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TC Monday, October 21, 1991 THE C INCINNATI ENQUIRF.R Pro f00tballD-7 Bengals vs. Bills ills are too offensive for Bengals S3 mm Brooks to return kickoffs tonight BILLS BENGALS OFFENSE 1985 Buffalo (2-14), Tampa Bay (2-14) and Atlanta (4-12). 1984 Buffalo (2-14) and Houston (3-13). MEASURE IT: Bengals tackle Anthony Munoz, on Buffalo's 14-game winning streak BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer THE OPPONENT: Buffalo Bills (6-1), first place in the AFC East Division. THE SERIES: Bengals lead, ifflflirmrmi 1 11-6, overall; Bills lead, 4-2, in Buffalo. LAST WEEK: Playing Indianapolis, the NFL's other winless team, the Bills cruised at home, 42-6. The offense NFL RANK: No. 1 overall; No. 4 rushing and No. 3 passing. QUARTERBACK: Jim Kelly is thriving as never before on Buffalo's commitment to the up-tempo no-huddle. An excellent instinctive decisionmaker, he runs the offense on the field with little help from the coaches. He's a runaway leader in the passing ratings, almost 17 points ahead of second-place Steve Young. Grade: A. The defense NFL rank: No. 25 overall, No. 27 against the run and No. 12 against the pass. DEFENSIVE LINE: If Buffalo has an Achilles, this is it. All-Pro end Bruce Smith and starting nose tackle Jeff Wright are out with injuries, leaving a unit short on size, experience and depth. Nose man Mike Lodish (265) can be pushed around. RE Phil Hansen is a 260-pound rookie overachiever. Grade: D-plus. LINEBACKERS: Cornelius Bennett is having one of his best years, and that says something. Shane Conlan is his excellent self in the middle, and inside man Carlton Bailey has been good enough to bench Ray Bentley. Darryl Talley has been good against the run, but not as effective a blitzer as in past years. Grade: A-mi-nus. DEFENSIVE BACKS: Underrated left corner Nate Odomes probably deserves his first Pro Bowl berth. Right corner Kirby Jackson, who got his job back when J.D. Williams was injured, can be beaten deep. Strong No. Player Pos. No. Player Pos. 85 Tim McGee WR 80 James Lofton WR 78 Anthony Munoz LT 68 Will Wolford LT 75 Bruce Riemers LG 51 Jim Ritcher LG 64 Bruce Kozerski C 67 Kent Hull C 68 Paul Jetton RG 65 John Davis RG 63 Joe Walter RT 75 Howard Ballard RT 82 Rodney Holman TE 84 Keith McKeller TE 81 Eddie Brown WR 83 Andre Reed WR 7 Boomer Esiason QB 12 Jim Kelly QB 21 James Biooks RB 34 Thurman Thomas RB 28 Harold Green RB 35 Carwell Gardner FB DEFENSE 99 Alonzo Mitz DE 90 Phil Hansen RE 69 Tim Krumrie ' NT 73 Mike Lodish NT 98 David Grant RE 96 Leon Seals LE 50 James Francis LOLB 56 Darryl Talley ROLB 91 Carl Zander LILB 54 Carlton Bailey RILB 53 Leo Barker RILB 58 Shane Conlan LILB 94 Alfred Williams ROLB 97 Cornelius Bennett LOLB 24 Lewis Billups LCB 37 Nate Odomes RCB 22 Eric Thomas RCB 47 Kirby Jackson LCB 33 David Fulcher SS 46 Leonard Smith SS 29 Rickey Dixon FS 38 Mark Kelso FS BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. The Bengals will use James Brooks as their featured kickoff return man against Buffalo. "We think he's the best guy for the job," said special teams coach Marv Braden. "We're hoping he can give us some extra punch back there." Brooks has returned only one kickoff this season, but took it for 35 yards. Cincinnati's average return as a team is a below-average 18.5 yards. A ! Brooks has returned James Brooks RUNNING BACKS: Thurman Thomas is one of the NFL's elite backs, and unquestionably the league's most productive. He's 165 yards ahead of the pack in combined rushing-receiving yards (1,032). Kenneth Davis had a 100-yard game last week, and Carwell Gardner is a capable fullback. Grade: A. WIDE RECEIVER: Andre Reed ranks fourth in the league in catches (37) and third in yardage (518) despite facing as much double and triple-coverage as anyone. He's smooth and tough. James Lofton, a 14-year vet, is enjoying a second childhood with 26 catches for 479 yards. Young Don Beebe has developed into a dangerous deep threat. Grade: A. TIGHT END: Keith McKeller is a good receiver, though he's not used a lot. Butch Rolle is a touchdown-catching specialist with nine straight for TDs. Grade: B-minus. OFFENSIVE LINE: The Bills have allowed 17 sacks, ranking 21st in that category. LT Will Wolford isn't the greatest pass protector, and huge (6-6, 325) Howard Ballard is prone to lapses. All the linemen are fine run-blockers, however, with center Kent Hull the best overall player of the lot. Grade: B-minus. safety Leonard Smith can be very good or very mistake-prone, and free safety Mark Kelso makes plays. Grade: B-minus. The rest SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Scott Norwood, last year's almost-he-ro in the Super Bowl, is struggling with five misses in 12 field goal attempts. Buffalo's kickoff coverage, first in the NFL four straight seasons, is ranked 23rd. Buffalo has no dangerous return men. punter Chris Mohr has been effective. Grade: C. KEY STATISTIC: Buffalo's rushing and passing offense are each ranked in the NFL's top five. Only one other team (Denver) has both units even in the top 10. WORTH WATCHING: Bengals linebackers vs. RB Thurman Thomas; Bengals FB Harold Green (pass-blocking and running) vs. LB Cornelius Bennett); Bengals QB Boomer Esiason vs. FS Mark Kelso. THE PICK: The Bengals have a chance if they can run for ball-control. But the Buffalo offense looks like simply too much of a load, and the Bills' motivation should be high after their 33-6 Monday loss two-weeks ago. Bills 4 1 , Bengals 21. IK No. Name Pos. Ht Wt. Age Exp. College 5 BradDaluiso K 6-2 208 23 R UCLA 7 Gale Gilbert QB 6-3 210 29 5 Cal. Berkeley 9 Chris Mohr P 6-5 215 25 2 Alabama 11 Scott Norwood K 6-0 207 31 7 James Madison 12 Jim Kelly QB 6-3 218 31 6 Miami, Fla. 14 Frank Reich QB 6-4 210 29 7 Maryland 20 Henry Jones CB 6-0 197 23 R Illinois 23 Kenneth Davis RB 5-10 209 29 6 Texas Christian 26 Chris Hale CB 5-7 165 25 3 USC 27 Clifford Hicks CB 5-10 188 27 5 Oregon 28 Chris Oldham CB 5-9 183 23 2 Oregon 34 Thurman Thomas RB 5-10 198 25 4 Oklahoma State 35 Carwell Gardner FB 6-2 232 24 2 Louisville 37 Nate Odomes CB 5-10 188 26 5 Wisconsin 38 Mark Kelso FS 5-11 185 28 6 William & Mary 45 Dwight Drane SS 6-2 205 ' 29 6 Oklahoma 46 Leonard Smith SS 5-11 202 31 9 McNeese State 47 Kirby Jackson CB 5-10 180 26 5 Miss. State 50 Ray Bentley LB 6-2 235 30 6 C. Michigan 51 Jim Ritcher G 6-3 273 33 12 N. Carolina St. 53 Marvcus Patton LB 6-2 226 24 2 UCLA 54 Carlton Bailey LB 6-3 235 26 4 N. Carolina 56 Darryl Talley LB 6-4 235 31 9 W.Virginia 58 Shane Conlan LB 6-3 230 27 5 Penn State 59 Mitch Frerotte G 6-3 285 26 3 Penn State 63 Adam Lingner C 6-4 263 30 9 Illinois 65 John Davis G 6-4 310 26 5 Georgia Tech 67 Kent Hull C 6-5 275 30 6 Mississippi St. 69 Will Wolford T 6-5 295 27 6 Vanderbilt 73 Mike Lodish NT 6-3 265 24 2 UCLA 74 Glenn Parker G 6-5 301 25 2 Arizona 75 Howard Ballard T 6-6 325 27 4 Alabama A&M 77 Reggie Rogers DE 6-6 280 27 3 Washington 80 James Lofton WR 6-3 190 35 14 Stanford 82 Don Beebe WR 5-11 183 26 3 Chadron State 83 Andre Reed WR 6-2 190 27 7 Kutztown 84 Keith McKeller TE 6-4 245 27 4 Jacksonville St. 85 Al Edwards WR 5-8 171 24 2 NW Louisiana St. 87 Butch Rolle TE 6-3 245 27 6 Michigan St. 88 Pete Metzelaars TE 6-7 250 31 10 Wabash 89 Steve Tasker WR 5-9 183 29 7 Northwestern 90 Phil Hansen DE 6-5 258 23 R N. Dakota St. 92 Gary Baldinger NT 6-3 270 28 5 Wake Forest 94 Mark Pike DE 6-4 272 27 5 Georgia Tech 96 Leon Seals DE 6-5 270 27 5 Jackson St. 97 Cornelius Bennett LB 6-2 236 25 5 Alabama 99 Hal Garner LB 6-4 238 29 6 Utah State at Rich Stadium: "Every time I hear about a team with a big home win streak, my mind goes back to (the movie) Hoosiers. The scene before the big game in the big arena, where the coach has his players measure the distance from the foul line to the basket, just to show them it's the same. "And it's the same thing with this game. The field is 100 yards long and 53 yards wide." SEASON FOR GIVING: Bengals have slipped behind Buffalo into the AFC's worst turnover differential minus-8. Buffalo is at minus-6. The teams shared last place at minus-7 last week. Cincinnati's offense and defense share the blame. The defense is tied for second-worst in the conference in takeaways (10), and the offense is second-worst in giveaways (18). APPLES AND ORANGES: Numerically, James Francis' sack statistics are compelling seven in his first seven games as a Bengal, one in his last 17. But the numbers don't reflect his changing role on the defense. Last week against Dallas, on 26 pass plays he defended, Francis was in coverage 22 times and blitzed only three times. "James is having a great season," said linebacker coach Dick Selcer. "He's a big reason our run defense has improved, and he's our best coverage 'backer." Francis ranks fourth on the team in tackles, with 29. PRICE ACTIVE?: The Bengals probably will make one more roster move for tonight, to activate defensive back Mitchell Price from injured reserve. NO EXCUSES: Cornerback Eric Thomas, always one of the Bengals' most honest voices, on his status entering the Buffalo game: "Last week had to be my worst game since I've been here. I'm not used to having guys catch the ball on me and then be able to run from me." sive line starters Bruce Smith and Jeff Wright), and they're not a very big team up front," said Wyche. "They don't have the athletic, 295-pounder. They've got to use more stunts by their linebackers, and if you catch them moving the wrong way, you can get a big run out of it." The Bengals watched on Monday night two weeks ago as Kansas City's big-back attack rolled to 33 points in Buffalo's only loss. "We'll definitely try to run the ball," said center Bruce Kozerski. "Kansas City just kept pounding and pounding at (Buffalo's) undersized people, and just wore them out by the end of the game. And last week (in Dallas) was one of our better games by the offensive line." One intriguing question: Who will be the bellcow tonight in the Bengals' running game? James Brooks leads the team in rushing this season and for all-time, but he was held to 35 yards on 13 carries last week. Harold Green has outpaced Brooks the last two weeks, but has yet to prove himself a consistent threat. And Ickey Woods, whose 1988 power rushing style is just what the Bengals dream about, attempts a return tonight after months on the shelf with more knee problems. Woods' activation last week was to some degree a gesture for his past accomplishments. He had not looked good in practice. But with the incentive of actually playing to spur him, Woods raised some hopes in practice last week. "He looked better, no question about that," said running backs coach Jim Anderson. "It remains to be seen what that means in this game." Buffalo rolled last week over Indianapolis, the only team with a worse record than Cincinnati. But despite the questionable competition, linebacker Shane Conlan called it the Bills' best game of the year. only 14 kickons in his Bengals career, and only seven since 1985. But San Diego used him frequently in the role from 1981-83. He has a 21.5-yard average for 119 returns in his career. He has no touchdowns, his longest return being 47 yards. NOT GETTING EASIER: The Bengals raved last week about Dallas running back Em-mitt Smith. They're even more impressed by Buffalo's 5-foot-10, 198-pound Thurman Thomas. "This is a guy we loved coming out of college (Oklahoma State), but he had a bad knee and everybody was scared to death of him," said Bengals coach Sam Wyche. "But he came into the league and hasn't flinched once. It's a classic case of how far sports medicine has come." Buffalo got Thomas with a second-round draft pick, and he has responded in three full seasons with rushingreceiving yardage totals ranging from 1,089 to 1,913. This season, he leads the league with 1,032 combined yards, 347 more than anyone in the AFC. THREE WINS, MAYBE: Wyche said last week he still holds out hope the Bengals can be an NFL "Cinderella story." But there's bad news from the research department about teams that start 0-6. Eight of them have done it since 1984, Wyche's first year as Bengals coach, and their average season win total is sobering: 2.65. The 0-6 starters, and their final records: 1989 Dallas (1-15). 1986 Indianapolis (4-12) and Green Bay (3-13). Bengals CONTINUED FROM PAGE D-l ing to a Buffalo News headline. The cause is avenging a 33-6 Monday night loss to Kansas City two weeks ago. "Respect is hard for us to come by," said Buffalo's Steve Tasker. "And then for us to do what we did against Kansas City in front of a national audience . . ." The statistical matchup is pure Halloween for Bengals' fans. .Against this No. 1-studded offense league-best in yards, conference-best in scoring Cincinnati pits the No. 28 yardage defense. The Bengals also are last in points-allowed per game. Yes, it's fair to note four touchdowns have been scored against the offense and special teams. And the Bengals also are soaring for them in rushing defense. They rank in the top half (12th) in yards allowed per carry (4.0). Even so, this is a defense that clearly needs some help in its assignment tonight. It has to get an assist from Cincinnati's unpredictable offense, whose ball-control philosophy tonight may rival the slogging offensive schemes of late 1990. "We're not going to announce our strategy," said Bengals coach Sam Wyche, "but obviously that one has been the most used against them. Kansas City beat them with it. "This is a high-powered offense. If you can reduce their possessions by one, you may reduce their touchdowns by one. They scored touchdowns the first six times they had it against the Colts (last week)." Some teams can play ball-control with the pass as well as the run. But the Bengals' passing game is more likely to excel through flair than precision. Ball control for the Bengals means running, particularly since Buffalo has the NFL's No. 27 rush defense. "They've had injuries (to defen- 1 rj No. Name Pos. Ht. 3 Jim Breech 4 Erik Wilhelm 7 Boomer Esiason 1 1 Lee Johnson 12 Donald Hollas 20 Craig Taylor 21 James Brooks 22 Eric Thomas 24 Lewis Billups 27 Barney Bussey 28 Harold Green 29 Rickey Dixon 30 Ickey Woods 32 Richard Fain 33 David Fulcher 34 Fernandus Vinson 42 Eric Ball 50 James Francis 51 Leon White 53 Leo Barker 55 Ed Brady 57 Bernard Clark 58 Alex Gordon 59 Kevin Walker 63 Joe Walter 64 Bruce Kozerski 65 Mike Arthur 68 Paul Jetton 69 Tim Krumrie 70 Rod Saddler 73 Ken Moyer 75 Bruce Reimers 76 Kirk Scrafford 78 Anthony Munoz 79 Lamar Rogers 80 Lynn James 81 Eddie Brown 82 Rodney Holman 84 Eric Kattus 85 Tim McGee 86 Mike Barber 87 Jim Riggs 88 Reggie Rembert 94 Alfred Williams 96 Natu Tuatagaloa 98 David Grant 99 Alonzo Mitz K 5-6 QB 6-3 QB 6-5 P 6-2 QB 6-3 RB 6-0 RB 5-10 CB 5-11 CB FS RB FS RB 5- 11 6- 0 6-2 5- 11 6- 2 CB 5-10 S 6-3 S RB LB LB LB LB LB LB LB T C C G NT DE G T T T DE 5- 10 6- 2 6-5 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-5 6-3 6-7 6-4 6-3 6-4 6-2 6-5 6-7 6-7 6-6 6-6 6-4 WR 6-0 WR 6-0 TE TE 6-3 6-5 WR 5-10 WR 5-11 TE 6-5 WR 6-5 LB DE DE DE 6-6 6-4 6-5 6-4 Team Dale W-L Score Opponent All Sept. I L 14-45 at Denver 72,855 Sept. I L 7-30 Houston 56,443 Sept. 15 L 13-14 at Cleveland 78,269 Sept 22 L 2734 Washington 52,031 Oct 6 ..L 7-13 Seattle 60,010 Oct. 13 L 23-39 at Dallas 63,275 Bengali Opp TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 103 117 Rushing 41 4? Passing 53 67 Penalty 9 I 3rd Down Conv 26-71 32-75 NET YARDS 1901 2184 Avg.Oame 316.8 364.0 Total Plays 370 372 NET YDS RUSHING 752 726 Avg.Game ' 125.3 121.0 Rushing Plays 171 183 NET YDS PASSING 1149 1458 AvgGame ...... 191.5 243.0 Times Sacked 14-103 6-37 Att.Comp 185-99 183-106 Comp. Pet 53.5 57.9 Had Intercepted 9 7 PUNTSAVG 25-42.2 23-40.5 PENALTIESYDS 34-286 28-251 FUMBLESLOST 12-9 5-3 TOUCHDOWNS 10 19 Rushing..-,....,, 6 11 Passing 4 4 Returns......... 0 4 Scort By Periods 1 1 J 4 OT T Bengals 27 10 41 11 91 Opponents 17 74 29 $1 0 171 Individual Rushing Art. Yds Avg. LG TO Brooks .. 80 330 4.1 25 2 Green 50 268 5.4 175 1 Taylor 19 75 3.9 134 2 Esiason 11 50 4.5 16 0 Ban .... . 10 21 2.1 10 1 Brown ., . 1 t 8.0 I 0 Bengals 171 752 4.4 175 Opponents. 183 726 4.0 43 n Mad Passing AN. Cp. Yds. TO LO Nit. Esiason 180 96 1221 4 152 9 Wilhelm. . 5 3 31 0 16 0 Bengali MS 99 1252 4 152 9 Oppnnts HI IN HIS 4 61 7 Receiving Rec Yds Avg. LO TO Brown ., 19 246 12.9 43 0 McGee 18 331 18.4 (52 2 Holman 12 189 15.8 39 0 Brooks 12 102 8.5 40 0 Barber..,.. 10 137 13.7 142 1 James .. 7 103 14.7 22 1 Taylor 1 47 6.7 It 0 NFL Edwards 2 44 22.0 133 1 Rolle 2 5 2.5 13 2 Tasker 1 19 19.0 19 0 Metielaars 1110 10 Bills 154 1969 12J (77 17 Opponents 133 M19 NJ 53 S Punting No. Avg, LG B Mohr 19 3 7 2 54 0 Bills 19 37.2 54 0 Opponents 30 37.4 56 0 Punt Returns No. Avg. LG TO Edwards 10 7.1 21 0 Odomes 1 9.0 9 0 Bills 11 7.3 21 t Opponents 5 5.4 20 Kickoff Returns No. Avg. LG TO Edwards 16 19.4 28 0 Fuller 8 15.6 22 0 Beebe 2 18.5 21 0 Tasker 1 00 0 0 Bills 27 17.5 78 I Opponents , , 27 21.1 54 0 Scoring TDs by Run Rec Ret XP FG S TP Norwood 0 0 0 27-27 7-12 0 48 Thomas 4 2 0 04 04 0 36 Beebe 0 4 0 04 04 0 24 Gardner 4 0 0 04 0-0 0 24 Lofton 0 3 0 04 0-0 0 18 Reed 0 3 0 04 0-0 0 18 McKeller 0 2 0 04 0-0 0 12 Rolle 0 2 0 0-0 0-0 0 12 Dalulso 0 0 0 2-2 2-3 0 I K Davis 1 0 0 04 04 0 6 Edwards 0 1 0 04 04 0 6 Odomes 0 0 1 04 04 0 6 Bills. 9 17 1 29-29 9-15 0 210 Opponents. W S 1 hvvt 14-17 154 Field Goals V19 20-29 3039 40-49 50 Norwood. 04 2-3 1-2 2-4 2-3 Dalulso 04 3-3 04 04 04 Bills. 04 4-6 VI 3-4 3-3 Opponents VI 84 2-3 3-3 0-2 Interceptions No. Yds. TD Odomes 3 64 I Jackson 2 4 0 Williams 1 0 0 Bills 4 40 1 Opponents 4 V43 1 Tackles Tk. Ast Tot Sck FR Conlan 42 18 60 0 1 Bailey 34 22 56 0 0 Bennett 39 11 50 3 0 Talley 39 11 50 2 0 L. Smith 30 15 45 I 1 Odomes........ 32 3 35 0 I Seals 25 9 34 1 0 Kelso 24 9 33 0 I Bentley 19 9 28 0 0 Jackson 20 J 22 0 0 Hansen ,... 13 6 19 0 1 Lodish 13 S 10 1 0 WWIams 11 2 13 0 0 Hicks ... 7 6 13 0 0 NFL Age Exp. College Wt. 161 217 220 200 215 228 182 181 182 205 222 191 230 183 238 197 214 252 242 230 236 248 245 244 292 274 271 288 274 280 297 298 255 284 292 191 185 238 251 183 172 245 200 240 274 278 278 35 13 25 3 29 8 California Oregon State Maryland Brigham Young Rice West Virginia Auburn Tulane North Alabama So. Caro. St. South Carolina Oklahoma UNLV Florida Arizona St. N.C. State UCLA Baylor Brigham Young New Mexico State Illinois Miami, Fla. Cincinnati Maryland Texas Tech Holy Cross Texas A&M Texas Wisconsin Texas A&M Toledo Iowa State Montana use Auburn Arizona State Miami, Fla. Tulane Michigan Tennessee Marshall Clemson West Virginia Colorado California West Virginia Florida 28 23 25 7 R 3 31 12 26 28 29 23 24 25 23 27 22 24 22 27 31 5 6 6 2 4 3 R 6 R 3 2 6 8 30 8 24 26 26 28 28 8 23 R 26 30 26 24 32 8 24 2 32 12 23 R 24 29 31 28 26 24 28 2 7 10 6 6 3 5 24 1 22 R 24 25 26 Green 5 36 7.2 13 0 Kattus 4 34 8.5 16 0 Ball 3 17 5.7 9 0 Rembert 1 9 9.0 9 0 Riggs 1 110 1 0 Bengals 99 1252 12.6 157 4 Opponents N6 1495 M.1 41 4 Punting No. Avg. LO B Johnson 24 42 5 59 0 Bengals 24 42.5 59 ' 0 Opponents 23 40J 59 0 Punt Returns No. Avg. L6 TO Barber... 6 5.0 15 0 Price 3 12.0 22 0 James 1 0.0 0 0 Bengals 10 6.6 22 0 Opponents M 11.9 166 1 Kickoff Returns No. Avg. LO TO Ball 13 20.2 24 0 Green. . 4 16.5 20 0 James 3 17.7 26 0 King 3 11.3 17 0 Price 3 18.7 22 0 Brooks 1 350 35 0 Riggs 1 13.0 13 0 Bengals 28 18.5 35 Opponents 12 22.4 31 I Scoring TDs by Run Rec Ret XP FO S TP Breech 0 0 0 10-10 7-8 0 31 Brooks ' 2 0 0 0-0 04 0 12 McGee 0 2 0 0-0 04 0 12 Taylor 2 0 0 0-0 04 0 12 BaH 1 0 0 0-0 04 0 6 Barber 0 1 0 04 04 0 6 Green...... I 0 0 04 04 0 6 James 0 1 0 04 04 0 6 Bengels I 4 (10-10 74 t 91 Opponents 11 4 4 19-19 12-15 1 171 Field Ooalt 119 20-29 10-19 40-49 50 Breech 04 4-4 1-2 2-2 04 Bengals 04 4-4 1-2 2-1 04 Opponents 2-2 2-1 J-4 1-5 04 Interceptions No. Yds. TO Fulcher 2 23 0 Thomas 10 0 Mitt 1 I 0 Fain 1 1 0 Thomas... 1 0 0 Bengals , , 7 12 I Opponents n 198 1 Tackles Tk. Asl Tot Sck FR Fulcher 24 10 34 0 I DiKon 29 1 32 0 0 Krumrie 26 4 30 1 0 Francis 23 o 29 0 0 Billups 22 4 26 0 0 Thomas... 16 2 II 0 0 Walker ... 15 2 17 1 0 Grant 16 1 17 2 0 Mlti 15 1 It 0 1 WHIIems . 14 1 16 1 1 Zander 14 1 15 0 0 Jones... 9 0 9 0 0 Team Date W-L Score Opponent Att Sept. 1 W 35-31 Miami 80,252 Sept. 8 W 52-34 Pittsburgh 79,545 Sept. 15 W 23-20 at Jet 65.309 Sept 22 ...W 1710 at Tampa Bay 57,323 Sept 29 W 35-20 Chicago 80,366 Oct. 7 L 6-33 at Kansas City 76,120 Oct.13 -....W 42- 6 Indianapolis 79,015 Bills Opp TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 160 150 Rushing 53 69 Passing . 98 69 Penalty 9 12 3rd Down Conv 35-74 38-99 NET YARDS 2873 2334 Avg.Game 410.4 333.4 Total Rays 436 485 NET YDS RUSHING 1046 993 Avg.'Game 1494 141.9 Rushing Plays 199 243 NET YDS PASSING 1827 1341 AvgGame 261.0 191.6 Times Sacked .. 17-142 10-78 Att.Comp 220-154 232-133 Comp. Pel '0.0 57.3 Had Intercepted....... 6 6 PUNTSAVG 19-37.2 30.37.6 PENALTIES YDS 47-385 53-454 FUMBLESLOST 15-11 9-5 TOUCHDOWNS 27 16 Rushing 9 10 Passing..... 17 5 Returns 1 1 Score By Periods 1 2 3 4 OT T Bills 31 58 51 70 0 210 Opponents 10 49 51 44 0 154 Individual Rushing At. Yds Avg. LG TO Thomas 126 673 5.3 33 4 K.Davis 34 208 6.1 178 1 Gardner 27 91 3.4 18 4 Reed 3 72 24.0 46 0 Kelly 7 4 0.4 5 0 Reich 2 -2 -10 -1 0 Ills 199 1046 5.3 (70 9 Opponents 243 993 4.1 (56 10 Had Passing Alt Cp. Yds TO LG Int. Kelly .... 211 146 1877 14 177 5 Reich 9 8 92 3 22 1 Bills 220 154 1969 17 177 4 Oppnnts 233 133 1419 S 53 Receiving Rec Yds Avg. LO TO Reed 37 511 14,0 t54 3 Thomas . 35 3S9 10.3 150 I Lofton 26 479 104 177 1 Beebe 26 331 12.7 134 4 McKeller 17 193 11.4 129 J K.Davis 4 0 0.0 4 0 Gardner 3 20 67 11 0

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