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1988 Buffalo Bills season
Head Coach Marv Levy
Home Field Rich Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC East
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Championship Game
Timeline
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The 1988 Buffalo Bills season was the 29th season for the team and the 19th season in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished in first place in the AFC East and finished the National Football League's 1988 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses. The Bills were 8–0 at home for the first time in their franchise history.[1] On the road, the Bills were 4–4. From an attendance standpoint, the franchise set a record for attendance with 631,818 fans.[2]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
40Buffalo BillsThurman ThomasRunning BackOklahoma State
65Buffalo BillsBernard FordWide ReceiverCentral Florida
123Buffalo BillsEzekial GadsonDefensive BackPittsburgh
135Buffalo BillsKirk RoachKickerWestern Carolina
150Buffalo BillsDan MurrayOutside LinebackerE. Stroudsburg, Pa.
177Buffalo BillsTim BorckyTackleMemphis
184Buffalo BillsBo WrightRunning BackAlabama
204Buffalo BillsJohn HagySafetyTexas
213Buffalo BillsJeff WrightNose TackleCentral Missouri
235Buffalo BillsCarlton BaileyInside LinebackerNorth Carolina

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1988 Buffalo Bills staff

Front Office

  • President – Ralph Wilson
  • Vice President of Administration/General Manager – Bill Polian
  • Director of College Scouting – John Butler
  • Director of Pro Personnel/Asst. Director of Football Operations – Bob Ferguson
  • National Scout – Norm Pollom
  • College Scout – A. J. Smith

Head Coaches

  • Vice President for Football Operations/Head Coach – Marv Levy
  • Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Chuck Dickerson

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Walt Corey
  • Defensive Line – Ted Cottrell
  • Defensive Backs – Dick Roach
  • Defensive Assistant – Chuck Lester

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Bruce DeHaven

Strength and Conditioning

[3]

RosterEdit

1988 Buffalo Bills roster

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists


Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 Minnesota Vikings W 13–10 1–0 Rich Stadium
76,783
2 September 11, 1988 Miami Dolphins W 9–6 2–0 Rich Stadium
79,520
3 September 18, 1988 at New England Patriots W 16–14 3–0 Sullivan Stadium
55,945
4 September 25, 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers W 36–28 4–0 Rich Stadium
78,735
5 October 2, 1988 at Chicago Bears L 24–3 4–1 Soldier Field
62,793
6 October 9, 1988 Indianapolis Colts W 34–23 5–1 Rich Stadium
76,018
7 October 17, 1988 at New York Jets W 37–14 6–1 The Meadowlands
70,218
8 October 23, 1988 New England Patriots W 23–20 7–1 Rich Stadium
76,824
9 October 30, 1988 Green Bay Packers W 28–0 8–1 Rich Stadium
79,176
10 November 6, 1988 at Seattle Seahawks W 13–3 9–1 Kingdome
61,074
11 November 14, 1988 at Miami Dolphins W 31–6 10–1 Joe Robbie Stadium
67,091
12 November 20, 1988 New York Jets W 9–6 (OT) 11–1 Rich Stadium
78,389
13 November 27, 1988 at Cincinnati Bengals L 35–21 11–2 Riverfront Stadium
58,672
14 December 4, 1988 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–5 11–3 Tampa Stadium
49,498
15 December 11, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders W 37–21 12–3 Rich Stadium
77,348
16 December 18, 1988 at Indianapolis Colts L 17–14 12–4 Hoosier Dome
59,908

StandingsEdit

AFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Buffalo Bills 12 4 0 .750 7–1 10–2 329 237 L1
Indianapolis Colts 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 354 315 W1
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 250 284 L1
New York Jets 8 7 1 .531 3–5 6–7–1 372 354 W2
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 0–8 3–9 319 380 L1

PlayoffsEdit

AFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

Buffalo Bills 17, Houston Oilers 10
1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 3 0 7

10

Bills 0 7 7 3

17

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

AFC Championship GameEdit

Cincinnati Bengals 21, Buffalo Bills 10
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 10 0 0

10

Bengals 7 7 0 7

21

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Bengals forced 3 interceptions, and allowed only 45 rushing yards and 136 passing yards, while their offense held the ball for 39:29. Bills starting running back Thurman Thomas was held to just 6 yards on 4 carries, while quarterback Jim Kelly completed only 14 of 30 passes for 161 yards and 1 touchdown, with 3 interceptions.

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 262
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 390
  3. 1988 Buffalo Bills Media Guide. pp. 3–24. http://www.buffalobills.com/team/history/mediaguidearchive.html. Retrieved 2010-08-09.

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