Detroit Lions Single Season Passing Leaders

Ranked by Passing Yards

The following are the Detroit Lions single season passing leaders ranked by passing yards. Included are player stats for the Detroit Lions (NFL) from 1934-2020 and the Portsmouth Spartans (NFL) from 1930-1933. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Matthew Stafford is the Detroit Lions single season leader in passing yards with 5,038.

Players active with the Detroit Lions during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

      Passing
Player Season Team Att Cmp Pct Yds Int TD Lg Rating
  M. Stafford 2011 Det 663 421 63.5 5,038 16 41 73t 97.2
  M. Stafford 2012 Det 727 435 59.8 4,967 17 20 57 79.8
  M. Stafford 2013 Det 634 371 58.5 4,650 19 29 87 84.2
  M. Stafford 2017 Det 565 371 65.7 4,446 10 29 71t 99.3
  S. Mitchell 1995 Det 583 346 59.3 4,338 12 32 91t 92.3
  M. Stafford 2016 Det 594 388 65.3 4,327 10 24 73t 93.3
  M. Stafford 2015 Det 592 398 67.2 4,262 13 32 57 97.0
  M. Stafford 2014 Det 602 363 60.3 4,257 12 22 73t 85.7
  J. Kitna 2006 Det 596 372 62.4 4,208 22 21 60t 79.9
  J. Kitna 2007 Det 561 355 63.3 4,068 20 18 91t 80.9
  M. Stafford 2018 Det 555 367 66.1 3,777 11 21 67 89.9
  S. Mitchell 1997 Det 509 293 57.6 3,484 14 19 79 79.6
  G. Danielson 1980 Det 417 244 58.5 3,223 11 13 87t 82.4
  G. Danielson 1984 Det 410 252 61.5 3,076 15 17 77t 83.1
  J. Harrington 2004 Det 489 274 56.0 3,047 12 19 62 77.5
  E. Hipple 1985 Det 406 223 54.9 2,952 18 17 56 73.6
  S. Mitchell 1996 Det 437 253 57.9 2,917 17 17 62t 74.9
  J. Harrington 2003 Det 554 309 55.8 2,880 22 17 72t 63.9
  S. Hill 2010 Det 416 257 61.8 2,686 12 16 75t 81.3
  E. Morrall 1963 Det 328 174 53.0 2,621 14 24 75t 86.2
  C. Long 1987 Det 416 232 55.8 2,598 20 11 53 63.4
  E. Hipple 1983 Det 387 204 52.7 2,577 18 12 80t 64.7
  M. Stafford 2019 Det 291 187 64.3 2,499 5 19 66 106.0
  C. Batch 2000 Det 412 221 53.6 2,489 15 13 59 67.3
  B. Layne 1951 Det 332 152 45.8 2,403 23 26 63 67.6
  C. Batch 2001 Det 341 198 58.1 2,392 12 12 76 76.8
  M. Plum 1962 Det 325 179 55.1 2,378 20 15 80t 68.2
  E. Hipple 1981 Det 279 140 50.2 2,358 15 14 94t 73.4
  B. Layne 1950 Det 336 152 45.2 2,323 18 16 82 62.1
  B. Munson 1968 Det 329 181 55.0 2,311 8 15 86t 82.3
  G. Danielson 1978 Det 351 199 56.7 2,294 17 18 47 73.5
  J. Harrington 2002 Det 429 215 50.1 2,294 16 12 64t 59.9
  M. Stafford 2009 Det 377 201 53.3 2,267 20 13 75t 61.0
  M. Plum 1964 Det 287 154 53.7 2,241 15 18 92t 78.5
  J. Komlo 1979 Det 368 183 49.7 2,238 23 11 40 52.8
  G. Landry 1971 Det 261 136 52.1 2,237 13 16 76t 80.9
  G. Landry 1976 Det 291 168 57.7 2,191 8 17 74t 89.6
  C. Batch 1998 Det 303 173 57.1 2,178 6 11 98t 83.5
  G. Frerotte 1999 Det 288 175 60.8 2,117 7 9 77t 83.6
  B. Layne 1953 Det 273 125 45.8 2,088 21 16 97 59.6
  G. Landry 1972 Det 268 134 50.0 2,066 17 18 82t 71.8
  J. Harrington 2005 Det 330 188 57.0 2,021 12 12 86 72.0
  B. Layne 1952 Det 287 139 48.4 1,999 20 19 77 64.5
  R. Peete 1990 Det 271 142 52.4 1,974 8 13 68t 79.8
  C. Batch 1999 Det 270 151 55.9 1,957 7 13 74t 84.1
  J. Ninowski 1961 Det 247 117 47.4 1,921 18 7 84t 53.0
  E. Hipple 1986 Det 305 192 63.0 1,919 11 9 46 75.6
  B. Layne 1956 Det 244 129 52.9 1,909 17 9 70 62.0
  B. Munson 1974 Det 292 166 56.8 1,874 7 8 56 75.3
  B. Layne 1955 Det 270 143 53.0 1,830 17 11 77 61.8