BASN Classics: Jim Brown vs. O.J. Simpson: Week Three

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Updated: September 25, 2016

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus

 

NEW HAVEN (BASN) — Over the next 12 Sundays, BASN will take an in-depth look at the signature seasons of Hall of Fame running backs O.J. Simpson and Jim Brown.

If you’re looking for off the field stuff with a National Inquirer or TMZ Sports style, you’d probably better turn away right now. This is all about football and nothing else.
 
Through the first two weeks, both players are nearing the 400-yard mark while averaging at least six yards a carry. In fact, Brown is averaging 11.3 a carry while Simpson is a “measly” 6.9 a carry.
 
Let’s revisit week three for both Hall of Famers.
brown vs. rams
 
WEEK THREE 1963: Cleveland defeats Los Angeles 20-6
 
The Browns would go to 3-0 as the Rams’ defense held Brown to 95 yards (22 carries) in the loss. After a Danny Villanueva field goal gave L.A. an early lead, Brown’s 17-yard scoring run in the second quarter would put Cleveland up for good. While quarterback Frank Ryan’s numbers weren’t spectacular (9-of-15 for 152 yards), he did have a pair of touchdown passes. Rich Kreitling (14 yards in the third) and Ray Renfro (39 yards in the fourth) had the scoring receptions.
simpson vs jets
 
WEEK THREE 1973: Buffalo defeats the N.Y. Jets 9-7
 
The first regular season game played at Rich Stadium was a success on and off the field. A sellout crowd of 80,200 (2,595 no-shows) would see Simpson run for 123 yards (24 carries) in the defensive struggle. The Bills scored on three John Leypoldt field goals. He made a 42-yarder in the first quarter and added two more in the fourth quarter. The Jets almost became the Bills’ first shutout victim since 1965, but backup quarterback Al Woodall would hit tight end Jerome Barkum for the game’s only touchdown in the final seconds.

Brown ’63

   Carries     Yards       YPC    TDs    Catches    Yards      YPC  TDs

vs LAR

22

  95

4.3

1

      —       —   —

Season

57

489

8.5

5

3

100

33.3

   1
Simpson ’73
   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches    Yards     YPC  TDs

vs NYJ

24

123

5.1

     —      —   —

Season

75

476

6.3

3

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Anthony McClean can be reached via email at anthonymcclean1962@gmail.com.

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