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1976 Detroit Lions (NFL) 3rd place National Football Conference Central Division 6-8-0 .429
Head Coach: Rick Forzano (1-3); Tommy Hudspeth (5-5)
Offensive LineBruce Beatty
Interior LineJoe Bugel
Defensive BacksJimmy Carr
Offensive BacksBob Gibson
LinebackersJerry Glanville
Strength and ConditioningFloyd Reese
Quarterbacks/ReceiversKen Shipp
Defensive LineFritz Shurmur
Special TeamsArt Zeleznik
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat7/24/1976NDenver Broncos7-10LCanton, OHFawcett Stadium17639
Sun9/12/1976AChicago Bears3-10LChicago, ILSoldier Field54125
Sat7/31/1976HBuffalo Bills20-17WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome49432
Sun9/19/1976HAtlanta Falcons24-10WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome50115
Sun8/8/1976HMiami Dolphins21-30LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome53036
Sun9/26/1976HMinnesota Vikings9-10LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome76914
Sat8/14/1976ACincinnati Bengals14-26LCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium47289
Sat8/21/1976NDallas Cowboys16-36LMemphis, TNLiberty Bowl30340
Sun10/3/1976AGreen Bay Packers14-24LGreen Bay, WILambeau Field54758
Sun10/10/1976HNew England Patriots30-10WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome59730
Sat8/28/1976AKansas City Chiefs23-21WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium27410
Thu9/2/1976HBaltimore Colts24-9WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome54217
Sun10/17/1976AWashington Redskins7-20LWashington, DCRFK Stadium45908
Sun10/24/1976ASeattle Seahawks41-14WSeattle, WAKingdome61280
Sun10/31/1976HGreen Bay Packers27-6WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome74582
Sun11/7/1976AMinnesota Vikings23-31LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46735
Sun11/14/1976ANew Orleans Saints16-17LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome42048
Sun11/21/1976HChicago Bears14-10WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome77731
Thu11/25/1976HBuffalo Bills27-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome66569
Sun12/5/1976ANew York Giants10-24LEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium66069
Sat12/11/1976HLos Angeles Rams17-20LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome73155
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
20Lem BarneyLCB6'118931Jackson State1414
62Lynn BodenLOG6'526323South Dakota State1414
73Russ BolingerLOG-TE6'525422UC Riverside; Long Beach State127
43Andy BoltonRB6'120522Fisk70
24Dexter BusseyRB6'120524Oklahoma; Texas-Arlington1413
79Don CroftDT6'325427Texas-El Paso10
16Gary DanielsonQB6'219525Purdue10
29Ben DavisCB5'1118331Defiance140
78Doug EnglishLDT6'525623Texas75
89Dennis FranklinWR6'118523Michigan50
76Rocky FreitasROT6'626731Oregon State1414
38Lawrence GainesRB6'123023Wyoming147
74Larry HandRDT6'524736Appalachian State1010
71Craig HertwigLOT-TE6'827024Georgia149
81David HillTE6'224022Texas A&M-Kingsville145
81J.D. HillWR6'120228Arizona State11
30Jim HooksRB5'1122526Central Oklahoma10
70Billy HowardRDE6'425526Alcorn State137
28James HunterRS6'219522Grambling State138
45Ray JarvisWR6'019727Norfolk State1413
26Dick JauronRS6'019026Yale66
23Levi JohnsonRCB6'319626Texas A&M-Kingsville1414
25Horace KingRB5'1020523Georgia70
66Bob KowalkowskiROG6'324333Virginia1414
11Greg LandryQB6'420530Massachusetts1411
52Jim LaslavicMLB6'223725Penn State1211
65Ken LongOG6'326523Purdue130
12Errol MannK6'020235North Dakota60
68Mark MarkovichC6'525524Penn State140
83Jim MitchellRDE-LDT6'324728Virginia State1414
63Jon MorrisC6'424734Holy Cross1414
50Paul NaumoffLLB6'121831Tennessee1412
55Ed O'NeilMLB6'323524Penn State144
80Herb OrvisLDT6'524830Colorado22
44Bob PicardWR6'320527Eastern Washington80
27Reggie PiersonDB5'1118524Arizona Western JC; Oklahoma State40
72Ernie PriceMLB6'424526Texas A&M-Kingsville140
14Joe ReedQB6'119528Baylor; Mississippi State132
1Benny RicardoK5'1017022Orange Coast JC; San Diego State80
88Charlie SandersTE6'422530Minnesota1313
82Ken SandersLDE6'524226Howard Payne1414
10Ian SunterK6'021524Burlington Braves Jrs.30
57Garth Ten NapelLB6'221522Texas A&M140
33Bobby ThompsonRB5'1119529Arizona Western JC; Oklahoma140
33Leonard ThompsonRB5'1119024Arizona Western JC; Oklahoma State141
27Maurice TylerS6'018626Baltimore JC; Morgan State90
49Larry WaltonWR5'1118029Trinidad State JC; Arizona State1411
59Charlie WeaverRLB6'222527Arizona Western JC; Southern California1414
18Herman WeaverP6'421028Tennessee140
40Charlie WestLS6'119030Angelo State; Texas-El Paso1414
77John WoodcockRDT6'325722New Mexico; Hawaii144
75Jim YarbroughLOT6'626130Florida115
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
James Hunter110DBGrambling Statefrom CHIB
Lawrence Gaines116RBWyoming
Ken Long244GPurdue
David Hill246TETexas A&M-Kingsvillefrom WAS/SD
Russ Bolinger368TLong Beach Statefrom CHIB
John Woodcock376DTHawaii
Steadman Scavella5145LBMiami (Florida)from MIA
Garth Ten Napel7198LBTexas A&M
Rich Sorenson8217KChico Statefrom PHI/NE
Charles Braswell8225DBWest Virginia
Leanall Jones9253TELong Beach State
Bill Bowerman10279QBNew Mexico State
Gary Shugrue11307DE-LBVillanova
Mike McCabe12335CSouth Carolina
Mel Jacobs13363WRSan Diego State
Leonard Elston14391WRKentucky State
Trent Smock15419WRIndiana
Craig McCurdy16447LBWilliam & Mary
Jim Meeks17475DBBoise State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals49983481
Opponents Totals27507865
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals259123120167420935.497819
Opponents Totals1919476215820528.388696
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Benny Ricardo0192190.5101471.4049
Lawrence Gaines50000030
David Hill50000030
Ray Jarvis50000030
Charlie Sanders50000030
Errol Mann091090.041040.0021
Dexter Bussey30000018
Larry Walton30000018
Lem Barney1000006
James Hunter1000006
Levi Johnson1000006
Greg Landry1000006
Ed O'Neil1000006
Joe Reed1000006
(Team)0010.0000
Team Totals32283287.5142458.30262
Opponents Totals252525100.0152853.60220
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Errol Mann41040.00/01/22/31/40/1
Benny Ricardo101471.41/13/43/33/60/0
Team Totals142458.31/14/65/64/100/1
Opponents Totals152853.60/01/28/106/130/3
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Dexter Bussey1968584.4463
Lawrence Gaines1556594.326t4
Horace King933253.5220
Greg Landry432345.4281
Joe Reed11635.7141
Bobby Thompson13423.290
Andy Bolton22713.5220
Larry Walton155.050
Leonard Thompson100.000
Herman Weaver100.000
Team Totals51622134.3469
Opponents Totals49619013.85613
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Greg Landry29116857.711521917.513.074t175.882.755397179489.6
Joe Reed623251.6274256.913.35734.834.8129333269.6
Herman Weaver2150.01147.014.01400.000.0001472.9
David Hill100.0000.000.01100.00000.0
Team Totals35620156.514326307.413.174t205.6123.467490214084.6
Opponents Totals31313743.815219046.113.969t113.5247.728218168643.7
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Ray Jarvis3982221.174t5
Charlie Sanders3554515.6365
Dexter Bussey282187.8270
Lawrence Gaines231305.7241
Horace King211637.8190
Larry Walton2029314.728t3
David Hill1924913.124t5
Bobby Thompson1010810.8380
Leonard Thompson35217.3210
Ed O'Neil13232.032t1
Dennis Franklin11616.0160
J.D. Hill122.020
Team Totals201263013.174t20
Opponents Totals137190413.969t11
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
James Hunter712017.139t1
Levi Johnson620634.3761
Lem Barney26231.0261
Charlie Weaver22412.0190
Jim Laslavic2136.5130
Dick Jauron200.000
Ed O'Neil11616.0160
Larry Hand144.040
Charlie West100.000
Team Totals2444518.5763
Opponents Totals1212110.1260
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Herman Weaver83328039.5691615278288234.3
Benny Ricardo11616.01600101616.0
Team Totals85329638.8691616278289834.1
Opponents Totals84336740.164207
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Lem Barney23221918.3300
James Hunter4071.850
Charlie West3293.040
Garth Ten Napel1000.000
Team Totals31242076.7300
Opponents Totals39152787.1230
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
James Hunter1437526.8840
Bobby Thompson2243119.6590
Leonard Thompson58617.2320
Horace King36321.0260
Ken Long2189.0130
Dexter Bussey11414.0140
Team Totals4798721.0840
Opponents Totals55118821.6880
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Lem Barney410100
Dexter Bussey620200
Doug English0001100
Lawrence Gaines710100
Craig Hertwig0010100
David Hill210100
James Hunter310100
Ray Jarvis210100
Levi Johnson0001100
Horace King400000
Bob Kowalkowski0010100
Greg Landry5202-120
Jim Laslavic0003300
Mark Markovich1000-70
Bob Picard0010100
Ernie Price0002200
Joe Reed100000
Benny Ricardo0001100
Ken Sanders0011200
Garth Ten Napel101100
Bobby Thompson110100
Leonard Thompson0001100
Maurice Tyler0010100
Charlie Weaver0002200
Herman Weaver110100
Charlie West0002200
Team Totals3822161531-190
Opponents Totals2715921301
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