1983 Detroit Lions season

The 1983 Detroit Lions season was the 54th season in franchise history. Despite an awful 1-4 start, the Lions rallied to finish with a 9-7 record. They were able to rise to the top of a weak NFC Central, to claim their first division championship since 1957 and the first time the team had made the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since making it three straight years from 1960-1962. The Lions would not return to the postseason for another eight years.

The offense ranked 15th in the NFL in points scored, leaving the defense to carry the load. The Lions’ defense turned out to be the second-best in the league in points allowed, keyed defensive tackle Doug English and his 13 sacks. English was the team’s only Pro Bowler, though he also got some help from defensive end William Gay, who registered 13 ½ sacks of his own. In the NFC playoffs, the Lions lead the San Francisco 49ers late into the 4th Quarter, until Joe Montana drove the 49ers down the field for a 14-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Solomon to give the 49ers a 24–23 lead. The Lions would have a chance to win the game, as Gary Danielson drove them into field goal range, but placekicker Eddie Murray missed a 44-yard field goal with five seconds remaining. [1]

1983 Detroit Lions season
Head coachMonte Clark
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record9–7
Division place1st NFC Central
Playoff finishLost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 23–24

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1 13 James Jones FB Florida
2 40 Rich Strenger OT Michigan
3 67 Mike Cofer LB Tennessee
4 94 August Curley LB USC
5 115 Demetrious Johnson S Missouri
5 121 Steve Mott C Alabama
6 154 Todd Brown WR Nebraska
7 181 Mike Black P Arizona State
8 208 Bill Stapleton DB Washington
10 261 Dave Laube G Penn State
11 287 Ben Tate RB North Carolina Central
12 321 Jim Lane C Idaho State

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 11–0
62,154
2 September 11, 1983 Cleveland Browns L 31–26
60,095
3 September 18, 1983 Atlanta Falcons L 30–14
54,622
4 September 25, 1983 at Minnesota Vikings L 20–17
58,254
5 October 2, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–10
49,403
6 October 9, 1983 Green Bay Packers W 38–14
67,738
7 October 16, 1983 Chicago Bears W 31–17
66,709
8 October 23, 1983 at Washington Redskins L 38–17
43,189
9 October 30, 1983 at Chicago Bears W 38–17
58,764
10 November 7, 1983 New York Giants W 15–9
68,985
11 November 13, 1983 at Houston Oilers L 27–17
40,660
12 November 20, 1983 at Green Bay Packers W 23–20 OT
50,050
13 November 24, 1983 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45–3
77,724
14 December 5, 1983 Minnesota Vikings W 13–2
79,169
15 December 11, 1983 at Cincinnati Bengals L 17–9
45,728
16 December 18, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–20
78,392

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Lions 5 033 11
Buccaneers 0 000 0

[2]

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions(3) 9 7 0 .563 7–1 8–4 347 286 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 429 439 L1
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 311 301 W2
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 4–4 4–8 316 348 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 241 380 L3

Final Roster

1983 Detroit Lions final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
49 Active, 3 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

References

  1. ^ Season summary at Sports E Cyclopedia
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-23.
1983 in Michigan

Events from the year 1983 in Michigan.

The Associated Press (AP) selected the state's top news stories as follows:

A 38% increase in Michigan's income tax led to recall campaigns against state legislators;

Dioxins were discovered in Michigan's waterways and fish;

Chrysler Corporation returned to financial health;

Agnes Mary Mansour, a Roman Catholic nun and director of the Michigan Department of Social Services, quit her order in defiance of a directive from the Vatican that she quit her government job which required her to oversee the use of public funds for abortions;

Toxic waste near Swartz Creek, Michigan, required evacuation of locals pending cleanup;

The case of Judy Stiver triggers a controversy over her surrogate mother arrangements;

Amway and a Canadian subsidiary pled guilty to fraud charges brought by the Canadian government for allegedly using dummy invoices showing lower values to reduce customs duties paid for goods shipped to Canada;

In continuing fallout from the Michigan PBB contamination scandal, a bankruptcy court approved the reorganization of the Farm Services Bureau;

(tie) Construction began on the Project ELF military antenna; and

(tie) The racially motivated Murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, as a result of being beaten with a baseball bat by a Chrysler plant superintendent Ronald Ebens and his stepson.

Scoring summary
Q1DETSafety, Jerry Golsteyn tackled by Doug English in end zoneDET 2–0
Q1DETEddie Murray 29 yard field goalDET 5–0
Q3DETEddie Murray 48 yard field goalDET 8–0
Q4DETEddie Murray 38 yard field goalDET 11–0
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Division championships (4)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (4)
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