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1978 Detroit Lions (NFL)

3rd place • National Football Conference • Central Division • 7-9-0 .438
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Roster KeyStat Key
Head Coach: Monte Clark
Billy AtkinsDefensive Backs
Don DollSpecial Teams
Doug GerhartAdministrative Assistant
Fred HoaglinOffensive Line
Floyd PetersDefensive Line
Jimmy RayeOffensive Backs
Bob SchnelkerQuarterbacks/Receivers
Marty SchottenheimerLinebackers
SCORES
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendance
Sat8/5/1978HBuffalo Bills28-20WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome48474
Sat8/12/1978ACincinnati Bengals14-10WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium46243
Mon8/21/1978ACleveland Browns10-14LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium31345
Sat8/26/1978HBaltimore Colts7-13LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome49718
Sun9/3/1978HGreen Bay Packers7-13LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome51187
Sat9/9/1978ATampa Bay Buccaneers15-7WTampa, FLTampa Stadium64445
Sun9/17/1978HChicago Bears0-19LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome65982
Sun9/24/1978ASeattle Seahawks16-28LSeattle, WAKingdome56781
Sun10/1/1978AGreen Bay Packers14-35LMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium54601
Sun10/8/1978HWashington Redskins19-21LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome60555
Sun10/15/1978AAtlanta Falcons0-14LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium51172
Sun10/22/1978HSan Diego Chargers31-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome54031
Sun10/29/1978AChicago Bears21-17WChicago, ILSoldier Field53378
Sun11/5/1978AMinnesota Vikings7-17LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46008
Sun11/12/1978HTampa Bay Buccaneers34-23WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome60320
Sun11/19/1978AOakland Raiders17-29LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum44517
Thu11/23/1978HDenver Broncos17-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome71785
Sun12/3/1978ASt. Louis Cardinals14-21LSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium39200
Sat12/9/1978HMinnesota Vikings45-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome78685
Sun12/17/1978HSan Francisco 49ers33-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome56674

Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.

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ROSTER
PlayerNoPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
Jimmy Allen40FS6-219426Los Angeles Pierce JC; UCLA1414
Gary Anderson60ROG6-325023Stanford11
Bubba Baker60RDE6-627522Colorado State1616
Karl Baldischwiler76LOT6-527022Oklahoma1615
Luther Blue89WR5-1118024Iowa State1615
Lynn Boden62ROG-LOT6-526325South Dakota State1616
Andy Bolton43RB6-120524Fisk60
Luther Bradley27RCB6-219423Notre Dame1616
Willie Brock53C6-324623Mount Hood JC; Colorado40
Mike Burns29SS-FS6-018124Contra Costa JC; Southern California1511
Dexter Bussey24RB6-120526Oklahoma; Texas-Arlington1616
Ken Callicutt31RB6-119123Clemson130
Karl Chandler66C6-525026Princeton110
Bill Cooke72RDT6-524727Connecticut; Massachusetts123
Gary Danielson16QB6-219527Purdue1611
Tony Daykin58LB6-122023Georgia Tech160
Dan Dickel57LB6-322526Iowa40
Homer Elias61LOG6-325523Tennessee State1616
Doug English78RDT6-525625Texas1413
Bill Fifer70ROT6-425023West Texas A&M81
Amos Fowler65OG6-325322Southern Mississippi160
Lawrence Gaines38FB6-123025Wyoming131
Dave Gallagher71DT6-425626Michigan10
William Gay83TE6-526023San Diego CC; Southern California160
Dan Gray64DE6-624022Rutgers140
Donnie Green67OT6-726630Purdue70
Donnie Hickman63OG6-226123Southern California70
David Hill81TE6-224024Texas A&M-Kingsville1616
James Hunter28LCB6-219524Grambling State95
Ray Jarvis45WR6-019729Norfolk State22
Rick Kane32RB6-020024Oregon; San Jose State150
Horace King25FB5-1020525Georgia1515
Greg Landry11QB6-420532Massachusetts55
Tony Leonard26CB5-1116925Virginia Union30
Willie McGee88WR5-1117828Alcorn State40
Mike Montler63C6-426034Colorado44
Paul Naumoff50LLB6-121833Tennessee1513
Brad Oates74ROT6-627325Duke; Brigham Young1615
Ed O'Neil55MLB6-323526Penn State1616
Reggie Pinkney42SS6-018723East Carolina132
Ernie Price72LDE6-424528Texas A&M-Kingsville31
Dave Pureifory75LDE6-125529Eastern Michigan88
Joe Reed14QB6-119530Baylor; Mississippi State10
Bruce Rhodes33SS6-018726San Francisco State155
Benny Ricardo1K5-1017024Orange Coast JC; San Diego State160
Ken Sanders82LDE6-524228Howard Payne77
Freddie Scott47WR6-217526Amherst1613
Tom Skladany15P5-1119223Ohio State160
John Sokolosky53C6-223022Wayne State (Michigan)110
Tony Sumler31CB5-1018522Wichita State10
Larry Tearry54C6-326022Wake Forest1412
Nat Terry47CB5-1116522Florida State40
Jesse Thompson84WR6-118522California111
Leonard Thompson39WR5-1119026Arizona Western JC; Oklahoma State161
Dave Washington52LLB6-522430Alcorn State163
Charlie Weaver59RLB6-222529Arizona Western JC; Southern California1616
Walt Williams21LCB6-118524Ashland; New Mexico State1511
John Woodcock77LDT6-325724New Mexico; Hawaii1616
DRAFT LIST
RoundOverallPlayerPosCollege
111Luther BradleyDBNotre Dame
240Bubba BakerDEColorado State
494Bill FiferTWest Texas A&M
4107Homer EliasGTennessee State
5109Larry TearryCWake Forest
5121Amos FowlerGSouthern Mississippi
5123Dan GrayDERutgers
6150Dwight HicksDBMichigan
6153Tony ArdizzoneGNorthwestern
6165Jesse ThompsonWRCalifornia
7177Bruce GibsonRBPacific
8206Jim BreechKCalifornia
10262Freddie ArringtonLBPurdue
11289Richard MurrayDTOklahoma
12318Mark PattersonDBWashington State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thPTS
Team Totals701065757290
Opponents Totals50867589300
TEAM STATSTOP1st DownsFDRFDPFDX3rd Down Efficiency4th Down EfficiencyPENPENY
Team Totals2691051412375/236 31.8%/ %1251003
Opponents Totals2761151253676/220 34.5%/ %1281043
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Benny Ricardo0323397.0202871.4092
Dexter Bussey60000036
Horace King60000036
David Hill40000024
Jesse Thompson40000024
Leonard Thompson40000024
Luther Blue20000012
Rick Kane20000012
Freddie Scott20000012
Jimmy Allen1000006
Luther Bradley1000006
Lawrence Gaines1000006
Team Totals33323397.0202871.40290
Opponents Totals39383997.481361.52300
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCTBLLG1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Benny Ricardo202871.41483/37/76/84/90/1
Team Totals202871.41483/37/76/84/90/1
Opponents Totals81361.50/05/51/22/40/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Dexter Bussey2259244.1365
Horace King1556604.375t4
Lawrence Gaines541783.3121
Rick Kane441533.5192
Gary Danielson22934.2250
Freddie Scott45313.3360
Greg Landry5295.8190
Ed O'Neil12525.0250
David Hill3124.0130
Luther Blue591.8100
Tony Daykin188.080
Leonard Thompson177.070
Jesse Thompson273.5100
Andy Bolton252.530
Joe Reed100.000
Team Totals52521634.175t12
Opponents Totals56521843.976t18
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Gary Danielson35119919913522946.511.547185.1174.825237205773.5
Greg Landry774848284525.99.42011.311.32120524777.4
Tom Skladany100100.000.000.000039.6
Horace King000000012-2
Team Totals42924724716427466.411.147194.4184.247444230274.0
Opponents Totals35019119113727817.914.661195.4226.355482229972.6
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
David Hill5363311.9324
Horace King483968.3342
Freddie Scott3756415.2472
Luther Blue3135011.3262
Dexter Bussey312758.918t1
Jesse Thompson181759.7214
Rick Kane1616110.1260
Leonard Thompson1016716.745t4
Lawrence Gaines2168.090
Ray Jarvis199.090
Team Totals247274611.14719
Opponents Totals191278114.66119
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Jimmy Allen57014.0270
Ed O'Neil44912.3310
Luther Bradley38528.376t1
Charlie Weaver33210.7220
James Hunter2-4-2.000
Bruce Rhodes12424.0240
Reggie Pinkney12222.0220
Paul Naumoff11212.0120
Walt Williams122.020
Mike Burns100.000
Team Totals2229213.376t1
Opponents Totals18754.2230
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Tom Skladany86365442.5631719467304735.0
Team Totals87365442.0631719467304735.0
Opponents Totals87350040.259018430
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Jesse Thompson16216110.1350
Tony Leonard10011411.4240
Freddie Scott81556.9150
Luther Blue77598.4150
Leonard Thompson31196.390
James Hunter202110.5190
Walt Williams1011.010
Team Totals47114309.1350
Opponents Totals5484678.6490
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Jesse Thompson1434624.7420
Leonard Thompson820725.9310
Rick Kane815619.5270
Luther Blue717024.3600
Nat Terry714520.7300
Freddie Scott37224.0290
Ken Callicutt2126.0100
James Hunter12121.0210
Willie McGee100.000
Team Totals51112922.1600
Opponents Totals69142420.6770
SACKSNOYDS
Bubba Baker21.5
John Woodcock12.0
Doug English7.0
Dave Pureifory4.0
Charlie Weaver3.0
Ed O'Neil2.5
Ken Sanders2.5
Dave Gallagher1.0
Dan Gray1.0
Dan Gray1.0
Dave Washington0.5
Team Totals55.0482.0
Opponents Totals47.0444.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jimmy Allen1022641
Bubba Baker0001100
Luther Blue200000
Mike Burns0001100
Dexter Bussey920200
Ken Callicutt110100
Karl Chandler0002200
Gary Danielson5202-120
Tony Daykin0010100
Homer Elias0020200
Amos Fowler0001100
Lawrence Gaines120200
William Gay0001100
Dan Gray0001100
David Hill110100
Rick Kane100000
Horace King330300
Greg Landry320200
Brad Oates0010100
Ed O'Neil0001100
Reggie Pinkney0001100
Joe Reed1000-30
Bruce Rhodes0001100
Freddie Scott100000
Jesse Thompson400000
Leonard Thompson231400
Charlie Weaver0002200
John Woodcock0004400
Team Totals3515201939491
Opponents Totals41191715321
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