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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
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 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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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
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(+),
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
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(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. 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(+),
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
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(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. 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. 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
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 11 243
Opp Total 16 19 16 1 36 5 1 269