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2004 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Steve Mariucci
General Manager Matt Millen
Home Field Ford Field
Results
Record 6–10
Place 3rd NFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Uniform
NFCN-2003-2004-Uniform-DET
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2003 2005

The 2004 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 75th season in the National Football League.

The team began attempting to improve on their 5–11 record from 2003, they improved to 6—10 that season but, the Lions couldn't make the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. In week 1, the Lions defeated the Chicago Bears in Chicago, 20—16, to snap a 24-game road losing streak, which was the longest road losing streak in franchise history. It was the first road win for the Lions under Matt Millen. The Lions would defeat the Houston Texans the next week, 28—16, to start the season 2—0. In week 7, the Lions defeated the New York Giants 28—13 on the road to begin the season 4—2, while going 3—0 on the road during that span. However, in the weeks following, the Lions played disastrous football, as they would lose 5 straight games to sit at 4—7. The Lions would then defeat the Arizona Cardinals 26—12 the following week. However, the week after that, the Lions were eliminated from the playoffs after they lost to the Packers 16—13 in Green Bay. The Lions would only win 1 more game the rest of the season, as they defeated the Bears in week 16 19—13 at home. The Lions sweep over the Bears during the season would be one of 2 times during the Matt Millen era that saw the Lions sweep a divisional opponent. They also did this against the Bears in 2007.

OffseasonEdit

DraftEdit

2004 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Roy Williams  WR Texas
1 30 Kevin Jones  RB Virginia Tech
2 37 Teddy Lehman  LB Oklahoma
3 73 Keith Smith  CB McNeese St
5 140 Alex Lewis  LB Wisconsin
6 172 Kelly Butler  OT Purdue
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

StaffEdit

2004 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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Final rosterEdit

2004 Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Notations

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

In addition to their regular games with NFC North divisional rivals, the Lions played teams from the NFC East and AFC South according to the NFL’s schedule rotation, and also played games against the Atlanta Falcons, who had finished fourth in the NFC South in 2003, and the Arizona Cardinals, who had finished fourth in the NFC West in 2003.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 at Chicago Bears W 20–16
61,535
2 September 19, 2004 Houston Texans W 28–16
61,465
3 September 26, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles L 30–13
62,472
4 Bye
5 October 10, 2004 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–10
70,434
6 October 17, 2004 Green Bay Packers L 38–10
62,938
7 October 24, 2004 at New York Giants W 28–13
78,841
8 October 31, 2004 at Dallas Cowboys L 31–21
63,616
9 November 7, 2004 Washington Redskins L 17–10
62,657
10 November 14, 2004 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 23–17 OT
66,431
11 November 21, 2004 at Minnesota Vikings L 22–19
64,156
12 November 25, 2004 Indianapolis Colts L 41–9
63,107
13 December 5, 2004 Arizona Cardinals W 26–12
62,262
14 December 12, 2004 at Green Bay Packers L 16–13
70,497
15 December 19, 2004 Minnesota Vikings L 28–27
62,337
16 December 26, 2004 Chicago Bears W 19–13
61,924
17 January 2, 2005 at Tennessee Titans L 24–19
68,809

Game summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Lions 0 3 10 7 20
Bears 7 0 0 9 16

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StandingsEdit

NFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 424 380 W2
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 405 395 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 296 350 L1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 231 331 L4

ReferencesEdit

  1. Detroit Lions Official Site - Draft History Script error. Retrieved 2014-Oct-09.
  2. "Administration and Coaches". 2004 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4–29.
  3. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-09.

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