2004 Detroit Lions Season
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2004 Detroit Lions Season
2004 Detroit Lions season
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Head coachSteve Mariucci
General managerMatt Millen
Home fieldFord Field
Results
Record6-10
Division place3rd NFC North
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDT Shaun Rogers
CB Dre' Bly
KR Eddie Drummond
Uniform
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The 2004 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 75th season in the National Football League.

The team began attempting to improve on their 5-11 record from 2003, they improved to 6-10 that season but, the Lions couldn't make the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. In week 1, the Lions defeated the Chicago Bears in Chicago, 20-16, to snap a 24-game road losing streak, which was the longest road losing streak in franchise history. It was the first road win for the Lions under Matt Millen. The Lions would defeat the Houston Texans the next week, 28-16, to start the season 2-0. In week 7, the Lions defeated the New York Giants 28-13 on the road to begin the season 4-2, while going 3-0 on the road during that span.

However, in the following weeks, the Lions played poorly, as they would lose 5 straight games to sit at 4-7. The Lions would then defeat the Arizona Cardinals 26-12 the following week. However, the week after that, the Lions were eliminated from the playoffs after they lost to the Packers 16-13 in Green Bay. The Lions would only win 1 more game the rest of the season, as they defeated the Bears in week 16, 19-13 at home. The Lions sweep over the Bears during the season would be one of 2 times during the Matt Millen era that saw the Lions sweep a divisional opponent. They also did this against the Bears in 2007.

Offseason

Draft

2004 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Roy Williams  WR Texas
1 30 Kevin Jones  RB Virginia Tech
2 37 Teddy Lehman  LB Oklahoma
3 73 Keith Smith  CB McNeese St
5 140 Alex Lewis  LB Wisconsin
6 172 Kelly Butler  OT Purdue
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Staff

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Final roster

Regular season

Schedule

In addition to their regular games with NFC North divisional rivals, the Lions played teams from the NFC East and AFC South according to the NFL's schedule rotation, and also played games against the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals, who had finished fourth in their respective divisions in 2003.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12 at Chicago Bears W 20-16
61,535
2 September 19 Houston Texans W 28-16
61,465
3 September 26 Philadelphia Eagles L 30-13
62,472
4 Bye
5 October 10 at Atlanta Falcons W 17-10
70,434
6 October 17 Green Bay Packers L 38-10
62,938
7 October 24 at New York Giants W 28-13
78,841
8 October 31 at Dallas Cowboys L 31-21
63,616
9 November 7 Washington Redskins L 17-10
62,657
10 November 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 23-17 OT
66,431
11 November 21 at Minnesota Vikings L 22-19
64,156
12 November 25 Indianapolis Colts L 41-9
63,107
13 December 5 Arizona Cardinals W 26-12
62,262
14 December 12 at Green Bay Packers L 16-13
70,497
15 December 19 Minnesota Vikings L 28-27
62,337
16 December 26 Chicago Bears W 19-13
61,924
17 January 2 at Tennessee Titans L 24-19
68,809

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Lions 0 3107 20
Bears 7 009 16
  • Date: September 12
  • Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 61,535
  • Game weather: 71 °F (21.7 °C); wind 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h; 5.2 kn)
  • Referee: Larry Nemmers
  • Television network: Fox

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Standings

NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3)Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5-1 9-3 424 380 W2
(6)Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 405 395 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2-4 5-7 296 350 L1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 2-4 4-8 231 331 L4

References

  1. ^ Detroit Lions Official Site - Draft History Archived 2014-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2014-Oct-09.
  2. ^ "Administration and Coaches". 2004 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 4-29.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-09.

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