1937 Washington Redskins season

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1937 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Ray Flaherty
Home field Griffith Stadium
Results
Record 8–3
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship (Bears) 28–21
Timeline
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The 1937 Washington Redskins season was the team's first in Washington, D.C.

The Boston Redskins moved to Washington in 1937 to become the Washington Redskins. They began with the team trying to improve on their 7–5 record from 1936. They would end the season by winning the 1937 NFL Championship game against the Chicago Bears, 28–21.

The Boston Redskins had won the Eastern Division title the previous season, but had poor attendance, prompting the team to move south.[1] The Redskins drafted rookie quarterback Sammy Baugh from TCU before the 1937 season. Baugh led the league in passing with a then-record 81 pass completions, and Redskins halfback Cliff Battles led the NFL in rushing with 874 yards.

Pre-Season[edit]

On Monday, September 6, 1937, the Redskins played their first Washington-area game following their move from Boston. Washington beat an American Legion All-Star team by a score of 50–0 in front of 1,000 at McCurdy Field in Frederick, Maryland.[2]

In the 1937 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected Sammy Baugh with the sixth overall pick. Baugh would go on to play sixteen seasons with the Redskins, before retiring in 1952. Baugh would be named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 16, 1937 New York Giants W 13–3 Griffith Stadium 1–0
25,000
2 September 24, 1937 Chicago Cardinals L 21–14 Griffith Stadium 1–1
22,367
3 October 3, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 11–7 Griffith Stadium 2–1
16,000
4 October 10, 1937 Philadelphia Eagles L 14–0 Griffith Stadium 2–2
7,320
5 October 17, 1937 Pittsburgh Pirates W 34–20 Griffith Stadium 3–2
12,835
6 October 24, 1937 at Philadelphia Eagles W 10–7 Philadelphia Municipal Stadium 4–2
13,167
7 October 31, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 21–0 Ebbets Field 5–2
22,500
8 November 14, 1937 at Pittsburgh Pirates L 21–13 Forbes Field 5–3
12,242
9 November 21, 1937 at Cleveland Rams W 16–7 Cleveland Stadium 6–3
3,500
10 November 28, 1937 Green Bay Packers W 14–6 Griffith Stadium 7–3
30,000
11 December 5, 1937 at New York Giants W 49–14 Polo Grounds 8–3
N/A

Playoffs[edit]

NFL Championship at Chicago Bears W 28–21 Wrigley Field 9–3
15,878

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 8 3 0 .727 195 120 W-3
New York Giants 6 3 2 .667 128 109 L-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 7 0 .364 122 145 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 7 1 .300 82 174 T-1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 86 177 L-1

Postseason[edit]

NFL Championship Game[edit]

Team Photo[edit]

WA Redskins 1938 small.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ The First Fifty Years: A Celebration of the National Football League in its Fiftieth Season, Simon and Schuster, Inc., Copyright 1969, ASIN: B0018NJUO0
  2. ^ "1937 Washington Redskins (NFL)". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 

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