1991 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Marv Levy
Home Field Rich Stadium
Record 13-3
Place 1st in AFC East
Playoff Finish W AFC Divisional
W AFC Championship
L Super Bowl XXVI
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1990 1992

The 1991 Buffalo Bills season was the 32nd season, and 22nd in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1991 season with a record of 13 wins and 3 losses, the same record as their previous year's record, and finished first in the AFC East division. The Bills qualified for their second Super Bowl appearance.

Season summaryEdit

The Bills No Huddle "K-Gun" offense, after having a breakout 1990 season, once again dominated the league by gaining an NFL leading 6,525 yards and scoring 458 points, a franchise record, and second only to Washington. The leaders of the offense, quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Thurman Thomas, both had the best seasons of their careers. Kelly completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,844 yards and a league leading 33 touchdowns, with only 17 interceptions, to give him a 97.6 passer rating. Behind his fullback Brian Ammons 33 Thomas rushed for 1,407 yards, caught 62 passes for 620 yards, and scored 12 touchdowns to earn him both the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award and the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Just like Washington, Buffalo had more than one threat in their backfield. Running back Kenneth Davis emerged as a big threat off the bench, rushing for 624 yards, catching 20 passes for 118 yards, and scoring 5 touchdowns.

The Bills also had several major weapons in their passing game. Wide receiver Andre Reed led the team with 81 receptions for 1,113 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also rushed 12 times for 136 yards. On the other side of the field, veteran wide receiver James Lofton recorded 57 receptions for 1,072 yards and 8 touchdowns to earn his 8th Pro Bowl appearance and finish the year just 55 yards short of the all-time receiving record held by Steve Largent (13,089 yards). Pro Bowl tight end Keith McKeller was also a big contributor with 44 receptions for 434 yards, while receiver Don Beebe had 32 catches, 414 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Once again, the Bills offensive line was led by center Kent Hull along with Pro Bowl guard Jim Ritcher.



Despite few impact players in the later rounds, the Bills' first two picks had long careers in Buffalo. The first pick, safety Henry Jones, played for the next ten seasons in Buffalo, making the Pro Bowl in his second season. Defensive end Phil Hansen played his entire eleven-year career in Buffalo, joining the team's Wall of Fame in 2011.

1991 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Henry Jones * S Illinois
2 54 Phil Hansen DE North Dakota St
3 82 Daryl Wren DB Pittsburg St
4 138 Shawn Wilbourn DB Long Beach St
5 166 Millard Hamilton WR Clark
6 194 Amir Rasul RB Florida A&M
8 222 Brad Lamb WR Anderson
9 249 Mark Maddox LB Northern Michigan University
10 277 Tony DeLorenzo OG New Mexico St
11 305 Dean Kirkland OG Washington
12 333 Steve Clark TE Texas
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


1991 AFC East standings
(1) Buffalo Bills 13 3 0 .813 7–1 10–2 458 318 L1
(6) New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 314 293 W1
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 4–4 5–7 343 349 L2
New England Patriots 6 10 0 .375 4–4 5–9 211 305 L1
Indianapolis Colts 1 15 0 .063 1–7 1–11 143 381 L6



1991 Buffalo Bills staff[1]
Front Office

Coaching Staff

  • Vice President for Football Operations/Head Coach – Marv Levy
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Chuck Lester

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Walt Corey
  • Defensive Line – Chuck Dickerson
  • Defensive Backs – Dick Roach
  • Defensive Quality Control – Chuck Lester

Special Teams

Strength & Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Rusty Jones


1991 Buffalo Bills roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

*Note: Rookies in italics


  1. 1991 Buffalo Bills Media Guide. pp. 2–23. 

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