1973 Detroit Lions season

The 1973 Detroit Lions season was their 44th in the league. Don McCafferty, who served as an assistant under Don Shula during Shula's stint as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, and whom as head coach himself coached the Colts to a Super Bowl V victory over the Dallas Cowboys, would replace Joe Schmidt as head coach. However, the team would still fail to improve on their previous season's output of 8–5–1, finishing a mediocre 6–7–1.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

1973 Detroit Lions season
Head coachDon McCafferty
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldTiger Stadium
Results
Record6–7–1
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1 17 Ernie Price Defensive End Texas A&M-Kingsville
2 44 Leon Crosswhite Running back Oklahoma
3 58 John Brady Tight End Washington
3 71 Jim Laslavic Linebacker Penn State

RosterEdit

Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–10
48,913
2 September 23, 1973 at Green Bay Packers T 13–13
55,495
3 October 1, 1973 Atlanta Falcons W 31–6
45,599
4 October 7, 1973 Minnesota Vikings L 23–9
49,549
5 October 14, 1973 at New Orleans Saints L 20–13
57,810
6 October 21, 1973 Baltimore Colts L 29–27
48,058
7 October 28, 1973 Green Bay Packers W 34–0
43,616
8 November 4, 1973 San Francisco 49ers W 30–20
49,531
9 November 11, 1973 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–7
47,911
10 November 18, 1973 at Chicago Bears W 30–7
48,625
11 November 22, 1973 Washington Redskins L 20–0
46,807
12 December 2, 1973 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–16
44,982
13 December 9, 1973 Chicago Bears W 40–7
41,729
14 December 15, 1973 at Miami Dolphins L 34–7
53,375

Season summaryEdit

Week 1Edit

Detroit Lions (0–0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 10010
Steelers 0 3 71424

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA

Week 14Edit

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions (6–6–1) at Miami Dolphins (11–2)
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 077
Dolphins 14 17 3034

at Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

Game information

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 6–0 10–1 296 168 W2
Detroit Lions 6 7 1 .464 3–2–1 6–4–1 271 247 L1
Green Bay Packers 5 7 2 .429 1–4–1 4–6–1 202 259 W1
Chicago Bears 3 11 0 .214 1–5 1–9 195 334 L6

ReferencesEdit