|1942 Detroit Lions season|
|Head Coach||Bill Edwards and Bull Karcis|
|Place||5th NFL Western|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 1942 Detroit Lions season resulted in the Lions having the first winless season since Cincinnati went 0–8 in 1934. 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. Head coach Bill Edwards was sacked after three games, 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. It would remain the only imperfect season for the Lions until 2008.
|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|
|NFL Western Division|
|Green Bay Packers||8||2||1||.800||6–2||300||215||W2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|Detroit Lions roster|
Rookies in italics
Awards and records
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 301
- 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
- "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.
- "NFL Records" (in en). http://www.nfl.com/history/randf/records/team/turnovers. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
- Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference
- Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com
- Detroit Lions on The Football Database
|Eastern Division||Western Division|
|New York||Chicago Cardinals|
|1942 NFL Draft • NFL Championship|