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1958 Detroit Lions

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4-7-1, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1958 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.1, Offense: -0.1, Defense: 1.1, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 261 points (21.8/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 276 points (23.0/g), 7th.
 Differential of -15 points (-1.2/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-6.4.

Coach: George Wilson (4-7-1)

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

Team Info

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

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 261 3229 718 4.5 33 19 11 195 141 319 1869 20 14 5.3 95 364 1360 9 3.7 89
Team Defense 276 3837 744 5.2 38 16 10 199 167 320 2117 15 22 6.3 95 407 1720 19 4.2 94
Lg Rank Offense 5 12 4 7 10 9 7 3 3 10 8 11 10 11
Lg Rank Defense 7 7 6 8 4 5 7 5 4 7 9 6 10 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 28 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 15 28 12 182 109 73 4 26 416 250 166 1
2 Sun October 5 boxscore T 0-1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 13 13 13 278 245 33 4 15 287 173 114 4
3 Sun October 12 boxscore L 0-2-1 Los Angeles Rams 28 42 26 436 206 230 5 14 347 142 205 3
4 Sun October 19 boxscore L 0-3-1 Baltimore Colts 14 40 14 220 141 79 3 25 535 219 316 2
5 Sun October 26 boxscore W 1-3-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 41 24 21 322 170 152 5 14 273 225 48 7
6 Sun November 2 boxscore L 1-4-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 24 12 171 41 130 2 15 411 177 234 6
7 Sun November 9 boxscore W 2-4-1 @ Cleveland Browns 30 10 18 337 246 91 13 247 118 129 1
8 Sun November 16 boxscore W 3-4-1 San Francisco 49ers 35 21 23 446 293 153 1 22 295 217 78 2
9 Sun November 23 boxscore L 3-5-1 Chicago Bears 7 20 13 171 104 67 15 307 169 138 1
10 Thu November 27 boxscore W 4-5-1 Green Bay Packers 24 14 15 198 104 94 3 14 242 138 104 3
11 Sun December 7 boxscore L 4-6-1 New York Giants 17 19 13 154 14 140 4 13 251 135 116 3
12 Sun December 14 boxscore L 4-7-1 @ Chicago Bears 16 21 15 314 196 118 2 13 226 154 72 5

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
18 Tobin Rote 30 QB 12 11 4-6-1 118 257 45.9% 1678 14 5.4 10 3.9 65 6.5 5.9 14.2 139.8 69.5 0 0
14 Earl Morrall 24 9 0 9 32 28.1% 188 4 12.5 2 6.3 66 5.9 5.6 20.9 20.9 65.1 0 0
22 Bobby Layne* 32 qb 2 1 0-1-0 12 26 46.2% 171 1 3.8 2 7.7 0 6.6 3.9 14.3 85.5 48.7 0 0
26 Gene Gedman 26 11 0 2 3 66.7% 111 1 33.3 0 0.0 81 37.0 43.7 55.5 10.1 149.3 0 0
28 Yale Lary*+ 28 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 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 4-7-1 141 319 44.2% 2148 20 6.3 14 4.4 81 6.7 6.0 15.2 179.0 69.6 0 0
Opp Total 12 167 320 52.2% 2255 15 4.7 22 6.9 7.0 4.89 13.5 187.9 61.9 17 138 6.3 4.2 5.0

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
26 Gene Gedman 26 11 0 92 209 4 17 2.3 19.0 8.4 14 106 7.6 3 24 1.3 9.6 315 7 3
18 Tobin Rote 30 QB 12 11 77 351 3 27 4.6 29.3 6.4 351 3 7
34 Ken Webb 23 KR/LH 12 0 56 172 2 22 3.1 14.3 4.7 11 85 7.7 1 34 0.9 7.1 257 3 3
35 John Henry Johnson 29 FB 9 0 56 254 0 19 4.5 28.2 6.2 7 60 8.6 0 18 0.8 6.7 314 0 3
40 Howard Cassady 24 RH 10 0 45 198 0 33 4.4 19.8 4.5 23 406 17.7 7 81 2.3 40.6 604 7 3
45 Dan Lewis 22 11 0 25 131 0 20 5.2 11.9 2.3 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.1 1.1 143 0 5
14 Earl Morrall 24 9 0 7 41 0 40 5.9 4.6 0.8 41 0 0
22 Bobby Layne* 32 qb 2 1 3 1 0 4 0.3 0.5 1.5 1 0 2
84 Dave Middleton 25 12 0 2 1 0 2 0.5 0.1 0.2 29 506 17.4 3 46 2.4 42.2 507 3 0
28 Yale Lary*+ 28 LS/P/PR 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 2 0 3
80 Jim Gibbons 22 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 367 14.7 2 35 2.1 30.6 367 2 0
83 Jim Doran 31 LE 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 495 22.5 4 65 2.4 55.0 495 4 0
87 Perry Richards 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 90 12.9 0 30 2.3 30.0 90 0 0
81 Tom Rychlec 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 21 10.5 0 33 0.2 1.8 21 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 364 1360 9 40 3.7 113.3 30.3 141 2148 15.2 20 81 11.8 179.0 3508 29 36
Opp Total 12 407 1720 19 4.2 143.3 33.9 167 2117 12.7 15 13.9 176.4 3837 34 27

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*+ 28 LS/P/PR 12 0 27 196 1 71 7.3 198
41 Terry Barr 23 RDH 12 0 11 23 0 22 2.1 4 197 1 86 49.3 220
40 Howard Cassady 24 RH 10 0 3 4 0 4 1.3 6 126 0 39 21.0 734
26 Gene Gedman 26 11 0 7 131 0 27 18.7 446
34 Ken Webb 23 KR/LH 12 0 7 154 0 29 22.0 411
45 Dan Lewis 22 11 0 6 110 0 28 18.3 253
23 Dave Whitsell 22 12 0 3 63 0 23 21.0 63
76 Lou Creekmur 31 LT 12 0 2 23 0 17 11.5 23
80 Jim Gibbons 22 RE 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 371
71 Alex Karras 23 LDT 12 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
84 Dave Middleton 25 12 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 522
81 Tom Rychlec 24 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 21
Team Total 26.2 12 41 223 1 71 5.4 39 839 1 86 21.5 4570
Opp Total 12 44 1027 0 23.3 33 683 0 20.7

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
28 Yale Lary*+ 28 LS/P/PR 12 0 59 2524 62 1 42.8
47 Jim Martin 34 K 12 0 19 7 36.8%% 28 28 100.0%%
79 Gerry Perry 28 12 0 4 4 100.0%% 1 1 100.0%%
22 Bobby Layne* 32 qb 2 1 3 1 33.3%%
14 Earl Morrall 24 9 0 1 25 25 0 25.0
Team Total 26.2 12 23 11 47.8%% 32 30 93.8%% 60 2549 62 1 42.5
Opp Total 12 19 8 42.1%% 35 34 97.1%% 55 2206 40.1

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
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 26 MLB 12 0 6 69 0 25 0 0 2 3 0 0
18 Tobin Rote 30 QB 12 11 0 7 3 -6 0
41 Terry Barr 23 RDH 12 0 3 62 0 40 0 0 2 2 5 0
28 Yale Lary*+ 28 LS/P/PR 12 0 3 70 0 31 0 0 3 1 0 0
25 Jim David* 31 LDH 12 0 3 12 0 7 0 0 1 2 0 0
45 Dan Lewis 22 11 0 0 5 0 0 0
86 Bob Long 24 LLB 12 0 2 28 0 25 0 0 1 2 5 0
40 Howard Cassady 24 RH 10 0 0 3 1 0 0
26 Gene Gedman 26 11 0 0 3 1 0 0
43 Gary Lowe 24 12 0 2 25 0 25 0 0 0 2 0 0
35 John Henry Johnson 29 FB 9 0 0 3 0 0 0
22 Bobby Layne* 32 qb 2 1 0 2 1 0 0
72 Gil Mains 29 RDT 12 0 0 0 3 18 0
34 Ken Webb 23 KR/LH 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
23 Dave Whitsell 22 12 0 1 29 0 29 0 0 1 1 0 0
64 Doug Hogland 27 10 0 0 0 2 0 0
66 Harley Sewell* 27 LG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
55 Wayne Walker 22 12 0 1 33 1 33 0 0 0 1 34 1
50 Charlie Ane* 27 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
67 Stan Campbell 28 RG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Jack Christiansen 30 RS 10 0 1 0 0 0 0
71 Alex Karras 23 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 3 0
81 Tom Rychlec 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 12 22 328 1 40 0 0 36 31 59 1
Opp Total 12 35 27 11 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
47 Jim Martin 34 K 12 0 28 7 49
40 Howard Cassady 24 RH 10 0 7 7 42
26 Gene Gedman 26 11 0 4 3 7 42
83 Jim Doran 31 LE 9 0 4 4 24
84 Dave Middleton 25 12 0 3 3 18
18 Tobin Rote 30 QB 12 11 3 3 18
34 Ken Webb 23 KR/LH 12 0 2 1 3 18
79 Gerry Perry 28 12 0 1 4 13
80 Jim Gibbons 22 RE 12 0 2 2 12
55 Wayne Walker 22 12 0 1 1 2 12
41 Terry Barr 23 RDH 12 0 1 1 6
28 Yale Lary*+ 28 LS/P/PR 12 0 1 1 6
22 Bobby Layne* 32 qb 2 1 1 1
Team Total 26.2 12 9 20 1 1 1 1 33 30 11 261
Opp Total 12 19 15 1 34 8 1 276

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1958-09-28 @ BAL L, 15-28 2 11 pass Howard Cassady 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne
2 1958-09-28 @ BAL L, 15-28 3 30 pass Howard Cassady 30 yard pass from Tobin Rote
3 1958-10-05 @ GNB T, 13-13 2 65 pass Jim Doran 65 yard pass from Tobin Rote
4 1958-10-05 @ GNB T, 13-13 3 4 rush Ken Webb 4 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
5 1958-10-12 RAM L, 28-42 2 2 rush Gene Gedman 2 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
6 1958-10-12 RAM L, 28-42 2 1 rush Gene Gedman 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
7 1958-10-12 RAM L, 28-42 2 54 pass Howard Cassady 54 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
8 1958-10-12 RAM L, 28-42 4 18 pass Gene Gedman 18 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
9 1958-10-19 BAL L, 14-40 2 19 pass Jim Doran 19 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
10 1958-10-19 BAL L, 14-40 4 71 punt Yale Lary 71 yard punt return (Jim Martin kick)
11 1958-10-26 @ RAM W, 41-24 1 86 kickoff Terry Barr 86 yard kickoff return (Jim Martin kick)
12 1958-10-26 @ RAM W, 41-24 2 15 pass Dave Middleton 15 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
13 1958-10-26 @ RAM W, 41-24 2 35 pass Howard Cassady 35 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
14 1958-10-26 @ RAM W, 41-24 3 56 pass Jim Doran 56 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
15 1958-10-26 @ RAM W, 41-24 4 33 interception Wayne Walker 33 yard interception return (Jim Martin kick)
16 1958-11-02 @ SFO L, 21-24 1 3 rush Tobin Rote 3 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
17 1958-11-02 @ SFO L, 21-24 3 2 rush Tobin Rote 2 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
18 1958-11-02 @ SFO L, 21-24 3 18 pass Jim Doran 18 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
19 1958-11-09 @ CLE W, 30-10 2 4 pass Jim Gibbons 4 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
20 1958-11-09 @ CLE W, 30-10 2 34 pass Howard Cassady 34 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
21 1958-11-09 @ CLE W, 30-10 3 13 pass Gene Gedman 13 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
22 1958-11-16 SFO W, 35-21 1 81 pass Howard Cassady 81 yard pass from Gene Gedman (Jim Martin kick)
23 1958-11-16 SFO W, 35-21 1 35 pass Jim Gibbons 35 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
24 1958-11-16 SFO W, 35-21 2 2 rush Gene Gedman 2 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
25 1958-11-16 SFO W, 35-21 2 11 pass Dave Middleton 11 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
26 1958-11-16 SFO W, 35-21 4 24 pass Gene Gedman 24 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
27 1958-11-23 CHI L, 7-20 2 14 pass Howard Cassady 14 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Jim Martin kick)
28 1958-11-27 GNB W, 24-14 1 1 rush Ken Webb 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
29 1958-11-27 GNB W, 24-14 3 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
30 1958-11-27 GNB W, 24-14 4 4 rush Gene Gedman 4 yard rush (Jim Martin kick)
31 1958-12-07 NYG L, 17-19 3 2 pass Ken Webb 2 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Jim Martin kick)
32 1958-12-07 NYG L, 17-19 3 34 fumble Wayne Walker 34 yard fumble return (Jim Martin kick)
33 1958-12-14 @ CHI L, 16-21 2 42 pass Dave Middleton 42 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Gerry Perry kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1958-09-28 @ BAL W, 28-15 1 8 rush Lenny Moore 8 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
2 1958-09-28 @ BAL W, 28-15 2 26 pass Raymond Berry 26 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
3 1958-09-28 @ BAL W, 28-15 4 14 pass Raymond Berry 14 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
4 1958-09-28 @ BAL W, 28-15 4 13 rush L.G. Dupre 13 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
5 1958-10-05 @ GNB T, 13-13 2 40 pass Max McGee 40 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
6 1958-10-12 RAM W, 42-28 2 82 rush Tommy Wilson 82 yard rush (Paige Cothren kick)
7 1958-10-12 RAM W, 42-28 2 14 rush Jon Arnett 14 yard rush (Paige Cothren kick)
8 1958-10-12 RAM W, 42-28 2 8 rush Jon Arnett 8 yard rush (Paige Cothren kick)
9 1958-10-12 RAM W, 42-28 4 6 blocked punt Leon Clarke 6 yard blocked punt return (Paige Cothren kick)
10 1958-10-12 RAM W, 42-28 4 24 rush Joe Marconi 24 yard rush (Paige Cothren kick)
11 1958-10-12 RAM W, 42-28 4 17 rush Jon Arnett 17 yard rush (Paige Cothren kick)
12 1958-10-19 BAL W, 40-14 1 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush
13 1958-10-19 BAL W, 40-14 2 1 rush Alan Ameche 1 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
14 1958-10-19 BAL W, 40-14 3 3 rush L.G. Dupre 3 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
15 1958-10-19 BAL W, 40-14 4 11 rush Lenny Moore 11 yard rush
16 1958-10-19 BAL W, 40-14 4 37 pass Jim Mutscheller 37 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Steve Myhra kick)
17 1958-10-19 BAL W, 40-14 4 27 rush Lenny Lyles 27 yard rush (Steve Myhra kick)
18 1958-10-26 @ RAM L, 24-41 2 11 pass Del Shofner 11 yard pass from Billy Wade (Paige Cothren kick)
19 1958-10-26 @ RAM L, 24-41 3 13 rush Jon Arnett 13 yard rush (Paige Cothren kick)
20 1958-10-26 @ RAM L, 24-41 3 28 interception Will Sherman 28 yard interception return (Paige Cothren kick)
21 1958-11-02 @ SFO W, 24-21 2 4 pass Clyde Conner 4 yard pass from John Brodie (Gordie Soltau kick)
22 1958-11-02 @ SFO W, 24-21 2 73 rush Joe Perry 73 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
23 1958-11-02 @ SFO W, 24-21 4 32 pass Hugh McElhenny 32 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
24 1958-11-09 @ CLE L, 10-30 4 12 pass Ray Renfro 12 yard pass from Milt Plum (Lou Groza kick)
25 1958-11-16 SFO L, 21-35 1 1 rush Joe Perry 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
26 1958-11-16 SFO L, 21-35 4 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
27 1958-11-16 SFO L, 21-35 4 11 pass Clyde Conner 11 yard pass from John Brodie (Gordie Soltau kick)
28 1958-11-23 CHI W, 20-7 3 5 pass Bill McColl 5 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (George Blanda kick)
29 1958-11-23 CHI W, 20-7 3 67 pass Bill McColl 67 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (George Blanda kick)
30 1958-11-27 GNB L, 14-24 1 28 pass Max McGee 28 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)
31 1958-11-27 GNB L, 14-24 3 1 rush Don McIlhenny 1 yard rush (Paul Hornung kick)
32 1958-12-07 NYG W, 19-17 2 6 pass Alex Webster 6 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
33 1958-12-07 NYG W, 19-17 4 1 rush Frank Gifford 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
34 1958-12-14 @ CHI W, 21-16 2 19 pass Bill McColl 19 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
35 1958-12-14 @ CHI W, 21-16 4 30 pass Ralph Anderson 30 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
36 1958-12-14 @ CHI W, 21-16 4 36 rush Willie Galimore 36 yard rush (George Blanda kick)