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1968 Detroit Lions

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4-8-2, NFL Central Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: -5.2, Defense: 3.2, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 207 points (14.8/g), 14th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 241 points (17.2/g), 5th.
 Differential of -34 points (-2.4/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: Joe Schmidt (4-8-2)

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
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 207 4022 855 4.7 32 17 15 221 204 377 2320 17 15 5.5 119 433 1702 6 3.9 87
Team Defense 241 3837 830 4.6 36 12 17 214 157 337 2157 12 24 5.8 105 457 1680 13 3.7 92
Lg Rank Offense 14 11 6 14 13 9 9 10 1 8 11 12 14 8
Lg Rank Defense 5 6 8 10 6 5 5 2 6 9 12 6 9 4

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 15 boxscore L 0-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 13 59 15 257 189 68 4 29 542 381 161
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 1-1 Chicago Bears 42 0 22 468 295 173 2 11 167 106 61 10
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 2-1 @ Green Bay Packers 23 17 20 343 190 153 1 15 324 219 105 3
4 Sun October 6 boxscore L 2-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 10 24 9 247 168 79 1 18 265 130 135
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 3-2 @ Chicago Bears 28 10 24 405 161 244 1 12 241 111 130 2
6 Sun October 20 boxscore T 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers 14 14 18 282 70 212 4 16 213 79 134 3
7 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-3-1 San Francisco 49ers 7 14 10 219 141 78 4 16 332 216 116 2
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 3-4-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 10 15 216 144 72 3 9 286 185 101 2
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 3-5-1 Baltimore Colts 10 27 20 308 225 83 17 354 238 116 1
10 Sun November 17 boxscore L 3-6-1 Minnesota Vikings 6 13 6 131 38 93 1 15 252 113 139 3
11 Sun November 24 boxscore T 3-6-2 New Orleans Saints 20 20 15 274 189 85 2 17 262 136 126 3
12 Thu November 28 boxscore L 3-7-2 Philadelphia Eagles 0 12 8 168 66 102 4 12 161 49 112 1
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 4-7-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 24 7 18 342 212 130 1 14 230 58 172 4
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 4-8-2 @ Washington Redskins 3 14 21 368 238 130 4 13 208 136 72 2

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
19 Bill Munson 27 QB 12 12 4-6-2 181 329 55.0 2311 15 4.6 8 2.4 86 7.0 6.8 12.8 192.6 82.3 1 1
11 Greg Landry 22 qb 4 2 0-2-0 23 48 47.9 338 2 4.2 7 14.6 80 7.0 1.3 14.7 84.5 45.7
Team Total 26.4 14 4-8-2 204 377 54.1 2649 17 4.5 15 4.0 86 7.0 6.1 13.0 189.2 74.9 1 1
Opp Total 14 157 337 46.6 2448 12 3.6 24 7.1 7.3 4.77 15.6 174.9 53.4 36 291 5.8 3.5 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
24 Mel Farr 24 HB 9 7 128 597 3 46 4.7 66.3 14.2 24 375 15.6 4 86 2.7 41.7 972 7 2
38 Bill Triplett 28 FB 12 0 120 384 0 17 3.2 32.0 10.0 28 135 4.8 0 25 2.3 11.3 519 0 3
43 Dave Kopay 26 fb 14 5 53 207 0 22 3.9 14.8 3.8 18 130 7.2 0 21 1.3 9.3 337 0 1
40 Nick Eddy 24 5 0 48 176 0 20 3.7 35.2 9.6 8 91 11.4 0 28 1.6 18.2 267 0 3
35 Tom Nowatzke 26 14 0 36 116 1 11 3.2 8.3 2.6 4 6 1.5 0 5 0.3 0.4 122 1 2
19 Bill Munson 27 QB 12 12 25 109 1 20 4.4 9.1 2.1 109 1 5
21 Mike Campbell 23 3 0 7 24 0 5 3.4 8.0 2.3 2 15 7.5 0 9 0.7 5.0 39 0 1
11 Greg Landry 22 qb 4 2 7 39 1 14 5.6 9.8 1.8 39 1 0
25 Earl McCullouch 22 SE 14 0 3 13 0 5 4.3 0.9 0.2 40 680 17.0 5 80 2.9 48.6 693 5 1
46 Jim Welch 30 14 0 3 14 0 11 4.7 1.0 0.2 14 0 0
88 Charlie Sanders* 22 TE 14 0 2 3 0 2 1.5 0.2 0.1 40 533 13.3 1 25 2.9 38.1 536 1 2
15 Jerry DePoyster 22 K/P 14 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 1.4 0.1 20 0 0
3 Billy Gambrell 27 FL 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 492 17.6 7 50 2.0 35.1 492 7 0
23 Phil Odle 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 71 11.8 0 18 0.4 5.1 71 0 0
89 Gail Cogdill 31 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 42 14.0 0 20 1.0 14.0 42 0 0
80 Jim Gibbons 32 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 38 19.0 0 20 0.1 2.7 38 0 0
81 Bill Malinchak 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 41 41.0 0 41 0.1 2.9 41 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 433 1702 6 46 3.9 121.6 30.9 204 2649 13.0 17 86 14.6 189.2 4351 23 26
Opp Total 14 457 1680 13 3.7 120.0 32.6 157 2157 13.7 12 11.2 154.1 3837 25 22

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
20 Lem Barney*+ 23 KR/LCB/PR 14 0 13 79 0 18 6.1 25 670 1 98 26.8 749
27 Bobby Thompson 29 14 0 17 363 0 40 21.4 363
48 Tom Vaughn 25 RS 13 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 5 128 0 31 25.6 128
40 Nick Eddy 24 5 0 4 10 0 11 2.5 277
35 Tom Nowatzke 26 14 0 3 34 0 15 11.3 156
43 Dave Kopay 26 fb 14 5 2 29 0 15 14.5 366
3 Billy Gambrell 27 FL 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 504
62 Ed Mooney 23 14 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
Team Total 26.4 14 19 89 0 18 4.7 54 1247 1 98 23.1 5687
Opp Total 14 32 139 0 4.3 44 1017 1 23.1

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
15 Jerry DePoyster 22 K/P 14 0 3 1 3 2 8 1 15 3 20.0% 20 18 90.0% 71 2868 60 0 40.4
55 Wayne Walker 32 RLB 14 0 14 6 42.9% 6 6 100.0%
Team Total 26.4 14 3 1 3 2 8 1 29 9 31.0% 26 24 92.3% 71 2868 60 0 40.4
Opp Total 14 29 15 51.7% 28 28 100.0% 66 2686 40.7

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
20 Lem Barney*+ 23 KR/LCB/PR 14 0 7 82 0 62 0 0 5 5 0 0
19 Bill Munson 27 QB 12 12 0 5 2 0 0
44 Dick LeBeau 31 RCB 14 0 5 23 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Tom Vaughn 25 RS 13 0 3 33 0 24 0 0 1 1 0 0
28 Mike Weger 23 LS 14 0 5 50 0 18 0
40 Nick Eddy 24 5 0 0 3 1 0 0
78 John Baker 33 LDE 13 0 0 0 3 9 0
38 Bill Triplett 28 FB 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
24 Mel Farr 24 HB 9 7 0 2 0 0 0
25 Earl McCullouch 22 SE 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
58 Paul Naumoff 23 LLB 14 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Tom Nowatzke 26 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
88 Charlie Sanders* 22 TE 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
79 Charlie Bradshaw 32 RT 13 0 0 0 1 2 0
21 Mike Campbell 23 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
54 Ed Flanagan 24 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
85 Lew Kamanu 24 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
43 Dave Kopay 26 fb 14 5 0 1 0 0 0
66 Bob Kowalkowski 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mike Lucci 29 MLB 12 0 1 1 0 1 0
84 Joe Robb 31 RDE 9 0 0 0 1 17 0
51 Bill Swain 27 12 0 1 50 1 50 0
27 Bobby Thompson 29 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Wayne Walker 32 RLB 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 24 242 1 62 0 0 26 21 28 0
Opp Total 14 45 22 10

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
24 Mel Farr 24 HB 9 7 3 4 7 42
3 Billy Gambrell 27 FL 14 0 7 7 42
25 Earl McCullouch 22 SE 14 0 5 5 30
15 Jerry DePoyster 22 K/P 14 0 18 3 27
55 Wayne Walker 32 RLB 14 0 6 6 24
20 Lem Barney*+ 23 KR/LCB/PR 14 0 1 1 2 12
11 Greg Landry 22 qb 4 2 1 1 6
19 Bill Munson 27 QB 12 12 1 1 6
35 Tom Nowatzke 26 14 0 1 1 6
88 Charlie Sanders* 22 TE 14 0 1 1 6
51 Bill Swain 27 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 14 6 17 1 1 1 26 24 9 207
Opp Total 14 13 12 1 1 1 28 15 241