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1975 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Lou Saban
Home Field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 8-6
Place 3rd in AFC East
Playoff Finish Did not qualify for playoffs
Timeline
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The 1975 Buffalo Bills season was the team's 16th season, also their sixth in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. The 1975 team went 8-6 finishing 3rd in the AFC East, missing the playoffs.

Season summaryEdit

The Bills led the league in points scored, with 420 (30.0 per game). This amount is the most points scored by any team in a 14-game season after the merger,[1] and the most points scored by any team in the 1970s.[2]

Buffalo won their first four games by an average of 17 points. They were 5–2 at the halfway point of the season, and one game behind the 6–1 Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. Buffalo then lost four of their final seven games, ultimately falling two games short of the division title.

Bills' running back O.J. Simpson rushed for 1817 yards on the season, and set a then-record with 23 touchdowns scored for the season. Fullback Jim Braxton had 823 yards rushing. Buffalo's ground game dominated the league, with a total of 2974 rushing yards, over 300 yards more than the second best rushing total.[3]

The 1975 Bills have the distinction of giving up the most total passing yards (3,080) in a 14-game schedule during the merger era.[4][5][6] However, the Bills' 45 takeaways on defense led the league in 1975. Defensive back Robert James and safety Doug Jones were lost to the season with knee injuries.

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 21, 1975 New York Jets W 42–14
77,837
2 September 28, 1975 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–21
49,348
3 October 5, 1975 Denver Broncos W 38–14
79,864
4 October 12, 1975 at Baltimore Colts W 38–31
43,907
5 October 20, 1975 New York Giants L 17–14
79,428
6 October 26, 1975 Miami Dolphins L 35–30
79,141
7 November 2, 1975 at New York Jets W 24–23
58,343
8 November 9, 1975 Baltimore Colts L 42–35
77,320
9 November 17, 1975 at Cincinnati Bengals L 33–24
56,666
10 November 23, 1975 New England Patriots W 45–31
65,655
11 November 27, 1975 at St. Louis Cardinals W 32–14
41,899
12 December 7, 1975 at Miami Dolphins L 31–21
78,701
13 December 14, 1975 at New England Patriots W 34–14
58,393
14 December 20, 1975 Minnesota Vikings L 35–13
54,993

StandingsEdit

1975 AFC East standings
Team W L T PCT(%) DIV CONF PF PA Streak
Baltimore Colts(3) 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 395 269 W9
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 6–2 7–4 357 222 W1
Buffalo Bills 8 6 0 .571 5–3 7–4 420 355 L1
New York Jets 3 11 0 .214 2–6 3–8 258 433 L2
New England Patriots 3 11 0 .214 1–7 2–9 258 358 L6

PersonnelEdit

Staff/CoachesEdit

1975 Buffalo Bills staff
Front Office

Coaching Staff

Offensive Coaches

Defensive/Special Teams Coaches

RosterEdit

1975 Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks


Running backs


Wide receivers


Tight ends 88 Reuben Gant

Offensive linemen


Defensive Linemen

Linebackers


Defensive backs


Special teams

Note: Rookies in italics

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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