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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
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Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 178 2107 542 3.9 42 5 11 106 93 248 1290 11 37 5.2 46 294 817 10 2.8 49
Team Defense 218 2819 608 4.6 31 12 7 130 109 227 1606 16 19 7.1 54 381 1213 13 3.2 69
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

W# 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
3 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-2 @ Green Bay Packers 14 35 8 208 137 71 5 22 445 206 239 1
4 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
6 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
6 Sun November 14 boxscore L 3-5-1 @ Washington Redskins 20 42 10 250 170 80 6 12 286 180 106 2
8 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. Player 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 SkYds 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. Player 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. Player 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. Player 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. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD 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. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM 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 2 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 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
Team Total 25.4 10 8 11 1 1 2 2 25 22 2 178
Opp Total 10 13 16 1 29 3 218

Touchdown Log

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