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1984 Detroit Lions season

The 1984 Detroit Lions season was their 55th in the National Football League. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 9–7, winning only four games.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. In a Lions season littered with numerous key injuries, the most painful was star running back Billy Sims suffering a career-ending knee injury in a game against the Minnesota Vikings during the season. In just five seasons in the NFL since joining Detroit in 1980, Sims had set the Lions career rushing mark at 5,106.[2]

1984 Detroit Lions season
Head coachMonte Clark
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record4–11–1
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
1 20 David Lewis TE California
2 47 Pete Mandley WR Northern Arizona
3 62 Eric Williams DT Washington State
3 74 Ernest Anderson RB Oklahoma State
3 75 Steve Baack DE Oregon
4 106 Dave D'Addio RB Maryland
6 160 John Witkowski QB Columbia
7 178 Jimmie Carter LB New Mexico
7 187 Renwick Atkins OT Kansas
8 214 David Jones C Texas
9 246 Rich Hollins WR West Virginia
10 259 William Frizzell CB North Carolina Central
10 273 James Thaxton S Louisiana Tech
11 300 Mike Saxon P San Diego State
12 327 Glenn Streno C Tennessee

RosterEdit

1984 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

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 San Francisco 49ers L 30–27
56,782
2 September 9, 1984 at Atlanta Falcons W 27–24 OT
49,878
3 September 16, 1984 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–17
44,560
4 September 23, 1984 Minnesota Vikings L 29–28
57,511
5 September 30, 1984 at San Diego Chargers L 27–24
53,509
6 October 7, 1984 Denver Broncos L 28–7
55,836
7 October 14, 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 13–7 OT
44,308
8 October 21, 1984 at Minnesota Vikings W 16–14
57,953
9 October 28, 1984 at Green Bay Packers L 41–9
54,289
10 November 4, 1984 Philadelphia Eagles T 23–23 OT
59,141
11 November 11, 1984 at Washington Redskins L 28–14
50,212
12 November 18, 1984 at Chicago Bears L 16–14
54,911
13 November 22, 1984 Green Bay Packers W 31–28
63,698
14 December 2, 1984 at Seattle Seahawks L 38–17
62,441
15 December 10, 1984 Los Angeles Raiders L 24–3
66,710
16 December 16, 1984 Chicago Bears L 30–13
53,252

Game summariesEdit

Week 2: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

1 2 34OTTotal
Lions 10 7 70327
Falcons 0 10 77024

at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Week 14: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

1 2 34Total
Lions 3 14 0017
Seahawks 7 14 01738

at Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Game information

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears(3) 10 6 0 .625 7–1 8–4 325 248 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 5–3 8–4 390 309 W3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–9 335 380 W2
Detroit Lions 4 11 1 .281 3–5 4–7–1 283 408 L3
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 0 .188 2–6 3–9 276 484 L6

ReferencesEdit