The 2nd Buffalo Bills Scorigami was never even a contest: 1968 vs Oakland
Eight years after their first experience with the magical phenomena, the Buffalo Bills took on the Oakland Raiders. This was never even a contest, as Raiders legends George Atkinson, Daryle Lamonica, and George Blanda did most of the scoring for the silver and black. The “Autumn Wind” Raiders mopped the floor with a 48-6 win.
Lamonica was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 12th round of the 1963 NFL draft and was also drafted in 24th round the by the Bills in the 24th round of the AFL draft. It’s important to remember at that time, those were two separate leagues.
Lamonica simply chose the Bills over the Packers because Green Bay’s scouting department never got back to him. Ironically, Vince Lombardi ran into him and told him that he would’ve been the starting QB for an injured Bart Starr. The rest is history.
"“I was at the Touchdown Club in Washington D.C. and Vince Lombardi sat right next to me,” Lamonica reminisced. “He said, ‘Daryle, I’d like to ask you a personal question. How come you didn’t sign with the Packers right out of Notre Dame?’ So I told him the same story: that the Packers scouting didn’t really get back to me. He said, ‘You know, Bart Starr got hurt this year. You would have been my starting quarterback.’ Still to this day, that’s one of the best things a coach or person, with my great respect for him, has ever said to me."
Lamonica would also be the Raiders starting quarterback in the team’s Super Bowl II loss to the Packers. That’s some irony right there.
Bills record so far: 0-2-1.