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

Updated: October 29, 2016

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus

NEW HAVEN (BASN) — Over the last eight 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, the New York Giants not only held Brown to a season-low 40 yards, they also handed Cleveland its first loss of the season. As for the Bills, they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football behind O.J.’s 157 yards.
We’re set to begin the second half of their respective seasons.
brown vs philly II
WEEK EIGHT 1963: Cleveland defeats the Philadelphia Eagles 23-17
For the second time in three weeks, the Browns were able to beat the Eagles (they thrashed them 37-7 back in Week Six) and bounce back from their first loss of the season. Brown also bounced back with vengeance against Philly (2-5-1). His 62-yard scoring run in the first quarter would give Cleveland (7-1) an early 7-0 lead. Following a Mark Clark field goal, the Eagles would take a brief 10-7 lead after a two-yard scoring run by Clarence Peaks (13 carries, 51 yards) in the second quarter. Cleveland would then took the lead for good following three field goals by Lou “The Toe” Groza in the same quarter. However, it was Brown that proved to be the catalyst — again — for Cleveland’s offense. He’d finish the day with 223 yards (his second 200-yard game of the season) on 28 carries and the lone touchdown.
oj vs saints
WEEK EIGHT 1973: New Orleans defeats Buffalo 13-0
The 4-4 Saints would post all their scoring in the first half and kept the Bills to under 200 yards of total offense while shutting them out. It was the first shutout in franchise history as they held Simpson to 79 yards on 20 carries. They also sacked Joe Ferguson (9-of-19, 87 yards) four times and held the Bulls (5-3) to only 10 first downs. Following a Bill McClard field goal in the fist quarter, the Saints scored the game’s only touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Archie Manning (16-of-33, 188 yards) to Bob Newland in the second. McClard added another field goal and the halftime lead would hold up.

Brown ’63

   Carries      Yards       YPC    TDs     Catches     Yards       YPC  TDs

at PHI





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Simpson ’73
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at NO




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