1967 Detroit Lions season

The 1967 Detroit Lions season was the 38th season in franchise history. On August 5, the Lions played the Denver Broncos in an exhibition game. The Broncos beat the Lions by a score of 13–7 and became the first AFL team to beat an NFL team.[1]

The Lions boasted both the NFL's Offensive and Defensive rookies of the year: running back Mel Farr and cornerback Lem Barney.

1967 Detroit Lions season
Head coachJoe Schmidt
Home fieldTiger Stadium
Division place3rd NFL Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify


NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1 7 Mel Farr[2] Running Back UCLA
2 34 Lem Barney Defensive Back Jackson State
3 60 Paul Naumoff Linebacker Tennessee
4 88 Lew Kamanu Defensive End Weber State
6 141 Tim Jones Quarterback Weber State


Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1967 at Green Bay Packers T 17–17
2 September 24, 1967 Cleveland Browns W 31–14
3 October 1, 1967 at St. Louis Cardinals L 28-38
4 October 8, 1967 Green Bay Packers L 17-27
5 October 15, 1967 at Chicago Bears L 3-14
6 October 22, 1967 Atlanta Falcons W 24–3
7 October 29, 1967 at San Francisco 49ers W 45–3
8 November 5, 1967 Chicago Bears L 13-27
9 November 12, 1967 at Minnesota Vikings T 10–10
10 November 19, 1967 at Baltimore Colts L 7-41
11 November 23, 1967 Los Angeles Rams L 7-31
12 December 3, 1967 Pittsburgh Steelers L 14-24
13 December 10, 1967 at New York Giants W 30–7
14 December 17, 1967 Minnesota Vikings W 14–3

Game summaries

Week 14

1 234Total
Vikings 0 030 3
• Lions 0 1400 14


NFL Central
Green Bay Packers 9 4 1 .692 4–1–1 6–3–1 332 209 L2
Chicago Bears 7 6 1 .538 3–2–1 5–4–1 239 218 W1
Detroit Lions 5 7 2 .417 1–3–2 3–5–2 260 259 W2
Minnesota Vikings 3 8 3 .273 1–3–2 1–6–3 233 294 L1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


1967 Detroit Lions roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • None - vacant

Practice/Taxi Squad

  • None - vacant

Note: Rookies in italics


  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.283
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 395
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1967_draft.htm
1967 in Michigan

Events from the year 1967 in Michigan.

The Associated Press (AP) rated the top stories in Michigan for 1967 as follows:

Civil rights, including the 1967 Detroit riot, smaller disturbances in Pontiac, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, and Benton Harbor, and the fight in the Michigan Legislature for an open housing law;

Gov. George W. Romney's November 18 announcement that he was a candidate for the Presidency of the United States and his campaign for the 1968 Republican Presidential nomination;

The Michigan Legislature's enacting a state income tax in July, taxing personal income at 2.6% and corporate income at 9.6%;

Teachers strikes in Detroit and elsewhere that closed schools in September and part of October for more than half a million students;

The Coho salmon boom after the species was introduced to the state's waters, drawing large crowds to the state's resort areas in the fall, and a September storm that killed seven fishermen near Frankfort;

Problems in the automobile industry, including lower sales, price increases, safety issues, a two-month strike at Ford Motor Co., local strikes that halted production by Chrysler, and negotiation of new contracts with the United Auto Workers (UAW) that provided for $4.70 per hour wage increases and $1.00 per hour benefits increases over three years;

A Teamsters strike resulting in violence, including one death in Michigan, against truckers refusing to honor the strike;

The selection of Robben Wright Fleming as President of the University of Michigan;

Blizzards that struck the state in January and February; and

An investigation into the Michigan Highway Department.The AP and United Press International (UPI) also selected the state's top sports stories as follows:

The 1967 Detroit Tigers season, ending with a close race for the American League pennant, finishing in second place, one game behind the Boston Red Sox (AP-1, UPI-1);

The selection of Joe Schmidt as the Detroit Lions' head coach (UPI-2), and his signing a five-year contract to serve in that position (AP-3);

The collapse of the 1967 Michigan State Spartans football team, compiling a 3–7 record after two consecutive years contending for the national championship (AP-2, UPI-6);

The selection of Dave Bing as the NBA Rookie of the Year (AP-8, UPI-4);

The surprise retirement of Detroit Red Wings' goalie Roger Crozier on November 10 (AP-10 [tie], UPI-3);

Alumni unhappiness over the 4–6 record compiled by the 1967 Michigan Wolverines football team (AP-4);

Mel Farr who finished fifth in rushing in the NFL and was selected by the UPI as the NFL Rookie of the Year (UPI-5);

The Michigan high school basketball tournament (AP-5);

The 1966–67 Detroit Red Wings' failure to make the playoffs for the first time in five years (AP-6);

The Detroit Lions' trade of defensive tackle Roger Brown to the Los Angeles Rams (UPI-7);

Julius Boros' victory at the Buick Open (AP-7);

Earl Wilson's compiling a 22-11 record as a starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (UPI-8);

The Detroit Pistons' hiring of Donnie Butcher as head coach to take over from Dave DeBusschere (AP-9);

The brilliant pitching of Mickey Lolich for the Detroit Tigers during the pennant run (UPI-9); and

The 1966–67 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team's Big Ten Conference co-championship (AP-10 [tie], UPI-10),

The Northern Michigan Wildcats' invitation to the NAIA football playoffs (AP-10 [tie]).

Game information
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP DET {{{HomeName}}}
1 Lions Interception returned 24 yards for touchdown by Barney, Walker kick good 7 0
1 Lions 47-yard field goal by Walker 10 0
2 Lions Marsh 3-yard touchdown run, Walker kick good 17 0
3 Packers Pitts 3-yard touchdown run, Chandler kick good 17 7
4 Packers Pitts 2-yard touchdown run, Chandler kick good 17 14
4 Packers 28-yard field goal by Chandler 17 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 17 17
Notable people
Division championships (4)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (4)
Current league affiliations
Seasons (90)

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