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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 4: Cribbs has a big day in win

Oct. 4, 1981 - No one has done an "all-underrated Bills' all-time team,” at least as of this writing.

Of course, would it be proper to publicize such a team, or should they just quietly be ignored?

In any case, sometimes it's easy to forget that Joe Cribbs was a pretty good running back for the Bills during the 1980s. He lost some popularity points locally when he jumped to Birmingham of the USFL, but he was a big contributor when he was here.

On this day in 1981, Cribbs had one of the best games of his career. He ran for 159 yards on only 17 carries, including a 35-yard romp. He also caught three passes.

The Bills jumped out to a 14-0 lead and went on to a 23-17 win over the Baltimore Colts. Joe Ferguson threw a touchdown pass to Jerry Butler, Roosevelt Leaks ran for another score and Nick Mike-Mayer kicked three field goals. Bert Jones threw two touchdown passes for the Colts.

   Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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