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1976 Detroit Lions

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in 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
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 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

W# 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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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 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

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
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

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
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

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-19 ATL W, 24-10 4 5 rush Greg Landry 5 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
2 1976-09-19 ATL W, 24-10 4 32 pass Ed O'Neil 32 yard pass from Joe Reed (Errol Mann kick)
3 1976-09-19 ATL W, 24-10 4 39 interception James Hunter 39 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
4 1976-09-26 MIN L, 9-10 4 1 pass Charlie Sanders 1 yard pass from Greg Landry
5 1976-10-03 @ GNB L, 14-24 2 7 rush Dexter Bussey 7 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
6 1976-10-03 @ GNB L, 14-24 2 3 pass Ray Jarvis 3 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
7 1976-10-10 NWE W, 30-10 1 5 rush Dexter Bussey 5 yard rush
8 1976-10-10 NWE W, 30-10 1 21 pass David Hill 21 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
9 1976-10-10 NWE W, 30-10 2 5 pass Charlie Sanders 5 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
10 1976-10-10 NWE W, 30-10 4 3 pass David Hill 3 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
11 1976-10-17 @ WAS L, 7-20 4 56 pass Ray Jarvis 56 yard pass from Joe Reed (Errol Mann kick)
12 1976-10-24 @ SEA W, 41-14 1 20 pass David Hill 20 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
13 1976-10-24 @ SEA W, 41-14 2 70 interception Levi Johnson 70 yard interception return (Benny Ricardo kick)
14 1976-10-24 @ SEA W, 41-14 3 8 pass Charlie Sanders 8 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
15 1976-10-24 @ SEA W, 41-14 3 9 pass Lawrence Gaines 9 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
16 1976-10-24 @ SEA W, 41-14 4 24 interception Lem Barney 24 yard interception return (Benny Ricardo kick)
17 1976-10-31 GNB W, 27-6 1 74 pass Ray Jarvis 74 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
18 1976-10-31 GNB W, 27-6 2 26 rush Lawrence Gaines 26 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
19 1976-10-31 GNB W, 27-6 2 13 pass Ray Jarvis 13 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
20 1976-11-07 @ MIN L, 23-31 2 1 rush Lawrence Gaines 1 yard rush
21 1976-11-07 @ MIN L, 23-31 3 1 rush Lawrence Gaines 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
22 1976-11-07 @ MIN L, 23-31 4 26 pass Larry Walton 26 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
23 1976-11-14 @ NOR L, 16-17 2 5 pass Charlie Sanders 5 yard pass from Greg Landry
24 1976-11-14 @ NOR L, 16-17 4 16 pass Larry Walton 16 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
25 1976-11-21 CHI W, 14-10 2 28 pass Larry Walton 28 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
26 1976-11-21 CHI W, 14-10 2 6 pass Ray Jarvis 6 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
27 1976-11-25 BUF W, 27-14 2 21 pass David Hill 21 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
28 1976-11-25 BUF W, 27-14 3 24 pass David Hill 24 yard pass from Greg Landry (Benny Ricardo kick)
29 1976-11-25 BUF W, 27-14 4 4 rush Dexter Bussey 4 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
30 1976-12-05 @ NYG L, 10-24 2 1 rush Lawrence Gaines 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
31 1976-12-11 RAM L, 17-20 1 4 rush Joe Reed 4 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
32 1976-12-11 RAM L, 17-20 2 9 pass Charlie Sanders 9 yard pass from Joe Reed (Benny Ricardo kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ CHI W, 10-3 3 3 rush Johnny Musso 3 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
2 1976-09-19 ATL L, 10-24 2 5 rush Bubba Bean 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1976-09-26 MIN W, 10-9 4 5 rush Chuck Foreman 5 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
4 1976-10-03 @ GNB W, 24-14 1 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
5 1976-10-03 @ GNB W, 24-14 4 2 pass Bert Askson 2 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Chester Marcol kick)
6 1976-10-03 @ GNB W, 24-14 4 40 pass Steve Odom 40 yard pass from Willard Harrell (Chester Marcol kick)
7 1976-10-10 NWE L, 10-30 3 35 pass Randy Vataha 35 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
8 1976-10-17 @ WAS W, 20-7 3 8 pass Frank Grant 8 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
9 1976-10-17 @ WAS W, 20-7 4 3 rush Mike Thomas 3 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
10 1976-10-24 @ SEA L, 14-41 2 2 rush Hugh McKinnis 2 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1976-10-24 @ SEA L, 14-41 2 9 rush Hugh McKinnis 9 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1976-11-07 @ MIN W, 31-23 1 24 pass Sammy White 24 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
13 1976-11-07 @ MIN W, 31-23 3 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
14 1976-11-07 @ MIN W, 31-23 4 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1976-11-07 @ MIN W, 31-23 4 37 pass Sammy White 37 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
16 1976-11-14 @ NOR W, 17-16 3 69 pass Larry Burton 69 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Rich Szaro kick)
17 1976-11-14 @ NOR W, 17-16 4 2 fumble Warren Capone 2 yard fumble return (Rich Szaro kick)
18 1976-11-21 CHI L, 10-14 1 50 pass James Scott 50 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
19 1976-11-25 BUF L, 14-27 3 48 rush O.J. Simpson 48 yard rush (George Jakowenko kick)
20 1976-11-25 BUF L, 14-27 4 12 rush O.J. Simpson 12 yard rush (George Jakowenko kick)
21 1976-12-05 @ NYG W, 24-10 2 11 pass Ed Marshall 11 yard pass from Craig Morton (Joe Danelo kick)
22 1976-12-05 @ NYG W, 24-10 2 3 rush Doug Kotar 3 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
23 1976-12-05 @ NYG W, 24-10 3 35 pass Ed Marshall 35 yard pass from Craig Morton (Joe Danelo kick)
24 1976-12-11 RAM W, 20-17 3 27 pass Harold Jackson 27 yard pass from James Harris (Tom Dempsey kick)
25 1976-12-11 RAM W, 20-17 3 3 rush Cullen Bryant 3 yard rush (Tom Dempsey kick)