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1972 Buffalo Bills (NFL) 4th place American Football Conference Eastern Division 4-9-1 .321
Head Coach: Lou Saban
Defensive BacksBilly Atkins
Special AssignmentsEd Cavanaugh
LinebackersJim Dooley
Defensive LineStan Jones
Offensive LineJim Ringo
ReceiversBob Shaw
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Fri8/4/1972HSt. Louis Cardinals10-27LBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium38338
Sat8/12/1972ANew Orleans Saints24-21WNew Orleans, LATulane Stadium66762
Fri8/18/1972HMinnesota Vikings21-10WBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium41006
Sat8/26/1972AOakland Raiders13-31LBerkeley, CAMemorial Stadium60046
Sun9/3/1972AChicago Bears24-24TChicago, ILSoldier Field51324
Fri9/8/1972HPhiladelphia Eagles34-17WBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium30488
Sun9/17/1972HNew York Jets24-41LBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium46206
Sun9/24/1972HSan Francisco 49ers27-20WBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium45845
Sun10/1/1972HBaltimore Colts0-17LBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium46206
Sun10/8/1972HNew England Patriots38-14WBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium41749
Sun10/15/1972AOakland Raiders16-28LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum53501
Sun10/22/1972AMiami Dolphins23-24LMiami, FLOrange Bowl80010
Sun10/29/1972HPittsburgh Steelers21-38LBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium45882
Sun11/5/1972HMiami Dolphins16-30LBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium46206
Sun11/12/1972ANew York Jets3-41LNew York, NYShea Stadium62853
Sun11/19/1972ANew England Patriots27-24WFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60999
Sun11/26/1972ACleveland Browns10-27LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium70104
Sun12/3/1972ABaltimore Colts7-35LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium55390
Sun12/10/1972HDetroit Lions21-21TBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium41583
Sun12/17/1972AWashington Redskins24-17WWashington, DCRFK Stadium53039
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
60Bill AdamsOG6'225022Holy Cross6
54Tom BeardC6'628024Michigan State12
34Jim BraxtonRB6'124323West Virginia14
81Bob ChandlerWR6'017923Southern California14
52Edgar ChandlerMLB6'322726Georgia1
83Bob ChristiansenOT6'423023UCLA4
26Linzy ColeWR5'1117024Trinity Valley CC; Texas Christian8
75Frank CornishLDT6'628528Grambling State6
79Paul CostaLOT-ROT-LOG6'425231Notre Dame9
82Al CowlingsRDE6'524725San Francisco CC; Southern California14
72Don CroftLDT6'325423Texas-El Paso14
63Dick CunninghamMLB6'223928Arkansas9
73Jeff CurchinROG6'625525Florida State1
57Dale FarleyRLB6'423523West Virginia7
78Dave FoleyLOT6'525225Ohio State1212
47Leon GarrorRS6'017424Alcorn State12
74Donnie GreenROT6'726624Purdue14
43Tony GreeneRCB5'1017023Maryland14
59Paul GuidryLLB6'322928Louisiana State; McNeese State14
28Dwight HarrisonWR6'118324Texas A&M-Kingsville5
63Dick HartROG6'225129none5
62Leo HartQB6'420323Duke2
40J.D. HillWR6'120224Arizona State14
33Randy JacksonRB6'022024Texarkana JC; Wichita State5
20Robert JamesLCB6'118425Fisk14
51Bruce JarvisC6'725024Washington1
11Spike JonesP6'219325Middle Georgia JC; Georgia140
37Ted KoyTE6'121125Texas14
56Ken LeeMLB6'422024Washington12
3John LeypoldtK6'223026Northern Virginia JC140
50Jeff LymanLB6'223322Brigham Young1
53John MatlockC6'425028Miami (Florida)11
76Mike McBathLDT6'424926Penn State2
67Reggie McKenzieLOG6'525522Michigan1414
25Haven MosesWR6'220026Los Angeles Harbor JC; San Diego State5
60Steve OkoniewskiOT6'324723Washington; Everett CC; Montana10
50Dick PalmerLB6'222625Kentucky4
30Wayne PatrickRB6'222726Louisville13
77Jerry PattonRDT6'325526Nebraska14
85Walt PatulskiLDE-RDT6'626722Notre Dame14
69Bob PenchionROG6'526523Alcorn State12
48John PittsLS-RS6'421927Santa Ana JC; Arizona State14
68Remi PrudhommeC6'425130Louisiana State8
87Louis RossRDE6'624825South Carolina State14
21John SaundersS6'319822Toledo2
64Andy SelfridgeLB6'322023Virginia13
16Dennis ShawQB6'221325Southern California; Mount San Antonio JC; San Diego State14
32O.J. SimpsonRB6'121025San Francisco CC; Southern California14
58Mike StrattonRLB6'323631Tennessee10
17Mike TaliaferroQB6'220531Illinois5
71Bob TatarekDT6'426026Miami (Florida)1
42Maurice TylerLS-RS6'018622Baltimore JC; Morgan State14
86Dave WashingtonRLB-LLB6'522424Alcorn State14
80Jan WhiteTE6'221624Ohio State14
41Alvin WyattRS-RCB5'918425Bethune-Cookman14
68Willie YoungOG6'427025Alcorn State1
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Walt Patulski11DENotre Dame
Reggie McKenzie227GMichigan
Fred Swendsen353DENotre Dame
Randy Jackson479RBWichita State
Leon Garror5105DBAlcorn State
Bob Penchion5108GAlcorn Statefrom DEN
Ralph Stepaniak7157DBNotre Dame
Paul Gibson8183WRTexas-El Paso
Steve Vogel9209LBBoise State
Maurice Tyler10235DBMorgan State
Bill Light11271LBMinnesota
Jeff Baker12287WRU.S. International
Eddie Moss13313RBSoutheast Missouri State
Karl Salb14340DTKansas
Brian Linstrom16391QBArizona
John Shelley17417DBOklahoma
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals35953889
Opponents Totals799289117
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals22110498197420635.987900
Opponents Totals24912595297919241.172685
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
John Leypoldt0293096.7162466.7077
Jim Braxton60000036
O.J. Simpson60000036
Bob Chandler50000030
J.D. Hill50000030
Jan White20000012
Tony Greene1000006
Randy Jackson1000006
Ken Lee1000006
Haven Moses1000006
Wayne Patrick1000006
Alvin Wyatt1000006
Team Totals30293096.7162466.70257
Opponents Totals474747100.0162759.30377
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
John Leypoldt162466.72/24/56/74/90/1
Team Totals162466.72/24/56/74/90/1
Opponents Totals162759.33/34/46/92/101/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
O.J. Simpson29212514.394t6
Jim Braxton1164533.9215
Dennis Shaw351383.9160
Wayne Patrick351303.790
Randy Jackson17573.4150
Bob Chandler3279.0160
Leo Hart5193.8160
Mike Taliaferro5193.8140
Spike Jones2189.0100
J.D. Hill11111.0110
Ted Koy199.090
Team Totals51221324.294t11
Opponents Totals53222414.23526
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Dennis Shaw25813652.710516666.512.358t145.4176.638320134663.5
Mike Taliaferro331648.5131765.311.02413.0412.164812835.2
Leo Hart15640.06533.58.81300.0320.04322110.6
O.J. Simpson8562.5311314.122.634112.500.0111102145.8
Spike Jones2150.0142.04.0400.000.000456.3
Team Totals31616451.912820126.412.358t165.1247.649411160157.1
Opponents Totals30813142.515421487.016.463196.2237.522197195156.0
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
J.D. Hill5275414.558t5
Bob Chandler3352816.043t5
O.J. Simpson271987.3250
Jim Braxton242329.7251
Jan White1214812.3182
Wayne Patrick8425.3101
Haven Moses36020.0251
Randy Jackson22110.513t1
Dwight Harrison11616.0160
Ted Koy199.090
Dave Washington144.040
Team Totals164201212.358t16
Opponents Totals131214816.46319
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Ken Lee615525.8611
Maurice Tyler46115.3270
Alvin Wyatt45213.049t1
Tony Greene34515.039t1
Dale Farley14242.0420
John Pitts11010.0100
Dave Washington144.040
Paul Guidry100.000
Robert James100.000
Mike Stratton100.000
Team Totals2336916.0613
Opponents Totals2430512.7361
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Spike Jones80310438.8671415329269533.7
Team Totals80310438.8671415329269534.1
Opponents Totals65257039.5550164
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Alvin Wyatt115857.7270
Linzy Cole76355.0130
J.D. Hill41246.0120
Tony Greene24189.090
Dwight Harrison1222.020
Team Totals25181646.6270
Opponents Totals39173298.4651
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Linzy Cole1641525.9510
Alvin Wyatt1743225.4430
Tony Greene1537825.2660
Ted Koy56312.6250
Andy Selfridge33612.0160
J.D. Hill23216.0260
O.J. Simpson12121.0210
Jim Braxton11212.0120
Team Totals60138923.2660
Opponents Totals2964422.2820
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jim Braxton210100
Bob Chandler110100
Linzy Cole100000
Al Cowlings0001110
Don Croft0001100
Dale Farley0001100
Dave Foley0010100
Tony Greene210100
Leo Hart200000
J.D. Hill100000
Spike Jones110100
Ted Koy0001170
Wayne Patrick320200
Remi Prudhomme110100
Dennis Shaw6202-110
O.J. Simpson810100
Mike Taliaferro1000-50
Maurice Tyler0010130
Dave Washington0003300
Alvin Wyatt00011100
Team Totals29171282050
Opponents Totals3082015350
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