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]