The Buffalo Bills came into pro football in 1960 as one of the original members of the American Football League. All through their time in that league and after the merger with the National Football League, the team has usually featured a somewhat powerful offense. The backbone of that offense has often been the quarterback and the passing game.
Let’s take a look at the four biggest passing days in Buffalo Bills history.
September 15th, 2002 – Drew Bledsoe
It was just the second game of the 2002 season when Drew Bledsoe seemed to catch lightning in a bottle for the Bills and throw for more yards in one game than any quarterback ever had for the team. He would finish the day with 35 completions on 49 attempts for 463 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. This was an away game that they would win against the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 45-39.
October 9th, 1983 – Joe Ferguson
Week six of the 1983 season saw the Bills travel to the home stadium of the rival Miami Dolphins. They would win the game 38-35, and in the process quarterback Joe Ferguson would set the then team record for passing yards in a game. He would complete 38 of 55 passing attempts for 419 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception.
October 6th, 2002 – Drew Bledsoe
Just three weeks after his first 400 yard game for the team, Drew Bledsoe would do it again. This time he would complete 32 of 53 passes for 417 yards, two touchdowns, but had three interceptions. The Bills would lose this game to the visiting Oakland Raiders by the score of 49-31.
September 13th, 1992 – Jim Kelly
The great Jim Kelly had one 400 yard passing game for the Bills too. During this game on the road against the very challenging San Francisco 49ers, Kelly would complete 22 of 33 passes for 403 yards, three touchdowns, with one interception. The Bills would come away victorious too, 34-31.
Through 2009, the Buffalo Bills have had four 400+ yard passing games by quarterbacks in their team history. The quarterbacks who have played for the team and never accomplished this include Jack Kemp, Doug Flutie, Vince Ferragamo, J.P. Losman, Rob Johnson, Alex Van Pelt, and Todd Collins.