1989 Detroit Lions season

The 1989 Detroit Lions season was the franchise’s 60th season in the National Football League, their 56th as the Detroit Lions, and is best known as the beginning of the Barry Sanders era. Sanders, the previous year’s Heisman Trophy winner, was drafted 3rd overall by the Lions in the 1989 NFL Draft and was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

After starting the season with five straight losses and bottoming out at 2–9, the Lions won five in a row and six out of seven to finish the season with a 7–9 record. Nonetheless, it was their sixth consecutive losing season and their seventh of the decade.

1989 Detroit Lions season
Head coachWayne Fontes
General managerRuss Thomas
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record7–9
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Barry Sanders
LB Jerry Ball
LB Chris Spielman
K Eddie Murray

Offseason

NFL Draft

1989 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Barry Sanders *   Running back Oklahoma State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1989 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Roster

1989 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Phoenix Cardinals L 16–13
36,735
2 September 17, 1989 at New York Giants L 24–14
76,021
3 September 24, 1989 Chicago Bears L 47–27
71,418
4 October 1, 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–3
43,804
5 October 8, 1989 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–17
55,380
6 October 15, 1989 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–16
46,225
7 October 22, 1989 Minnesota Vikings L 20–7
51,579
8 October 29, 1989 at Green Bay Packers L 23–20 OT
53,731
9 November 5, 1989 at Houston Oilers L 35–31
48,056
10 November 12, 1989 Green Bay Packers W 31–22
44,324
11 November 19, 1989 at Cincinnati Bengals L 42–7
55,720
12 November 23, 1989 Cleveland Browns W 13–10
65,624
13 December 3, 1989 New Orleans Saints W 21–14
38,550
14 December 10, 1989 at Chicago Bears W 27–17
52,650
15 December 17, 1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 33–7
40,362
16 December 24, 1989 at Atlanta Falcons W 31–24
7,792

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–4 362 356 W1
Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–3 10–4 362 275 W2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–6 312 364 W5
Chicago Bears 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 358 377 L6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 5–7 320 419 L4

Player stats

Rushing

Player Attempts Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 280 1470 5.3 34 14

Receiving

Player Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 24 282 11.8 46 0

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "1989 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.

External links

1989 in Michigan

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