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1973 Detroit Lions

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6-7-1, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.0, Offense: 0.8, Defense: 1.2, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 271 points (19.4/g), 13th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 247 points (17.6/g), 12th.
 Differential of 24 points (1.7/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 7.8-6.2.

Coach: Don McCafferty (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 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 271 4046 850 4.8 33 14 11 237 171 327 1913 12 19 5.4 104 496 2133 17 4.3 122
Team Defense 247 3905 866 4.5 33 11 20 245 173 332 1788 15 22 4.9 98 501 2117 10 4.2 127
Lg Rank Offense 13 13 13 8 12 14 17 17 17 14 15 9 4 7
Lg Rank Defense 12 13 12 23 20 13 10 13 3 9 13 16 8 19

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10 24 17 301 193 108 3 29 395 154 241 2
2 Sun September 23 boxscore T 0-1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 13 13 12 192 82 110 3 17 277 101 176 2
3 Mon October 1 boxscore W 1-1-1 Atlanta Falcons 31 6 15 297 39 258 1 15 188 70 118 5
4 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-2-1 Minnesota Vikings 9 23 15 245 91 154 4 17 326 179 147 3
5 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-3-1 @ New Orleans Saints 13 20 19 359 173 186 2 21 334 163 171 2
6 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-4-1 Baltimore Colts 27 29 24 397 227 170 3 19 337 172 165 1
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 2-4-1 Green Bay Packers 34 0 23 329 66 263 2 7 63 3 60 3
8 Sun November 4 boxscore W 3-4-1 San Francisco 49ers 30 20 18 391 232 159 4 16 324 254 70 6
9 Sun November 11 boxscore L 3-5-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 7 28 17 246 119 127 2 23 403 155 248 1
10 Sun November 18 boxscore W 4-5-1 @ Chicago Bears 30 7 10 228 66 162 2 15 258 119 139 5
11 Thu November 22 boxscore L 4-6-1 Washington Redskins 0 20 11 208 134 74 3 20 298 96 202
12 Sun December 2 boxscore W 5-6-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 20 16 17 303 211 92 19 301 132 169 1
13 Sun December 9 boxscore W 6-6-1 Chicago Bears 40 7 22 306 182 124 1 9 79 33 46 2
14 Sat December 15 boxscore L 6-7-1 @ Miami Dolphins 7 34 17 244 98 146 3 18 322 157 165

Passing

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 32 qb 10 7 4-3-0 95 187 50.8 1129 9 4.8 8 4.3 54 6.0 5.1 11.9 112.9 67.8 14 94 5.15 4.25 7.0 0 1
11 Greg Landry 27 QB 7 7 2-4-1 70 128 54.7 908 3 2.3 10 7.8 84 7.1 4.0 13.0 129.7 52.5 13 98 5.74 2.98 9.2 1 0
17 Bill Cappleman 26 7 0 5 11 45.5 33 0 0.0 1 9.1 8 3.0 -1.1 6.6 4.7 14.6 0 0 3.00 -1.09 0.0
34 Mickey Zofko 24 8 0 1 1 100.0 35 0 0.0 0 0.0 35 35.0 35.0 35.0 4.4 118.7 0 0 35.00 35.00 0.0
Team Total 26.5 14 6-7-1 171 327 52.3 2105 12 3.7 19 5.8 84 6.4 4.6 12.3 150.4 60.5 27 192 5.40 3.67 7.6 1 1
Opp Total 14 173 332 52.1 2058 15 4.5 22 6.6 6.2 4.12 11.9 147.0 58.8 33 270 4.9 3.0 9.0

Rushing & Receiving

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
42 Altie Taylor 26 RB 13 13 176 719 5 34 4.1 55.3 13.5 27 252 9.3 0 35 2.1 19.4 971 5 5
36 Steve Owens 26 FB 12 8 113 401 3 16 3.5 33.4 9.4 24 232 9.7 0 30 2.0 19.3 633 3 2
24 Mel Farr 29 11 7 97 373 4 32 3.8 33.9 8.8 26 183 7.0 0 27 2.4 16.6 556 4 3
11 Greg Landry 27 QB 7 7 42 267 2 18 6.4 38.1 6.0 267 2 2
30 Jim Hooks 23 11 0 19 110 0 24 5.8 10.0 1.7 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 116 0 1
34 Mickey Zofko 24 8 0 11 33 0 8 3.0 4.1 1.4 2 16 8.0 0 9 0.3 2.0 49 0 0
35 Leon Crosswhite 22 7 0 11 30 1 5 2.7 4.3 1.6 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.6 34 1 0
19 Bill Munson 32 qb 10 7 10 33 0 11 3.3 3.3 1.0 33 0 3
49 Larry Walton 26 WR 13 11 5 100 1 57 20.0 7.7 0.4 22 309 14.0 4 49 1.7 23.8 409 5 0
89 Ron Jessie 25 WR 14 12 5 31 1 17 6.2 2.2 0.4 20 364 18.2 3 84 1.4 26.0 395 4 1
25 Earl McCullouch 27 11 2 2 12 0 13 6.0 1.1 0.2 9 179 19.9 1 42 0.8 16.3 191 1 0
20 Lem Barney* 28 LCB/PR 14 14 2 9 0 7 4.5 0.6 0.1 9 0 3
88 Charlie Sanders 27 TE 14 14 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 28 433 15.5 2 54 2.0 30.9 432 2 1
17 Bill Cappleman 26 7 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.3 0.1 -2 0 0
18 Herman Weaver 25 P 14 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 1.3 0.1 18 0 1
81 John Hilton 31 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 70 11.7 1 31 0.4 5.0 70 1 0
86 Al Barnes 24 11 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 43 14.3 1 23 0.3 3.9 43 1 1
45 Jim O'Brien 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 14 7.0 0 9 0.2 1.4 14 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 496 2133 17 57 4.3 152.4 35.4 171 2105 12.3 12 84 12.2 150.4 4238 29 30
Opp Total 14 501 2117 10 4.2 151.2 35.8 173 1788 10.3 15 12.4 127.7 3905 25 31

Kick & Punt Returns

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* 28 LCB/PR 14 14 27 231 0 42 8.6 1 28 0 28 28.0 268
26 Dick Jauron 23 FS/KR 14 12 6 49 0 16 8.2 17 405 0 33 23.8 454
42 Altie Taylor 26 RB 13 13 12 295 0 60 24.6 1266
89 Ron Jessie 25 WR 14 12 6 154 0 36 25.7 549
23 Levi Johnson 23 RCB 14 14 3 51 0 21 17.0 51
21 Jim Thrower 26 10 2 3 54 0 23 18.0 54
30 Jim Hooks 23 11 0 2 52 0 26 26.0 168
86 Al Barnes 24 11 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 43
60 Guy Dennis 26 LG 10 8 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
48 Willie Germany 25 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
64 Gordon Jolley 24 14 5 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
57 Jim Teal 23 14 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
49 Larry Walton 26 WR 13 11 1 9 0 9 9.0 418
59 Charlie Weaver 24 RLB 13 13 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
34 Mickey Zofko 24 8 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 56
Team Total 26.5 14 35 289 0 42 8.3 50 1061 0 60 21.2 5588
Opp Total 14 30 166 0 5.5 58 1220 0 21.0

Kicking & Punting

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
18 Herman Weaver 25 P 14 0 54 2333 66 1 43.2
12 Errol Mann 32 K 8 0 2 2 3 2 9 7 4 1 1 1 19 13 68.4% 14 14 100.0%
45 Jim O'Brien 26 10 0 2 2 3 1 6 5 2 1 14 8 57.1% 14 14 100.0%
Team Total 26.5 14 4 4 6 3 15 12 6 1 2 1 33 21 63.6% 28 28 100.0% 54 2333 66 1 43.2
Opp Total 14 31 22 71.0% 26 25 96.2% 65 2698 41.5

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
26 Dick Jauron 23 FS/KR 14 12 4 208 1 95 0 0 2 5 18 0
20 Lem Barney* 28 LCB/PR 14 14 4 130 0 38 0 0 3 3 0 0
23 Levi Johnson 23 RCB 14 14 5 82 0 38 0 0 1 2 0 0
42 Altie Taylor 26 RB 13 13 0 5 1 0 0
53 Mike Lucci 34 MLB 11 9 4 50 0 21 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Mel Farr 29 11 7 0 3 1 0 0
59 Charlie Weaver 24 RLB 13 13 2 32 0 27 0 0 1 1 0 0
19 Bill Munson 32 qb 10 7 0 3 0 -8 0
36 Steve Owens 26 FB 12 8 0 2 1 0 0
76 Rocky Freitas 28 RT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
11 Greg Landry 27 QB 7 7 0 2 0 -4 0
50 Paul Naumoff 28 LLB 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
88 Charlie Sanders 27 TE 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
57 Jim Teal 23 14 1 0 1 1 17 0
18 Herman Weaver 25 P 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
28 Mike Weger 28 SS 12 12 2 20 0 12 0
86 Al Barnes 24 11 2 0 1 0 0 0
73 Bob Bell 25 RDT 13 11 0 0 1 0 0
60 Guy Dennis 26 LG 10 8 0 1 0 0 0
27 Miller Farr 30 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
54 Ed Flanagan* 29 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
30 Jim Hooks 23 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
89 Ron Jessie 25 WR 14 12 0 1 0 0 0
52 Jim Laslavic 22 mlb 14 5 0 0 1 0 0
72 Ernie Price 23 de 12 3 0 0 1 0 0
65 Dave Thompson 24 14 0 0 1 0 -13 0
Team Total 26.5 14 22 522 1 95 0 0 30 26 10 0
Opp Total 14 27 31 20

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
12 Errol Mann 32 K 8 0 14 13 53
45 Jim O'Brien 26 10 0 14 8 38
42 Altie Taylor 26 RB 13 13 5 5 30
49 Larry Walton 26 WR 13 11 1 4 5 30
24 Mel Farr 29 11 7 4 4 24
89 Ron Jessie 25 WR 14 12 1 3 4 24
36 Steve Owens 26 FB 12 8 3 3 18
11 Greg Landry 27 QB 7 7 2 2 12
88 Charlie Sanders 27 TE 14 14 2 2 12
86 Al Barnes 24 11 2 1 1 6
35 Leon Crosswhite 22 7 0 1 1 6
81 John Hilton 31 14 1 1 1 6
26 Dick Jauron 23 FS/KR 14 12 1 1 6
25 Earl McCullouch 27 11 2 1 1 6
Team Total 26.5 14 17 12 1 30 28 21 271
Opp Total 14 10 15 1 25 22 247