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1979 Detroit Lions (NFL) 5th place National Football Conference Central Division 2-14-0 .125
Head Coach: Monte Clark
Defensive BacksBilly Atkins
Special AssignmentsDon Doll
Offensive LineFred Hoaglin
Special TeamsLarry Pasquale
Defensive LineFloyd Peters
Offensive BacksJimmy Raye
Quarterbacks/ReceiversBob Schnelker
LinebackersMarty Schottenheimer
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/4/1979HCincinnati Bengals28-40LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome53238
Sat8/11/1979ABuffalo Bills34-13WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium26283
Sat8/18/1979HCleveland Browns21-10WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome55623
Fri8/24/1979ABaltimore Colts7-17LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium28138
Sat9/1/1979ATampa Bay Buccaneers16-31LTampa, FLTampa Stadium68225
Sun9/9/1979HWashington Redskins24-27LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome54991
Sun9/16/1979ANew York Jets10-31LNew York, NYShea Stadium49612
Sun9/23/1979HAtlanta Falcons24-23WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome56249
Sun9/30/1979HMinnesota Vikings10-13LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome75295
Sun10/7/1979ANew England Patriots17-24LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60629
Sun10/14/1979AGreen Bay Packers16-24LOTMilwaukee, WICounty Stadium53950
Sun10/21/1979ANew Orleans Saints7-17LNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome57428
Sun10/28/1979HBuffalo Bills17-20LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome61911
Sun11/4/1979AChicago Bears7-35LChicago, ILSoldier Field50108
Sun11/11/1979HTampa Bay Buccaneers14-16LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome70461
Sun11/18/1979AMinnesota Vikings7-14LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium43650
Thu11/22/1979HChicago Bears20-0WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome66219
Sun12/2/1979APhiladelphia Eagles7-44LPhiladelphia, PAVeterans Stadium66128
Sun12/9/1979HMiami Dolphins10-28LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome78087
Sat12/15/1979HGreen Bay Packers13-18LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome57376
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
40Jimmy AllenSS-FS-LCB6-219427Los Angeles Pierce JC; UCLA1614
42Nate AllenCB5-1017031Texas Southern30
47John ArnoldWR5-1017024Wyoming70
60Bubba BakerRDE6-627523Colorado State1616
76Karl BaldischwilerLOT6-527023Oklahoma1616
89Luther BlueWR5-1118025Iowa State93
73Russ BolingerROG6-525425UC Riverside; Long Beach State1616
27Luther BradleyRCB6-219424Notre Dame1616
53Jon BrooksLLB6-221522Clemson1510
24Dexter BusseyHB6-120527Oklahoma; Texas-Arlington1610
31Ken CallicuttRB6-119124Clemson160
66Karl ChandlerC6-525027Princeton11
63Garry CobbLB6-223122Southern California80
50Eddie ColeMLB6-223523Mississippi152
70Keith DorneyROT6-528522Penn State1616
72Cleveland ElamLDT6-425127Tennessee State84
61Homer EliasLOG6-325524Tennessee State1514
48Ken EllisLCB5-1119032Southern University71
78Doug EnglishRDT6-525626Texas1616
57Ken FantettiMLB6-223022Wyoming168
65Amos FowlerOG6-325323Southern Mississippi121
58Dennis FranksC6-124526Michigan130
38Lawrence GainesRB6-123026Wyoming160
71Dave GallagherLDT6-425627Michigan107
79William GayLDE6-526024San Diego CC; Southern California152
17Jerry GolsteynQB6-421025Northern Illinois10
51James HarrellRLB6-122222Florida98
81David HillTE6-224025Texas A&M-Kingsville1615
28James HunterFS-LCB6-219525Grambling State1515
10Scott HunterQB6-220732Alabama130
44Ernie JacksonCB5-1017629Duke20
46Doug JonesSS-SF6-220529Arizona State; San Diego CC; Northridge State106
32Rick KaneHB6-020025Oregon; San Jose State166
25Horace KingFB5-1020526Georgia164
19Jeff KomloQB6-220023Delaware1614
26Tony LeonardCB5-1116926Virginia Union10
48Eddie LewisCB6-017526Kansas80
62Don MorrisonOL6-525730Texas-Arlington150
80Ulysses NorrisTE6-423022Georgia162
55Ed O'NeilLLB-MLB6-323527Penn State1612
44Dave ParkinFS6-019023Utah State92
43Don PattersonCB5-1117522Georgia Tech20
67Wally PesuitC6-425525Kentucky165
75Dave PureiforyLDE-LDT6-125530Eastern Michigan1515
14Joe ReedQB6-119531Baylor; Mississippi State21
1Benny RicardoK5-1017025Orange Coast JC; San Diego State160
36Bo RobinsonFB6-223023West Texas A&M1412
82Ken SandersLDT6-524229Howard Payne54
87Freddie ScottWR6-217527Amherst1414
15Tom SkladanyP5-1119224Ohio State20
46Jimmy StewartSS5-1119025Tulsa50
12Larry SwiderP6-219524Pittsburgh140
54Larry TearryC6-326023Wake Forest1110
39Leonard ThompsonWR5-1119027Arizona Western JC; Oklahoma State151
52Dave WashingtonLB6-522431Alcorn State70
18Gene WashingtonWR6-118332Stanford1613
59Charlie WeaverRLB6-222530Arizona Western JC; Southern California88
21Walt WilliamsLCB6-118525Ashland; New Mexico State127
42Robert WoodsWR5-717024Grambling State10
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Keith Dorney110TPenn State
Ken Fantetti237LBWyoming
Bo Robinson367RBWest Texas A&M
Ulysses Norris488TEGeorgiafrom BAL
Jon Brooks492LBClemson
Walt Brown5131CPittsburghfrom SD/BAL
John Mohring8213LBLong Island-Postfrom SEA
Jeff Komlo9231QBDelaware
Eddie Cole11302LBMississippifrom DAL
Bob Forster12313C-OGBrown
Bryan Sweeney12326WRTexas A&M-Kingsvillefrom NE
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals41564874
Opponents Totals4411511096
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals22785131117523132.5110897
Opponents Totals311142128418124033.8118972
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Benny Ricardo0252696.2101855.6055
Rick Kane50000030
Freddie Scott50000030
David Hill30000018
Jeff Komlo20000012
Bo Robinson20000012
Leonard Thompson20000012
Luther Blue1000006
Dexter Bussey1000006
William Gay1000006
Scott Hunter1000006
Horace King1000006
Ulysses Norris1000006
Gene Washington1000006
Walt Williams1000006
Doug English0000012
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals27252792.6101855.61219
Opponents Totals42414297.6243666.70365
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Benny Ricardo101855.60/04/44/42/80/2
Team Totals101855.60/04/44/42/80/2
Opponents Totals243666.70/19/109/116/120/2
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Dexter Bussey1446254.3381
Rick Kane943323.526t4
Bo Robinson873023.5292
Horace King391604.1231
Jeff Komlo301073.6162
Lawrence Gaines23552.460
Gene Washington12424.0240
Leonard Thompson5244.8160
Freddie Scott6213.5180
David Hill11515.0150
Joe Reed2115.5110
Ken Callicutt362.0100
Scott Hunter231.521
Jerry Golsteyn100.000
Ed O'Neil100.000
Larry Swider100.000
Luther Blue1-8-8.0-80
Team Totals44116773.83811
Opponents Totals63825153.955t22
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Jeff Komlo36818349.716222386.112.240113.0236.340361187752.8
Scott Hunter411843.9223217.817.88212.412.443328869.3
Joe Reed321443.8171645.111.75026.313.152713767.7
Larry Swider11100.003636.036.03600.000.00036118.8
Tom Skladany100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Jerry Golsteyn9222.25161.88.01500.0222.2218-20.0
Team Totals45221848.220727756.112.782143.1276.051439233653.3
Opponents Totals40222054.716827876.912.766t153.7143.545345244274.5
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Freddie Scott6292915.0505
David Hill4756912.1403
Leonard Thompson2445118.8822
Horace King181508.3300
Dexter Bussey151026.8220
Gene Washington1419213.729t1
Bo Robinson141188.4140
Rick Kane910411.6361
Luther Blue810212.8261
Ulysses Norris44310.8341
Ken Callicutt2168.0110
Russ Bolinger1-1-1.0-10
Team Totals218277512.78214
Opponents Totals220278712.766t15
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Luther Bradley4112.8110
Jimmy Allen400.000
James Hunter362.060
Walt Williams23919.536t1
Charlie Weaver11717.0170
Team Totals14735.236t1
Opponents Totals2739614.752t2
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Larry Swider88352340.0720713435294833.5
Tom Skladany1040640.652002540140.1
Team Totals98392940.1720715440334934.2
Opponents Totals83331640.056015372
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
John Arnold1941648.6270
Leonard Thompson9311713.0310
Ken Ellis80435.4150
Ken Callicutt44256.3130
Robert Woods20126.090
Tony Leonard1077.070
Wally Pesuit1055.050
Eddie Lewis10-1-1.0-10
Team Totals45113728.3310
Opponents Totals57154407.777t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
John Arnold2353923.4690
Ken Callicutt2440616.9310
Rick Kane1328121.6370
Leonard Thompson615125.2260
Tony Leonard37023.3280
Horace King23618.0200
Robert Woods23417.0170
Ken Fantetti2189.0170
Luther Blue12626.0260
Bo Robinson188.080
William Gay100.000
Team Totals78156920.1690
Opponents Totals5198719.492t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jimmy Allen0001100
Bubba Baker0001100
Luther Bradley0001100
Jon Brooks0001100
Dexter Bussey300000
Ken Callicutt210100
Eddie Cole0001100
Ken Ellis110100
Doug English0002200
Dennis Franks1000-100
Lawrence Gaines100000
Dave Gallagher0001100
William Gay101101
Jerry Golsteyn1101-10
David Hill110100
Doug Jones0001100
Rick Kane420200
Horace King120200
Jeff Komlo11606-220
Tony Leonard100000
Dave Pureifory00011370
Bo Robinson310100
Freddie Scott210100
Larry Swider120200
Leonard Thompson300000
Charlie Weaver0001100
Team Totals371918123041
Opponents Totals30121519341
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