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1980 Detroit Lions season

1980 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Monte Clark
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1979 1981 >

The 1980 Detroit Lions season was the 51st season in franchise history. As the result of the 1979 season, the Lions were able to select Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma Sooner halfback Billy Sims with the first pick in the NFL draft. In his rookie season, Sims rushed his way to the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award while carrying the Lions back to respectability. After winning its first four games, the Lions improved from the previous season, finishing 9–7, narrowly missing out on landing a playoff berth and the NFC Central title by a tiebreaker against the Minnesota Vikings.[1]

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1 Billy Sims [2] Running Back University of Oklahoma

Regular season

In his NFL debut, Billy Sims had three touchdowns.[3]

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 at Los Angeles Rams W 41–20
64,892
2 September 14, 1980 at Green Bay Packers W 29–7
53,099
3 September 21, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals W 20–7
80,027
4 September 28, 1980 Minnesota Vikings W 27–7
80,291
5 October 5, 1980 at Atlanta Falcons L 43–28
57,652
6 October 12, 1980 New Orleans Saints W 24–13
78,147
7 October 19, 1980 at Chicago Bears L 24–7
58,508
8 October 26, 1980 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17
59,391
9 November 2, 1980 San Francisco 49ers W 17–13
78,845
10 November 9, 1980 at Minnesota Vikings L 34–0
46,264
11 November 16, 1980 Baltimore Colts L 10–9
77,677
12 November 23, 1980 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–10
64,976
13 November 27, 1980 Chicago Bears L 23–17 OT
75,397
14 December 7, 1980 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–23
46,966
15 December 14, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–14
77,098
16 December 21, 1980 Green Bay Packers W 24–3
75,111

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Minnesota Vikings(3) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 317 308
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 5–3 9–5 334 272
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 5–3 7–5 304 264
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 10 1 .344 1–6–1 4–7–1 271 341
Green Bay Packers 5 10 1 .344 3–4–1 4–7–1 231 371
[4]

Game Summaries

Week 2: Green Bay Packers

Roster

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ Season summary and stats at Sports E Cyclopedia
  2. ^ Billy Sims, 1978 Heisman Trophy winner as a junior "Heisman Trophy". Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  3. ^ a b Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16
  4. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 385. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  • Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference
  • Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com
  • Detroit Lions on The Football Database
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