1978 Detroit Lions season

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1978 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Monte Clark
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1977 1979 >

The 1978 Detroit Lions season was the 47th season in franchise history. Under new head coach and former NFL player Monte Clark, the Lions continue to struggle with mediocrity finishing in third place again with a less than stellar record of 7–9.

This season would also be the swan song for starting quarterback Greg Landry's stellar ten year career in Detroit, as in the offseason was shipped to the Baltimore Colts for or 1979 fourth round pick (#88-Ulysses Norris), 1979 fifth round pick (#131-Walt Brown), 1980 third round pick (#62-Mike Friede), in a rebuilding process begun by head coach Monte Clark.[1][2]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 Green Bay Packers L 13–7
51,187
2 September 9, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 15–7
64,445
3 September 17, 1978 Chicago Bears L 19–0
65,982
4 September 24, 1978 at Seattle Seahawks L 28–16
60,040
5 October 1, 1978 at Green Bay Packers L 35–14
54,601
6 October 8, 1978 Washington Redskins L 21–19
60,555
7 October 15, 1978 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–0
51,172
8 October 22, 1978 San Diego Chargers W 31–14
54,031
9 October 29, 1978 at Chicago Bears W 21–17
53,378
10 November 5, 1978 at Minnesota Vikings L 17–7
46,008
11 November 12, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–23
60,320
12 November 19, 1978 at Oakland Raiders L 29–17
44,517
13 November 23, 1978 Denver Broncos W 17–14
71,785
14 December 3, 1978 at St. Louis Cardinals L 21–14
39,200
15 December 9, 1978 Minnesota Vikings W 45–14
78,685
16 December 17, 1978 San Francisco 49ers W 33–14
56,674

Game notes[edit]

Week 9: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 14 0 0 21
Bears 3 7 7 0 17


Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Minnesota Vikings(3) 8 7 1 .531 5–2–1 7–4–1 294 306
Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 .531 5–2–1 6–5–1 249 269
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–4 5–7 290 300
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 3–5 7–5 253 274
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 2–6 3–11 241 259

Roster[edit]

1978 Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daytona Beach Journal, sports article April 30, 1979.
  2. ^ 1979 NFL Draft Pick Transactions, ProSportsTransactions.com, accessed March 31, 2012.