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1965 Detroit Lions

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6-7-1, Finished 6th in NFL West Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: -2.5, Defense: 6.5, SoS: 6.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 257 points (18.4/g), 12th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 295 points (21.1/g), 5th.
 Differential of -38 points (-2.7/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 5.9-8.1.

Coach: Harry Gilmer (6-7-1)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/Chairman William Clay Ford Sr.
General Manager Edwin Anderson
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 257 3303 853 3.9 41 15 18 204 170 374 1834 14 26 4.6 93 453 1469 16 3.2 93
Team Defense 295 3557 802 4.4 46 20 22 210 190 344 2097 21 26 5.3 104 409 1460 9 3.6 84
Lg Rank Offense 12 14 11 6 12 7 14 13 12 14 4 11 5 13
Lg Rank Defense 5 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 3 2 4 3 1 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 Los Angeles Rams 20 0 14 324 228 96 2 9 119 54 65 4
2 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-0 @ Minnesota Vikings 31 29 18 224 148 76 1 15 286 129 157 3
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 3-0 Washington Redskins 14 10 10 118 13 105 6 11 196 119 77 8
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 3-1 @ Baltimore Colts 7 31 14 155 89 66 4 17 363 294 69 2
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 3-2 Green Bay Packers 21 31 18 296 165 131 3 17 374 291 83 1
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 3-3 @ Chicago Bears 10 38 14 260 138 122 5 16 290 148 142 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 4-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 31 7 16 343 227 116 2 18 303 223 80 9
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 5-3 @ Green Bay Packers 12 7 12 180 52 128 4 8 68 -2 70 3
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 5-4 San Francisco 49ers 21 27 17 193 104 89 3 18 324 197 127 3
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 5-5 Chicago Bears 10 17 11 184 118 66 3 14 230 29 201 1
11 Thu November 25 boxscore T 5-5-1 Baltimore Colts 24 24 17 264 77 187 1 22 280 154 126 3
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 5-6-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 17 16 300 155 145 1 20 357 209 148 1
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 5-7-1 Minnesota Vikings 7 29 8 135 106 29 4 15 274 199 75 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore W 6-7-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 35 28 19 327 214 113 2 10 93 53 40 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
16 Milt Plum 30 QB 14 11 4-6-1 143 308 46.4% 1710 12 3.9 19 6.2 55 5.6 3.6 12.0 122.1 51.2 1 2
15 George Izo 28 qb 6 3 2-1-0 24 59 40.7% 357 2 3.4 6 10.2 61 6.1 2.2 14.9 59.5 32.9 0 1
18 Tom Myers 22 1 0 3 5 60.0% 16 0 0.0 1 20.0 8 3.2 -5.8 5.3 16.0 25.8
45 Bobby Felts 23 7 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
31 Amos Marsh 26 13 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 27.3 14 6-7-1 170 374 45.5% 2083 14 3.7 26 7.0 61 5.6 3.2 12.3 148.8 46.7 1 3
Opp Total 14 190 344 55.2% 2508 21 6.1 26 7.6 7.3 5.11 13.2 179.1 67.3 49 411 5.3 3.4 12.5

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
31 Amos Marsh 26 13 0 131 495 6 62 3.8 38.1 10.1 17 159 9.4 2 48 1.3 12.2 654 8 4
32 Joe Don Looney 23 HB 9 0 114 356 5 35 3.1 39.6 12.7 12 109 9.1 1 47 1.3 12.1 465 6 7
33 Nick Pietrosante 28 FB 14 6 107 374 1 12 3.5 26.7 7.6 18 163 9.1 0 54 1.3 11.6 537 1 3
23 Tom Watkins 28 KR/PR 11 0 29 95 0 12 3.3 8.6 2.6 5 53 10.6 0 28 0.5 4.8 148 0 3
35 Tom Nowatzke 23 14 0 27 73 1 14 2.7 5.2 1.9 5 45 9.0 1 22 0.4 3.2 118 2 1
16 Milt Plum 30 QB 14 11 21 37 3 15 1.8 2.6 1.5 37 3 5
45 Bobby Felts 23 7 0 20 58 0 6 2.9 8.3 2.9 3 28 9.3 0 17 0.4 4.0 86 0 1
25 Pat Studstill* 27 fl/P 14 7 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 28 389 13.9 3 55 2.0 27.8 385 3 0
41 Terry Barr 30 FL 7 7 1 -12 0 -12 -12.0 -1.7 0.1 24 433 18.0 3 61 3.4 61.9 421 3 0
15 George Izo 28 qb 6 3 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.8 0.2 -5 0 1
70 Daryl Sanders 24 LT 14 14 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 2 0 0
89 Gail Cogdill 28 SE 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 247 12.4 0 33 2.2 27.4 247 0 0
83 Ron Kramer 30 te 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 206 11.4 1 23 1.3 14.7 206 1 0
80 Jim Gibbons 29 TE 13 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 111 9.3 2 24 0.9 8.5 111 2 0
87 John Henderson 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 140 17.5 1 31 0.7 11.7 140 1 0
Team Total 27.3 14 453 1469 16 62 3.2 104.9 32.4 170 2083 12.3 14 61 12.1 148.8 3552 30 27
Opp Total 14 409 1460 9 3.6 104.3 29.2 190 2097 11.0 21 13.6 149.8 3557 30 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
23 Tom Watkins 28 KR/PR 11 0 23 234 0 41 10.2 17 584 0 94 34.4 966
25 Pat Studstill* 27 fl/P 14 7 5 47 0 17 9.4 10 257 0 42 25.7 689
48 Tom Vaughn 22 14 0 2 50 0 42 25.0 13 316 0 41 24.3 366
45 Bobby Felts 23 7 0 3 27 0 27 9.0 8 229 0 55 28.6 342
35 Tom Nowatzke 23 14 0 2 12 0 12 6.0 130
43 Bobby Smith 27 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
53 Mike Lucci 26 llb 11 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 34 358 0 42 10.5 52 1416 0 94 27.2 5326
Opp Total 14 39 318 1 8.2 43 858 0 20.0

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
25 Pat Studstill* 27 fl/P 14 7 78 3335 69 0 42.8
55 Wayne Walker*+ 29 K/RLB 14 0 22 8 36.4%% 33 33 100.0%%
Team Total 27.3 14 22 8 36.4%% 33 33 100.0%% 78 3335 69 0 42.8
Opp Total 14 22 13 59.1%% 36 36 100.0%% 74 3175 42.9

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
32 Joe Don Looney 23 HB 9 0 0 7 3 0 0
44 Dick LeBeau* 28 LCB 14 0 7 84 1 30 0 0 0 2 23 0
47 Wayne Rasmussen 23 RS 14 0 5 122 2 50 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Milt Plum 30 QB 14 11 0 5 0 0 0
23 Tom Watkins 28 KR/PR 11 0 0 3 2 13 0
76 Roger Brown* 28 RDT 14 0 0 0 4 10 0 1
21 Bruce Maher 28 LS 14 0 4 76 0 35 0
31 Amos Marsh 26 13 0 0 4 0 0 0
70 Daryl Sanders 24 LT 14 14 0 0 4 0 0
56 Joe Schmidt 33 MLB 14 0 4 42 0 14 0
74 Larry Hand 25 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
33 Nick Pietrosante 28 FB 14 6 0 3 0 0 0
59 Ernie Clark 28 LLB 14 4 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Tom Nowatzke 23 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
43 Bobby Smith 27 6 0 0 2 0 0 0
27 Bobby Thompson 26 RCB 11 0 2 3 0 3 0
55 Wayne Walker*+ 29 K/RLB 14 0 2 0 0 0 0
88 Sam Williams 34 RDE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
45 Bobby Felts 23 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
79 John Gonzaga 32 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 John Gordy* 30 RG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 John Henderson 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
67 Wally Hilgenberg 23 llb 13 3 0 0 1 0 0
43 Jimmy Hill 37 4 0 1 9 0 9 0
15 George Izo 28 qb 6 3 0 1 0 0 0
83 Ron Kramer 30 te 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
81 Night Train Lane 36 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mike Lucci 26 llb 11 3 0 0 1 0 0
78 Darris McCord 32 LDE 14 0 0 0 1 4 0
48 Tom Vaughn 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.3 14 26 343 3 50 0 0 27 32 50 0 1
Opp Total 14 26 33 13 2

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
55 Wayne Walker*+ 29 K/RLB 14 0 33 8 57
31 Amos Marsh 26 13 0 6 2 8 48
32 Joe Don Looney 23 HB 9 0 5 1 6 36
41 Terry Barr 30 FL 7 7 3 3 18
16 Milt Plum 30 QB 14 11 3 3 18
25 Pat Studstill* 27 fl/P 14 7 3 3 18
80 Jim Gibbons 29 TE 13 7 2 2 12
35 Tom Nowatzke 23 14 0 1 1 2 12
47 Wayne Rasmussen 23 RS 14 0 2 2 12
87 John Henderson 22 12 0 1 1 6
83 Ron Kramer 30 te 14 7 1 1 6
44 Dick LeBeau* 28 LCB 14 0 1 1 6
33 Nick Pietrosante 28 FB 14 6 1 1 6
76 Roger Brown* 28 RDT 14 0 1 2
Team Total 27.3 14 16 14 3 33 33 8 1 257
Opp Total 14 9 21 1 3 2 36 13 2 295

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-19 RAM W, 20-0 4 34 pass Terry Barr 34 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
2 1965-09-19 RAM W, 20-0 4 47 pass Joe Don Looney 47 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
3 1965-09-26 @ MIN W, 31-29 1 3 pass Jim Gibbons 3 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
4 1965-09-26 @ MIN W, 31-29 2 15 pass Amos Marsh 15 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
5 1965-09-26 @ MIN W, 31-29 2 1 rush Milt Plum 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
6 1965-09-26 @ MIN W, 31-29 4 48 pass Amos Marsh 48 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
7 1965-10-03 WAS W, 14-10 2 50 interception Wayne Rasmussen 50 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
8 1965-10-03 WAS W, 14-10 3 4 rush Joe Don Looney 4 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
9 1965-10-10 @ BAL L, 7-31 3 8 rush Joe Don Looney 8 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
10 1965-10-17 GNB L, 21-31 1 14 pass Ron Kramer 14 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
11 1965-10-17 GNB L, 21-31 1 36 interception Wayne Rasmussen 36 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
12 1965-10-17 GNB L, 21-31 2 55 pass Terry Barr 55 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
13 1965-10-24 @ CHI L, 10-38 4 6 pass Pat Studstill 6 yard pass from George Izo (Wayne Walker kick)
14 1965-10-31 @ RAM W, 31-7 1 16 rush Joe Don Looney 16 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
15 1965-10-31 @ RAM W, 31-7 1 61 pass Terry Barr 61 yard pass from George Izo (Wayne Walker kick)
16 1965-10-31 @ RAM W, 31-7 3 9 rush Joe Don Looney 9 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
17 1965-10-31 @ RAM W, 31-7 4 1 rush Milt Plum 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
18 1965-11-07 @ GNB W, 12-7 2 1 rush Joe Don Looney 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
19 1965-11-14 SFO L, 21-27 3 5 rush Amos Marsh 5 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
20 1965-11-14 SFO L, 21-27 4 22 pass Pat Studstill 22 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
21 1965-11-14 SFO L, 21-27 4 1 rush Nick Pietrosante 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
22 1965-11-21 CHI L, 10-17 1 3 rush Amos Marsh 3 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
23 1965-11-25 BAL T, 24-24 1 13 pass Pat Studstill 13 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
24 1965-11-25 BAL T, 24-24 2 1 rush Amos Marsh 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
25 1965-11-25 BAL T, 24-24 2 62 rush Amos Marsh 62 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
26 1965-12-05 @ SFO L, 14-17 2 20 rush Amos Marsh 20 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
27 1965-12-05 @ SFO L, 14-17 2 1 rush Milt Plum 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
28 1965-12-12 MIN L, 7-29 2 1 rush Amos Marsh 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
29 1965-12-19 @ PHI W, 35-28 1 10 pass Jim Gibbons 10 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
30 1965-12-19 @ PHI W, 35-28 1 1 rush Tom Nowatzke 1 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
31 1965-12-19 @ PHI W, 35-28 2 31 pass John Henderson 31 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
32 1965-12-19 @ PHI W, 35-28 3 30 interception Dick LeBeau 30 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
33 1965-12-19 @ PHI W, 35-28 4 22 pass Tom Nowatzke 22 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-26 @ MIN L, 29-31 1 19 pass Gordie Smith 19 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
2 1965-09-26 @ MIN L, 29-31 3 3 rush Tommy Mason 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
3 1965-09-26 @ MIN L, 29-31 4 3 rush Dave Osborn 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
4 1965-10-03 WAS L, 10-14 4 54 fumble Jim Shorter 54 yard fumble return (Bob Jencks kick)
5 1965-10-10 @ BAL W, 31-7 1 17 pass Jimmy Orr 17 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
6 1965-10-10 @ BAL W, 31-7 1 32 pass Jimmy Orr 32 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
7 1965-10-10 @ BAL W, 31-7 2 6 rush Jerry Hill 6 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
8 1965-10-10 @ BAL W, 31-7 2 35 pass John Mackey 35 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
9 1965-10-17 GNB W, 31-21 3 62 pass Bob Long 62 yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)
10 1965-10-17 GNB W, 31-21 3 31 pass Tom Moore 31 yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)
11 1965-10-17 GNB W, 31-21 3 77 pass Carroll Dale 77 yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)
12 1965-10-17 GNB W, 31-21 4 4 rush Bart Starr 4 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
13 1965-10-24 @ CHI W, 38-10 1 27 pass Johnny Morris 27 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
14 1965-10-24 @ CHI W, 38-10 2 7 pass Gale Sayers 7 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
15 1965-10-24 @ CHI W, 38-10 2 59 pass Johnny Morris 59 yard pass from Jon Arnett (Roger LeClerc kick)
16 1965-10-24 @ CHI W, 38-10 3 3 pass Mike Ditka 3 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
17 1965-10-24 @ CHI W, 38-10 4 89 interception Bennie McRae 89 yard interception return (Roger LeClerc kick)
18 1965-10-31 @ RAM L, 7-31 3 47 pass Marlin McKeever 47 yard pass from Bill Munson (Bruce Gossett kick)
19 1965-11-07 @ GNB L, 7-12 2 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
20 1965-11-14 SFO W, 27-21 1 8 fumble Dave Wilcox 8 yard fumble return (Tommy Davis kick)
21 1965-11-14 SFO W, 27-21 2 7 pass Dave Parks 7 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
22 1965-11-14 SFO W, 27-21 4 75 fumble Clark Miller 75 yard fumble return (Tommy Davis kick)
23 1965-11-21 CHI W, 17-10 2 24 rush Jon Arnett 24 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
24 1965-11-21 CHI W, 17-10 3 20 rush Gale Sayers 20 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
25 1965-11-25 BAL T, 24-24 1 5 pass Alex Hawkins 5 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1965-11-25 BAL T, 24-24 4 52 pass John Mackey 52 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
27 1965-11-25 BAL T, 24-24 4 15 pass John Mackey 15 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
28 1965-12-05 @ SFO W, 17-14 4 34 pass Dave Parks 34 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
29 1965-12-05 @ SFO W, 17-14 4 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
30 1965-12-12 MIN W, 29-7 2 15 pass Paul Flatley 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
31 1965-12-12 MIN W, 29-7 2 2 pass Phil King 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
32 1965-12-12 MIN W, 29-7 4 40 interception Ed Sharockman 40 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
33 1965-12-19 @ PHI L, 28-35 2 9 pass Ollie Matson 9 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
34 1965-12-19 @ PHI L, 28-35 2 2 rush Timmy Brown 2 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
35 1965-12-19 @ PHI L, 28-35 3 63 punt Bob Shann 63 yard punt return (Sam Baker kick)
36 1965-12-19 @ PHI L, 28-35 3 9 pass Ron Goodwin 9 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)