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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Bad, bad start

   November 21, 1971 -- The losses for the 1971 edition of the Buffalo Bills were starting to add up quickly by this point in the season. Buffalo dropped number 10 in a row, a 20-7 loss to the New York Jets. That's not so good when you've only played 10 games.

   Dennis Shaw threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to Marlin Briscoe, and then the bottom fell out.

   Buffalo quarterbacks threw five interceptions for the afternoon. Shaw had four of them, and James Harris contributed a fifth. Shaw was 7 for 18 that day for 109 yards, while Harris was 6 for 15 for 41 yards.

   New York broke the game open with 17 unanswered points in the second quarter. Don Maynard and George Nock both caught touchdown passes to give the Jets the lead for good.

   Care to guess who the Jets' quarterback was that day? You're probably wrong. It was Bob Davis, as Joe Namath was hurt. Davis was only 6 for 14 for 81 yards, but the Jets did run for 153 yards.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.