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1955 Detroit Lions

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3-9-0, Finished 6th in NFL West Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.5, Offense: -3.2, Defense: -3.4, SoS: -2.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 230 points (19.2/g), 8th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (22.9/g), 9th.
 Differential of -45 points (-3.8/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-7.3.

Coach: Buddy Parker (3-9-0)

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 230 3887 809 4.8 41 19 17 224 204 400 2410 15 22 5.8 119 392 1477 11 3.8 88
Team Defense 275 4015 771 5.2 39 24 12 217 163 304 2164 18 15 6.7 110 449 1851 16 4.1 95
Lg Rank Offense 8 4 5 8 3 1 2 7 6 4 11 10 9 9
Lg Rank Defense 9 10 6 1 8 4 10 10 11 12 7 7 8 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 25 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 17 20 16 311 140 171 2 18 294 122 172 4
2 Sat October 1 boxscore L 0-2 @ Baltimore Colts 13 28 18 321 279 42 3 19 344 106 238 2
3 Sun October 9 boxscore L 0-3 Los Angeles Rams 10 17 26 370 280 90 6 18 284 129 155 3
4 Sun October 16 boxscore L 0-4 San Francisco 49ers 24 27 13 200 47 153 3 15 430 316 114 6
5 Sun October 23 boxscore L 0-5 @ Los Angeles Rams 13 24 20 349 219 130 5 19 436 274 162 3
6 Sun October 30 boxscore L 0-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 38 25 401 286 115 3 26 438 189 249 5
7 Sat November 5 boxscore W 1-6 Baltimore Colts 24 14 22 365 187 178 4 15 237 173 64 1
8 Sun November 13 boxscore W 2-6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 31 28 12 234 169 65 2 26 451 367 84 5
9 Sun November 20 boxscore L 2-7 Chicago Bears 14 24 14 370 309 61 2 21 422 264 158
10 Thu November 24 boxscore W 3-7 Green Bay Packers 24 10 19 282 92 190 6 11 228 120 108 7
11 Sun December 4 boxscore L 3-8 @ Chicago Bears 20 21 20 370 163 207 3 12 203 7 196 2
12 Sun December 11 boxscore L 3-9 New York Giants 19 24 19 314 239 75 2 17 248 97 151 1

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 29 QB 12 10 3-7-0 143 270 53.0% 1830 11 4.1 17 6.3 77 6.8 4.8 12.8 152.5 61.8 0 0
12 Harry Gilmer 29 qb 8 2 0-2-0 58 122 47.5% 633 2 1.6 4 3.3 34 5.2 4.0 10.9 79.1 55.1 0 0
37 Doak Walker* 28 K/LH 12 0 0 3 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 30 5 0 1 2 50.0% 17 1 50.0 1 50.0 17 8.5 -4.0 17.0 3.4 79.2 0 0
20 Bill Stits 24 RDH 12 0 2 2 100.0% 62 1 50.0 0 0.0 41 31.0 41.0 31.0 5.2 158.3 0 0
23 Jug Girard 28 P/RE 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 25.8 12 3-9-0 204 400 51.0% 2542 15 3.8 22 5.5 77 6.4 4.6 12.5 211.8 60.6 0 0
Opp Total 12 163 304 53.6% 2304 18 5.9 15 4.9 7.6 6.54 14.1 192.0 77.5 18 140 6.7 5.7 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 23 FB 12 0 137 543 6 49 4.0 45.3 11.4 44 312 7.1 2 34 3.7 26.0 855 8 6
28 Dave Middleton 22 KR/RH 12 0 59 201 2 16 3.4 16.8 4.9 44 663 15.1 3 77 3.7 55.3 864 5 0
20 Bill Stits 24 RDH 12 0 46 165 0 15 3.6 13.8 3.8 5 17 3.4 0 14 0.4 1.4 182 0 4
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 30 5 0 36 109 1 10 3.0 21.8 7.2 5 36 7.2 0 15 1.0 7.2 145 1 1
82 Leon Hart 27 11 0 35 159 0 21 4.5 14.5 3.2 9 54 6.0 1 14 0.8 4.9 213 1 2
22 Bobby Layne 29 QB 12 10 31 111 0 19 3.6 9.3 2.6 111 0 4
37 Doak Walker* 28 K/LH 12 0 23 95 2 51 4.1 7.9 1.9 22 428 19.5 5 70 1.8 35.7 523 7 1
12 Harry Gilmer 29 qb 8 2 15 67 0 19 4.5 8.4 1.9 67 0 2
23 Jug Girard 28 P/RE 12 0 10 27 0 10 2.7 2.3 0.8 23 301 13.1 0 34 1.9 25.1 328 0 2
83 Jim Doran 28 LE 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 38 552 14.5 2 38 3.8 55.2 552 2 2
87 Dorne Dibble 26 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 179 12.8 2 44 1.8 22.4 179 2 0
Team Total 25.8 12 392 1477 11 51 3.8 123.1 32.7 204 2542 12.5 15 77 17.0 211.8 4019 26 28
Opp Total 12 449 1851 16 4.1 154.3 37.4 163 2164 13.3 18 13.6 180.3 4015 34 33

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*+ 27 LS 9 0 12 87 0 42 7.3 7 169 0 35 24.1 256
44 Lee Riley 23 PR 12 0 14 107 0 20 7.6 5 111 0 30 22.2 218
23 Jug Girard 28 P/RE 12 0 9 25 0 7 2.8 7 117 0 29 16.7 470
28 Dave Middleton 22 KR/RH 12 0 11 188 0 25 17.1 1052
34 Lew Carpenter 23 FB 12 0 4 78 0 24 19.5 933
82 Leon Hart 27 11 0 4 86 0 25 21.5 299
37 Doak Walker* 28 K/LH 12 0 2 5 0 5 2.5 1 24 0 24 24.0 552
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 23 RLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
57 Leon Cunningham 24 8 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
25 Jim David* 28 LDH 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
85 Sonny Gandee 26 LDE 12 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
21 Carl Karilivacz 25 RS 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
61 Jim Martin 31 LLB 9 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
20 Bill Stits 24 RDH 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 182
54 Ted Topor 25 6 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
48 Richie Woit 24 1 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Team Total 25.8 12 41 224 0 42 5.5 45 839 0 35 18.6 5082
Opp Total 12 42 1400 0 33.3 44 942 0 21.4

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 28 P/RE 12 0 56 2310 65 0 41.3
37 Doak Walker* 28 K/LH 12 0 16 9 56.3%% 29 27 93.1%% 9 362 59 0 40.2
48 Dom Fucci 27 12 0 2 72 55 0 36.0
61 Jim Martin 31 LLB 9 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 25.8 12 17 9 52.9%% 29 27 93.1%% 67 2744 65 0 41.0
Opp Total 12 23 8 34.8%% 36 35 97.2%% 60 2448 40.8

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
20 Bill Stits 24 RDH 12 0 3 7 1 7 0 0 4 3 0 0
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 23 RLB 12 0 0 0 8 17 0
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 27 LS 9 0 3 49 0 29 0 0 2 2 36 0
34 Lew Carpenter 23 FB 12 0 0 6 0 0 0
82 Leon Hart 27 11 0 0 2 2 0 0
22 Bobby Layne 29 QB 12 10 0 4 0 0 0
25 Jim David* 28 LDH 12 0 3 44 0 28 0
85 Sonny Gandee 26 LDE 12 0 0 0 3 46 1
12 Harry Gilmer 29 qb 8 2 0 2 1 6 0
23 Jug Girard 28 P/RE 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
44 Lee Riley 23 PR 12 0 2 38 0 23 0 0 1 0 0 0
37 Doak Walker* 28 K/LH 12 0 1 20 0 20 0 0 1 1 0 0
88 Jim Cain 28 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
83 Jim Doran 28 LE 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
21 Carl Karilivacz 25 RS 12 0 2 33 0 23 0
86 Bob Long 21 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
74 Bob Miller 26 RDT 12 0 0 0 2 7 0
68 Jim Ricca 28 MG 6 0 1 33 0 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 George Atkins 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 30 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Gil Mains 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 1
78 Darris McCord 22 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Dave Middleton 22 KR/RH 12 0 0 0 1 6 0
66 Harley Sewell 24 LG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
63 Dick Stanfel* 28 RG 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Richie Woit 24 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 15 224 1 33 0 0 28 34 118 2 1
Opp Total 12 17 33 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
37 Doak Walker* 28 K/LH 12 0 2 5 7 27 9 96
34 Lew Carpenter 23 FB 12 0 6 2 8 48
28 Dave Middleton 22 KR/RH 12 0 2 3 5 30
87 Dorne Dibble 26 8 0 2 2 12
83 Jim Doran 28 LE 10 0 2 2 12
85 Sonny Gandee 26 LDE 12 0 1 1 6
82 Leon Hart 27 11 0 1 1 6
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 30 5 0 1 1 6
72 Gil Mains 26 12 0 1 1 6
20 Bill Stits 24 RDH 12 0 1 1 6
86 Bob Long 21 10 0 1 2
Team Total 25.8 12 11 15 2 1 29 27 9 1 230
Opp Total 12 16 18 1 1 35 8 275

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-25 @ GNB L, 17-20 1 38 pass Jim Doran 38 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
2 1955-09-25 @ GNB L, 17-20 2 fumble Gil Mains yard fumble return (Doak Walker kick)
3 1955-10-01 @ BAL L, 13-28 1 44 pass Dorne Dibble 44 yard pass from Bobby Layne
4 1955-10-01 @ BAL L, 13-28 2 1 pass Dorne Dibble 1 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
5 1955-10-09 RAM L, 10-17 4 17 pass Doak Walker 17 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Doak Walker kick)
6 1955-10-16 SFO L, 24-27 1 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
7 1955-10-16 SFO L, 24-27 2 2 rush Dave Middleton 2 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
8 1955-10-16 SFO L, 24-27 3 11 rush Dave Middleton 11 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
9 1955-10-23 @ RAM L, 13-24 3 27 rush Lew Carpenter 27 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
10 1955-10-30 @ SFO L, 21-38 2 24 pass Doak Walker 24 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
11 1955-10-30 @ SFO L, 21-38 3 7 pass Leon Hart 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
12 1955-10-30 @ SFO L, 21-38 4 3 rush Lew Carpenter 3 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
13 1955-11-05 BAL W, 24-14 2 43 pass Dave Middleton 43 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
14 1955-11-05 BAL W, 24-14 4 6 rush Doak Walker 6 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
15 1955-11-05 BAL W, 24-14 4 1 rush Doak Walker 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
16 1955-11-13 @ PIT W, 31-28 2 30 pass Dave Middleton 30 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
17 1955-11-13 @ PIT W, 31-28 2 34 pass Lew Carpenter 34 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Doak Walker kick)
18 1955-11-13 @ PIT W, 31-28 3 21 pass Doak Walker 21 yard pass from Bill Stits (Doak Walker kick)
19 1955-11-13 @ PIT W, 31-28 4 7 interception Bill Stits 7 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
20 1955-11-20 CHI L, 14-24 1 70 pass Doak Walker 70 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
21 1955-11-20 CHI L, 14-24 2 77 pass Dave Middleton 77 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
22 1955-11-24 GNB W, 24-10 2 3 pass Lew Carpenter 3 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
23 1955-11-24 GNB W, 24-10 4 49 rush Lew Carpenter 49 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
24 1955-11-24 GNB W, 24-10 4 46 fumble Sonny Gandee 46 yard fumble return (Doak Walker kick)
25 1955-12-04 @ CHI L, 20-21 2 2 rush Lew Carpenter 2 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
26 1955-12-04 @ CHI L, 20-21 2 17 pass Jim Doran 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne
27 1955-12-04 @ CHI L, 20-21 3 1 rush Lew Carpenter 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
28 1955-12-11 NYG L, 19-24 1 25 pass Doak Walker 25 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Doak Walker kick)
29 1955-12-11 NYG L, 19-24 4 19 rush Lew Carpenter 19 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-25 @ GNB W, 20-17 3 4 rush Breezy Reid 4 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
2 1955-09-25 @ GNB W, 20-17 4 18 pass Gary Knafelc 18 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
3 1955-10-01 @ BAL W, 28-13 1 2 rush Alan Ameche 2 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
4 1955-10-01 @ BAL W, 28-13 2 15 pass Jim Mutscheller 15 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
5 1955-10-01 @ BAL W, 28-13 2 57 rush Alan Ameche 57 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
6 1955-10-01 @ BAL W, 28-13 3 3 pass Lloyd Colteryahn 3 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
7 1955-10-09 RAM W, 17-10 1 1 rush Dan Towler 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
8 1955-10-09 RAM W, 17-10 3 12 pass Bob Boyd 12 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
9 1955-10-16 SFO W, 27-24 2 53 pass Joe Arenas 53 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
10 1955-10-16 SFO W, 27-24 4 10 rush Dicky Moegle 10 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1955-10-16 SFO W, 27-24 4 44 interception Rex Berry 44 yard interception return (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1955-10-16 SFO W, 27-24 4 5 rush Joe Perry 5 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
13 1955-10-23 @ RAM W, 24-13 1 67 pass Bob Boyd 67 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
14 1955-10-23 @ RAM W, 24-13 4 46 pass Elroy Hirsch 46 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
15 1955-10-23 @ RAM W, 24-13 4 21 rush Ron Waller 21 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
16 1955-10-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 1 3 rush Joe Perry 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
17 1955-10-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 1 1 rush Hugh McElhenny 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
18 1955-10-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 2 11 rush Dicky Moegle 11 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
19 1955-10-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 2 78 pass Carroll Hardy 78 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
20 1955-10-30 @ SFO W, 38-21 4 14 pass Joe Perry 14 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
21 1955-11-05 BAL L, 14-24 2 2 rush Gary Kerkorian 2 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
22 1955-11-05 BAL L, 14-24 3 13 pass Jim Mutscheller 13 yard pass from Gary Kerkorian (Bert Rechichar kick)
23 1955-11-13 @ PIT L, 28-31 2 6 pass Jack O'Brien 6 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)
24 1955-11-13 @ PIT L, 28-31 4 1 rush Lynn Chandnois 1 yard rush (Tad Weed kick)
25 1955-11-13 @ PIT L, 28-31 4 47 pass Ray Mathews 47 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Tad Weed kick)
26 1955-11-13 @ PIT L, 28-31 4 8 rush Ted Marchibroda 8 yard rush (Tad Weed kick)
27 1955-11-20 CHI W, 24-14 1 11 pass Bill McColl 11 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
28 1955-11-20 CHI W, 24-14 3 20 pass Harlon Hill 20 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
29 1955-11-20 CHI W, 24-14 3 40 pass Harlon Hill 40 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
30 1955-11-24 GNB L, 10-24 1 5 pass Gary Knafelc 5 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
31 1955-12-04 @ CHI W, 21-20 2 48 fumble George Connor 48 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
32 1955-12-04 @ CHI W, 21-20 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
33 1955-12-04 @ CHI W, 21-20 4 20 pass Harlon Hill 20 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
34 1955-12-11 NYG W, 24-19 1 6 rush Alex Webster 6 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
35 1955-12-11 NYG W, 24-19 2 22 rush Frank Gifford 22 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
36 1955-12-11 NYG W, 24-19 2 37 pass Frank Gifford 37 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Ben Agajanian kick)