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

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Updated: November 5, 2016
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By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus

 
 
NEW HAVEN (BASN) – Over the last nine Sundays, BASN has taken an in-depth look at the signature seasons of Hall of Fame running backs Jim Brown (1963) and O.J. Simpson (1973).
If you’re looking a lot of off the field stuff with a National Inquirer or TMZ Sports style, you’d probably better step off now. This weekly essay is all about football and nothing else.
In last week’s action, Cleveland bounced back from its first loss of the season by defeating Philly for the second time in three weeks. As for Buffalo, the Saints notched their first shutout in franchise history by blanking the Bills.
And now, we resume with Week Nine.
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WEEK NINE 1963: Pittsburgh defeats Cleveland 9-7
The Steelers (5-3-1) would avenge their Week Four loss at Cleveland and handed the Browns their second loss in the last three weeks. While Pittsburgh kept Brown out of the end zone, he did manage to churn for 99 yards (19 carries) and caught four passes. Brown was even involved in the Steelers’ first score as linebacker Bob Schmitz tackled him in the end zone for a safety. It made the game 7-2 in the third quarter. Pittsburgh’s game-winning score was a nine-yard pass from Ed Brown to Gary Ballman late in the fourth quarter. Running back John Henry Johnson was the Steelers’ offense on the day. The Hall of Famer rushed for 131 yards on 27 carries.
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WEEK NINE 1973: Cincinnati defeats Buffalo 16-13
For the second straight week, the Bills were held to less than 200 yards of offense (180). While they didn’t get shut out, they didn’t win either and fell to 5-4. Simpson did score Buffalo’s only touchdown (a 32-yard jaunt in the third quarter to tie the game at 13-13) while contributing 99 yards on 20 carries. It was a battle of field goals in the first half as the Bengals (5-4) led 6-3 at the break. A Boobie Clark one-yard run (24 carries, 98 yards) would stretch Cincinnati’s lead to 13-3 early in the third. Eventually, Horst Muhlmann’s third field goal of the day (a 33-yarder) with three seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner for the Bengals.

Brown ’63

   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches     Yards       YPC  TDs

vs PIT

19

99

5.2

-

4

       14        3.5    -

Season

182

1,295

7.1

9

15

236

15.7

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

vs CIN

 20

    99

4.9

1

      –     —-     -

Season

217

1,203

5.5

9

3

     33    11.0     0
Anthony McClean can be reached via email at anthonymcclean1962@gmail.com.

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