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1953 Detroit Lions

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10-2-0, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.4, Offense: -0.6, Defense: 4.0, SoS: -2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 271 points (22.6/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 205 points (17.1/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 66 points (5.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-4.1.

Coach: Buddy Parker (10-2-0)

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 271 3958 763 5.2 42 15 5 206 144 316 2146 18 27 6.4 96 427 1812 12 4.2 105
Team Defense 205 3545 783 4.5 53 15 7 194 159 354 1965 13 38 5.2 96 404 1580 10 3.9 91
Lg Rank Offense 5 5 5 4 6 10 6 4 5 4 3 3 7 3
Lg Rank Defense 2 5 2 8 4 5 5 3 1 6 7 7 3 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore W 1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers 38 21 20 432 375 57 1 18 319 223 96 3
2 Sat October 3 boxscore W 2-0 @ Baltimore Colts 27 17 14 271 74 197 7 14 286 203 83 5
3 Sun October 11 boxscore W 3-0 San Francisco 49ers 24 21 14 291 174 117 4 11 135 59 76 5
4 Sun October 18 boxscore L 3-1 Los Angeles Rams 19 31 23 426 263 163 4 18 391 208 183 1
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 4-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 10 13 239 118 121 25 351 124 227 2
6 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 24 37 19 255 116 139 4 14 392 170 222 4
7 Sat November 7 boxscore W 5-2 Baltimore Colts 17 7 19 318 138 180 2 14 233 54 179 6
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 6-2 @ Green Bay Packers 14 7 11 295 163 132 5 19 361 228 133 5
9 Sun November 22 boxscore W 7-2 @ Chicago Bears 20 16 28 417 240 177 2 17 335 225 110 5
10 Thu November 26 boxscore W 8-2 Green Bay Packers 34 15 17 351 141 210 7 13 227 73 154 6
11 Sun December 6 boxscore W 9-2 Chicago Bears 13 7 12 309 137 172 4 13 247 193 54 6
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 10-2 @ New York Giants 27 16 16 354 207 147 2 18 268 205 63 5
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 27 boxscore W 11-2 Cleveland Browns 17 16 18 293 164 129 4 11 191 9 182 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
22 Bobby Layne* 27 QB 12 11 9-2-0 125 273 45.8% 2088 16 5.9 21 7.7 97 7.6 5.4 16.7 174.0 59.6 1 1
19 Tom Dublinski 23 qb 7 1 1-0-0 14 30 46.7% 174 0 0.0 5 16.7 26 5.8 -1.7 12.4 24.9 25.6 0 0
37 Doak Walker*+ 26 K/LH 12 0 3 7 42.9% 31 1 14.3 0 0.0 23 4.4 7.3 10.3 2.6 95.8
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 28 RH 12 0 2 5 40.0% 16 1 20.0 1 20.0 8 3.2 -1.8 8.0 1.3 48.7
23 Jug Girard 26 11 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 25.6 12 10-2-0 144 316 45.6% 2309 18 5.7 27 8.5 97 7.3 4.6 16.0 192.4 53.9 1 1
Opp Total 12 159 354 44.9% 2162 13 3.7 38 10.7 6.1 2.01 13.6 180.2 37.6 25 197 5.2 1.4 6.6

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 28 RH 12 0 101 482 7 49 4.8 40.2 8.4 23 282 12.3 2 35 1.9 23.5 764 9 3
22 Bobby Layne* 27 QB 12 11 87 343 0 23 3.9 28.6 7.3 343 0 8
26 Gene Gedman 21 12 0 83 255 3 27 3.1 21.3 6.9 14 121 8.6 0 25 1.2 10.1 376 3 0
37 Doak Walker*+ 26 K/LH 12 0 66 337 2 50 5.1 28.1 5.5 30 502 16.7 3 83 2.5 41.8 839 5 2
33 Ollie Cline 28 FB 12 0 42 169 0 31 4.0 14.1 3.5 10 126 12.6 1 28 0.8 10.5 295 1 1
23 Jug Girard 26 11 0 19 73 0 17 3.8 6.6 1.7 2 24 12.0 0 15 0.2 2.2 97 0 0
34 Pat Harder 31 5 0 8 21 0 10 2.6 4.2 1.6 1 19 19.0 0 19 0.2 3.8 40 0 1
32 Lew Carpenter 21 12 0 7 24 0 13 3.4 2.0 0.6 24 0 1
36 Bob Smith 24 3 0 6 51 0 30 8.5 17.0 2.0 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.3 3.7 62 0 1
19 Tom Dublinski 23 qb 7 1 6 39 0 17 6.5 5.6 0.9 39 0 2
82 Leon Hart 25 RE 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 25 472 18.9 7 49 2.1 39.3 474 7 1
28 Yale Lary* 23 PR/RS 11 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 1.9 0.1 21 0 1
80 Cloyce Box 30 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 403 25.2 2 97 1.3 33.6 403 2 0
87 Dorne Dibble 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 274 17.1 3 47 1.3 22.8 274 3 0
83 Jim Doran 26 RDE 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 75 12.5 0 30 0.9 10.7 75 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 427 1812 12 50 4.2 151.0 35.6 144 2309 16.0 18 97 12.0 192.4 4121 30 24
Opp Total 12 404 1580 10 3.9 131.7 33.7 159 1965 12.4 13 13.3 163.8 3545 23 31

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
28 Yale Lary* 23 PR/RS 11 0 13 115 1 74 8.8 6 116 0 33 19.3 252
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 25 KR/LS 12 0 8 22 0 10 2.8 10 183 0 34 18.3 200
23 Jug Girard 26 11 0 9 86 0 41 9.6 9 252 0 85 28.0 435
32 Lew Carpenter 21 12 0 8 172 0 30 21.5 196
26 Gene Gedman 21 12 0 4 10 0 5 2.5 2 47 0 25 23.5 433
37 Doak Walker*+ 26 K/LH 12 0 4 139 0 54 34.8 978
65 Les Bingaman*+ 27 MG 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
33 Ollie Cline 28 FB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 295
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 28 RH 12 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 774
56 Joe Schmidt 21 LLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
63 Dick Stanfel*+ 26 RG 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
Team Total 25.6 12 35 233 1 74 6.7 43 926 0 85 21.5 5280
Opp Total 12 41 1894 1 46.2 54 1193 0 22.1

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*+ 26 K/LH 12 0 19 12 63.2%% 29 27 93.1%%
40 Bob Smith 28 P/RDH 12 0 40 1647 57 0 41.2
28 Yale Lary* 23 PR/RS 11 0 28 1112 61 0 39.7
62 Jim Martin 29 8 0 4 2 50.0%% 4 4 100.0%%
Team Total 25.6 12 23 14 60.9%% 33 31 93.9%% 68 2759 61 0 40.6
Opp Total 12 19 6 31.6%% 26 23 88.5%% 62 2510 40.5

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
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 25 KR/LS 12 0 12 238 1 92 0 0 3 3 0 0
22 Bobby Layne* 27 QB 12 11 0 8 2 0 0
53 LaVern Torgeson 24 RLB 11 0 5 27 0 10 0 0 0 3 0 0
28 Yale Lary* 23 PR/RS 11 0 5 98 0 32 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 Jim David 26 LDH 12 0 4 50 0 21 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 28 RH 12 0 0 3 1 0 0
66 Harley Sewell 22 LG 12 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0
88 Jim Cain 26 LDE 12 0 0 0 3 0 0
32 Lew Carpenter 21 12 0 1 73 1 73 0 0 1 1 0 0
40 Bob Smith 28 P/RDH 12 0 3 119 0 73 0
65 Les Bingaman*+ 27 MG 12 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
19 Tom Dublinski 23 qb 7 1 0 2 0 0 0
85 Sonny Gandee 24 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Leon Hart 25 RE 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
62 Jim Martin 29 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Miller 24 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
56 Joe Schmidt 21 LLB 12 0 2 51 0 30 0
37 Doak Walker*+ 26 K/LH 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
50 Charlie Ane 22 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Ollie Cline 28 FB 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
83 Jim Doran 26 RDE 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 Pat Harder 31 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
21 Carl Karilivacz 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Thurman McGraw 26 LDT 11 0 1 2 0 2 0
36 Bob Smith 24 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
78 Ollie Spencer 22 RT 12 0 0 0 1 3 0
Team Total 25.6 12 38 663 2 92 0 0 24 25 3 0
Opp Total 12 20 31 16 1

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*+ 26 K/LH 12 0 2 3 5 27 12 93
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 28 RH 12 0 7 2 9 54
82 Leon Hart 25 RE 12 0 7 7 42
87 Dorne Dibble 24 12 0 3 3 18
26 Gene Gedman 21 12 0 3 3 18
80 Cloyce Box 30 LE 12 0 2 2 12
62 Jim Martin 29 8 0 4 2 10
32 Lew Carpenter 21 12 0 1 1 6
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 25 KR/LS 12 0 1 1 6
33 Ollie Cline 28 FB 12 0 1 1 6
28 Yale Lary* 23 PR/RS 11 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 12 12 18 1 2 33 31 14 271
Opp Total 12 10 13 1 1 2 23 6 1 205

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 PIT W, 38-21 1 73 interception Lew Carpenter 73 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
2 1953-09-27 PIT W, 38-21 2 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
3 1953-09-27 PIT W, 38-21 2 49 pass Leon Hart 49 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
4 1953-09-27 PIT W, 38-21 3 8 pass Doak Walker 8 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
5 1953-09-27 PIT W, 38-21 4 29 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
6 1953-10-03 @ BAL W, 27-17 1 49 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 49 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
7 1953-10-03 @ BAL W, 27-17 3 74 punt Yale Lary 74 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
8 1953-10-03 @ BAL W, 27-17 3 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
9 1953-10-11 SFO W, 24-21 1 23 pass Cloyce Box 23 yard pass from Doak Walker (Doak Walker kick)
10 1953-10-11 SFO W, 24-21 2 4 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 4 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
11 1953-10-11 SFO W, 24-21 3 36 pass Leon Hart 36 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
12 1953-10-18 RAM L, 19-31 2 16 pass Leon Hart 16 yard pass from Bobby Layne
13 1953-10-18 RAM L, 19-31 3 36 pass Dorne Dibble 36 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
14 1953-10-25 @ SFO W, 14-10 2 47 pass Dorne Dibble 47 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
15 1953-10-25 @ SFO W, 14-10 4 24 pass Ollie Cline 24 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
16 1953-11-01 @ RAM L, 24-37 1 92 interception Jack Christiansen 92 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
17 1953-11-01 @ RAM L, 24-37 2 3 pass Leon Hart 3 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
18 1953-11-01 @ RAM L, 24-37 4 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
19 1953-11-07 BAL W, 17-7 2 10 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 10 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
20 1953-11-07 BAL W, 17-7 4 8 pass Leon Hart 8 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
21 1953-11-15 @ GNB W, 14-7 2 83 pass Doak Walker 83 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
22 1953-11-15 @ GNB W, 14-7 4 22 pass Leon Hart 22 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
23 1953-11-22 @ CHI W, 20-16 2 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
24 1953-11-22 @ CHI W, 20-16 4 2 rush Doak Walker 2 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
25 1953-11-26 GNB W, 34-15 1 3 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 3 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
26 1953-11-26 GNB W, 34-15 3 97 pass Cloyce Box 97 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Jim Martin kick)
27 1953-11-26 GNB W, 34-15 3 41 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 41 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
28 1953-11-26 GNB W, 34-15 4 4 rush Gene Gedman 4 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
29 1953-12-06 CHI W, 13-7 2 38 pass Dorne Dibble 38 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
30 1953-12-13 @ NYG W, 27-16 1 25 pass Leon Hart 25 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
31 1953-12-13 @ NYG W, 27-16 2 34 pass Doak Walker 34 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
32 1953-12-13 @ NYG W, 27-16 3 50 rush Doak Walker 50 yard rush
33 1953-12-13 @ NYG W, 27-16 4 5 rush Gene Gedman 5 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 PIT L, 21-38 1 14 pass Elbie Nickel 14 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
2 1953-09-27 PIT L, 21-38 2 1 fumble Ray Mathews 1 yard fumble return (Nick Bolkovac kick)
3 1953-09-27 PIT L, 21-38 4 15 pass Elbie Nickel 15 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Nick Bolkovac kick)
4 1953-10-03 @ BAL L, 17-27 1 22 pass Tommy Kalmanir 22 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
5 1953-10-03 @ BAL L, 17-27 2 21 pass George Taliaferro 21 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
6 1953-10-11 SFO L, 21-24 1 5 pass Gordie Soltau 5 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
7 1953-10-11 SFO L, 21-24 2 10 rush Joe Arenas 10 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1953-10-11 SFO L, 21-24 3 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1953-10-18 RAM W, 31-19 1 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
10 1953-10-18 RAM W, 31-19 2 40 pass Elroy Hirsch 40 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
11 1953-10-18 RAM W, 31-19 3 78 punt Woodley Lewis 78 yard punt return (Ben Agajanian kick)
12 1953-10-18 RAM W, 31-19 4 45 pass Bob Boyd 45 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
13 1953-10-25 @ SFO L, 10-14 1 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
14 1953-11-01 @ RAM W, 37-24 2 5 rush Skeets Quinlan 5 yard rush
15 1953-11-01 @ RAM W, 37-24 3 74 rush Skeets Quinlan 74 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
16 1953-11-01 @ RAM W, 37-24 3 45 interception Woodley Lewis 45 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
17 1953-11-01 @ RAM W, 37-24 3 31 interception Jack Dwyer 31 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
18 1953-11-01 @ RAM W, 37-24 4 54 pass Vitamin Smith 54 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1953-11-07 BAL L, 7-17 1 1 rush Carl Taseff 1 yard rush (Buck McPhail kick)
20 1953-11-15 @ GNB L, 7-14 4 1 rush Breezy Reid 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
21 1953-11-22 @ CHI L, 16-20 2 14 rush Eddie Macon 14 yard rush
22 1953-11-22 @ CHI L, 16-20 3 55 pass Bill McColl 55 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
23 1953-11-26 GNB L, 15-34 1 16 pass Bob Mann 16 yard pass from Babe Parilli
24 1953-11-26 GNB L, 15-34 1 2 rush Babe Parilli 2 yard rush
25 1953-12-06 CHI L, 7-13 4 11 pass Eddie Macon 11 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (George Blanda kick)
26 1953-12-13 @ NYG L, 16-27 1 49 pass Frank Gifford 49 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Randy Clay kick)
27 1953-12-13 @ NYG L, 16-27 4 10 pass Ray Pelfrey 10 yard pass from Frank Gifford (Randy Clay kick)