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1985 Detroit Lions

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7-9-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1985 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.7, Offense: -1.6, Defense: -0.0, SoS: 2.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 307 points (19.2/g), 19th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 366 points (22.9/g), 19th.
 Differential of -59 points (-3.7/g), 21st.  Expected W-L: 6.4-9.6.

Coach: Darryl Rogers (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Baker
 Defensive Coordinator: Wayne Fontes

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan)

Team Info

Principal Owner/Chairman William Clay Ford Sr.
General Manager Russ Thomas
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 307 4476 967 4.6 41 20 20 259 254 462 2938 19 21 5.7 150 452 1538 13 3.4 89
Team Defense 366 5591 1083 5.2 36 18 24 359 283 478 2906 16 18 5.6 156 560 2685 19 4.8 179
Lg Rank Offense 19 28 19 20 24 23 22 18 11 16 18 26 20 28
Lg Rank Defense 19 18 16 10 27 5 5 3 19 11 26 27 19 28

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 8 boxscore W 1-0 @ Atlanta Falcons 28 27 16 286 156 130 2 21 300 140 160 1
2 Sun September 15 boxscore W 2-0 Dallas Cowboys 26 21 13 200 128 72 1 33 554 452 102 5
3 Sun September 22 boxscore L 2-1 @ Indianapolis Colts 6 14 10 204 99 105 2 24 355 127 228 3
4 Sun September 29 boxscore W 3-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 9 18 315 221 94 1 19 277 158 119 4
5 Sun October 6 boxscore L 3-2 @ Green Bay Packers 10 43 19 373 317 56 6 30 512 227 285 1
6 Sun October 13 boxscore L 3-3 @ Washington Redskins 3 24 8 226 198 28 4 23 291 123 168
7 Sun October 20 boxscore W 4-3 San Francisco 49ers 23 21 15 292 130 162 1 21 304 96 208 1
8 Sun October 27 boxscore W 5-3 Miami Dolphins 31 21 21 355 203 152 1 20 341 239 102 3
9 Sun November 3 boxscore L 5-4 @ Minnesota Vikings 13 16 11 153 84 69 20 301 138 163 2
10 Sun November 10 boxscore L 5-5 @ Chicago Bears 3 24 8 106 38 68 4 26 360 110 250 2
11 Sun November 17 boxscore W 6-5 Minnesota Vikings 41 21 24 365 217 148 2 16 311 248 63 5
12 Sun November 24 boxscore L OT 6-6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 19 16 273 200 73 1 23 288 119 169
13 Thu November 28 boxscore W 7-6 New York Jets 31 20 18 330 264 66 1 23 357 239 118 2
14 Sun December 8 boxscore L 7-7 @ New England Patriots 6 23 15 246 141 105 3 23 352 136 216 1
15 Sun December 15 boxscore L 7-8 Green Bay Packers 23 26 25 426 289 137 5 17 306 133 173 2
16 Sun December 22 boxscore L 7-9 Chicago Bears 17 37 22 326 253 73 7 20 382 221 161 4

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
17 Eric Hipple 28 QB 16 15 7-8-0 223 406 54.9% 2952 17 4.2 18 4.4 56 7.3 6.1 13.2 184.5 73.6 49 343 5.73 4.70 10.8
12 Joe Ferguson 35 qb 8 1 0-1-0 31 54 57.4% 364 2 3.7 3 5.6 38 6.7 5.0 11.7 45.5 67.2 4 35 5.67 4.03 6.9
30 James Jones 24 FB 14 13 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
24 Alvin Moore 26 rb 16 5 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
Team Total 26.3 16 7-9-0 254 462 55.0% 3316 19 4.1 21 4.5 56 7.2 6.0 13.1 207.3 72.6 53 378 5.70 4.61 10.3 0 0
Opp Total 16 283 478 59.2% 3242 16 3.3 18 3.8 6.8 5.76 11.5 202.6 75.1 45 336 5.6 4.6 8.6

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
30 James Jones 24 FB 14 13 244 886 6 29 3.6 63.3 17.4 45 334 7.4 3 36 3.2 23.9 1220 9 7
24 Alvin Moore 26 rb 16 5 80 221 4 18 2.8 13.8 5.0 19 154 8.1 1 14 1.2 9.6 375 5 5
28 Wilbert Montgomery 31 RB 7 6 75 251 0 22 3.3 35.9 10.7 7 55 7.9 0 28 1.0 7.9 306 0 0
17 Eric Hipple 28 QB 16 15 32 89 2 26 2.8 5.6 2.0 89 2 13
32 Rick Kane 31 rb 16 1 11 44 0 7 4.0 2.8 0.7 5 56 11.2 0 18 0.3 3.5 100 0 1
12 Joe Ferguson 35 qb 8 1 4 12 1 15 3.0 1.5 0.5 12 1 1
36 Mike Meade 25 16 0 3 18 0 9 6.0 1.1 0.2 2 21 10.5 0 14 0.1 1.3 39 0 0
86 Mark Nichols 26 WR 14 12 1 15 0 15 15.0 1.1 0.1 36 592 16.4 4 43 2.6 42.3 607 4 1
11 Mike Black 24 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
34 A.J. Jones 26 8 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.3 0.1 2 0 0
39 Leonard Thompson 33 WR 16 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 51 736 14.4 5 48 3.2 46.0 736 5 0
87 David Lewis 24 TE 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 354 12.6 3 40 1.9 23.6 354 3 1
89 Jeff Chadwick 25 wr 7 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 478 19.1 3 56 3.6 68.3 478 3 0
82 Pete Mandley 24 PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 316 17.6 0 37 1.1 19.8 316 0 3
80 Carl Bland 24 wr 8 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 157 13.1 0 24 1.5 19.6 157 0 0
83 James McDonald 24 te 6 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 23 7.7 0 9 0.5 3.8 23 0 0
84 Rob Rubick 25 te 9 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 33 16.5 0 18 0.2 3.7 33 0 0
81 Reese McCall 29 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.4 7 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 452 1538 13 29 3.4 96.1 28.3 254 3316 13.1 19 56 15.9 207.3 4854 32 36
Opp Total 16 560 2685 19 4.8 167.8 35.0 283 2906 10.3 16 17.7 181.6 5591 35 35

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
82 Pete Mandley 24 PR 16 0 38 403 1 63 10.6 6 152 0 35 25.3 871
35 Alvin Hall 27 KR 16 0 39 886 0 54 22.7 886
24 Alvin Moore 26 rb 16 5 13 230 0 24 17.7 605
34 A.J. Jones 26 8 0 10 226 0 30 22.6 228
Team Total 26.3 16 38 403 1 63 10.6 68 1494 0 54 22.0 6751
Opp Total 16 44 420 0 9.5 60 1313 1 21.9

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
11 Mike Black 24 P 16 0 73 3054 60 0 41.8
3 Eddie Murray 29 K 16 0 2 2 8 5 11 11 7 6 3 2 31 26 83.9%% 33 31 93.9%%
Team Total 26.3 16 2 2 8 5 11 11 7 6 3 2 31 26 83.9%% 33 31 93.9%% 73 3054 60 0 41.8
Opp Total 16 36 28 77.8%% 40 40 100.0%% 64 2573 40.2

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
17 Eric Hipple 28 QB 16 15 0 13 3 -3 0
79 William Gay 30 RDE 16 16 7.5 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 6 3 0
21 Demetrious Johnson 24 SS 16 16 3.0 3 39 0 19 0 0 1 5 24 0
59 Jimmy Williams 25 LOLB 16 16 7.5 0 0 1 0 0
62 Curtis Green 28 lde 15 8 7.0 0 0 1 0 0
30 James Jones 24 FB 14 13 0 7 1 0 0
27 Bobby Watkins 25 LCB 16 16 5 15 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
76 Eric Williams 23 LDE 12 12 6.0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Alvin Moore 26 rb 16 5 0 5 1 0 0
33 William Graham 26 FS 16 16 1.0 3 22 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Alvin Hall 27 KR 16 0 1.0 0 2 2 0 0
82 Pete Mandley 24 PR 16 0 0 3 2 0 0
92 Angelo King 27 ROLB 16 9 4.0
68 Steve Baack 25 nt 16 1 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Doug English 32 NT 10 10 2.5
29 Bruce McNorton 26 RCB 16 16 2 14 0 10 0
77 Keith Ferguson 26 de 5 4 1.5
54 Roosevelt Barnes 27 16 0 1 -1 0 -1 0
11 Mike Black 24 P 16 0 0 1 0 -7 0
97 Dan Bunz 30 2 0 1 17 0 17 0
55 Mike Cofer 25 rolb 7 7 1.0
12 Joe Ferguson 35 qb 8 1 0 1 0 0 0
26 William Frizzell 23 8 0 1 3 0 3 0
58 James Harrell 28 lb 7 2 1 20 0 20 0
96 June James 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 David Jones 24 RG 9 8 0 0 1 0 0
32 Rick Kane 31 rb 16 1 0 1 0 0 0
87 David Lewis 24 TE 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
28 Wilbert Montgomery 31 RB 7 6 0 0 1 0 0
52 Steve Mott 24 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
86 Mark Nichols 26 WR 14 12 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 44.0 18 136 0 22 0 0 36 31 17 0
Opp Total 16 53 35 17 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
3 Eddie Murray 29 K 16 0 31 26 109
30 James Jones 24 FB 14 13 6 3 9 54
24 Alvin Moore 26 rb 16 5 4 1 5 30
39 Leonard Thompson 33 WR 16 13 5 5 30
86 Mark Nichols 26 WR 14 12 4 4 24
89 Jeff Chadwick 25 wr 7 5 3 3 18
87 David Lewis 24 TE 15 15 3 3 18
17 Eric Hipple 28 QB 16 15 2 2 12
12 Joe Ferguson 35 qb 8 1 1 1 6
82 Pete Mandley 24 PR 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 13 19 1 33 31 26 307
Opp Total 16 19 16 1 3 1 40 28 1 366

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1985-09-08 @ ATL W, 28-27 2 8 pass James Jones 8 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
2 1985-09-08 @ ATL W, 28-27 2 15 pass Jeff Chadwick 15 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
3 1985-09-08 @ ATL W, 28-27 3 9 pass Jeff Chadwick 9 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
4 1985-09-08 @ ATL W, 28-27 3 21 rush James Jones 21 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
5 1985-09-15 DAL W, 26-21 1 21 pass Jeff Chadwick 21 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
6 1985-09-15 DAL W, 26-21 3 1 rush Eric Hipple 1 yard rush
7 1985-09-15 DAL W, 26-21 3 2 rush James Jones 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
8 1985-09-29 TAM W, 30-9 2 4 pass Mark Nichols 4 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
9 1985-09-29 TAM W, 30-9 4 9 pass Mark Nichols 9 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
10 1985-09-29 TAM W, 30-9 4 1 rush Eric Hipple 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
11 1985-10-06 @ GNB L, 10-43 4 13 pass Alvin Moore 13 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
12 1985-10-20 SFO W, 23-21 1 63 punt Pete Mandley 63 yard punt return (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1985-10-20 SFO W, 23-21 2 2 rush James Jones 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
14 1985-10-27 MIA W, 31-21 1 6 pass James Jones 6 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1985-10-27 MIA W, 31-21 2 28 pass Leonard Thompson 28 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
16 1985-10-27 MIA W, 31-21 2 30 pass Mark Nichols 30 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
17 1985-10-27 MIA W, 31-21 4 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
18 1985-11-03 @ MIN L, 13-16 3 1 rush Joe Ferguson 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
19 1985-11-17 MIN W, 41-21 1 5 pass James Jones 5 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
20 1985-11-17 MIN W, 41-21 1 1 rush Alvin Moore 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
21 1985-11-17 MIN W, 41-21 2 4 pass David Lewis 4 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
22 1985-11-17 MIN W, 41-21 2 3 pass David Lewis 3 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
23 1985-11-17 MIN W, 41-21 3 2 rush Alvin Moore 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
24 1985-11-24 @ TAM L, 16-19 2 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
25 1985-11-28 NYJ W, 31-20 2 25 pass Leonard Thompson 25 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
26 1985-11-28 NYJ W, 31-20 2 38 pass Mark Nichols 38 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
27 1985-11-28 NYJ W, 31-20 3 8 pass Leonard Thompson 8 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
28 1985-11-28 NYJ W, 31-20 4 44 pass Leonard Thompson 44 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
29 1985-12-15 GNB L, 23-26 1 1 rush Alvin Moore 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
30 1985-12-15 GNB L, 23-26 1 1 rush Alvin Moore 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
31 1985-12-15 GNB L, 23-26 4 30 pass Leonard Thompson 30 yard pass from Joe Ferguson
32 1985-12-22 CHI L, 17-37 3 2 pass David Lewis 2 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
33 1985-12-22 CHI L, 17-37 4 2 rush James Jones 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1985-09-08 @ ATL L, 27-28 1 1 rush Gerald Riggs 1 yard rush (Mick Luckhurst kick)
2 1985-09-08 @ ATL L, 27-28 1 12 pass Charlie Brown 12 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Rick Bryan pass from David Archer)
3 1985-09-08 @ ATL L, 27-28 2 35 pass Billy Johnson 35 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Mick Luckhurst kick)
4 1985-09-15 DAL L, 21-26 4 11 pass Tony Hill 11 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Rafael Septien kick)
5 1985-09-15 DAL L, 21-26 4 44 pass Tony Hill 44 yard pass from Gary Hogeboom (Rafael Septien kick)
6 1985-09-15 DAL L, 21-26 4 2 rush Gary Hogeboom 2 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
7 1985-09-22 @ IND W, 14-6 1 1 rush Owen Gill 1 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
8 1985-09-22 @ IND W, 14-6 4 1 rush Frank Middleton 1 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
9 1985-10-06 @ GNB W, 43-10 1 2 pass Eddie Lee Ivery 2 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Al Del Greco kick)
10 1985-10-06 @ GNB W, 43-10 2 6 rush Jessie Clark 6 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
11 1985-10-06 @ GNB W, 43-10 3 9 pass Phil Epps 9 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Al Del Greco kick)
12 1985-10-06 @ GNB W, 43-10 3 7 pass Ed West 7 yard pass from Randy Wright (Al Del Greco kick)
13 1985-10-06 @ GNB W, 43-10 3 28 pass Phil Epps 28 yard pass from Randy Wright (Al Del Greco kick)
14 1985-10-13 @ WAS W, 24-3 2 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
15 1985-10-13 @ WAS W, 24-3 2 21 rush John Riggins 21 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
16 1985-10-13 @ WAS W, 24-3 3 5 rush John Riggins 5 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
17 1985-10-20 SFO L, 21-23 1 1 rush Joe Montana 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
18 1985-10-20 SFO L, 21-23 1 0 fumble Guy McIntyre 0 yard fumble return (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1985-10-20 SFO L, 21-23 4 11 rush Roger Craig 11 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
20 1985-10-27 MIA L, 21-31 2 19 pass Joe Rose 19 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
21 1985-10-27 MIA L, 21-31 2 5 pass Nat Moore 5 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
22 1985-10-27 MIA L, 21-31 3 7 fumble Bob Brudzinski 7 yard fumble return (Fuad Reveiz kick)
23 1985-11-03 @ MIN W, 16-13 3 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1985-11-10 @ CHI W, 24-3 1 1 rush Steve Fuller 1 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
25 1985-11-10 @ CHI W, 24-3 2 7 rush Calvin Thomas 7 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
26 1985-11-10 @ CHI W, 24-3 3 5 rush Steve Fuller 5 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
27 1985-11-17 MIN L, 21-41 2 10 pass Anthony Carter 10 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Jan Stenerud kick)
28 1985-11-17 MIN L, 21-41 3 38 pass Anthony Carter 38 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Jan Stenerud kick)
29 1985-11-17 MIN L, 21-41 4 1 rush Alfred Anderson 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
30 1985-11-24 @ TAM W, 19-16 4 6 rush James Wilder 6 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
31 1985-11-28 NYJ L, 20-31 3 35 pass Al Toon 35 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
32 1985-11-28 NYJ L, 20-31 4 8 pass Mickey Shuler 8 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
33 1985-12-08 @ NWE W, 23-6 1 16 rush Tony Eason 16 yard rush (Tony Franklin kick)
34 1985-12-08 @ NWE W, 23-6 2 6 pass Derrick Ramsey 6 yard pass from Tony Eason (Tony Franklin kick)
35 1985-12-15 GNB W, 26-23 3 37 rush Gary Ellerson 37 yard rush (Al Del Greco kick)
36 1985-12-15 GNB W, 26-23 4 80 interception Mike Douglass 80 yard interception return (Al Del Greco kick)
37 1985-12-22 CHI W, 37-17 3 94 kickoff Dennis Gentry 94 yard kickoff return (Kevin Butler kick)
38 1985-12-22 CHI W, 37-17 4 14 rush Jim McMahon 14 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
39 1985-12-22 CHI W, 37-17 4 5 fumble Ron Rivera 5 yard fumble return (Kevin Butler kick)
40 1985-12-22 CHI W, 37-17 4 11 pass Ken Margerum 11 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Kevin Butler kick)