1930 Portsmouth Spartans season

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1930 Portsmouth Spartans season
Head coach Hal Griffen
Home field Universal Stadium
Results
Record 5–6–3
League place 8th NFL

Established on July 12, 1930,[1] the 1930 season was the inaugural season of the Portsmouth Spartans (now the Detroit Lions). The club was sponsored by the Green Bay Packers. In the team's first season, the Spartans finished eighth in the league.[1] The Spartans played their first game on September 14 beating the Newark Tornados 13–6.[2] One notable game was on September 24 when the Spartans defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers at Universal Stadium. It was the first NFL night game played in front of portable lights.[2]

The Spartans scored 176 points (12.6 points per game), which ranked 3rd out of 11 in the NFL.[3] On the defense, the club allowed 161 points (an average of 11.5 points per game), 8th in the league.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 14, 1930 Newark Tornadoes W 13–6
2 September 24, 1930 Brooklyn Dodgers W 12–0
3 October 5, 1930 Chicago Cardinals T 0–0
4 October 8, 1930 Frankford Yellow Jackets W 39–7
5 October 12, 1930 at Minneapolis Red Jackets L 13–0
6 October 22, 1930 Chicago Bears W 7–6
7 October 26, 1930 at Chicago Cardinals L 23–13
8 November 2, 1930 at Green Bay Packers L 47–13
9 November 5, 1930 New York Giants L 19–6
10 November 9, 1930 at Staten Island Stapletons T 13–13
11 November 15, 1930 at Frankford Yellow Jackets L 7–6
12 November 30, 1930 at Chicago Bears L 14–6
13 December 7, 1930 Minneapolis Red Jackets W 42–0
14 December 14, 1930 Green Bay Packers T 6–6

Standings[edit]

NFL standings
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 10 3 1 .769 234 111 T1
New York Giants 13 4 0 .765 308 98 L1
Chicago Bears 9 4 1 .692 154 71 W5
Brooklyn Dodgers 7 4 1 .636 154 59 L1
Providence Steam Roller 6 4 1 .600 90 125 L1
Staten Island Stapletons 5 5 2 .500 95 112 L1
Chicago Cardinals 5 6 2 .455 128 132 L1
Portsmouth Spartans 5 6 3 .455 176 161 T1
Frankford Yellow Jackets 4 13 1 .235 113 321 T1
Minneapolis Red Jackets 1 7 1 .125 27 165 L6
Newark Tornadoes 1 10 1 .091 51 190 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster[edit]

1930 Portsmouth Spartans roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]