Last week we pitted the 1990-93 AFC Championship Bills against each other in a fantasy football battle, using the standard scoring rules from NFL.com/fantasy. Things got testy as the ’90 team edged out the ’92 team by less than two points – a definitively narrow margin for a battle decided over the course of two seasons. The ’91 team was by far the most prolific, beating the ’92 squad by a comfortable 15 points with a season average of 81.04 points per game.
This week, the surviving AFC Champions will step into their Deloreans and travel back to the 1960s to take on the American Football League Champion Bills of 1964 and ’65. It was a different era of football, with the legendary Jack Kemp leading both squads at quarterback and a number of Wall of Fame-caliber names lining the roster.
Could the AFL Champion '64 Bills have what it takes to knock out the '90 AFC Champion Bills? What about the '65 vs. '91 matchup? Crunch these fantasy stats and see for yourself.
|1964 Buffalo Bills (13-2) 86.6%|
|QB Jack Kemp||91.8||15||6.12|
|RB Cookie Gilchirst||168.6||15||11.24|
|WR Elbert Dubenion||175.9||15||11.73|
|WR Glen Bass||131.7||15||8.78|
|K Pete Gogolak||102||15||6.80|
|TE Ernie Warlick||47.8||15||3.19|
|RB Bobby Smith||61.8||15||4.12|
|1990 Buffalo Bills (13-3) 81%|
|QB Jim Kelly||189.46||14||13.53|
|RB Thurman Thomas||248.9||16||15.56|
|WR Andre Reed||142.8||16||8.93|
|TE Keith McKellar||74.4||16||4.65|
|K Scott Norwood||110||16||6.88|
|RB Kenneth Davis||58||16||3.63|
|WR James Lofton||95.2||16||5.95|
Close call! In the fast-pace, no-huddle game of the '90s, the Kelly-led '90 squad edged out the '64 Kemp-led squad by a respectable margin. Not a bad fight from a team born 30 years before many of the NFL's biggest advancements.
|1965 Buffalo Bills (11-3-1) 78.5%|
|QB Jack Kemp||151.02||15||10.07|
|RB Wray Carlton||120.8||15||8.05|
|WR Bo Roberson||66.3||15||4.42|
|TE Paul Costa||40.1||15||2.67|
|K Pete Gogolak||115||15||7.67|
|WR Glen Bass||35.9||15||2.39|
|RB Billy Joe||100.8||15||6.72|
|1991 Buffalo Bills (13-3) 81%|
|QB Jim Kelly||250.26||15||15.64|
|RB Thurman Thomas||265.8||15||17.72|
|WR Andre Reed||182.9||16||11.43|
|TE Keith McKellar||61.4||16||3.84|
|K Scott Norwood||114||16||7.13|
|RB Kenneth Davis||104.2||16||6.51|
|WR James Lofton||151.2||15||10.08|
Hey Thurman! You couldn't have layed it on a little thinner, huh? The '91 Bills, led by Thomas' 17.72 points per game cleaned up against a 1965 team that rode its defense to the championshp. And while defense might win real championships, fantasy football is all about offense. Chalk the blowout up to the fact that it was a different era, as each of these teams represented a level of play close to the gold standard at their repective times.
Next week, the '90 and '91 teams finish off the Bills Throwback Fantasy debate once and for all, when playoffs come into play. We'll tally up their post-season fantasy stats and let you know which Buffalo Bills team was the best Fantasy team of all time.