1969 Buffalo Bills season

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1969 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach John Rauch
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field War Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 4–10–0
Division place 4th AFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1968 1970

The 1969 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s tenth season, and was the final season of the American Football League before the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger. The Bills played an AFL-record seven games against opponents that went on to reach the postseason;[1] Buffalo lost all seven of these games.

The 1969 season was the first for running back O.J. Simpson, who would go on to a Hall of Fame career, as well as notoriety decades later for a 1994 double-murder indictment.

Although Buffalo only won four games, their penultimate win—a Week Ten victory against the Miami Dolphins—would be their last victory against the Dolphins until the 1980 season, an NFL-record twenty consecutive games.

Offseason[edit]

AFL Draft[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record Attendance
August 2 at Houston Oilers 24–7 [5] Loss 0–1
37,250
August 8 Washington Redskins 21–17 [6] Win 1–1
37,012
August 15 at Detroit Lions 24–12 [3] Loss 1–2
34,206
August 22 Baltimore Colts 20–7 [7] Loss 1–3
45,750
August 30 Chicago Bears (played in Cleveland) 23–16 [7] Loss 1–4
85,531
September 6 at Los Angeles Rams 50–20 [7] Loss 1–5
69,904

Regular season[edit]

Season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record Attendance
September 14 New York Jets 33–19 Loss 0–1
46,165
September 21 Houston Oilers 21–17 Loss 0–2
40,146
September 28 Denver Broncos 41–28 Win 1–2
40,302
October 5 Houston Oilers 28–14 Loss 1–3
46,485
October 11 Boston Patriots 23–16 Win 2–3
46,201
October 19 at Oakland Raiders 50–21 Loss 2–4
54,418
October 26 at Miami Dolphins 24–6 Loss 2–5
39,837
November 2 Kansas City Chiefs 29–7 Loss 2–6
45,844
November 9 at New York Jets 16–6 Loss 2–7
62,680
November 16 Miami Dolphins 28–3 Win 3–7
32,686
November 23 at Boston Patriots 35–21 Loss 3–8
25,584
November 30 Cincinnati Bengals 16–13 Win 4–8
35,122
December 7 at Kansas City Chiefs 22–19 Loss 4–9
47,112
December 14 at San Diego Chargers 45–6 Loss 4–10
47,582

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
*New York Jets 10 4 0 .714 353 269
Houston Oilers 6 6 2 .500 278 279
Boston Patriots 4 10 0 .286 266 316
Buffalo Bills 4 10 0 .286 230 359
Miami Dolphins 3 10 1 .231 233 332

[8]

This was the final year of the AFL The Baltimore Colts would join the AFL eastern teams and become the AFC East in 1970.

Roster[edit]

Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Awards and Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the AFL, in the regular season, in games against playoff teams only, sorted by most games in season matching criteria., tied with the
  2. ^ Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p. 435, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  3. ^ a b Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.437, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  4. ^ a b Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p. 439, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  5. ^ Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.434, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  6. ^ Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.435, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  7. ^ a b c Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.439, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  8. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297