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1961 Detroit Lions (NFL)
2nd place Western Conference 8-5-1 .615
Head Coach: George Wilson
Les Bingaman Defensive Line
Aldo Forte Offensive Line
Ray McLean Offensive Backs
Bob Nussbaumer Coaches Assistant
Don Shula Defense-Linebackers/Defensive Backs
SCORES
Day Date Opponent Score Location Venue Attendance Notes
Fri 8/11/1961 H Cleveland Browns 35-7 W Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 25605
Wed 8/16/1961 A Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14 W Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Stadium 13723
Fri 8/25/1961 H Philadelphia Eagles 14-23 L Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 22011
Fri 9/1/1961 H St. Louis Cardinals 20-7 W Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 12621
Sat 9/9/1961 A Cleveland Browns 35-17 W Cleveland, OH Cleveland Stadium 41374
Sun 9/17/1961 A Green Bay Packers 17-13 W Milwaukee, WI County Stadium 44307
Sun 9/24/1961 A Baltimore Colts 16-15 W Baltimore, MD Memorial Stadium 54259
Sun 10/1/1961 H San Francisco 49ers 0-49 L Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 53155
Sun 10/8/1961 H Chicago Bears 17-31 L Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 50521
Sun 10/15/1961 H Los Angeles Rams 14-13 W Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 45873
Sun 10/22/1961 H Baltimore Colts 14-17 L Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 53016
Sun 10/29/1961 A Los Angeles Rams 28-10 W Los Angeles, CA Memorial Coliseum 49123
Sun 11/5/1961 A San Francisco 49ers 20-20 T San Francisco, CA Kezar Stadium 56878
Sun 11/12/1961 A St. Louis Cardinals 45-14 W St. Louis, MO Busch Stadium 20230
Sun 11/19/1961 A Minnesota Vikings 37-10 W Bloomington, MN Metropolitan Stadium 32296
Thu 11/23/1961 H Green Bay Packers 9-17 L Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 55662
Sun 12/3/1961 A Chicago Bears 16-15 W Chicago, IL Wrigley Field 47394
Sun 12/10/1961 H Minnesota Vikings 13-7 W Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 42655
Sun 12/17/1961 H Philadelphia Eagles 24-27 L Detroit, MI Tiger Stadium 44231
Sat 1/6/1962 N Philadelphia Eagles 38-10 W Miami, FL Orange Bowl 25612 Playoff Bowl
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
ROSTER
No Player Pos Ht Wt Age College GP GS
41 Terry Barr FL-LS 6-0 189 26 Michigan 14 14
57 Carl Brettschneider LLB 6-1 223 30 Iowa State 12 12
76 Roger Brown RDT 6-5 298 24 Maryland-Eastern Shore 14 13
40 Howard Cassady HB 5-10 183 27 Ohio State 14 0
89 Gail Cogdill SE-SB 6-2 200 24 Washington State 14 14
87 Glenn Davis SE 6-0 180 27 Ohio State 8 2
80 Jim Gibbons TE 6-2 220 25 Iowa 14 14
53 Bill Glass RDE 6-5 252 26 Baylor 14 13
79 John Gonzaga LOT 6-3 247 28 none 13 11
75 John Gordy ROG 6-3 248 26 Tennessee 14 13
71 Alex Karras LDT 6-2 248 26 Iowa 14 14
81 Dick Lane LCB 6-1 194 32 Western Nebraska JC 14 14
77 Danny LaRose ROT 6-5 250 22 Missouri 14 11
28 Yale Lary RS-P 6-0 187 31 Texas A&M 14 14
44 Dick LeBeau RCB 6-0 185 24 Ohio State 14 13
45 Danny Lewis HB 6-1 199 25 Wisconsin 13 11
43 Gary Lowe LS 5-11 196 27 Michigan State 14 14
21 Bruce Maher RCB 5-11 190 24 Detroit Mercy 12 1
72 Gil Mains DT 6-2 243 32 Murray State 3 0
47 Jim Martin K 6-2 227 37 Notre Dame 13 0
70 Willie McClung ROT 6-2 250 31 Florida A&M 3 3
78 Darris McCord LDE 6-4 250 28 Tennessee 14 14
54 Max Messner LLB-RLB-MLB 6-3 225 23 Cincinnati 14 2
67 Dick Mills LOG 6-3 240 22 Pittsburgh 14 0
14 Earl Morrall QB-P 6-2 205 27 Michigan State 13 6
15 Jim Ninowski QB 6-1 206 25 Michigan State 13 8
0 Johnny Olszewski HB-FB 5-11 200 31 California 14 1
33 Nick Pietrosante FB 6-2 225 24 Notre Dame 14 14
56 Joe Schmidt MLB 6-1 220 29 Pittsburgh 14 14
50 Bob Scholtz C 6-4 250 24 Notre Dame 14 14
66 Harley Sewell LOG 6-1 230 30 Texas 14 14
73 Ollie Spencer LOT-ROG 6-2 245 30 Kansas 13 4
20 Jim Steffen LLB-RLB-DB 6-0 196 25 Santa Ana JC; UCLA 8 0
25 Pat Studstill FL 6-1 176 23 Houston 14 0
55 Wayne Walker RLB-K 6-2 225 25 Idaho 14 14
74 Paul Ward LDT 6-3 247 24 Whitworth 8 0
34 Ken Webb FB 5-11 207 26 Presbyterian 11 0
61 Bob Whitlow LOG 6-1 236 25 Compton JC; Arizona 6 0
88 Sam Williams RDE-LDE 6-5 235 30 Michigan State 12 0
DRAFT LIST
Round Overall Player Pos College Notes
2 23 Danny Larose E Missouri
3 34 Dick Mills T Pittsburgh
3 38 Houston Antwine G Southern Illinois
4 51 Ronnie Hartline FB Oklahoma
5 66 Earl Faison E Indiana
5 70 Ron Puckett T Los Angeles State
8 107 Larry Muff E Benedictine (Kansas)
9 122 Bob Brooks FB Ohio University
10 135 Errol Linden E Houston
11 150 Larry Vargo E Detroit Mercy
12 163 Tom Rodgers B Kentucky
13 178 Paul Hodge LB Pittsburgh
14 191 Charley Bowers HB Northern Arizona
15 206 Mike Lauber E Wisconsin-River Falls
16 219 Gus Krantz T Northern Michigan
17 234 Tom Goode LB Mississippi State
18 247 John Gregor T Montana
19 262 Gene Valesano B Northern Michigan
20 275 Tom Lewis B Lake Forest
SCORING BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Team Totals 36 78 88 68
Opponents Totals 50 57 64 87
TEAM STATS TOP 1ST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty 3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4TH DOWN EFFICIENCY PEN YDS
Team Totals 233 96 122 15 / % / % 69 678
Opponents Totals 222 89 121 12 / % / % 39 381
SCORING TD X1 X1A PCT FG FGA PCT SAF PTS
Jim Martin 0 25 26 96.2 15 30 50.0 0 70
Terry Barr 6 0 0 0 0 0 36
Gail Cogdill 6 0 0 0 0 0 36
Jim Ninowski 5 0 0 0 0 0 30
Nick Pietrosante 5 0 0 0 0 0 30
Danny Lewis 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Howard Cassady 2 0 0 0 0 0 12
Jim Gibbons 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Joe Schmidt 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Pat Studstill 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Wayne Walker 0 6 6 100.0 0 3 0.0 0 6
Ken Webb 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Gary Lowe 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Team Totals 32 31 32 96.9 15 33 45.5 1 270
Opponents Totals 28 28 28 100.0 20 34 58.8 1 258
FIELD GOALS MADE ATT PCT 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Jim Martin 15 30 50.0 4/ 4/ 3/ 4/ 0/
Wayne Walker 0 3 0.0 0/ 0/ 0/ 0/ 0/
Team Totals 15 33 45.5 4/ 4/ 3/ 4/ 0/
Opponents Totals 20 34 58.8 9/ 3/ 4/ 3/ 1/
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Nick Pietrosante 201 841 4.2 42 5
Danny Lewis 110 451 4.1 27 4
Jim Ninowski 33 238 7.2 40t 5
Howard Cassady 31 131 4.2 14 1
Johnny Olszewski 30 109 3.6 15 0
Earl Morrall 20 86 4.3 25 0
Yale Lary 1 14 14.0 14 0
Ken Webb 7 6 0.9 3 1
Terry Barr 6 -8 -1.3 9 0
Team Totals 439 1868 4.3 42 16
Opponents Totals 412 1520 3.7 14
PASSING ATT COM PCT INC YDS Y/ATT Y/COM LG TD TD% INT INT% TS YL NYP RTG
Jim Ninowski 247 117 47.4 112 1921 7.8 16.4 84t 7 2.8 18 7.3 212 1709 53.0
Earl Morrall 150 69 46.0 72 909 6.1 13.2 61t 7 4.7 9 6.0 74 835 56.2
Howard Cassady 1 0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 39.6
Team Totals 398 186 46.7 185 2830 7.1 15.2 84t 14 3.5 27 6.8 286 2544 54.1
Opponents Totals 385 203 52.7 153 2744 7.1 13.5 98t 11 2.9 29 7.5 326 2418 53.9
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG LG TD
Gail Cogdill 45 956 21.2 84t 6
Jim Gibbons 45 566 12.6 36 1
Terry Barr 40 630 15.8 61t 6
Nick Pietrosante 26 315 12.1 76 0
Glenn Davis 9 115 12.8 19 0
Danny Lewis 8 118 14.8 22 0
Pat Studstill 5 54 10.8 25 0
Howard Cassady 5 45 9.0 26 1
Johnny Olszewski 1 14 14.0 14 0
Sam Williams 1 10 10.0 10 0
Ken Webb 1 7 7.0 7 0
Team Totals 186 2830 15.2 84t 14
Opponents Totals 203 2744 13.5 11
INTERCEPTIONS INT YDS AVG LG TD
Yale Lary 6 95 15.8 42 0
Dick Lane 6 73 12.2 32 0
Gary Lowe 5 16 3.2 11 0
Joe Schmidt 4 38 9.5 26 1
Dick LeBeau 3 45 15.0 33 0
Wayne Walker 2 16 8.0 12 0
Darris McCord 1 11 11.0 11 0
Roger Brown 1 10 10.0 10 0
Bruce Maher 1 8 8.0 8 0
Team Totals 29 312 10.8 42 1
Opponents Totals 27 314 11.6 0
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG BL TB I20 RYDS NYDS NET
Yale Lary 52 2519 48.4 71 0 9 39.9
Earl Morrall 3 113 37.7 43 0
Pat Studstill 1 32 32.0 32 0
Team Totals 56 2664 47.6 71 0 273 42.7
Opponents Totals 67 2880 43.0 357
PUNT RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Howard Cassady 16 159 9.9 21 0
Jim Steffen 11 95 8.6 45 0
Pat Studstill 8 75 9.4 26 0
Jim Gibbons 1 14 14.0 14 0
Yale Lary 1 8 8.0 8 0
Dick Lane 1 6 6.0 6 0
Team Totals 38 357 9.4 45 0
Opponents Totals 21 273 13.0 1
KICKOFF RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Pat Studstill 16 448 28.0 100t 1
Jim Steffen 19 435 22.9 0
Howard Cassady 9 127 14.1 23 0
Johnny Olszewski 4 59 14.8 23 0
Bruce Maher 1 19 19.0 19 0
Sam Williams 1 4 4.0 4 0
Ken Webb 0 5 5L 0
Team Totals 50 1097 21.9 100t 1
Opponents Totals 49 1184 24.2 105t 2
FUMBLES NO LOST OWN OPP REC YDS TD
Carl Brettschneider 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Roger Brown 0 0 0 3 3 29 0
Howard Cassady 2 1 0 1 0 0
Glenn Davis 1 1 0 1 0 0
Jim Gibbons 0 0 2 0 2 0 0
Bill Glass 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Alex Karras 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Dick LeBeau 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Danny Lewis 4 0 0 0 0 0
Gary Lowe 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
Earl Morrall 6 3 0 3 0 0
Jim Ninowski 4 0 0 0 0 0
Nick Pietrosante 7 1 0 1 0 0
Bob Scholtz 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Harley Sewell 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Wayne Walker 0 0 0 2 2 10 0
Ken Webb 1 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 25 15 10 12 22 39 0
Opponents Totals 21 12 9 15 24 0
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