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1978 Green Bay Packers

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8-7-1, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.6, Offense: -2.2, Defense: 1.6, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 249 points (15.6/g), 22nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 269 points (16.8/g), 8th.
 Differential of -20 points (-1.2/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 7.3-8.7.

Coach: Bart Starr (8-7-1)
 Defensive Coordinator: Dave Hanner
 Other Notable Asst.: Dick LeBeau (Defensive Backs)

Stadium: Lambeau Field
 Training Camp: St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin)

Team Info

President Dominic Olejniczak
Head Coach/General Manager Bart Starr
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 249 4107 944 4.4 42 24 20 226 180 357 2084 11 18 5.3 101 550 2023 16 3.7 105
Team Defense 269 4963 1131 4.4 47 20 22 302 254 463 2524 16 27 4.9 143 620 2439 19 3.9 137
Lg Rank Offense 22 24 19 26 28 27 23 24 8 18 19 24 12 21
Lg Rank Defense 8 19 4 7 23 27 16 12 7 6 23 22 19 16

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore W 1-0 @ Detroit Lions 13 7 16 212 31 181 11 122 40 82 1
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W 2-0 New Orleans Saints 28 17 20 376 156 220 2 25 395 295 100 1
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 2-1 Oakland Raiders 3 28 13 196 117 79 3 28 420 72 348 4
4 Sun September 24 boxscore W 3-1 @ San Diego Chargers 24 3 9 127 9 118 2 20 245 154 91 11
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 4-1 Detroit Lions 35 14 16 482 261 221 4 14 227 101 126 1
6 Sun October 8 boxscore W 5-1 Chicago Bears 24 14 8 166 68 98 2 21 357 210 147 5
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 6-1 Seattle Seahawks 45 28 20 369 179 190 3 23 483 289 194 7
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 6-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 7 21 14 247 118 129 2 22 294 234 60 1
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 7-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 18 249 158 91 4 7 170 98 72 3
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 7-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 15 385 211 174 5 10 148 97 51 1
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 7-4 Dallas Cowboys 14 42 9 142 76 66 3 32 537 224 313 2
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 7-5 @ Denver Broncos 3 16 13 263 179 84 1 19 359 144 215
13 Sun November 26 boxscore T OT 7-5-1 Minnesota Vikings 10 10 16 318 164 154 3 15 293 182 111 5
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 8-5-1 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 7 11 173 108 65 1 20 321 144 177 3
15 Sun December 10 boxscore L 8-6-1 @ Chicago Bears 0 14 11 161 83 78 3 17 293 119 174 1
16 Sun December 17 boxscore L 8-7-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 31 17 241 166 75 4 18 299 121 178 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 David Whitehurst 23 QB 16 16 8-7-1 168 328 51.2% 2093 10 3.0 17 5.2 58 6.4 4.7 12.5 130.8 59.9 35 258 5.06 3.50 9.6 1 1
16 Dennis Sproul 22 6 0 5 13 38.5% 87 0 0.0 0 0.0 25 6.7 6.7 17.4 14.5 62.0 1 7 5.71 5.71 7.1
19 Bobby Douglass 31 12 0 5 12 41.7% 90 1 8.3 1 8.3 30 7.5 5.4 18.0 7.5 61.1 1 9 6.23 4.31 7.7
11 David Beverly 28 P 16 0 2 2 100.0% 88 0 0.0 0 0.0 57 44.0 44.0 44.0 5.5 118.7 0 0 44.00 44.00 0.0
80 James Lofton* 22 WR 16 16 0 2 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 24.9 16 8-7-1 180 357 50.4% 2358 11 3.1 18 5.0 58 6.6 5.0 13.1 147.4 60.9 37 274 5.29 3.79 9.4 1 1
Opp Total 16 254 463 54.9% 2910 16 3.5 27 5.8 6.3 4.35 11.5 181.9 61.2 48 386 4.9 3.2 9.4

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
34 Terdell Middleton* 23 RB 16 16 284 1116 11 76 3.9 69.8 17.8 34 332 9.8 1 50 2.1 20.8 1448 12 8
33 Barty Smith 26 FB 16 16 154 567 4 33 3.7 35.4 9.6 37 256 6.9 0 24 2.3 16.0 823 4 5
31 Jim Culbreath 26 12 0 30 92 0 15 3.1 7.7 2.5 7 78 11.1 0 19 0.6 6.5 170 0 1
17 David Whitehurst 23 QB 16 16 28 67 1 18 2.4 4.2 1.8 67 1 8
48 Nate Simpson 24 16 0 27 58 0 11 2.1 3.6 1.7 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 62 0 1
42 Walter Landers 25 4 0 7 40 0 10 5.7 10.0 1.8 40 0 0
26 Eric Torkelson 26 14 0 6 18 0 6 3.0 1.3 0.4 2 36 18.0 0 31 0.1 2.6 54 0 0
43 Aundra Thompson 25 WR 16 16 4 25 0 13 6.3 1.6 0.3 26 527 20.3 2 57 1.6 32.9 552 2 1
19 Bobby Douglass 31 12 0 4 27 0 17 6.8 2.3 0.3 27 0 0
80 James Lofton* 22 WR 16 16 3 13 0 15 4.3 0.8 0.2 46 818 17.8 6 58 2.9 51.1 831 6 2
16 Dennis Sproul 22 6 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 2
11 David Beverly 28 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
81 Rich McGeorge 30 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 247 10.7 1 25 1.4 15.4 247 1 0
84 Steve Odom 26 KR/PR 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 60 15.0 1 18 0.3 5.0 60 1 2
Team Total 24.9 16 550 2023 16 76 3.7 126.4 34.4 180 2358 13.1 11 58 11.3 147.4 4381 27 35
Opp Total 16 620 2439 19 3.9 152.4 38.8 254 2524 9.9 16 15.9 157.8 4963 35 40

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
84 Steve Odom 26 KR/PR 12 0 33 298 0 48 9.0 25 677 1 95 27.1 1035
24 Johnnie Gray 25 FS 16 16 11 95 0 22 8.6 95
43 Aundra Thompson 25 WR 16 16 6 124 0 31 20.7 676
21 Steve Wagner 24 16 0 6 84 0 17 14.0 84
31 Jim Culbreath 26 12 0 4 58 0 20 14.5 228
38 Estus Hood 23 16 0 3 74 0 26 24.7 74
36 Howard Sampson 22 15 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 23 0 23 23.0 23
51 Jim Gueno 24 lb 15 1 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
78 Ezra Johnson* 23 RDE 16 16 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
42 Walter Landers 25 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 40
80 James Lofton* 22 WR 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 831
81 Rich McGeorge 30 TE 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 247
34 Terdell Middleton* 23 RB 16 16 1 22 0 22 22.0 1470
33 Barty Smith 26 FB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 823
20 Walter Tullis 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 24.9 16 46 393 0 48 8.5 52 1085 1 95 20.9 5859
Opp Total 16 51 286 0 5.6 52 1015 0 19.5

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 David Beverly 28 P 16 0 106 3759 57 0 35.5
13 Chester Marcol 29 K 16 0 2 2 5 3 5 2 6 4 1 19 11 57.9%% 30 30 100.0%%
Team Total 24.9 16 2 2 5 3 5 2 6 4 1 19 11 57.9%% 30 30 100.0%% 106 3759 57 0 35.5
Opp Total 16 18 5 27.8%% 36 36 100.0%% 90 3411 37.9

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
28 Willie Buchanon*+ 28 LCB 16 16 9 93 1 77 0 0 0 1 0 0
17 David Whitehurst 23 QB 16 16 0 8 2 -28 0
34 Terdell Middleton* 23 RB 16 16 0 8 0 0 0
60 John Anderson 22 RLB 13 12 5 27 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Johnnie Gray 25 FS 16 16 3 66 0 66 0 0 1 2 0 0
29 Mike McCoy 25 RCB 16 16 3 34 0 23 0 0 2 1 0 0
33 Barty Smith 26 FB 16 16 0 5 1 0 0
38 Estus Hood 23 16 0 3 18 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
46 Steve Luke 25 SS 16 16 2 91 1 63 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Steve Odom 26 KR/PR 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
16 Dennis Sproul 22 6 0 0 2 1 -5 0
50 Jim Carter 30 14 1 0 0 2 0 0
65 Mike Douglass 23 lb 16 3 0 0 2 0 0
55 Mike Hunt 22 MLB 16 15 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Ezra Johnson* 23 RDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
80 James Lofton* 22 WR 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
74 Dave Roller 29 LDT 16 16 0 0 2 -2 0
43 Aundra Thompson 25 WR 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
70 Bob Barber 27 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Carl Barzilauskas 27 RDT 16 16 1 5 0 5 0
11 David Beverly 28 P 16 0 0 1 0 -11 0
31 Jim Culbreath 26 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
56 Rick Nuzum 26 16 0 0 0 1 15 0
36 Howard Sampson 22 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
48 Nate Simpson 24 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
26 Eric Torkelson 26 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Gary Weaver 29 LLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 24.9 16 27 344 2 77 0 0 35 27 -31 0
Opp Total 16 37 40 20 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
34 Terdell Middleton* 23 RB 16 16 11 1 12 72
13 Chester Marcol 29 K 16 0 30 11 63
80 James Lofton* 22 WR 16 16 6 6 36
33 Barty Smith 26 FB 16 16 4 4 24
84 Steve Odom 26 KR/PR 12 0 1 1 2 12
43 Aundra Thompson 25 WR 16 16 2 2 12
28 Willie Buchanon*+ 28 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
42 Walter Landers 25 4 0 1 1 6
46 Steve Luke 25 SS 16 16 1 1 6
81 Rich McGeorge 30 TE 16 16 1 1 6
17 David Whitehurst 23 QB 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 24.9 16 16 11 1 2 1 31 30 11 249
Opp Total 16 19 16 1 36 5 1 269

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ DET W, 13-7 3 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
2 1978-09-10 NOR W, 28-17 1 42 pass James Lofton 42 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
3 1978-09-10 NOR W, 28-17 2 47 pass James Lofton 47 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
4 1978-09-10 NOR W, 28-17 3 18 pass James Lofton 18 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
5 1978-09-10 NOR W, 28-17 4 9 pass Rich McGeorge 9 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
6 1978-09-24 @ SDG W, 24-3 2 13 rush Terdell Middleton 13 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
7 1978-09-24 @ SDG W, 24-3 3 15 blocked punt Walter Landers 15 yard blocked punt return (Chester Marcol kick)
8 1978-09-24 @ SDG W, 24-3 4 77 interception Willie Buchanon 77 yard interception return (Chester Marcol kick)
9 1978-10-01 DET W, 35-14 1 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
10 1978-10-01 DET W, 35-14 2 1 rush David Whitehurst 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
11 1978-10-01 DET W, 35-14 2 43 pass Aundra Thompson 43 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
12 1978-10-01 DET W, 35-14 3 76 rush Terdell Middleton 76 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
13 1978-10-01 DET W, 35-14 4 19 pass Aundra Thompson 19 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
14 1978-10-08 CHI W, 24-14 3 2 rush Terdell Middleton 2 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
15 1978-10-08 CHI W, 24-14 3 63 interception Steve Luke 63 yard interception return (Chester Marcol kick)
16 1978-10-08 CHI W, 24-14 4 58 pass James Lofton 58 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
17 1978-10-15 SEA W, 45-28 1 95 kickoff Steve Odom 95 yard kickoff return (Chester Marcol kick)
18 1978-10-15 SEA W, 45-28 1 24 pass James Lofton 24 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
19 1978-10-15 SEA W, 45-28 1 5 rush Terdell Middleton 5 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
20 1978-10-15 SEA W, 45-28 1 14 rush Terdell Middleton 14 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
21 1978-10-15 SEA W, 45-28 3 2 rush Terdell Middleton 2 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
22 1978-10-15 SEA W, 45-28 3 9 rush Terdell Middleton 9 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
23 1978-10-22 @ MIN L, 7-21 2 3 rush Terdell Middleton 3 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
24 1978-10-29 TAM W, 9-7 1 2 rush Terdell Middleton 2 yard rush (pass failed)
25 1978-11-12 DAL L, 14-42 1 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
26 1978-11-12 DAL L, 14-42 4 18 pass Steve Odom 18 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Chester Marcol kick)
27 1978-11-26 MIN T, 10-10 2 1 rush Terdell Middleton 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
28 1978-12-03 @ TAM W, 17-7 1 10 pass James Lofton 10 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
29 1978-12-03 @ TAM W, 17-7 2 1 rush Barty Smith 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
30 1978-12-17 @ RAM L, 14-31 3 4 rush Terdell Middleton 4 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
31 1978-12-17 @ RAM L, 14-31 4 22 pass Terdell Middleton 22 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ DET L, 7-13 3 5 rush Dexter Bussey 5 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
2 1978-09-10 NOR L, 17-28 2 6 pass Ike Harris 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
3 1978-09-10 NOR L, 17-28 4 4 rush Mike Strachan 4 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
4 1978-09-17 OAK W, 28-3 2 11 pass Dave Casper 11 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
5 1978-09-17 OAK W, 28-3 2 11 rush Terry Robiskie 11 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
6 1978-09-17 OAK W, 28-3 4 7 rush Arthur Whittington 7 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
7 1978-09-17 OAK W, 28-3 4 10 rush Arthur Whittington 10 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
8 1978-10-01 DET L, 14-35 3 12 pass Luther Blue 12 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
9 1978-10-01 DET L, 14-35 4 42 pass Freddie Scott 42 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
10 1978-10-08 CHI L, 14-24 4 15 pass James Scott 15 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
11 1978-10-08 CHI L, 14-24 4 17 pass James Scott 17 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
12 1978-10-15 SEA L, 28-45 2 12 rush Jim Zorn 12 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
13 1978-10-15 SEA L, 28-45 2 48 pass Steve Largent 48 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Efren Herrera kick)
14 1978-10-15 SEA L, 28-45 3 9 rush Sherman Smith 9 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
15 1978-10-15 SEA L, 28-45 4 2 rush David Sims 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
16 1978-10-22 @ MIN W, 21-7 2 16 pass Chuck Foreman 16 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
17 1978-10-22 @ MIN W, 21-7 2 4 pass Ahmad Rashad 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
18 1978-10-22 @ MIN W, 21-7 4 15 pass Ahmad Rashad 15 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
19 1978-10-29 TAM L, 7-9 3 1 rush Ricky Bell 1 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
20 1978-11-05 @ PHI W, 10-3 2 2 rush John Sciarra 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1978-11-12 DAL W, 42-14 1 14 rush Robert Newhouse 14 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
22 1978-11-12 DAL W, 42-14 2 9 rush Tony Dorsett 9 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
23 1978-11-12 DAL W, 42-14 2 8 pass Billy Joe DuPree 8 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
24 1978-11-12 DAL W, 42-14 3 3 rush Robert Newhouse 3 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
25 1978-11-12 DAL W, 42-14 3 18 pass Billy Joe DuPree 18 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
26 1978-11-12 DAL W, 42-14 4 33 rush Tony Dorsett 33 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
27 1978-11-19 @ DEN W, 16-3 3 14 pass Haven Moses 14 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
28 1978-11-19 @ DEN W, 16-3 3 2 rush Rob Lytle 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
29 1978-11-26 MIN T, 10-10 4 5 pass Ahmad Rashad 5 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
30 1978-12-03 @ TAM L, 7-17 2 14 rush George Ragsdale 14 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
31 1978-12-10 @ CHI W, 14-0 2 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
32 1978-12-10 @ CHI W, 14-0 3 35 pass James Scott 35 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
33 1978-12-17 @ RAM W, 31-14 1 1 rush Cullen Bryant 1 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
34 1978-12-17 @ RAM W, 31-14 3 5 rush Cullen Bryant 5 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
35 1978-12-17 @ RAM W, 31-14 3 21 pass Willie Miller 21 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
36 1978-12-17 @ RAM W, 31-14 4 44 interception Rod Perry 44 yard interception return (Frank Corral kick)