BASN Classics: Jim Brown vs. O.J. Simpson: Week 10

Updated: November 13, 2016

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus



NEW HAVEN (BASN) – Over the last 10 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, Brown ran for 99 yards but Pittsburgh handed Cleveland its first loss of the season. Simpson had a similar result as well. He tallied 99 yards on the ground as the Bills were nipped by the Bengals.
We move on to Week 10.
jim-brown vs cardsWEEK 10 1963: Cardinals defeat Cleveland 20-14.
For the second straight week Brown was the focal point of the offense. And also for the second straight week, he wasn’t enough as the Cardinals came to Cleveland and beat the Browns. A 59-yard scoring run by Brown would give Cleveland an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter. After that, it was all St. Louis for the rest of the game. After a Jim Bakken field goal made it 7-3, Charlie Johnson hit Sonny Randle on a 41-yard scoring pass to give the Cardinals a 10-7 advantage. Another Bakken field goal made it 13-7 at the break. After a scoreless third quarter, Johnson (25-of-34, 285 yards) would put the game out of reach with his second TD pass of the game — a 19-yarder to Bill Triplett. Brown finished the day with 154 yards on the ground on 22 carries and the lone TD.
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WEEK 10 1973: Dolphins defeat Buffalo 17-0.
Despite getting 100-yard performances from Simpson (20 carries, 120 yards) and his backfield mate Jim Braxton (17 carries, 119 yards), the Bills lost for the third straight week. It was the second time in as many weeks that Buffalo (5-5) was held scoreless as well. With the win, the Dolphins (9-1) clinched the AFC Eastern Division crown. Miami’s first touchdown drive was a product of their “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” duo of Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick. It was sustained by a pair of 4th-and-1 conversions by Kiick and ended with a Csonka one-yard scoring run. But it was Mercury Morris (13 carries, 79 yards) that led the Fish in rushing on the day.

Brown ’63

   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches     Yards      YPC  TDs

vs STL






       21      10.5    –









Simpson ’73
   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches   Yards     YPC   TDs

vs MIA





    22    22.0     –







    55    13.7     0
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