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1988 Detroit Lions

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4-12-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.0, Offense: -5.0, Defense: 1.0, SoS: 1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 220 points (13.8/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 313 points (19.6/g), 10th.
 Differential of -93 points (-5.8/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 4.8-11.2.

Coach: Wayne Fontes (2-3-0) and Darryl Rogers (2-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Baker and Lew Carpenter
 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 220 3405 920 3.7 33 15 22 226 213 477 2162 13 18 4.1 141 391 1243 7 3.2 63
Team Defense 313 5316 1071 5.0 36 21 27 334 337 513 3279 17 15 5.9 179 511 2037 16 4.0 128
Lg Rank Offense 28 28 10 15 28 20 28 23 10 28 26 27 28 28
Lg Rank Defense 10 18 10 1 26 17 15 7 23 13 19 17 16 13

Team Games & Schedule

W# 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 Atlanta Falcons 31 17 19 230 88 142 1 26 359 187 172 4
2 Sun September 11 boxscore L 1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 17 16 210 134 76 3 23 315 124 191 2
3 Sun September 18 boxscore L 1-2 New Orleans Saints 14 22 18 272 232 40 2 22 401 282 119 2
4 Sun September 25 boxscore L 1-3 New York Jets 10 17 12 183 97 86 1 19 316 230 86 1
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 13 20 18 297 248 49 2 19 339 163 176 1
6 Sun October 9 boxscore L 1-5 Chicago Bears 7 24 18 262 220 42 2 20 323 222 101 1
7 Sun October 16 boxscore L 1-6 @ New York Giants 10 30 10 113 65 48 2 23 402 280 122 2
8 Sun October 23 boxscore W 2-6 @ Kansas City Chiefs 7 6 14 215 88 127 3 12 171 110 61 2
9 Sun October 30 boxscore L OT 2-7 New York Giants 10 13 11 146 98 48 2 20 272 196 76 2
10 Sun November 6 boxscore L 2-8 @ Minnesota Vikings 17 44 8 89 21 68 2 33 553 355 198 1
11 Sun November 13 boxscore L 2-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 23 21 278 203 75 3 17 304 79 225 4
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W 3-9 @ Green Bay Packers 19 9 15 270 114 156 1 24 356 304 52 3
13 Thu November 24 boxscore L 3-10 Minnesota Vikings 0 23 3 60 42 18 2 24 353 172 181
14 Sun December 4 boxscore W 4-10 Green Bay Packers 30 14 15 220 126 94 1 21 360 268 92 6
15 Sun December 11 boxscore L 4-11 @ Chicago Bears 12 13 14 310 195 115 2 14 250 168 82 1
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 4-12 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 21 14 250 191 59 4 17 242 139 103 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
12 Rusty Hilger 26 QB 11 9 3-6-0 126 306 41.2% 1558 7 2.3 12 3.9 56 5.1 3.8 12.4 141.6 48.9 31 251 3.88 2.69 9.2
16 Chuck Long 25 qb 7 7 1-6-0 75 141 53.2% 856 6 4.3 6 4.3 40 6.1 5.0 11.4 122.3 68.2 18 134 4.54 3.60 11.3
17 Eric Hipple 31 5 0 12 27 44.4% 158 0 0.0 0 0.0 31 5.9 5.9 13.2 31.6 63.5 3 25 4.43 4.43 10.0
6 Jim Arnold* 27 P 16 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
30 James Jones 27 FB 14 14 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
18 John Witkowski 26 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
Team Total 26.2 16 4-12-0 213 477 44.7% 2572 13 2.7 18 3.8 56 5.4 4.2 12.1 160.8 55.1 52 410 4.09 3.05 9.8 0 0
Opp Total 16 337 513 65.7% 3672 17 3.3 15 2.9 7.2 6.50 10.9 229.5 85.5 47 393 5.9 5.3 8.4

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
33 Garry James 25 RB 16 16 182 552 5 35 3.0 34.5 11.4 39 382 9.8 2 39 2.4 23.9 934 7 3
30 James Jones 27 FB 14 14 96 314 0 13 3.3 22.4 6.9 29 259 8.9 0 40 2.1 18.5 573 0 2
49 Tony Paige 26 rb 16 2 52 207 0 20 4.0 12.9 3.3 11 100 9.1 0 15 0.7 6.3 307 0 1
12 Rusty Hilger 26 QB 11 9 18 27 0 11 1.5 2.5 1.6 27 0 7
26 Carl Painter 24 12 0 17 42 0 13 2.5 3.5 1.4 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 43 0 1
38 Scott Williams 26 11 0 9 22 1 5 2.4 2.0 0.8 3 46 15.3 0 32 0.3 4.2 68 1 0
16 Chuck Long 25 qb 7 7 7 22 0 11 3.1 3.1 1.0 22 0 4
82 Pete Mandley 27 PR/WR 15 14 6 44 1 21 7.3 2.9 0.4 44 617 14.0 4 56 2.9 41.1 661 5 3
80 Carl Bland 27 wr 16 2 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 21 307 14.6 2 35 1.3 19.2 311 2 1
17 Eric Hipple 31 5 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 1.0 0.2 5 0 0
18 John Witkowski 26 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0 0 1
21 Butch Woolfolk 28 3 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 1.3 0.3 4 0 1
83 Gary Lee 23 KR/wr 14 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 261 11.9 1 18 1.6 18.6 261 1 2
89 Jeff Chadwick 28 WR 10 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 304 15.2 3 32 2.0 30.4 304 3 0
87 Pat Carter 22 TE 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 145 11.2 0 31 0.9 9.7 145 0 0
81 Stephen Starring 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 89 17.8 0 40 0.8 14.8 89 0 0
81 Mark Lewis 27 te 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 32 10.7 1 23 1.0 10.7 32 1 0
41 Paco Craig 23 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 29 14.5 0 18 0.3 3.6 29 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 391 1243 7 35 3.2 77.7 24.4 213 2572 12.1 13 56 13.3 160.8 3815 20 31
Opp Total 16 511 2037 16 4.0 127.3 31.9 337 3279 9.7 17 21.1 204.9 5316 33 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 27 PR/WR 15 14 37 287 0 25 7.8 948
83 Gary Lee 23 KR/wr 14 6 18 355 0 39 19.7 616
26 Carl Painter 24 12 0 17 347 0 32 20.4 390
80 Carl Bland 27 wr 16 2 5 59 0 24 11.8 8 179 0 29 22.4 549
81 Stephen Starring 27 6 0 8 130 0 22 16.3 219
21 Butch Woolfolk 28 3 0 4 99 0 46 24.8 103
42 Randall Morris 27 3 0 2 41 0 25 20.5 41
65 Eric Andolsek 22 13 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
97 Dan Saleaumua 24 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 42 346 0 25 8.2 59 1154 0 46 19.6 5315
Opp Total 16 57 483 1 8.5 56 1076 0 19.2

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
6 Jim Arnold* 27 P 16 0 97 4110 69 0 42.4
3 Eddie Murray 32 K 16 0 1 1 8 8 9 9 2 2 1 21 20 95.2%% 23 22 95.7%%
Team Total 26.2 16 1 1 8 8 9 9 2 2 1 21 20 95.2%% 23 22 95.7%% 97 4110 69 0 42.4
Opp Total 16 29 25 86.2%% 34 32 94.1%% 74 2916 39.4

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
54 Chris Spielman 23 LILB 16 16 1 0 1 0 0 153 0
98 Dennis Gibson 24 RILB 16 16 0.5 0 0 1 0 0 116 0
36 Bennie Blades 22 SS 15 14 1.0 2 12 0 7 0 3 0 4 22 0 102 0
58 George Jamison 26 LOLB 16 11 5.5 3 56 1 52 0 0 0 3 4 1 77 0
93 Jerry Ball 24 NT 16 16 2.0 68 0
96 Paul Butcher 25 16 0 18 0
35 William White 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 16 0
97 Dan Saleaumua 24 16 0 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
55 Mike Cofer* 28 ROLB 16 16 12.0 0 0 2 0 0
12 Rusty Hilger 26 QB 11 9 0 7 5 -19 0
77 Keith Ferguson 29 RDE 14 14 8.5
76 Eric Williams 26 LDE 16 16 6.5
16 Chuck Long 25 qb 7 7 0 4 2 -3 0
29 Bruce McNorton 29 RCB 16 16 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 4 36 0
34 James Griffin 27 fs 16 6 1.0 2 31 0 31 0 0 0 1 7 0
82 Pete Mandley 27 PR/WR 15 14 0 3 1 -2 0
59 Jimmy Williams 28 lolb 5 5 2.0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Curtis Green 31 11 0 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Garry James 25 RB 16 16 0 3 0 0 0
83 Gary Lee 23 KR/wr 14 6 0 2 1 0 0
31 Devon Mitchell 26 FS 10 9 3 107 1 90 0
52 Steve Mott 27 C 16 16 0 3 0 -23 0
45 Raphel Cherry 27 db 16 3 2 0 0 0 0
53 Kevin Glover 25 LG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
30 James Jones 27 FB 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
50 Danny Lockett 24 16 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Carl Painter 24 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
64 Eric Sanders 30 16 0 0 1 1 -17 0
94 Thomas Strauthers 27 10 0 2.0
21 Butch Woolfolk 28 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
80 Carl Bland 27 wr 16 2 0 1 0 0 0
43 Jerry Holmes 31 LCB 16 16 1 32 0 32 0
49 Tony Paige 26 rb 16 2 0 1 0 0 0
60 Reggie Rogers 24 de 5 2 1.0
73 Harvey Salem 27 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
38 Scott Williams 26 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
18 John Witkowski 26 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 47.0 15 247 2 90 0 4 31 36 5 1 561 0
Opp Total 16 52 35 14 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 32 K 16 0 22 20 82
33 Garry James 25 RB 16 16 5 2 7 42
82 Pete Mandley 27 PR/WR 15 14 1 4 5 30
89 Jeff Chadwick 28 WR 10 8 3 3 18
80 Carl Bland 27 wr 16 2 2 2 12
58 George Jamison 26 LOLB 16 11 1 1 2 12
83 Gary Lee 23 KR/wr 14 6 1 1 6
81 Mark Lewis 27 te 3 3 1 1 6
31 Devon Mitchell 26 FS 10 9 1 1 6
38 Scott Williams 26 11 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 16 7 13 1 2 23 22 20 220
Opp Total 16 16 17 1 32 25 1 313

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 ATL W, 31-17 2 7 pass Pete Mandley 7 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
2 1988-09-04 ATL W, 31-17 3 1 rush Garry James 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
3 1988-09-04 ATL W, 31-17 3 4 fumble George Jamison 4 yard fumble return (Eddie Murray kick)
4 1988-09-04 ATL W, 31-17 4 1 pass Mark Lewis 1 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
5 1988-09-11 @ RAM L, 10-17 2 12 pass Gary Lee 12 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
6 1988-09-18 NOR L, 14-22 1 9 pass Carl Bland 9 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
7 1988-09-18 NOR L, 14-22 2 10 pass Carl Bland 10 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
8 1988-09-25 NYJ L, 10-17 3 1 rush Garry James 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
9 1988-10-02 @ SFO L, 13-20 4 11 pass Pete Mandley 11 yard pass from Chuck Long (Eddie Murray kick)
10 1988-10-09 CHI L, 7-24 3 7 pass Pete Mandley 7 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)
11 1988-10-16 @ NYG L, 10-30 2 39 pass Garry James 39 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)
12 1988-10-23 @ KAN W, 7-6 2 14 pass Jeff Chadwick 14 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)
13 1988-10-30 NYG L, 10-13 2 15 pass Jeff Chadwick 15 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)
14 1988-11-06 @ MIN L, 17-44 2 52 interception George Jamison 52 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1988-11-06 @ MIN L, 17-44 3 8 pass Pete Mandley 8 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)
16 1988-11-13 TAM L, 20-23 1 1 rush Garry James 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
17 1988-11-13 TAM L, 20-23 4 19 pass Garry James 19 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)
18 1988-11-20 @ GNB W, 19-9 4 1 rush Scott Williams 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
19 1988-12-04 GNB W, 30-14 1 21 rush Pete Mandley 21 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
20 1988-12-04 GNB W, 30-14 2 90 interception Devon Mitchell 90 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick)
21 1988-12-04 GNB W, 30-14 2 2 rush Garry James 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
22 1988-12-11 @ CHI L, 12-13 4 1 rush Garry James 1 yard rush
23 1988-12-18 @ TAM L, 10-21 3 19 pass Jeff Chadwick 19 yard pass from Rusty Hilger (Eddie Murray kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1988-09-04 ATL L, 17-31 4 9 pass Alex Higdon 9 yard pass from Chris Miller (Greg Davis kick)
2 1988-09-04 ATL L, 17-31 4 2 rush John Settle 2 yard rush (Greg Davis kick)
3 1988-09-11 @ RAM W, 17-10 2 1 rush Greg Bell 1 yard rush (Mike Lansford kick)
4 1988-09-11 @ RAM W, 17-10 3 4 pass Damone Johnson 4 yard pass from Jim Everett (Mike Lansford kick)
5 1988-09-18 NOR W, 22-14 2 29 pass Lonzell Hill 29 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)
6 1988-09-18 NOR W, 22-14 3 4 rush Dalton Hilliard 4 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
7 1988-09-25 NYJ W, 17-10 2 10 pass Freeman McNeil 10 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
8 1988-09-25 NYJ W, 17-10 4 26 pass Wesley Walker 26 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
9 1988-10-02 @ SFO W, 20-13 2 11 rush Jerry Rice 11 yard rush (Mike Cofer kick)
10 1988-10-02 @ SFO W, 20-13 3 77 punt John Taylor 77 yard punt return (Mike Cofer kick)
11 1988-10-09 CHI W, 24-7 1 11 pass Dennis McKinnon 11 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Kevin Butler kick)
12 1988-10-09 CHI W, 24-7 2 1 rush Neal Anderson 1 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
13 1988-10-09 CHI W, 24-7 4 31 pass Ron Morris 31 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Kevin Butler kick)
14 1988-10-16 @ NYG W, 30-10 2 6 pass Mark Bavaro 6 yard pass from Phil Simms (Raul Allegre kick)
15 1988-10-16 @ NYG W, 30-10 3 51 pass Stephen Baker 51 yard pass from Phil Simms (Raul Allegre kick)
16 1988-10-16 @ NYG W, 30-10 4 8 rush Joe Morris 8 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
17 1988-10-30 NYG W, 13-10 3 1 rush Joe Morris 1 yard rush (Paul McFadden kick)
18 1988-11-06 @ MIN W, 44-17 1 3 rush Allen Rice 3 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
19 1988-11-06 @ MIN W, 44-17 2 1 rush Alfred Anderson 1 yard rush
20 1988-11-06 @ MIN W, 44-17 3 16 pass Steve Jordan 16 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
21 1988-11-06 @ MIN W, 44-17 4 20 rush Rick Fenney 20 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
22 1988-11-06 @ MIN W, 44-17 4 10 pass Jim Gustafson 10 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Chuck Nelson kick)
23 1988-11-06 @ MIN W, 44-17 4 3 rush Allen Rice 3 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
24 1988-11-13 TAM W, 23-20 1 29 rush William Howard 29 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
25 1988-11-13 TAM W, 23-20 4 5 rush Lars Tate 5 yard rush (Donald Igwebuike kick)
26 1988-11-20 @ GNB L, 9-19 4 3 pass Aubrey Matthews 3 yard pass from Don Majkowski
27 1988-11-24 MIN W, 23-0 2 2 rush Alfred Anderson 2 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
28 1988-11-24 MIN W, 23-0 2 1 rush Alfred Anderson 1 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
29 1988-12-04 GNB L, 14-30 4 4 pass Ed West 4 yard pass from Randy Wright (Dean Dorsey kick)
30 1988-12-04 GNB L, 14-30 4 24 pass Sterling Sharpe 24 yard pass from Randy Wright (Dean Dorsey kick)
31 1988-12-11 @ CHI W, 13-12 3 4 rush Jim Harbaugh 4 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
32 1988-12-18 @ TAM W, 21-10 1 31 pass Bruce Hill 31 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (John Carney kick)
33 1988-12-18 @ TAM W, 21-10 2 31 pass Mark Carrier 31 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (John Carney kick)
34 1988-12-18 @ TAM W, 21-10 4 27 pass Mark Carrier 27 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (John Carney kick)