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1987 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Darryl Rogers
General Manager Russ Thomas
Home Field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 4–11
Place 5th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1987 Detroit Lions season was the 58th season in franchise history. In a strike-affected season, the Lions fell further from their 1986 record of 5–11, winning only four games and missing the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1987 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Reggie Rogers  Defensive End Washington
3 63 Jerry Ball *  Nose Tackle SMU
4 92 Garland Rivers  Defensive Back Michigan
6 148 Danny Lockett  Linebacker Arizona
7 175 Dan Saleaumua *  Defensive Tackle Arizona State
8 203 Dennis Gibson  Linebacker Iowa State
9 230 Rick Calhoun  Running Back Fullerton
10 259 Raynard Brown  Wide Receiver South Carolina
11 286 Brian Siverling  Tight End Penn State
12 315 Gary Lee  Wide Receiver Georgia Tech
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1987 Detroit Lions staff
Front office
  • Owner and President – William Clay Ford, Sr.
  • Executive Vice President and General Manager – Russ Thomas
  • Treasurer – William Clay Ford, Jr.
  • Controller – Chuck Schmidt
  • General Counsel – Jerry Vainisi
  • Director of Player Personnel – Joe Bushofsky
  • Pro Scouting – Ron Hughes

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Carl Battershell

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Don Clemons

Roster

1987 Detroit Lions 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

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 at Minnesota Vikings L 34–19
57,061
2 September 20, 1987 at Los Angeles Raiders L 27–7
50,300
September 27, 1987 Chicago Bears canceled due to strike
3 October 4, 1987 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–27
4,919
4 October 11, 1987 at Green Bay Packers W 19–16 OT
35,779
5 October 18, 1987 Seattle Seahawks L 37–14
8,310
6 October 25, 1987 Green Bay Packers L 34–33
27,278
7 November 1, 1987 at Denver Broncos L 34–0
75,172
8 November 8, 1987 Dallas Cowboys W 27–17
45,325
9 November 15, 1987 at Washington Redskins L 20–13
53,593
10 November 22, 1987 at Chicago Bears L 30–10
63,357
11 November 26, 1987 Kansas City Chiefs L 27–20
43,820
12 December 6, 1987 Los Angeles Rams L 37–16
33,413
13 December 13, 1987 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–10
41,699
14 December 20, 1987 Minnesota Vikings L 17–14
27,693
15 December 27, 1987 at Atlanta Falcons W 30–13
13,906

Standings

NFC Central
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Chicago Bears 11 4 0 .733 356 282
Minnesota Vikings 8 7 0 .533 336 335
Green Bay Packers 5 9 1 .367 255 300
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 11 0 .267 286 360
Detroit Lions 4 11 0 .267 269 384

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References

External links

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NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1987 NFL Draft1987 NFL strikeNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXII
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