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1987 Detroit Lions

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4-11-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.9, Offense: -4.5, Defense: -5.4, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 269 points (17.9/g), 25th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 384 points (25.6/g), 26th.
 Differential of -115 points (-7.7/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 4.5-10.5.

Coach: Darryl Rogers (4-11-0)
 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
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 269 4391 933 4.7 37 11 33 270 275 509 2956 16 26 5.5 156 398 1435 9 3.6 81
Team Defense 384 5273 1005 5.2 32 13 30 314 259 459 3203 23 19 6.4 162 504 2070 18 4.1 122
Lg Rank Offense 25 26 18 3 20 9 17 23 27 20 25 25 23 24
Lg Rank Defense 26 24 18 19 24 9 19 15 14 25 23 23 24 20

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore L 0-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 19 34 17 272 189 83 2 21 353 240 113 3
2 Sun September 20 boxscore L 0-2 @ Los Angeles Raiders 7 27 16 291 244 47 3 25 405 234 171 1
3 Sun October 4 boxscore L 0-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 31 12 262 161 101 4 12 219 106 113 1
4 Sun October 11 boxscore W OT 1-3 @ Green Bay Packers 19 16 21 342 220 122 2 16 273 122 151 3
5 Sun October 18 boxscore L 1-4 Seattle Seahawks 14 37 15 197 104 93 2 24 404 324 80 2
6 Sun October 25 boxscore L 1-5 Green Bay Packers 33 34 23 353 336 17 1 23 465 293 172 3
7 Sun November 1 boxscore L 1-6 @ Denver Broncos 0 34 14 191 128 63 2 28 460 248 212 1
8 Sun November 8 boxscore W 2-6 Dallas Cowboys 27 17 20 293 217 76 4 20 290 167 123 5
9 Sun November 15 boxscore L 2-7 @ Washington Redskins 13 20 23 341 238 103 4 18 309 174 135 2
10 Sun November 22 boxscore L 2-8 @ Chicago Bears 10 30 10 179 149 30 2 29 383 205 178 1
11 Thu November 26 boxscore L 2-9 Kansas City Chiefs 20 27 22 357 206 151 22 408 246 162 2
12 Sun December 6 boxscore L 2-10 Los Angeles Rams 16 37 19 328 271 57 3 22 423 313 110 2
13 Sun December 13 boxscore W 3-10 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 10 22 298 108 190 1 20 263 216 47 1
14 Sun December 20 boxscore L 3-11 Minnesota Vikings 14 17 17 364 235 129 5 20 340 135 205
15 Sun December 27 boxscore W 4-11 @ Atlanta Falcons 30 13 19 323 150 173 2 14 278 180 98 5

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
16 Chuck Long 24 QB 12 12 3-9-0 232 416 55.8 2598 11 2.6 20 4.8 53 6.2 4.6 11.2 216.5 63.4 17 127 5.71 4.14 3.9 0 1
18 Todd Hons 26 qb 3 3 1-2-0 43 92 46.7 552 5 5.4 5 5.4 53 6.0 4.6 12.8 184.0 61.5 9 67 4.80 3.56 8.9 1 1
30 James Jones 26 FB 11 11 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 25.9 15 4-11-0 275 509 54.0 3150 16 3.1 26 5.1 53 6.2 4.5 11.5 242.3 62.1 26 194 5.53 3.94 4.9 1 2
Opp Total 15 259 459 56.4 3558 23 5.0 19 4.1 7.8 6.89 13.7 237.2 80.9 42 355 6.4 5.6 8.4

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
30 James Jones 26 FB 11 11 96 342 0 19 3.6 31.1 8.7 34 262 7.7 0 35 3.1 23.8 604 0 2
32 Garry James 24 RB 8 7 82 270 4 17 3.3 33.8 10.3 16 215 13.4 0 46 2.0 26.9 485 4 3
42 Gary Ellerson 24 rb 8 2 47 196 3 33 4.2 24.5 5.9 5 48 9.6 1 23 0.6 6.0 244 4 0
25 Karl Bernard 23 rb 8 3 45 187 2 14 4.2 23.4 5.6 13 91 7.0 0 12 1.6 11.4 278 2 3
31 Cleve Wester 23 rb 3 1 33 113 0 14 3.4 37.7 11.0 113 0 0
46 Stan Edwards 27 rb 3 3 32 69 0 13 2.2 23.0 10.7 7 82 11.7 0 21 2.3 27.3 151 0 3
16 Chuck Long 24 QB 12 12 22 64 0 15 2.9 5.3 1.8 64 0 8
21 Butch Woolfolk 27 12 0 12 82 0 31 6.8 6.8 1.0 19 166 8.7 0 13 1.6 13.8 248 0 1
38 Scott Williams 25 rb 5 2 8 29 0 8 3.6 5.8 1.6 4 16 4.0 1 7 0.8 3.2 45 1 0
44 Tony Dollinger 25 rb 2 1 8 22 0 8 2.8 11.0 4.0 3 25 8.3 0 15 1.5 12.5 47 0 0
18 Todd Hons 26 qb 3 3 5 49 0 23 9.8 16.3 1.7 49 0 2
49 Tony Paige 25 5 0 4 13 0 6 3.3 2.6 0.8 2 1 0.5 0 3 0.4 0.2 14 0 0
82 Pete Mandley 26 PR/WR 12 12 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.3 0.1 58 720 12.4 7 41 4.8 60.0 723 7 0
89 Jeff Chadwick 27 WR 8 8 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.8 0.1 30 416 13.9 0 36 3.8 52.0 410 0 0
30 Nick Kowgios 25 3 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.7 0.3 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.3 1.0 5 0 0
11 Mike Black 26 p 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 1
83 Gary Lee 22 KR 12 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 308 16.2 0 53 1.6 25.7 308 0 1
84 Rob Rubick 27 TE 9 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 147 11.3 1 22 1.4 16.3 147 1 0
45 Eric Truvillion 28 wr 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 207 17.3 1 53 4.0 69.0 207 1 1
80 Darrell Grymes 26 wr 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 140 15.6 2 36 4.5 70.0 140 2 0
86 Danny Bradley 24 rb 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 50 7.1 2 14 2.3 16.7 50 2 2
86 Mark Nichols 28 wr 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 87 12.4 0 23 0.6 7.3 87 0 0
81 Jimmie Giles 33 te 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 62 10.3 0 25 1.5 15.5 62 0 0
87 Vyto Kab 28 te 7 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 54 10.8 0 28 0.7 7.7 54 0 0
80 Carl Bland 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 14 7.0 1 11 0.2 1.4 14 1 0
82 Mark Wheeler 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 17 8.5 0 9 0.7 5.7 17 0 0
81 Mark Witte 28 te 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 19 19.0 0 19 0.3 6.3 19 0 0
Team Total 25.9 15 398 1435 9 33 3.6 110.4 30.6 275 3150 11.5 16 53 21.2 242.3 4585 25 29
Opp Total 15 504 2070 18 4.1 138.0 33.6 259 3203 12.4 23 17.3 213.5 5273 41 36

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
83 Gary Lee 22 KR 12 3 32 719 0 50 22.5 1027
82 Pete Mandley 26 PR/WR 12 12 23 250 0 54 10.9 973
86 Danny Bradley 24 rb 3 1 12 53 0 13 4.4 9 188 0 27 20.9 291
21 Butch Woolfolk 27 12 0 11 219 0 44 19.9 467
35 Alvin Hall 29 db 3 3 6 105 0 25 17.5 105
25 Karl Bernard 23 rb 8 3 4 54 0 32 13.5 332
97 Dan Saleaumua 23 9 0 3 57 0 21 19.0 57
93 Jerry Ball 23 NT 12 12 2 23 0 20 11.5 23
80 Carl Bland 26 10 0 2 44 0 22 22.0 58
53 Kevin Glover 24 RG 12 9 1 19 0 19 19.0 19
62 Curtis Green 30 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.9 15 35 303 0 54 8.7 71 1428 0 50 20.1 6316
Opp Total 15 34 177 0 5.2 56 1089 0 19.4

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
3 Eddie Murray 31 K 12 0 1 1 6 6 12 7 11 5 2 1 32 20 62.5% 21 21 100.0% 4 155 46 0 38.8
6 Jim Arnold*+ 26 P 11 0 46 2007 60 0 43.6
19 Mike Prindle 24 k 3 0 3 3 3 3 1 7 6 85.7% 6 6 100.0%
1 Matt Kinzer 24 p 1 0 7 238 42 0 34.0
11 Mike Black 26 p 1 0 6 233 47 0 38.8
14 John Misko 33 p 1 0 6 242 51 0 40.3
15 Russell Erxleben 31 p 1 0 1 52 52 0 52.0
Team Total 25.9 15 1 1 9 9 15 10 12 5 2 1 39 26 66.7% 27 27 100.0% 70 2927 60 0 41.8
Opp Total 15 34 28 82.4% 43 42 97.7% 65 2464 37.9

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
98 Dennis Gibson 23 RILB 12 12 1.0 1 5 0 5 0 82 0
93 Jerry Ball 23 NT 12 12 1.0 36 0
97 Dan Saleaumua 23 9 0 2.0 16 0
95 George Jamison 25 12 0 1.0 16 0 1
96 Paul Butcher 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 11 0
16 Chuck Long 24 QB 12 12 0 8 3 -8 0
55 Mike Cofer 27 ROLB 11 11 8.5 0 0 1 0 0
59 Jimmy Williams 27 LOLB 12 12 4.0 2 51 0 48 0 0 0 2 0 0
77 Keith Ferguson 28 RDE 12 9 6.0 0 0 1 0 0
34 James Griffin 26 SS 12 12 1.0 6 130 0 29 0
25 Karl Bernard 23 rb 8 3 0 3 1 0 0
86 Danny Bradley 24 rb 3 1 0 2 2 0 0
18 Todd Hons 26 qb 3 3 0 2 2 -8 0
32 Garry James 24 RB 8 7 0 3 1 0 0
62 Curtis Green 30 12 0 2.5 0 1 0 0 0
69 Charles Benson 27 de 3 3 1.0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Carl Carr 23 lb 3 3 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Stan Edwards 27 rb 3 3 0 3 0 -23 0
40 Duane Galloway 26 LCB 10 7 3 46 0 30 0
35 Alvin Hall 29 db 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
29 Bruce McNorton 28 RCB 12 12 3 20 0 20 0
90 Robert Thompson 27 lb 3 2 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Mike Black 26 p 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
79 William Gay 32 rde 11 5 2.0
30 James Jones 26 FB 11 11 0 2 0 0 0
50 Danny Lockett 23 lb 13 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
97 George McDuffie 24 de 3 2 2.0
51 Shelton Robinson 27 LILB 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
76 Eric Williams 25 LDE 11 11 2.0
61 Scott Barrows 24 LG 12 10 0 0 1 0 0
54 Thomas Boyd 28 lb 4 3 1.0
45 Raphel Cherry 26 FS 10 10 1 2 0 2 0
34 Creig Federico 24 db 3 2 1.0
87 Vyto Kab 28 te 7 2 0 0 1 0 0
92 Angelo King 29 lb 1 1 0 0 1 9 1
83 Gary Lee 22 KR 12 3 0 1 0 0 0
82 Pete Mandley 26 PR/WR 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
49 Tony Paige 25 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
93 Tim Ross 29 3 0 1.0
41 Ricky Smith 27 12 0 1 34 1 34 0
44 Ivory Sully 30 db 11 1 0 0 1 0 0
45 Eric Truvillion 28 wr 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
21 Butch Woolfolk 27 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.9 15 42.0 19 290 1 48 0 0 29 28 -30 1 161 0 1
Opp Total 15 26 36 23

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 31 K 12 0 21 20 81
82 Pete Mandley 26 PR/WR 12 12 7 7 42
42 Gary Ellerson 24 rb 8 2 3 1 4 24
32 Garry James 24 RB 8 7 4 4 24
19 Mike Prindle 24 k 3 0 6 6 24
25 Karl Bernard 23 rb 8 3 2 2 12
86 Danny Bradley 24 rb 3 1 2 2 12
80 Darrell Grymes 26 wr 2 2 2 2 12
80 Carl Bland 26 10 0 1 1 6
92 Angelo King 29 lb 1 1 1 1 6
84 Rob Rubick 27 TE 9 8 1 1 6
41 Ricky Smith 27 12 0 1 1 6
45 Eric Truvillion 28 wr 3 3 1 1 6
38 Scott Williams 25 rb 5 2 1 1 6
95 George Jamison 25 12 0 1 2
Team Total 25.9 15 9 16 1 1 27 27 26 1 269
Opp Total 15 18 23 2 42 28 384