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1941 Detroit Lions

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4-6-1, NFL West Division  · 1941 NFL Season Summary

Scored 121 points (11.0/g), 7th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 195 points (17.7/g), 6th.
 Differential of -74 points (-6.7/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 2.7-8.3.

Coach: Bill Edwards (4-6-1)

 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Team Info

Principal Owner Fred Mandel
General Manager Graham Smith

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 121 1829 548 3.3 31 11 6 86 58 187 854 5 20 4.6 29 361 975 7 2.7 51
Team Defense 195 3021 722 4.2 30 12 10 160 112 247 1605 8 18 6.5 61 475 1416 8 3.0 89
Lg Rank Offense 7 10 5 3 9 8 9 8 5 9 8 8 7 9
Lg Rank Defense 6 10 7 5 10 9 10 3 8 8 10 7 3 4

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 14 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 0 23 5 133 56 77 6 16 307 151 156 1
1 Sun September 21 boxscore L 0-2 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 7 14 10 142 54 88 3 15 312 197 115 2
2 Sat September 27 boxscore T 0-2-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 14 14 5 162 66 96 1 8 171 71 100
4 Sun October 12 boxscore W 1-2-1 Cleveland Rams 17 7 10 251 119 132 1 9 128 54 74 2
4 Sun October 19 boxscore L 1-3-1 @ Chicago Bears 0 49 10 108 24 84 5 20 383 209 174
6 Sun October 26 boxscore L 1-4-1 Green Bay Packers 7 24 12 192 115 77 5 18 438 211 227 2
8 Sun November 2 boxscore W 2-4-1 @ Cleveland Rams 14 0 6 121 25 96 9 201 151 50 5
8 Sun November 9 boxscore L 2-5-1 @ New York Giants 13 20 6 118 65 53 2 9 242 128 114 4
9 Sun November 16 boxscore W 3-5-1 Philadelphia Eagles 21 17 11 351 246 105 2 14 201 136 65 3
10 Sun November 23 boxscore L 3-6-1 Chicago Bears 7 24 3 93 15 78 6 25 390 166 224 3
11 Sun November 30 boxscore W 4-6-1 Chicago Cardinals 21 3 9 187 94 93 3 13 235 147 88 7

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Billy Jefferson 23 hb 11 2 18 72 25.0 181 0 0.0 9 12.5 32 2.5 -3.1 10.1 16.5 0.0 0 0
Whizzer White 24 KR/P/PR/TB 11 8 22 62 35.5 338 2 3.2 5 8.1 47 5.5 2.5 15.4 30.7 31.5 0 0
Cotton Price 23 tb 11 2 9 33 27.3 118 0 0.0 4 12.1 19 3.6 -1.9 13.1 10.7 2.4 0 0
Dick Booth 23 WB 11 5 5 8 62.5 135 2 25.0 1 12.5 71 16.9 16.3 27.0 12.3 106.2 0 0
Ned Mathews 23 wb 9 1 3 8 37.5 59 1 12.5 0 0.0 27 7.4 9.9 19.7 6.6 103.6 0 0
Harry Hopp 23 FB 10 6 0 3 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 33.3 0 0.0 -15.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Milt Piepul 23 fb 11 2 1 1 100.0 23 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 23.0 23.0 23.0 2.1 118.7 0 0
Team Total 24.0 11 58 187 31.0 854 5 2.7 20 10.7 71 4.6 0.3 14.7 77.6 16.3 0 0
Opp Total 11 112 247 45.3 1605 8 3.2 18 7.3 6.5 3.87 14.3 145.9 47.4 0 0 6.5 3.9 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Whizzer White 24 KR/P/PR/TB 11 8 89 240 2 20 2.7 21.8 8.1 5 158 31.6 1 71 0.5 14.4 398 3 0
Harry Hopp 23 FB 10 6 69 202 1 29 2.9 20.2 6.9 2 7 3.5 0 5 0.2 0.7 209 1 0
Billy Jefferson 23 hb 11 2 56 164 1 20 2.9 14.9 5.1 2 14 7.0 0 11 0.2 1.3 178 1 0
Ned Mathews 23 wb 9 1 31 56 0 16 1.8 6.2 3.4 6 56 9.3 0 18 0.7 6.2 112 0 0
Dick Booth 23 WB 11 5 29 80 1 17 2.8 7.3 2.6 7 103 14.7 0 36 0.6 9.4 183 1 0
Steve Belichick 22 fb 6 3 28 118 2 11 4.2 19.7 4.7 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.2 2.2 131 2 0
Milt Piepul 23 fb 11 2 20 56 0 13 2.8 5.1 1.8 56 0 0
Cotton Price 23 tb 11 2 16 36 0 13 2.3 3.3 1.5 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 42 0 0
Lloyd Cardwell 28 wb 4 2 10 19 0 12 1.9 4.8 2.5 19 0 0
Lou Tomasetti 25 fb 4 2 6 4 0 0 0.7 1.0 1.5 4 0 0
Lloyd Parsons 23 7 0 5 9 0 4 1.8 1.3 0.7 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.4 12 0 0
Augie Lio* 23 K/LG 11 7 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.4 0.1 -4 0 0
John Noppenberg 24 2 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -2.5 0.5 -5 0 0
Bill Fisk 25 LE 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 140 15.6 2 32 0.8 12.7 140 2 0
Stan Andersen 24 t 6 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 59 11.8 0 24 0.8 9.8 59 0 0
Bill Callihan 25 BB 11 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 34 8.5 0 22 0.4 3.1 34 0 0
Chuck Hanneman 27 e 6 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 48 12.0 1 46 0.7 8.0 48 1 0
John Jett 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 50 12.5 0 18 0.8 10.0 50 0 0
Paul Szakash 28 RE 10 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 77 25.7 0 47 0.3 7.7 77 0 0
Fred Vanzo 25 bb 6 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 20 10.0 0 12 0.3 3.3 20 0 0
Maurice Britt 22 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 45 45.0 1 45 0.1 5.0 45 1 0
Jack Mattiford 25 g 10 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.1 2.1 21 0 0
Team Total 24.0 11 361 975 7 29 2.7 88.6 32.8 58 854 14.7 5 71 5.3 77.6 1829 12 0
Opp Total 11 475 1416 8 3.0 128.7 43.2 112 1605 14.3 8 10.2 145.9 3021 16 20

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Whizzer White 24 KR/P/PR/TB 11 8 19 262 0 64 13.8 11 285 0 0 25.9 945
Billy Jefferson 23 hb 11 2 7 69 0 23 9.9 3 142 1 101 47.3 389
Ned Mathews 23 wb 9 1 1 3 0 3 3.0 9 233 0 0 25.9 348
Cotton Price 23 tb 11 2 3 48 0 23 16.0 2 51 0 0 25.5 141
Dick Booth 23 WB 11 5 4 122 0 0 30.5 305
Lloyd Cardwell 28 wb 4 2 3 25 0 12 8.3 1 22 0 22 22.0 66
Steve Belichick 22 fb 6 3 1 77 1 77 77.0 1 36 0 36 36.0 244
John Jett 23 5 0 2 24 0 0 12.0 74
Lou Tomasetti 25 fb 4 2 1 18 0 18 18.0 1 18 0 18 18.0 40
Stan Andersen 24 t 6 3 1 14 0 14 14.0 73
Augie Lio* 23 K/LG 11 7 1 7 0 7 7.0 3
John Noppenberg 24 2 0 1 24 0 24 24.0 19
Paul Szakash 28 RE 10 7 1 17 0 17 17.0 94
Team Total 24.0 11 35 502 1 77 14.3 38 995 1 101 26.2 3326
Opp Total 11 40 1389 1 34.7 29 628 0 21.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Whizzer White 24 KR/P/PR/TB 11 8 48 1997 63 0 41.6
Billy Jefferson 23 hb 11 2 20 750 72 0 37.5
Augie Lio* 23 K/LG 11 7 5 0.0% 13 12 92.3% 1 28 28 0 28.0
Chuck Hanneman 27 e 6 4 4 1 25.0% 4 4 100.0%
Cotton Price 23 tb 11 2 5 191 60 0 38.2
Harry Hopp 23 FB 10 6 2 84 50 0 42.0
Dick Booth 23 WB 11 5 1 25 25 0 25.0
Ned Mathews 23 wb 9 1 1 26 26 0 26.0
Milt Piepul 23 fb 11 2 1 35 35 0 35.0
Team Total 24.0 11 9 1 11.1% 17 16 94.1% 79 3136 72 0 39.7
Opp Total 11 18 9 50.0% 24 24 100.0% 67 1378 20.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Ned Mathews 23 wb 9 1 5 128 1 42 0
Augie Lio* 23 K/LG 11 7 3 12 0 8 0
Socko Wiethe 29 RG 8 5 2 8 0 8 0
Steve Belichick 22 fb 6 3 1 10 0 10 0
Dick Booth 23 WB 11 5 1 18 0 18 0
Tony Furst 23 RT 10 6 1 0 0 0 0
Harry Hopp 23 FB 10 6 1 3 0 3 0
Billy Jefferson 23 hb 11 2 1 12 0 12 0
Robert Nelson 21 c 9 2 1 41 0 41 0
Lou Tomasetti 25 fb 4 2 1 13 0 13 0
Whizzer White 24 KR/P/PR/TB 11 8 1 82 1 82 0
Team Total 24.0 11 18 327 2 82 0
Opp Total 11 20 8

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Whizzer White 24 KR/P/PR/TB 11 8 2 1 1 4 24
Steve Belichick 22 fb 6 3 2 1 3 18
Augie Lio* 23 K/LG 11 7 1 1 12 18
Chuck Hanneman 27 e 6 4 1 1 4 1 13
Bill Fisk 25 LE 11 8 2 2 12
Billy Jefferson 23 hb 11 2 1 1 2 12
Dick Booth 23 WB 11 5 1 1 6
Maurice Britt 22 9 0 1 1 6
Harry Hopp 23 FB 10 6 1 1 6
Ned Mathews 23 wb 9 1 1 1 6
Team Total 24.0 11 7 5 1 1 1 2 17 16 1 121
Opp Total 11 8 8 1 24 9 195