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1971 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Harvey Johnson
Home Field War Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 1-13
Place 5th AFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1970 1972

The 1971 Buffalo Bills season was the 12th season for the club and its 2nd in the National Football League.

For the second time in four seasons, the Bills finished with a 1-13 record. The season began in turmoil when coach John Rauch resigned, forcing pro personnel director Harvey Johnson to assume the position for the second time on an interim basis. Lou Saban, who resigned as coach of the Denver Broncos after eight games in 1971, returned to Buffalo for 1972. Saban guided the Bills to the American Football League championship in 1964 and 1965.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 4 J.D. Hill Wide Receiver Arizona State
2 29 (3rd in the round) Jan White Tight End Ohio State
3 53 (1st in the round) Bruce Jarvis Center Washington
3 57 (4th in the round) Jim Braxton Fullback West Virginia
5 107 (2nd in the round) Donnie Green Offensive Tackle Purdue
5 113 (6th in the round) Tim Beamer Defensive Back Illinois
6 145 (10th in the round) Bill McKinley Defensive End Arizona
7 160 (3rd in the round) Bob Chandler Wide Receiver Southern California
8 183 (1st in the round) Louis Ross Defensive End South Carolina State

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Streak Attendance
1 Sept. 19 vs. Dallas Cowboys Loss 49-37 0-1 L1 46,206
2 Sept. 26 vs. Miami Dolphins Loss 29-14 0-2 L2 45,139
3 Oct. 3 at Minnesota Vikings Loss 19-0 0-3 L3 47,900
4 Oct. 10 vs. Baltimore Colts Loss 43-0 0-4 L4 46,206
5 Oct. 17 at New York Jets Loss 28-17 0-5 L5 61,948
6 Oct. 23 at San Diego Chargers Loss 20-3 0-6 L6 49,261
7 Oct. 31 vs. St. Louis Cardinals Loss 28-23 0-7 L7 40,040
8 Nov. 7 at Miami Dolphins Loss 34-0 0-8 L8 61,016
9 Nov. 14 at New England Patriots Loss 38-33 0-9 L9 57,446
10 Nov. 21 vs. New York Jets Loss 20-7 0-10 L10 41,577
11 Nov. 28 vs. New England Patriots Win 27-20 1-10 W1 27,166
12 Dec. 5 at Baltimore Colts Loss 24-0 1-11 L1 58,476
13 Dec. 12 vs. Houston Oilers Loss 20-14 1-12 L2 28,107
14 Dec. 19 at Kansas City Chiefs Loss 22-9 1-13 L3 48,121

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Standings Edit

AFC East
TeamWLTPCTPFPA
Miami Dolphins 1031.769315174
Baltimore Colts 1040.714313140
New England Patriots 680.429238325
New York Jets 680.429212299
Buffalo Bills 1130.071184394
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Game summariesEdit

Week 1: Dallas CowboysEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 21 7 14

49

Bills 14 10 6 7

37

at War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York

  • Date: September 19
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 55°F, wind 9 mph
  • Box Score

RosterEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Buffalo Bills 1971 NFL Entry Draft
  2. [1], 1971 Buffalo Bills Schedule
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 297
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Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
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