1977 Buffalo Bills season
|1977 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head coach||Jim Ringo|
|Home field||Rich Stadium|
|Division place||4th AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1977 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 18th season, and their eighth in the National Football League. The team posted a losing record for the second-consecutive season, and missed the postseason for the third season.
Buffalo started the season with four consecutive losses, and failed to win consecutive games. The team was shut out two times at home. The Bills beat only one team with a winning record — the New England Patriots in an early November game in Foxboro that ultimately proved fatal to the Patriots' playoff hopes.
The Bills had one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the NFL in 1977. Quarterback Joe Ferguson led the league in pass attempts (457, 32.6 per game) and passing yards (2,803, 200.2 per game). He also threw 24 interceptions, the most in the NFL.
Although the Bills passed the ball more often than any other team, they were not efficient through the air: they ranked 19th out of 28 teams in passing touchdowns, 21st in yards per attempt, and 20th in quarterback rating (a dismal 54.7). Buffalo's 160 points scored was the third-worst in the NFL.
Buffalo’s defense also gave up 313 points, the fourth-worst total in the league. Buffalo's anemic scoring and porous defense gave the team a point-differential of −153, dead-last in the league. This was the last season for O.J. Simpson as a member of the Bills, as he was traded to the 49ers the following season. Simpson would ultimately finish his last season with the Bills with 557 rushing yards on 126 attempts.
Seventh round pick Mike Nelms was cut by the Bills in the 1977 training camp, and went to play in the Canadian Football League for the next three seasons. He returned to the NFL in 1980, joining the Washington Redskins, and was voted to three consecutive NFC Pro Bowl squads from 1980–1982.
Cornerback Charles Romes played in every game for the Bills from 1977 until his final season with Buffalo in 1986. He finished his career in Buffalo with 28 interceptions, fourth in Bills’ history.
|= Pro Bowler [note 1]|
|1||12[note 2]||Phil Dokes||Defensive tackle||Oklahoma State|
|3||59||Curtis Brown||Running back||Missouri|
|3||73||John Kimbrough||Wide receiver||St. Cloud State|
|4||86||Jimmy Dean||Defensive tackle||Texas A & M|
|6||157||Ron Pruitt||Defensive end||Nebraska|
|7||170||Mike Nelms||Defensive back||Baylor|
|8||197||Greg Morton||Defensive tackle||Michigan|
|11||282||Nate Jackson||Running back||Tennessee State|
|12||309||Charles Romes||Defensive back||North Carolina Central|
|1977 Buffalo Bills staff|
Defensive/Special Teams Coaches
|1||September 18, 1977||Miami Dolphins||L 13–0|
|2||September 25, 1977||at Denver Broncos||L 26–6|
|3||October 2, 1977||at Baltimore Colts||L 17–14|
|4||October 9, 1977||New York Jets||L 24–19|
|5||October 16, 1977||Atlanta Falcons||W 3–0|
|6||October 23, 1977||Cleveland Browns||L 27–16|
|7||October 30, 1977||at Seattle Seahawks||L 56–17|
|8||November 6, 1977||at New England Patriots||W 24–14|
|9||November 13, 1977||Baltimore Colts||L 31–13|
|10||November 20, 1977||New England Patriots||L 20–7|
|11||November 28, 1977||at Oakland Raiders||L 34–13|
|12||December 4, 1977||Washington Redskins||L 10–0|
|13||December 11, 1977||at New York Jets||W 14–10|
|14||December 17, 1977||at Miami Dolphins||L 31–14|
|New England Patriots||9||5||0||.643||4–4||7–5||278||217||L1|
|New York Jets||3||11||0||.214||2–6||2–10||191||300||L2|
Awards and honors
- Joe DeLamielleure, Guard
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- (from Detroit)
- Pro-Football-Reference.com 1977 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1977 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1977 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1977 Buffalo Bills
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: Buffalo Bills Defense Career Register