1989 Detroit Lions season

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1989 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Wayne Fontes
General manager Russ Thomas
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1988 1990 >

The 1989 season was the beginning of the Barry Sanders era. Considered one of the greatest drafts ever, Barry Sanders was drafted 3rd overall by the Lions. The Lions' divisional rival, the Green Bay Packers had the 2nd pick overall but they passed on Sanders. Instead, they opted for Tony Mandarich. After starting the season with 2 wins and 9 losses, the Lions won five in a row to finish the season with 7 wins and 9 losses. Sanders did not disappoint as he was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1989 NFL Draft
1989 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Barry Sanders *   Running back Oklahoma State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1989 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Phoenix Cardinals L 16–13
36,735
2 September 17, 1989 at New York Giants L 24–14
76,021
3 September 24, 1989 Chicago Bears L 47–27
71,418
4 October 1, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–3
43,804
5 October 8, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–17
55,380
6 October 15, 1989 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–16
46,225
7 October 22, 1989 Minnesota Vikings L 20–7
51,579
8 October 29, 1989 at Green Bay Packers L 23–20 OT
53,731
9 November 5, 1989 at Houston Oilers L 35–31
48,056
10 November 12, 1989 Green Bay Packers W 31–22
44,324
11 November 19, 1989 at Cincinnati Bengals L 42–7
55,720
12 November 23, 1989 Cleveland Browns W 13–10
65,624
13 December 3, 1989 New Orleans Saints W 21–14
38,550
14 December 10, 1989 at Chicago Bears W 27–17
52,650
15 December 17, 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 33–7
40,362
16 December 24, 1989 at Atlanta Falcons W 31–24
7,792

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Minnesota Vikings(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 362 356
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–3 10–4 351 275
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–6 312 364
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 358 377
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 5–7 320 419

Player stats[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 280 1470 5.3 34 14

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 24 282 11.8 46 0

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1989 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 

External links[edit]