 28 qb 5 5 0 2 0 0 0
83 Melvin Baker 25 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
81 Russ Francis 22 TE 14 11 0 1 0 0 0
64 Martin Imhof 26 de 5 3 0 0 1 0 0
29 Durwood Keeton 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Kevin Reilly 24 lb 4 1 1 54 0 54 0
90 George Webster 30 LOLB 10 10 1 0 0 0 0
86 Bob Windsor 33 te 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
54 Steve Zabel 27 ROLB 13 9 0 0 1 3 0
Team Total 25.2 14 13 165 1 54 0 0 43 37 47 1
Opp Total 14 39 31 15

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
1 John Smith 26 K 14 0 33 9 60
39 Sam Cunningham 25 FB 13 13 6 2 8 48
18 Randy Vataha 27 WR 14 14 6 6 36
81 Russ Francis 22 TE 14 11 4 4 24
32 Andy Johnson 23 RB 14 9 3 1 4 24
14 Steve Grogan 22 QB 13 7 3 3 18
44 Don Calhoun 23 rb 5 1 1 1 2 12
84 Darryl Stingley 24 PR/WR 14 14 2 2 12
21 Allen Carter 23 KR 14 0 1 1 6
71 Ray Hamilton 24 NT 14 14 1 1 6
24 Bob Howard 31 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
16 Jim Plunkett 28 qb 5 5 1 1 6
Team Total 25.2 14 14 16 1 1 1 33 33 9 258
Opp Total 14 20 18 1 2 1 37 23 358

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1975-09-28 MIA L, 14-22 1 31 pass Randy Vataha 31 yard pass from Neil Graff (John Smith kick)
2 1975-09-28 MIA L, 14-22 2 5 pass Russ Francis 5 yard pass from Neil Graff (John Smith kick)
3 1975-10-05 @ NYJ L, 7-36 4 42 pass Russ Francis 42 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
4 1975-10-12 @ CIN L, 10-27 2 2 rush Sam Cunningham 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
5 1975-10-19 BAL W, 21-10 2 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
6 1975-10-19 BAL W, 21-10 2 3 rush Andy Johnson 3 yard rush (John Smith kick)
7 1975-10-19 BAL W, 21-10 4 66 rush Andy Johnson 66 yard rush (John Smith kick)
8 1975-10-26 SFO W, 24-16 2 11 rush Sam Cunningham 11 yard rush (John Smith kick)
9 1975-10-26 SFO W, 24-16 2 11 pass Andy Johnson 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
10 1975-10-26 SFO W, 24-16 4 7 pass Randy Vataha 7 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
11 1975-11-02 @ STL L, 17-24 2 11 pass Randy Vataha 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
12 1975-11-02 @ STL L, 17-24 3 23 fumble Ray Hamilton 23 yard fumble return (John Smith kick)
13 1975-11-09 @ SDG W, 33-19 1 44 interception Bob Howard 44 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
14 1975-11-09 @ SDG W, 33-19 2 4 rush Sam Cunningham 4 yard rush (John Smith kick)
15 1975-11-09 @ SDG W, 33-19 3 13 pass Randy Vataha 13 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
16 1975-11-16 DAL L, 31-34 2 1 rush Jim Plunkett 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
17 1975-11-16 DAL L, 31-34 3 37 pass Russ Francis 37 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
18 1975-11-16 DAL L, 31-34 4 13 pass Darryl Stingley 13 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
19 1975-11-16 DAL L, 31-34 4 5 pass Darryl Stingley 5 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (John Smith kick)
20 1975-11-23 @ BUF L, 31-45 1 10 rush Sam Cunningham 10 yard rush (John Smith kick)
21 1975-11-23 @ BUF L, 31-45 2 11 pass Sam Cunningham 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
22 1975-11-23 @ BUF L, 31-45 2 21 pass Russ Francis 21 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
23 1975-11-23 @ BUF L, 31-45 3 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
24 1975-12-01 @ MIA L, 7-20 4 5 rush Steve Grogan 5 yard rush (John Smith kick)
25 1975-12-07 NYJ L, 28-30 2 20 pass Randy Vataha 20 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
26 1975-12-07 NYJ L, 28-30 3 38 rush Don Calhoun 38 yard rush (John Smith kick)
27 1975-12-07 NYJ L, 28-30 4 10 pass Randy Vataha 10 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
28 1975-12-07 NYJ L, 28-30 4 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
29 1975-12-14 BUF L, 14-34 2 62 pass Don Calhoun 62 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
30 1975-12-14 BUF L, 14-34 4 20 rush Andy Johnson 20 yard rush (John Smith kick)
31 1975-12-21 @ BAL L, 21-34 1 99 kickoff Allen Carter 99 yard kickoff return (John Smith kick)
32 1975-12-21 @ BAL L, 21-34 2 7 pass Sam Cunningham 7 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
33 1975-12-21 @ BAL L, 21-34 4 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1975-09-21 HOU W, 7-0 1 48 fumble Willie Germany 48 yard fumble return (Skip Butler kick)
2 1975-09-28 MIA W, 22-14 3 4 rush Don Nottingham 4 yard rush
3 1975-09-28 MIA W, 22-14 4 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1975-10-05 @ NYJ W, 36-7 2 6 rush Carl Garrett 6 yard rush
5 1975-10-05 @ NYJ W, 36-7 2 3 pass Rich Caster 3 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
6 1975-10-05 @ NYJ W, 36-7 2 21 pass Rich Caster 21 yard pass from Joe Namath
7 1975-10-05 @ NYJ W, 36-7 3 13 pass Jerome Barkum 13 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
8 1975-10-05 @ NYJ W, 36-7 4 4 pass Jerome Barkum 4 yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)
9 1975-10-12 @ CIN W, 27-10 2 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
10 1975-10-12 @ CIN W, 27-10 3 12 rush Essex Johnson 12 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
11 1975-10-12 @ CIN W, 27-10 3 37 pass Charlie Joiner 37 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)
12 1975-10-19 BAL L, 10-21 1 2 rush Don McCauley 2 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
13 1975-10-26 SFO L, 16-24 3 14 fumble Ralph McGill 14 yard fumble return (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1975-10-26 SFO L, 16-24 4 24 pass Mike Holmes 24 yard pass from Norm Snead
15 1975-11-02 @ STL W, 24-17 2 69 punt Terry Metcalf 69 yard punt return (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1975-11-02 @ STL W, 24-17 4 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1975-11-02 @ STL W, 24-17 4 7 rush Terry Metcalf 7 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1975-11-09 @ SDG L, 19-33 3 8 pass Gary Garrison 8 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1975-11-16 DAL W, 34-31 1 33 pass Drew Pearson 33 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
20 1975-11-16 DAL W, 34-31 2 31 pass Drew Pearson 31 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
21 1975-11-16 DAL W, 34-31 3 6 rush Doug Dennison 6 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
22 1975-11-16 DAL W, 34-31 4 41 pass Golden Richards 41 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
23 1975-11-23 @ BUF W, 45-31 1 19 pass Reuben Gant 19 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
24 1975-11-23 @ BUF W, 45-31 1 77 pass J.D. Hill 77 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
25 1975-11-23 @ BUF W, 45-31 2 2 rush O.J. Simpson 2 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
26 1975-11-23 @ BUF W, 45-31 3 3 pass O.J. Simpson 3 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
27 1975-11-23 @ BUF W, 45-31 4 1 rush O.J. Simpson 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
28 1975-11-23 @ BUF W, 45-31 4 3 pass O.J. Simpson 3 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
29 1975-12-01 @ MIA W, 20-7 1 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
30 1975-12-01 @ MIA W, 20-7 2 6 pass Norm Bulaich 6 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
31 1975-12-07 NYJ W, 30-28 2 4 rush Carl Garrett 4 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
32 1975-12-07 NYJ W, 30-28 3 37 rush John Riggins 37 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
33 1975-12-07 NYJ W, 30-28 4 6 rush John Riggins 6 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
34 1975-12-14 BUF W, 34-14 1 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush
35 1975-12-14 BUF W, 34-14 2 5 pass Bob Chandler 5 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
36 1975-12-14 BUF W, 34-14 3 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
37 1975-12-14 BUF W, 34-14 3 63 rush O.J. Simpson 63 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
38 1975-12-14 BUF W, 34-14 4 41 pass J.D. Hill 41 yard pass from Gary Marangi (John Leypoldt kick)
39 1975-12-21 @ BAL W, 34-21 1 8 rush Bert Jones 8 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
40 1975-12-21 @ BAL W, 34-21 3 20 pass Raymond Chester 20 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
41 1975-12-21 @ BAL W, 34-21 4 11 rush Lydell Mitchell 11 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
42 1975-12-21 @ BAL W, 34-21 4 30 interception Nelson Munsey 30 yard interception return (Toni Linhart kick)