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1944 Detroit Lions

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6-3-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1944 NFL Season Summary

Scored 216 points (21.6/g), 4th of 11 in the NFL. Allowed 151 points (15.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 65 points (6.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.0-3.0.

Coach: Gus Dorais (6-3-1)

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 216 2616 533 4.9 36 8 7 106 89 207 1475 16 28 7.1 47 326 1141 14 3.5 52
Team Defense 151 2658 649 4.1 42 16 9 129 106 246 1442 15 26 5.9 57 403 1216 7 3.0 63
Lg Rank Offense 4 4 7 3 7 7 3 3 8 2 9 5 4 5
Lg Rank Defense 4 6 3 2 9 9 9 8 5 4 8 6 3 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 6 27 10 161 77 84 2 17 329 144 185 2
2 Sun October 8 boxscore W 1-1 Brooklyn Tigers 19 14 9 318 158 160 3 13 261 148 113 4
3 Sun October 15 boxscore L 1-2 Cleveland Rams 17 20 8 237 136 101 6 6 177 106 71 3
4 Sun October 22 boxscore T 1-2-1 @ Chicago Bears 21 21 15 318 129 189 2 15 404 199 205 2
5 Sun October 29 boxscore L 1-3-1 Green Bay Packers 0 14 10 196 93 103 5 11 227 112 115 3
6 Sun November 5 boxscore W 2-3-1 @ Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers 27 6 12 277 194 83 5 13 284 112 172 9
7 Sun November 12 boxscore W 3-3-1 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers 21 7 8 119 41 78 1 17 338 177 161 5
8 Sun November 19 boxscore W 4-3-1 Chicago Bears 41 21 10 324 170 154 3 19 314 167 147 4
9 Sun November 26 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Cleveland Rams 26 14 8 237 176 61 7 10 166 93 73 6
10 Sun December 3 boxscore W 6-3-1 Boston Yanks 38 7 17 414 308 106 4 8 151 163 -12 4

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+ 24 K/P/PR/TB 10 9 58 148 39.2% 1060 12 8.1 20 13.5 57 7.2 2.7 18.3 106.0 52.0 0 0
Bob Westfall 25 FB 10 10 23 47 48.9% 342 4 8.5 6 12.8 46 7.3 3.2 14.9 34.2 62.0 0 0
Jackie Lowther 22 8 0 7 10 70.0% 54 0 0.0 2 20.0 13 5.4 -3.6 7.7 6.8 43.3 0 0
Elmer Hackney 28 fb 10 1 1 1 100.0% 19 0 0.0 0 0.0 19 19.0 19.0 19.0 1.9 118.7 0 0
Art Van Tone 26 KR/WB 10 8 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.6 10 89 207 43.0% 1475 16 7.7 28 13.5 57 7.1 2.6 16.6 147.5 53.8 0 0
Opp Total 10 106 246 43.1% 1442 15 6.1 26 10.6 5.9 2.33 13.6 144.2 43.2 0 0 5.9 2.3 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+ 24 K/P/PR/TB 10 9 150 563 6 72 3.8 56.3 15.0 563 6 0
Bob Westfall 25 FB 10 10 65 277 3 75 4.3 27.7 6.5 16 218 13.6 2 45 1.6 21.8 495 5 0
Elmer Hackney 28 fb 10 1 58 184 4 16 3.2 18.4 5.8 8 48 6.0 1 10 0.8 4.8 232 5 0
Art Van Tone 26 KR/WB 10 8 25 30 1 26 1.2 3.0 2.5 9 237 26.3 4 43 0.9 23.7 267 5 0
Bob Keene 25 b 10 2 9 26 0 7 2.9 2.6 0.9 5 91 18.2 2 46 0.5 9.1 117 2 0
Jackie Lowther 22 8 0 9 18 0 11 2.0 2.3 1.1 18 0 0
Tony Aiello 23 4 0 6 22 0 5 3.7 5.5 1.5 22 0 0
Fred Dawley 23 2 0 2 16 0 13 8.0 8.0 1.0 16 0 0
Bill Callihan 28 BB 10 10 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.3 0.1 8 67 8.4 0 21 0.8 6.7 70 0 0
Buzz Trebotich 24 10 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 2 0 0
Jack Matheson 24 RE 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 361 15.7 3 44 2.3 36.1 361 3 0
Dave Diehl 26 LE 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 426 23.7 4 57 1.8 42.6 426 4 0
Wayne Clark 26 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 27 13.5 0 19 0.3 3.4 27 0 0
Team Total 25.6 10 326 1141 14 75 3.5 114.1 32.6 89 1475 16.6 16 57 8.9 147.5 2616 30 0
Opp Total 10 403 1216 7 3.0 121.6 40.3 106 1442 13.6 15 10.6 144.2 2658 22 25

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
Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 K/P/PR/TB 10 9 11 148 0 25 13.5 6 144 0 31 24.0 855
Art Van Tone 26 KR/WB 10 8 5 70 0 20 14.0 9 227 1 92 25.2 564
Bob Keene 25 b 10 2 7 128 0 25 18.3 4 93 0 27 23.3 338
Bob Westfall 25 FB 10 10 3 38 0 19 12.7 3 79 0 31 26.3 612
Bill Callihan 28 BB 10 10 3 46 0 20 15.3 116
Jackie Lowther 22 8 0 2 28 0 21 14.0 46
Tony Aiello 23 4 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 31
Al Kaporch 31 RG 10 10 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Sonny Liles 25 9 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
Team Total 25.6 10 31 440 0 25 14.2 25 589 1 92 23.6 3645
Opp Total 10 20 1501 0 75.1 39 898 0 23.0

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
Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 K/P/PR/TB 10 9 8 2 25.0%% 30 24 80.0%% 45 1845 73 0 41.0
Jackie Lowther 22 8 0 5 205 58 0 41.0
Art Van Tone 26 KR/WB 10 8 2 94 50 0 47.0
Bob Keene 25 b 10 2 1 30 30 0 30.0
Bob Westfall 25 FB 10 10 1 11 11 0 11.0
Team Total 25.6 10 8 2 25.0%% 30 24 80.0%% 54 2185 73 0 40.5
Opp Total 10 3 0.0%% 22 19 86.4%% 57 308 5.4

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
Alex Wojciechowicz 29 C 10 10 7 88 0 50 0
Art Van Tone 26 KR/WB 10 8 4 16 0 11 0
Elmer Hackney 28 fb 10 1 3 41 0 20 0
Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 K/P/PR/TB 10 9 3 28 0 18 0
John Greene 24 LG 9 5 2 22 0 15 0
Bob Keene 25 b 10 2 2 14 0 14 0
Al Kaporch 31 RG 10 10 1 1 0 1 0
Sonny Liles 25 9 0 1 14 0 14 0
Jackie Lowther 22 8 0 1 32 0 32 0
Jack Matheson 24 RE 10 10 1 21 0 21 0
Bob Westfall 25 FB 10 10 1 30 0 30 0
Team Total 25.6 10 26 307 0 50 0
Opp Total 10 25 9

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
Frankie Sinkwich+ 24 K/P/PR/TB 10 9 6 6 24 2 66
Art Van Tone 26 KR/WB 10 8 1 4 1 6 36
Elmer Hackney 28 fb 10 1 4 1 5 30
Bob Westfall 25 FB 10 10 3 2 5 30
Dave Diehl 26 LE 10 10 4 4 24
Jack Matheson 24 RE 10 10 3 3 18
Bob Keene 25 b 10 2 2 2 12
Team Total 25.6 10 14 16 1 31 24 2 216
Opp Total 10 7 15 19 151

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1944-10-01 @ GNB L, 6-27 1 5 pass Bob Westfall 5 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
2 1944-10-08 BKN W, 19-14 2 4 rush Frankie Sinkwich 4 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
3 1944-10-08 BKN W, 19-14 3 72 rush Frankie Sinkwich 72 yard rush
4 1944-10-08 BKN W, 19-14 3 1 rush Bob Westfall 1 yard rush
5 1944-10-15 RAM L, 17-20 1 39 pass Art Van Tone 39 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
6 1944-10-15 RAM L, 17-20 1 5 rush Frankie Sinkwich 5 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
7 1944-10-22 @ CHI T, 21-21 2 1 rush Bob Westfall 1 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
8 1944-10-22 @ CHI T, 21-21 3 17 pass Jack Matheson 17 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
9 1944-10-22 @ CHI T, 21-21 3 75 rush Bob Westfall 75 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
10 1944-11-05 @ CRD W, 27-6 1 19 pass Art Van Tone 19 yard pass from Bob Westfall (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
11 1944-11-05 @ CRD W, 27-6 1 15 pass Bob Westfall 15 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
12 1944-11-05 @ CRD W, 27-6 1 5 rush Frankie Sinkwich 5 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
13 1944-11-05 @ CRD W, 27-6 3 10 pass Art Van Tone 10 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
14 1944-11-12 CRD W, 21-7 1 1 rush Art Van Tone 1 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
15 1944-11-12 CRD W, 21-7 2 2 rush Frankie Sinkwich 2 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
16 1944-11-12 CRD W, 21-7 4 12 rush Frankie Sinkwich 12 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
17 1944-11-19 CHI W, 41-21 1 43 pass Art Van Tone 43 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
18 1944-11-19 CHI W, 41-21 2 5 pass Jack Matheson 5 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
19 1944-11-19 CHI W, 41-21 2 92 kickoff Art Van Tone 92 yard kickoff return (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
20 1944-11-19 CHI W, 41-21 3 22 pass Bob Keene 22 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
21 1944-11-19 CHI W, 41-21 3 41 pass Jack Matheson 41 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
22 1944-11-19 CHI W, 41-21 3 8 rush Elmer Hackney 8 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
23 1944-11-26 @ RAM W, 26-14 2 57 pass Dave Diehl 57 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
24 1944-11-26 @ RAM W, 26-14 3 33 pass Dave Diehl 33 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich
25 1944-11-26 @ RAM W, 26-14 4 5 rush Elmer Hackney 5 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
26 1944-11-26 @ RAM W, 26-14 4 5 pass Dave Diehl 5 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
27 1944-12-03 BOS W, 38-7 1 46 pass Bob Keene 46 yard pass from Bob Westfall (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
28 1944-12-03 BOS W, 38-7 2 14 pass Dave Diehl 14 yard pass from Bob Westfall (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
29 1944-12-03 BOS W, 38-7 2 4 rush Elmer Hackney 4 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
30 1944-12-03 BOS W, 38-7 3 10 pass Elmer Hackney 10 yard pass from Bob Westfall (Frankie Sinkwich kick)
31 1944-12-03 BOS W, 38-7 3 4 rush Elmer Hackney 4 yard rush (Frankie Sinkwich kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1944-10-01 @ GNB W, 27-6 2 16 pass Paul Duhart 16 yard pass from Lou Brock (Don Hutson kick)
2 1944-10-01 @ GNB W, 27-6 3 11 rush Ted Fritsch 11 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
3 1944-10-01 @ GNB W, 27-6 3 3 pass Don Hutson 3 yard pass from Irv Comp
4 1944-10-01 @ GNB W, 27-6 4 11 pass Irv Comp 11 yard pass from Lou Brock (Don Hutson kick)
5 1944-10-08 BKN L, 14-19 2 65 pass Ray Hare 65 yard pass from Charlie McGibbony (Bruiser Kinard kick)
6 1944-10-08 BKN L, 14-19 4 1 rush Pug Manders 1 yard rush (Bruiser Kinard kick)
7 1944-10-15 RAM W, 20-17 2 27 rush Albie Reisz 27 yard rush
8 1944-10-15 RAM W, 20-17 3 9 pass Steve Pritko 9 yard pass from Tom Colella (Walter West kick)
9 1944-10-15 RAM W, 20-17 4 48 pass Steve Pritko 48 yard pass from Albie Reisz (Walter West kick)
10 1944-10-22 @ CHI T, 21-21 1 61 pass Tipp Mooney 61 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
11 1944-10-22 @ CHI T, 21-21 2 38 pass Ray McLean 38 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
12 1944-10-22 @ CHI T, 21-21 4 28 pass Ray McLean 28 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
13 1944-10-29 GNB W, 14-0 1 1 rush Ted Fritsch 1 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
14 1944-10-29 GNB W, 14-0 2 29 pass Joe Laws 29 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
15 1944-11-05 @ CRD L, 6-27 4 8 pass Tony Bova 8 yard pass from John Grigas
16 1944-11-12 CRD L, 7-21 4 1 rush Bob Thurbon 1 yard rush (Conway Baker kick)
17 1944-11-19 CHI L, 21-41 2 20 pass Connie Mack Berry 20 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
18 1944-11-19 CHI L, 21-41 2 6 pass Connie Mack Berry 6 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
19 1944-11-19 CHI L, 21-41 4 8 pass Abe Croft 8 yard pass from Gene Ronzani (Pete Gudauskas kick)
20 1944-11-26 @ RAM L, 14-26 1 1 rush Lou Zontini 1 yard rush (Lou Zontini kick)
21 1944-11-26 @ RAM L, 14-26 2 1 rush Jim Gillette 1 yard rush (Lou Zontini kick)
22 1944-12-03 BOS L, 7-38 3 12 pass Keith Ranspot 12 yard pass from George Cafego (Augie Lio kick)