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1978 Buffalo Bills (NFL) 4th place American Football Conference Eastern Division 5-11-0 .313
Head Coach: Chuck Knox
Defensive Coordinator/LinebackersTom Catlin
ReceiversJack Donaldson
Special AssignmentsSteve Moore
Offensive Backfield/Special TeamsElijah Pitts
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LineRay Prochaska
QuarterbacksKay Stephenson
Defensive BackfieldJim Wagstaff
Defensive LineWillie Zapalac
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1978ADetroit Lions20-28LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome48474
Sat8/12/1978HCleveland Browns10-20LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium23341
Sat8/19/1978HDenver Broncos13-23LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium18301
Sat8/26/1978AMinnesota Vikings27-30LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45062
Sun9/3/1978HPittsburgh Steelers17-28LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium64147
Sun9/10/1978HNew York Jets20-21LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium40985
Sun9/17/1978AMiami Dolphins24-31LMiami, FLOrange Bowl48373
Sun9/24/1978HBaltimore Colts24-17WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium55270
Sun10/1/1978HKansas City Chiefs28-13WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium47310
Sun10/8/1978ANew York Jets14-45LNew York, NYShea Stadium44545
Sun10/15/1978AHouston Oilers10-17LHouston, TXAstrodome47727
Sun10/22/1978HCincinnati Bengals5-0WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium47754
Sun10/29/1978ACleveland Browns20-41LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium51409
Sun11/5/1978HNew England Patriots10-14LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium44897
Sun11/12/1978HMiami Dolphins24-25LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium48623
Sun11/19/1978ATampa Bay Buccaneers10-31LTampa, FLTampa Stadium61383
Sun11/26/1978HNew York Giants41-17WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium28496
Sun12/3/1978AKansas City Chiefs10-14LKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium25781
Sun12/10/1978ANew England Patriots24-26LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium59598
Sun12/17/1978ABaltimore Colts21-14WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium25415
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
60Bill AdamsOG6-225028Holy Cross60
52Doug BeckerLB6-022222Notre Dame80
34Jim BraxtonFB6-124329West Virginia65
47Curtis BrownFB5-1020324Fort Scott CC; Missouri1510
58Mario CelottoLB6-323422Southern California40
81Bob ChandlerWR6-017929Southern California1613
29Mario ClarkLCB6-219324Oregon1616
68Joe DeLamielleureROG6-325327Michigan State1616
6Tom DempseyK6-127531Palomar JC160
70Joe DevlinROT6-528024Iowa1414
85Phil DokesRDT-RDE6-525723Oklahoma State1010
79Elbert DrungoLOT-ROT6-526535Tennessee State134
56Tom EhlersLB6-221826Kentucky80
12Joe FergusonQB6-119028Arkansas1616
84Mike FranckowiakRB6-322025Central Michigan160
22Steve FreemanSS-FS5-1118525Mississippi State167
88Reuben GantTE6-422626Oklahoma State1616
55Tom GrahamRILB-MLB6-223528Oregon114
53Will GrantC6-326624Idaho State; Kentucky160
43Tony GreeneFS5-1017029Maryland1614
74Dee HardisonLDT6-428022North Carolina1615
25Roland HooksRB6-019625North Carolina State160
78Scott HutchinsonDE6-424322Florida160
73Mekeli IeremiaDT6-224424Brigham Young20
4Rusty JacksonP6-219028Louisiana State160
51Dan JilekRLB6-222525Michigan151
75Dennis JohnsonDT6-426527Delaware140
39Dennis JohnsonFB6-322022Mississippi State161
24Doug JonesSS6-220528Arizona State; San Diego CC; Northridge State129
72Ken JonesLOT6-527026Arkansas State1616
71Mike KadishRDT-MG6-526528Notre Dame116
52Merv KrakauMLB6-124227Iowa State53
87Mike LevensellerWR6-118022Washington State20
82Frank LewisWR6-119631Grambling State1515
10Dave MaysQB6-120429Texas Southern10
54Randy McClanahanMLB-LILB6-522524Glendale CC; Louisiana-Lafayette1610
67Reggie McKenzieLOG6-525528Michigan1616
41Eddie McMillanCB6-019027Florida State140
40Terry MillerRB5-1019622Oklahoma State1616
46Keith MoodyCB-WR5-1117925Syracuse140
9Bill MunsonQB6-220337Foothill JC; Utah State40
59Shane NelsonLLB-LOLB6-123223Blinn JC; Baylor1616
61Willie ParkerC6-324530Wharton County JC; North Texas1616
89Lou PicconeWR5-818429West Liberty161
23Steve PowellRB5-1118622Truman State100
26Charles RomesRCB6-119024Lake City JC; North Carolina Central1616
57Lucius SanfordRLB-ROLB6-221622Georgia Tech1615
21Marvin SwitzerS6-019224Kansas State101
49Larry WaltonWR5-1118031Trinidad State JC; Arizona State122
83Sherm WhiteRDE6-525030Laney JC; California1616
77Ben WilliamsLDE6-326024Mississippi1616
86Lenny WillisWR5-1118025Nebraska Southern JC; Ohio State41
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Terry Miller15RBOklahoma State
Dee Hardison232DENorth Carolina
Scott Hutchinson238DEFloridafrom BUF
Dennis Johnson359DBMississippi State
Dan Fulton365WRNebraska-Omahafrom SF
Lucius Sanford489LBGeorgia Tech
Ken Spaeth5114TENebraska
Eric Smith6145TSouthern Mississippifrom PHI
Mario Celotto7171LBSouthern California
Steve Powell7183RBTruman Statefrom HOU
Will Grant10255CKentucky
Jerry Blanton11282LBKentucky
Richard Crump12308RBJacksonville State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals419643122
Opponents Totals691188978
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals274132113298821141.71201103
Opponents Totals3051711043010020947.898941
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Tom Dempsey0363894.7101376.9066
Frank Lewis70000042
Terry Miller70000042
Curtis Brown50000030
Bob Chandler50000030
Reuben Gant50000030
Roland Hooks30000018
Lou Piccone20000114
Dennis Johnson20000012
Keith Moody1000006
Charles Romes1000006
Larry Walton1000006
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals39363992.3101376.91302
Opponents Totals46434693.5112152.41354
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Tom Dempsey101376.90/05/54/51/30/0
Team Totals101376.90/05/54/51/30/0
Opponents Totals112152.40/06/91/54/70/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Terry Miller23810604.560t7
Curtis Brown1285914.658t4
Roland Hooks763584.7662
Dennis Johnson552224.0302
Joe Ferguson27762.8120
Jim Braxton30732.450
Reuben Gant11414.0140
Rusty Jackson1-13-13.0-130
Team Totals55623814.36615
Opponents Totals67732284.871t23
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Joe Ferguson33017553.014021366.512.292t164.8154.529243189370.5
Bill Munson432455.8173287.613.74349.324.70032892.0
Dave Mays15426.711392.69.81916.700.01112861.8
Team Totals38820352.316825036.512.392t215.4174.430254224972.3
Opponents Totals31716752.713621566.812.952206.3144.422196196077.0
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Bob Chandler4458113.2445
Frank Lewis4173517.992t7
Reuben Gant3440812.0255
Terry Miller2224611.2520
Curtis Brown181307.2310
Roland Hooks151107.3211
Dennis Johnson10838.3280
Lou Piccone77110.1152
Jim Braxton5387.6120
Larry Walton46616.532t1
Lenny Willis24120.5230
Joe Ferguson1-6-6.0-60
Team Totals203250312.392t21
Opponents Totals167215612.95220
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Mario Clark5295.8290
Shane Nelson36923.0400
Tony Greene35618.7290
Charles Romes29547.585t1
Lucius Sanford14141.0410
Team Totals1429020.785t1
Opponents Totals1731918.840t1
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Rusty Jackson87337338.8702919442275130.9
Team Totals89337337.9702919442275130.9
Opponents Totals71258836.5651317375215330.3
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Keith Moody19524012.682t1
Lou Piccone144886.3130
Mike Levenseller303511.7150
Roland Hooks30124.0110
Curtis Brown1000.000
Team Totals4093759.482t1
Opponents Totals4884429.282t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Curtis Brown1742825.2102t1
Keith Moody1837120.6350
Dennis Johnson1020420.4410
Roland Hooks712417.7250
Mike Franckowiak56012.0190
Steve Powell35317.7250
Lou Piccone35117.0260
Terry Miller11717.0170
Scott Hutchinson188.080
Lenny Willis100.000
Team Totals66131619.9102t1
Opponents Totals58119120.5460
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jim Braxton100000
Curtis Brown710100
Bob Chandler110100
Joe DeLamielleure0010100
Tom Dempsey0001100
Joe Devlin0010100
Joe Ferguson5303-30
Reuben Gant100000
Tom Graham0001100
Tony Greene0001100
Roland Hooks210100
Scott Hutchinson0001100
Rusty Jackson0010100
Dan Jilek0001100
Dennis Johnson0001100
Dennis Johnson200000
Ken Jones0010100
Frank Lewis0010100
Dave Mays210100
Randy McClanahan00055580
Reggie McKenzie0010100
Terry Miller810100
Keith Moody100000
Shane Nelson0001100
Willie Parker1011-260
Lou Piccone100000
Steve Powell110100
Charles Romes111200
Lucius Sanford0001100
Marvin Switzer0001140
Team Totals3418161632330
Opponents Totals2716917260
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