1976 Detroit Lions season

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1976 Detroit Lions season
Head coachRick Forzano and Tommy Hudspeth
Home field
Results
Record6–8
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Timeline
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< 1975    1977 >
 
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1976 Detroit Lions season
Head coachRick Forzano and Tommy Hudspeth
Home field
Results
Record6–8
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Timeline
Previous season    Next season
< 1975    1977 >

The 1976 Detroit Lions season was the 47th season in franchise history. After the first four games of the season, Rick Forzano resigned under pressure of owner William Clay Ford, and was replaced by one time BYU head coach and Lions assistant Tommy Hudspeth.[1] In spite of a stellar season by quarterback Greg Landry, that year's NFL Comeback Player Of The Year, the team was still mired in mediocrity, fininsing 6–8.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
1

Regular season[edit]

During the Thanksgiving Day game on November 25, O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills set a record with the most rushing yards in one Thanksgiving Day game, by rushing for 273 yards vs. the Lions.[2]

In spite of their poor overall record the Lions offense set a statistical record for Passer Rating Differential (40.9, 14th best 196—2011). Such a high rating is usually reserved for playoff teams or Super Bowl winners;

Top 25 Teams in Passer Rating Differential (1960–present)

Ranking Team OPR DPR Differential Record Won title

Note: The 1963 Giants, 2007 Patriots and 1984 Dolphins lost in their respective title games.[3]

Schedule[edit]

WeekDateOpponentResultAttendance
1September 12, 1976at Chicago BearsL 10–3
54,125
2September 19, 1976Atlanta FalconsW 24–10
50,840
3September 26, 1976Minnesota VikingsL 10–9
77,292
4October 3, 1976at Green Bay PackersL 24–14
55,041
5October 10, 1976New England PatriotsW 30–10
60,174
6October 17, 1976at Washington RedskinsL 20–7
45,908
7October 24, 1976at Seattle SeahawksW 41–14
61,280
8October 31, 1976Green Bay PackersW 27–6
74,992
9November 7, 1976at Minnesota VikingsL 31–23
46,735
10November 14, 1976at New Orleans SaintsL 17–16
42,048
11November 21, 1976Chicago BearsW 14–10
78,042
12November 25, 1976Buffalo BillsW 27–14
66,875
13December 5, 1976at New York GiantsL 24–10
66,069
14December 11, 1976Los Angeles RamsL 20–17
73,470

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPA
Minnesota Vikings(2)1121.8215–19–2305176
Chicago Bears770.5004–27–5253216
Detroit Lions680.4292–45–7262220
Green Bay Packers590.3571–54–8218299

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

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 114
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 377
  3. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/kerry_byrne/06/23/most.important.stat.passer.rating.differential/index.html