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

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Updated: October 22, 2016
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By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus

 

NEW HAVEN (BASN) — We’ve reached the midpoint of our weekly feature on two of the greatest running backs in NFL history. Over the last six Sundays, BASN has taken an in-depth look at the signature seasons of Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1963) and O.J. Simpson (1973).

 

As we’ve previously mentioned, if you’re looking for some off-the-field stuff with a National Inquirer or TMZ Sports spin, you’d probably had better step off. This is all about football and really nothing else.

 

Six weeks into their respective seasons, both the Browns (6-0) and Bills (4-2) are in the playoff hunt. Last week, the Dolphins became the first team to hold O.J. under 100 yards (14 carries, 55 yards) as they thrashed Buffalo 27-6 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. As for Cleveland, they remained unbeaten as they cruised past the Eagles 37-7.

 

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WEEK SEVEN 1963: Giants defeat Browns 33-6

 

Just two weeks ago, Cleveland came into Yankee Stadium and outlasted the rival Giants 35-24. Brown had another stellar day with three touchdowns and over 200 yards of total offense (125 rushing, 86 receiving) all by himself. However, the G-Men would go to school after that game and it showed this Sunday’s rematch at Cleveland. They held Brown to just 40 yards on the ground and allowed Cleveland only 140 total yards. In handing the Browns their first loss of the season, New York took control of the game early. Behind a pair of touchdown passes by Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle (21 of 31, 214 yards passing), the Giants jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and were never threatened. New York also got four field goals from Don Chandler.

 

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WEEK SEVEN 1973: Bills defeat Chiefs 23-14

 

Buffalo and O.J. bounced back from last week’s loss to topple Kansas City on Monday Night Football. Simpson set an NFL record for yards in the first seven games by surpassing 1,000 yards with a 157-yard effort. Simpson also had 39 carries, which at the time was an NFL single-game record. His season total of 1,025 was 52 yards ahead of Brown’s 1963 pace. In the game, the Chiefs fumbled on their opening possession on their own 15-yard-line, leading to the first of Simpson’s two touchdowns. Three plays into K.C.’s second possession, linebacker Jim Cheyunski intercepted a Len Dawson pass and returned it 31 yards to the 4-yard-line. It led to another Simpson score, giving the Bills a 14–0 lead 3:37 into the game. The Chiefs would cut the lead to 14-7 in the second. But three John Leypoldt field goals in the third quarter would put the game out of reach. As the game ended, the thought of a possible 2,000-yard season was being uttered by the Monday Night crew of Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, and “Dandy Don” Meredith.

 

Brown ’63

   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs   Catches     Yards      YPC  TDs

vs NYG

9

40

4.4

0

3

       21       7.0    1

Season

135

973

7.2

8

11

222

20.1

   3
Simpson ’73
   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches   Yards    YPC   TDs

vs KC

39

157

4.2

2

     –    —-     -

Season

177

1,025

5.7

8

3

     33    11.0     0

 

 

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

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