American Football Database
1979 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Bart Starr
Home Field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 5–11
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1978 1980

The 1979 Green Bay Packers season was their 61st season overall and their 59th in the National Football League. The club posted a 5–11 record under coach Bart Starr, earning them a fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division. The offense was still one of the worst in the NFL and the defense could not pick up the slack finishing dead last against the Run. Only notable win Packers had was a 27-14 victory on Monday night against the New England Patriots


NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 15 Eddie Lee Ivery Running Back Georgia Tech
2 44 Steve Atkins Running Back Maryland
3 71 Charles Johnson Defensive Tackle Maryland
6 153 Dave Simmons Linebacker North Carolina
7 184 Rich Wingo Linebacker Alabama
8 193 Ron Cassidy Wide Receiver Utah State
9 235 John Thompson Tight End Utah State
10 264 Frank Lockett Wide Receiver Nebraska
11 290 Mark Thorson Defensive Back Ottawa
12 318 Bill Moats Punter South Dakota

Undrafted free agents

1979 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Bobby Kimball Wide Receiver Oklahoma
Wylie Turner Defensive Back Angelo State


Green Bay Packers roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season


Week Opponent Result Stadium Record Attendance
1 at Chicago Bears L 3–6 Soldier Field 0–1
2 New Orleans Saints W 28–19 Milwaukee County Stadium 1–1
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–10 Lambeau Field 1–2
4 at Minnesota Vikings L 27–21 (OT) Metropolitan Stadium 1–3
5 New England Patriots W 27–14 Lambeau Field 2–3
6 at Atlanta Falcons L 7–25 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 2–4
7 Detroit Lions W 24–16 Milwaukee County Stadium 3–4
8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 3–21 Tampa Stadium 3–5
9 at Miami Dolphins L 7–27 Orange Bowl 3–6
10 New York Jets L 22–27 Lambeau Field 3–7
11 Minnesota Vikings W 19–7 Milwaukee County Stadium 4–7
12 at Buffalo Bills L 12–19 Rich Stadium 4–8
13 Philadelphia Eagles L 10–21 Lambeau Field 4–9
14 at Washington Redskins L 21–38 RFK Stadium 4–10
15 Chicago Bears L 14–15 Lambeau Field 4–11
16 at Detroit Lions W 18–13 Pontiac Silverdome 5–11


Template:1979 NFC Central standings

Awards and records

In popular media

The Packers versus Bears game of week 15 was used in an episode of That '70s Show ("Street Fighting Man") and was part of the seventh season. Eric invites his father, Red, to the game at Lambeau Field. Oddly, the Packers win in this episode, as opposed to real life, where they lost.[1]


  1. List of That '70s Show episodes#Season 7: 2004.E2.80.932005
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