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1967 Detroit Lions

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5-7-2, Finished 3rd in NFL Central Division  · 1967 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.8, Offense: -1.6, Defense: 3.4, SoS: 1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 260 points (18.6/g), 12th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 259 points (18.5/g), 5th.
 Differential of 1 points (0.1/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 7.0-7.0.

Coach: Joe Schmidt (5-7-2)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/Chairman William Clay Ford Sr.
General Manager Russ Thomas
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 260 3538 848 4.2 40 21 19 215 160 351 1631 14 19 4.3 92 473 1907 14 4.0 104
Team Defense 259 3528 822 4.3 33 10 22 205 143 312 1733 11 23 4.9 85 471 1795 15 3.8 98
Lg Rank Offense 12 13 12 16 13 12 15 12 6 15 5 3 8 5
Lg Rank Defense 5 4 11 13 3 1 2 1 7 4 14 10 9 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 17 boxscore T 0-0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 17 17 10 233 41 192 1 13 306 263 43 5
2 Sun September 24 boxscore W 1-0-1 Cleveland Browns 31 14 29 461 223 238 15 269 78 191 3
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-1-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 28 38 20 310 194 116 3 21 403 313 90 1
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 1-2-1 Green Bay Packers 17 27 7 122 59 63 5 16 249 131 118 4
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 1-3-1 @ Chicago Bears 3 14 9 168 126 42 3 14 265 28 237 3
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 2-3-1 Atlanta Falcons 24 3 15 250 110 140 1 12 223 87 136 1
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 3-3-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 45 3 24 391 162 229 2 10 173 91 82 6
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 3-4-1 Chicago Bears 13 27 12 174 83 91 4 9 180 60 120 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore T 3-4-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 10 10 17 366 89 277 6 7 177 40 137 1
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 3-5-2 @ Baltimore Colts 7 41 16 261 91 170 3 29 351 161 190 1
11 Thu November 23 boxscore L 3-6-2 Los Angeles Rams 7 31 10 108 38 70 4 15 263 171 92 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 3-7-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 24 18 254 167 87 3 19 330 233 97 1
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 4-7-2 @ New York Giants 30 7 16 306 208 98 1 15 149 29 120 1
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 5-7-2 Minnesota Vikings 14 3 12 134 40 94 4 10 190 48 142 3

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
14 Karl Sweetan 25 QB 10 8 4-3-1 74 177 41.8% 901 10 5.6 11 6.2 52 5.1 3.4 12.2 90.1 51.1
16 Milt Plum 32 qb 9 6 1-4-1 86 172 50.0% 925 4 2.3 8 4.7 43 5.4 3.8 10.8 102.8 54.5
24 Mel Farr* 23 FB 13 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.4 14 5-7-2 160 351 45.6% 1826 14 4.0 19 5.4 52 5.2 3.6 11.4 130.4 52.5 0 0
Opp Total 14 143 312 45.8% 2089 11 3.5 23 7.4 6.7 4.08 14.6 149.2 49.2 39 356 4.9 2.6 11.1

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
24 Mel Farr* 23 FB 13 0 206 860 3 57 4.2 66.2 15.8 39 317 8.1 3 31 3.0 24.4 1177 6 7
23 Tom Watkins 30 hb/KR/PR 13 6 106 361 4 28 3.4 27.8 8.2 8 93 11.6 1 27 0.6 7.2 454 5 5
35 Tom Nowatzke 25 14 0 70 288 4 15 4.1 20.6 5.0 21 145 6.9 2 25 1.5 10.4 433 6 3
31 Amos Marsh 28 HB 14 6 58 229 2 25 3.9 16.4 4.1 7 103 14.7 1 35 0.5 7.4 332 3 0
14 Karl Sweetan 25 QB 10 8 17 93 1 18 5.5 9.3 1.7 93 1 4
45 Bobby Felts 25 14 0 10 66 0 22 6.6 4.7 0.7 66 0 1
16 Milt Plum 32 qb 9 6 6 5 0 10 0.8 0.6 0.7 5 0 4
81 Bill Malinchak 23 SE 14 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 397 15.3 4 43 1.9 28.4 397 4 0
89 Gail Cogdill 30 se 12 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 322 15.3 1 52 1.8 26.8 322 1 0
87 John Henderson 24 fl 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 144 11.1 0 41 0.9 10.3 144 0 0
80 Jim Gibbons 31 te 14 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 107 10.7 0 21 0.7 7.6 107 0 0
25 Pat Studstill 29 FL 7 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 162 16.2 2 37 1.4 23.1 162 2 0
88 Ron Kramer 32 TE 11 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 40 10.0 0 16 0.4 3.6 40 0 0
63 Chuck Walton 26 LG 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4 0.1 -0.3 -4 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 473 1907 14 57 4.0 136.2 33.8 160 1826 11.4 14 52 11.4 130.4 3733 28 32
Opp Total 14 471 1795 15 3.8 128.2 33.6 143 1733 12.1 11 10.2 123.8 3528 26 13

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 30 hb/KR/PR 13 6 15 57 0 18 3.8 20 411 0 44 20.6 922
48 Tom Vaughn 24 RS 14 0 4 7 0 12 1.8 16 446 0 60 27.9 453
27 Bobby Thompson 28 12 0 9 20 0 7 2.2 4 134 0 50 33.5 154
20 Lem Barney* 22 LCB/P 14 0 4 14 0 6 3.5 5 87 0 25 17.4 101
28 Mike Weger 22 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 2 27 0 23 13.5 27
57 Ron Goovert 23 14 0 2 40 0 26 20.0 40
45 Bobby Felts 25 14 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 65
85 Jerry Zawadzkas 21 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 34 97 0 18 2.9 50 1145 0 60 22.9 4975
Opp Total 14 38 323 1 8.5 43 959 1 22.3

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
20 Lem Barney* 22 LCB/P 14 0 47 1757 55 0 37.4
25 Pat Studstill 29 FL 7 5 36 1602 78 0 44.5
1 Garo Yepremian 23 k 8 0 1 1 3 1 2 6 2 33.3%% 23 22 95.7%%
55 Wayne Walker 31 K/RLB 14 5 15 5 33.3%% 11 11 100.0%%
Team Total 26.4 14 1 1 3 1 2 21 7 33.3%% 34 33 97.1%% 83 3359 78 0 40.5
Opp Total 14 29 12 41.4%% 32 31 96.9%% 79 3105 39.3

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 Lem Barney* 22 LCB/P 14 0 10 232 3 71 0 0 2 0 -5 0
24 Mel Farr* 23 FB 13 0 0 7 3 0 0
23 Tom Watkins 30 hb/KR/PR 13 6 0 5 4 6 0
44 Dick LeBeau 30 RCB 14 0 4 29 0 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
16 Milt Plum 32 qb 9 6 0 4 1 0 0
14 Karl Sweetan 25 QB 10 8 0 4 1 0 0
59 Ernie Clark 30 LLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
35 Tom Nowatzke 25 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
27 Bobby Thompson 28 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
48 Tom Vaughn 24 RS 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
55 Wayne Walker 31 K/RLB 14 5 0 1 2 0 0
74 Larry Hand 27 RDE 14 0 2 6 2 4 0
71 Alex Karras 32 LDT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
53 Mike Lucci 28 MLB 14 0 2 47 1 31 0
21 Bruce Maher 30 LS 14 0 2 14 0 14 0 1
78 Darris McCord 34 LDE 14 0 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 1 3 0
45 Bobby Felts 25 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
47 Wayne Rasmussen 25 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
63 Chuck Walton 26 LG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Mike Weger 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 23 343 6 71 0 0 32 21 4 0 1
Opp Total 14 24 13 3

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
24 Mel Farr* 23 FB 13 0 3 3 6 36
35 Tom Nowatzke 25 14 0 4 2 6 36
23 Tom Watkins 30 hb/KR/PR 13 6 4 1 5 30
1 Garo Yepremian 23 k 8 0 22 2 28
55 Wayne Walker 31 K/RLB 14 5 11 5 26
81 Bill Malinchak 23 SE 14 6 4 4 24
20 Lem Barney* 22 LCB/P 14 0 3 3 18
31 Amos Marsh 28 HB 14 6 2 1 3 18
74 Larry Hand 27 RDE 14 0 2 2 12
25 Pat Studstill 29 FL 7 5 2 2 12
89 Gail Cogdill 30 se 12 6 1 1 6
53 Mike Lucci 28 MLB 14 0 1 1 6
14 Karl Sweetan 25 QB 10 8 1 1 6
21 Bruce Maher 30 LS 14 0 1 2
Team Total 26.4 14 14 14 6 34 33 7 1 260
Opp Total 14 15 11 1 1 2 2 31 12 259

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1967-09-17 @ GNB T, 17-17 1 24 interception Lem Barney 24 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
2 1967-09-17 @ GNB T, 17-17 2 3 rush Amos Marsh 3 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
3 1967-09-24 CLE W, 31-14 2 4 rush Tom Watkins 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
4 1967-09-24 CLE W, 31-14 3 5 pass Mel Farr 5 yard pass from Milt Plum (Garo Yepremian kick)
5 1967-09-24 CLE W, 31-14 4 4 rush Tom Watkins 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
6 1967-09-24 CLE W, 31-14 4 3 rush Tom Nowatzke 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
7 1967-10-01 @ STL L, 28-38 1 1 rush Mel Farr 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1967-10-01 @ STL L, 28-38 1 2 interception Larry Hand 2 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1967-10-01 @ STL L, 28-38 2 37 pass Pat Studstill 37 yard pass from Milt Plum (Garo Yepremian kick)
10 1967-10-01 @ STL L, 28-38 4 23 pass Pat Studstill 23 yard pass from Milt Plum (Garo Yepremian kick)
11 1967-10-08 GNB L, 17-27 2 4 interception Larry Hand 4 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
12 1967-10-08 GNB L, 17-27 4 34 pass Bill Malinchak 34 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Wayne Walker kick)
13 1967-10-22 ATL W, 24-3 1 44 interception Lem Barney 44 yard interception return (Wayne Walker kick)
14 1967-10-22 ATL W, 24-3 4 25 pass Tom Nowatzke 25 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Wayne Walker kick)
15 1967-10-22 ATL W, 24-3 4 10 pass Bill Malinchak 10 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Wayne Walker kick)
16 1967-10-29 @ SFO W, 45-3 1 31 interception Mike Lucci 31 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1967-10-29 @ SFO W, 45-3 2 1 rush Mel Farr 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
18 1967-10-29 @ SFO W, 45-3 3 4 rush Tom Nowatzke 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1967-10-29 @ SFO W, 45-3 4 19 pass Tom Nowatzke 19 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1967-10-29 @ SFO W, 45-3 4 18 rush Amos Marsh 18 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1967-10-29 @ SFO W, 45-3 4 5 rush Karl Sweetan 5 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1967-11-05 CHI L, 13-27 2 9 pass Mel Farr 9 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1967-11-05 CHI L, 13-27 3 11 rush Mel Farr 11 yard rush
24 1967-11-12 @ MIN T, 10-10 3 26 pass Bill Malinchak 26 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Wayne Walker kick)
25 1967-11-19 @ BAL L, 7-41 4 2 rush Tom Watkins 2 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
26 1967-11-23 RAM L, 7-31 1 3 rush Tom Nowatzke 3 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
27 1967-12-03 PIT L, 14-24 3 3 pass Mel Farr 3 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
28 1967-12-03 PIT L, 14-24 4 3 rush Tom Nowatzke 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
29 1967-12-10 @ NYG W, 30-7 1 35 pass Amos Marsh 35 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Garo Yepremian kick)
30 1967-12-10 @ NYG W, 30-7 2 9 pass Bill Malinchak 9 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Garo Yepremian kick)
31 1967-12-10 @ NYG W, 30-7 2 52 pass Gail Cogdill 52 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Garo Yepremian kick)
32 1967-12-10 @ NYG W, 30-7 4 4 rush Tom Watkins 4 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
33 1967-12-17 MIN W, 14-3 2 71 interception Lem Barney 71 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
34 1967-12-17 MIN W, 14-3 2 3 pass Tom Watkins 3 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Garo Yepremian kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1967-09-17 @ GNB T, 17-17 3 3 rush Elijah Pitts 3 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
2 1967-09-17 @ GNB T, 17-17 4 2 rush Elijah Pitts 2 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
3 1967-09-24 CLE L, 14-31 1 4 rush Leroy Kelly 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
4 1967-09-24 CLE L, 14-31 2 42 pass Paul Warfield 42 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
5 1967-10-01 @ STL W, 38-28 2 1 rush Johnny Roland 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1967-10-01 @ STL W, 38-28 2 1 rush Johnny Roland 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1967-10-01 @ STL W, 38-28 3 57 pass Jackie Smith 57 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1967-10-01 @ STL W, 38-28 3 6 rush Johnny Roland 6 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1967-10-01 @ STL W, 38-28 4 48 pass Billy Gambrell 48 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1967-10-08 GNB W, 27-17 2 19 pass Donny Anderson 19 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Don Chandler kick)
11 1967-10-08 GNB W, 27-17 4 20 interception Ray Nitschke 20 yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)
12 1967-10-08 GNB W, 27-17 4 13 pass Boyd Dowler 13 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Don Chandler kick)
13 1967-10-15 @ CHI W, 14-3 2 3 rush Gale Sayers 3 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
14 1967-10-15 @ CHI W, 14-3 4 29 interception Bennie McRae 29 yard interception return (Mac Percival kick)
15 1967-11-05 CHI W, 27-13 1 1 rush Jack Concannon 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
16 1967-11-05 CHI W, 27-13 1 1 fumble Doug Buffone 1 yard fumble return (Mac Percival kick)
17 1967-11-05 CHI W, 27-13 2 97 kickoff Gale Sayers 97 yard kickoff return (Mac Percival kick)
18 1967-11-12 @ MIN T, 10-10 2 55 fumble Earsell Mackbee 55 yard fumble return (Fred Cox kick)
19 1967-11-19 @ BAL W, 41-7 1 43 punt Jerry Logan 43 yard punt return (Lou Michaels kick)
20 1967-11-19 @ BAL W, 41-7 2 2 rush Tom Matte 2 yard rush
21 1967-11-19 @ BAL W, 41-7 2 2 rush Tom Matte 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
22 1967-11-19 @ BAL W, 41-7 3 1 rush Tony Lorick 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
23 1967-11-19 @ BAL W, 41-7 4 17 pass Alex Hawkins 17 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
24 1967-11-19 @ BAL W, 41-7 4 31 pass Willie Richardson 31 yard pass from Jim Ward (Lou Michaels kick)
25 1967-11-23 RAM W, 31-7 2 39 pass Jack Snow 39 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
26 1967-11-23 RAM W, 31-7 2 8 rush Les Josephson 8 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
27 1967-11-23 RAM W, 31-7 4 6 pass Billy Truax 6 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
28 1967-11-23 RAM W, 31-7 4 2 rush Les Josephson 2 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
29 1967-12-03 PIT W, 24-14 1 1 rush Don Shy 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
30 1967-12-03 PIT W, 24-14 2 1 rush Don Shy 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
31 1967-12-03 PIT W, 24-14 2 66 pass J.R. Wilburn 66 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mike Clark kick)
32 1967-12-10 @ NYG L, 7-30 4 27 pass Aaron Thomas 27 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Pete Gogolak kick)