The 1965 Buffalo Bills season was the team’s sixth season in the American Football League. Though not as statistically dominant as the previous season, the Bills won a second consecutive league championship. Although Buffalo's offense was in the middle of the pack in 1965, it was their dominant team defense that kept them atop the league's standings. Buffalo gave up only 226 points (16.1 per game), fewest in the AFL, and one point fewer than AFL Championship runner-up San Diego. The Bills' opportunistic defense led the league in interceptions, with 32, and gave up a league-low four rushing touchdowns all season. Between week 6 of the 1964 season, through week eight of the 1965 season, including two 1964 playoff games, the Bills' defense did not allow a touchdown by rushing, a Professional Football record that still stands. The Bills, who had led the AFL in points, rushing yards and total yards the previous season, suffered significantly after losing star running back Cookie Gilchrist in the offseason. Statistically, the Bills dropped to 6th (out of 8) in rushing yards, and 7th in passing yards. Still, they managed to finish 3rd in the AFL in points scored, with 313 (22.3 per game). The Bills' turnover ratio was +18, best in the AFL, and fourth best in AFL history. Buffalo's +87 point differential was second-best in the league in 1965. Seven Bills made the 1965 AFL All-Star team: safety George Saimes, cornerback Butch Byrd, linebacker Mike Stratton, defensive tackle Tom Sestak, guard Billy Shaw, kicker Pete Gogolak, and quarterback Jack Kemp.Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1965 AFL All-Pros



Final roster


The Bills lost All-AFL running back Cookie Gilchrist to the Denver Broncos after the 1964 season. Bills running back Wray Carlton would take over as the Bills' lead back.

AFL Draft

Regular season


Season schedule

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Player stats





AFL Championship Game

Buffalo Bills 23, San Diego Chargers 0 :''December 26, 1965, at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California''
Attendance: 30,361 Scoring * BUF – Warlick 18 pass from Kemp (Gogolak kick) * BUF – Byrd 74 punt return (Gogolak kick) * BUF – Field goal Gogolak 11 * BUF – Field goal Gogolak 39 * BUF – Field goal Gogolak 32

AFL All-Star Game

Awards and Records

* Lou Saban, Coach of the Year


Buffalo Bills on Pro Football Reference

Buffalo Bills on jt-sw.com
{{DEFAULTSORT:1965 Buffalo Bills Season Buffalo Bills Category:American Football League championship seasons Category:Buffalo Bills seasons Category:1965 in sports in New York (state)