BASN Classics: Jim Brown vs. O.J. Simpson: Week 11

Updated: November 20, 2016

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus


NEW HAVEN (BASN) — Over the last 11 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, both the Browns and Bills were on the wrong end of the score. Despite 175 yards of total offense (154 on the ground) and a score from Brown, Cleveland was defeated at home by the St. Louis Cardinals.


In Buffalo, Simpson ran for 120 yards but the Miami Dolphins would hand the Bills their third straight loss. With the win, the defending Super Bowl champs would also clinch the AFC Eastern Division crown.


And now it’s on to Week 11 with only three games remaining after this Sunday.


jimBrownRun_576_WEEK 11 1963: Cleveland defeats the Dallas Cowboys 27-17


After gashing the Cowboys for 232 rushing yards and two touchdowns back in Week Two, the Dallas defense would make sure that Brown would be contained this day. They won the battle by holding him to 51 yards on 17 carries, but they lost the war as Cleveland (8-3) completed a season sweep of the Cowboys (3-8). Cleveland’s rushing hero on this day was Ernie Green who churned out 97 yards on seven carries. All-Pro wide Gary Collins had just two catches (27 yards) on the day, but both of them would be for touchdowns. In a somewhat sloppy contest, the two teams would also combine for nine turnovers on the day.


o.j.-simpson-001302478WEEK 11 1973: Buffalo defeats the Baltimore Colts 24-17


Buffalo (6-5) bounced back from their three-game losing streak and won at Baltimore (2-9) in a game that kept them in the playoff hunt. Simpson’s lone touchdown on the day — a 58-yard run — would give the Bills a 10-7 halftime lead. After a scoreless third quarter, the teams would see-saw in the final period. Late in the game, the Colts gave the Bills good field position following an 18-yard punt by David Lee. Joe Ferguson then tossed a 38-yard score to Bob Chandler to tie the score with 1:34 remaining. On Baltimore’s ensuing possession, Dwight Harrison recorded a 31-yard interception return with 1:11 remaining to give the Bills their final margin of victory. On the day, O.J. finished with 124 yards on 15 carries.

Brown ’63

 Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches     Yards      YPC  TDs

vs DAL





       15       5.0    –









Simpson ’73
  Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches   Yards     YPC   TDs

at BLT





     —     —-     –







    55    13.7     0



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