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1943 Detroit Lions

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3-6-1, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1943 NFL Season Summary

Scored 178 points (17.8/g), 6th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 218 points (21.8/g), 5th.
 Differential of -40 points (-4.0/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 3.8-6.2.

Coach: Gus Dorais (3-6-1)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: West Shore Golf Club (Grosse Ile Township, Michigan)

Team Info

Principal Owner Fred Mandel

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 178 2107 542 3.9 42 5 106 93 248 1290 11 37 5.2 46 294 817 10 2.8 49 59 472 11
Opp. Stats 218 2819 608 4.6 31 12 130 109 227 1606 16 19 7.1 54 381 1213 13 3.2 69 58 501 7
Lg Rank Offense 6 6 7 1 5 3 4 4 7 5 8 6 5 6
Lg Rank Defense 5 7 3 1 7 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

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 19 boxscore W 1-0 Chicago Cardinals 35 17 14 288 120 168 4 9 157 157 5
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0 Brooklyn Dodgers 27 0 12 226 132 94 3 8 82 84 -2 5
3 Sun October 3 boxscore L 2-1 Chicago Bears 21 27 14 182 77 105 3 13 396 267 129 4
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-2 @ Green Bay Packers 14 35 8 208 137 71 5 22 445 206 239 1
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-2 @ Chicago Cardinals 7 0 9 136 189 -53 1 10 84 46 38 3
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 3-3 Green Bay Packers 6 27 9 162 118 44 10 18 446 326 120 4
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 3-4 @ Chicago Bears 14 35 12 257 125 132 4 18 481 241 240 5
8 Sun November 7 boxscore T 3-4-1 New York Giants 0 0 6 130 28 102 1 3 84 3 81
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 3-5-1 @ Washington Redskins 20 42 10 250 170 80 6 12 286 180 106 2
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 3-6-1 @ Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers 34 35 12 268 194 74 5 17 358 96 262 2

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
Frankie Sinkwich 23 PR/TB 10 4 50 126 39.7 699 7 5.6 20 15.9 67 5.5 -0.5 14.0 69.9 37.2 0 0
Chuck Fenenbock 25 KR/tb 10 6 20 58 34.5 338 3 5.2 9 15.5 72 5.8 -0.1 16.9 33.8 32.8 0 0
Tom Colella 25 8 0 11 31 35.5 103 0 0.0 4 12.9 21 3.3 -2.5 9.4 12.9 5.9 0 0
Ned Mathews 25 WB 10 4 4 12 33.3 76 1 8.3 0 0.0 33 6.3 8.0 19.0 7.6 84.0 0 0
Harry Hopp 25 FB/P 10 9 5 8 62.5 60 0 0.0 0 0.0 36 7.5 7.5 12.0 6.0 85.4 0 0
Murray Evans 24 BB 9 5 1 5 20.0 8 0 0.0 2 40.0 8 1.6 -16.4 8.0 0.9 0.0 0 0
Elmer Hackney 27 fb 10 2 1 3 33.3 -1 0 0.0 0 0.0 -1 -0.3 -0.3 -1.0 -0.1 42.4 0 0
Art Van Tone 25 wb 10 2 1 3 33.3 7 0 0.0 1 33.3 7 2.3 -12.7 7.0 0.7 2.8 0 0
Bill Callihan 27 bb 10 4 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 25.4 10 93 248 37.5 1290 11 4.4 37 14.9 72 5.2 -0.6 13.9 129.0 30.2 0 0
Opp Total 10 109 227 48.0 1606 16 7.0 19 8.4 7.1 4.72 14.7 160.6 60.2 0 0 7.1 4.7 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 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
Frankie Sinkwich 23 PR/TB 10 4 93 266 1 17 2.9 26.6 9.3 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.8 274 1 0
Harry Hopp 25 FB/P 10 9 56 99 3 16 1.8 9.9 5.6 17 229 13.5 3 67 1.7 22.9 328 6 0
Chuck Fenenbock 25 KR/tb 10 6 46 180 0 25 3.9 18.0 4.6 5 45 9.0 1 33 0.5 4.5 225 1 0
Ned Mathews 25 WB 10 4 38 124 1 42 3.3 12.4 3.8 9 193 21.4 1 36 0.9 19.3 317 2 0
Elmer Hackney 27 fb 10 2 27 87 2 16 3.2 8.7 2.7 5 51 10.2 0 16 0.5 5.1 138 2 0
Tom Colella 25 8 0 15 24 0 18 1.6 3.0 1.9 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 23 0 0
Bill Callihan 27 bb 10 4 5 17 1 6 3.4 1.7 0.5 8 108 13.5 3 40 0.8 10.8 125 4 0
Mike Corgan 25 fb 4 1 5 14 0 8 2.8 3.5 1.3 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.3 2.3 23 0 0
Lloyd Cardwell 30 wb 7 2 3 6 0 2 2.0 0.9 0.4 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 1.3 15 0 0
Art Van Tone 25 wb 10 2 2 1 0 2 0.5 0.1 0.2 6 112 18.7 1 72 0.6 11.2 113 1 0
Murray Evans 24 BB 9 5 2 3 0 2 1.5 0.3 0.2 3 31 10.3 0 16 0.3 3.4 34 0 0
Ben Hightower 25 RE 8 7 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.6 0.1 10 172 17.2 1 46 1.3 21.5 167 1 0
Bob Keene 24 b 5 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 27 27.0 0 27 0.2 5.4 28 0 0
Jack Matheson 23 LG 9 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 156 12.0 1 46 1.4 17.3 156 1 0
Bill Fisk 27 LE 10 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 137 12.5 0 28 1.1 13.7 137 0 0
Bert Kuczynski 23 e 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.5 2.0 4 0 0
Team Total 25.4 10 294 817 8 42 2.8 81.7 29.4 93 1290 13.9 11 72 9.3 129.0 2107 19 0
Opp Total 10 381 1213 13 3.2 121.3 38.1 109 1606 14.7 16 10.9 160.6 2819 29 23

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Chuck Fenenbock 25 KR/tb 10 6 6 54 0 17 9.0 11 224 0 37 20.4 503
Frankie Sinkwich 23 PR/TB 10 4 11 228 0 77 20.7 5 128 0 43 25.6 630
Ned Mathews 25 WB 10 4 4 37 0 18 9.3 7 246 1 98 35.1 600
Lloyd Cardwell 30 wb 7 2 2 21 0 17 10.5 3 56 0 28 18.7 92
Harry Hopp 25 FB/P 10 9 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 3 57 0 30 19.0 378
Elmer Hackney 27 fb 10 2 1 40 1 40 40.0 2 36 0 20 18.0 214
Art Van Tone 25 wb 10 2 3 47 0 19 15.7 160
Bill Callihan 27 bb 10 4 2 5 0 4 2.5 130
Tom Colella 25 8 0 2 11 0 7 5.5 34
Gerry Conlee 29 c 10 2 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Bill Fisk 27 LE 10 9 1 5 0 5 5.0 142
Bob Keene 24 b 5 1 1 12 0 12 12.0 40
Jack Matheson 23 LG 9 3 1 19 0 19 19.0 175
Alex Wojciechowicz 28 C 9 8 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
Team Total 25.4 10 32 436 1 77 13.6 36 815 1 98 22.6 3358
Opp Total 10 29 1342 0 46.3 29 615 0 21.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring 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
Harry Hopp 25 FB/P 10 9 42 1643 60 0 39.1
Augie Lio 25 K/LT 10 9 11 2 18.2% 23 21 91.3%
Frankie Sinkwich 23 PR/TB 10 4 1 0.0% 12 551 64 0 45.9
Tom Colella 25 8 0 7 315 55 0 45.0
Chuck Fenenbock 25 KR/tb 10 6 4 184 56 0 46.0
Sam Busich 30 1 0 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 25.4 10 12 2 16.7% 24 22 91.7% 65 2693 64 0 41.4
Opp Total 10 10 3 30.0% 30 29 96.7% 66 2742 41.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
Ned Mathews 25 WB 10 4 4 44 0 22 0
Elmer Hackney 27 fb 10 2 2 94 0 63 0
Harry Hopp 25 FB/P 10 9 2 40 1 40 0
Art Van Tone 25 wb 10 2 2 29 0 24 0
Alex Wojciechowicz 28 C 9 8 2 14 0 14 0
Bill Callihan 27 bb 10 4 1 7 0 7 0
Gerry Conlee 29 c 10 2 1 2 0 2 0
Chuck Fenenbock 25 KR/tb 10 6 1 28 0 28 0
Ben Hightower 25 RE 8 7 1 9 0 9 0
Al Kaporch 30 RT 10 9 1 0 0 0 0
Augie Lio 25 K/LT 10 9 1 -2 0 -2 0
Frankie Sinkwich 23 PR/TB 10 4 1 39 1 39 0
Team Total 25.4 10 19 304 2 63 0
Opp Total 10 23 11

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
Harry Hopp 25 FB/P 10 9 3 3 1 2 9 54
Augie Lio 25 K/LT 10 9 21 23 2 11 27
Bill Callihan 27 bb 10 4 1 3 4 24
Elmer Hackney 27 fb 10 2 2 1 3 18
Ned Mathews 25 WB 10 4 1 1 1 3 18
Frankie Sinkwich 23 PR/TB 10 4 1 1 2 1 12
Chuck Fenenbock 25 KR/tb 10 6 1 1 6
Ben Hightower 25 RE 8 7 1 1 6
Jack Matheson 23 LG 9 3 1 1 6
Art Van Tone 25 wb 10 2 1 1 6
Sam Busich 30 1 0 1 1 1
Team Total 25.4 10 8 11 1 1 2 2 25 22 24 2 12 178
Opp Total 10 13 16 1 1 29 30 3 10 218

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1943-09-19 CRD W, 35-17 1 21 lateral Harry Hopp 21 yard lateral return (Augie Lio kick)
2 1943-09-19 CRD W, 35-17 2 8 pass Harry Hopp 8 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Augie Lio kick)
3 1943-09-19 CRD W, 35-17 2 17 pass Bill Callihan 17 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick)
4 1943-09-19 CRD W, 35-17 3 2 pass Harry Hopp 2 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Augie Lio kick)
5 1943-09-19 CRD W, 35-17 3 5 rush Ned Mathews 5 yard rush (Sam Busich kick)
6 1943-09-26 BKN W, 27-0 1 1 rush Harry Hopp 1 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
7 1943-09-26 BKN W, 27-0 2 31 pass Ben Hightower 31 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick)
8 1943-09-26 BKN W, 27-0 4 30 blocked punt Elmer Hackney 30 yard blocked punt return (Augie Lio kick)
9 1943-10-03 CHI L, 21-27 2 5 pass Bill Callihan 5 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick)
10 1943-10-03 CHI L, 21-27 2 40 interception Harry Hopp 40 yard interception return (Augie Lio kick)
11 1943-10-03 CHI L, 21-27 4 2 rush Bill Callihan 2 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
12 1943-10-10 @ GNB L, 14-35 2 21 pass Chuck Fenenbock 21 yard pass from Ned Mathews (Augie Lio kick)
13 1943-10-10 @ GNB L, 14-35 4 45 pass Harry Hopp 45 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick)
14 1943-10-17 @ CRD W, 7-0 3 67 pass Harry Hopp 67 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick)
15 1943-10-24 GNB L, 6-27 1 4 pass Ned Mathews 4 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
16 1943-10-31 @ CHI L, 14-35 3 4 rush Elmer Hackney 4 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
17 1943-10-31 @ CHI L, 14-35 3 1 rush Frankie Sinkwich 1 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
18 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 3 22 pass Jack Matheson 22 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
19 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 3 39 interception Frankie Sinkwich 39 yard interception return (Augie Lio kick)
20 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 4 40 pass Bill Callihan 40 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick)
21 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 2 98 kickoff Ned Mathews 98 yard kickoff return (Augie Lio kick)
22 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 2 88 rush Harry Hopp 88 yard rush
23 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 3 7 rush Elmer Hackney 7 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
24 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 4 88 lateral Harry Hopp 88 yard lateral return (Augie Lio kick)
25 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 4 71 pass Art Van Tone 71 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Augie Lio kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1943-09-19 CRD W, 35-17 2 8 blocked punt Don Currivan 8 yard blocked punt return (Dixie Stokes kick)
2 1943-09-19 CRD W, 35-17 4 9 pass Marshall Goldberg 9 yard pass from Joe Bukant (Dixie Stokes kick)
3 1943-10-03 CHI L, 21-27 1 64 pass Bill Geyer 64 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
4 1943-10-03 CHI L, 21-27 2 1 rush Harry Clarke 1 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
5 1943-10-03 CHI L, 21-27 3 26 pass Harry Clarke 26 yard pass from Sid Luckman
6 1943-10-03 CHI L, 21-27 3 42 pass Hampton Pool 42 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
7 1943-10-10 @ GNB L, 14-35 1 4 rush Ted Fritsch 4 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
8 1943-10-10 @ GNB L, 14-35 1 7 pass Lou Brock 7 yard pass from Tony Canadeo (Don Hutson kick)
9 1943-10-10 @ GNB L, 14-35 2 20 pass Andy Uram 20 yard pass from Tony Canadeo (Don Hutson kick)
10 1943-10-10 @ GNB L, 14-35 3 2 rush Irv Comp 2 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
11 1943-10-10 @ GNB L, 14-35 4 39 pass Andy Uram 39 yard pass from Tony Canadeo (Don Hutson kick)
12 1943-10-24 GNB L, 6-27 2 16 pass Don Hutson 16 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
13 1943-10-24 GNB L, 6-27 3 1 rush Lou Brock 1 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
14 1943-10-24 GNB L, 6-27 4 rush Lou Brock unknown yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
15 1943-10-31 @ CHI L, 14-35 1 3 rush Gary Famiglietti 3 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
16 1943-10-31 @ CHI L, 14-35 2 38 pass Harry Clarke 38 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
17 1943-10-31 @ CHI L, 14-35 3 51 pass Dante Magnani 51 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
18 1943-10-31 @ CHI L, 14-35 4 31 rush Gary Famiglietti 31 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
19 1943-10-31 @ CHI L, 14-35 4 25 pass Jim Benton 25 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
20 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 1 10 pass Bob Masterson 10 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
21 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 2 28 pass Bob Seymour 28 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
22 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 2 21 interception Lou Rymkus 21 yard interception return (Bob Masterson kick)
23 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 3 10 pass Bob Masterson 10 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
24 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 4 41 rush Andy Farkas 41 yard rush (Joe Aguirre kick)
25 1943-11-14 @ WAS L, 20-42 4 4 pass Joe Aguirre 4 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Joe Aguirre kick)
26 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 1 4 rush Johnny Butler 4 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
27 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 2 1 rush Jack Hinkle 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
28 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 3 2 rush Bob Thurbon 2 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
29 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 4 7 pass Larry Cabrelli 7 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
30 1943-11-21 @ PHI L, 34-35 4 2 rush Roy Zimmerman 2 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)