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|2005 Detroit Lions season|
|Head Coach||Steve Mariucci|
Dick Jauron (interim)
|General Manager||Matt Millen|
|Home Field||Ford Field|
|Place||3rd NFC North|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 2005 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 76th season in the National Football League, and their 82nd as the Detroit Lions. The season began with the team attempting to improve on their 6–10 record in 2005. However, they were unable to improve their 2004 record and fell to 5—11.
The Lions began their 2005 season with a 17–3 win over the rival Packers. However, the next week, the Lions were throttled, 38–6, by the Bears in Chicago. By week 10, the Lions had a 4–5 record after they had defeated the Arizona Cardinals 29–21 at home. However, the Lions lost five consecutive games following that win, and were eliminated from the playoffs with a 16–13 overtime loss to the Packers. The Lions would win one more game for the rest of the season, which was a 13–12 win over the Saints. The season concluded with a 35–21 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers.
During the season, after the Lions lost 27–7 on Thanksgiving Day to the Atlanta Falcons, the Lions fired Steve Mariucci, and hired Dick Jauron to be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
|2005 Detroit Lions staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|2005 Detroit Lions draft|
|5||145||Dan Orlovsky||QB||Connecticut||Arizona via New England|
|6||184||Bill Swancutt||DE||Oregon State|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|2005 Detroit Lions roster|
|1||September 11, 2005||Green Bay Packers||W 17–3||1–0||Ford Field||61,877|
|2||September 18, 2005||at Chicago Bears||L 38–6||1–1||Soldier Field||62,019|
|4||October 2, 2005||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 17–13||1–2||Raymond James Stadium||64,994|
|5||October 9, 2005||Baltimore Ravens||W 35–17||2–2||Ford Field||61,201|
|6||October 16, 2005||Carolina Panthers||L 21–20||2–3||Ford Field||61,083|
|7||October 23, 2005||at Cleveland Browns||W 13–10||3–3||Cleveland Browns Stadium||72,923|
|8||October 30, 2005||Chicago Bears||L 19–13 (OT)||3–4||Ford Field||61,814|
|9||November 6, 2005||at Minnesota Vikings||L 27–14||3–5||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||63,813|
|10||November 13, 2005||Arizona Cardinals||W 29–21||4–5||Ford Field||61,091|
|11||November 20, 2005||at Dallas Cowboys||L 20–7||4–6||Texas Stadium||62,670|
|12||November 24, 2005||Atlanta Falcons||L 27–7||4–7||Ford Field||62,390|
|13||December 4, 2005||Minnesota Vikings||L 21–16||4–8||Ford Field||61,375|
|14||December 11, 2005||at Green Bay Packers||L 16–13 (OT)||4–9||Lambeau Field||70,019|
|15||December 18, 2005||Cincinnati Bengals||L 41–17||4–10||Ford Field||61,749|
|16||December 24, 2005||at New Orleans Saints||W 13–12||5–10||Alamodome||63,747|
|17||January 1, 2006||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 35–21||5–11||Heinz Field||63,794|
|Green Bay Packers||4||12||0||.250||1–5||4–8||298||344||W1|
- "Administration and Coaches". 2005 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4–29.
- "Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 2005-09-11. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200509110det.htm. Retrieved 2013-12-26.
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