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| team = Detroit Lions
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1966
 
| year = 1966
| record = 4–9–1
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| record = 4-9-1
 
| division_place = 6th [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Western]]
 
| division_place = 6th [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Western]]
| owner =
 
 
| coach = [[Harry Gilmer]]
 
| coach = [[Harry Gilmer]]
| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
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| stadium =
| radio = [[WWJ (AM)|WWJ]]
 
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
| shortnavlink = Lions seasons
 
 
}}
 
}}
   
The '''{{nfly|1966}} [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 37th in the [[National Football League|league]]. The team failed to improve on their [[1965 Detroit Lions season|previous season]]'s output of 6–7–1, winning only four games.<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1966.htm 1966 Detroit Lions]</ref> They missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season and incurred their second losing record in a row.
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The '''[[1966 NFL season|1966]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 37th in the [[National Football League|league]]. The team failed to improve on their [[1965 Detroit Lions season|previous season]]'s output of 6-7-1, winning only four games.<ref>[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1966.htm 1966 Detroit Lions]</ref> They missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season.
 
==Roster==
 
 
{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
 
|-
 
! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;color:#C3C6CC;text-align:center;" | Detroit Lions roster
 
|-
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
 
{{NFLplayer|16|Milt Plum}}
 
 
'''Running Backs'''
 
{{NFLplayer|34|Tom Nowatzke}}
 
 
'''Wide Receivers'''
 
{{NFLplayer|89|Gail Cogdill}}
 
{{NFLplayer|87|John Henderson|d=wide receiver}}
 
{{NFLplayer|81|Bill Malinchak|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|25|Pat Studstill|P}}
 
 
'''Tight Ends'''
 
{{NFLplayer|80|Jim Gibbons|d=American football}}
 
{{NFLplayer|88|Ron Kramer}}
 
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Offensive Linemen'''
 
{{NFLplayer|54|Ed Flanagan|d=American football|C}}
 
{{NFLplayer|66|Bob Kowalkowski|rookie=y|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|70|Daryl Sanders|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|73|Roger Shoals|T}}
 
 
'''Defensive Linemen'''
 
{{NFLplayer|76|Roger Brown|d=defensive tackle|DT}}{{NFLplayer|71|Alex Karras|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|82|Jerry Rush|DT}}
 
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
 
{{NFLplayer|59|Ernie Clark|d=American football}}{{NFLplayer|67|Wally Hilgenberg}}{{NFLplayer|53|Mike Lucci}}
 
{{NFLplayer|55|Wayne Walker}}
 
 
'''Defensive Backs'''
 
{{NFLplayer|44|Dick LeBeau|CB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|21|Bruce Maher|S}}
 
{{NFLplayer|47|Wayne Rasmussen|FS}}
 
{{NFLplayer|48|Tom Vaughn|d=American football|FS}}
 
 
'''Special Teams'''
 
{{NFLplayer|1|Garo Yepremian|rookie=y|K}}
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Reserve Lists'''
 
* ''Currently vacant''
 
 
<small>''Rookies in italics''</small><br />
 
|-
 
|}
 
   
 
==Schedule==
 
==Schedule==
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! Opponent
 
! Opponent
 
! Result
 
! Result
! Record
 
 
! Attendance
 
! Attendance
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
| align=center|1
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| 1
| September 11
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| September 11, 1966
| [[1966 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
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| [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 14–3
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| W 14-3
| align=center|1–0
 
 
| <center>52,225</center>
 
| <center>52,225</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|2
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| 2
| September 18
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| September 18, 1966
| at [[1966 Pittsburgh Steelers season|Pittsburgh Steelers]]
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| at [[Pittsburgh Steelers]]
| L 17–3
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| L 17-3
| align=center|1–1
 
 
| <center>35,473</center>
 
| <center>35,473</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
| align=center|3
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| 3
| September 25
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| September 25, 1966
| [[1966 Atlanta Falcons season|Atlanta Falcons]]
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| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| W 28–10
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| W 28-10
| align=center|2–1
 
 
| <center>47,615</center>
 
| <center>47,615</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|4
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| 4
| October 2
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| October 2, 1966
| at [[1966 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
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| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
| L 23–14
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| L 23-14
| align=center|2–2
 
 
| <center>50,861</center>
 
| <center>50,861</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|5
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| 5
| October 9
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| October 9, 1966
| [[1966 Los Angeles Rams season|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
| L 14–7
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| L 14-7
| align=center|2–3
 
 
| <center>52,793</center>
 
| <center>52,793</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|6
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| 6
| October 16
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| October 16, 1966
| at [[1966 Baltimore Colts season|Baltimore Colts]]
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| at [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
| L 45–14
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| L 45-14
| align=center|2–4
 
 
| <center>60,238</center>
 
| <center>60,238</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|7
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| 7
| October 23
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| October 23, 1966
| at [[1966 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]]
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| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| L 27–24
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| L 27-24
| align=center|2–5
 
 
| <center>36,745</center>
 
| <center>36,745</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|8
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| 8
| October 30
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| October 30, 1966
| Green Bay Packers
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| [[Green Bay Packers]]
| L 31–7
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| L 31-7
| align=center|2–6
 
 
| <center>56,954</center>
 
| <center>56,954</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
| align=center|9
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| 9
| November 6
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| November 6, 1966
| at Chicago Bears
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| at [[Chicago Bears]]
| T 10–10
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| T 10-10
| align=center|2–6–1
 
 
| <center>47,041</center>
 
| <center>47,041</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
| align=center|10
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| 10
| November 13
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| November 13, 1966
| at [[1966 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
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| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| W 32–31
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| W 32-31
| align=center|3–6–1
 
 
| <center>43,939</center>
 
| <center>43,939</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
| align=center|11
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| 11
| November 20
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| November 20, 1966
| Baltimore Colts
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| [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
| W 20–14
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| W 20-14
| align=center|4–6–1
 
 
| <center>52,383</center>
 
| <center>52,383</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|12
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| 12
| November 24
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| November 24, 1966
| San Francisco 49ers
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| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| L 41–14
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| L 41-14
| align=center|4–7–1
 
 
| <center>53,189</center>
 
| <center>53,189</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|13
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| 13
| December 4
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| December 4, 1966
| at Los Angeles Rams
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| at [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
| L 23–3
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| L 23-3
| align=center|4–8–1
 
 
| <center>40,039</center>
 
| <center>40,039</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
| align=center|14
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| 14
| December 11
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| December 11, 1966
| Minnesota Vikings
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| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 28–16
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| L 28-16
| align=center|4–9–1
 
 
| <center>43,022</center>
 
| <center>43,022</center>
 
|-style="background:
 
|-style="background:
| align=center|15
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| 15
| December 18
 
 
| colspan=4 align="center" | ''Bye''
 
| colspan=4 align="center" | ''Bye''
 
|}
 
|}
* A bye week was necessary in {{nfly|1966}}, as the league expanded to an odd-number (15) of teams ([[1966 Atlanta Falcons season|Atlanta]]); one team was idle each week.
 
 
==Game summaries==
 
 
===Week 1===
 
 
{{AFB game box start
 
|Title=
 
|Visitor=Bears
 
|V1=3 |V2= 0|V3=0 |V4=0
 
|Host=Lions
 
|H1=0 |H2=14 |H3=0 |H4=0
 
|Date=September 11
 
|Location=[[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]], [[Detroit, MI]]
 
|StartTime=
 
|TimeZone=
 
|ElapsedTime=
 
|Attendance=
 
|Weather={{convert|67|F}}; wind {{convert|7|mph|abbr=on}}
 
|Referee=
 
|TVAnnouncers=
 
|TVStation=
 
}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry=yes |Quarter=Q1 |Time= |Team=CHI |Event=LeClerc 38 yard field goal |Score= CHI 3–0}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=Q2 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=Nowatzke 6 yard run (Walker kick) |Score= DET 7–3}}
 
{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |Quarter=Q2 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=Studstill 25 yard pass from Plum (Walker kick) |Score=DET 14–3 |LastEntry=yes}}
 
{{AFB game box end}}
 
 
<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/196609110det.htm Pro-Football-Reference.com]. Retrieved 2014-Sep-15.</ref>
 
 
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==Standings==
 
==Standings==
{{1966 NFL Western standings}}
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{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 95%;"
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|-
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! colspan="8" style="background-color: #FFCBCB;" align="center" valign="middle" | [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Western]]
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|-
  +
!
  +
! W
  +
! L
  +
! T
  +
! PCT
  +
! PF
  +
! PA
  +
! STK
  +
|-
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| [[1966 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
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| align="center" | 12
  +
| align="center" | 2
  +
| align="center" | 0
  +
| align="center" | .857
  +
| align="center" | 335
  +
| align="center" | 163
  +
| align="center" | W-5
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|-
  +
| [[1966 Baltimore Colts season|Baltimore Colts]]
  +
| align="center" | 9
  +
| align="center" | 5
  +
| align="center" | 0
  +
| align="center" | .643
  +
| align="center" | 314
  +
| align="center" | 226
  +
| align="center" | W-1
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|-
  +
| [[1966 Los Angeles Rams season|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| align="center" | 8
  +
| align="center" | 6
  +
| align="center" | 0
  +
| align="center" | .571
  +
| align="center" | 289
  +
| align="center" | 212
  +
| align="center" | L-1
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|-
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| [[1966 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]]
  +
| align="center" | 6
  +
| align="center" | 6
  +
| align="center" | 2
  +
| align="center" | .500
  +
| align="center" | 320
  +
| align="center" | 325
  +
| align="center" | L-1
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|-
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| [[1966 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
  +
| align="center" | 5
  +
| align="center" | 7
  +
| align="center" | 2
  +
| align="center" | .417
  +
| align="center" | 234
  +
| align="center" | 272
  +
| align="center" | W-1
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|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
  +
| '''Detroit Lions'''
  +
| align="center" | 4
  +
| align="center" | 9
  +
| align="center" | 1
  +
| align="center" | .308
  +
| align="center" | 206
  +
| align="center" | 317
  +
| align="center" | L-3
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|-
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| [[1966 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
  +
| align="center" | 4
  +
| align="center" | 9
  +
| align="center" | 1
  +
| align="center" | .308
  +
| align="center" | 206
  +
| align="center" | 304
  +
| align="center" | L-1
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|}
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:1966 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:1966 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
[[Category:1966 in sports in Michigan|Detroit Lions]]
 
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