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1983 Detroit Lions

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9-7-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.1, Offense: -1.2, Defense: 3.3, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 347 points (21.7/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 286 points (17.9/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 61 points (3.8/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 9.8-6.2.

Coach: Monte Clark (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ted Marchibroda
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Beard

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 347 5136 1061 4.8 39 16 23 315 263 503 2955 19 23 5.4 156 513 2181 18 4.3 136
Team Defense 286 5216 1061 4.9 37 15 30 324 297 515 3112 21 22 5.6 161 503 2104 11 4.2 133
Lg Rank Offense 15 18 15 10 11 14 22 18 15 24 13 12 8 9
Lg Rank Defense 2 11 16 21 21 18 11 13 16 6 13 16 5 17

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore W 1-0 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 0 16 313 236 77 2 16 231 171 60 3
2 Sun September 11 boxscore L 1-1 Cleveland Browns 26 31 24 435 329 106 5 21 382 222 160 1
3 Sun September 18 boxscore L 1-2 Atlanta Falcons 14 30 18 280 235 45 2 26 535 350 185
4 Sun September 25 boxscore L 1-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 17 20 24 371 217 154 6 14 181 141 40 2
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 21 17 265 200 65 1 23 355 116 239 2
6 Sun October 9 boxscore W 2-4 Green Bay Packers 38 14 26 396 225 171 1 20 288 201 87 3
7 Sun October 16 boxscore W 3-4 Chicago Bears 31 17 21 366 195 171 25 427 309 118
8 Sun October 23 boxscore L 3-5 @ Washington Redskins 17 38 12 176 95 81 3 26 441 232 209 1
9 Sun October 30 boxscore W 4-5 @ Chicago Bears 38 17 21 396 204 192 25 382 243 139 4
10 Mon November 7 boxscore W 5-5 New York Giants 15 9 15 275 141 134 2 21 284 108 176 4
11 Sun November 13 boxscore L 5-6 @ Houston Oilers 17 27 24 325 207 118 4 20 310 189 121 1
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W OT 6-6 @ Green Bay Packers 23 20 23 383 129 254 5 16 239 144 95 4
13 Thu November 24 boxscore W 7-6 Pittsburgh Steelers 45 3 25 328 129 199 1 10 218 84 134 5
14 Mon December 5 boxscore W 8-6 Minnesota Vikings 13 2 14 268 101 167 2 19 224 130 94 2
15 Sun December 11 boxscore L 8-7 @ Cincinnati Bengals 9 17 16 221 105 116 3 21 326 123 203 3
16 Sun December 18 boxscore W 9-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 20 19 338 207 131 2 21 393 349 44 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 31 boxscore L 9-8 @ San Francisco 49ers 23 24 22 412 224 188 5 20 291 188 103 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
17 Eric Hipple 26 QB 16 16 9-7-0 204 387 52.7 2577 12 3.1 18 4.7 80 6.7 5.2 12.6 161.1 64.7 37 274 5.43 4.09 8.7 1 1
16 Gary Danielson 32 10 0 59 113 52.2 720 7 6.2 4 3.5 54 6.4 6.0 12.2 72.0 78.0 8 68 5.39 5.06 6.6 0 1
30 James Jones 22 FB 14 14 0 2 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
11 Mike Black 22 P 16 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 25.8 16 9-7-0 263 503 52.3 3297 19 3.8 23 4.6 80 6.6 5.3 12.5 206.1 66.5 45 342 5.39 4.20 8.2 1 2
Opp Total 16 297 515 57.7 3401 21 4.1 22 4.3 6.6 5.50 11.5 212.6 73.5 43 289 5.6 4.6 7.7

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
20 Billy Sims 28 RB 13 12 220 1040 7 41 4.7 80.0 16.9 42 419 10.0 0 54 3.2 32.2 1459 7 6
30 James Jones 22 FB 14 14 135 475 6 18 3.5 33.9 9.6 46 467 10.2 1 46 3.3 33.4 942 7 4
24 Dexter Bussey 31 rb 15 3 57 249 0 26 4.4 16.6 3.8 8 49 6.1 1 14 0.5 3.3 298 1 1
17 Eric Hipple 26 QB 16 16 41 171 3 27 4.2 10.7 2.6 171 3 12
38 Vince Thompson 26 rb 10 2 40 138 1 10 3.5 13.8 4.0 4 16 4.0 0 8 0.4 1.6 154 1 1
16 Gary Danielson 32 10 0 6 8 0 8 1.3 0.8 0.6 8 0 2
39 Leonard Thompson 31 WR 13 12 4 72 1 40 18.0 5.5 0.3 41 752 18.3 3 80 3.2 57.8 824 4 2
32 Rick Kane 29 14 0 4 19 0 9 4.8 1.4 0.3 2 15 7.5 0 9 0.1 1.1 34 0 0
25 Horace King 30 rb 16 1 3 6 0 4 2.0 0.4 0.2 9 76 8.4 0 14 0.6 4.8 82 0 0
11 Mike Black 22 P 16 0 2 -10 0 0 -5.0 -0.6 0.1 -10 0 1
86 Mark Nichols 24 WR 16 11 1 13 0 13 13.0 0.8 0.1 29 437 15.1 1 46 1.8 27.3 450 1 2
89 Jeff Chadwick 23 wr 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 617 15.4 4 45 2.5 38.6 617 4 0
80 Ulysses Norris 26 TE 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 291 11.2 7 41 1.7 19.4 291 7 0
84 Rob Rubick 23 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 81 8.1 1 15 0.6 5.1 81 1 0
87 Freddie Scott 31 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 71 14.2 1 25 0.3 4.7 71 1 1
81 Reese McCall 27 te 16 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.4 6 0 0
Team Total 25.8 16 513 2181 18 41 4.3 136.3 32.1 263 3297 12.5 19 80 16.4 206.1 5478 37 41
Opp Total 16 503 2104 11 4.2 131.5 31.4 297 3112 10.5 21 18.6 194.5 5216 32 33

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
31 Ken Jenkins 24 PR 12 0 23 230 0 43 10.0 22 459 0 30 20.9 689
35 Alvin Hall 25 KR/SS 16 16 8 109 0 66 13.6 23 492 0 32 21.4 601
83 Robbie Martin 25 10 0 15 183 1 81 12.2 8 140 0 51 17.5 323
41 Jim Caver 23 2 0 4 71 0 33 17.8 71
50 August Curley 23 10 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
25 Horace King 30 rb 16 1 1 11 0 11 11.0 93
64 Larry Lee 24 rg 16 6 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
80 Ulysses Norris 26 TE 15 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 291
Team Total 25.8 16 46 522 1 81 11.3 61 1191 0 51 19.5 7191
Opp Total 16 39 302 0 7.7 71 1146 0 16.1

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
11 Mike Black 22 P 16 0 71 2911 60 1 41.0
3 Eddie Murray 27 K 16 0 6 6 15 13 7 3 4 3 32 25 78.1% 38 38 100.0%
Team Total 25.8 16 6 6 15 13 7 3 4 3 32 25 78.1% 38 38 100.0% 71 2911 60 1 41.0
Opp Total 16 26 18 69.2% 33 32 97.0% 79 3168 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
17 Eric Hipple 26 QB 16 16 0 12 6 0 0
79 William Gay 28 ldt/RDE 15 15 13.5 0 0 1 11 0
78 Doug English* 30 RDT 15 15 13.0 2
20 Billy Sims 28 RB 13 12 0 6 4 0 0
27 Bobby Watkins 23 LCB 16 16 4 48 0 31 0 0 1 3 6 0
53 Garry Cobb 26 LLB 15 15 1.0 4 19 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
29 Bruce McNorton 24 rcb 16 8 7 30 0 15 0
66 Mike Cofer 23 rde 16 6 4.5 0 0 1 0 0
35 Alvin Hall 25 KR/SS 16 16 2 18 0 18 0 0 1 2 0 0
30 James Jones 22 FB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
62 Curtis Green 26 LDE 16 16 4.5
54 Roosevelt Barnes 25 lb 16 1 1.0 2 70 0 70 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Ken Fantetti 26 MLB 16 16 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Robbie Martin 25 10 0 0 3 1 0 0
16 Gary Danielson 32 10 0 0 2 1 0 0
33 William Graham 24 FS 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
31 Ken Jenkins 24 PR 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
39 Leonard Thompson 31 WR 13 12 0 2 1 0 0
86 Mark Nichols 24 WR 16 11 0 2 0 0 0
59 Jimmy Williams 23 RLB 16 16 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Mike Black 22 P 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Dexter Bussey 31 rb 15 3 0 1 0 0 0
41 Jim Caver 23 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
73 Mike Dawson 30 LDT 16 7 1.0
72 Chris Dieterich 25 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
61 Homer Elias 28 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
74 Mike Fanning 30 ldt 14 5 1.0 1
67 Don Greco 24 RG 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
51 James Harrell 26 16 0 1.0
21 Demetrious Johnson 22 db 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
25 Horace King 30 rb 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
43 Al Latimer 26 RCB 8 8 1 0 0 0 0
52 Steve Mott 22 C 13 12 0 1 0 0 0
80 Ulysses Norris 26 TE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
87 Freddie Scott 31 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
38 Vince Thompson 26 rb 10 2 0 1 0 0 0
63 Martin Moss 25 15 0 0.5
Team Total 25.8 16 43.0 22 185 0 70 0 0 41 36 17 0 3
Opp Total 16 45 33 18 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Eddie Murray 27 K 16 0 38 25 113
30 James Jones 22 FB 14 14 6 1 7 42
80 Ulysses Norris 26 TE 15 15 7 7 42
20 Billy Sims 28 RB 13 12 7 7 42
89 Jeff Chadwick 23 wr 16 4 4 4 24
39 Leonard Thompson 31 WR 13 12 1 3 4 24
17 Eric Hipple 26 QB 16 16 3 3 18
24 Dexter Bussey 31 rb 15 3 1 1 6
83 Robbie Martin 25 10 0 1 1 6
86 Mark Nichols 24 WR 16 11 1 1 6
84 Rob Rubick 23 te 16 1 1 1 6
87 Freddie Scott 31 15 0 1 1 6
38 Vince Thompson 26 rb 10 2 1 1 6
78 Doug English* 30 RDT 15 15 2 4
74 Mike Fanning 30 ldt 14 5 1 2
Team Total 25.8 16 18 19 1 38 38 25 3 347
Opp Total 16 11 21 1 32 18 1 286