1972 Buffalo Bills season

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1972 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Lou Saban
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field War Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 4–9–1
Division place 4th AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1971 1973 >

The 1972 Buffalo Bills season was the 13th season for the club and its third in the National Football League. It was also their last season at War Memorial Stadium which has been their home field since 1960.

The season also marked the return of former Bills coach Lou Saban,[1] who had previously led the team to two AFL Championships.

Saban had a new offensive philosophy for Buffalo in 1972: in his first three seasons, former number one overall pick O.J. Simpson had only carried the ball an average of 161 times per season. Saban rushed Simpson 292 times in 1972,[2] the second-most in the league.[3]

Despite losing two starting offensive lineman – center Bruce Jarvis and guard Jim Reilly—in the season opener,[4] O.J. Simpson still led the league in rushing with 1,251 yards.[5]

Although the Bills had a potent, yard-gaining rushing attack, they could not put enough points on the scoreboard, scoring only 257 points (18.3 per game) all season, 19th in the league.[6] Furthermore, Buffalo's defense gave up 377 points (23.5 per game), the third-most in the NFL in 1972.[7]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1972 NFL Draft
1972 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Walt Patulski  DE Notre Dame
2 27 Reggie McKenzie[8]  G Michigan
4 79 Randy Jackson  RB Wichita State
5 105 Leon Garror  DB Alcorn State
5 108 Bob Penchion  G Alcorn State
8 183 Paul Gibson  WR UTEP
10 235 Maurice Tyler  DB Morgan State
13 313 Eddie Moss  RB Southeast Missouri State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1972 Buffalo Bills staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


Regular season[edit]

O.J. Simpson would have the first 1,000 rushing yard season of his career.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Stadium Result Record Streak Attendance
1 Sep 17 New York Jets War Memorial Stadium L 41–24 0–1 L1 46,206
2 Sep 24 San Francisco 49ers War Memorial Stadium W 27–20 1–1 W1 45,845
3 Oct 1 Baltimore Colts War Memorial Stadium L 17–0 1–2 L1 46,206
4 Oct 8 New England Patriots War Memorial Stadium W 38–14 2–2 W1 41,749
5 Oct 15 at Oakland Raiders Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum L 28–16 2–3 L1 53,501
6 Oct 22 at Miami Dolphins Miami Orange Bowl L 24–23 2–4 L2 80,010
7 Oct 29 Pittsburgh Steelers War Memorial Stadium L 38–21 2–5 L3 45,882
8 Nov 5 Miami Dolphins War Memorial Stadium L 30–16 2–6 L4 46,206
9 Nov 12 at New York Jets Shea Stadium L 41–3 2–7 L5 62,853
10 Nov 19 at New England Patriots Schaefer Stadium W 27–24 3–7 W1 60,999
11 Nov 26 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Stadium L 27–10 3–8 L1 70,104
12 Dec 3 at Baltimore Colts Memorial Stadium L 35–7 3–9 L2 55,390
13 Dec 10 Detroit Lions War Memorial Stadium T 21–21 3–9–1 T1 41,583
14 Dec 17 at Washington Redskins Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium W 24–17 4–9–1 W1 53,039

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Season summary[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 7 3 7 20
• Bills 0 6 7 14 27

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Week 13[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 7 7 21
Bills 0 7 7 7 21

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Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Miami Dolphins 14 0 0 1.000 385 171
New York Jets 7 7 0 .500 367 324
Baltimore Colts 5 9 0 .357 235 252
Buffalo Bills 4 9 1 .321 257 377
New England Patriots 3 11 0 .214 192 446

Roster[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]