1937 Washington Redskins season

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1937 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Ray Flaherty
Owner George Preston Marshall
Home field Griffith Stadium
Results
Record 8–3
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship (Chicago Bears, 28–21)

The 1937 Washington Redskins season was the team's first in Washington, D.C.

The Boston Redskins moved to Washington after their runner-up 1936 season and become the Washington Redskins. In 1937 they repeated as Eastern Division champions and played the NFL championship game on the road against the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field. The Redskins won the championship game, 28–21.

The Boston Redskins had won the Eastern Division title the previous season, but had poor attendance, prompting the owner George Preston Marshall to move south to his hometown.[1] The Redskins selected quarterback Sammy Baugh from TCU in the first round of the 1937 NFL draft, on December 12, 1936, while still in Boston. Rookie Baugh led the league in passing in 1937 with a then-record 81 pass completions, and 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 went on to play sixteen years with the Redskins, retiring after the 1952 season; he was named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Championship December 12, 1937 at Chicago Bears W, 28–21 Wrigley Field 15,878

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 8 3 0 .727 6–2 195 120 W3
New York Giants 6 3 2 .667 5–2–1 128 109 L1
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 7 0 .364 4–4 122 145 L1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 7 1 .300 2–5–1 82 174 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 2–6 86 177 L1

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

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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