1928 NFL season
|Duration||September 23 – December 16, 1928|
|Champions||Providence Steam Roller|
The 1928 NFL season was the ninth regular season of the National Football League. The league dropped to 10 teams after both the Cleveland Bulldogs and the Duluth Eskimos folded before the season. The Buffalo Bisons also had a year out from the league, and the Rochester Jeffersons, after missing two seasons of play, finally folded. The Detroit Wolverines were an expansion club. Meanwhile, the Providence Steam Roller were named the NFL champions after finishing the season with the best record.
After four weeks, the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Wolverines were both unbeaten. On October 21, the Packers beat the Bears, 16–6, leaving Detroit, at 2–0–0, at the top of the standings. On November 3, near Philadelphia, the Frankford Yellow Jackets (4–1–0) hosted Detroit (3–0–0), and beat them 25–7. The next day, Detroit (3–1–0) lost 7–0 at Providence (4–1–0), and the Yellow Jackets and the Steamrollers were tied for the lead at the end of Week Seven.
Frankford played a series against Pottsville in Week Eight, winning 19–0 at home, and 24–0 on the road, for a 7–1–1 record that put it in first place ahead of Providence. In Week Nine, on November 18, the Providence Steam Roller (5–1–1) hosted the Frankford Yellow Jackets (7–1–2) in Rhode Island, in a regular season game that ultimately would determine which team would win the NFL championship. Providence's 6–0 win put the Steam Roller in first place, and it didn't lose any of its last three games, finishing at 8–1–2, while Frankford finished second at 11–3–2. Had the Yellow Jackets beaten the Steamrollers, their records at season's end would have been 12–2–2 and 7–2–2, respectively. Providence was formally awarded the championship at the post-season meeting of the NFL owners.
|Providence Steam Roller||8||1||2||.889||128||42||T1|
|Frankford Yellow Jackets||11||3||2||.786||175||84||L1|
|Green Bay Packers||6||4||3||.600||120||92||W1|
|New York Giants||4||7||2||.364||79||136||L5|
|New York Yankees||4||8||1||.333||103||179||W1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- Chicago Bears: George Halas
- Chicago Cardinals: Fred Gillies
- Dayton Triangles: Faye Abbott
- Detroit Wolverines: LeRoy Andrews
- Frankford Yellow Jackets: Ed Weir
- Green Bay Packers: Curly Lambeau
- New York Giants: Earl Potteiger
- New York Yankees: Dick Rauch
- Pottsville Maroons: Pete Henry
- Providence Steam Roller: Jimmy Conzelman
- "Providence Takes Lead," Fresno Bee, Nov 19, 1928, p11