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1974 Detroit Lions

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.6, Offense: 0.5, Defense: -2.1, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 256 points (18.3/g), 14th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 270 points (19.3/g), 15th.
 Differential of -14 points (-1.0/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-7.4.

Coach: Rick Forzano (7-7-0)

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 256 3653 809 4.5 25 14 9 211 216 377 2220 11 11 5.4 114 397 1433 13 3.6 88
Team Defense 270 4338 915 4.7 30 13 19 270 219 405 2236 13 17 5.2 124 486 2102 17 4.3 127
Lg Rank Offense 14 19 4 14 23 13 11 20 2 13 26 24 13 20
Lg Rank Defense 15 20 17 14 24 20 17 8 16 9 14 20 18 23

Team Games & Schedule

W# 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 @ Chicago Bears 9 17 9 156 67 89 3 13 273 175 98 3
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-2 Minnesota Vikings 6 7 9 162 39 123 14 253 119 134 2
3 Sun September 29 boxscore L 0-3 @ Green Bay Packers 19 21 11 290 219 71 19 354 200 154 3
4 Sun October 6 boxscore L 0-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 13 16 17 291 226 65 1 26 334 127 207 1
5 Mon October 14 boxscore W 1-4 San Francisco 49ers 17 13 13 229 130 99 1 17 310 171 139 3
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 2-4 @ Minnesota Vikings 20 16 23 358 276 82 1 25 371 210 161 2
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 3-4 Green Bay Packers 19 17 18 364 249 115 1 22 313 216 97 2
8 Sun November 3 boxscore W 4-4 New Orleans Saints 19 14 10 195 137 58 4 17 280 186 94 5
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 4-5 @ Oakland Raiders 13 35 14 248 185 63 2 31 512 228 284
10 Sun November 17 boxscore W 5-5 New York Giants 20 19 21 294 194 100 3 15 292 133 159 1
11 Sun November 24 boxscore W 6-5 Chicago Bears 34 17 18 307 127 180 2 14 176 75 101 2
12 Thu November 28 boxscore L 6-6 Denver Broncos 27 31 16 252 131 121 2 23 361 121 240 2
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 7-6 @ Cincinnati Bengals 23 19 17 259 70 189 2 15 252 105 147 3
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 7-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 28 15 248 170 78 3 19 257 170 87 1

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
19 Bill Munson 33 QB 11 11 6-5-0 166 292 56.8% 1874 8 2.7 7 2.4 56 6.4 5.9 11.3 170.4 75.3 24 172 5.39 4.90 7.6 3 3
11 Greg Landry 28 qb 5 3 1-2-0 49 82 59.8% 572 3 3.7 3 3.7 45 7.0 6.1 11.7 114.4 77.9 11 83 5.26 4.45 11.8 1 1
49 Larry Walton 27 WR 13 13 1 2 50.0% 29 0 0.0 0 0.0 29 14.5 14.5 29.0 2.2 95.8 0 0 14.50 14.50 0.0
17 Sam Wyche 29 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 26.3 14 7-7-0 216 377 57.3% 2475 11 2.9 11 2.9 56 6.6 5.8 11.5 176.8 74.8 35 255 5.39 4.72 8.5 4 4
Opp Total 14 219 405 54.1% 2423 13 3.2 17 4.2 6.0 4.74 11.1 173.1 65.3 24 187 5.2 4.0 5.6

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
42 Altie Taylor 27 RB 13 12 150 532 5 27 3.5 40.9 11.5 30 293 9.8 1 34 2.3 22.5 825 6 2
36 Steve Owens 27 FB 11 7 97 374 3 27 3.9 34.0 8.8 24 158 6.6 0 13 2.2 14.4 532 3 2
30 Jim Hooks 24 fb 8 6 44 143 0 17 3.3 17.9 5.5 9 53 5.9 0 19 1.1 6.6 196 0 1
31 Jimmie Jones 24 KR 14 2 32 147 1 21 4.6 10.5 2.3 4 35 8.8 0 15 0.3 2.5 182 1 4
11 Greg Landry 28 qb 5 3 22 95 1 19 4.3 19.0 4.4 95 1 2
19 Bill Munson 33 QB 11 11 18 40 1 9 2.2 3.6 1.6 1 -6 -6.0 0 -6 0.1 -0.5 34 1 2
35 Leon Crosswhite 23 rb 14 1 12 49 1 9 4.1 3.5 0.9 3 31 10.3 0 13 0.2 2.2 80 1 1
24 Dexter Bussey 22 11 0 9 22 0 9 2.4 2.0 0.8 4 24 6.0 0 8 0.4 2.2 46 0 1
89 Ron Jessie 26 WR 12 11 6 17 1 18 2.8 1.4 0.5 54 761 14.1 3 46 4.5 63.4 778 4 3
34 Mickey Zofko 25 4 0 3 6 0 3 2.0 1.5 0.8 3 15 5.0 0 8 0.8 3.8 21 0 1
49 Larry Walton 27 WR 13 13 2 3 0 10 1.5 0.2 0.2 31 404 13.0 3 48 2.4 31.1 407 3 1
86 Bob Pickard 22 wr 14 2 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 8 88 11.0 1 18 0.6 6.3 93 1 0
17 Sam Wyche 29 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
88 Charlie Sanders* 28 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 42 532 12.7 3 47 3.0 38.0 532 3 1
45 Ray Jarvis 25 wr 13 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 87 29.0 0 56 0.2 6.7 87 0 1
Team Total 26.3 14 397 1433 13 27 3.6 102.4 28.4 216 2475 11.5 11 56 15.4 176.8 3908 24 24
Opp Total 14 486 2102 17 4.3 150.1 34.7 219 2236 10.2 13 15.6 159.7 4338 30 23

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
31 Jimmie Jones 24 KR 14 2 38 927 0 59 24.4 1109
26 Dick Jauron* 24 FS/PR 14 14 17 286 0 58 16.8 2 21 0 21 10.5 307
45 Ray Jarvis 25 wr 13 2 5 62 0 34 12.4 5 90 0 23 18.0 239
47 Charlie West 28 SS 13 9 6 32 0 9 5.3 4 71 0 25 17.8 103
20 Lem Barney 29 LCB 13 12 5 37 0 11 7.4 37
24 Dexter Bussey 22 11 0 5 59 0 21 11.8 105
89 Ron Jessie 26 WR 12 11 2 55 0 31 27.5 833
34 Mickey Zofko 25 4 0 2 19 0 17 9.5 40
46 Carl Capria 22 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
35 Leon Crosswhite 23 rb 14 1 1 11 0 11 11.0 91
60 Guy Dennis 27 lg 12 5 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
23 Levi Johnson 24 RCB 14 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
49 Larry Walton 27 WR 13 13 1 22 0 22 22.0 429
Team Total 26.3 14 34 429 0 58 12.6 62 1293 0 59 20.9 5630
Opp Total 14 37 275 0 7.4 60 1256 0 20.9

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
18 Herman Weaver 26 P 14 0 72 2772 61 2 38.5
12 Errol Mann 33 K 14 0 8 6 15 13 8 4 1 32 23 71.9%% 26 23 88.5%% 1 18 18 0 18.0
Team Total 26.3 14 8 6 15 13 8 4 1 32 23 71.9%% 26 23 88.5%% 73 2790 61 2 38.2
Opp Total 14 32 20 62.5%% 30 28 93.3%% 62 2306 37.2

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
23 Levi Johnson 24 RCB 14 12 5 139 2 55 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 Jimmie Jones 24 KR 14 2 0 4 1 0 0
20 Lem Barney 29 LCB 13 12 4 61 0 39 0
89 Ron Jessie 26 WR 12 11 0 3 0 0 0
11 Greg Landry 28 qb 5 3 0 2 1 0 0
19 Bill Munson 33 QB 11 11 0 2 1 0 0
42 Altie Taylor 27 RB 13 12 0 2 1 0 0
59 Charlie Weaver 25 RLB 14 14 3 4 0 3 0
47 Charlie West 28 SS 13 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
24 Dexter Bussey 22 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
35 Leon Crosswhite 23 rb 14 1 0 1 1 0 0
26 Dick Jauron* 24 FS/PR 14 14 1 26 0 26 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Jim Laslavic 23 MLB 14 14 1 14 0 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Paul Naumoff 29 LLB 14 14 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Steve Owens 27 FB 11 7 0 2 0 0 0
72 Ernie Price 24 lde 11 6 0 0 2 3 0
82 Ken Sanders 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
75 Jim Yarbrough 28 LT 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
34 Mickey Zofko 25 4 0 0 1 1 0 0
81 T.C. Blair 23 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
29 Ben Davis 29 db 9 3 1 14 0 14 0
74 Larry Hand 34 RDE 13 8 0 0 1 0 0
30 Jim Hooks 24 fb 8 6 0 1 0 0 0
45 Ray Jarvis 25 wr 13 2 0 1 0 0 0
83 Jim Mitchell 26 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0 1
80 Herb Orvis 28 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 4 0
88 Charlie Sanders* 28 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
21 Jim Thrower 27 db 12 1 0 0 1 0 0
49 Larry Walton 27 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 17 266 2 55 0 0 24 22 7 0 1
Opp Total 14 35 23 10 1

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
12 Errol Mann 33 K 14 0 23 23 92
42 Altie Taylor 27 RB 13 12 5 1 6 36
89 Ron Jessie 26 WR 12 11 1 3 4 24
23 Levi Johnson 24 RCB 14 12 2 1 3 18
36 Steve Owens 27 FB 11 7 3 3 18
88 Charlie Sanders* 28 TE 14 14 3 3 18
49 Larry Walton 27 WR 13 13 3 3 18
35 Leon Crosswhite 23 rb 14 1 1 1 6
31 Jimmie Jones 24 KR 14 2 1 1 6
11 Greg Landry 28 qb 5 3 1 1 6
19 Bill Munson 33 QB 11 11 1 1 6
86 Bob Pickard 22 wr 14 2 1 1 6
83 Jim Mitchell 26 RDT 14 14 1 2
Team Total 26.3 14 13 11 2 1 27 23 23 1 256
Opp Total 14 17 13 28 20 1 270

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 @ CHI L, 9-17 4 4 rush Steve Owens 4 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
2 1974-09-29 @ GNB L, 19-21 2 39 pass Larry Walton 39 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
3 1974-10-06 @ RAM L, 13-16 4 34 pass Ron Jessie 34 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
4 1974-10-06 @ RAM L, 13-16 4 1 pass Charlie Sanders 1 yard pass from Bill Munson
5 1974-10-14 SFO W, 17-13 2 1 rush Steve Owens 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
6 1974-10-14 SFO W, 17-13 4 13 pass Larry Walton 13 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
7 1974-10-20 @ MIN W, 20-16 3 1 rush Altie Taylor 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
8 1974-10-20 @ MIN W, 20-16 4 8 rush Altie Taylor 8 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
9 1974-10-27 GNB W, 19-17 2 11 pass Charlie Sanders 11 yard pass from Bill Munson
10 1974-10-27 GNB W, 19-17 3 39 pass Larry Walton 39 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
11 1974-11-03 NOR W, 19-14 1 5 pass Ron Jessie 5 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
12 1974-11-03 NOR W, 19-14 2 78 blocked field goal Levi Johnson 78 yard blocked field goal return
13 1974-11-10 @ OAK L, 13-35 3 1 rush Altie Taylor 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
14 1974-11-17 NYG W, 20-19 1 1 rush Bill Munson 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
15 1974-11-17 NYG W, 20-19 4 7 pass Bob Pickard 7 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
16 1974-11-24 CHI W, 34-17 1 18 interception Levi Johnson 18 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
17 1974-11-24 CHI W, 34-17 2 22 rush Altie Taylor 22 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
18 1974-11-24 CHI W, 34-17 3 1 rush Steve Owens 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
19 1974-11-24 CHI W, 34-17 4 2 rush Jimmie Jones 2 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
20 1974-11-28 DEN L, 27-31 2 23 pass Altie Taylor 23 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
21 1974-11-28 DEN L, 27-31 2 55 interception Levi Johnson 55 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
22 1974-11-28 DEN L, 27-31 4 1 rush Leon Crosswhite 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
23 1974-12-08 @ CIN W, 23-19 2 18 rush Ron Jessie 18 yard rush
24 1974-12-08 @ CIN W, 23-19 3 3 rush Altie Taylor 3 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
25 1974-12-08 @ CIN W, 23-19 4 8 pass Charlie Sanders 8 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
26 1974-12-15 @ PHI L, 17-28 3 1 rush Greg Landry 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
27 1974-12-15 @ PHI L, 17-28 4 21 pass Ron Jessie 21 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 @ CHI W, 17-9 2 1 rush Carl Garrett 1 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
2 1974-09-15 @ CHI W, 17-9 2 9 pass Ike Hill 9 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)
3 1974-09-22 MIN W, 7-6 2 11 rush Chuck Foreman 11 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
4 1974-09-29 @ GNB W, 21-19 3 27 pass Barry Smith 27 yard pass from Jerry Tagge (Chester Marcol kick)
5 1974-10-06 @ RAM W, 16-13 2 4 pass Bob Klein 4 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
6 1974-10-06 @ RAM W, 16-13 3 2 rush Tony Baker 2 yard rush
7 1974-10-14 SFO L, 13-17 4 11 pass Wilbur Jackson 11 yard pass from Dennis Morrison (Bruce Gossett kick)
8 1974-10-20 @ MIN L, 16-20 3 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
9 1974-10-20 @ MIN L, 16-20 3 9 pass Chuck Foreman 9 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
10 1974-10-27 GNB L, 17-19 2 1 rush John Brockington 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
11 1974-10-27 GNB L, 17-19 4 1 rush Jack Concannon 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
12 1974-11-03 NOR L, 14-19 2 30 pass Joel Parker 30 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
13 1974-11-03 NOR L, 14-19 2 5 rush Howard Stevens 5 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
14 1974-11-10 @ OAK W, 35-13 1 1 rush Marv Hubbard 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
15 1974-11-10 @ OAK W, 35-13 1 25 rush Harold Hart 25 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
16 1974-11-10 @ OAK W, 35-13 2 15 pass Cliff Branch 15 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
17 1974-11-10 @ OAK W, 35-13 3 36 pass Cliff Branch 36 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
18 1974-11-10 @ OAK W, 35-13 3 20 rush Marv Hubbard 20 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1974-11-17 NYG L, 19-20 3 5 pass Bob Grim 5 yard pass from Craig Morton (Pete Gogolak kick)
20 1974-11-24 CHI L, 17-34 4 9 rush Cliff Taylor 9 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
21 1974-11-24 CHI L, 17-34 4 5 pass Bo Rather 5 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mirro Roder kick)
22 1974-11-28 DEN W, 31-27 2 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
23 1974-11-28 DEN W, 31-27 3 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
24 1974-11-28 DEN W, 31-27 3 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
25 1974-11-28 DEN W, 31-27 3 1 pass Riley Odoms 1 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
26 1974-12-08 @ CIN L, 19-23 4 2 rush Ed Williams 2 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
27 1974-12-15 @ PHI W, 28-17 1 1 rush Po James 1 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)
28 1974-12-15 @ PHI W, 28-17 1 6 pass Harold Carmichael 6 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Tom Dempsey kick)
29 1974-12-15 @ PHI W, 28-17 3 1 pass Charle Young 1 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Tom Dempsey kick)
30 1974-12-15 @ PHI W, 28-17 4 4 rush Tom Sullivan 4 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)