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1998 Detroit Lions

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5-11-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1998 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.4, Offense: -1.9, Defense: -1.5, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 306 points (19.1/g), 20th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 378 points (23.6/g), 24th.
 Differential of -72 points (-4.5/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 6.0-10.0.

Coach: Bobby Ross (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Sylvester Croom
 Defensive Coordinator: Larry Peccatiello
 Other Notable Asst.: Jim Zorn (Quarterbacks)

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Saginaw Valley State (Saginaw, Michigan)

Team Info

Principal Owner/Chairman William Clay Ford Sr.
General Manager Chuck Schmidt
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 306 5085 975 5.2 25 12 24 278 274 489 3130 17 13 5.9 160 441 1955 12 4.4 94
Team Defense 378 5117 1004 5.1 21 9 28 308 284 474 3015 23 12 5.8 167 487 2102 15 4.3 113
Lg Rank Offense 20 14 12 15 17 22 19 20 5 15 19 10 12 3
Lg Rank Defense 24 15 25 19 22 6 8 17 26 16 22 25 24 24

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore L 0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 19 38 20 321 236 85 2 21 342 267 75
2 Sun September 13 boxscore L OT 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals 28 34 22 412 188 224 2 18 384 284 100
3 Sun September 20 boxscore L 0-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 6 29 19 279 142 137 4 17 287 211 76
4 Mon September 28 boxscore W 1-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 6 17 280 124 156 1 6 133 78 55 2
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 1-4 @ Chicago Bears 27 31 15 340 246 94 23 405 280 125 5
6 Bye Week
7 Thu October 15 boxscore W 2-4 Green Bay Packers 27 20 16 385 199 186 1 23 368 275 93 3
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L 2-5 Minnesota Vikings 13 34 17 351 214 137 1 23 329 170 159 3
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 2-6 Arizona Cardinals 15 17 18 280 167 113 6 11 209 172 37 2
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L 2-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 9 10 9 257 111 146 16 289 73 216
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 3-7 Chicago Bears 26 3 24 391 246 145 14 252 147 105
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 4-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28 25 19 300 188 112 22 428 283 145 2
13 Thu November 26 boxscore W OT 5-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 19 16 13 283 213 70 2 22 293 208 85 2
14 Sun December 6 boxscore L 5-8 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 22 37 16 332 212 120 24 426 221 205
15 Mon December 14 boxscore L 5-9 @ San Francisco 49ers 13 35 25 380 311 69 2 29 409 81 328 1
16 Sun December 20 boxscore L 5-10 Atlanta Falcons 17 24 17 258 141 117 3 20 268 123 145
17 Sun December 27 boxscore L 5-11 @ Baltimore Ravens 10 19 11 236 192 44 1 19 295 142 153 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
10 Charlie Batch 24 QB 12 12 5-7-0 173 303 57.1 2178 11 3.6 6 2.0 98 7.2 7.0 12.6 181.5 83.5 37 222 5.75 5.61 10.9 2 2
14 Frank Reich 37 qb 6 2 0-2-0 63 110 57.3 768 5 4.5 4 3.6 41 7.0 6.3 12.2 128.0 78.9 4 18 6.58 5.88 3.5
19 Scott Mitchell 30 qb 2 2 0-2-0 38 75 50.7 452 1 1.3 3 4.0 44 6.0 4.5 11.9 226.0 57.2 4 28 5.37 3.91 5.1
18 John Jett 30 P 14 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 26.8 16 5-11-0 274 489 56.0 3398 17 3.5 13 2.7 98 6.9 6.4 12.4 212.4 78.2 45 268 5.86 5.40 8.4 2 2
Opp Total 16 284 474 59.9 3276 23 4.9 12 2.5 6.9 6.74 11.5 204.8 86.4 43 261 5.8 5.7 8.3

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 Barry Sanders* 30 RB 16 16 343 1491 4 73 4.3 93.2 21.4 37 289 7.8 0 44 2.3 18.1 1780 4 3
10 Charlie Batch 24 QB 12 12 41 229 1 17 5.6 19.1 3.4 229 1 2
34 Ron Rivers 27 15 0 19 102 1 36 5.4 6.8 1.3 3 58 19.3 0 38 0.2 3.9 160 1 0
44 Tommy Vardell 29 FB 14 9 18 37 6 17 2.1 2.6 1.3 14 143 10.2 1 31 1.0 10.2 180 7 1
19 Scott Mitchell 30 qb 2 2 7 30 0 17 4.3 15.0 3.5 30 0 1
14 Frank Reich 37 qb 6 2 6 3 0 5 0.5 0.5 1.0 3 0 2
30 Cory Schlesinger 26 fb 15 2 5 17 0 5 3.4 1.1 0.3 3 16 5.3 1 8 0.2 1.1 33 1 0
87 Johnnie Morton 27 WR 16 16 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.7 0.1 69 1028 14.9 2 98 4.3 64.3 1039 2 0
82 Germane Crowell 22 wr 14 2 1 35 0 35 35.0 2.5 0.1 25 464 18.6 3 68 1.8 33.1 499 3 1
84 Herman Moore 29 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 82 983 12.0 5 36 5.5 65.5 983 5 0
89 Walter Rasby 26 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 119 7.9 1 17 0.9 7.4 119 1 0
86 David Sloan 26 te 10 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 146 13.3 1 33 1.1 14.6 146 1 0
83 Brian Stablein 28 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 80 11.4 0 15 0.7 8.0 80 0 0
80 Tommie Boyd 27 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 52 13.0 1 19 0.4 5.8 52 1 0
81 Pete Chryplewicz 24 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 20 5.0 2 8 0.3 1.3 20 2 1
Team Total 26.8 16 441 1955 12 73 4.4 122.2 27.6 274 3398 12.4 17 98 17.1 212.4 5353 29 17
Opp Total 16 487 2102 15 4.3 131.4 30.4 284 3015 10.6 23 17.8 188.4 5117 38 27

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
23 Terry Fair 22 KR/PR/RCB 14 10 30 189 0 23 6.3 51 1428 2 105 28.0 1617
80 Tommie Boyd 27 9 0 4 11 0 3 2.8 8 163 0 26 20.4 226
21 Jerris McPhail 26 3 0 6 71 0 20 11.8 71
24 Kevin Abrams 24 rcb 16 7 2 12 0 16 6.0 12
34 Ron Rivers 27 15 0 2 15 0 9 7.5 175
44 Tommy Vardell 29 FB 14 9 1 23 0 23 23.0 203
Team Total 26.8 16 36 212 0 23 5.9 68 1700 2 105 25.0 7265
Opp Total 16 47 471 1 10.0 49 1196 1 24.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
18 John Jett 30 P 14 0 66 2892 60 0 43.8
4 Jason Hanson 28 K 16 0 8 8 7 7 15 13 3 1 33 29 87.9% 29 27 93.1% 3 94 36 0 31.3
17 John Kidd 37 p 2 0 13 520 54 0 40.0
Team Total 26.8 16 8 8 7 7 15 13 3 1 33 29 87.9% 29 27 93.1% 82 3506 60 0 42.8
Opp Total 16 30 25 83.3% 41 41 100.0% 81 3459 42.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
57 Stephen Boyd 26 MLB 13 12 4.0 1 0 4 1 0 75 37
28 Ron Rice 26 SS 16 16 3.5 3 25 0 25 0 1 0 0 0 0 57 35
53 Rob Fredrickson 27 LLB 16 16 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 56 30
32 Bryant Westbrook 24 LCB 16 16 3 49 1 34 0 59 15
55 Allen Aldridge 26 RLB 16 15 3.0 1 0 1 0 0 47 22
91 Robert Porcher 29 LDE 16 16 11.5 1 0 0 0 0 41 21
23 Terry Fair 22 KR/PR/RCB 14 10 1.0 0 5 1 0 0 39 18
27 Mark Carrier 30 FS 13 13 3 33 0 33 0 2 1 0 0 0 43 12
24 Kevin Abrams 24 rcb 16 7 3.0 2 0 1 7 0 41 10
94 Luther Elliss 25 RDT 16 16 3.0 0 0 1 0 0 38 12
93 Kerwin Waldroup 24 RDE 13 13 1.5 1 0 1 0 0 21 18
97 Tracy Scroggins 29 de 11 3 6.5 24 3
25 Greg Jeffries 27 db 15 3 0 0 1 0 0 23 3
90 Dan Owens 31 LDT 11 11 2.5 15 12
35 Robert Bailey 30 16 0 11 6
73 Darius Holland 25 dt 10 4 11 0
92 Marc Spindler 29 de 15 1 3 6
42 Ryan Stewart 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
52 Scott Kowalkowski 30 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1
95 Mike Chalenski 28 8 0 2 2
58 George Jamison 36 14 0 1 21 0 21 0 1 1
20 Barry Sanders* 30 RB 16 16 0 3 1 0 0
96 Henry Taylor 23 1 0 2 0
14 Frank Reich 37 qb 6 2 0 2 1 0 0
10 Charlie Batch 24 QB 12 12 0 2 0 0 0
39 Lamar Campbell 22 12 0 1 0
98 Don Sasa 26 2 0 0 2
81 Pete Chryplewicz 24 te 16 2 0 1 0 0 0
82 Germane Crowell 22 wr 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
99 Richard Jordan 24 lb 16 4 1 4 0 4 0
19 Scott Mitchell 30 qb 2 2 0 1 0 -9 0
44 Tommy Vardell 29 FB 14 9 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.8 16 42.0 12 132 1 34 0 10 17 13 -1 0 618 267
Opp Total 16 45 27 18 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
4 Jason Hanson 28 K 16 0 27 29 114
44 Tommy Vardell 29 FB 14 9 6 1 7 42
84 Herman Moore 29 WR 15 15 5 5 30
20 Barry Sanders* 30 RB 16 16 4 4 24
82 Germane Crowell 22 wr 14 2 3 3 18
81 Pete Chryplewicz 24 te 16 2 2 2 12
23 Terry Fair 22 KR/PR/RCB 14 10 2 2 12
87 Johnnie Morton 27 WR 16 16 2 2 12
10 Charlie Batch 24 QB 12 12 1 1 6
80 Tommie Boyd 27 9 0 1 1 6
89 Walter Rasby 26 TE 16 16 1 1 6
34 Ron Rivers 27 15 0 1 1 6
30 Cory Schlesinger 26 fb 15 2 1 1 6
86 David Sloan 26 te 10 2 1 1 6
32 Bryant Westbrook 24 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 26.8 16 12 17 2 1 32 27 29 306
Opp Total 16 15 23 1 1 1 2 1 41 25 1 378