1972 Detroit Lions season

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1972 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Joe Schmidt
Results
Record 8–5–1
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1972 Detroit Lions season was their 43rd in the National Football League (NFL). The team improved on their previous season's output of 7–6–1, winning eight games.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Linebacker Wayne Walker established a new team record for games played at 200. It was also the final season for longtime defensive back Dick LeBeau.

Roster[edit]

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

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 New York Giants W 30–16
54,418
2 September 24, 1972 Minnesota Vikings L 10-34
54,418
3 October 1, 1972 at Chicago Bears W 38–24
55,701
4 October 8, 1972 at Atlanta Falcons W 26–23
58,850
5 October 16, 1972 Green Bay Packers L 23-24
54,418
6 October 22, 1972 San Diego Chargers W 34–20
54,371
7 October 30, 1972 at Dallas Cowboys L 24-28
65,378
8 November 5, 1972 Chicago Bears W 14–0
54,418
9 November 12, 1972 at Minnesota Vikings L 14-16
49,784
10 November 19, 1972 New Orleans Saints W 27–14
53,752
11 November 23, 1972 New York Jets W 37–20
54,418
12 December 3, 1972 at Green Bay Packers L 7-33
56,263
13 December 10, 1972 at Buffalo Bills T 21–21
41,583
14 December 17, 1972 at Los Angeles Rams W 34–17
71,761

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 4 0 .714 5–1 8–3 304 226 W3
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .607 2–4 6–5 339 290 W1
Minnesota Vikings 7 7 0 .500 4–2 6–5 301 252 L2
Chicago Bears 4 9 1 .321 1–5 3–7–1 225 275 L1

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