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1942 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Bill Edwards and Bull Karcis
Home Field
Results
Record 0–11–0
Place 5th NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1941 1943

The 1942 Detroit Lions season resulted in the Lions having the first winless season since Cincinnati went 0–8 in 1934.[1] This was the first NFL season during U.S. involvement in World War II, which led to player shortages, and thus a depletion of talent. The Lions were hit especially hard by the loss of star halfback Byron “Whizzer” White and tackle Tony Furst.[2] Head coach Bill Edwards was sacked after three games,[2] but the decision had no effect on the Lions’ fortunes.

While there were talks of suspending play, it was ultimately decided to allow all professional sports to continue as morale boosters on the home front.[3] It would remain the only imperfect season for the Lions until 2008.

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 20, 1942 at Chicago Cardinals L 13–0
2 September 27, 1942 Cleveland Rams L 14–0
3 October 4, 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers L 28–7
4 October 11, 1942 at Green Bay Packers L 38–7
5 October 18, 1942 Chicago Cardinals L 7–0
6 October 25, 1942 Green Bay Packers L 28–7
7 November 1, 1942 at Chicago Bears L 16–0
8 November 8, 1942 Pittsburgh Steelers L 35–7
9 November 15, 1942 at Cleveland Rams L 27–7
10 November 22, 1942 Chicago Bears L 42–0
11 November 29, 1942 Washington Redskins L 15–3

StandingsEdit

NFL Western Division
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 11 0 0 1.000 8–0 376 84 W11
Green Bay Packers 8 2 1 .800 6–2 300 215 W2
Cleveland Rams 5 6 0 .455 3–5 150 207 L1
Chicago Cardinals 3 8 0 .273 3–5 98 209 L6
Detroit Lions 0 11 0 .000 0–8 38 263 L11

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

RosterEdit

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 recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 301
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barnas, Jo-Ann; ‘Missing Their Engine Parts: War Machine Hampered the 1942 Lions, Who Went 0–11’; The Washington Post, December 9, 2001, p. D1A
  3. "The 1942 Lions were a winless, toothless mess". Detroit Athletic. November 22, 2015. https://www.detroitathletic.com/blog/2015/11/22/the-1942-lions-were-a-winless-toothless-mess/. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  4. "NFL Records" (in en). http://www.nfl.com/history/randf/records/team/turnovers. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
Eastern Division Western Division
Brooklyn Chicago Bears
New York Chicago Cardinals
Philadelphia Cleveland
Pittsburgh Detroit
Washington Green Bay
1942 NFL DraftNFL Championship

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