1978 Buffalo Bills season
|1978 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head coach||Chuck Knox|
|Home field||Rich Stadium|
|Division place||4th AFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1978 Buffalo Bills season was the 19th season for the club and its ninth in the National Football League. The Bills were coming off a season in which they only won three games, making 1978 a slight improvement.
Head coach Chuck Knox began his first season with the team, having coached the Los Angeles Rams for the previous five seasons. It was also Buffalo's first season after the departure of star running back O.J. Simpson, who had left for San Francisco in the offseason.
The Bills offense acquired a pair of weapons for quarterback Joe Ferguson: wide receiver Frank Lewis, who had spent the previous 7 seasons in Pittsburgh, and rookie running back Terry Miller, who ended the season with over 1,000 yards.
The 1978 Bills' run defense allowed an NFL record 3,228 rushing yards; the 677 rushing attempts the Bills faced in 1978 is also an NFL record. Oddly, the Bills were first in the league in yards allowed on pass defense, giving up only 1,960 yards through the air.
|1978 Buffalo Bills draft|
|1||5||Terry Miller||Running back||Oklahoma State|
|2||32||Dee Hardison||Defensive end||North Carolina|
|2||38||Scott Hutchinson||Defensive end||Florida|
|3||59||Dennis Johnson||Running back||Mississippi State|
|3||65||Danny Fulton||Wide receiver||Nebraska–Omaha|
|4||89||Lucius Sanford||Linebacker||Georgia Tech|
|5||114||Ken Spaeth||Tight end||Nebraska|
|6||145||Eric Smith||Offensive tackle||Southern Miss|
|7||183||Steve Powell||Running back||NE Missouri State|
|12||308||Richard Crump||Running back||NE Oklahoma A&M|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1||September 3, 1978||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 28–17||
|2||September 10, 1978||New York Jets||L 21–20||
|3||September 17, 1978||at Miami Dolphins||L 31–24||
|4||September 24, 1978||Baltimore Colts||W 24–17||
|5||October 1, 1978||Kansas City Chiefs||W 28–13||
|6||October 8, 1978||at New York Jets||L 45–14||
|7||October 15, 1978||at Houston Oilers||L 17–10||
|8||October 22, 1978||Cincinnati Bengals||W 5–0||
|9||October 29, 1978||at Cleveland Browns||L 41–20||
|10||November 5, 1978||New England Patriots||L 14–10||
|11||November 12, 1978||Miami Dolphins||L 25–24||
|12||November 19, 1978||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 31–10||
|13||November 26, 1978||New York Giants||W 41–17||
|14||December 3, 1978||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 14–10||
|15||December 10, 1978||at New England Patriots||L 26–24||
|16||December 17, 1978||at Baltimore Colts||W 21–14||
|New England Patriots(2)||11||5||0||.688||6–2||9–3||358||286||L1|
|New York Jets||8||8||0||.500||6–2||7–5||359||364||L2|
Note: Comp = Completions; ATT = Attempts; TD = Touchdowns; INT = Interceptions
Note: FGA = Field Goals Attempted; FGM = Field Goals Made; FG% = Field Goal Percentage; XPA = Extra Points Attempted; XPM = Extra Points Made; XP% = Extra Points Percentage
|Player||Games||FGA||FGM||FG %||XPA||XPM||XP %|
Awards and honors
- Joe DeLamielleure, Guard
- 1978 NFL Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills at YouTube
- 1978 NFL Week 2: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills at YouTube
- 1978 NFL Week 5: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills at YouTube
- 1978 NFL Week 6: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets at YouTube
- Knox would coach the Bills for five seasons – through the 1982 season – before leaving for Seattle.
- Miller's 1,060 yards would be the only 1,000-yard total of his three year career in Buffalo.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1940 to 2011, in the regular season, sorted by descending opp Rushing Att
- 1978 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics
- "1978 Bufflo Bills draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014.