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1968 Detroit Lions

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4-8-2, Finished 4th in 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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 207 4022 855 4.7 32 17 221 204 377 2320 17 15 5.5 119 433 1702 6 3.9 87 70 810 15
Opp. Stats 241 3837 830 4.6 36 12 214 157 337 2157 12 24 5.8 105 457 1680 13 3.7 92 76 658 17
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(+)
Games 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(+)
Games 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 5715
Opp Total 14 32 139 0 4.3 44 1017 1 23.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring 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(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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 22 10 45

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA 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 20 3 15 27
55 Wayne Walker 32 RLB 14 0 6 6 6 14 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 26 9 29 207
Opp Total 14 13 12 1 1 1 28 28 15 29 241

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 1 45 pass Mel Farr 45 yard pass from Greg Landry
2 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 3 80 pass Earl McCullouch 80 yard pass from Greg Landry (Wayne Walker kick)
3 1968-09-22 CHI W, 42-0 1 37 pass Earl McCullouch 37 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
4 1968-09-22 CHI W, 42-0 2 86 pass Mel Farr 86 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
5 1968-09-22 CHI W, 42-0 2 1 rush Bill Munson 1 yard rush (Jerry DePoyster kick)
6 1968-09-22 CHI W, 42-0 2 50 interception Bill Swain 50 yard interception return (Jerry DePoyster kick)
7 1968-09-22 CHI W, 42-0 3 15 pass Earl McCullouch 15 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
8 1968-09-22 CHI W, 42-0 4 3 rush Greg Landry 3 yard rush (Jerry DePoyster kick)
9 1968-09-29 @ GNB W, 23-17 2 6 pass Billy Gambrell 6 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
10 1968-09-29 @ GNB W, 23-17 3 3 rush Mel Farr 3 yard rush (Jerry DePoyster kick)
11 1968-09-29 @ GNB W, 23-17 4 12 pass Billy Gambrell 12 yard pass from Bill Munson
12 1968-10-06 @ MIN L, 10-24 4 30 pass Mel Farr 30 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
13 1968-10-13 @ CHI W, 28-10 1 32 pass Mel Farr 32 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
14 1968-10-13 @ CHI W, 28-10 2 9 rush Mel Farr 9 yard rush (Jerry DePoyster kick)
15 1968-10-13 @ CHI W, 28-10 3 1 rush Mel Farr 1 yard rush (Jerry DePoyster kick)
16 1968-10-13 @ CHI W, 28-10 4 1 rush Tom Nowatzke 1 yard rush (Jerry DePoyster kick)
17 1968-10-20 GNB T, 14-14 1 60 pass Earl McCullouch 60 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
18 1968-10-20 GNB T, 14-14 1 11 pass Earl McCullouch 11 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
19 1968-10-27 SFO L, 7-14 3 94 field goal Lem Barney 94 yard field goal return (Jerry DePoyster kick)
20 1968-11-03 @ RAM L, 7-10 1 98 kickoff Lem Barney 98 yard kickoff return (Jerry DePoyster kick)
21 1968-11-10 BAL L, 10-27 4 30 pass Billy Gambrell 30 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jerry DePoyster kick)
22 1968-11-24 NOR T, 20-20 1 20 pass Billy Gambrell 20 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
23 1968-11-24 NOR T, 20-20 3 13 pass Charlie Sanders 13 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
24 1968-12-08 @ ATL W, 24-7 1 26 pass Billy Gambrell 26 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
25 1968-12-08 @ ATL W, 24-7 3 7 pass Billy Gambrell 7 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
26 1968-12-08 @ ATL W, 24-7 4 22 pass Billy Gambrell 22 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 1 50 pass Bob Hayes 50 yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
2 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 2 1 rush Dan Reeves 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
3 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 2 23 pass Craig Baynham 23 yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
4 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 2 35 interception Chuck Howley 35 yard interception return (Mike Clark kick)
5 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 3 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
6 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 4 1 rush Walt Garrison 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
7 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 4 1 rush Walt Garrison 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
8 1968-09-15 @ DAL L, 13-59 4 36 pass Dennis Homan 36 yard pass from Craig Morton (Mike Clark kick)
9 1968-09-29 @ GNB W, 23-17 1 63 pass Carroll Dale 63 yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
10 1968-09-29 @ GNB W, 23-17 4 35 pass Carroll Dale 35 yard pass from Bart Starr (Jerry Kramer kick)
11 1968-10-06 @ MIN L, 10-24 2 3 rush Jim Lindsey 3 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
12 1968-10-06 @ MIN L, 10-24 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
13 1968-10-06 @ MIN L, 10-24 4 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
14 1968-10-13 @ CHI W, 28-10 1 80 pass Cecil Turner 80 yard pass from Larry Rakestraw (Mac Percival kick)
15 1968-10-20 GNB T, 14-14 3 14 pass Carroll Dale 14 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Chuck Mercein kick)
16 1968-10-20 GNB T, 14-14 4 3 pass Boyd Dowler 3 yard pass from Bart Starr (Chuck Mercein kick)
17 1968-10-27 SFO L, 7-14 1 65 pass Clifton McNeil 65 yard pass from John Brodie (Dennis Patera kick)
18 1968-10-27 SFO L, 7-14 4 12 fumble Dick Witcher 12 yard fumble return (Dennis Patera kick)
19 1968-11-03 @ RAM L, 7-10 1 36 pass Willie Ellison 36 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
20 1968-11-10 BAL L, 10-27 1 102 kickoff Preston Pearson 102 yard kickoff return (Lou Michaels kick)
21 1968-11-10 BAL L, 10-27 3 5 rush Tom Matte 5 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
22 1968-11-10 BAL L, 10-27 4 1 rush Terry Cole 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
23 1968-11-17 MIN L, 6-13 3 2 rush Jim Lindsey 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
24 1968-11-24 NOR T, 20-20 2 9 pass Danny Abramowicz 9 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
25 1968-11-24 NOR T, 20-20 3 2 rush Don McCall 2 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
26 1968-12-08 @ ATL W, 24-7 2 60 rush Cannonball Butler 60 yard rush (Bob Etter kick)
27 1968-12-15 @ WAS L, 3-14 4 39 pass Bob Brunet 39 yard pass from Harry Theofiledes (Charlie Gogolak kick)
28 1968-12-15 @ WAS L, 3-14 4 2 rush Pete Larson 2 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)