Detroit Lions (1-0) 30, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 16
Sunday September 21st 1975 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Detroit Lions, converting two blocked punts by Levi Johnson and one by Ben Davis into three touchdowns, wore down Green Bay's offensive line and won their opener 30-16. The Lions, one of five teams which lost practice time last week because of the NFL Players' Association strike, used a smothering defense to storm to a 17-0 second- quarter lead, all they needed to ruin Bart Starr's debut as head coach of the Packers. Johnson batted Steve Broussard's punt near the Packer goal and outraced Broussard to the ball in the end zone for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead midway in the first quarter. The Lion CB blocked another punt early in the second quarter and linebacker Larry Ball rambled 34 yards with the recovery to the Packers' end zone. Davis, a reserve CB, blocked a punt and Broussard recovered at the Packers' seven late in the third period, setting up a one-yard scoring run by Dexter Bussey and a 24-10 spread. Chester Marcol saw his season end with a torn quadriceps muscle.
DETROIT   - 10  7  7  6 - 30
GREEN BAY -  0  3  7  6 - 16
                         DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First downs                   10            15
Rush-yards-TDs          40-117-1       31-93-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT  8-12-143-0-0 13-33-167-0-2
Sacked-yards                4-30          6-43
Net pass yards               113           124
Total yards                  230           217
Fumbles-lost                 3-2           1-1
Turnovers                      2             3
Penalties-yards             4-26          6-40
SCORING
1st - DET - Errol Mann, 28-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0
1st - DET - Levi Johnson, recovery of a blocked punt in the endzone (Mann kick) DETROIT 10-0
2nd - DET - Larry Ball, 34-yard return of a blocked punt (Mann kick) DETROIT 17-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 21-yard field goal DETROIT 17-3
3rd - GB - Brockington, 5-yard run (Pureifory kick) DETROIT 17-10
3rd - DET - Dexter Bussey, 1-yard run (Mann kick) DETROIT 24-10
4th - DET - Mann, 18-yard field goal DETROIT 27-10
4th - GB - Brockington, 2-yard run (Kick blocked) DETROIT 27-16
4th - DET - Mann, 47-yard field goal DETROIT 30-16
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Brockington 18-55 2 TD, Terry Wells 9-36, Willard Harrell 1-3, John Hadl 2-1, Ken Payne 1-(-2)
DETROIT - Altie Taylor 19-60, Dexter Bussey 14-37 1 TD, Greg Landry 5-10, Horace King 2-10
PASSING
GREEN BAY - John Hadl 21-13-153 2 INT, Don Milan 2-2-14
DETROIT - Greg Landry 12-8-143
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ken Payne 5-87, Rich McGeorge 2-43, Willard Harrell 2-18, Terry Wells 2-5, Steve Odom 1-9, Barty Smith 1-5
DETROIT - Charlie Sanders 3-73, Dennis Franklin 3-54, Altie Taylor 2-16