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1978 Detroit Lions (NFL) 3rd place National Football Conference Central Division 7-9-0 .438
Head Coach: Monte Clark
Defensive BacksBilly Atkins
Special TeamsDon Doll
Administrative AssistantDoug Gerhart
Offensive LineFred Hoaglin
Defensive LineFloyd Peters
Offensive BacksJimmy Raye
Quarterbacks/ReceiversBob Schnelker
LinebackersMarty Schottenheimer
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/5/1978HBuffalo Bills28-20WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome48474
Sat8/12/1978ACincinnati Bengals14-10WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium46243
Mon8/21/1978ACleveland Browns10-14LCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium31345
Sat8/26/1978HBaltimore Colts7-13LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome49718
Sun9/3/1978HGreen Bay Packers7-13LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome51187
Sat9/9/1978ATampa Bay Buccaneers15-7WTampa, FLTampa Stadium64445
Sun9/17/1978HChicago Bears0-19LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome65982
Sun9/24/1978ASeattle Seahawks16-28LSeattle, WAKingdome56781
Sun10/1/1978AGreen Bay Packers14-35LMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium54601
Sun10/8/1978HWashington Redskins19-21LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome60555
Sun10/15/1978AAtlanta Falcons0-14LAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium51172
Sun10/22/1978HSan Diego Chargers31-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome54031
Sun10/29/1978AChicago Bears21-17WChicago, ILSoldier Field53378
Sun11/5/1978AMinnesota Vikings7-17LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium46008
Sun11/12/1978HTampa Bay Buccaneers34-23WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome60320
Sun11/19/1978AOakland Raiders17-29LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum44517
Thu11/23/1978HDenver Broncos17-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome71785
Sun12/3/1978ASt. Louis Cardinals14-21LSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium39200
Sat12/9/1978HMinnesota Vikings45-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome78685
Sun12/17/1978HSan Francisco 49ers33-14WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome56674
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
40Jimmy AllenFS6-219426Los Angeles Pierce JC; UCLA1414
60Gary AndersonROG6-325023Stanford11
60Bubba BakerRDE6-627522Colorado State1616
76Karl BaldischwilerLOT6-527022Oklahoma1615
89Luther BlueWR5-1118024Iowa State1615
62Lynn BodenROG-LOT6-526325South Dakota State1616
43Andy BoltonRB6-120524Fisk60
27Luther BradleyRCB6-219423Notre Dame1616
53Willie BrockC6-324623Mount Hood JC; Colorado40
29Mike BurnsSS6-018124Contra Costa JC; Southern California1511
24Dexter BusseyRB6-120526Oklahoma; Texas-Arlington1616
31Ken CallicuttRB6-119123Clemson130
66Karl ChandlerC6-525026Princeton110
72Bill CookeRDT6-524727Connecticut; Massachusetts123
16Gary DanielsonQB6-219527Purdue1611
58Tony DaykinLB6-122023Georgia Tech160
57Dan DickelLB6-322526Iowa40
61Homer EliasLOG6-325523Tennessee State1616
78Doug EnglishRDT6-525625Texas1413
70Bill FiferOT6-425023West Texas A&M81
65Amos FowlerOG6-325322Southern Mississippi160
38Lawrence GainesRB6-123025Wyoming131
71Dave GallagherDT6-425626Michigan10
83William GayTE6-526023San Diego CC; Southern California160
64Dan GrayDE6-624022Rutgers140
67Donnie GreenOT6-726630Purdue70
63Donnie HickmanOG6-226123Southern California70
81David HillTE6-224024Texas A&M-Kingsville1616
28James HunterLCB6-219524Grambling State95
45Ray JarvisWR6-019729Norfolk State22
32Rick KaneRB6-020024Oregon; San Jose State150
25Horace KingFB5-1020525Georgia1515
11Greg LandryQB6-420532Massachusetts55
26Tony LeonardCB5-1116925Virginia Union30
88Willie McGeeWR5-1117828Alcorn State40
63Mike MontlerC6-426034Colorado44
50Paul NaumoffLLB6-121833Tennessee1513
74Brad OatesROT6-627325Duke; Brigham Young160
55Ed O'NeilMLB6-323526Penn State1616
42Reggie PinkneySS6-018723East Carolina130
72Ernie PriceLDE6-424528Texas A&M-Kingsville31
75Dave PureiforyLDE6-125529Eastern Michigan88
14Joe ReedQB6-119530Baylor; Mississippi State10
33Bruce RhodesSS6-018726San Francisco State155
1Benny RicardoK5-1017024Orange Coast JC; San Diego State160
82Ken SandersLDE6-524228Howard Payne77
47Freddie ScottWR6-217526Amherst1613
15Tom SkladanyP5-1119223Ohio State160
53John SokoloskyC6-223022Wayne State (Michigan)110
31Tony SumlerDB5-1018522Wichita State10
54Larry TearryC6-326022Wake Forest1412
47Nat TerryCB5-1116522Florida State40
84Jesse ThompsonWR6-118522California111
39Leonard ThompsonWR5-1119026Arizona Western JC; Oklahoma State161
52Dave WashingtonLLB6-522430Alcorn State163
59Charlie WeaverRLB6-222529Arizona Western JC; Southern California1616
21Walt WilliamsLCB6-118524Ashland; New Mexico State1511
77John WoodcockLDT6-325724New Mexico; Hawaii1614
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Luther Bradley111DBNotre Dame
Bubba Baker240DEColorado State
Bill Fifer494TWest Texas A&M
Homer Elias4107GTennessee Statefrom BAL
Larry Tearry5109CWake Forestfrom DEN
Amos Fowler5121GSouthern Mississippi
Dan Gray5123DERutgersfrom SD
Dwight Hicks6150DBMichigan
Tony Ardizzone6153GNorthwesternfrom SD
Jesse Thompson6165WRCaliforniafrom DEN
Bruce Gibson7177RBPacific
Jim Breech8206KCalifornia
Freddie Arrington10262LBPurdue
Richard Murray11289DTOklahoma
Mark Patterson12318DBWashington State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals701065757
Opponents Totals50867589
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals269105141237523631.81251003
Opponents Totals276115125367622034.51281043
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Benny Ricardo0323397.0202871.4092
Dexter Bussey60000036
Horace King60000036
David Hill40000024
Jesse Thompson40000024
Leonard Thompson40000024
Luther Blue20000012
Rick Kane20000012
Freddie Scott20000012
Jimmy Allen1000006
Luther Bradley1000006
Lawrence Gaines1000006
Team Totals33323397.0202871.40290
Opponents Totals39383997.481361.52300
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Benny Ricardo202871.43/37/76/84/90/1
Team Totals202871.43/37/76/84/90/1
Opponents Totals81361.50/05/51/22/40/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Dexter Bussey2259244.1365
Horace King1556604.375t4
Lawrence Gaines541783.3121
Rick Kane441533.5192
Gary Danielson22934.2250
Freddie Scott45313.3360
Greg Landry5295.8190
Ed O'Neil12525.0250
David Hill3124.0130
Luther Blue591.8100
Tony Daykin188.080
Leonard Thompson177.070
Jesse Thompson273.5100
Andy Bolton252.530
Joe Reed100.000
Team Totals52521634.175t12
Opponents Totals56521843.976t18
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Gary Danielson35119956.713522946.511.547185.1174.825237205773.5
Greg Landry774862.3284525.99.42011.311.32120524777.4
Tom Skladany100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Horace King0000012-2
Team Totals42924757.616427466.411.147194.4184.247444230274.0
Opponents Totals35019154.613727817.914.661195.4226.355482229972.6
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
David Hill5363311.9324
Horace King483968.3342
Freddie Scott3756415.2472
Luther Blue3135011.3262
Dexter Bussey312758.918t1
Jesse Thompson181759.7214
Rick Kane1616110.1260
Leonard Thompson1016716.745t4
Lawrence Gaines2168.090
Ray Jarvis199.090
Team Totals247274611.14719
Opponents Totals191278114.66119
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Jimmy Allen57014.0270
Ed O'Neil44912.3310
Luther Bradley38528.376t1
Charlie Weaver33210.7220
James Hunter2-4-2.000
Bruce Rhodes12424.0240
Reggie Pinkney12222.0220
Paul Naumoff11212.0120
Walt Williams122.020
Mike Burns100.000
Team Totals2229213.376t1
Opponents Totals18754.2230
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Tom Skladany86365442.5631719467304735.0
Team Totals87365442.0631719467304735.0
Opponents Totals87350040.259018430
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Jesse Thompson16216110.1350
Tony Leonard10011411.4240
Freddie Scott81556.9150
Luther Blue77598.4150
Leonard Thompson31196.390
James Hunter202110.5190
Walt Williams1011.010
Team Totals47114309.2350
Opponents Totals5484678.7490
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Jesse Thompson1434624.7420
Leonard Thompson820725.9310
Rick Kane815619.5270
Luther Blue717024.3600
Nat Terry714520.7300
Freddie Scott37224.0290
Ken Callicutt2126.0100
James Hunter12121.0210
Willie McGee100.000
Team Totals51112922.1600
Opponents Totals69142420.6770
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jimmy Allen1022641
Bubba Baker0001100
Luther Blue200000
Mike Burns0001100
Dexter Bussey920200
Ken Callicutt110100
Karl Chandler0002200
Gary Danielson5202-120
Tony Daykin0010100
Homer Elias0020200
Amos Fowler0001100
Lawrence Gaines120200
William Gay0001100
Dan Gray0001100
David Hill110100
Rick Kane100000
Horace King330300
Greg Landry320200
Brad Oates0010100
Ed O'Neil0001100
Reggie Pinkney0001100
Joe Reed1000-30
Bruce Rhodes0001100
Freddie Scott100000
Jesse Thompson400000
Leonard Thompson231400
Charlie Weaver0002200
John Woodcock0004400
Team Totals3515201939491
Opponents Totals41191715321
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