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1988 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Darryl Rogers
Wayne Fontes
General Manager Russ Thomas
Home Field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 4–12
Place 4th NFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1988 Detroit Lions season was the 59th season in franchise history. The team fell a step further from their 4–11 record in the strike-affected 1987 season, losing 12 of 16 games and suffering their fifth successive losing record. Head coach Darryl Rogers, who had served since 1985, was fired after 11 games and replaced by defensive coordinator Wayne Fontes.[1]

The 1988 Lions’ offense was historically inept; their 3,405 offensive yards gained is the second-lowest all-time in a 16-game season, and the lowest total of the 1980s.[2] Their 220 points scored (13.75 per game) is the fifth-fewest of the 1980s.[3] They scored 20 or more points only three times all season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1988 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Bennie Blades *  Defensive back Miami (FL)
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[4]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1988 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach and Director of Football Operations – Darryl Rogers

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Carl Battershell

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Don Clemons

RosterEdit

1988 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 Atlanta Falcons W 31–17
31,075
2 September 11, 1988 at Los Angeles Rams L 17–10
46,262
3 September 18, 1988 New Orleans Saints L 22–14
32,943
4 September 25, 1988 New York Jets L 17–10
29,250
5 October 2, 1988 at San Francisco 49ers L 20–13
58,285
6 October 9, 1988 Chicago Bears L 24–7
64,526
7 October 16, 1988 at New York Giants L 30–10
74,813
8 October 23, 1988 at Kansas City Chiefs W 7–6
66,926
9 October 30, 1988 New York Giants L 13–10 OT
38,354
10 November 6, 1988 at Minnesota Vikings L 44–17
55,573
11 November 13, 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23–20
25,956
12 November 20, 1988 at Green Bay Packers W 19–9
44,327
13 November 24, 1988 Minnesota Vikings L 23–0
46,379
14 December 4, 1988 Green Bay Packers W 30–14
28,124
15 December 11, 1988 at Chicago Bears L 13–12
55,010
16 December 18, 1988 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–10
37,778

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Falcons 3 0 0 14 17
Lions 0 10 14 7 31

[5]


Week 8Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Lions 0 7 0 0 7
Chiefs 0 3 3 0 6

[6]

Week 12Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Lions 3 6 0 10 19
Packers 0 0 3 6 9

[7]

Week 14Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Packers 0 0 0 14 14
• Lions 10 17 0 3 30

[8]

StandingsEdit

Template:1988 NFC Central standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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