1978 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Bart Starr
Home Field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 8–7–1
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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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.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

NFL draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 6 James Lofton Wide receiver Stanford
1 26 John Anderson Linebacker Michigan
2 34 Michael Hunt Linebacker Minnesota
3 62 Charlie Salmon Cornerback Illinois State
5 116 Mike Douglass Linebacker San Diego State
5 128 Willie Wilder Running back Florida
6 144 Leotis Harris Guard Arkansas
7 172 George Plasketes Linebacker Ole Miss
8 200 Dennis Sproul Quarterback Arizona State
9 228 Keith Myers Quarterback Utah State
10 256 Larry Key Running back Florida State
10 259 Mark Totten Center Florida
11 284 Terry Jones Defensive tackle Alabama
12 312 Eason Ramson Tight end Washington State

Undrafted free agents[edit | edit source]

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

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

1978 Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 at Detroit Lions W 13–7 Pontiac Silverdome
51,187
2 September 10, 1978 New Orleans Saints W 28–17 Milwaukee County Stadium
54,336
3 September 17, 1978 Oakland Raiders L 28–3 Lambeau Field
55,903
4 September 24, 1978 at San Diego Chargers W 24–3 San Diego Stadium
42,755
5 October 1, 1978 Detroit Lions W 35–14 Milwaukee County Stadium
54,601
6 October 8, 1978 Chicago Bears W 24–14 Lambeau Field
56,267
7 October 15, 1978 Seattle Seahawks W 45–28 Milwaukee County Stadium
52,712
8 October 22, 1978 at Minnesota Vikings L 21–7 Metropolitan Stadium
47,411
9 October 29, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 9–7 Lambeau Field
55,108
10 November 5, 1978 at Philadelphia Eagles L 10–3 Veterans Stadium
64,214
11 November 12, 1978 Dallas Cowboys L 42–14 Milwaukee County Stadium
55,256
12 November 19, 1978 at Denver Broncos L 16–3 Mile High Stadium
74,965
13 November 26, 1978 Minnesota Vikings T 10–10 (OT) Lambeau Field
51,737
14 December 3, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–7 Tampa Stadium
67,754
15 December 10, 1978 at Chicago Bears L 14–0 Soldier Field
34,306
16 December 17, 1978 at Los Angeles Rams L 31–14 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
42,500

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:1978 NFC Central standings

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

  • Terrell Middleton, NFC leader in touchdowns [1]

References[edit | edit source]

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

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