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1980 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Bart Starr
Home Field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 5–10–1
Place 5th NFC Central
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Timeline
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1979 1981

The 1980 Green Bay Packers season was their 62nd season overall and their 60th in the National Football League. The club posted a 5–10–1 record under coach Bart Starr, earning them a fifth-place finish in the NFC Central division.

Before the 1980 season even began, first-round draft pick Bruce Clark bolted directly for the Canadian Football League, never playing a down for the Packers. He forced a trade to the New Orleans Saints upon returning to the United States. Green Bay regrouped and started strong by outlasting the Chicago Bears in an overtime thriller in the season opener. But with 27 players on injured reserved during the course of the year, the team was unable to replenish its roster and Green Bay suffered their 7th losing season in 8 years.

Exactly three months after the opener at Lambeau Field, The Packers would rematch with the Bears. However, Chicago exacted revenge by embarrassing the Packers 7–61 at Soldier Field, causing the Packers to be eliminated from the playoffs for the 8th straight season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL Draft Edit

1980 Packers Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1 4 Bruce Clark DT Penn State
1 26 George Cumby LB Oklahoma
2 34 Mark Lee CB Washington
3 61 Syd Kitson G Wake Forest
4 87 Fred Nixon WR Oklahoma
6 143 Karl Swanke OT Boston College
7 169 Buddy Aydelette OT Alabama
8 199 Tim Smith DB Oregon State
9 195 Kelly Saalfeld C Nebraska
10 253 Jafus White DB Texas A&I
12 310 James Stewart DB Memphis

Players highlighted in yellow indicate players selected to the Pro Bowl during their NFL career.

Undrafted free agentsEdit

1980 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Mark Murphy Safety West Liberty State

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1980 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – John Marshall


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RosterEdit

1980 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 seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 Chicago Bears W 12–6 (OT) 1–0 Lambeau Field Recap
2 September 14 Detroit Lions L 7–29 1–1 Milwaukee County Stadium Recap
3 September 21 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–51 1–2 Anaheim Stadium Recap
4 September 28 Dallas Cowboys L 7–28 1–3 Milwaukee County Stadium Recap
5 October 5 Cincinnati Bengals W 14–9 2–3 Lambeau Field Recap
6 October 12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers T 14–14 (OT) 2–3–1 Tampa Stadium Recap
7 October 19 at Cleveland Browns L 21–26 2–4–1 Cleveland Stadium Recap
8 October 26 Minnesota Vikings W 16–3 3–4–1 Lambeau Field Recap
9 November 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–22 3–5–1 Three Rivers Stadium Recap
10 November 9 San Francisco 49ers W 23–16 4–5–1 Milwaukee County Stadium Recap
11 November 16 at New York Giants L 21–27 4–6–1 Giants Stadium Recap
12 November 23 at Minnesota Vikings W 25–13 5–6–1 Metropolitan Stadium Recap
13 November 30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–20 5–7–1 Milwaukee County Stadium Recap
14 December 7 at Chicago Bears L 7–61 5–8–1 Soldier Field Recap
15 December 14 Houston Oilers L 3–22 5–9–1 Lambeau Field Recap
16 December 21 at Detroit Lions L 3–24 5–10–1 Pontiac Silverdome Recap

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
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Game summariesEdit

Week 1: Chicago BearsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 3 0

6

Packers 0 6 0 0

12

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay

  • Date: September 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 64°F, wind 14 mph
  • Box Score

Week 2: Detroit LionsEdit

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, wind 14 mph
  • Box Score

Week 4: Dallas CowboysEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 7 7 7

28

Packers 0 7 0 0

7

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee

  • Date: September 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 55°F, wind 9 mph
  • Box Score

Awards and recordsEdit

Hall of FamersEdit

In 1980 Packer great Herb Adderley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

ReferencesEdit

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Baltimore Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Buffalo Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit Los Angeles
Miami Houston Oakland Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego St. Louis Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1980 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XV

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