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1981 Detroit Lions (NFL) 2nd place National Football Conference Central Division 8-8-0 .500
Head Coach: Monte Clark
Defensive Coordinator/LinebackersMaxie Baughan
Offensive BacksJohn Brunner
Special AssignmentsDon Doll
Offensive LineFred Hoaglin
Special TeamsJoe Madden
Defensive LineFloyd Peters
Defensive BacksMel Phillips
Offensive Coordinator/QuarterbacksBob Schnelker
ReceiversLarry Seiple
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun9/6/1981HSan Francisco 49ers24-17WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome62123
Sat8/8/1981ABuffalo Bills21-14WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium33640
Sat8/15/1981HCincinnati Bengals20-30LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome57522
Sun9/13/1981ASan Diego Chargers23-28LSan Diego, CAJack Murphy Stadium51624
Sun9/20/1981AMinnesota Vikings24-26LBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45350
Sat8/22/1981HMiami Dolphins27-31LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome54676
Sun9/27/1981HOakland Raiders16-0WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome77919
Sat8/29/1981ANew Orleans Saints17-20LOTNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome52090
Sun10/4/1981ATampa Bay Buccaneers10-28LTampa, FLTampa Stadium71733
Sun10/11/1981ADenver Broncos21-27LDenver, COMile High Stadium74509
Mon10/19/1981HChicago Bears48-17WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome71273
Sun10/25/1981HGreen Bay Packers31-27WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome76063
Sun11/1/1981ALos Angeles Rams13-20LAnaheim, CAAnaheim Stadium61814
Sun11/8/1981AWashington Redskins31-33LWashington, DCRFK Stadium52096
Sun11/15/1981HDallas Cowboys27-24WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome79694
Sun11/22/1981AChicago Bears23-7WChicago, ILSoldier Field50082
Thu11/26/1981HKansas City Chiefs27-10WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome76735
Sun12/6/1981AGreen Bay Packers17-31LGreen Bay, WILambeau Field54481
Sat12/12/1981HMinnesota Vikings45-7WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome79428
Sun12/20/1981HTampa Bay Buccaneers17-20LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome80444
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
40Jimmy AllenFS6'219429Los Angeles Pierce JC; UCLA1515
60Bubba BakerRDE6'627525Colorado State1111
76Karl BaldischwilerLOT6'527025Oklahoma1616
73Russ BolingerROG6'525427UC Riverside; Long Beach State1616
27Luther BradleyS6'219426Notre Dame160
24Dexter BusseyFB6'120529Oklahoma; Texas-Arlington1615
31Ken CallicuttRB6'119126Clemson160
53Garry CobbLLB6'223124Southern California1616
77Curley CulpDT6'126535Arizona State20
16Gary DanielsonQB6'219530Purdue64
45Jeff DelaneyCB6'019525Pittsburgh50
72Chris DieterichOT6'327523North Carolina State70
70Keith DorneyROT6'528524Penn State1616
74Joe EhrmannLDT6'425632Syracuse42
61Homer EliasLOG6'325526Tennessee State1616
78Doug EnglishRDT6'525628Texas1616
57Ken FantettiMLB6'223024Wyoming1616
63Edgar FieldsDT6'225527Navarro JC; Texas A&M20
65Amos FowlerC6'325325Southern Mississippi1616
71Steve FurnessDT6'425531Rhode Island92
79William GayLDT6'526026San Diego CC; Southern California1614
66Tommie GinnOG6'325523Arkansas130
26Hector GrayCB6'119024Florida State164
62Curtis GreenDT6'326724Alabama State144
35Alvin HallCB5'1019323Miami (Ohio)161
51James HarrellLB6'122224Florida160
81David HillTE6'224027Texas A&M-Kingsville1515
17Eric HippleQB6'221124Utah State1610
28James HunterRCB6'219527Grambling State1212
32Rick KaneRB6'020027Oregon; San Jose State162
25Horace KingRB5'1020528Georgia160
19Jeff KomloQB6'220025Delaware32
64Larry LeeC6'226322UCLA160
83Robbie MartinWR5'818723Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo)160
3Eddie MurrayK5'1118825Tulane160
86Mark NicholsWR6'220822Bakersfield CC; San Jose State120
82Bob NiziolekTE6'422023Colorado40
80Ulysses NorrisTE6'423024Georgia122
23Ray OldhamSS5'1119230Middle Tennessee State1616
89Tracy PorterWR6'119622Louisiana State120
75Dave PureiforyLDE6'125532Eastern Michigan1515
87Freddie ScottWR6'217529Amherst1615
20Billy SimsHB5'1121226Oklahoma1414
1Tom SkladanyP5'1119226Ohio State160
44Wayne SmithLCB6'017024Wisconsin-LaCrosse; Loop JC; Purdue1616
50Terry TautoloLB6'223227Long Beach CC; UCLA110
39Leonard ThompsonWR5'1119029Arizona Western JC; Oklahoma State1616
38Vince ThompsonFB6'023024Villanova131
55Tom TurnureC6'425324Washington160
59Charlie WeaverLB6'222532Arizona Western JC; Southern California70
52Stan WhiteRLB6'122432Ohio State1616
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Mark Nichols116WRSan Jose State
Curtis Green246DEAlabama State
Don Greco372GWestern Illinois
Tracy Porter499WRLouisiana State
Larry Lee5129GUCLA
Sam Johnson6155DBMaryland
Lee Spivey7182TSouthern Methodist
Bob Niziolek8211TEColorado
Hugh Jernigan9238DBArkansas
David Martin9240DBVillanovafrom NE
Andy Cannavino10264LBMichigan
Willie Jackson11294DBMississippi State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals8113968109
Opponents Totals7210639105
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals31:35340167150238421439.3111990
Opponents Totals28:2527993158287721036.795872
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Eddie Murray04646100.0253571.40121
Billy Sims150000090
Eric Hipple70000042
Freddie Scott50000030
David Hill40000024
Leonard Thompson40000024
Rick Kane30000018
Gary Danielson20000012
Alvin Hall1000006
Horace King1000006
Robbie Martin1000006
Mark Nichols1000006
Tracy Porter1000006
Vince Thompson1000006
Team Totals464646100.0253571.40397
Opponents Totals38373897.4192286.40322
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Eddie Murray253571.41/15/59/147/113/4
Team Totals253571.41/15/59/147/113/4
Opponents Totals192286.40/08/97/94/50/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Billy Sims29614374.95113
Dexter Bussey1054464.2230
Rick Kane773324.3202
Vince Thompson352116.0301
Eric Hipple411684.1187
Leonard Thompson10757.5211
Mark Nichols35016.7300
Horace King7253.670
Freddie Scott7253.6100
Gary Danielson9232.611t2
Jeff Komlo630.550
Team Totals59627954.75126
Opponents Totals46916233.569t14
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Eric Hipple27914050.212423588.516.894t145.0155.427208215073.4
Gary Danielson965658.3357848.214.04533.155.2128470073.4
Jeff Komlo572950.9252905.110.04611.835.354524549.6
Tom Skladany33100.004314.314.31900.000.00043118.8
Freddie Scott100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals43622852.318534758.015.294t184.1235.344337313870.7
Opponents Totals47526154.919035967.613.895t224.6245.147373322373.8
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Freddie Scott53102219.3485
David Hill3346214.0344
Leonard Thompson3055018.394t3
Billy Sims2845116.181t2
Horace King2021110.6411
Rick Kane1818710.4401
Dexter Bussey18925.1160
Mark Nichols1022222.2591
Ulysses Norris813216.5340
Vince Thompson44010.0170
Tracy Porter36321.027t1
Ken Callicutt22412.0160
Garry Cobb11919.0190
Team Totals228347515.294t18
Opponents Totals261359613.895t22
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Jimmy Allen912313.7340
Stan White4379.3160
Garry Cobb33210.7170
Ken Fantetti2189.0170
Alvin Hall16060.060t1
Ray Oldham11010.0100
Bubba Baker199.090
Luther Bradley100.000
Hector Gray100.000
James Hunter1-3-3.0-30
Team Totals2428611.960t1
Opponents Totals2327411.992t1
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Tom Skladany64278443.5740521299238537.3
Team Totals64278443.5740521299238537.3
Opponents Totals81347142.97316450
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Robbie Martin5284508.745t1
Tracy Porter0100
Team Totals5294508.745t1
Opponents Totals3962997.7390
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Alvin Hall25052521.0360
Robbie Martin25050920.4340
Mark Nichols407418.5260
Horace King303311.0140
Ken Callicutt202311.5120
James Harrell1000.000
Larry Lee1000.000
Team Totals610116419.1360
Opponents Totals70125718.0450
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Jimmy Allen0001100
Russ Bolinger0020200
Luther Bradley0001100
Dexter Bussey300000
Ken Callicutt0001100
Garry Cobb0003300
Gary Danielson200000
Keith Dorney0010100
Homer Elias0020200
Doug English00033200
Ken Fantetti0001100
Amos Fowler00202-100
William Gay0001100
Curtis Green0001100
Alvin Hall100000
David Hill100000
Eric Hipple14404-100
James Hunter101100
Rick Kane200000
Jeff Komlo220200
Robbie Martin320200
Mark Nichols100000
Billy Sims930300
Wayne Smith0001140
Leonard Thompson110100
Vince Thompson100000
Stan White0001100
Team Totals412219153440
Opponents Totals29151220321
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