|1969 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||Joe Schmidt|
|Home field||Tiger Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFL Central|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1969 Detroit Lions season was the 40th season in franchise history. The Lions enjoyed their best season in seven years, and their first winning campaign since 1964 by finishing in second place in the NFL Central Division with a solid 9–4–1 record led by a stingy defense that only allowed 188 total points on the season. However, the Lions still failed to qualify for the postseason for the 12th straight season. The Lions were the only team to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers, doing so in week 1 of the season. Pittsburgh lost their remaining 13 games. The loss to the Steelers proved costly to the Lions as it served as a big blow to their playoff hopes.
|1969 Detroit Lions draft|
|2||34||Altie Taylor||RB||Utah State|
|2||47||Jim Yarbrough||TE||Florida||from Los Angeles|
|3||59||Larry Walton||WR||Arizona State||from New Orleans|
|8||190||Jim Carr||OT||Jackson State|
|9||216||Rocky Rasley||G||Oregon State|
|11||268||Ron Walker||DE||Morris Brown|
|12||294||Bob Hadlock||DT||George Fox (Ore.)|
|16||407||John Stahl||G||Fresno State|
|Made roster * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
- Detroit traded its first-round selection (8th) and QB Milt Plum, P/WR Pat Studstill and RB Tommy Watkins to Los Angeles in exchange for QB Bill Munson and the Rams' third-round selection (73rd).
- Detroit traded DT Roger Brown to Los Angeles in exchange for the Rams' second-round selection (47th) and first- and third-round selections in 1969.
- Detroit traded QB Karl Sweetan to New Orleans in exchange for the Saints' third-round selection (59th).
- Detroit traded its third-round selection (60th), fourth-round selection in 1970 and S Bruce Maher to N.Y. Giants in exchange for RB Bill Triplett and LB Bill Swain.
- Detroit traded the third-round selection received from the Rams (73rd) to St. Louis in exchange for WR Billy Gambrell.
- Detroit traded its fourth-round selection (86th) and third-round selection (65th) in 1968 to San Francisco in exchange for RB David Kopay.
- Detroit traded its sixth- and seventh-round selections (138th) and (164th) to Atlanta in exchange for DT Chuck Sieminski and LB Andy Bowling.
|1969 Detroit Lions roster|
Rookies in italics
|1||September 21||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 16–13|
|2||September 28||New York Giants||W 24–0|
|3||October 5||at Cleveland Browns||W 28–21|
|4||October 12||Green Bay Packers||L 28–17|
|5||October 19||Chicago Bears||W 13–7|
|6||October 26||at Minnesota Vikings||L 24–10|
|7||November 2||at San Francisco 49ers||W 26–14|
|8||November 9||Atlanta Falcons||W 27–21|
|9||November 16||St. Louis Cardinals||W 20–0|
|10||November 23||at Green Bay Packers||W 16–10|
|11||November 27||Minnesota Vikings||L 27–0|
|12||December 7||at Baltimore Colts||T 17–17|
|13||December 14||Los Angeles Rams||W 28–0|
|14||December 21||at Chicago Bears||W 20–3|
Week 11 vs Vikings
- Date: November 27
- Game weather: Snow, 36 °F (2 °C)
- Game attendance: 57,906
- Box Score
- Muddy field
- Largest crowd for Thanksgiving game in Detroit history
|Green Bay Packers||8||6||0||.571||3–3||5–5||269||221||W2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
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