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{{Infobox NFL_season
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{{Infobox NFL season
 
| logo =
 
| logo =
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1969
 
| year = 1969
| record = 9-4-1
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| record = 9–4–1
 
| division_place = 2nd [[National Football League Central Division|NFL Central]]
 
| division_place = 2nd [[National Football League Central Division|NFL Central]]
| coach = [[Joe Schmidt]]
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| coach = [[Joe Schmidt (American football)|Joe Schmidt]]
| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium]]
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| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
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| shortnavlink = Lions seasons
 
}}
 
}}
The '''[[1969 NFL season|1969]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 40th season in franchise history.
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The '''[[1969 NFL season|1969]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 40th season in franchise history. The Lions enjoyed their best season in seven years, and their first winning campaign since 1964 by finishing in second place in the NFL Central Division with a solid 9–4–1 record led by a stingy defense that only allowed 188 total points on the season. However, the Lions still failed to qualify for the postseason for the 12th straight season.<ref>[http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nfl/det/lions.html Detroit Lions season history at Sports E-Cyclopedia]</ref>
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==Offseason==
 
==Offseason==
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===NFL Draft===
 
===NFL Draft===
 
{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
 
{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
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| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
 
| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
| 2 ||34 ||[[Altie Taylor]] ||[[Running Back]] ||Utah State
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| 2 ||34 ||Altie Taylor ||Running back ||Utah State
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|2||47||Jim Yarbrough||Tackle||Florida
 
|2||47||Jim Yarbrough||Tackle||Florida
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
|3||59||Larry Walton||Wide Receiver||Arizona State
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|3||59||Larry Walton||Wide receiver||Arizona State
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|8||190||Jim Carr||Tackle||Jackson State
 
|8||190||Jim Carr||Tackle||Jackson State
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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|}
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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|14|Greg Barton|d=American football|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|11|Greg Landry}}
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{{NFLplayer|19|Bill Munson}}
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'''Running Backs'''
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{{NFLplayer|40|Nick Eddy}}
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{{NFLplayer|24|Mel Farr}}
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{{NFLplayer|35|Tom Nowatzke}}
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{{NFLplayer|23|Phil Odle}}
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{{NFLplayer|42|Altie Taylor|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|38|Bill Triplett}}
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'''Wide Receivers'''
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{{NFLplayer|81|Bill Malinchak}}
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{{NFLplayer|49|Larry Walton|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|89|John Wright|d=wide receiver}}
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'''Tight Ends'''
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{{NFLplayer|87|Craig Cotton|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|88|Charlie Sanders}}
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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|76|Rocky Freitas|T}}
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{{NFLplayer|68|Frank Gallagher|d=American football|G}}
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{{NFLplayer|66|Bob Kowalkowski|G}}
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{{NFLplayer|73|Roger Shoals|T}}
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{{NFLplayer|63|Chuck Walton|G}}
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{{NFLplayer|75|Jim Yarbrough|rookie=y|T}}
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'''Defensive Linemen'''
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{{NFLplayer|72|Dan Goich|rookie=y|DT}}
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{{NFLplayer|74|Larry Hand|DE}}
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{{NFLplayer|71|Alex Karras|DT}}
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{{NFLplayer|70|Denis Moore|DE}}
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{{NFLplayer|84|Joe Robb|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|52|Bill Cottrell}}
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{{NFLplayer|53|Mike Lucci}}
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{{NFLplayer|62|Ed Mooney|rookie=y}}
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{{NFLplayer|50|Paul Naumoff}}
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{{NFLplayer|55|Wayne Walker}}
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{{NFLplayer|51|Bill Swain}}
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'''Defensive Backs'''
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{{NFLplayer|20|Lem Barney|CB}}
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{{NFLplayer|44|Dick LeBeau|CB}}
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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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{{NFLplayer|28|Mike Weger|SS}}
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'''Special Teams'''
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{{NFLplayer|3|Rick Duncan|d=American football|P}}
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{{NFLplayer|12|Errol Mann|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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|-
 
|}
 
|}
   
 
==Regular season==
 
==Regular season==
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===Schedule===
 
===Schedule===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
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| September 21, 1969
 
| September 21, 1969
 
| at [[Pittsburgh Steelers]]
 
| at [[Pittsburgh Steelers]]
| L 16-13
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| L 16–13
 
| <center>51,360</center>
 
| <center>51,360</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| September 28, 1969
 
| September 28, 1969
 
| [[New York Giants]]
 
| [[New York Giants]]
| W 24-0
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| W 24–0
 
| <center>54,358</center>
 
| <center>54,358</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 5, 1969
 
| October 5, 1969
 
| at [[Cleveland Browns]]
 
| at [[Cleveland Browns]]
| W 28-21
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| W 28–21
 
| <center>82,833</center>
 
| <center>82,833</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 12, 1969
 
| October 12, 1969
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
| L 28-17
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| L 28–17
 
| <center>58,384</center>
 
| <center>58,384</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 19, 1969
 
| October 19, 1969
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 13-7
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| W 13–7
 
| <center>54,732</center>
 
| <center>54,732</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 26, 1969
 
| October 26, 1969
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 24-10
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| L 24–10
 
| <center>47,900</center>
 
| <center>47,900</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 2, 1969
 
| November 2, 1969
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| W 26-14
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| W 26–14
 
| <center>35,100</center>
 
| <center>35,100</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 9, 1969
 
| November 9, 1969
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| W 27-21
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| W 27–21
 
| <center>53,242</center>
 
| <center>53,242</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
| November 16, 1969
 
| November 16, 1969
| [[Arizona Cardinals|St. Louis Cardinals]]
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| [[St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)|St. Louis Cardinals]]
| W 20-0
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| W 20–0
 
| <center>51,749</center>
 
| <center>51,749</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 23, 1969
 
| November 23, 1969
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
| W 16-10
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| W 16–10
 
| <center>50,861</center>
 
| <center>50,861</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 27, 1969
 
| November 27, 1969
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 27-0
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| L 27–0
 
| <center>57,906</center>
 
| <center>57,906</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
| 12
 
| 12
 
| December 7, 1969
 
| December 7, 1969
| at [[Indianapolis Colts#The NFL Baltimore Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
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| at [[Baltimore Colts]]
| T 17-17
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| T 17–17
 
| <center>60,238</center>
 
| <center>60,238</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 13
 
| 13
 
| December 14, 1969
 
| December 14, 1969
| [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| [[Los Angeles Rams (1946–94)|Los Angeles Rams]]
| W 28-0
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| W 28–0
 
| <center>53,256</center>
 
| <center>53,256</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| December 21, 1969
 
| December 21, 1969
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
| W 20-3
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| W 20–3
 
| <center>41,879</center>
 
| <center>41,879</center>
 
|}
 
|}
   
===Standings===
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==Standings==
{| class="wikitable" cellpadding="3" border="1"
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{{1969 NFL Central standings}}
|-
 
|- bgcolor="#D0E7FF"
 
| colspan="7" align="center" | '''Western Conference'''
 
|- bgcolor="#D0E7FF"
 
| colspan="7" align="center" | '''''[[National Football League Central Division|Central Division]]'''''
 
|- bgcolor="#efefef"
 
!Team!!W!!L!!T!!PCT!!PF!!PA
 
|- align="center"
 
|align="left"| [[1969 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
 
|12||2||0||.857||379||133
 
|- align="center" bgcolor="#ccffcc"
 
|align="left"| '''Detroit Lions'''
 
|9||4||1||.692||259||188
 
|- align="center"
 
|align="left"| [[1969 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
 
|8||6||0||.571||269||221
 
|- align="center"
 
|align="left"| [[1969 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
 
|1||13||0||.071||210||339
 
|}
 
 
===Roster===
 
{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
 
|-
 
! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;" | {{Tnavbar-header|'''Detroit Lions roster'''|Detroit Lions roster|plain=1|fontcolor=#C3C6CC}}
 
|-
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
 
 
'''Running Backs'''
 
 
'''Wide Receivers'''
 
 
'''Tight Ends'''
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Offensive Linemen'''
 
 
'''Defensive Linemen'''
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
 
 
'''Defensive Backs'''
 
 
'''Special Teams'''
 
| style="width: 25px;" |
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Reserve Lists'''
 
* ''Currently vacant''
 
 
<small>''Rookies in italics''</small><br />
 
|-
 
|}
 
   
 
==Awards and records==
 
==Awards and records==
 
{{Empty section|date=July 2010}}
 
{{Empty section|date=July 2010}}
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==References==
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
*[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1969.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
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*[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1969.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1969-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1969-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1969 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1969 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
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{{Detroit Lions}}
 
{{Detroit Lions}}
 
{{Detroit Lions seasons}}
 
{{Detroit Lions seasons}}
{{Detroit}}
 
 
{{1969 NFL season by team}}
 
{{1969 NFL season by team}}
   
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[[Category:1969 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:1969 National Football League season by team|Detroit Lions]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
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[[Category:1969 in sports in Michigan|Detroit Lions]]

Revision as of 14:28, April 13, 2019

1969 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Joe Schmidt
Home Field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 9–4–1
Place 2nd NFL Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1968 1970

The 1969 Detroit Lions season was the 40th season in franchise history. The Lions enjoyed their best season in seven years, and their first winning campaign since 1964 by finishing in second place in the NFL Central Division with a solid 9–4–1 record led by a stingy defense that only allowed 188 total points on the season. However, the Lions still failed to qualify for the postseason for the 12th straight season.[1]

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
2 34 Altie Taylor Running back Utah State
247Jim YarbroughTackleFlorida
359Larry WaltonWide receiverArizona State
8190Jim CarrTackleJackson State

Roster

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

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 21, 1969 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–13
51,360
2 September 28, 1969 New York Giants W 24–0
54,358
3 October 5, 1969 at Cleveland Browns W 28–21
82,833
4 October 12, 1969 Green Bay Packers L 28–17
58,384
5 October 19, 1969 Chicago Bears W 13–7
54,732
6 October 26, 1969 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–10
47,900
7 November 2, 1969 at San Francisco 49ers W 26–14
35,100
8 November 9, 1969 Atlanta Falcons W 27–21
53,242
9 November 16, 1969 St. Louis Cardinals W 20–0
51,749
10 November 23, 1969 at Green Bay Packers W 16–10
50,861
11 November 27, 1969 Minnesota Vikings L 27–0
57,906
12 December 7, 1969 at Baltimore Colts T 17–17
60,238
13 December 14, 1969 Los Angeles Rams W 28–0
53,256
14 December 21, 1969 at Chicago Bears W 20–3
41,879

Standings

Template:1969 NFL Central standings

Awards and records

References

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Capitol Century Coastal Central
Dallas Cleveland Atlanta Chicago
New Orleans NY Giants Baltimore Detroit
Philadelphia Pittsburgh Los Angeles Green Bay
Washington St. Louis San Francisco Minnesota
1969 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsNFL ChampionshipPro BowlSuper Bowl IV
Related: 1969 AFL Season

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