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

Latest revision as of 01:42, September 6, 2019

1966 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Harry Gilmer
Home Field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 4–9–1
Place 6th NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1965 1967

The 1966 Detroit Lions season was their 37th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 6–7–1, winning only four games.[1] They missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season and incurred their second losing record in a row.

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

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 11 Chicago Bears W 14–3 1–0
52,225
2 September 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–3 1–1
35,473
3 September 25 Atlanta Falcons W 28–10 2–1
47,615
4 October 2 at Green Bay Packers L 23–14 2–2
50,861
5 October 9 Los Angeles Rams L 14–7 2–3
52,793
6 October 16 at Baltimore Colts L 45–14 2–4
60,238
7 October 23 at San Francisco 49ers L 27–24 2–5
36,745
8 October 30 Green Bay Packers L 31–7 2–6
56,954
9 November 6 at Chicago Bears T 10–10 2–6–1
47,041
10 November 13 at Minnesota Vikings W 32–31 3–6–1
43,939
11 November 20 Baltimore Colts W 20–14 4–6–1
52,383
12 November 24 San Francisco 49ers L 41–14 4–7–1
53,189
13 December 4 at Los Angeles Rams L 23–3 4–8–1
40,039
14 December 11 Minnesota Vikings L 28–16 4–9–1
43,022
15 December 18 Bye
  • A bye week was necessary in 1966, as the league expanded to an odd-number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bears 3 0 0 0 3
• Lions 0 14 0 0 14

[2]


StandingsEdit

Template:1966 NFL Western standings

ReferencesEdit

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Atlanta Baltimore
Cleveland Chicago
Dallas Detroit
NY Giants Green Bay
Philadelphia Los Angeles
Pittsburgh Minnesota
St. Louis San Francisco
Washington
1966 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro BowlSuper Bowl I
Related: 1966 AFL Season

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