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1951 Detroit Lions

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7-4-1, Finished 2nd in NFL National Division  · 1951 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: 3.7, Defense: 0.5, SoS: -2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 336 points (28.0/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 259 points (21.6/g), 5th.
 Differential of 77 points (6.4/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 7.8-4.2.

Coach: Buddy Parker (7-4-1)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

Team Info

Partial Owner/President Edwin Anderson
Partial Owner Lyle Fife
General Manager Nick Kerbawy

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 336 4188 780 5.4 33 9 17 231 158 351 2347 29 24 6.3 105 410 1841 11 4.5 109
Team Defense 259 3864 860 4.5 31 16 26 235 181 374 2355 18 15 5.8 107 454 1509 13 3.3 102
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 1 1 4 4 3 1 5 2 10 6 9 3
Lg Rank Defense 5 7 11 4 9 11 11 8 12 8 5 3 5 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 Washington Redskins 35 17 30 515 310 205 1 18 286 99 187
2 Mon October 8 boxscore W 2-0 New York Yanks 37 10 16 307 148 159 1 18 258 151 107 3
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 2-1 Los Angeles Rams 21 27 14 197 70 127 4 20 422 272 150 3
4 Sun October 21 boxscore T 2-1-1 New York Yanks 24 24 24 407 326 81 2 19 242 178 64 1
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 2-2-1 Chicago Bears 23 28 19 418 299 119 4 17 384 243 141 2
6 Sun November 4 boxscore W 3-2-1 @ Green Bay Packers 24 17 16 347 151 196 4 18 255 213 42 3
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 4-2-1 @ Chicago Bears 41 28 24 436 259 177 2 21 377 283 94 6
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 5-2-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 28 10 20 403 161 242 4 20 225 123 102 5
9 Thu November 22 boxscore W 6-2-1 Green Bay Packers 52 35 19 478 306 172 1 20 458 279 179 4
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 6-3-1 San Francisco 49ers 10 20 11 180 102 78 4 20 358 158 200 2
11 Sun December 9 boxscore W 7-3-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 24 22 19 254 91 163 2 27 403 247 156
12 Sun December 16 boxscore L 7-4-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 21 19 331 209 122 4 17 265 178 87 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
22 Bobby Layne* 25 QB 12 12 7-4-1 152 332 45.8% 2403 26 7.8 23 6.9 63 7.2 5.7 15.8 200.3 67.6 0 0
24 Fred Enke 27 12 0 2 9 22.2% 22 0 0.0 1 11.1 12 2.4 -2.6 11.0 1.8 0.0 0 0
37 Doak Walker*+ 24 K/KR/LH 12 0 2 5 40.0% 29 1 20.0 0 0.0 22 5.8 9.8 14.5 2.4 99.2 0 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 26 RH 11 0 2 4 50.0% 46 2 50.0 0 0.0 30 11.5 21.5 23.0 4.2 131.2 0 0
34 Pat Harder 29 FB 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.0 12 7-4-1 158 351 45.0% 2500 29 8.3 24 6.8 63 7.1 5.7 15.8 208.3 68.3 0 0
Opp Total 12 181 374 48.4% 2608 18 4.8 15 4.0 7.0 6.13 14.4 217.3 70.8 32 253 5.8 5.0 7.9

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
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 26 RH 11 0 132 678 2 85 5.1 61.6 12.0 23 263 11.4 3 48 2.1 23.9 941 5 3
34 Pat Harder 29 FB 12 0 101 380 6 28 3.8 31.7 8.4 17 193 11.4 2 26 1.4 16.1 573 8 4
37 Doak Walker*+ 24 K/KR/LH 12 0 79 356 2 34 4.5 29.7 6.6 22 421 19.1 4 63 1.8 35.1 777 6 1
22 Bobby Layne* 25 QB 12 12 61 290 1 36 4.8 24.2 5.1 290 1 8
42 Lindy Pearson 22 12 0 22 88 0 25 4.0 7.3 1.8 5 43 8.6 0 14 0.4 3.6 131 0 1
82 Leon Hart*+ 23 RE 12 0 4 -6 0 3 -1.5 -0.5 0.3 35 544 15.5 12 33 2.9 45.3 538 12 0
24 Fred Enke 27 12 0 4 6 0 4 1.5 0.5 0.3 6 0 0
30 Ollie Cline 26 12 0 3 15 0 10 5.0 1.3 0.3 15 0 0
83 Jim Doran 24 LDE 12 0 2 23 0 25 11.5 1.9 0.2 10 225 22.5 2 48 0.8 18.8 248 2 1
16 Pete D'Alonzo 22 12 0 2 11 0 7 5.5 0.9 0.2 11 0 0
84 Dorne Dibble 22 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 613 20.4 6 47 2.5 51.1 613 6 0
88 Bill Swiacki 29 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 188 11.8 0 24 1.3 15.7 188 0 0
Team Total 25.0 12 410 1841 11 85 4.5 153.4 34.2 158 2500 15.8 29 63 13.2 208.3 4341 40 19
Opp Total 12 454 1509 13 3.3 125.8 37.8 181 2355 13.0 18 15.1 196.3 3864 31 22

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
19 Jack Christiansen 23 PR/S 12 0 18 343 4 89 19.1 11 270 0 45 24.5 613
37 Doak Walker*+ 24 K/KR/LH 12 0 7 85 0 19 12.1 15 408 0 63 27.2 1270
44 Don Doll* 25 LDH 12 0 5 39 0 14 7.8 9 220 0 35 24.4 259
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 26 RH 11 0 2 16 0 11 8.0 3 78 0 41 26.0 1035
30 Ollie Cline 26 12 0 3 48 0 22 16.0 63
67 Barry French 29 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
34 Pat Harder 29 FB 12 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 587
35 Art Murakowski 26 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
75 John Prchlik 26 RDT 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 25.0 12 32 483 4 89 15.1 45 1053 0 63 23.4 5877
Opp Total 12 33 1991 1 60.3 58 1328 0 22.9

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
37 Doak Walker*+ 24 K/KR/LH 12 0 12 6 50.0%% 44 43 97.7%% 9 316 50 0 35.1
40 Bob Smith 26 P/RDH 12 0 49 2082 73 1 42.5
34 Pat Harder 29 FB 12 0 5 3 60.0%%
Team Total 25.0 12 17 9 52.9%% 44 43 97.7%% 58 2398 73 1 41.3
Opp Total 12 22 12 54.5%% 32 31 96.9%% 56 2308 41.2

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
22 Bobby Layne* 25 QB 12 12 0 8 2 0 0
34 Pat Harder 29 FB 12 0 0 4 1 0 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 26 RH 11 0 0 3 2 0 0
40 Bob Smith 26 P/RDH 12 0 3 70 0 42 0 0 0 2 11 0
85 Ed Berrang 29 RDE 10 0 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 3 3 0
19 Jack Christiansen 23 PR/S 12 0 2 53 0 53 0 0 1 1 52 0
84 Dorne Dibble 22 LE 12 0 1 26 0 26 0 0 0 2 9 0
44 Don Doll* 25 LDH 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
83 Jim Doran 24 LDE 12 0 1 38 0 38 0 0 1 1 0 0
37 Doak Walker*+ 24 K/KR/LH 12 0 0 1 2 0 0
74 Dick Flanagan 25 LLB 12 0 2 0 0 0 0
82 Leon Hart*+ 23 RE 12 0 2 22 0 20 0
72 Floyd Jaszewski 24 LDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
51 Vince Banonis 30 12 0 1 12 0 12 0
65 Les Bingaman*+ 25 MG 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Pete D'Alonzo 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
12 Jim Hill 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Jim Martin 27 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Thurman McGraw 24 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Bob Momsen 22 MLB 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
42 Lindy Pearson 22 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
53 LaVern Torgeson 22 C/RLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 25.0 12 15 235 0 53 0 0 19 26 75 0 1
Opp Total 12 19 22 6

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
37 Doak Walker*+ 24 K/KR/LH 12 0 2 4 6 43 6 97
82 Leon Hart*+ 23 RE 12 0 12 12 72
34 Pat Harder 29 FB 12 0 6 2 8 3 57
84 Dorne Dibble 22 LE 12 0 6 6 36
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 26 RH 11 0 2 3 5 30
19 Jack Christiansen 23 PR/S 12 0 4 4 24
83 Jim Doran 24 LDE 12 0 2 2 12
22 Bobby Layne* 25 QB 12 12 1 1 6
75 John Prchlik 26 RDT 12 0 1 2
Team Total 25.0 12 11 29 4 44 43 9 1 336
Opp Total 12 13 18 1 31 12 259

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 WAS W, 35-17 1 43 pass Jim Doran 43 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
2 1951-09-30 WAS W, 35-17 2 12 rush Bobby Layne 12 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
3 1951-09-30 WAS W, 35-17 3 5 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 5 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
4 1951-09-30 WAS W, 35-17 4 20 rush Doak Walker 20 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
5 1951-09-30 WAS W, 35-17 4 5 pass Pat Harder 5 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
6 1951-10-08 NYY W, 37-10 1 18 pass Doak Walker 18 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
7 1951-10-08 NYY W, 37-10 2 7 rush Pat Harder 7 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
8 1951-10-08 NYY W, 37-10 4 23 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 23 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
9 1951-10-08 NYY W, 37-10 4 50 pass Doak Walker 50 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
10 1951-10-08 NYY W, 37-10 4 7 rush Pat Harder 7 yard rush
11 1951-10-14 RAM L, 21-27 2 36 pass Dorne Dibble 36 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
12 1951-10-14 RAM L, 21-27 2 69 punt Jack Christiansen 69 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
13 1951-10-14 RAM L, 21-27 4 47 punt Jack Christiansen 47 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
14 1951-10-21 NYY T, 24-24 2 15 pass Leon Hart 15 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
15 1951-10-21 NYY T, 24-24 3 9 rush Pat Harder 9 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
16 1951-10-21 NYY T, 24-24 3 16 pass Leon Hart 16 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
17 1951-10-28 CHI L, 23-28 2 11 pass Leon Hart 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
18 1951-10-28 CHI L, 23-28 3 37 pass Jim Doran 37 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
19 1951-10-28 CHI L, 23-28 3 37 pass Dorne Dibble 37 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
20 1951-11-04 @ GNB W, 24-17 3 24 pass Leon Hart 24 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
21 1951-11-04 @ GNB W, 24-17 4 17 pass Leon Hart 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
22 1951-11-04 @ GNB W, 24-17 4 47 pass Doak Walker 47 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
23 1951-11-11 @ CHI W, 41-28 1 26 pass Dorne Dibble 26 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
24 1951-11-11 @ CHI W, 41-28 2 17 pass Leon Hart 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
25 1951-11-11 @ CHI W, 41-28 2 9 pass Leon Hart 9 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
26 1951-11-11 @ CHI W, 41-28 3 3 rush Pat Harder 3 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
27 1951-11-11 @ CHI W, 41-28 4 15 pass Pat Harder 15 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
28 1951-11-18 @ PHI W, 28-10 2 18 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 18 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
29 1951-11-18 @ PHI W, 28-10 3 20 pass Dorne Dibble 20 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
30 1951-11-18 @ PHI W, 28-10 3 30 pass Dorne Dibble 30 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
31 1951-11-18 @ PHI W, 28-10 4 7 pass Leon Hart 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
32 1951-11-22 GNB W, 52-35 1 17 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
33 1951-11-22 GNB W, 52-35 2 33 pass Leon Hart 33 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
34 1951-11-22 GNB W, 52-35 2 35 pass Doak Walker 35 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
35 1951-11-22 GNB W, 52-35 2 19 pass Leon Hart 19 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
36 1951-11-22 GNB W, 52-35 3 85 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 85 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
37 1951-11-22 GNB W, 52-35 3 71 punt Jack Christiansen 71 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
38 1951-11-22 GNB W, 52-35 3 89 punt Jack Christiansen 89 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
39 1951-12-02 SFO L, 10-20 3 30 pass Dorne Dibble 30 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
40 1951-12-09 @ RAM W, 24-22 2 3 rush Pat Harder 3 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
41 1951-12-09 @ RAM W, 24-22 3 11 rush Doak Walker 11 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
42 1951-12-09 @ RAM W, 24-22 4 22 pass Leon Hart 22 yard pass from Doak Walker (Doak Walker kick)
43 1951-12-16 @ SFO L, 17-21 2 1 rush Pat Harder 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
44 1951-12-16 @ SFO L, 17-21 3 28 pass Leon Hart 28 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 WAS L, 17-35 2 1 rush Chuck Drazenovich 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
2 1951-09-30 WAS L, 17-35 3 1 rush Chuck Drazenovich 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
3 1951-10-08 NYY L, 10-37 1 39 pass Buddy Young 39 yard pass from John Rauch (Harvey Johnson kick)
4 1951-10-14 RAM W, 27-21 1 70 pass Elroy Hirsch 70 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
5 1951-10-14 RAM W, 27-21 2 43 pass Tom Fears 43 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
6 1951-10-14 RAM W, 27-21 3 20 pass Norb Hecker 20 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
7 1951-10-21 NYY T, 24-24 2 48 pass Buddy Young 48 yard pass from Bob Celeri (Harvey Johnson kick)
8 1951-10-21 NYY T, 24-24 3 6 rush Zollie Toth 6 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
9 1951-10-21 NYY T, 24-24 4 1 rush Zollie Toth 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
10 1951-10-28 CHI W, 28-23 2 7 rush John Dottley 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1951-10-28 CHI W, 28-23 2 1 rush John Dottley 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
12 1951-10-28 CHI W, 28-23 3 4 rush George Gulyanics 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
13 1951-10-28 CHI W, 28-23 4 3 blocked punt Bill Wightkin 3 yard blocked punt return (George Blanda kick)
14 1951-11-04 @ GNB L, 17-24 4 1 rush Fred Cone 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
15 1951-11-04 @ GNB L, 17-24 4 15 pass Jug Girard 15 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Fred Cone kick)
16 1951-11-11 @ CHI L, 28-41 2 54 pass John Hoffman 54 yard pass from Steve Romanik (George Blanda kick)
17 1951-11-11 @ CHI L, 28-41 3 10 pass Gene Schroeder 10 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (George Blanda kick)
18 1951-11-11 @ CHI L, 28-41 4 7 pass Jim Keane 7 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (George Blanda kick)
19 1951-11-11 @ CHI L, 28-41 4 4 rush George Gulyanics 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
20 1951-11-18 @ PHI L, 10-28 2 38 pass Pete Pihos 38 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
21 1951-11-22 GNB L, 35-52 1 15 pass Carl Elliott 15 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
22 1951-11-22 GNB L, 35-52 1 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
23 1951-11-22 GNB L, 35-52 2 48 pass Dom Moselle 48 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
24 1951-11-22 GNB L, 35-52 3 42 pass Ray Pelfrey 42 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
25 1951-11-22 GNB L, 35-52 4 35 pass Carl Elliott 35 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Fred Cone kick)
26 1951-12-02 SFO W, 20-10 1 1 rush Johnny Strzykalski 1 yard rush
27 1951-12-02 SFO W, 20-10 3 23 pass Bill Jessup 23 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
28 1951-12-02 SFO W, 20-10 4 12 pass Joe Arenas 12 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
29 1951-12-09 @ RAM L, 22-24 3 2 rush Dan Towler 2 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
30 1951-12-16 @ SFO W, 21-17 2 31 pass Billy Wilson 31 yard pass from Joe Perry (Gordie Soltau kick)
31 1951-12-16 @ SFO W, 21-17 2 27 pass Gordie Soltau 27 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
32 1951-12-16 @ SFO W, 21-17 4 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)