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1961 Detroit Lions (NFL) 2nd place Western Conference 8-5-1 .615
Head Coach: George Wilson
Defensive LineLes Bingaman
Offensive LineAldo Forte
Offensive BacksRay McLean
Coaches AssistantBob Nussbaumer
Defense-Linebackers/Defensive BacksDon Shula
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Fri8/11/1961HCleveland Browns35-7WDetroit, MITiger Stadium25605
Wed8/16/1961APittsburgh Steelers17-14WPittsburgh, PAPitt Stadium13723
Fri8/25/1961HPhiladelphia Eagles14-23LDetroit, MITiger Stadium22011
Fri9/1/1961HSt. Louis Cardinals20-7WDetroit, MITiger Stadium12621
Sat9/9/1961ACleveland Browns35-17WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium41374
Sat1/6/1962NPhiladelphia Eagles38-10WMiami, FLOrange Bowl25612Playoff Bowl
Sun9/17/1961AGreen Bay Packers17-13WMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium44307
Sun9/24/1961ABaltimore Colts16-15WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium54259
Sun10/1/1961HSan Francisco 49ers0-49LDetroit, MITiger Stadium53155
Sun10/8/1961HChicago Bears17-31LDetroit, MITiger Stadium50521
Sun10/15/1961HLos Angeles Rams14-13WDetroit, MITiger Stadium45873
Sun10/22/1961HBaltimore Colts14-17LDetroit, MITiger Stadium53016
Sun10/29/1961ALos Angeles Rams28-10WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum49123
Sun11/5/1961ASan Francisco 49ers20-20TSan Francisco, CAKezar Stadium56878
Sun11/12/1961ASt. Louis Cardinals45-14WSt. Louis, MOBusch Stadium20230
Sun11/19/1961AMinnesota Vikings37-10WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium32296
Thu11/23/1961HGreen Bay Packers9-17LDetroit, MITiger Stadium55662
Sun12/3/1961AChicago Bears16-15WChicago, ILWrigley Field47394
Sun12/10/1961HMinnesota Vikings13-7WDetroit, MITiger Stadium42655
Sun12/17/1961HPhiladelphia Eagles24-27LDetroit, MITiger Stadium44231
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
41Terry Barr416'018926Michigan14
57Carl Brettschneider576'122330Iowa State12
76Roger Brown766'529824Maryland-Eastern Shore14
40Howard Cassady405'1018327Ohio State14
89Gail Cogdill896'220024Washington State14
87Glenn Davis876'018027Ohio State8
80Jim Gibbons806'222025Iowa14
53Bill Glass536'525226Baylor14
79John Gonzaga796'324728none13
75John Gordy756'324826Tennessee14
71Alex Karras716'224826Iowa14
81Dick Lane816'119432Western Nebraska JC14
77Danny LaRose776'525022Missouri14
28Yale Lary286'018731Texas A&M14
44Dick LeBeau446'018524Ohio State14
45Danny Lewis456'119925Wisconsin13
43Gary Lowe435'1119627Michigan State14
21Bruce Maher215'1119024Detroit Mercy12
72Gil Mains726'224332Murray State3
47Jim Martin476'222737Notre Dame13
70Willie McClung706'225031Florida A&M3
78Darris McCord786'425028Tennessee14
54Max Messner546'322523Cincinnati14
67Dick Mills676'324022Pittsburgh14
14Earl Morrall146'220527Michigan State13
15Jim Ninowski156'120625Michigan State13
0Johnny Olszewski05'1120031California14
33Nick Pietrosante336'222524Notre Dame14
56Joe Schmidt566'122029Pittsburgh14
50Bob Scholtz506'425024Notre Dame14
66Harley Sewell666'123030Texas14
73Ollie Spencer736'224530Kansas13
20Jim Steffen206'019625Santa Ana JC; UCLA8
25Pat Studstill256'117623Houston14
55Wayne Walker556'222525Idaho14
74Paul Ward746'324724Whitworth8
34Ken Webb345'1120726Presbyterian11
61Bob Whitlow616'123625Compton CC; Arizona6
88Sam Williams886'523530Michigan State12
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Danny Larose223EMissouri
Dick Mills334TPittsburghfrom PIT
Houston Antwine338GSouthern Illinois
Ronnie Hartline451FBOklahoma
Earl Faison566EIndiana
Ron Puckett570TLos Angeles Statefrom PHI
Larry Muff8107EBenedictine (Kansas)
Bob Brooks9122FBOhio University
Errol Linden10135EHouston
Larry Vargo11150EDetroit MercyFuture
Tom Rodgers12163BKentucky
Paul Hodge13178LBPittsburgh
Charley Bowers14191HBNorthern Arizona
Mike Lauber15206EWisconsin-River Falls
Gus Krantz16219TNorthern Michigan
Tom Goode17234LBMississippi State
John Gregor18247TMontana
Gene Valesano19262BNorthern MichiganFuture
Tom Lewis20275BLake Forest
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals36788868
Opponents Totals50576487
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals233961221569678
Opponents Totals222891211239381
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Jim Martin0252696.2153050.0070
Terry Barr60000036
Gail Cogdill60000036
Jim Ninowski50000030
Nick Pietrosante50000030
Danny Lewis40000024
Howard Cassady20000012
Jim Gibbons1000006
Joe Schmidt1000006
Pat Studstill1000006
Wayne Walker066100.0030.006
Ken Webb1000006
Gary Lowe0000012
Team Totals32313296.9153345.51270
Opponents Totals282828100.0203458.81258
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Jim Martin153050.04/4/3/4/0/
Wayne Walker030.00/0/0/0/0/
Team Totals153345.54/4/3/4/0/
Opponents Totals203458.89/3/4/3/1/
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Nick Pietrosante2018414.2425
Danny Lewis1104514.1274
Jim Ninowski332387.240t5
Howard Cassady311314.2141
Johnny Olszewski301093.6150
Earl Morrall20864.3250
Yale Lary11414.0140
Ken Webb760.931
Terry Barr6-8-1.390
Team Totals43918684.34216
Opponents Totals41215203.714
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Jim Ninowski24711747.411219217.816.484t72.8187.3212170953.0
Earl Morrall1506946.0729096.113.261t74.796.07483556.2
Howard Cassady100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals39818646.718528307.115.284t143.5276.8286254454.1
Opponents Totals38520352.715327447.113.598t112.9297.5326241853.9
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Gail Cogdill4595621.284t6
Jim Gibbons4556612.6361
Terry Barr4063015.861t6
Nick Pietrosante2631512.1760
Glenn Davis911512.8190
Danny Lewis811814.8220
Pat Studstill55410.8250
Howard Cassady5459.0761
Johnny Olszewski11414.0140
Sam Williams11010.0100
Ken Webb177.070
Team Totals186283015.284t14
Opponents Totals203274413.598t11
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Yale Lary69515.8420
Dick Lane67312.2320
Gary Lowe5163.2110
Joe Schmidt4389.5261
Dick LeBeau34515.0330
Wayne Walker2168.0120
Darris McCord11111.0110
Roger Brown11010.0100
Bruce Maher188.080
Team Totals2931210.8421
Opponents Totals2731411.60
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Yale Lary52251948.4710
Earl Morrall311337.7430
Pat Studstill13232.0320
Team Totals56266447.671027342.7
Opponents Totals67288043.0357
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Howard Cassady161599.9210
Jim Steffen11958.6450
Pat Studstill8759.4260
Jim Gibbons11414.0140
Yale Lary188.080
Dick Lane166.060
Team Totals383579.4450
Opponents Totals2127313.01
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Pat Studstill1644828.0100t1
Jim Steffen1943522.90
Howard Cassady912714.1230
Johnny Olszewski45914.8230
Bruce Maher11919.0190
Sam Williams144.040
Ken Webb055L0
Team Totals50109721.9100t1
Opponents Totals49118424.2105t2
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Carl Brettschneider0001100
Roger Brown00033290
Howard Cassady210100
Glenn Davis110100
Jim Gibbons0020200
Bill Glass0001100
Alex Karras0002200
Dick LeBeau0001100
Danny Lewis400000
Gary Lowe0002200
Earl Morrall630300
Jim Ninowski400000
Nick Pietrosante710100
Bob Scholtz0010100
Harley Sewell0010100
Wayne Walker00022100
Ken Webb100000
Team Totals2515101222390
Opponents Totals2112915240
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