1964 Buffalo Bills season

The 1964 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s fifth season. Buffalo was 12–2 in the regular season and won the first of two consecutive championships in the American Football League.

1964 Buffalo Bills season
OwnerRalph Wilson
Head coachLou Saban
Home fieldWar Memorial Stadium
Results
Record12–2
Division place1st AFL Eastern
Playoff finishWon AFL Championship
(Chargers, 20–7)

The 1964 Bills' defense set an AFL record by giving up the fewest rushing yards in league history, with only 918, or 65.5 yards per game.[1] They also led the league in points allowed (242), total yards allowed (3,878), first downs surrendered (206), and rushing touchdowns allowed (four).[2]

Buffalo's offense also led the AFL in total yards (5,206), passing yards (2,040) and total points (400).[3]

OffseasonEdit

AFL DraftEdit

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1964 Buffalo Bills staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

RosterEdit

1964 Buffalo Bills roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Note: Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

Season scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 13 Kansas City Chiefs W 34–17 1–0 War Memorial Stadium 30,157 Recap
2 September 20 Denver Broncos W 30–13 2–0 War Memorial Stadium 28,501 Recap
3 September 26 San Diego Chargers W 30–3 3–0 War Memorial Stadium 40,167 Recap
4 October 3 Oakland Raiders W 23–20 4–0 War Memorial Stadium 36,461 Recap
5 October 11 at Houston Oilers W 48–17 5–0 Jeppesen Stadium 26,218 Recap
6 October 18 at Kansas City Chiefs W 35–22 6–0 Municipal Stadium 20,904 Recap
7 October 24 New York Jets W 34–24 7–0 War Memorial Stadium 39,621 Recap
8 November 1 Houston Oilers W 24–10 8–0 War Memorial Stadium 40,119 Recap
9 November 8 at New York Jets W 20–7 9–0 Shea Stadium 61,929 Recap
10 November 15 Boston Patriots L 28–36 9–1 War Memorial Stadium 42,308 Recap
11 Bye
12 November 26 at San Diego Chargers W 27–24 10–1 Balboa Stadium 34,865 Recap
13 December 6 at Oakland Raiders L 13–16 10–2 Frank Youell Field 18,134 Recap
14 December 13 at Denver Broncos W 30–19 11–2 Bears Stadium 14,431 Recap
15 December 20 at Boston Patriots W 24–14 12–2 Fenway Park 38,021 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Chiefs 0 3140 17
• Bills 31 003 34

[4]

Week 2Edit

1 234Total
Broncos 3 730 13
• Bills 3 10710 30

[5]

Week 3Edit

1 234Total
Chargers 0 300 3
• Bills 7 7313 30

[6]

Week 4Edit

1 234Total
Raiders 3 0710 20
• Bills 0 779 23

[7]

Week 5Edit

1 234Total
• Bills 14 171710 58
Oilers 7 370 17

[8]

StandingsEdit

AFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Buffalo Bills 12 2 0 .857 5–1 400 242 W2
Boston Patriots 10 3 1 .769 4–2 365 297 L1
New York Jets 5 8 1 .385 2–4 278 315 L3
Houston Oilers 4 10 0 .286 1–5 310 355 W2

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

PostseasonEdit

Round Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance Recap
Championship December 26 San Diego Chargers W 20–7 40,242 War Memorial Stadium Recap

AFL Championship GameEdit

1 234Total
Chargers 7 000 7
Bills 3 1007 20

[9]

Player statsEdit

PassingEdit

Player Comp Att Yds Completion % TD INT
Jack Kemp 119 269 2285 44.2 13 26
Daryle Lamonica 55 128 1137 43.0 6 8

[10]

RushingEdit

Player Att Yds Average Long TD
Cookie Gilchrist 230 981 4.3 67 6
B. Smith 62 306 4.9 37 4
Daryle Lamonica 55 289 5.3 18 6
Joe Auer 63 191 3.0 21 2
Jack Kemp 37 124 3.4 14 5
Wray Carlton 39 114 2.9 11 1

[10]

Special teamsEdit

KickingEdit

Player FG Att XP XP Att Pts
Pete Gogolak 19 29 45 46 102

PuntingEdit

Player No. Yards Avg. Long
Paul Maguire 65 2777 42.7 64

Awards and RecordsEdit

  • Lou Saban, Coach of the Year

See alsoEdit

List of American Football League players

ReferencesEdit