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1980 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Monte Clark
Home Field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 9–7
Place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1980 Detroit Lions season was the 51st season in franchise history. As the result of their 2–14 1979 season, the Lions were able to select Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma Sooner halfback Billy Sims with the first pick in the NFL draft. In his rookie season, Sims rushed his way to the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award while carrying the Lions back to respectability. After winning their first four games, the Lions stumbled down the stretch including costly 1-point losses to the Colts and lowly Cardinals. While they vastly improved overall, finishing 9–7, the Lions narrowly lost the NFC Central Division title to the Minnesota Vikings by virtue of a conference record tiebreaker. The Lions won nine NFC games to the Vikings’ eight, but Minnesota had a better winning percentage in the conference.[1] The Lions’ 1979 fifth place finish meant they played two extra NFC games, resulting in five conference losses to the Vikings' four losses.[2]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1 1 Billy Sims [3] Running backOklahoma
3 57 Tom Turnure CenterWashington
3 62 Mike Friede Wide ReceiverIndiana
4 85 Eric Hipple QuarterbackBaylor
5 111 Mark Streeter Defensive BackArizona
5 120 Tom Ginn GuardArkansas
6 140 Chris Dieterich Offensive TackleNorth Carolina State
7 166 Eddie Murray KickerTulane
9 222 DeWayne Jett Wide receiverHawaii
9 223 Tom Tuinei Defensive TackleHawaii
10 251 Henry Henderson Defensive BackUtah State
11 278 Wayne Smith Defensive BackPurdue
12 307 Charles Vaclavik Wide receiverWashington

RosterEdit

1980 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 seasonEdit

In his NFL debut, Billy Sims had three touchdowns.[4]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 at Los Angeles Rams W 41–20
64,892
2 September 14, 1980 at Green Bay Packers W 29–7
53,099
3 September 21, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals W 20–7
80,027
4 September 28, 1980 Minnesota Vikings W 27–7
80,291
5 October 5, 1980 at Atlanta Falcons L 43–28
57,652
6 October 12, 1980 New Orleans Saints W 24–13
78,147
7 October 19, 1980 at Chicago Bears L 24–7
58,508
8 October 26, 1980 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17
59,391
9 November 2, 1980 San Francisco 49ers W 17–13
78,845
10 November 9, 1980 at Minnesota Vikings L 34–0
46,264
11 November 16, 1980 Baltimore Colts L 10–9
77,677
12 November 23, 1980 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–10
64,976
13 November 27, 1980 Chicago Bears L 23–17 OT
75,397
14 December 7, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–23
46,966
15 December 14, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–14
77,098
16 December 21, 1980 Green Bay Packers W 24–3
75,111

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 317 308
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 334 272
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 304 264
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 10 1 .344 271 341
Green Bay Packers 5 10 1 .344 231 371
[5]

Game SummariesEdit

Week 2: at Green Bay PackersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 13 6 7

29

Packers 0 7 0 0

7

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee

  • Date: September 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 64 °F (17.8 °C), wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)
  • Box Score

Week 5: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 3 0 22

28

Falcons 17 17 2 7

43

at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

  • Date: October 5
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16.1 °C), wind 12 miles per hour (19 km/h; 10 kn)
  • Box Score

Awards and recordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Season summary and stats at Sports E Cyclopedia
  2. Urena, Ivan; Pro Football Schedules: A Complete Historical Guide from 1933 to the Present, p. 85 ISBN 0786473517
  3. Billy Sims, 1978 Heisman Trophy winner as a junior "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090614014646/http://www.heisman.com/winners/b-sims78.html. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16
  5. (PDF) 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book. National Football League. p. 385. http://www.nfl.info/download/2010%20NFL%20Record%20and%20Fact%20Book.pdf. Retrieved February 22, 2011.

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