1975 Buffalo Bills season
|1975 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head coach||Lou Saban|
|Home field||Rich Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1975 Buffalo Bills season was the 16th season for the club, and their 6th in the National Football League.
The Bills led the league in points scored, with 420 (30.0 per game). This amount is the most points scored by any team in a 14-game season after the merger, and the most points scored by any team in the 1970s.
Buffalo won their first four games by an average of 17 points. They were 5–2 at the halfway point of the season, and one game behind the 6–1 Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. Buffalo then lost four of their final seven games, ultimately falling two games short of the division title.
Bills' running back O.J. Simpson rushed for 1817 yards on the season, and set a then-record with 23 touchdowns scored for the season. Fullback Jim Braxton had 823 yards rushing. Buffalo's ground game dominated the league, with a total of 2974 rushing yards, over 300 yards more than the second best rushing total.
The 1975 Bills have the distinction of giving up the most total passing yards (3,080) in a 14-game schedule during the merger era. However, the Bills' 45 takeaways on defense led the league in 1975. Defensive back Robert James and safety Doug Jones were lost to the season with knee injuries.
Buffalo's defense gave up the fourth-most yards in the NFL in 1974, and so the Bills' first two picks in the 1975 draft were a pair of Nebraska linebackers – Tom Ruud and Bob Nelson—both of whom played for Buffalo for three seasons. N.C. State running back Roland Hooks played in every Bills game from 1976–1981. He is best known for his "Hail Mary" reception against New England in Week Twelve of the 1981 season, a catch which was instrumental in putting Buffalo into the postseason that year.
|2||50||Glenn Loft||Defensive back||Drake University|
|4||102||Tom Donchez||Running back||Penn State|
|5||115||John McCrumbly||Linebacker||Texas A&M|
|7||166||Gil Chapman||Running back||Michigan|
|7||174||Reggie Cherry||Running back||Houston|
|7||175||Harry Banks||Defensive back||Michigan|
|8||201||John Hill||Defensive tackle||Duke|
|10||253||Roland Hooks||Running back||North Carolina State|
|11||279||Tom Drake||Defensive back||Michigan|
|12||305||Mark Johnson||Defensive end||Missouri|
|13||331||Mark Dienhart||Tackle||St. Thomas (MN)|
|14||357||Robert Evans||Wide receiver||Morris Brown|
|15||383||Chris Kupec||Quarterback||North Carolina|
|16||408||Tom Fine||Tight end||Notre Dame|
|17||435||Jeff Turcotte||Defensive end||Colorado|
|1975 Buffalo Bills staff|
Defensive/Special Teams Coaches
|1975 Buffalo Bills roster|
|1||September 21, 1975||New York Jets||W 42–14|
|2||September 28, 1975||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 30–21|
|3||October 5, 1975||Denver Broncos||W 38–14|
|4||October 12, 1975||at Baltimore Colts||W 38–31|
|5||October 20, 1975||New York Giants||L 17–14|
|6||October 26, 1975||Miami Dolphins||L 35–30|
|7||November 2, 1975||at New York Jets||W 24–23|
|8||November 9, 1975||Baltimore Colts||L 42–35|
|9||November 17, 1975||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 33–24|
|10||November 23, 1975||New England Patriots||W 45–31|
|11||November 27, 1975||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 32–14|
|12||December 7, 1975||at Miami Dolphins||L 31–21|
|13||December 14, 1975||at New England Patriots||W 34–14|
|14||December 20, 1975||Minnesota Vikings||L 35–13|
- Date: September 21
- Game time: 1:00 p.m.
- Game weather: 56°F, wind 13 mph
|New York Jets||3||11||0||.214||2–6||3–8||258||433||L2|
|New England Patriots||3||11||0||.214||1–7||2–9||258||358||L6|
Awards and honors
- Reggie McKenzie, Guard
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1970 to 1977, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points For.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1970 to 1979, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points For.
- Pittsburgh, 2633
- Post-Merger 14-game schedule era: 1970–1977
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1970 to 1977, in the regular season, sorted by descending opp Passing Yds
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, in 1975, in the regular season, sorted by descending opp Passing Yds