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2008 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Rod Marinelli
(3th season)
General manager Matt Millen
(7th season)
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr
Home field Ford Field
Results
Record 0-16
Division Place 4th NFC North
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season      Next season
< 2007      2009

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. 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

Detroit Lions 2008 final roster
Quarterbacks
  • 11 Daunte Culpepper
  • 12 Drew Henson
  •  6 Dan Orlovsky
  •  5 Drew Stanton

Running Backs

  • 36 Aveion Cason
  • 45 Jerome Felton FB
  • 32 Rudi Johnson
  • 44 Moran Norris FB
  • 34 Kevin Smith

Wide Receivers

  • 19 Keary Colbert
  • 10 Chris Hannon
  • 80 Adam Jennings
  • 81 Calvin Johnson
  • 16 John Standeford
  • 17 Travis Taylor

Tight Ends

  • 82 Casey FitzSimmons FB
  • 86 Michael Gaines
  • 83 John Owens
Offensive Linemen
  • 76 Jeff Backus T
  • 77 Gosder Cherilus T
  • 74 Damion Cook G/T
  • 71 Junius Coston G
  • 72 George Foster T
  • 67 Andy McCollum C
  • 66 Stephen Peterman G
  • 51 Dominic Raiola C
  • 63 Manny Ramirez G

Defensive Linemen

  • 97 Ikaika Alama-Francis DE
  • 92 Cliff Avril DE
  • 75 Shaun Cody DT
  • 98 Landon Cohen DT
  • 91 Chuck Darby DT
  • 96 Andre Fluellen DT
  • 79 Langston Moore DT
  • 93 Corey Smith DE
  • 99 Dewayne White DE
Linebackers
  • 46 Darnell Bing OLB
  • 52 Anthony Cannon OLB
  • 53 Paris Lenon ILB
  • 55 Ryan Nece OLB
  • 50 Ernie Sims OLB

Defensive Backs

  • 28 Leigh Bodden CB
  • 27 Daniel Bullocks SS
  • 21 Travis Fisher CB
  • 35 LaMarcus Hicks SS
  • 24 Kalvin Pearson FS
  • 33 Chris Roberson CB
  • 38 Ramzee Robinson CB
  • 39 Stuart Schweigert FS
  • 30 Dexter Wynn CB

Special Teams

  •  4 Jason Hanson K
  •  2 Nick Harris P
  • 48 Don Muhlbach LS
Reserve Lists
  • 42 Gerald Alexander FS (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 13 Reggie Ball WR (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 40 Jon Bradley FB (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 29 Brian Calhoun RB (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 89 Dan Campbell TE (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 95 Jared DeVries DE (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 57 Jordon Dizon ILB (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 74 Jon Dunn OT (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 87 Mike Furrey WR (IR) Injury icon.svg
  •  8 Jon Kitna QB (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 60 Shemiah LeGrande DT (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 59 Alex Lewis OLB (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 84 Shaun McDonald WR (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 64 Edwin Mulitalo G (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 78 Cory Redding DT (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 26 Dwight Smith SS (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 23 Keith Smith CB (IR) Injury icon.svg
  • 31 Stanley Wilson CB (IR) Injury icon.svg

Practice Squad

  • 62 Ben Claxton C/G
  • 25 Dowayne Davis S
  • 39 Allen Ervin RB
  • 18 Eric Fowler WR
  • 54 Chris Graham ILB
  • 94 Rudolph Hardie DE
  • 85 Jake Nordin TE
  • 49 Jeff Shoate CB

Unsigned Draft Picks

  • 47 Caleb Campbell OLB/S

Rookies in italics

Schedule

Preseason

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

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

  • 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.

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