Monday, October 29, 2018

NFL72 Update

It's the last season at War Memorial Stadium for the Buffalo Bills, and it's the first season back for Lou Saban, who coached the Bills to the 1964 and '65 AFL championships but spent the last five seasons with the Denver Broncos. Things didn't go so hot for Saban in Denver, but things didn't go so hot for the Bills without Saban. So, after a one-win NFL71, Saban is back in Buffalo, and, in Week 7 of NFL72, it's the 4-2 Pittsburgh Steelers in town to face the 2-4 Bills on Sunday, Oct. 29. The Steelers win, 38-21, but the game is notable for the 189-yard rushing explosion by Buffalo's O.J. Simpson. 

Since we last checked in with Orenthal James,  Simpson has been plodding along in Buffalo, averaging about four yards per carry each of his three seasons and accumulating no more than 742 yards in any of them. But in NFL72, despite Buffalo's losing five guards and two other offensive linemen to injury, Simpson logs a league-leading 1,251 rushing yards, including a 94-yarder in this loss to Pittsburgh

Then, in the NFL73 draft, Saban will bolster Simpson's blocking with selection of offensive linemen with each of Buffalo's first three picks (including eventual-hall-of-gamer Joe DeLamielleure). And that will precipitate Simpson's record-breaking NFL73 of 2,003 rushing yards, and Buffalo's first winning record (9-5) in seven seasons. Saban will, in fact, coach the Bills to three straight winning seasons starting in NFL73, including one playoff appearance. 

Of course, there was one team that Saban, Simpson and the Bills could never quite get around during that era.

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