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1974 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Lou Saban
Home Field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 9-5
Place 2nd in AFC East
Playoff Finish Lost in AFC Divisional game
Timeline
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1973 1975
The 1974 Buffalo Bills was the 15th season for the club in pro football and fifth in the National Football League (NFL). The team went 9-5, finishing 2nd in the AFC East earning a wild card spot, the franchise's first appearance in the postseason singe joining the NFL after the AFL-NFL Merger in the 1970 NFL season. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional round 32-14.

This was O.J. Simpson's only playoff game of his career, as the Bills did not have another playoff team with him on the team. Simpson would be traded to the 49ers in 1978, but the 49ers did not make the playoffs that season nor the 1979 season, Simpson's final season in the NFL. In the game, Simpson would only rush for 49 yards on 11 carries and did not score a touchdown. He did, however, catch a touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Ferguson late in the 3rd quarter.

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Game' Date Opponent Result Bills points Opponents Bills first downs Record Attendance
1 Sep 16 Oakland Raiders Win 21 20 22 1–0
80,020
2 Sep 22 Miami Dolphins Loss 16 24 16 1–1
80,020
3 Sep 29 New York Jets Win 16 12 17 2–1
76,978
4 Oct 6 at Green Bay Packers Win 27 7 22 3–1
56,267
5 Oct 13 at Baltimore Colts Win 27 14 15 4–1
40,626
6 Oct 20 New England Patriots Win 30 28 19 5–1
78,935
7 Oct 27 Chicago Bears Win 16 6 16 6–1
78,084
8 Nov 3 at New England Patriots Win 29 28 22 7–1
61,279
9 Nov 10 Houston Oilers Loss 9 21 16 7–2
79,144
10 Nov 17 at Miami Dolphins Loss 28 35 16 7–3
69,313
11 Nov 24 at Cleveland Browns Win 15 10 10 8–3
66,504
12 Dec 1 Baltimore Colts Win 6 0 9 9–3
75,325
13 Dec 8 at New York Jets Loss 10 20 12 9–4
61,091
14 Dec 15 at Los Angeles Rams Loss 14 19 8 9–5
84,324
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StandingsEdit

1974 AFC East standings
Team W L T PCT(%) DIV CONF PF PA Streak
Miami Dolphins 11 3 0 .786 6–2 9–2 327 216 W3
Buffalo Bills 9 5 0 .643 5–3 7–4 264 244 L2
New England Patriots 7 7 0 .500 4–4 4–7 348 289 L3
New York Jets 7 7 0 .500 4–4 5–6 279 300 W6
Baltimore Colts 2 12 0 .143 1–7 1–10 190 329 L4

Offseason movesEdit

NFL draftEdit

Oklahoma State tight end Reuben Gant played his entire seven-year career with the Bills. Quarterback Gary Marangi was the Bills' backup quarterback for three seasons; in 1976, he started the final seven games of the season when starter Joe Ferguson was injured for the season with a back injury.

1974 Buffalo Bills draft picks
Round Pick Player Position College Notes Made roster?
1 18 Reuben Gant TE Oklahoma State Yes
2 27 Doug Allen LB Penn State Yes
3 70 Gary Marangi QB Boston College Yes
4 95 Carlester Crumpler RB East Carolina No
5 106 Gary Hayman WR Penn State Yes
5 122 Tim Guy T Oregon No
8 203 Greg Hare QB Ohio State No
9 226 Brian Doherty Punter Notre Dame No
10 241 Art Cameron TE Albany State No
10 249 Don Calhoun RB Kansas State Yes
11 278 Rod Kirby LB Pittsburgh No
12 303 Dave Means DE Southeast Missouri State Yes
13 331 Ed Gatewood LB Tennessee State No
14 339 Phil Lamm DB North Carolina No
14 355 Phil Gurbada DB Mayville State No
15 382 Ken Williams LB Southwestern Louisiana No
16 406 Sanford Qvale OT North Dakota State No
17 434 Sal Casola K Cincinnati No

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PersonnelEdit

Staff/CoachesEdit

Staff/CoachesEdit

1974 Buffalo Bills staff
Front Office


Coaching Staff


Offensive Coaches


Defensive/Special Teams Coaches

RosterEdit

1974 Buffalo Bills roster'
Quarterbacks


Running Backs


Wide Receivers


Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen


Defensive Linemen

Linebackers


Defensive Backs


Special Teams

Note: Rookies in italics


ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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