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{{Infobox NFL season
 
| logo =
 
| logo =
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1980
 
| year = 1980
 
| record = 9–7
 
| record = 9–7
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC North|NFC Central]]
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| division_place = 2nd [[NFC Central]]
 
| coach = [[Monte Clark]]
 
| coach = [[Monte Clark]]
| stadium = [[Silverdome|Pontiac Silverdome]]
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| stadium = [[Pontiac Silverdome]]
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
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| pro_bowlers = RB [[Billy Sims]]<br>DE [[Al Baker]]<br>K [[Eddie Murray (American football)|Eddie Murray]]
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| shortnavlink = Lions seasons
 
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The '''[[1980 NFL season|1980]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 51st season in franchise history.
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The '''[[1980 NFL season|1980]] [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was the 51st season in franchise history. As the result of their 2–14 [[1979 Detroit Lions season|1979 season]], the Lions were able to select Heisman Trophy-winning [[Oklahoma Sooners football|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 [[1980 Baltimore Colts season|Colts]] and lowly [[1980 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season|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.<ref>[http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nfl/det/lions.html Season summary and stats at Sports E Cyclopedia]</ref> The Lions’ 1979 fifth place finish meant they played two extra NFC games, resulting in five conference losses to the Vikings' four losses.<ref>Urena, Ivan; ''Pro Football Schedules: A Complete Historical Guide from 1933 to the Present'', p. 85 {{ISBN|0786473517}}</ref>
   
 
==Offseason==
 
==Offseason==
 
===NFL Draft===
 
===NFL Draft===
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{{main|1980 NFL Draft}}
 
{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
 
{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
 
|- align="center" style="background:#005da6;color:#c4c8cb;"
 
|- align="center" style="background:#005da6;color:#c4c8cb;"
 
| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
 
| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
| 1 || 1 |[[Billy Sims]] <ref name="Heisman note">Billy Sims, [[1978 in sports|1978]] [[Heisman Trophy]] winner as a junior <sup>{{cite web |title=Heisman Trophy |url=http://www.heisman.com/winners/b-sims78.html |accessdate=2008-08-04}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</sup></ref>
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| 1 || 1 ||[[Billy Sims]] <ref name="Heisman note">Billy Sims, [[1978 in sports|1978]] [[Heisman Trophy]] winner as a junior <sup>{{cite web |title=Heisman Trophy |url=http://www.heisman.com/winners/b-sims78.html |accessdate=2008-08-04 |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20090614014646/http://www.heisman.com/winners/b-sims78.html |archivedate=14 June 2009}}</sup></ref>
||[[Running back|Running Back]]||[[University of Oklahoma]]
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||[[Running back]]||[[University of Oklahoma|Oklahoma]]
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
 
|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 3 || 57 ||[[Tom Turnure]] ||[[Center (gridiron football)|Center]]||[[University of Washington|Washington]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 3 || 62 ||[[Mike Friede]] ||[[Wide Receiver]]||[[Indiana University|Indiana]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 4 || 85 ||[[Eric Hipple]] ||[[Quarterback]]||[[Baylor University|Baylor]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 5 || 111 ||Mark Streeter ||[[Defensive Back]]||[[Arizona University|Arizona]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 5 || 120 ||[[Tommie Ginn|Tom Ginn]] ||[[Guard (American and Canadian football)|Guard]]||[[Arkansas University|Arkansas]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 6 || 140 ||[[Chris Dieterich]] ||[[Offensive Tackle]]||[[North Carolina State University|North Carolina State]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 7 || 166 ||[[Eddie Murray]] ||[[Placekicker|Kicker]]||[[Tulane University|Tulane]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 9 || 222 ||DeWayne Jett ||Wide receiver||[[University of Hawaii|Hawaii]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 9 || 223 ||Tom Tuinei ||[[Defensive Tackle]]||Hawaii
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 10 || 251 ||Henry Henderson ||Defensive Back||[[Utah State University|Utah State]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 11 || 278 ||[[Wayne Smith (defensive back)|Wayne Smith]] ||Defensive Back||[[Purdue University|Purdue]]
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
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| 12 || 307 ||Charles Vaclavik ||Wide receiver||[[Washington State University|Washington]]
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|- 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;" | 1980 Detroit Lions roster
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|-
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
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{{NFLplayer|16|Gary Danielson}}
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{{NFLplayer|17|Eric Hipple|rookie=y}}
  +
{{NFLplayer|19|Jeff Komlo}}
  +
  +
'''Running Backs'''
  +
{{NFLplayer|20|Billy Sims|rookie=y}}
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*32 [[Rick Kane]]
  +
*31 [[Ken Callicutt]]
  +
*36 [[Bo Robinson]]
  +
*24 [[Dexter Bussey]] FB
  +
*25 [[Horace King (American football)|Horace King]] FB
  +
  +
'''Wide Receivers'''
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*47 [[John Arnold (American football)|John Arnold]]
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{{NFLplayer|87|Freddie Scott|d=American football}}
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*39 [[Leonard Thompson (American football)|Leonard Thompson]]
  +
*84 [[Jesse Thompson]]
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*82 [[Ray Williams (American football)|Ray Williams]]
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  +
'''Tight Ends'''
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*81 [[David Hill (tight end)|David Hill]]
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{{NFLplayer|80|Ulysses Norris}}
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| style="width: 25px;" |
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Offensive Linemen'''
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*76 [[Karl Baldischwiler]] T
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*73 [[Russ Bolinger]] G
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{{NFLplayer|72|Chris Dieterich|rookie=y|T/G}}
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{{NFLplayer|70|Keith Dorney|T}}
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*61 [[Homer Elias]] G
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{{NFLplayer|65|Amos Fowler|C}}
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{{NFLplayer|68|Tommie Ginn|rookie=y|C}}
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*66 [[Burton Lawless]] G
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*62 [[Willie Parker (offensive lineman)|Willie Parker]] C
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*74 [[Mike Whited]] T
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'''Defensive Linemen'''
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{{NFLplayer|60|Al Baker|DE}}
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{{NFLplayer|79|William Gay|d=defensive lineman|DT}}
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*90 [[Leon Hayes]] DE
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{{NFLplayer|74|Mike McCoy|d=defensive tackle|DT}}
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*64 [[John Mendenhall]] DT
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*75 [[Dave Pureifory]] DE
  +
*78 [[Tom Tuinei]] DE
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*77 [[John Woodcock (American football)|John Woodcock]] DE
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| style="width: 25px;" |
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
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*59 [[Charlie Weaver]] OLB
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*58 [[Dave Simmons (linebacker, born 1957)|Dave Simmons]] OLB
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*50 [[Eddie Cole (American football)|Eddie Cole]] OLB
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*57 [[Ken Fantetti]] MLB
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{{NFLplayer|53|Garry Cobb}}
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*55 [[Derrel Luce]] MLB
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{{NFLplayer|52|Stan White|d=linebacker|OLB}}
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*51 [[James Harrell (American football)|James Harrell]] OLB
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'''Defensive Backs'''
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*35 [[Jimmy Allen]] SS
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{{NFLplayer|29|Luther Bradley|CB}}
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*28 [[James Hunter (American football)|James Hunter]] CB
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{{NFLplayer|44|Wayne Smith|d=American football|rookie=y|CB}}
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*21 [[Walt Williams]] CB
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*23 [[Ray Oldham]] FS
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*22 [[Eddie Lewis (American football)|Eddie Lewis]] FS
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*26 [[Prentice McCray]] SS
  +
  +
'''Special Teams'''
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{{NFLplayer|3|Eddie Murray|d=American football|rookie=y|K}}
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{{NFLplayer|15|Tom Skladany|P}}
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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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|}
 
|}
   
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| 1
 
| 1
 
| September 7, 1980
 
| September 7, 1980
| at [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| at [[1980 Los Angeles Rams season|Los Angeles Rams]]
| W 41-20
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| W 41–20
 
| <center>64,892</center>
 
| <center>64,892</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
| September 14, 1980
 
| September 14, 1980
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
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| at [[1980 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
| W 29-7
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| W 29–7
 
| <center>53,099</center>
 
| <center>53,099</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 3
 
| 3
 
| September 21, 1980
 
| September 21, 1980
| [[Arizona Cardinals|St. Louis Cardinals]]
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| [[1980 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season|St. Louis Cardinals]]
| W 20-7
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| W 20–7
 
| <center>80,027</center>
 
| <center>80,027</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 4
 
| 4
 
| September 28, 1980
 
| September 28, 1980
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
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| [[1980 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
| W 27-7
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| W 27–7
 
| <center>80,291</center>
 
| <center>80,291</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 5
 
| 5
 
| October 5, 1980
 
| October 5, 1980
| at [[Atlanta Falcons]]
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| at [[1980 Atlanta Falcons season|Atlanta Falcons]]
| L 43-28
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| L 43–28
 
| <center>57,652</center>
 
| <center>57,652</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 6
 
| 6
 
| October 12, 1980
 
| October 12, 1980
| [[New Orleans Saints]]
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| [[1980 New Orleans Saints season|New Orleans Saints]]
| W 24-13
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| W 24–13
 
| <center>78,147</center>
 
| <center>78,147</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 7
 
| 7
 
| October 19, 1980
 
| October 19, 1980
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
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| at [[1980 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
| L 24-7
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| L 24–7
 
| <center>58,508</center>
 
| <center>58,508</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 8
 
| 8
 
| October 26, 1980
 
| October 26, 1980
| at [[Kansas City Chiefs]]
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| at [[1980 Kansas City Chiefs season|Kansas City Chiefs]]
| L 20-17
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| L 20–17
 
| <center>59,391</center>
 
| <center>59,391</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
| November 2, 1980
 
| November 2, 1980
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
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| [[1980 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]]
| W 17-13
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| W 17–13
 
| <center>78,845</center>
 
| <center>78,845</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 10
 
| 10
 
| November 9, 1980
 
| November 9, 1980
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
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| at [[1980 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 34-0
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| L 34–0
 
| <center>46,264</center>
 
| <center>46,264</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 11
 
| 11
 
| November 16, 1980
 
| November 16, 1980
| [[Indianapolis Colts#The NFL Baltimore Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
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| [[1980 Baltimore Colts season|Baltimore Colts]]
| L 10-9
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| L 10–9
 
| <center>77,677</center>
 
| <center>77,677</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 12
 
| 12
 
| November 23, 1980
 
| November 23, 1980
| at [[Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
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| at [[1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season|Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
| W 24-10
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| W 24–10
 
| <center>64,976</center>
 
| <center>64,976</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 13
 
| 13
 
| November 27, 1980
 
| November 27, 1980
| [[Chicago Bears]]
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| [[1980 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
| L 23-17
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| L 23–17 OT
 
| <center>75,397</center>
 
| <center>75,397</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 14
 
| 14
 
| December 7, 1980
 
| December 7, 1980
| at [[Arizona Cardinals|St. Louis Cardinals]]
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| at [[1980 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season|St. Louis Cardinals]]
| L 24-23
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| L 24–23
 
| <center>46,966</center>
 
| <center>46,966</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 15
 
| 15
 
| December 14, 1980
 
| December 14, 1980
| [[Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
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| [[1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season|Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
| W 27-14
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| W 27–14
 
| <center>77,098</center>
 
| <center>77,098</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 16
 
| 16
 
| December 21, 1980
 
| December 21, 1980
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
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| [[1980 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
| W 24-3
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| W 24–3
 
| <center>75,111</center>
 
| <center>75,111</center>
 
|}
 
|}
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===Game Summaries===
 
===Game Summaries===
====Week 2: Green Bay Packers====
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====Week 2: at Green Bay Packers====
{{Seealso|1980 Green Bay Packers season}}
 
 
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|home=Packers
 
|home=Packers
 
|H1=0 |H2=7 |H3=0 |H4=0
 
|H1=0 |H2=7 |H3=0 |H4=0
|stadium=[[Milwaukee County Stadium]], [[Milwaukee, WI]]
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|stadium=[[Milwaukee County Stadium]], [[Milwaukee]]
 
|attendance=
 
|attendance=
|weather=64°F, wind 14 mph
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|weather={{convert|64|°F|°C|1}}, wind {{convert|14|mph|km/h knots}}
 
|referee=
 
|referee=
 
|TV=
 
|TV=
 
|TVAnnouncers=
 
|TVAnnouncers=
|reference=[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198009140gnb.htm Box Score]
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|reference=[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198009140gnb.htm Box Score]
 
|scoring=
 
|scoring=
 
|stats=
 
|stats=
;Passing
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'''Passing'''
 
*[[Gary Danielson]] 11/17, 246 yards, [[Jeff Komlo]] 1/3, 6 yards
 
*[[Gary Danielson]] 11/17, 246 yards, [[Jeff Komlo]] 1/3, 6 yards
;Rushing
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'''Rushing'''
*[[Billy Sims]] 20-134, [[Dexter Bussey]] 13-45, Gary Danielson 2-24, [[Leonard Thompson (American football)|Leonard Thompson]] 1-13, [[Horace King (American football)|Horace King]] 3-7, [[Rick Kane]] 4-7
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*[[Billy Sims]] 20–134, [[Dexter Bussey]] 13–45, Gary Danielson 2–24, [[Leonard Thompson (American football)|Leonard Thompson]] 1–13, [[Horace King (American football)|Horace King]] 3–7, [[Rick Kane]] 4–7
;Receiving
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'''Receiving'''
*Billy Sims 2-94, Dexter Bussey 5-74, [[Freddie Scott (American football)|Freddie Scott]] 2-60, [[David Hill (tight end)|David Hill]] 2-18, Rick Kane 1-6
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*Billy Sims 2–94, Dexter Bussey 5–74, [[Freddie Scott (American football)|Freddie Scott]] 2–60, [[David Hill (tight end)|David Hill]] 2–18, Rick Kane 1–6
;Defense
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'''Defense'''
 
*[[James Hunter (American football)|James Hunter]] INT, [[Charlie Weaver]] INT
 
*[[James Hunter (American football)|James Hunter]] INT, [[Charlie Weaver]] INT
 
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEnd|Visitor=29|Home=7}}
 
{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEnd|Visitor=29|Home=7}}
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====Week 5: at Atlanta Falcons====
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|bg2=#eee
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|titlestyle=background-color:#000; color:#fff
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|state=collapsed
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|date=October 5
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|time=1:00 p.m.
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|road='''Lions'''
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|R1=3 |R2=3 |R3=0 |R4=22
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|home=Falcons
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|H1=17 |H2=17 |H3=2 |H4=7
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|stadium=[[Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium]], [[Atlanta]]
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|attendance=
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|weather={{convert|61|°F|°C|1}}, wind {{convert|12|mph|km/h knots}}
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|referee=
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|TV=
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|TVAnnouncers=
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|reference=[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198010050atl.htm Box Score]
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|scoring=
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|stats=
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'''Passing'''
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*[[Gary Danielson]] 23/36, 348 yards
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'''Rushing'''
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*Gary Danielson 5–28, [[Billy Sims]] 14–21, [[Dexter Bussey]] 5–18, [[Horace King (American football)|Horace King]] 2–5, [[Rick Kane]] 1–0
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'''Receiving'''
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*[[Leonard Thompson (American football)|Leonard Thompson]] 3–129, [[Freddie Scott (American football)|Freddie Scott]] 5–107, [[Jesse Thompson]] 3–40, [[David Hill (tight end)|David Hill]] 3–39, Dexter Bussey 3–17, Rick Kane 2–15, Billy Sims 2–-5
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'''Defense'''
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*[[Ray Oldham]] INT, [[Walt Williams (cornerback)|Walt Williams]] INT
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}}
   
===Roster===
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryStart|VisitorName=Lions|HomeName=Falcons|state=collapsed}}
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEntry
|-
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| Quarter=1
! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;" | {{Tnavbar-header|'''Detroit Lions roster'''|Detroit Lions roster|plain=1|fontcolor=#C3C6CC}}
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| Time=
|-
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| Team=Lions
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
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| DriveLength=
*16 [[Gary Danielson]]
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| DriveTime=
*17 [[Eric Hipple]]
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| Type=FG
*19 [[Jeff Komlo]]
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| yards=43
+
| Kicker=[[Eddie Murray (American football)|Eddie Murray]]
'''Running Backs'''
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| Visitor=3
*20 [[Billy Sims]]
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| Home=0
*32 [[Rick Kane]]
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}}
*31 [[Ken Calicutt]]
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEntry
*36 [[Bo Robinson]]
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| Quarter=1
*24 [[Dexter Bussey]] FB
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| Time=
*25 [[Horace King (American football)|Horace King]] FB
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| Team=Falcons
+
| DriveLength=
'''Wide Receivers'''
+
| DriveTime=
*87 [[Freddie Scott]]
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| Type=Other
*39 [[Leonard Thompson (American football)|Leonard Thompson]]
+
| Other=Blocked punt returned 16 yards for touchdown by [[Frank Reed (American football)|Frank Reed]]
*84 [[Jesse Thompson]]
+
| yards=16
*82 [[Ray Williams]]
+
| kickresult=good
*47 [[John Arnold (American football)|John Arnold]]
+
| Kicker=[[Tim Mazzetti]]
+
| Visitor=3
'''Tight Ends'''
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| Home=7
*81 [[David Hill (tight end)|David Hill]]
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}}
*80 [[Ulysees Norris]]
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEntry
| style="width: 25px;" |
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| Quarter=1
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Offensive Linemen'''
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| Time=
*76 [[Karl Baldischwiler]] T
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| Team=Falcons
*67 [[Mike Whited]] T
+
| DriveLength=
*61 [[Homer Elias]] G
+
| DriveTime=
*65 [[Amos Fowler]] C
+
| Type=FumbleTD
*68 [[Tommie Ginn]] C
+
| Def=[[Buddy Curry]]
*62 [[Willie Parker (offensive lineman)|Willie Parker]] C
+
| yards=30
*73 [[Russ Bolinger]] G
+
| kickresult=good
*66 [[Burt Lawless]] G
+
| Kicker=[[Tim Mazzetti]]
*70 [[Keith Dorney]] T
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| Visitor=3
*72 [[Chris Dieterich]] T/G
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| Home=14
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}}
'''Defensive Linemen'''
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEntry
*75 [[Dave Pureifory]] DE
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| Quarter=1
*78 [[Tom Tuinei]] DE
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| Time=
*77 [[John Woodcock (American football)|John Woodcock]] DE
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| Team=Falcons
*60 [[Al Baker|Bubba Baker]] DE
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| DriveLength=
*90 [[Leon Hayes]] DE
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| DriveTime=
*64 [[John Mendenhall]] DT
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| Type=FG
*79 [[William Gay (defensive lineman)|William Gay]] DT
+
| yards=26
*74 [[Mike McCoy (defensive tackle)|Mike McCoy]] DT
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| Kicker=[[Tim Mazzetti]]
| style="width: 25px;" |
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| Visitor=3
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Linebackers'''
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| Home=17
*59 [[Charlie Weaver]] OLB
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}}
*58 [[Dave Simmons (linebacker, born 1957)|Dave Simmons]] OLB
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEntry
*50 [[Eddie Cole]] OLB
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| Quarter=2
*57 [[Ken Fanetti]] MLB
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| Time=
*53 [[Garry Cobb]] MLB
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| Team=Falcons
*55 [[Derrel Luce]] MLB
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| DriveLength=
*52 [[Stan White (linebacker)|Stan White]] OLB
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| DriveTime=
*51 [[James Harrell (American football)|James Harrell]] OLB
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| Type=RecTD
+
| Receiver=[[Alfred Jenkins]]
'''Defensive Backs'''
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| QB=[[Steve Bartkowski]]
*28 [[James Hunter (American football)|James Hunter]] CB
+
| yards=43
*29 [[Luther Bradley]] CB
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| kickresult=good
*27 [[Wayne Smith (American football)|Wayne Smith]] CB
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| Kicker=[[Tim Mazzetti]]
*21 [[Walt Williams]] CB
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| Visitor=3
*23 [[Ray Oldham]] FS
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| Home=24
*22 [[Eddie Lewis (American football)|Eddie Lewis]] FS
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}}
*35 [[Jimmy Allen]] SS
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{{AmFootballScoreSummaryEntry
*26 [[Prentice McCray]] SS
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| Quarter=2
+
| Time=
'''Special Teams'''
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| Team=Falcons
*3 [[Eddie Murray (American football)|Eddie Murray]] K
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| DriveLength=
*15 [[Tom Skladany]] P
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| DriveTime=
| style="width: 25px;" |
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| Type=FumbleTD
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Reserve Lists'''
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==Awards and records==
 
==Awards and records==
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* Billy Sims, 1980 [[UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year]]
 
* Billy Sims, 1980 [[UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year]]
 
* Billy Sims, Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year<ref name="Sports Illustrated 2008, p.24"/>
 
* Billy Sims, Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year<ref name="Sports Illustrated 2008, p.24"/>
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==See also==
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* [[1980 in Michigan]]
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==References==
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
*[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1980.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
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==External links==
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*[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1980.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1980-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1980-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1980 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
 
*[http://www.footballdb.com/teams/detroit-lions/results/1980 Detroit Lions on The Football Database]
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Revision as of 14:22, April 13, 2019

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]

Offseason

NFL Draft

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

Roster

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 season

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

Schedule

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

Standings

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 Summaries

Week 2: at Green Bay Packers

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 Falcons

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 records

See also

References

  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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