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

Updated: October 16, 2016
brown and oj

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus


NEW HAVEN (BASN) – Over the last five Sundays, BASN has taken an in-depth look at the signature seasons of Hall of Fame running back, Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson.

If you’re looking off the field stuff with a National Inquirer or TMZ Sports style, you’d probably better step off. This is all about football and nothing else.
In last week’s action, both Cleveland (5-0) and Buffalo (4-1) would win against one of their toughest rivals. And to no one’s surprise, Brown (125 yards) and Simpson (166 yards) were the pacesetters.
Let’s look at week six.
brown vs philly
WEEK SIX 1963: Cleveland defeats Philadelphia 37-7
Make it 6-0 for the Browns as they made quick work of the struggling Eagles (2-3-1) at Cleveland. It was just another day at the office for No. 32. Brown had 144 yards on the ground (25 carries) and added three catches for 21 yards. This included a 10-yard scoring pass from Frank Ryan which put the Browns up 13-0 in the second quarter. Speaking of Ryan, the product from Rice had one of his best days of the season this Sunday. He finished the game 15-of-23 for 203 yards and four TDs. Three of them went to his favorite target, Gary Collins. The All-Pro wideout had five catches on the day for 82 yards.
O.J. Simpson Tackled by Dolphin's Defense
WEEK SIX 1973: Buffalo loses to Miami 27-6
For the first time all season, Simpson was held to under 100 yards as the Dolphins easily defeated the Bills. After the teams traded field goals in the first quarter, Miami (5-1) took control of the game with a 21-point second quarter. Two touchdown passes by Bob Griese (10-of-20, 136 yards, 2 TDs) to Jim Mandich (four catches, 71 yards) would be part of the scoring barrage. But it was Miami’s “No Name Defense” that was the real stars of the game. They not only held Buffalo to no first downs in the first half, they also held O.J. to just 55 rushing yards on 14 carries. Simpson would leave the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. The Dolphins, who took over sole possession of first place in the AFC East with the win, also got a touchdown from Mercury Morris (15 carries, 61 yards).

Brown ’63

   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches     Yards      YPC   TDs

vs PHI






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Simpson ’73
   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches   Yards     YPC   TDs

at MIA





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