2008 Detroit Lions season

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2008 Detroit Lions season
Head coachRod Marinelli
(3th season)
General managerMatt Millen
(7th season)
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr
Home fieldFord Field
Results
Record0-16
Division place4th NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the 79th football season of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). It was their third year under head coach Rod Marinelli. In 2008, the Lions had one of the worst seasons of any major American pro sports team. They lost all 16 of their regular season games. They were the first NFL team to finish a season with no wins and 16 losses after their loss to the Green Bay Packers.[1] They were the second team with no wins after the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Millen was fired during the bye week of the season and the rest of the staff were fired after the season was over.

Roster[change | change source]

Detroit Lions 2008 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Unsigned Draft Picks

Rookies in italics

Schedule[change | change source]

Preseason[change | change source]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 7, 2008 7:00 PM EDT New York Giants W 13–10 1–0 Ford Field Lions TV Network Recap
2 August 17, 2008 7:30 PM EDT at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–10 2–0 Paul Brown Stadium Lions TV Network Recap
3 August 23, 2008 4:00 PM Cleveland Browns W 26–6 3–0 Ford Field Lions TV Network Recap
4 August 28, 2008 6:30 PM EDT at Buffalo Bills W 14–6 4–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Lions TV Network Recap

Regular season[change | change source]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 7, 2008 1:00 PM EDT at Atlanta Falcons L 34–21 0–1 Georgia Dome FOX Recap
2 September 14, 2008 1:00 PM EDT Green Bay Packers L 48–25 0–2 Ford Field FOX Recap
3 September 21, 2008 4:05 PM EDT at San Francisco 49ers L 31–13 0–3 Candlestick Park FOX Recap
4 Bye
5 October 5, 2008 1:00 PM EDT Chicago Bears L 34–7 0–4 Ford Field FOX Recap
6 October 12, 2008 1:00 PM EDT at Minnesota Vikings L 12–10 0–5 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome FOX Recap
7 October 19, 2008 4:05 PM EDT at Houston Texans L 28–21 0–6 Reliant Stadium FOX Recap
8 October 26, 2008 1:00 PM EDT Washington Redskins L 25–17 0–7 Ford Field FOX x Recap
9 November 2, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Chicago Bears L 27–23 0–8 Soldier Field FOX Recap
10 November 9, 2008 1:00 PM EST Jacksonville Jaguars L 38–14 0–9 Ford Field CBS x Recap
11 November 16, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Carolina Panthers L 31–22 0–10 Bank of America Stadium FOX Recap
12 November 23, 2008 1:00 PM EST Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 38–20 0–11 Ford Field FOX x Recap
13 November 27, 2008 12:30 PM EST Tennessee Titans L 47–10 0–12 Ford Field CBS # Recap
14 December 7, 2008 1:00 PM EST Minnesota Vikings L 20–16 0–13 Ford Field FOX x Recap
15 December 14, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Indianapolis Colts L 31–21 0–14 Lucas Oil Stadium FOX Recap
16 December 21, 2008 1:00 PM EST New Orleans Saints L 42–7 0–15 Ford Field FOX x Recap
17 December 28, 2008 1:00 PM EST at Green Bay Packers L 31–21 0–16 Lambeau Field FOX Recap

COLOR KEY AND NOTES:

x Means game was blacked out locally
# Means the game was nationally televised

Season facts[change | change source]

  • Three people who were on the 2008 Lions played in Super Bowl 48. They were Manny Ramirez and Paris Lenon of the Denver Broncos and Cliff Avril for the Seattle Seahawks, who won the Super Bowl.
  • First 0-16 team in NFL history after loss to the Green Bay Packers
  • The team won all 4 preseason games.
  • After losing to the New Orleans Saints in week 16 (7-42), they became the first 0-15 team. They also became the first team to lose 15 straight games since the 2001 Panthers
  • Gave up 517 points during the season
  • Third team to lose 14 games, after the 1980 Saints and the 1976 Buccaneers
  • In week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota, it was the first game where the Lions lost by 2.
  • In week 13 against the Tennessee Titans, the team gave up 47 points as the team lost 10-47. They fell to 0-12. It would also be the 2nd straight season a NFL team has started 0-12 after the 2007 Miami Dolphins, who finished the year 1-15.


References[change | change source]

  1. "Lions Become First 0-16 Team After Loss to Packers (Update1)". bloomberg.com.