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1986 Detroit Lions

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5-11-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1986 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.3, Offense: -3.8, Defense: -0.5, SoS: -1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 277 points (17.3/g), 22nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 326 points (20.4/g), 13th.
 Differential of -49 points (-3.1/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 6.5-9.5.

Coach: Darryl Rogers (5-11-0)
 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 277 4555 1009 4.5 37 17 31 287 286 500 2784 18 20 5.2 156 470 1771 13 3.8 100
Team Defense 326 5149 1028 5.0 41 19 16 298 279 468 2800 14 22 5.5 148 519 2349 15 4.5 134
Lg Rank Offense 22 24 15 18 20 18 19 17 12 20 16 15 16 19
Lg Rank Defense 13 15 8 2 13 5 4 2 10 7 23 26 19 26

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-0 @ Minnesota Vikings 13 10 19 303 79 224 1 14 275 213 62 2
2 Sun September 14 boxscore L 1-1 Dallas Cowboys 7 31 12 184 104 80 3 24 388 191 197 2
3 Sun September 21 boxscore L 1-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 24 26 379 286 93 5 14 253 24 229 1
4 Sun September 28 boxscore L 1-3 @ Cleveland Browns 21 24 25 333 228 105 15 254 170 84 1
5 Sun October 5 boxscore W 2-3 Houston Oilers 24 13 17 234 76 158 1 16 454 398 56 4
6 Sun October 12 boxscore W 3-3 @ Green Bay Packers 21 14 25 338 102 236 1 16 279 235 44 2
7 Sun October 19 boxscore L 3-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 14 21 372 303 69 3 10 200 22 178 2
8 Sun October 26 boxscore L 3-5 @ Chicago Bears 7 13 11 214 138 76 3 19 252 128 124 3
9 Sun November 2 boxscore L 3-6 Cincinnati Bengals 17 24 21 365 268 97 2 26 389 167 222 2
10 Sun November 9 boxscore L 3-7 Minnesota Vikings 10 24 15 282 201 81 4 22 432 270 162 3
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 4-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 13 11 12 186 146 40 1 20 294 68 226 4
12 Sun November 23 boxscore W 5-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 17 22 393 264 129 2 26 380 193 187 4
13 Thu November 27 boxscore L 5-8 Green Bay Packers 40 44 22 338 234 104 2 18 367 272 95 3
14 Sun December 7 boxscore L 5-9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17 27 13 281 178 103 3 23 421 218 203 3
15 Mon December 15 boxscore L 5-10 Chicago Bears 13 16 14 160 104 56 2 18 273 112 161 4
16 Sun December 21 boxscore L 5-11 Atlanta Falcons 6 20 12 193 73 120 4 17 238 119 119 1

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 29 QB 16 10 3-7-0 192 305 63.0% 1919 9 3.0 11 3.6 46 6.3 5.3 10.0 119.9 75.6 21 153 5.42 4.45 6.4
12 Joe Ferguson 36 qb 6 4 2-2-0 73 155 47.1% 941 7 4.5 7 4.5 73 6.1 4.9 12.9 156.8 62.9 10 101 5.09 4.03 6.1 1 1
16 Chuck Long 23 qb 3 2 0-2-0 21 40 52.5% 247 2 5.0 2 5.0 34 6.2 4.9 11.8 82.3 67.4 8 69 3.71 2.67 16.7
Team Total 26.3 16 5-11-0 286 500 57.2% 3107 18 3.6 20 4.0 73 6.2 5.1 10.9 194.2 71.0 39 323 5.17 4.16 7.2 1 1
Opp Total 16 279 468 59.6% 3090 14 3.0 22 4.7 6.6 5.09 11.1 193.1 69.7 41 290 5.5 4.1 8.1

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
30 James Jones 25 FB 16 16 252 903 8 39 3.6 56.4 15.8 54 334 6.2 1 21 3.4 20.9 1237 9 6
32 Garry James 23 RB 16 15 159 688 3 60 4.3 43.0 9.9 34 219 6.4 0 26 2.1 13.7 907 3 3
24 Alvin Moore 27 13 0 19 73 0 18 3.8 5.6 1.5 8 47 5.9 0 8 0.6 3.6 120 0 2
17 Eric Hipple 29 QB 16 10 16 46 0 13 2.9 2.9 1.0 46 0 7
38 Scott Williams 24 16 0 13 22 2 5 1.7 1.4 0.8 2 9 4.5 0 6 0.1 0.6 31 2 0
12 Joe Ferguson 36 qb 6 4 5 25 0 14 5.0 4.2 0.8 25 0 3
36 Herman Hunter 25 KR 16 0 3 22 0 18 7.3 1.4 0.2 25 218 8.7 1 18 1.6 13.6 240 1 1
16 Chuck Long 23 qb 3 2 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.7 0 0 1
11 Mike Black 25 P 9 0 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.9 0.1 -8 0 1
89 Jeff Chadwick 26 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 995 18.8 5 73 3.5 66.3 995 5 1
80 Carl Bland 25 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 511 11.6 2 34 2.8 31.9 511 2 1
39 Leonard Thompson 34 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 320 12.8 5 36 1.6 20.0 320 5 0
81 Jimmie Giles 32 TE 9 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 198 10.4 3 30 2.1 22.0 198 3 0
87 David Lewis 25 te 11 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 88 8.8 1 16 0.9 8.0 88 1 0
82 Pete Mandley 25 PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 106 15.1 0 51 0.4 6.6 106 0 3
84 Rob Rubick 26 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 62 12.4 0 27 0.3 3.9 62 0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 470 1771 13 60 3.8 110.7 29.4 286 3107 10.9 18 73 17.9 194.2 4878 31 30
Opp Total 16 519 2349 15 4.5 146.8 32.4 279 2800 10.0 14 17.4 175.0 5149 29 36

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
36 Herman Hunter 25 KR 16 0 49 1007 0 54 20.6 1247
82 Pete Mandley 25 PR 16 0 43 420 1 81 9.8 2 37 0 37 18.5 563
80 Carl Bland 25 WR 16 16 6 114 0 24 19.0 625
25 Oscar Smith 23 2 0 5 81 0 30 16.2 81
33 William Graham 27 16 0 3 72 0 27 24.0 72
43 Donnie Elder 24 3 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
66 Leon Evans 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.3 16 43 420 1 81 9.8 67 1321 0 54 19.7 6619
Opp Total 16 39 517 2 13.3 56 1096 0 19.6

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
3 Eddie Murray 30 K 16 0 2 2 2 1 8 7 8 6 5 2 25 18 72.0%% 32 31 96.9%% 1 37 37 0 37.0
11 Mike Black 25 P 9 0 46 1819 47 1 39.5
6 Jim Arnold 25 p 7 0 36 1533 60 1 42.6
Team Total 26.3 16 2 2 2 1 8 7 8 6 5 2 25 18 72.0%% 32 31 96.9%% 83 3389 60 2 40.8
Opp Total 16 35 24 68.6%% 36 36 100.0%% 68 2836 41.7

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
96 Paul Butcher 23 12 0 8 0
77 Keith Ferguson 27 LDE 16 15 9.5 1 7 0 7 0 0 1 1 0 0
55 Mike Cofer 26 ROLB 16 15 7.5 0 0 3 0 0
17 Eric Hipple 29 QB 16 10 0 7 2 -1 0
30 James Jones 25 FB 16 16 0 6 2 0 0
79 William Gay 31 RDE 16 16 6.5 0 0 1 0 0
57 Vernon Maxwell 25 RILB 15 15 2.0 0 0 4 0 0
29 Bruce McNorton 27 RCB 16 16 4 10 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 0
76 Eric Williams 24 NT 16 16 4.0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
12 Joe Ferguson 36 qb 6 4 0 3 2 0 0
40 Duane Galloway 25 LCB 16 12 4 58 0 36 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Devon Mitchell 24 FS 16 16 5 41 0 17 0
59 Jimmy Williams 26 LOLB 10 10 2.0 2 12 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 James Griffin 25 16 0 2.0 2 34 0 21 0
32 Garry James 23 RB 16 15 0 3 1 0 0
21 Demetrious Johnson 25 SS 16 16 2 18 0 18 0 0 0 2 2 0
82 Pete Mandley 25 PR 16 0 0 3 1 0 0
62 Curtis Green 29 de 16 1 3.5
80 Carl Bland 25 WR 16 16 0 1 2 8 0
24 Alvin Moore 27 13 0 0 2 1 -11 0
58 James Harrell 29 LILB 16 15 0.5 0 0 2 0 0
11 Mike Black 25 P 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
36 Herman Hunter 25 KR 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
92 Angelo King 28 lolb 11 5 2.0
61 Scott Barrows 23 g 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
42 John Bostic 24 13 0 1 8 0 8 0
89 Jeff Chadwick 26 WR 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
16 Chuck Long 23 qb 3 2 0 1 0 0 0
51 Shelton Robinson 26 lb 16 4 0.5
Team Total 26.3 16 40.0 22 190 0 36 0 0 30 32 -2 0 8 0
Opp Total 16 39 36 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 30 K 16 0 31 18 85
30 James Jones 25 FB 16 16 8 1 9 54
89 Jeff Chadwick 26 WR 15 15 5 5 30
39 Leonard Thompson 34 wr 16 1 5 5 30
81 Jimmie Giles 32 TE 9 8 3 3 18
32 Garry James 23 RB 16 15 3 3 18
80 Carl Bland 25 WR 16 16 2 2 12
38 Scott Williams 24 16 0 2 2 12
36 Herman Hunter 25 KR 16 0 1 1 6
87 David Lewis 25 te 11 7 1 1 6
82 Pete Mandley 25 PR 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 16 13 18 1 32 31 18 277
Opp Total 16 15 14 2 3 2 36 24 1 326

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1986-09-07 @ MIN W, 13-10 2 2 rush James Jones 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
2 1986-09-14 DAL L, 7-31 4 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
3 1986-09-21 TAM L, 20-24 4 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
4 1986-09-21 TAM L, 20-24 4 2 rush James Jones 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
5 1986-09-28 @ CLE L, 21-24 2 3 pass Leonard Thompson 3 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
6 1986-09-28 @ CLE L, 21-24 4 6 pass James Jones 6 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
7 1986-09-28 @ CLE L, 21-24 4 3 pass Carl Bland 3 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
8 1986-10-05 HOU W, 24-13 2 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
9 1986-10-05 HOU W, 24-13 2 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
10 1986-10-05 HOU W, 24-13 2 18 pass Herman Hunter 18 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
11 1986-10-12 @ GNB W, 21-14 2 41 rush Garry James 41 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
12 1986-10-12 @ GNB W, 21-14 2 1 rush Scott Williams 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1986-10-12 @ GNB W, 21-14 4 2 pass David Lewis 2 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
14 1986-10-19 @ RAM L, 10-14 4 9 pass Jeff Chadwick 9 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1986-10-26 @ CHI L, 7-13 3 3 rush Scott Williams 3 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
16 1986-11-02 CIN L, 17-24 1 36 pass Leonard Thompson 36 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
17 1986-11-02 CIN L, 17-24 4 5 pass Jimmie Giles 5 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
18 1986-11-09 MIN L, 10-24 3 10 pass Jimmie Giles 10 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
19 1986-11-16 @ PHI W, 13-11 1 72 pass Jeff Chadwick 72 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
20 1986-11-23 @ TAM W, 38-17 1 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
21 1986-11-23 @ TAM W, 38-17 2 4 pass Leonard Thompson 4 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
22 1986-11-23 @ TAM W, 38-17 3 18 pass Jeff Chadwick 18 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
23 1986-11-23 @ TAM W, 38-17 3 13 rush Garry James 13 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
24 1986-11-23 @ TAM W, 38-17 4 34 pass Leonard Thompson 34 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
25 1986-11-27 GNB L, 40-44 1 1 rush James Jones 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
26 1986-11-27 GNB L, 40-44 2 23 pass Jeff Chadwick 23 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
27 1986-11-27 GNB L, 40-44 3 20 pass Jimmie Giles 20 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
28 1986-11-27 GNB L, 40-44 3 10 pass Carl Bland 10 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
29 1986-12-07 @ PIT L, 17-27 2 60 rush Garry James 60 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
30 1986-12-07 @ PIT L, 17-27 3 1 pass Jeff Chadwick 1 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
31 1986-12-15 CHI L, 13-16 3 4 pass Leonard Thompson 4 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
32 1986-12-21 ATL L, 6-20 4 84 punt Pete Mandley 84 yard punt return

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1986-09-07 @ MIN L, 10-13 4 5 pass Jim Gustafson 5 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
2 1986-09-14 DAL W, 31-7 2 5 rush Tony Dorsett 5 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
3 1986-09-14 DAL W, 31-7 2 15 pass Timmy Newsome 15 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
4 1986-09-14 DAL W, 31-7 4 1 rush Danny White 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
5 1986-09-14 DAL W, 31-7 4 7 rush Herschel Walker 7 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
6 1986-09-21 TAM W, 24-20 2 22 rush Nathan Wonsley 22 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
7 1986-09-21 TAM W, 24-20 2 9 rush Steve Young 9 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
8 1986-09-21 TAM W, 24-20 3 55 rush Nathan Wonsley 55 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
9 1986-09-28 @ CLE W, 24-21 2 0 fumble Brian Brennan 0 yard fumble return (Matt Bahr kick)
10 1986-09-28 @ CLE W, 24-21 3 84 punt Gerald McNeil 84 yard punt return (Matt Bahr kick)
11 1986-09-28 @ CLE W, 24-21 4 1 rush Curtis Dickey 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
12 1986-10-05 HOU L, 13-24 2 81 pass Drew Hill 81 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
13 1986-10-12 @ GNB L, 14-21 2 5 pass James Lofton 5 yard pass from Randy Wright (Al Del Greco kick)
14 1986-10-12 @ GNB L, 14-21 4 6 pass Dan Ross 6 yard pass from Randy Wright (Al Del Greco kick)
15 1986-10-19 @ RAM W, 14-10 1 80 interception Nolan Cromwell 80 yard interception return (Mike Lansford kick)
16 1986-10-19 @ RAM W, 14-10 1 1 rush Eric Dickerson 1 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
17 1986-10-26 @ CHI W, 13-7 1 12 fumble Wilber Marshall 12 yard fumble return (Kevin Butler kick)
18 1986-11-02 CIN W, 24-17 2 2 rush Stanley Wilson 2 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
19 1986-11-02 CIN W, 24-17 3 4 rush Stanley Wilson 4 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
20 1986-11-02 CIN W, 24-17 4 1 rush Larry Kinnebrew 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
21 1986-11-09 MIN W, 24-10 1 39 interception Joey Browner 39 yard interception return (Chuck Nelson kick)
22 1986-11-09 MIN W, 24-10 3 11 pass Anthony Carter 11 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
23 1986-11-09 MIN W, 24-10 4 4 rush Allen Rice 4 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
24 1986-11-23 @ TAM L, 17-38 3 11 pass James Wilder 11 yard pass from Steve Young (Donald Igwebuike kick)
25 1986-11-23 @ TAM L, 17-38 4 2 pass Pat Franklin 2 yard pass from Steve Young (Donald Igwebuike kick)
26 1986-11-27 GNB W, 44-40 1 0 fumble John Simmons 0 yard fumble return (Al Del Greco kick)
27 1986-11-27 GNB W, 44-40 2 21 pass Walter Stanley 21 yard pass from Randy Wright (Al Del Greco kick)
28 1986-11-27 GNB W, 44-40 3 36 pass Walter Stanley 36 yard pass from Randy Wright (Al Del Greco kick)
29 1986-11-27 GNB W, 44-40 4 11 pass Paul Ott Carruth 11 yard pass from Randy Wright (Al Del Greco kick)
30 1986-11-27 GNB W, 44-40 4 83 punt Walter Stanley 83 yard punt return (Al Del Greco kick)
31 1986-12-07 @ PIT W, 27-17 2 12 pass Louis Lipps 12 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
32 1986-12-07 @ PIT W, 27-17 3 1 rush Earnest Jackson 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
33 1986-12-07 @ PIT W, 27-17 3 39 pass Louis Lipps 39 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
34 1986-12-15 CHI W, 16-13 4 4 rush Matt Suhey 4 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
35 1986-12-21 ATL W, 20-6 1 21 pass Floyd Dixon 21 yard pass from Turk Schonert (Ali Haji-Sheikh kick)
36 1986-12-21 ATL W, 20-6 2 1 rush Gerald Riggs 1 yard rush (Ali Haji-Sheikh kick)