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1980 Green Bay Packers season

1980 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Bart Starr
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 5–10–1
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
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< 1979      1981 >

The 1980 Green Bay Packers season was their 60th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 5–10–1 record under coach Bart Starr, earning them a fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division.


NFL Draft

Main article: 1980 NFL Draft
1980 Packers Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1 4 Bruce Clark DT Penn State
1 26 George Cumby LB Oklahoma
2 34 Mark Lee DB Washington
3 61 Syd Kitson G Wake Forest
4 87 Fred Nixon WR Oklahoma
6 143 Karl Swanke OT Boston College
7 169 Buddy Aydelette OT Alabama
8 199 Tim Smith DB Oregon State
9 195 Kelly Saalfeld C Nebraska
10 253 Jafus White DB Texas A&I
12 310 James Stewart DB Memphis

Players highlighted in yellow indicate players selected to the Pro Bowl during their NFL career.




Regular season

Another Bad Season for Green Bay

Before the 1980 season even began, first-round draft pick Bruce Clark bolted directly for the Canadian Football League, never playing a down for the Packers. Green Bay regrouped and started strong by outlasting the Chicago Bears in an overtime thriller in the season opener. But with 27 players on injured reserved during the course of the year, the team was unable to replenish its roster and Green Bay suffered their 7th losing season in 8 years.


Date Opponent Result Score Record Venue Attendance
09/07/1980 Chicago Bears W 12-6 (OT) 1-0-0 Lambeau Field
09/14/1980 Detroit Lions L 29-7 1-1-0 Milwaukee County Stadium
09/21/1980 at Los Angeles Rams L 51-21 1-2-0 Anaheim Stadium
09/28/1980 Dallas Cowboys L 28-7 1-3-0 Milwaukee County Stadium
10/05/1980 Cincinnati Bengals W 14-9 2-3-0 Lambeau Field
10/12/1980 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers T 14-14 (OT) 2-3-1 Tampa Stadium
10/19/1980 at Cleveland Browns L 26-21 2-4-1 Cleveland Stadium
10/26/1980 Minnesota Vikings W 16-3 3-4-1 Lambeau Field
11/02/1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 22-20 3-5-1 Three Rivers Stadium
11/09/1980 San Francisco 49ers W 23-16 4-5-1 Milwaukee County Stadium
11/16/1980 at New York Giants L 27-21 4-6-1 Giants Stadium
11/23/1980 at Minnesota Vikings W 25-13 5-6-1 Metropolitan Stadium
11/30/1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20-17 5-7-1 Milwaukee County Stadium
12/07/1980 at Chicago Bears L 61-7 5-8-1 Soldier Field
12/14/1980 Houston Oilers L 22-3 5-9-1 Lambeau Field
12/21/1980 at Detroit Lions L 24-3 5-10-1 Pontiac Silverdome


Game summaries

Week 2: Detroit Lions

1 2 34Total
Lions 3 13 6729
Packers 0 7 007

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, WI

  • Date: September 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 64°F, wind 14 mph
  • Box Score

Awards and records

Hall of Famers

In 1980 Packer great Herb Adderley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame


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