1978 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Bart Starr
Home Field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 8–7–1
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1978 Green Bay Packers season was their 60th season overall and their 58th season in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–7–1 record under coach Bart Starr, earning them a second-place finish in the NFC Central division. This marked the first season the Packers were above .500 since 1972. The Packers got off to a 6-1 start. However, most of the wins came against weaker teams, and once the scheduled toughened up the Packers struggled winning only one and tying one of their next six games. After a big win in Tampa Bay over the Buccaneers, the 8-5-1 Packers still had a shot at a NFC Central Title. However, the team would lose both of their final games, closing out with a 31-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and at 8-7-1 finished in a first place tie . The Packers lost the tie breaker to the Minnesota Vikings, by tying (10 - 10 ) and losing to the Vikings ( 7 - 21) and missed the playoffs.


NFL draftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
16James LoftonWide receiverStanford
126John AndersonLinebackerMichigan
234Michael HuntLinebackerMinnesota
362Charlie SalmonCornerbackIllinois State
5116Mike DouglassLinebackerSan Diego State
5128Willie WilderRunning backFlorida
6144Leotis HarrisGuardArkansas
7172George PlasketesLinebackerOle Miss
8200Dennis SproulQuarterbackArizona State
9228Keith MyersQuarterbackUtah State
10256Larry KeyRunning backFlorida State
10259Mark TottenCenterFlorida
11284Terry JonesDefensive tackleAlabama
12312Eason RamsonTight endWashington State

Undrafted free agentsEdit

1978 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Paul Coffman Tight end Kansas State



1978 Green Bay Packers roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 at Detroit Lions W 13–7 Pontiac Silverdome
2 September 10, 1978 New Orleans Saints W 28–17 Milwaukee County Stadium
3 September 17, 1978 Oakland Raiders L 28–3 Lambeau Field
4 September 24, 1978 at San Diego Chargers W 24–3 San Diego Stadium
5 October 1, 1978 Detroit Lions W 35–14 Milwaukee County Stadium
6 October 8, 1978 Chicago Bears W 24–14 Lambeau Field
7 October 15, 1978 Seattle Seahawks W 45–28 Milwaukee County Stadium
8 October 22, 1978 at Minnesota Vikings L 21–7 Metropolitan Stadium
9 October 29, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 9–7 Lambeau Field
10 November 5, 1978 at Philadelphia Eagles L 10–3 Veterans Stadium
11 November 12, 1978 Dallas Cowboys L 42–14 Milwaukee County Stadium
12 November 19, 1978 at Denver Broncos L 16–3 Mile High Stadium
13 November 26, 1978 Minnesota Vikings T 10–10 (OT) Lambeau Field
14 December 3, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–7 Tampa Stadium
15 December 10, 1978 at Chicago Bears L 14–0 Soldier Field
16 December 17, 1978 at Los Angeles Rams L 31–14 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum


Template:1978 NFC Central standings

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Terrell Middleton, NFC leader in touchdowns [1]


  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 448

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