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1959 Detroit Lions

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3-8-1, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.7, Offense: -3.8, Defense: 0.1, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 203 points (16.9/g), 11th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (22.9/g), 8th.
 Differential of -72 points (-6.0/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 3.9-8.1.

Coach: George Wilson (3-8-1)

 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
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 203 3456 785 4.4 46 19 21 198 136 328 1664 10 27 4.3 87 399 1792 13 4.5 90
Team Defense 275 3656 722 5.1 33 19 14 196 147 288 2094 19 14 6.6 103 403 1562 13 3.9 79
Lg Rank Offense 11 10 11 9 7 4 9 12 12 12 8 5 6 6
Lg Rank Defense 8 4 7 3 4 4 8 10 8 8 4 5 5 3

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 9 21 19 334 179 155 5 19 339 222 117
2 Sun October 4 boxscore L 0-2 @ Green Bay Packers 10 28 14 224 142 82 5 10 263 150 113 2
3 Sun October 11 boxscore L 0-3 Baltimore Colts 24 31 16 292 102 190 5 20 409 245 164 3
4 Sun October 18 boxscore L 0-4 San Francisco 49ers 13 34 14 302 185 117 4 20 407 108 299 1
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 1-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 7 18 259 87 172 2 23 345 219 126 5
6 Sun November 1 boxscore L 1-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 7 33 11 183 99 84 3 20 394 198 196 4
7 Sun November 8 boxscore T 1-5-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10 10 16 314 131 183 3 14 189 123 66 4
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 2-5-1 Los Angeles Rams 23 17 10 222 87 135 1 14 302 220 82 3
9 Sun November 22 boxscore L 2-6-1 Chicago Bears 14 24 18 339 196 143 8 13 130 14 116 3
10 Thu November 26 boxscore L 2-7-1 Green Bay Packers 17 24 21 354 164 190 5 12 242 169 73 2
11 Sun December 6 boxscore W 3-7-1 Chicago Cardinals 45 21 24 377 158 219 3 16 289 218 71 5
12 Sun December 13 boxscore L 3-8-1 @ Chicago Bears 14 25 17 256 134 122 2 15 347 208 139 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
18 Tobin Rote 31 qb 10 7 1-5-1 62 162 38.3 861 5 3.1 19 11.7 59 5.3 0.7 13.9 86.1 26.8 0 0
14 Earl Morrall 25 QB 12 5 2-3-0 65 137 47.4 1102 5 3.6 6 4.4 79 8.0 6.8 17.0 91.8 69.1 0 0
87 Jerry Reichow 25 9 0 9 27 33.3 168 0 0.0 2 7.4 41 6.2 2.9 18.7 18.7 24.9 0 0
41 Terry Barr 24 RDH 11 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
28 Yale Lary* 29 LS/P/PR 10 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 26.0 12 3-8-1 136 328 41.5 2131 10 3.0 27 8.2 79 6.5 3.4 15.7 177.6 39.6 0 0
Opp Total 12 147 288 51.0 2340 19 6.6 14 4.9 8.1 7.26 15.9 195.0 80.2 31 246 6.6 5.8 9.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 30 10 0 82 270 2 39 3.3 27.0 8.2 7 34 4.9 1 18 0.7 3.4 304 3 4
33 Nick Pietrosante 22 FB 10 0 76 447 3 37 5.9 44.7 7.6 16 140 8.8 0 20 1.6 14.0 587 3 4
34 Ken Webb 24 KR 12 0 60 222 2 29 3.7 18.5 5.0 12 201 16.8 0 67 1.0 16.8 423 2 5
40 Howard Cassady 25 LH 12 0 52 203 1 18 3.9 16.9 4.3 15 316 21.1 4 59 1.3 26.3 519 5 2
45 Dan Lewis 23 RH 11 0 49 199 2 20 4.1 18.1 4.5 5 75 15.0 0 30 0.5 6.8 274 2 3
18 Tobin Rote 31 qb 10 7 35 156 2 21 4.5 15.6 3.5 156 2 2
14 Earl Morrall 25 QB 12 5 26 112 0 22 4.3 9.3 2.2 112 0 7
87 Jerry Reichow 25 9 0 13 98 0 46 7.5 10.9 1.4 7 118 16.9 1 32 0.8 13.1 216 1 0
41 Terry Barr 24 RDH 11 0 5 57 1 37 11.4 5.2 0.5 10 180 18.0 0 45 0.9 16.4 237 1 2
28 Yale Lary* 29 LS/P/PR 10 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 1.8 0.1 18 0 2
80 Jim Gibbons 23 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 431 13.9 1 38 2.6 35.9 431 1 2
84 Dave Middleton 26 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 402 22.3 2 79 1.5 33.5 402 2 0
83 Jim Doran 32 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 191 13.6 1 25 1.4 19.1 191 1 0
88 Gene Cook 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 43 43.0 0 43 1.0 43.0 43 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 399 1792 13 46 4.5 149.3 33.3 136 2131 15.7 10 79 11.3 177.6 3923 23 36
Opp Total 12 403 1562 13 3.9 130.2 33.6 147 2094 14.2 19 12.3 174.5 3656 32 31

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
41 Terry Barr 24 RDH 11 0 16 102 0 24 6.4 9 224 0 33 24.9 563
28 Yale Lary* 29 LS/P/PR 10 0 21 43 0 12 2.0 61
34 Ken Webb 24 KR 12 0 16 352 0 45 22.0 775
40 Howard Cassady 25 LH 12 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 8 163 0 34 20.4 696
43 Gary Lowe 25 RS 12 0 6 8 0 8 1.3 8
33 Nick Pietrosante 22 FB 10 0 5 98 0 24 19.6 685
84 Dave Middleton 26 LE 12 0 3 30 0 21 10.0 432
20 Jim Steffen 23 8 0 3 0 0 0 0.0 0
45 Dan Lewis 23 RH 11 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 283
47 Jim Martin 35 K/RLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
64 Mike Rabold 22 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
73 Ken Russell 24 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 50 197 0 24 3.9 42 846 0 45 20.1 4966
Opp Total 12 36 1374 0 38.2 37 774 0 20.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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* 29 LS/P/PR 10 0 45 2121 67 0 47.1
79 Gerry Perry 29 10 0 6 3 50.0% 18 18 100.0%
47 Jim Martin 35 K/RLB 12 0 17 7 41.2% 1 0.0%
14 Earl Morrall 25 QB 12 5 11 481 66 0 43.7
55 Wayne Walker 23 9 0 6 5 83.3%
Team Total 26.0 12 23 10 43.5% 25 23 92.0% 56 2602 67 0 46.5
Opp Total 12 21 11 52.4% 34 34 100.0% 69 3010 43.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
43 Gary Lowe 25 RS 12 0 5 130 0 42 0 0 1 2 9 0
14 Earl Morrall 25 QB 12 5 0 7 1 0 0
28 Yale Lary* 29 LS/P/PR 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 38 1
35 John Henry Johnson 30 10 0 0 4 2 0 0
33 Nick Pietrosante 22 FB 10 0 0 4 1 0 0
34 Ken Webb 24 KR 12 0 0 5 0 0 0
85 Gene Cronin 26 de 12 12 0 0 4 5 0
45 Dan Lewis 23 RH 11 0 0 3 1 0 0
72 Gil Mains 30 RDT 12 0 0 1 3 14 0
47 Jim Martin 35 K/RLB 12 0 2 33 0 19 0 0 0 2 0 0
18 Tobin Rote 31 qb 10 7 0 2 2 0 0
41 Terry Barr 24 RDH 11 0 1 29 0 29 0 0 2 0 0 0
40 Howard Cassady 25 LH 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
80 Jim Gibbons 23 RE 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 27 MLB 12 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 1 1 41 0
25 Jim David* 32 LDH 12 0 2 7 0 7 0
53 Bill Glass 24 RDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
86 Bob Long 25 LLB 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
73 Ollie Spencer 28 RT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Charlie Ane 28 C 11 0 0 0 1 10 0
83 Jim Doran 32 10 0 0 0 1 0 1
71 Alex Karras 24 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Dick LeBeau 22 6 0 0 0 1 4 0
84 Dave Middleton 26 LE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Gerry Perry 29 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Jim Steffen 23 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 14 216 0 42 0 0 36 36 121 2
Opp Total 12 58 31 12 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
40 Howard Cassady 25 LH 12 0 1 4 5 30
79 Gerry Perry 29 10 0 18 3 27
47 Jim Martin 35 K/RLB 12 0 7 21
35 John Henry Johnson 30 10 0 2 1 3 18
33 Nick Pietrosante 22 FB 10 0 3 3 18
83 Jim Doran 32 10 0 1 1 2 12
45 Dan Lewis 23 RH 11 0 2 2 12
84 Dave Middleton 26 LE 12 0 2 2 12
18 Tobin Rote 31 qb 10 7 2 2 12
34 Ken Webb 24 KR 12 0 2 2 12
41 Terry Barr 24 RDH 11 0 1 1 6
80 Jim Gibbons 23 RE 12 0 1 1 6
28 Yale Lary* 29 LS/P/PR 10 0 1 1 6
87 Jerry Reichow 25 9 0 1 1 6
55 Wayne Walker 23 9 0 5 5
Team Total 26.0 12 13 10 2 25 23 10 203
Opp Total 12 13 19 1 1 34 11 2 275