Detroit Lions Single Season Passing Leaders

Ranked by Passing Yards per Attempt

The following are the Detroit Lions single season passing leaders ranked by passing yards per attempt. 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 yards per pass attempt with 8.6.

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

Leaders based on 224 pass attempts

      Passing
Player Season Team Att Cmp Pct Yds YPA Int TD Rating
  M. Stafford 2019 Det 291 187 64.3 2,499 8.59 5 19 106.0
  G. Landry 1971 Det 261 136 52.1 2,237 8.57 13 16 80.9
  E. Hipple 1981 Det 279 140 50.2 2,358 8.45 15 14 73.4
  E. Morrall 1963 Det 328 174 53.0 2,621 7.99 14 24 86.2
  M. Stafford 2017 Det 565 371 65.7 4,446 7.87 10 29 99.3
  B. Layne 1956 Det 244 129 52.9 1,909 7.82 17 9 62.0
  M. Plum 1964 Det 287 154 53.7 2,241 7.81 15 18 78.5
  J. Ninowski 1961 Det 247 117 47.4 1,921 7.78 18 7 53.0
  G. Danielson 1980 Det 417 244 58.5 3,223 7.73 11 13 82.4
  G. Landry 1972 Det 268 134 50.0 2,066 7.71 17 18 71.8
  B. Layne 1953 Det 273 125 45.8 2,088 7.65 21 16 59.6
  M. Stafford 2011 Det 663 421 63.5 5,038 7.60 16 41 97.2
  G. Landry 1976 Det 291 168 57.7 2,191 7.53 8 17 89.6
  G. Danielson 1984 Det 410 252 61.5 3,076 7.50 15 17 83.1
  S. Mitchell 1995 Det 583 346 59.3 4,338 7.44 12 32 92.3
  B. Layne 1954 Det 246 135 54.9 1,818 7.39 12 14 77.3
  G. Frerotte 1999 Det 288 175 60.8 2,117 7.35 7 9 83.6
  M. Stafford 2013 Det 634 371 58.5 4,650 7.33 19 29 84.2
  M. Plum 1962 Det 325 179 55.1 2,378 7.32 20 15 68.2
  M. Stafford 2016 Det 594 388 65.3 4,327 7.29 10 24 93.3
  R. Peete 1990 Det 271 142 52.4 1,974 7.28 8 13 79.8
  E. Hipple 1985 Det 406 223 54.9 2,952 7.27 18 17 73.6
  J. Kitna 2007 Det 561 355 63.3 4,068 7.25 20 18 80.9
  C. Batch 1999 Det 270 151 55.9 1,957 7.25 7 13 84.1
  B. Layne 1951 Det 332 152 45.8 2,403 7.24 23 26 67.6
  B. Gagliano 1989 Det 232 117 50.4 1,671 7.20 12 6 61.2
  M. Stafford 2015 Det 592 398 67.2 4,262 7.20 13 32 97.0
  C. Batch 1998 Det 303 173 57.1 2,178 7.19 6 11 83.5
  M. Stafford 2014 Det 602 363 60.3 4,257 7.07 12 22 85.7
  J. Kitna 2006 Det 596 372 62.4 4,208 7.06 22 21 79.9
  B. Munson 1968 Det 329 181 55.0 2,311 7.02 8 15 82.3
  C. Batch 2001 Det 341 198 58.1 2,392 7.01 12 12 76.8
  B. Layne 1952 Det 287 139 48.4 1,999 6.96 20 19 64.5
  B. Layne 1950 Det 336 152 45.2 2,323 6.91 18 16 62.1
  S. Mitchell 1997 Det 509 293 57.6 3,484 6.84 14 19 79.6
  M. Stafford 2012 Det 727 435 59.8 4,967 6.83 17 20 79.8
  M. Stafford 2018 Det 555 367 66.1 3,777 6.80 11 21 89.9
  B. Layne 1955 Det 270 143 53.0 1,830 6.78 17 11 61.8
  S. Mitchell 1996 Det 437 253 57.9 2,917 6.67 17 17 74.9
  E. Hipple 1983 Det 387 204 52.7 2,577 6.66 18 12 64.7
  R. Peete 1993 Det 252 157 62.3 1,670 6.63 14 6 66.4
  G. Danielson 1978 Det 351 199 56.7 2,294 6.54 17 18 73.5
  T. Rote 1958 Det 257 118 45.9 1,678 6.53 10 14 69.5
  S. Hill 2010 Det 416 257 61.8 2,686 6.46 12 16 81.3
  B. Munson 1974 Det 292 166 56.8 1,874 6.42 7 8 75.3
  D. Orlovsky 2008 Det 255 143 56.1 1,616 6.34 8 8 72.6
  E. Hipple 1986 Det 305 192 63.0 1,919 6.29 11 9 75.6
  C. Long 1987 Det 416 232 55.8 2,598 6.25 20 11 63.4
  J. Harrington 2004 Det 489 274 56.0 3,047 6.23 12 19 77.5
  E. Kramer 1991 Det 265 136 51.3 1,635 6.17 8 11 71.8