1983 Green Bay Packers season
|1983 Green Bay Packers season|
|Head coach||Bart Starr|
|Home field||Lambeau Field|
Milwaukee County Stadium
|Division place||2nd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1983 Green Bay Packers season was their 65th season overall and their 63rd in the National Football League. The team finished with an 8–8 record under ninth-year head coach Bart Starr to finish second in the NFC Central division. The team set an NFL record for most overtime games played in one season with five, winning two and losing three. On Monday Night Football in October, Green Bay defeated the Washington Redskins, 48–47, in the highest-scoring game in MNF history. It was voted one of the ten best Packer games and is featured on the NFL Films collection, "The Green Bay Packers Greatest Games."
Green Bay hovered around the .500 mark all season. Entering their final regular season game on December 18 at Chicago, the Packers (8–7) could secure a playoff berth with a victory. Green Bay scored a touchdown to take a one-point lead with just over three minutes in the game, and Chicago running back Walter Payton was sidelined with a wrist injury. The Bears returned the kickoff to their 38 and drove fifty yards, down to the Packer twelve, with 1:17 remaining. Although Green Bay had all three of its timeouts, they opted not to use any, and the Bears kicked a winning 22-yard field goal with ten seconds on the clock. Green Bay fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, and the Los Angeles Rams (9–7) gained the final playoff slot.
Starr was fired the following day by team president Robert Parins, ending a 26-year association with the team as a player and coach. Former player Forrest Gregg, the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, was hired before the end of the week, announced on Christmas Eve. Gregg had led the Bengals to Super Bowl XVI two years earlier, but had less success in his four seasons in Green Bay, then left for his alma mater SMU in Dallas in January 1988.
|48||Dave Drechsler||Guard||North Carolina|
|104||Mike Miller||Wide Receiver||Tennessee|
|132||Brian Thomas||Running Back||Pittsburgh|
|188||Jessie Clark||Running Back||Arkansas|
|216||Carlton Briscoe||Defensive Back||McNeese State|
|243||Robin Ham||Center||West Texas State|
|253||Byron Williams||Wide Receiver||Texas Arlington|
|271||Jimmy Thomas||Defensive Back||Indiana|
Undrafted free agents
|Chet Winters||Running back||Oklahoma|
Special teams coaches
|1||Cleveland Browns||L 20–21||1–0||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|2||at Seattle Seahawks||L 21–28||1–1||Kingdome||Recap|
|3||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 14–27||1–2||Veterans Stadium||Recap|
|4||St. Louis Cardinals||W 39–27||2–2||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|1||September 4||at Houston Oilers||W 41–38 (OT)||1–0||Astrodome||Recap|
|2||September 11||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 21–25||1–1||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|3||September 18||Los Angeles Rams||W 27–24||2–1||Milwaukee County Stadium||Recap|
|4||at New York Giants||L 3–27||2–2||Giants Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 55–13||3–2||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|6||October 9||at Detroit Lions||L 14–38||3–3||Pontiac Silverdome||Recap|
|7||October 17||Washington Redskins||W 48–47||4–3||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|8||October 23||Minnesota Vikings||L 17–20 (OT)||4–4||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|9||October 30||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 14–34||4–5||Riverfront Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 6||Cleveland Browns||W 35–21||5–5||Milwaukee County Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 13||at Minnesota Vikings||W 29–21||6–5||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||Recap|
|12||November 20||Detroit Lions||L 20–23 (OT)||6–6||Milwaukee County Stadium||Recap|
|13||November 27||at Atlanta Falcons||L 41–47 (OT)||6–7||Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 4||Chicago Bears||W 31–28||7–7||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|15||December 12||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 12–9 (OT)||8–7||Tampa Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 18||at Chicago Bears||L 21–23||8–8||Soldier Field||Recap|
Week 1 at Houston Oilers
Lynn Dickey completed 27 of 31 passes including 18 straight completions for 333 yards and four touchdowns and Jan Stenerud's 42-yard field goal with 9:05 left in overtime give the Packers a successful opening day victory.
Week 16 at Bears
|Green Bay Packers||8||8||0||.500||4–4||6–6||429||439||L1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||14||0||.125||1–7||1–11||241||380||L3|
|Eddie Lee Ivery||86||340||4.0||2||21|
- Lynn Dickey, Club Record, Most Passing Yards in One Season, 4,458. First NFC Quarterback to ever throw for over 4,000 yards.
- NFL record, Most Overtime Games played in one season, (5)
- NFC Central record, Most Interceptions in a season by a passer other than the quarterback (3, Cliff Lewis).
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 388
- Feuerherd, Vic (December 19, 1983). "Bears end playoff bid by Packers". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
- Lea, Bud (December 19, 1983). "Defeat clouds Starr's future". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
- Feuerherd, Vic (December 20, 1983). "Sad Starr said Pack set to win". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
- Lea, Bud (December 20, 1983). "Parins shows he runs Pack". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
- Salituro, Chuck (December 25, 1983). "Gregg shortened Parins' search". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, sports.
- Perkins, Eddie (January 15, 1988). "The rebuilding starts for SMU, Packers". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1C.
- "All Time Coaches Database". Packers.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013.