1995 Buffalo Bills season

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1995 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Marv Levy
General manager John Butler
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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< 1994 1996 >

The 1995 Buffalo Bills season was the 36th season for the club and its 26th in the National Football League.

After suffering a losing season the previous season, the 1995 Bills won the AFC East (their most recent division title as of 2013), and made the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.

In his first season with the team, defensive end Bryce Paup was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Paup led the NFL with 17.5 sacks, the fourth-highest single-season total of the 1990s.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

= Pro Bowler [2]
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 14 Ruben Brown[3] Guard Pittsburgh
2 45 Todd Collins Quarterback Michigan
3 76 Marlon Kerner Defensive back Ohio State
3 96 Damien Covington Linebacker North Carolina State
4 109 Ken Irvin Defensive back Memphis
4 113 Justin Armour Wide receiver Stanford
4 131 Tony Cline Tight end Stanford
5 144 John Holecek Linebacker Illinois
6 185 Shannon Clavelle Defensive tackle Colorado
7 221 Tom Nütten Center Western Michigan
7 244 Darick Holmes Running back Portland State

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1995 Buffalo Bills staff

Front Office

  • President – Ralph Wilson
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – John Butler
  • Director of Pro Personnel – A. J. Smith
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dwight Adams

Head Coaches

  • Vice President of Football Operations/Head Coach – Marv Levy
  • Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs – Elijah Pitts

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Wade Phillips
  • Defensive Line – Dan Sekanovich
  • Linebackers – Ted Cottrell
  • Defensive Backs – Dick Roach
  • Admin. Asst. to the Head Coach/Asst. Linebackers – Chuck Lester

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Bruce DeHaven

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Rusty Jones

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 3, 1995 at Denver Broncos L 7–22 0–1 Mile High Stadium
75,157
2 September 10, 1995 Carolina Panthers W 31–9 1–1 Rich Stadium
79,190
3 September 17, 1995 Indianapolis Colts W 20–14 2–1 Rich Stadium
62,499
4 Bye
5 October 2, 1995 at Cleveland Browns W 22–19 3–1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
76,211
6 October 8, 1995 New York Jets W 29–10 4–1 Rich Stadium
79,485
7 October 15, 1995 Seattle Seahawks W 27–21 5–1 Rich Stadium
74,362
8 October 23, 1995 at New England Patriots L 14–27 5–2 Foxboro Stadium
60,203
9 October 29, 1995 at Miami Dolphins L 6–23 5–3 Joe Robbie Stadium
71,060
10 November 5, 1995 at Indianapolis Colts W 16–10 6–3 RCA Dome
59,612
11 November 12, 1995 Atlanta Falcons W 23–17 7–3 Rich Stadium
62,690
12 November 19, 1995 at New York Jets W 28–26 8–3 The Meadowlands
54,436
13 November 26, 1995 New England Patriots L 25–35 8–4 Rich Stadium
69,384
14 December 3, 1995 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–27 8–5 Candlestick Park
65,568
15 December 10, 1995 at St. Louis Rams W 45–27 9–5 Trans World Dome
64,623
16 December 17, 1995 Miami Dolphins W 23–20 10–5 Rich Stadium
79,531
17 December 24, 1995 Houston Oilers L 28–17 10–6 Rich Stadium
45,253

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Buffalo Bills 10 6 0 .625 350 335
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 331 316
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 398 332
New England Patriots 6 10 0 .375 294 377
New York Jets 3 13 0 .188 233 384

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Roster[edit]

Thurman Thomas, RB Jim Kelly, QB Andre Reed, WR Don Beebe, WR Bruce Smith, DE

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Buffalo Bills 37, Miami Dolphins 22
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 22 22
Bills 10 14 3 10 37

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

In Buffalo's first playoff game since losing the Super Bowl two seasons ago, the Bills handled Miami easily. Although Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino completed 33 out of 64 passes for 422 yards, the Bills jumped to a 27–0 lead going into the fourth quarter, and rushed for an NFL playoff record 341 yards. It would be the final game of Don Shula's coaching career with the Dolphins. As of 2013, this was the last time that the Bills won a playoff game.

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers 40, Buffalo Bills 21
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 7 7 21
Steelers 7 16 3 14 40

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Running back Bam Morris scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Steelers stopped the Bills from coming back. Pittsburgh jumped to a 20–0 lead by the second quarter with running back John L. Williams's 1-yard touchdown, quarterback Neil O'Donnell's 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ernie Mills, and two field goals by Norm Johnson. However, Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas scored a 1-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left in the first half. But Johnson made a 34-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Steelers a 23–7 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Johnson added a 39-yard field goal before Bills tight end Tony Cline caught a 2-yard touchdown reception. With 11:23 left in the game, Thomas scored on a 9-yard touchdown reception to cut the lead, 26–21. But Pittsburgh then marched 76 yards to score on Morris' 13-yard touchdown run. Linebacker Levon Kirkland then intercepted a pass to set up Morris' 2-yard score with 1:58 remaining to clinch the victory. Bruce Smith was inactive for the game because he had a 106-degree fever; Smith wanted to play but the Bills' medical staff said no.

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: For single seasons, from 1990 to 1999, sorted by descending Sacks.
  2. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. ^ 9x pro bowler, 1996–2003
  4. ^ 1995 Buffalo Bills Media Guide. pp. 2–26. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 291