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1979 Detroit Lions

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2-14-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -11.0, Offense: -6.6, Defense: -4.4, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 219 points (13.7/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 365 points (22.8/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -146 points (-9.1/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 3.7-12.3.

Coach: Monte Clark (2-14-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Schnelker

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 219 4013 944 4.3 46 19 11 227 218 452 2336 14 27 4.6 131 441 1677 11 3.8 85
Team Defense 365 4957 1085 4.6 26 12 41 311 220 402 2442 15 14 5.5 128 638 2515 22 3.9 142
Lg Rank Offense 28 26 26 20 27 16 23 25 26 26 28 25 26 21
Lg Rank Defense 23 11 27 25 18 2 2 8 26 10 27 25 20 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 1 boxscore L 0-1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 31 16 231 89 142 3 18 334 105 229 1
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 0-2 Washington Redskins 24 27 20 374 157 217 6 23 321 139 182 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-3 @ New York Jets 10 31 12 229 176 53 3 22 387 178 209 1
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 1-3 Atlanta Falcons 24 23 22 400 249 151 1 11 270 126 144 1
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 1-4 Minnesota Vikings 10 13 11 193 97 96 2 18 287 150 137 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-5 @ New England Patriots 17 24 9 211 156 55 3 22 251 111 140 2
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-6 @ Green Bay Packers 16 24 13 247 154 93 2 18 298 109 189 2
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-7 @ New Orleans Saints 7 17 13 197 117 80 4 18 284 125 159 3
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L 1-8 Buffalo Bills 17 20 20 377 169 208 1 18 424 319 105 3
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 1-9 @ Chicago Bears 7 35 11 199 117 82 5 21 308 147 161
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 1-10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 16 16 267 229 38 3 17 286 182 104 1
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 1-11 @ Minnesota Vikings 7 14 13 167 102 65 3 20 295 121 174 1
13 Thu November 22 boxscore W 2-11 Chicago Bears 20 0 18 331 225 106 3 14 220 142 78 3
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 2-12 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 44 5 180 127 53 1 29 384 217 167 2
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 2-13 Miami Dolphins 10 28 10 182 100 82 3 22 321 179 142 2
16 Sat December 15 boxscore L 2-14 Green Bay Packers 13 18 18 228 72 156 3 20 287 92 195

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 Jeff Komlo 23 QB 16 14 2-12-0 183 368 49.7% 2238 11 3.0 23 6.3 40 6.1 3.9 12.2 139.9 52.8 40 361 4.60 2.60 9.8 1 1
10 Scott Hunter 32 13 0 18 41 43.9% 321 1 2.4 1 2.4 82 7.8 7.2 17.8 24.7 69.3 4 33 6.40 5.84 8.9
14 Joe Reed 31 qb 2 1 0-1-0 14 32 43.8% 164 2 6.3 1 3.1 50 5.1 5.0 11.7 82.0 67.7 5 27 3.70 3.57 13.5
17 Jerry Golsteyn 25 qb 1 1 0-1-0 2 9 22.2% 16 0 0.0 2 22.2 15 1.8 -8.2 8.0 16.0 0.0 2 18 -0.18 -8.36 18.2
15 Tom Skladany 24 p 2 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
12 Larry Swider 24 P 14 0 1 1 100.0% 36 0 0.0 0 0.0 36 36.0 36.0 36.0 2.6 118.7 0 0 36.00 36.00 0.0
Team Total 25.7 16 2-14-0 218 452 48.2% 2775 14 3.1 27 6.0 82 6.1 4.1 12.7 173.4 53.3 51 439 4.64 2.79 10.1 1 1
Opp Total 16 220 402 54.7% 2787 15 3.7 14 3.5 6.9 6.11 12.7 174.2 74.5 45 345 5.5 4.7 10.1

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 27 RB 16 10 144 625 1 38 4.3 39.1 9.0 15 102 6.8 0 22 0.9 6.4 727 1 3
32 Rick Kane 25 rb 16 6 94 332 4 26 3.5 20.8 5.9 9 104 11.6 1 36 0.6 6.5 436 5 4
36 Bo Robinson 23 FB 14 12 87 302 2 29 3.5 21.6 6.2 14 118 8.4 0 14 1.0 8.4 420 2 3
25 Horace King 26 rb 16 4 39 160 1 23 4.1 10.0 2.4 18 150 8.3 0 30 1.1 9.4 310 1 1
19 Jeff Komlo 23 QB 16 14 30 107 2 16 3.6 6.7 1.9 107 2 11
38 Lawrence Gaines 26 16 0 23 55 0 6 2.4 3.4 1.4 55 0 1
87 Freddie Scott 27 WR 14 14 6 21 0 18 3.5 1.5 0.4 62 929 15.0 5 50 4.4 66.4 950 5 2
39 Leonard Thompson 27 wr 15 1 5 24 0 16 4.8 1.6 0.3 24 451 18.8 2 82 1.6 30.1 475 2 3
31 Ken Callicutt 24 KR 16 0 3 6 0 10 2.0 0.4 0.2 2 16 8.0 0 11 0.1 1.0 22 0 2
10 Scott Hunter 32 13 0 2 3 1 2 1.5 0.2 0.2 3 1 0
14 Joe Reed 31 qb 2 1 2 11 0 11 5.5 5.5 1.0 11 0 0
81 David Hill* 25 TE 16 15 1 15 0 15 15.0 0.9 0.1 47 569 12.1 3 40 2.9 35.6 584 3 1
18 Gene Washington 32 WR 16 13 1 24 0 24 24.0 1.5 0.1 14 192 13.7 1 29 0.9 12.0 216 1 0
89 Luther Blue 25 9 3 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.9 0.1 8 102 12.8 1 26 0.9 11.3 94 1 0
17 Jerry Golsteyn 25 qb 1 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 1
55 Ed O'Neil 27 LLB 16 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
12 Larry Swider 24 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
80 Ulysses Norris 22 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 43 10.8 1 34 0.3 2.7 43 1 0
73 Russ Bolinger 25 RG 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 -1 0 0
Team Total 25.7 16 441 1677 11 38 3.8 104.8 27.6 218 2775 12.7 14 82 13.6 173.4 4452 25 37
Opp Total 16 638 2515 22 3.9 157.2 39.9 220 2442 11.1 15 13.8 152.6 4957 37 30

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
47 John Arnold 24 PR 7 0 19 164 0 27 8.6 23 539 0 69 23.4 703
31 Ken Callicutt 24 KR 16 0 4 25 0 13 6.3 24 406 0 31 16.9 453
39 Leonard Thompson 27 wr 15 1 9 117 0 31 13.0 6 151 0 26 25.2 743
32 Rick Kane 25 rb 16 6 13 281 0 37 21.6 717
20 Ken Ellis 32 7 1 8 43 0 15 5.4 43
26 Tony Leonard 26 1 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 3 70 0 28 23.3 77
42 Robert Woods 24 1 0 2 12 0 9 6.0 2 34 0 17 17.0 46
57 Ken Fantetti 22 mlb 16 8 2 18 0 17 9.0 18
25 Horace King 26 rb 16 4 2 36 0 20 18.0 346
89 Luther Blue 25 9 3 1 26 0 26 26.0 120
79 William Gay 24 de 15 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
48 Eddie Lewis 26 8 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -1
67 Wally Pesuit 25 16 5 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
36 Bo Robinson 23 FB 14 12 1 8 0 8 8.0 428
Team Total 25.7 16 45 372 0 31 8.3 78 1569 0 69 20.1 6393
Opp Total 16 57 440 1 7.7 51 987 1 19.4

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
12 Larry Swider 24 P 14 0 88 3523 72 0 40.0
1 Benny Ricardo 25 K 16 0 4 4 4 4 8 2 2 18 10 55.6%% 26 25 96.2%%
15 Tom Skladany 24 p 2 0 10 406 52 0 40.6
Team Total 25.7 16 4 4 4 4 8 2 2 18 10 55.6%% 26 25 96.2%% 98 3929 72 0 40.1
Opp Total 16 36 24 66.7%% 42 41 97.6%% 83 3320 40.0

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
19 Jeff Komlo 23 QB 16 14 0 11 6 -22 0
32 Rick Kane 25 rb 16 6 0 4 2 0 0
40 Jimmy Allen 27 SS 16 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Luther Bradley 24 RCB 16 16 4 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Bo Robinson 23 FB 14 12 0 3 1 0 0
24 Dexter Bussey 27 RB 16 10 0 3 0 0 0
31 Ken Callicutt 24 KR 16 0 0 2 1 0 0
28 James Hunter 25 FS 15 15 3 6 0 6 0
25 Horace King 26 rb 16 4 0 1 2 0 0
87 Freddie Scott 27 WR 14 14 0 2 1 0 0
12 Larry Swider 24 P 14 0 0 1 2 0 0
39 Leonard Thompson 27 wr 15 1 0 3 0 0 0
20 Ken Ellis 32 7 1 0 1 1 0 0
78 Doug English 26 RDT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0 1
79 William Gay 24 de 15 2 0 1 1 0 1
17 Jerry Golsteyn 25 qb 1 1 0 1 1 -1 0
81 David Hill* 25 TE 16 15 0 1 1 0 0
59 Charlie Weaver 30 MLB 8 8 1 17 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 Walt Williams 25 LCB 12 7 2 39 1 36 0
60 Al Baker* 23 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
53 Jon Brooks 22 15 10 0 0 1 0 0
50 Eddie Cole 23 lb 15 2 0 0 1 0 0
58 Dennis Franks 26 13 0 0 1 0 -10 0
38 Lawrence Gaines 26 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
71 Dave Gallagher 27 LDT 10 7 0 0 1 0 0
46 Doug Jones 29 10 6 0 0 1 0 0
26 Tony Leonard 26 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
75 Dave Pureifory 30 LDE 15 15 0 0 1 37 0
Team Total 25.7 16 14 73 1 36 0 0 37 30 4 1 1
Opp Total 16 51 30 18

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 25 K 16 0 25 10 55
32 Rick Kane 25 rb 16 6 4 1 5 30
87 Freddie Scott 27 WR 14 14 5 5 30
81 David Hill* 25 TE 16 15 3 3 18
19 Jeff Komlo 23 QB 16 14 2 2 12
36 Bo Robinson 23 FB 14 12 2 2 12
39 Leonard Thompson 27 wr 15 1 2 2 12
89 Luther Blue 25 9 3 1 1 6
24 Dexter Bussey 27 RB 16 10 1 1 6
79 William Gay 24 de 15 2 1 1 6
10 Scott Hunter 32 13 0 1 1 6
25 Horace King 26 rb 16 4 1 1 6
80 Ulysses Norris 22 te 16 2 1 1 6
18 Gene Washington 32 WR 16 13 1 1 6
21 Walt Williams 25 LCB 12 7 1 1 6
78 Doug English 26 RDT 16 16 1 2
Team Total 25.7 16 11 14 1 1 27 25 10 1 219
Opp Total 16 22 15 1 1 1 2 41 24 365

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-01 @ TAM L, 16-31 2 11 pass David Hill 11 yard pass from Joe Reed (Benny Ricardo kick)
2 1979-09-01 @ TAM L, 16-31 4 3 rush Rick Kane 3 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
3 1979-09-09 WAS L, 24-27 4 2 rush Bo Robinson 2 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
4 1979-09-09 WAS L, 24-27 4 12 rush Rick Kane 12 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
5 1979-09-09 WAS L, 24-27 4 24 pass Freddie Scott 24 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
6 1979-09-16 @ NYJ L, 10-31 2 12 pass David Hill 12 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
7 1979-09-23 ATL W, 24-23 1 15 pass Freddie Scott 15 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
8 1979-09-23 ATL W, 24-23 4 13 pass Luther Blue 13 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
9 1979-09-23 ATL W, 24-23 4 26 rush Rick Kane 26 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
10 1979-09-30 MIN L, 10-13 4 10 pass Rick Kane 10 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
11 1979-10-07 @ NWE L, 17-24 3 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
12 1979-10-07 @ NWE L, 17-24 3 0 fumble William Gay 0 yard fumble return (Benny Ricardo kick)
13 1979-10-14 @ GNB L, 16-24 2 36 interception Walt Williams 36 yard interception return
14 1979-10-14 @ GNB L, 16-24 3 38 pass Leonard Thompson 38 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
15 1979-10-21 @ NOR L, 7-17 3 5 pass David Hill 5 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
16 1979-10-28 BUF L, 17-20 1 5 pass Freddie Scott 5 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
17 1979-10-28 BUF L, 17-20 1 11 rush Horace King 11 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
18 1979-11-04 @ CHI L, 7-35 2 4 pass Ulysses Norris 4 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
19 1979-11-11 TAM L, 14-16 1 7 rush Bo Robinson 7 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
20 1979-11-11 TAM L, 14-16 3 14 pass Freddie Scott 14 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
21 1979-11-18 @ MIN L, 7-14 2 13 rush Jeff Komlo 13 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
22 1979-11-22 CHI W, 20-0 2 22 pass Leonard Thompson 22 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
23 1979-11-22 CHI W, 20-0 4 1 rush Rick Kane 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
24 1979-12-02 @ PHI L, 7-44 3 34 pass Freddie Scott 34 yard pass from Joe Reed (Benny Ricardo kick)
25 1979-12-09 MIA L, 10-28 4 29 pass Gene Washington 29 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Benny Ricardo kick)
26 1979-12-15 GNB L, 13-18 1 9 rush Jeff Komlo 9 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
27 1979-12-15 GNB L, 13-18 4 4 rush Dexter Bussey 4 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-01 @ TAM W, 31-16 1 29 fumble Lee Roy Selmon 29 yard fumble return (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
2 1979-09-01 @ TAM W, 31-16 2 7 rush Ricky Bell 7 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
3 1979-09-01 @ TAM W, 31-16 2 66 pass Jimmie Giles 66 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
4 1979-09-01 @ TAM W, 31-16 4 2 pass Jim Obradovich 2 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
5 1979-09-09 WAS W, 27-24 2 8 pass Ricky Thompson 8 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
6 1979-09-09 WAS W, 27-24 2 5 rush Benny Malone 5 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
7 1979-09-09 WAS W, 27-24 3 3 pass Jean Fugett 3 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
8 1979-09-16 @ NYJ W, 31-10 2 4 rush Kevin Long 4 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
9 1979-09-16 @ NYJ W, 31-10 2 7 rush Kevin Long 7 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
10 1979-09-16 @ NYJ W, 31-10 4 2 rush Scott Dierking 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
11 1979-09-16 @ NYJ W, 31-10 4 5 rush Kevin Long 5 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
12 1979-09-23 ATL L, 23-24 3 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
13 1979-09-23 ATL L, 23-24 4 55 rush Haskel Stanback 55 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
14 1979-09-30 MIN W, 13-10 3 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
15 1979-10-07 @ NWE W, 24-17 2 1 rush Sam Cunningham 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
16 1979-10-07 @ NWE W, 24-17 2 2 rush Don Calhoun 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
17 1979-10-07 @ NWE W, 24-17 4 6 pass Don Calhoun 6 yard pass from Tom Owen (John Smith kick)
18 1979-10-14 @ GNB W, 24-16 2 1 rush David Whitehurst 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
19 1979-10-14 @ GNB W, 24-16 3 13 pass Paul Coffman 13 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
20 1979-10-14 @ GNB W, 24-16 4 55 pass Walter Landers 55 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
21 1979-10-21 @ NOR W, 17-7 1 24 pass Wes Chandler 24 yard pass from Archie Manning (Garo Yepremian kick)
22 1979-10-21 @ NOR W, 17-7 3 52 interception Tom Myers 52 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
23 1979-10-28 BUF W, 20-17 4 3 rush Curtis Brown 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1979-10-28 BUF W, 20-17 4 7 pass Reuben Gant 7 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1979-11-04 @ CHI W, 35-7 1 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
26 1979-11-04 @ CHI W, 35-7 2 14 pass Brian Baschnagel 14 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
27 1979-11-04 @ CHI W, 35-7 3 77 punt Steve Schubert 77 yard punt return (Bob Thomas kick)
28 1979-11-04 @ CHI W, 35-7 3 20 interception Terry Schmidt 20 yard interception return (Bob Thomas kick)
29 1979-11-04 @ CHI W, 35-7 4 5 rush Walter Payton 5 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
30 1979-11-11 TAM W, 16-14 4 23 pass Larry Mucker 23 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
31 1979-11-18 @ MIN W, 14-7 3 23 rush Rickey Young 23 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
32 1979-11-18 @ MIN W, 14-7 3 2 rush Rickey Young 2 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
33 1979-12-02 @ PHI W, 44-7 2 1 rush Wilbert Montgomery 1 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
34 1979-12-02 @ PHI W, 44-7 2 20 pass Harold Carmichael 20 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
35 1979-12-02 @ PHI W, 44-7 2 24 pass Harold Carmichael 24 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
36 1979-12-02 @ PHI W, 44-7 3 92 kickoff Billy Campfield 92 yard kickoff return (Tony Franklin kick)
37 1979-12-02 @ PHI W, 44-7 4 1 rush Larry Barnes 1 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
38 1979-12-09 MIA W, 28-10 1 25 pass Nat Moore 25 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
39 1979-12-09 MIA W, 28-10 1 29 pass Jimmy Cefalo 29 yard pass from Bob Griese (Uwe von Schamann kick)
40 1979-12-09 MIA W, 28-10 3 3 rush Larry Csonka 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
41 1979-12-09 MIA W, 28-10 4 3 rush Gary Davis 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
42 1979-12-15 GNB W, 18-13 3 1 rush Eric Torkelson 1 yard rush (pass failed)