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1976 Detroit Lions

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6-8-0, NFC Central Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.8, Offense: -0.6, Defense: 3.4, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 262 points (18.7/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 220 points (15.7/g), 10th.
 Differential of 42 points (3.0/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.4-5.6.

Coach: Rick Forzano (1-3-0) and Tommy Hudspeth (5-5-0)
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Assistant Special Teams)

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, 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 262 4353 939 4.6 33 21 16 259 201 356 2140 20 12 5.1 120 516 2213 9 4.3 123
Team Defense 220 3587 837 4.3 39 15 21 191 137 313 1686 11 24 4.9 76 496 1901 13 3.8 94
Lg Rank Offense 16 14 11 21 12 19 14 5 3 16 15 11 24 9
Lg Rank Defense 10 3 9 17 2 1 2 4 4 14 11 9 11 8

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore L 0-1 @ Chicago Bears 3 10 15 243 134 109 3 12 240 126 114
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-1 Atlanta Falcons 24 10 15 295 97 198 13 236 59 177 5
3 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-2 Minnesota Vikings 9 10 14 251 150 101 2 10 168 52 116
4 Sun October 3 boxscore L 1-3 @ Green Bay Packers 14 24 20 216 61 155 2 15 247 35 212 1
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-3 New England Patriots 30 10 20 329 133 196 10 199 103 96 5
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-4 @ Washington Redskins 7 20 13 247 144 103 3 14 207 98 109 2
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 3-4 @ Seattle Seahawks 41 14 22 369 217 152 1 20 339 242 97 8
8 Sun October 31 boxscore W 4-4 Green Bay Packers 27 6 21 409 187 222 3 11 163 76 87 5
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 4-5 @ Minnesota Vikings 23 31 26 399 191 208 1 19 430 347 83 4
10 Sun November 14 boxscore L 4-6 @ New Orleans Saints 16 17 26 455 284 171 3 6 183 104 79
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 5-6 Chicago Bears 14 10 23 349 146 203 4 11 221 110 111 1
12 Thu November 25 boxscore W 6-6 Buffalo Bills 27 14 17 304 111 193 3 19 322 15 307 3
13 Sun December 5 boxscore L 6-7 @ New York Giants 10 24 16 274 163 111 5 17 383 187 196 3
14 Sat December 11 boxscore L 6-8 Los Angeles Rams 17 20 11 213 122 91 3 14 249 132 117 2

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
11 Greg Landry 30 QB 14 12 5-7-0 168 291 57.7 2191 17 5.8 8 2.7 74 7.5 7.5 13.0 156.5 89.6 55 397 5.18 5.13 15.9 1 1
14 Joe Reed 28 qb 13 2 1-1-0 32 62 51.6 425 3 4.8 3 4.8 57 6.9 5.6 13.3 32.7 69.6 12 93 4.49 3.47 16.2 0 1
18 Herman Weaver 28 P 14 0 1 2 50.0 14 0 0.0 0 0.0 14 7.0 7.0 14.0 1.0 72.9 0 0 7.00 7.00 0.0
81 David Hill 22 te 14 1 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 26.6 14 6-8-0 201 356 56.5 2630 20 5.6 12 3.4 74 7.4 7.0 13.1 187.9 84.6 67 490 5.06 4.73 15.8 1 2
Opp Total 14 137 313 43.8 1904 11 3.5 24 7.7 6.1 3.34 13.9 136.0 43.7 28 218 4.9 2.4 8.2

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
24 Dexter Bussey 24 RB 14 14 196 858 3 46 4.4 61.3 14.0 28 218 7.8 0 27 2.0 15.6 1076 3 6
38 Lawrence Gaines 23 fb 14 7 155 659 4 26 4.3 47.1 11.1 23 130 5.7 1 24 1.6 9.3 789 5 7
25 Horace King 23 FB 7 7 93 325 0 22 3.5 46.4 13.3 21 163 7.8 0 19 3.0 23.3 488 0 4
11 Greg Landry 30 QB 14 12 43 234 1 28 5.4 16.7 3.1 234 1 5
33 Bobby Thompson 29 KR 14 0 13 42 0 9 3.2 3.0 0.9 10 108 10.8 0 38 0.7 7.7 150 0 1
14 Joe Reed 28 qb 13 2 11 63 1 14 5.7 4.8 0.8 63 1 1
43 Andy Bolton 22 7 0 2 27 0 22 13.5 3.9 0.3 27 0 0
49 Larry Walton 29 WR 14 13 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 20 293 14.7 3 28 1.4 20.9 298 3 0
39 Leonard Thompson 24 wr 14 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 3 52 17.3 0 21 0.2 3.7 52 0 0
18 Herman Weaver 28 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
45 Ray Jarvis 27 WR 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 822 21.1 5 74 2.8 58.7 822 5 2
88 Charlie Sanders* 30 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 545 15.6 5 36 2.7 41.9 545 5 0
81 David Hill 22 te 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 249 13.1 5 24 1.4 17.8 249 5 2
89 Dennis Franklin 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.2 3.2 16 0 0
41 J.D. Hill 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 1.0 2.0 2 0 0
55 Ed O'Neil 24 lb 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 32 32.0 1 32 0.1 2.3 32 1 0
Team Total 26.6 14 516 2213 9 46 4.3 158.1 36.9 201 2630 13.1 20 74 14.4 187.9 4843 29 38
Opp Total 14 496 1901 13 3.8 135.8 35.4 137 1686 12.3 11 9.8 120.4 3587 24 27

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* 31 LCB/PR 14 14 23 191 0 30 8.3 191
33 Bobby Thompson 29 KR 14 0 22 431 0 59 19.6 581
28 James Hunter 22 FS 13 8 4 7 0 5 1.8 14 375 0 84 26.8 382
39 Leonard Thompson 24 wr 14 1 5 86 0 32 17.2 138
25 Horace King 23 FB 7 7 3 63 0 26 21.0 551
40 Charlie West 30 SS 14 14 3 9 0 4 3.0 9
65 Ken Long 23 13 0 2 18 0 13 9.0 18
24 Dexter Bussey 24 RB 14 14 1 14 0 14 14.0 1090
57 Garth Ten Napel 22 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 31 207 0 30 6.7 47 987 0 84 21.0 6037
Opp Total 14 39 278 0 7.1 55 1188 0 21.6

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 28 P 14 0 83 3280 69 1 39.5
1 Benny Ricardo 22 K 8 0 1 1 4 3 3 3 6 3 14 10 71.4% 21 19 90.5% 1 16 16 0 16.0
12 Errol Mann 35 k 6 0 1 1 4 2 4 1 1 10 4 40.0% 10 9 90.0%
Team Total 26.6 14 1 1 5 4 7 5 10 4 1 24 14 58.3% 31 28 90.3% 84 3296 69 1 39.2
Opp Total 14 28 15 53.6% 25 25 100.0% 84 3368 40.1

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
28 James Hunter 22 FS 13 8 7 120 1 39 0 0 3 1 0 0
24 Dexter Bussey 24 RB 14 14 0 6 2 0 0
38 Lawrence Gaines 23 fb 14 7 0 7 1 0 0
20 Lem Barney* 31 LCB/PR 14 14 2 62 1 26 0 0 4 1 0 0
23 Levi Johnson 26 RCB 14 14 6 206 1 76 0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Greg Landry 30 QB 14 12 0 5 2 -12 0
52 Jim Laslavic 25 MLB 12 11 2 13 0 13 0 0 0 3 0 0
25 Horace King 23 FB 7 7 0 4 0 0 0
59 Charlie Weaver 27 RLB 14 14 2 24 0 19 0 0 0 2 0 0
81 David Hill 22 te 14 1 0 2 1 0 0
45 Ray Jarvis 27 WR 14 13 0 2 1 0 0
40 Charlie West 30 SS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Dick Jauron 26 fs 6 6 2 0 0 0 0
72 Ernie Price 26 14 1 0 0 2 0 0
82 Ken Sanders 26 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
57 Garth Ten Napel 22 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
33 Bobby Thompson 29 KR 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
18 Herman Weaver 28 P 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
78 Doug English 23 ldt 7 5 0 0 1 0 0
74 Larry Hand 36 RDT 10 10 1 4 0 4 0
71 Craig Hertwig 24 LT 14 8 0 0 1 0 0
66 Bob Kowalkowski 33 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
68 Mark Markovich 24 14 0 0 1 0 -7 0
55 Ed O'Neil 24 lb 14 4 1 16 0 16 0
44 Bob Picard 27 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Joe Reed 28 qb 13 2 0 1 0 0 0
1 Benny Ricardo 22 K 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Leonard Thompson 24 wr 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
27 Maurice Tyler 26 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 24 445 3 76 0 0 38 31 -19 0
Opp Total 14 67 27 12

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Benny Ricardo 22 K 8 0 19 10 49
38 Lawrence Gaines 23 fb 14 7 4 1 5 30
81 David Hill 22 te 14 1 5 5 30
45 Ray Jarvis 27 WR 14 13 5 5 30
88 Charlie Sanders* 30 TE 13 13 5 5 30
12 Errol Mann 35 k 6 0 9 4 21
24 Dexter Bussey 24 RB 14 14 3 3 18
49 Larry Walton 29 WR 14 13 3 3 18
20 Lem Barney* 31 LCB/PR 14 14 1 1 6
28 James Hunter 22 FS 13 8 1 1 6
23 Levi Johnson 26 RCB 14 14 1 1 6
11 Greg Landry 30 QB 14 12 1 1 6
55 Ed O'Neil 24 lb 14 4 1 1 6
14 Joe Reed 28 qb 13 2 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 14 9 20 3 32 28 14 262
Opp Total 14 13 11 1 25 15 220