The Boston Redskins had won the Eastern Division title the previous season, but had poor attendance, prompting the team to move south. The Redskins drafted rookie quarterbackSammy 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.
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.