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1954 Detroit Lions

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9-2-1, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1954 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 14.9, Offense: 7.6, Defense: 7.3, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 337 points (28.1/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 189 points (15.8/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 148 points (12.3/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 9.6-2.4.

Coach: Buddy Parker (9-2-1)

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 337 4433 806 5.5 32 11 11 236 215 395 2825 25 21 6.8 134 393 1608 11 4.1 91
Team Defense 189 3746 775 4.8 42 12 15 199 150 357 2226 10 30 5.9 99 397 1520 13 3.8 85
Lg Rank Offense 1 3 3 1 4 4 3 4 3 4 7 6 5 4
Lg Rank Defense 3 4 6 10 4 7 6 1 2 5 5 5 5 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 26 boxscore W 1-0 Chicago Bears 48 23 19 374 257 117 3 19 387 348 39 6
2 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-0 Los Angeles Rams 21 3 21 374 124 250 3 20 358 297 61 4
3 Sat October 16 boxscore W 3-0 Baltimore Colts 35 0 20 372 335 37 2 11 213 58 155 3
5 Sun October 24 boxscore L 3-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 31 37 27 443 339 104 2 23 424 154 270 1
6 Sun October 31 boxscore W 4-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 27 24 19 351 188 163 3 25 455 170 285 2
7 Sat November 6 boxscore W 5-1 @ Baltimore Colts 27 3 20 354 234 120 1 6 69 30 39 3
7 Sun November 14 boxscore W 6-1 San Francisco 49ers 48 7 17 474 302 172 1 16 349 245 104 6
9 Sun November 21 boxscore W 7-1 @ Green Bay Packers 21 17 23 418 230 188 3 23 351 277 74 4
9 Thu November 25 boxscore W 8-1 Green Bay Packers 28 24 15 299 214 85 2 16 350 217 133 3
10 Sun December 5 boxscore T 8-1-1 Philadelphia Eagles 13 13 20 356 197 159 6 12 313 242 71 6
12 Sun December 12 boxscore L 8-2-1 @ Chicago Bears 24 28 20 345 222 123 4 22 364 184 180 3
12 Sun December 19 boxscore W 9-2-1 @ Cleveland Browns 14 10 15 273 183 90 2 6 113 4 109 1
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 26 boxscore L 9-3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 10 56 16 331 179 152 9 17 303 163 140 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 28 QB 12 8 6-1-1 135 246 54.9% 1818 14 5.7 12 4.9 55 7.4 6.3 13.5 151.5 77.3
19 Tom Dublinski 24 qb 12 4 3-1-0 77 138 55.8% 1073 8 5.8 7 5.1 66 7.8 6.7 13.9 89.4 79.2
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 RH 11 0 3 7 42.9% 81 3 42.9 1 14.3 66 11.6 13.7 27.0 7.4 86.0
37 Doak Walker*+ 27 K 12 0 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 25.0 0 0.0 -11.3 0.0 0.0
Team Total 25.9 12 9-2-1 215 395 54.4% 2972 25 6.3 21 5.3 66 7.5 6.4 13.8 247.7 77.7 0 0
Opp Total 12 150 357 42.0% 2390 10 2.8 30 8.4 6.7 3.47 15.9 199.2 39.3 21 164 5.9 2.8 5.6

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
34 Lew Carpenter 22 LH 11 0 104 476 3 60 4.6 43.3 9.5 16 145 9.1 2 23 1.5 13.2 621 5 1
33 Bill Bowman 23 FB 12 0 96 397 2 61 4.1 33.1 8.0 34 288 8.5 2 66 2.8 24.0 685 4 8
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 RH 11 0 94 242 2 35 2.6 22.0 8.5 20 153 7.7 1 26 1.8 13.9 395 3 3
37 Doak Walker*+ 27 K 12 0 32 240 1 38 7.5 20.0 2.7 32 564 17.6 3 66 2.7 47.0 804 4 1
22 Bobby Layne 28 QB 12 8 30 119 2 34 4.0 9.9 2.5 119 2 2
19 Tom Dublinski 24 qb 12 4 21 76 1 15 3.6 6.3 1.8 76 1 5
23 Jug Girard 27 KR/P 12 0 9 36 0 16 4.0 3.0 0.8 27 421 15.6 7 41 2.3 35.1 457 7 0
43 Dick Kercher 22 7 0 3 1 0 2 0.3 0.1 0.4 1 0 0
36 Bob Smith 25 12 0 3 1 0 1 0.3 0.1 0.3 1 0 0
80 Cloyce Box 31 11 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.8 0.1 6 53 8.8 0 14 0.5 4.8 73 0 0
84 Dorne Dibble 25 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 46 768 16.7 6 45 3.8 64.0 768 6 0
82 Leon Hart 26 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 377 15.7 0 40 2.0 31.4 377 0 0
83 Jim Doran 27 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 203 20.3 4 49 1.4 29.0 203 4 1
Team Total 25.9 12 393 1608 11 61 4.1 134.0 32.8 215 2972 13.8 25 66 17.9 247.7 4580 36 22
Opp Total 12 397 1520 13 3.8 126.7 33.1 150 2226 14.8 10 12.5 185.5 3746 23 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
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 26 LS/PR 11 0 23 225 1 61 9.8 5 102 0 27 20.4 327
23 Jug Girard 27 KR/P 12 0 9 22 0 14 2.4 12 248 0 34 20.7 727
37 Doak Walker*+ 27 K 12 0 4 117 1 70 29.3 8 172 0 33 21.5 1093
33 Bill Bowman 23 FB 12 0 6 178 1 100 29.7 863
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 RH 11 0 4 73 0 20 18.3 468
34 Lew Carpenter 22 LH 11 0 2 46 0 25 23.0 667
72 Gil Mains 25 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 22 LLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
66 Harley Sewell 23 LG 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.9 12 37 364 2 70 9.8 39 822 1 100 21.1 5766
Opp Total 12 29 1511 0 52.1 61 1257 0 20.6

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
23 Jug Girard 27 KR/P 12 0 63 2585 65 0 41.0
37 Doak Walker*+ 27 K 12 0 17 11 64.7%% 43 43 100.0%%
62 Jim Martin 30 12 0 6 1 16.7%%
Team Total 25.9 12 23 12 52.2%% 43 43 100.0%% 63 2585 65 0 41.0
Opp Total 12 18 10 55.6%% 23 21 91.3%% 65 2549 39.2

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
33 Bill Bowman 23 FB 12 0 0 8 2 0 0
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 26 LS/PR 11 0 8 84 1 30 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 Jim David* 27 LDH 12 0 7 74 0 25 0 0 0 1 33 0
20 Bill Stits* 23 RDH 12 0 6 73 0 23 0 0 0 1 15 0
19 Tom Dublinski 24 qb 12 4 0 5 1 0 0
85 Sonny Gandee 25 11 0 3 29 0 17 0 0 0 2 22 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 RH 11 0 0 3 0 0 0
21 Carl Karilivacz 24 RS 11 0 2 66 1 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Jim Cain 27 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Dorne Dibble 25 LE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
22 Bobby Layne 28 QB 12 8 0 2 0 0 0
52 Andy Miketa 25 C 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 22 LLB 12 0 2 13 0 13 0
66 Harley Sewell 23 LG 12 0 0 0 2 24 1
53 LaVern Torgeson* 25 RLB 12 0 2 33 0 33 0
50 Charlie Ane 23 RT 12 0 0 0 1 1 0
65 Les Bingaman+ 28 MG 12 0 0 0 1 1 0
34 Lew Carpenter 22 LH 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
76 Lou Creekmur*+ 27 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Jim Doran 27 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
78 Bob Dove 33 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Leon Hart 26 RE 12 0 0 0 1 22 1
72 Gil Mains 25 12 0 0 0 1 8 0
62 Jim Martin 30 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 Doak Walker*+ 27 K 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.9 12 30 372 2 33 0 0 22 23 126 2
Opp Total 12 18 22 10

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*+ 27 K 12 0 1 3 1 5 43 11 106
23 Jug Girard 27 KR/P 12 0 7 7 42
84 Dorne Dibble 25 LE 12 0 6 6 36
33 Bill Bowman 23 FB 12 0 2 2 1 5 30
34 Lew Carpenter 22 LH 11 0 3 2 5 30
83 Jim Doran 27 7 0 4 4 24
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 RH 11 0 2 1 3 18
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 26 LS/PR 11 0 1 1 2 12
22 Bobby Layne 28 QB 12 8 2 2 12
19 Tom Dublinski 24 qb 12 4 1 1 6
82 Leon Hart 26 RE 12 0 1 1 6
21 Carl Karilivacz 24 RS 11 0 1 1 6
66 Harley Sewell 23 LG 12 0 1 1 6
62 Jim Martin 30 12 0 1 3
Team Total 25.9 12 11 25 2 1 2 2 43 43 12 337
Opp Total 12 13 10 21 10 189

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1954-09-26 CHI W, 48-23 1 100 kickoff Bill Bowman 100 yard kickoff return (Doak Walker kick)
2 1954-09-26 CHI W, 48-23 2 6 pass Dorne Dibble 6 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
3 1954-09-26 CHI W, 48-23 3 14 pass Lew Carpenter 14 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
4 1954-09-26 CHI W, 48-23 4 9 pass Bill Bowman 9 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
5 1954-09-26 CHI W, 48-23 4 70 punt Doak Walker 70 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
6 1954-09-26 CHI W, 48-23 4 3 rush Doak Walker 3 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
7 1954-10-10 RAM W, 21-3 1 1 rush Tom Dublinski 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
8 1954-10-10 RAM W, 21-3 3 30 interception Carl Karilivacz 30 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
9 1954-10-10 RAM W, 21-3 4 60 rush Lew Carpenter 60 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
10 1954-10-16 BAL W, 35-0 2 5 rush Lew Carpenter 5 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
11 1954-10-16 BAL W, 35-0 2 5 pass Jug Girard 5 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
12 1954-10-16 BAL W, 35-0 3 45 pass Dorne Dibble 45 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
13 1954-10-16 BAL W, 35-0 3 6 pass Dorne Dibble 6 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
14 1954-10-16 BAL W, 35-0 4 41 pass Jug Girard 41 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
15 1954-10-24 @ SFO L, 31-37 2 7 pass Jim Doran 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
16 1954-10-24 @ SFO L, 31-37 3 3 pass Jim Doran 3 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
17 1954-10-24 @ SFO L, 31-37 4 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
18 1954-10-24 @ SFO L, 31-37 4 12 pass Doak Walker 12 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
19 1954-10-31 @ RAM W, 27-24 2 16 pass Dorne Dibble 16 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
20 1954-10-31 @ RAM W, 27-24 2 22 fumble Leon Hart 22 yard fumble return (Doak Walker kick)
21 1954-10-31 @ RAM W, 27-24 4 3 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 3 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
22 1954-11-06 @ BAL W, 27-3 1 fumble Harley Sewell yard fumble return (Doak Walker kick)
23 1954-11-06 @ BAL W, 27-3 3 13 rush Bill Bowman 13 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
24 1954-11-06 @ BAL W, 27-3 4 7 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
25 1954-11-14 SFO W, 48-7 1 5 rush Bobby Layne 5 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
26 1954-11-14 SFO W, 48-7 1 23 pass Jim Doran 23 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
27 1954-11-14 SFO W, 48-7 2 25 pass Jug Girard 25 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
28 1954-11-14 SFO W, 48-7 3 66 pass Doak Walker 66 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
29 1954-11-14 SFO W, 48-7 3 66 pass Bill Bowman 66 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
30 1954-11-14 SFO W, 48-7 4 43 rush Bill Bowman 43 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
31 1954-11-21 @ GNB W, 21-17 2 1 rush Bobby Layne 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
32 1954-11-21 @ GNB W, 21-17 2 5 pass Jug Girard 5 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
33 1954-11-21 @ GNB W, 21-17 3 22 pass Dorne Dibble 22 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
34 1954-11-25 GNB W, 28-24 2 18 pass Doak Walker 18 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
35 1954-11-25 GNB W, 28-24 2 30 interception Jack Christiansen 30 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
36 1954-11-25 GNB W, 28-24 3 8 pass Lew Carpenter 8 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
37 1954-11-25 GNB W, 28-24 3 61 punt Jack Christiansen 61 yard punt return (Doak Walker kick)
38 1954-12-05 PHI T, 13-13 4 1 rush Lew Carpenter 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
39 1954-12-12 @ CHI L, 24-28 4 9 pass Jug Girard 9 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
40 1954-12-12 @ CHI L, 24-28 4 16 pass Jug Girard 16 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
41 1954-12-12 @ CHI L, 24-28 4 40 pass Jim Doran 40 yard pass from Tom Dublinski (Doak Walker kick)
42 1954-12-19 @ CLE W, 14-10 3 26 pass Dorne Dibble 26 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
43 1954-12-19 @ CLE W, 14-10 4 11 pass Jug Girard 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1954-09-26 CHI L, 23-48 1 64 pass Harlon Hill 64 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (George Blanda kick)
2 1954-09-26 CHI L, 23-48 2 1 rush Chick Jagade 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
3 1954-10-24 @ SFO W, 37-31 1 60 rush Hugh McElhenny 60 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
4 1954-10-24 @ SFO W, 37-31 1 11 rush John Henry Johnson 11 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
5 1954-10-24 @ SFO W, 37-31 2 8 pass Billy Wilson 8 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
6 1954-10-24 @ SFO W, 37-31 3 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
7 1954-10-24 @ SFO W, 37-31 4 37 pass Billy Wilson 37 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
8 1954-10-31 @ RAM L, 24-27 1 28 rush Tank Younger 28 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
9 1954-10-31 @ RAM L, 24-27 1 3 rush Tank Younger 3 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
10 1954-10-31 @ RAM L, 24-27 3 2 rush Dan Towler 2 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
11 1954-11-14 SFO L, 7-48 4 10 pass Billy Wilson 10 yard pass from John Henry Johnson (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1954-11-21 @ GNB L, 17-21 1 1 rush Breezy Reid 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
13 1954-11-21 @ GNB L, 17-21 3 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
14 1954-11-25 GNB L, 24-28 1 48 rush Breezy Reid 48 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
15 1954-11-25 GNB L, 24-28 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
16 1954-11-25 GNB L, 24-28 3 82 pass Max McGee 82 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
17 1954-12-05 PHI T, 13-13 2 23 pass Pete Pihos 23 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1954-12-05 PHI T, 13-13 3 75 pass Bobby Walston 75 yard pass from Adrian Burk
19 1954-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-24 1 26 pass Jim Dooley 26 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Bill George kick)
20 1954-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-24 2 35 pass Harlon Hill 35 yard pass from Ed Brown (Bill George kick)
21 1954-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-24 2 8 pass Jim Dooley 8 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Bill George kick)
22 1954-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-24 4 19 rush John Hoffman 19 yard rush (Bill George kick)
23 1954-12-19 @ CLE L, 10-14 1 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)