1988 Detroit Lions season

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1988 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Darryl Rogers
Wayne Fontes
General manager Russ Thomas
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 4th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1987 1989 >

The 1988 Detroit Lions season was the 59th season in franchise history. Head coach Darryl Rogers was released after 11 games and replaced by defensive coordinator Wayne Fontes.[1]

The 1988 Lions' offense was historically inept; their 3,405 offensive yards gained is the second-lowest all-time in a 16-game season, and the lowest total of the 1980s.[2] Their 220 points scored (13.75 per game) is the fifth-fewest of the 1980s.[3] They scored 20 or more points only three times all season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1988 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Bennie Blades *  Defensive back Miami (FL)
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1988 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach and Director of Football Operations – Darryl Rogers

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Carl Battershell

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Don Clemons

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 Atlanta Falcons W 31–17
31,075
2 September 11, 1988 at Los Angeles Rams L 17–10
46,262
3 September 18, 1988 New Orleans Saints L 22–14
32,943
4 September 25, 1988 New York Jets L 17–10
29,250
5 October 2, 1988 at San Francisco 49ers L 20–13
58,285
6 October 9, 1988 Chicago Bears L 24–7
64,526
7 October 16, 1988 at New York Giants L 30–10
74,813
8 October 23, 1988 at Kansas City Chiefs W 7–6
66,926
9 October 30, 1988 New York Giants L 13–10 OT
38,354
10 November 6, 1988 at Minnesota Vikings L 44–17
55,573
11 November 13, 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23–20
25,956
12 November 20, 1988 at Green Bay Packers W 19–9
44,327
13 November 24, 1988 Minnesota Vikings L 23–0
46,379
14 December 4, 1988 Green Bay Packers W 30–14
28,124
15 December 11, 1988 at Chicago Bears L 13–12
55,010
16 December 18, 1988 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–10
37,778

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 0 0 14 17
Lions 0 10 14 7 31

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Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Chicago Bears(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 312 215
Minnesota Vikings(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 406 233
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 4–4 4–8 261 350
Detroit Lions 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–11 240 315
Green Bay Packers 4 12 0 .250 2–6 3–9 220 313

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