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1957 Detroit Lions

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8-4-0, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1957 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.0, Offense: 0.7, Defense: 1.4, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 251 points (20.9/g), 6th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 231 points (19.2/g), 7th.
 Differential of 20 points (1.7/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-5.4.

Coach: George Wilson (8-4-0)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)


Team Info

Partial Owner/President Edwin Anderson
Partial Owner Lyle Fife
General Manager Nick Kerbawy
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 251 3840 796 4.8 35 13 13 221 163 361 2029 17 22 5.2 105 409 1811 12 4.4 103
Team Defense 231 3365 728 4.6 43 18 17 198 163 290 1844 15 25 5.7 100 406 1521 13 3.7 81
Lg Rank Offense 6 3 7 3 4 1 4 3 7 9 8 4 8 2
Lg Rank Defense 7 5 2 3 6 7 5 6 3 6 4 5 7 4

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 29 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 14 34 13 201 178 23 4 18 392 241 151 3
2 Sun October 6 boxscore W 1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 24 14 19 327 78 249 2 11 205 107 98 5
3 Sun October 13 boxscore W 2-1 Los Angeles Rams 10 7 12 208 82 126 1 14 241 74 167 6
4 Sun October 20 boxscore W 3-1 Baltimore Colts 31 27 20 369 191 178 4 15 322 205 117 6
5 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 35 24 308 220 88 4 21 357 133 224 4
6 Sun November 3 boxscore L 3-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 31 35 22 416 259 157 26 379 226 153 3
7 Sun November 10 boxscore W 4-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 27 16 18 376 177 199 4 13 201 44 157 5
8 Sun November 17 boxscore W 5-3 San Francisco 49ers 31 10 28 515 370 145 2 16 223 150 73 3
9 Sun November 24 boxscore L 5-4 Chicago Bears 7 27 14 216 110 106 4 17 279 79 200 1
10 Thu November 28 boxscore W 6-4 Green Bay Packers 18 6 13 349 134 215 5 19 286 228 58 3
11 Sun December 8 boxscore W 7-4 Cleveland Browns 20 7 15 226 75 151 1 14 266 197 69 2
12 Sun December 15 boxscore W 8-4 @ Chicago Bears 21 13 23 329 155 174 4 14 214 160 54 2
Playoffs
Division Sun December 22 boxscore W 9-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 31 27 22 324 195 129 4 20 351 224 127 5
Championship Sun December 29 boxscore W 10-4 Cleveland Browns 59 14 22 438 296 142 1 17 313 95 218 6

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
22 Bobby Layne 31 K/qb 11 7 4-3-0 87 179 48.6 1169 6 3.4 12 6.7 65 6.5 4.2 13.4 106.3 53.0 0 0
18 Tobin Rote 29 QB 12 5 4-1-0 76 177 42.9 1070 11 6.2 10 5.6 48 6.0 4.7 14.1 89.2 60.2 1 1
26 Gene Gedman 25 LH 10 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
80 Jerry Reichow 23 12 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
28 Yale Lary* 27 LS/P/PR 12 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.6 12 8-4-0 163 361 45.2 2239 17 4.7 22 6.1 65 6.2 4.4 13.7 186.6 55.9 1 1
Opp Total 12 163 290 56.2 2099 15 5.2 25 8.6 7.2 4.39 12.9 174.9 60.4 32 255 5.7 3.2 9.9

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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
35 John Henry Johnson 28 FB 12 0 129 621 5 62 4.8 51.8 10.8 20 141 7.1 0 16 1.7 11.8 762 5 9
40 Howard Cassady 23 KR/RH 12 0 73 250 3 57 3.4 20.8 6.1 25 325 13.0 3 48 2.1 27.1 575 6 3
18 Tobin Rote 29 QB 12 5 70 366 1 23 5.2 30.5 5.8 366 1 6
26 Gene Gedman 25 LH 10 0 67 278 3 59 4.1 27.8 6.7 10 135 13.5 0 47 1.0 13.5 413 3 1
82 Leon Hart 29 11 0 24 99 0 15 4.1 9.0 2.2 4 55 13.8 0 22 0.4 5.0 154 0 1
22 Bobby Layne 31 K/qb 11 7 24 99 0 21 4.1 9.0 2.2 99 0 3
30 Tom Tracy 23 9 0 16 46 0 17 2.9 5.1 1.8 6 24 4.0 0 7 0.7 2.7 70 0 1
80 Jerry Reichow 23 12 0 2 9 0 7 4.5 0.8 0.2 17 215 12.6 3 32 1.4 17.9 224 3 0
42 Marv Brown 27 4 0 2 6 0 3 3.0 1.5 0.5 6 0 0
87 Dorne Dibble 28 12 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 8 121 15.1 0 23 0.7 10.1 126 0 0
28 Yale Lary* 27 LS/P/PR 12 0 1 32 0 32 32.0 2.7 0.1 32 0 2
83 Jim Doran 30 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 624 18.9 5 65 2.8 52.0 624 5 0
88 Steve Junker 22 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 305 13.9 4 32 1.8 25.4 305 4 0
84 Dave Middleton 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 294 16.3 2 56 2.3 36.8 294 2 0
Team Total 26.6 12 409 1811 12 62 4.4 150.9 34.1 163 2239 13.7 17 65 13.6 186.6 4050 29 29
Opp Total 12 406 1521 13 3.7 126.8 33.8 163 1844 11.3 15 13.6 153.7 3365 28 28

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
28 Yale Lary* 27 LS/P/PR 12 0 25 139 0 36 5.6 171
41 Terry Barr 22 RDH 12 0 9 33 0 18 3.7 9 153 0 27 17.0 186
40 Howard Cassady 23 KR/RH 12 0 10 232 0 37 23.2 807
42 Marv Brown 27 4 0 3 16 0 15 5.3 6 106 0 23 17.7 128
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 29 RS 12 0 3 12 0 8 4.0 4 80 0 22 20.0 92
26 Gene Gedman 25 LH 10 0 6 158 0 45 26.3 571
68 Gene Cronin 24 de 12 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
21 Carl Karilivacz 27 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
79 Gerry Perry 27 12 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
Team Total 26.6 12 41 200 0 36 4.9 37 747 0 45 20.2 4997
Opp Total 12 33 1390 0 42.1 47 1044 0 22.2

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
28 Yale Lary* 27 LS/P/PR 12 0 54 2156 66 0 39.9
22 Bobby Layne 31 K/qb 11 7 11 6 54.5% 25 25 100.0%
47 Jim Martin 33 LLB 12 0 14 7 50.0% 5 5 100.0%
Team Total 26.6 12 25 13 52.0% 30 30 100.0% 54 2156 66 0 39.9
Opp Total 12 17 10 58.8% 29 27 93.1% 55 2258 41.1

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 29 RS 12 0 10 137 1 52 0
35 John Henry Johnson 28 FB 12 0 0 9 1 0 0
21 Carl Karilivacz 27 12 0 5 54 0 30 0 0 1 2 16 0
28 Yale Lary* 27 LS/P/PR 12 0 2 64 0 63 0 0 2 3 0 0
18 Tobin Rote 29 QB 12 5 0 6 0 0 0
40 Howard Cassady 23 KR/RH 12 0 0 3 2 0 0
25 Jim David* 30 LDH 12 0 3 20 0 17 0 0 0 2 6 0
22 Bobby Layne 31 K/qb 11 7 0 3 2 0 0
41 Terry Barr 22 RDH 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
86 Bob Long 23 12 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
43 Gary Lowe 23 7 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
47 Jim Martin 33 LLB 12 0 1 22 0 22 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Charlie Ane 26 RT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
83 Jim Doran 30 LE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Gene Gedman 25 LH 10 0 0 1 1 2 0
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 25 MLB 12 0 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 5 0
57 Roger Zatkoff 26 RLB 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
67 Stan Campbell 27 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Lou Creekmur*+ 30 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Leon Hart 29 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
78 Darris McCord* 24 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
84 Dave Middleton 24 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Bob Miller 28 RDT 12 0 0 0 1 3 0
79 Gerry Perry 27 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Harley Sewell* 26 LG 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Tom Tracy 23 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.6 12 25 311 1 63 0 0 29 34 32 0 1
Opp Total 12 26 28 10

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
22 Bobby Layne 31 K/qb 11 7 25 6 43
40 Howard Cassady 23 KR/RH 12 0 3 3 6 36
83 Jim Doran 30 LE 12 0 5 5 30
35 John Henry Johnson 28 FB 12 0 5 5 30
47 Jim Martin 33 LLB 12 0 5 7 26
88 Steve Junker 22 RE 12 0 4 4 24
26 Gene Gedman 25 LH 10 0 3 3 18
80 Jerry Reichow 23 12 0 3 3 18
84 Dave Middleton 24 8 0 2 2 12
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 29 RS 12 0 1 1 6
18 Tobin Rote 29 QB 12 5 1 1 6
78 Darris McCord* 24 LDE 12 0 1 2
Team Total 26.6 12 12 17 1 30 30 13 1 251
Opp Total 12 13 15 1 27 10 231