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1972 Detroit Lions (NFL) 2nd place National Football Conference Central Division 8-5-1 .607
Head Coach: Joe Schmidt
Offensive BacksLeeman Bennett
DefenseJimmy David
Offensive LineChuck Knox
Kickers/Special TeamsJim Martin
OffenseBill McPeak
ReceiversJohn North
Defensive LineDick Voris
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun9/17/1972HNew York Giants30-16WDetroit, MITiger Stadium54418
Sat8/5/1972HMiami Dolphins31-23WDetroit, MITiger Stadium53194
Sat8/12/1972ACincinnati Bengals20-28LCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium55799
Sun9/24/1972HMinnesota Vikings10-34LDetroit, MITiger Stadium54418
Sun10/1/1972AChicago Bears38-24WChicago, ILSoldier Field55701
Sun8/20/1972HCleveland Browns34-7WAnn Arbor, MIMichigan Stadium58422
Fri8/25/1972HWashington Redskins23-10WDetroit, MITiger Stadium52647
Sun10/8/1972AAtlanta Falcons26-23WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium58850
Fri9/1/1972NBaltimore Colts24-17WTampa, FLTampa Stadium40234
Mon10/16/1972HGreen Bay Packers23-24LDetroit, MITiger Stadium54418
Sun9/10/1972ANew England Patriots30-34LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium47684
Sun10/22/1972HSan Diego Chargers34-20WDetroit, MITiger Stadium54371
Mon10/30/1972ADallas Cowboys24-28LIrving, TXTexas Stadium65378
Sun11/5/1972HChicago Bears14-0WDetroit, MITiger Stadium54418
Sun11/12/1972AMinnesota Vikings14-16LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium49784
Sun11/19/1972HNew Orleans Saints27-14WDetroit, MITiger Stadium53752
Thu11/23/1972HNew York Jets37-20WDetroit, MITiger Stadium54418
Sun12/3/1972AGreen Bay Packers7-33LGreen Bay, WILambeau Field56263
Sun12/10/1972ABuffalo Bills21-21TBuffalo, NYWar Memorial Stadium41583
Sun12/17/1972ALos Angeles Rams34-17WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum71761
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
86Al BarnesWR6'117023New Mexico State95
20Lem BarneyLCB6'118927Jackson State1414
73Bob BellRDT6'425224Cincinnati149
87Craig CottonTE6'421525Youngstown State146
40Nick EddyRB6'120728Notre Dame21
24Mel FarrRB6'220828UCLA104
54Ed FlanaganC6'324628Purdue1414
76Rocky FreitasROT6'626727Oregon State1414
68Frank GallagherLOG6'224029North Carolina147
77John GordonDT6'626024New Mexico State; Hawaii20
58Gene HamlinC6'324526Western Michigan50
74Larry HandRDE6'524732Appalachian State1414
81John HiltonTE6'522230Richmond51
31Leon JenkinsDB5'1116522West Virginia40
89Ron JessieWR6'018324Imperial Valley JC; Kansas1414
64Gordon JolleyOT6'523023Utah50
66Bob KowalkowskiROG-LOT6'324329Virginia1414
11Greg LandryQB6'420526Massachusetts1414
44Dick LeBeauRS6'018535Ohio State147
53Mike LucciMLB6'223333Pittsburgh; Tennessee1414
12Errol MannK6'020231North Dakota140
25Earl McCullouchWR5'1117426Long Beach CC; Southern California100
83Jim MitchellLDE6'324724Virginia State1414
19Bill MunsonQB6'220331Foothill JC; Utah State20
50Paul NaumoffLLB6'121827Tennessee1414
58Rick OgleLB6'323023Colorado40
80Herb OrvisLDT6'524826Colorado142
36Steve OwensRB6'221725Oklahoma109
27Charlie PottsDB6'321023Purdue100
45Al RandolphRS6'219928Iowa65
67Rocky RasleyOG6'325125Bakersfield CC; Oregon State140
47Wayne RasmussenRS6'217930South Dakota State72
46Rudy RedmondRCB6'019025Riverside CC; Pacific142
88Charlie SandersTE6'422526Minnesota98
82Ken SandersDE6'524222Howard Payne60
84Joe SchmiesingRDT6'424827Minnesota; North Dakota State Science JC; New Mexico State55
71Bob TatarekDT6'426026Miami (Florida)20
42Altie TaylorRB5'1019925Diablo Valley JC; Utah State1313
65Dave ThompsonC6'427123Clemson70
38Bill TriplettRB6'221232Miami (Ohio)141
55Wayne WalkerRLB6'222536Idaho1414
63Chuck WaltonLOG6'325331Iowa State1010
49Larry WaltonWR5'1118025Trinidad State JC; Arizona State140
59Charlie WeaverLB6'222523Arizona Western JC; Southern California140
18Herman WeaverP6'421024Tennessee140
28Mike WegerLS6'219327Bowling Green State1414
70Larry WoodsLDT6'626024Tennessee State1212
75Jim YarbroughLOT6'626126Florida1313
51Adrian YoungLB6'123026Southern California100
34Mickey ZofkoRB6'319523Auburn140
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Herb Orvis116DEColorado
Ken Sanders365DEHoward Paynefrom PHI
Charlie Potts6145DBPurdue
Charles Stoudamire7172WRPortland State
Henry Stuckey8197DBMissouri
Bill McClintock9224DBDrake
Jimmy Teal10249LBPurdue
Bob Waldron11276DTTulane
Paul Bradley12301WRSouthern Methodist
John Kirschner13328TEMemphis
Eric Kelly14353TWhitworth
Steve Roach15380LBKansas
Leon Jenkins16405DBWest Virginia
Mike Tyler17432DBRice
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals4612072101
Opponents Totals41867291
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals24012097238818348.148417
Opponents Totals239126103108219542.186703
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Errol Mann0383997.4202969.0098
Greg Landry90000054
Altie Taylor60000036
Larry Walton60000036
Ron Jessie40000024
Steve Owens40000024
Mel Farr30000018
Charlie Sanders20000012
Al Barnes1000006
Craig Cotton1000006
Nick Eddy1000006
John Hilton1000006
Earl McCullouch1000006
Rudy Redmond1000006
Mickey Zofko011100.00001
Team Totals40394097.5202969.00339
Opponents Totals34323494.1183452.90290
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Errol Mann202969.03/35/58/113/91/1
Team Totals202969.03/35/58/113/91/1
Opponents Totals183452.94/45/56/103/140/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Altie Taylor1546584.338t4
Greg Landry815246.5389
Steve Owens1435193.6184
Mel Farr622163.5223
Bill Triplett17482.890
Mickey Zofko7284.090
Nick Eddy8283.5100
Bill Munson100.000
Team Totals47320214.338t20
Opponents Totals49122044.54314
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Greg Landry26813450.011720667.715.482t186.7176.325149191771.8
Bill Munson352057.1141945.59.729t12.912.91019470.4
Earl McCullouch11100.002323.023.02300.000.00023118.8
Ron Jessie100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals30515550.813222837.514.782t196.2185.926149213471.8
Opponents Totals31217154.812921466.912.558t185.8123.821142200479.6
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Altie Taylor292508.640t2
Charlie Sanders2741615.4382
Larry Walton2448520.248t6
Ron Jessie2442417.782t4
Steve Owens151006.7150
Mel Farr1013213.2420
Craig Cotton812916.1351
John Hilton513326.666t1
Earl McCullouch59619.2331
Al Barnes45814.5171
Nick Eddy24623.036t1
Mickey Zofko2147.0170
Team Totals155228314.782t19
Opponents Totals171214612.558t18
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Lem Barney38829.3640
Rudy Redmond29145.588t1
Wayne Rasmussen210.510
Mike Lucci200.000
Paul Naumoff144.040
Jim Mitchell100.000
Charlie Weaver100.000
Team Totals1218415.388t1
Opponents Totals1829416.3430
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Herman Weaver43173440.3550321
Team Totals43173440.3550321
Opponents Totals46178338.8530100
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Lem Barney1581087.2260
Larry Walton36-8-2.710
Team Totals18141005.6260
Opponents Totals26632112.480t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Ron Jessie2355824.3620
Mickey Zofko2661623.7490
Lem Barney11717.0170
Bill Triplett11212.0120
Herb Orvis155.050
Larry Walton09650L0
Team Totals52130425.1620
Opponents Totals68159323.492t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Lem Barney1011200
Bob Bell0001100
Craig Cotton0011200
Mel Farr0010100
Ed Flanagan0010100
Larry Hand0002200
Ron Jessie230300
Greg Landry300000
Dick LeBeau0001100
Mike Lucci0002220
Jim Mitchell101100
Bill Munson100000
Al Randolph0001100
Wayne Rasmussen0010100
Rudy Redmond0001100
Charlie Sanders100000
Altie Taylor210100
Dave Thompson100000
Wayne Walker00022140
Larry Walton210100
Charlie Weaver0001100
Larry Woods0001100
Jim Yarbrough0010100
Mickey Zofko300000
Team Totals177101525360
Opponents Totals3215167230
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