1970 Buffalo Bills Season
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1970 Buffalo Bills Season

1970 Buffalo Bills season
Head coachJohn Rauch
OwnerRalph Wilson
Home fieldWar Memorial Stadium
Results
Record3-10-1
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1970 Buffalo Bills season was the 11th season for the club and their first in the National Football League. The team looked to improve on its 4-10 record from 1969 and make the playoffs for the first time since 1966. However, the Bills started out on the wrong foot, losing 4 of its first 5 games. After winning 2 straight road games against the Patriots and Jets and suffering a blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bills and Colts played to a 17-17 draw in week 9, Buffalo's first tie since 1968. The Bills would then lose 5 straight to end the season and finish the season 3-10-1, in fourth place in the AFC East. Their week 5 game against the Miami Dolphins would start a stage of futility in which the Bills would lose 20 straight games to the Dolphins. The Bills would not beat the Dolphins at any point during the 70s and would not beat Miami again until 1980. This would become known as "The Streak".

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 5 Al Cowlings Defensive End USC
2 30 Dennis Shaw Quarterback San Diego State
3 57 Jim Reilly Guard Notre Dame
3 67 Glenn Alexander Defensive back Grambling
4 82 Jerome Gantt Defensive end North Carolina Central
5 109 Steve Starnes Linebacker Tampa
6 134 Ken Edwards Running back Virginia Tech
6 135 Grant Guthrie Kicker Florida State
7 161 Wayne Fowler Tackle Richmond
8 186 Richard Cheek Tackle Auburn
9 213 Bill Bridges Guard Houston
10 238 Willie Dixon Defensive back Albany State
11 265 Terry Williams Running back Grambling
12 290 Dave Simpson Tackle Drake
13 317 Steve Schroeder Kicker Pacific
14 342 William Costen Tackle Morris Brown
15 369 Dave Farris Tight end Central Michigan
16 394 Larry Davis Wide receiver Rice
17 421 George Bevan Defensive back Louisiana State

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Personnel

Coaches/Staff

Final roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Denver Broncos L 25-10
34,882
2 September 27, 1970 Los Angeles Rams L 19-0
46,206
3 October 4, 1970 New York Jets W 34-31
46,206
4 October 11, 1970 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 23-10
42,140
5 October 18, 1970 Miami Dolphins L 33-14
41,312
6 October 25, 1970 at New York Jets W 10-6
62,712
7 November 1, 1970 at Boston Patriots W 45-10
31,148
8 November 8, 1970 Cincinnati Bengals L 43-14
43,587
9 November 15, 1970 at Baltimore Colts T 17-17
60,240
10 November 22, 1970 at Chicago Bears L 31-13
41,015
11 November 29, 1970 Boston Patriots L 14-10
31,427
12 December 6, 1970 at New York Giants L 20-6
62,870
13 December 13, 1970 Baltimore Colts L 20-14
34,346
14 December 20, 1970 at Miami Dolphins L 45-7
70,990

Season summary

Week 1

1 234Total
• Broncos 0 5713 25
Bills 7 300 10

Week 2

1 234Total
• Rams 3 1303 19
Bills 0 000 0
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium

Week 3

1 234Total
Jets 17 770 31
• Bills 7 6714 34
  • Date: October 4
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium

Week 4

1 234Total
Bills 3 070 10
• Steelers 3 7310 23

Week 5

1 234Total
• Dolphins 10 3713 33
Bills 0 770 14
  • Date: October 18
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium

Week 6

1 234Total
• Bills 0 307 10
Jets 0 060 6

Week 7

1 234Total
• Bills 10 21014 45
Patriots 0 037 10

Week 8

1 234Total
• Bengals 3 20137 43
Bills 7 700 14
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium

Week 9

1 234Total
Bills 7 703 17
Colts 0 773 17

Week 10

1 234Total
Bills 6 007 13
• Bears 0 14710 31

Week 11

1 234Total
• Patriots 0 770 14
Bills 0 307 10
  • Date: November 29
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium

Week 12

1 234Total
Bills 0 600 6
• Giants 0 3314 20

Week 13

1 234Total
• Colts 10 073 20
Bills 7 700 14
  • Date: December 13
  • Location: War Memorial Stadium

Week 14

1 234Total
Bills 0 007 7
• Dolphins 21 1077 45

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Colts 11 2 1 .846 6-1-1 8-2-1 321 234 W4
Miami Dolphins 10 4 0 .714 6-2 8-3 297 228 W6
New York Jets 4 10 0 .286 2-6 2-9 255 286 L3
Buffalo Bills 3 10 1 .231 3-4-1 3-7-1 204 337 L5
Boston Patriots 2 12 0 .143 2-6 2-9 149 361 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Awards and honors

References



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