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5-5-1, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1940 NFL Season Summary

Scored 138 points (12.5/g), 7th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 153 points (13.9/g), 5th.
 Differential of -15 points (-1.4/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 4.8-6.2.

Coach: Potsy Clark (5-5-1)

 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Team Info

Principal Owner Fred Mandel
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Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 138 2634 622 4.2 27 0 133 86 195 1177 3 27 6.0 427 1457 12 3.4 133
Team Defense 153 2357 558 4.2 49 20 77 177 1034 6 29 5.8 381 1323 13 3.5
Lg Rank Offense 7 6 8 1 4 6 7 10 8 6 4 5 3 5
Lg Rank Defense 5 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 3 3 5 9 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2 Sun September 15 boxscore T 0-0-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 0 0 5 16 26 -10 5 2 14 14 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 10 13 231 44 187 4 11 209 37 172 1
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 1-1-1 Cleveland Rams 6 0 13 226 54 172 5 5 146 106 40 8
4 Sat October 5 boxscore W 2-1-1 Chicago Cardinals 43 14 9 243 49 194 5 9 145 25 120 10
4 Sun October 13 boxscore L 2-2-1 @ Chicago Bears 0 7 13 173 66 107 2 10 210 15 195 4
5 Sun October 20 boxscore W 3-2-1 @ Green Bay Packers 23 14 13 277 168 109 4 12 301 221 80 9
7 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-3-1 Washington Redskins 14 20 18 330 193 137 7 8 271 65 206 7
7 Sun November 3 boxscore L 3-4-1 @ Cleveland Rams 0 24 12 261 149 112 6 16 308 131 177 1
9 Sun November 10 boxscore W 4-4-1 Chicago Bears 17 14 14 253 155 98 1 14 299 167 132 3
9 Sun November 17 boxscore W 5-4-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 21 0 14 397 131 266 3 9 129 152 -23 4
11 Sun November 24 boxscore L 5-5-1 Green Bay Packers 7 50 11 253 157 96 7 11 314 112 202

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Whizzer White+ 23 P/TB 11 9 35 80 43.8% 461 0 0.0 12 15.0 0 5.8 -1.0 13.2 41.9 23.0 0 0
Cotton Price* 22 tb 9 1 33 66 50.0% 456 3 4.5 7 10.6 0 6.9 3.0 13.8 50.7 48.1 0 0
Dwight Sloan 26 tb 11 5 18 46 39.1% 260 0 0.0 8 17.4 0 5.7 -2.2 14.4 23.6 18.7 0 0
Kent Ryan 25 hb 10 4 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Lloyd Cardwell 27 WB 10 8 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 24.9 11 86 195 44.1% 1177 3 1.5 27 13.8 0 6.0 0.1 13.7 107.0 29.5 0 0
Opp Total 11 77 177 43.5% 1034 6 3.4 29 16.4 5.8 -0.85 13.4 94.0 34.4 0 0 5.8 -0.9 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Whizzer White+ 23 P/TB 11 9 146 514 5 0 3.5 46.7 13.3 4 55 13.8 0 0 0.4 5.0 569 5 0
Howie Weiss 23 FB 11 4 79 298 3 0 3.8 27.1 7.2 4 56 14.0 0 0 0.4 5.1 354 3 0
Dwight Sloan 26 tb 11 5 58 225 0 0 3.9 20.5 5.3 225 0 0
Lloyd Cardwell 27 WB 10 8 48 186 2 0 3.9 18.6 4.8 20 349 17.5 1 0 2.0 34.9 535 3 0
Cotton Price* 22 tb 9 1 42 122 2 0 2.9 13.6 4.7 122 2 0
Bill Shepherd 29 b 3 2 24 67 0 0 2.8 22.3 8.0 2 12 6.0 0 0 0.7 4.0 79 0 0
Kent Ryan 25 hb 10 4 22 42 0 0 1.9 4.2 2.2 9 96 10.7 0 0 0.9 9.6 138 0 0
Paul Moore 22 7 0 2 4 0 0 2.0 0.6 0.3 4 29 7.3 1 14 0.6 4.1 33 1 0
Stillman Rouse 23 LE 10 5 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2 17 8.5 0 0 0.2 1.7 17 0 0
Bill Fisk 24 e 10 3 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 1.0 10 0 0
Fred Vanzo 24 BB 10 10 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 7 75 10.7 0 0 0.7 7.5 74 0 0
Jack Morlock 24 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 0
Chuck Hanneman 26 K/RE 9 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 224 16.0 0 0 1.6 24.9 224 0 0
Dave Diehl 22 e 10 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 131 10.9 0 0 1.2 13.1 131 0 0
Bill Callihan 24 KR/PR 10 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 42 10.5 0 0 0.4 4.2 42 0 0
Jack Johnson 31 LT 11 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 48 48.0 1 48 0.1 4.4 48 1 0
Les McDonald 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 20 20.0 0 20 1.0 20.0 20 0 0
Butch Morse 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.5 6.5 13 0 0
Team Total 24.9 11 427 1457 12 0 3.4 132.5 38.8 86 1177 13.7 3 48 7.8 107.0 2634 15 0
Opp Total 11 381 1323 13 3.5 120.3 34.6 77 1034 13.4 6 7.0 94.0 2357 19 0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Whizzer White+ 23 P/TB 11 9 1 0.0%% 4 2 50.0%% 52 2132 61 0 41.0
Chuck Hanneman 26 K/RE 9 6 4 2 50.0%% 10 10 100.0%%
Cotton Price* 22 tb 9 1 4 4 100.0%% 9 374 55 0 41.6
Kent Ryan 25 hb 10 4 9 350 53 0 38.9
Dwight Sloan 26 tb 11 5 2 54 32 0 27.0
Steve Maronic 23 t 5 1 1 0.0%%
Bill Shepherd 29 b 3 2 1 40 40 0 40.0
Team Total 24.9 11 6 2 33.3%% 18 16 88.9%% 73 2950 61 0 40.4
Opp Total 11 3 21 18 85.7%%

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Kent Ryan 25 hb 10 4 6 65 0 0 0
Lloyd Cardwell 27 WB 10 8 4 17 0 0 0
Whizzer White+ 23 P/TB 11 9 4 37 0 0 0
Alex Wojciechowicz 25 c 11 5 3 20 1 12 0
Bill Callihan 24 KR/PR 10 1 2 18 0 0 0
Tony Calvelli 25 C 11 6 2 51 1 34 0
Chuck Hanneman 26 K/RE 9 6 2 34 0 0 0
Howie Weiss 23 FB 11 4 2 14 0 0 0
Bill Feldhaus 28 RG 11 11 1 10 0 10 0
Glenn Morris 28 e 4 2 1 20 0 20 0
Dwight Sloan 26 tb 11 5 1 4 0 4 0
Socko Wiethe+ 28 LG 10 9 1 8 0 8 0
Team Total 24.9 11 29 298 2 34 0
Opp Total 11 0 -20

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Whizzer White+ 23 P/TB 11 9 5 5 2 32
Howie Weiss 23 FB 11 4 3 1 4 24
Lloyd Cardwell 27 WB 10 8 2 1 3 18
Chuck Hanneman 26 K/RE 9 6 10 2 16
Cotton Price* 22 tb 9 1 2 2 4 16
Tony Calvelli 25 C 11 6 1 1 6
Dave Diehl 22 e 10 2 1 1 6
Jack Johnson 31 LT 11 6 1 1 6
Paul Moore 22 7 0 1 1 6
Alex Wojciechowicz 25 c 11 5 1 1 6
Team Total 24.9 11 12 3 1 2 1 19 16 2 1 138
Opp Total 11 13 6 1 18 3 153

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1940-09-22 PIT L, 7-10 2 33 rush Lloyd Cardwell 33 yard rush (Whizzer White kick)
2 1940-09-29 RAM W, 6-0 3 20 rush Whizzer White 20 yard rush
3 1940-10-05 CRD W, 43-14 2 1 rush Howie Weiss 1 yard rush (Whizzer White kick)
4 1940-10-05 CRD W, 43-14 2 16 blocked punt Dave Diehl 16 yard blocked punt return
5 1940-10-05 CRD W, 43-14 2 3 rush Cotton Price 3 yard rush (Cotton Price kick)
6 1940-10-05 CRD W, 43-14 3 2 rush Whizzer White 2 yard rush (Chuck Hanneman kick)
7 1940-10-05 CRD W, 43-14 4 1 rush Howie Weiss 1 yard rush (Cotton Price kick)
8 1940-10-05 CRD W, 43-14 4 34 interception Tony Calvelli 34 yard interception return (Cotton Price kick)
9 1940-10-20 @ GNB W, 23-14 2 1 rush Cotton Price 1 yard rush (Chuck Hanneman kick)
10 1940-10-20 @ GNB W, 23-14 3 rush Howie Weiss unknown yard rush (Chuck Hanneman kick)
11 1940-10-20 @ GNB W, 23-14 4 12 interception Alex Wojciechowicz 12 yard interception return
12 1940-10-27 WAS L, 14-20 2 14 pass Paul Moore 14 yard pass from Cotton Price (Chuck Hanneman kick)
13 1940-10-27 WAS L, 14-20 3 78 fumble Howie Weiss 78 yard fumble return (Chuck Hanneman kick)
14 1940-11-10 CHI W, 17-14 3 3 rush Whizzer White 3 yard rush (Chuck Hanneman kick)
15 1940-11-10 CHI W, 17-14 4 3 pass Lloyd Cardwell 3 yard pass from Cotton Price (Chuck Hanneman kick)
16 1940-11-17 @ PHI W, 21-0 1 30 rush Lloyd Cardwell 30 yard rush (Chuck Hanneman kick)
17 1940-11-17 @ PHI W, 21-0 3 7 rush Whizzer White 7 yard rush (Chuck Hanneman kick)
18 1940-11-17 @ PHI W, 21-0 3 5 rush Whizzer White 5 yard rush (Chuck Hanneman kick)
19 1940-11-24 GNB L, 7-50 4 48 pass Jack Johnson 48 yard pass from Cotton Price (Cotton Price kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1940-09-22 PIT W, 10-7 4 3 rush Lou Tomasetti 3 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
2 1940-10-05 CRD L, 14-43 1 1 rush Mario Tonelli 1 yard rush (Lou Zontini kick)
3 1940-10-05 CRD L, 14-43 3 90 kickoff Johnny Hall 90 yard kickoff return (Lou Zontini kick)
4 1940-10-13 @ CHI W, 7-0 1 34 rush Bill Osmanski 34 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
5 1940-10-20 @ GNB L, 14-23 2 28 pass Carl Mulleneaux 28 yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Don Hutson kick)
6 1940-10-20 @ GNB L, 14-23 3 55 pass Bob Adkins 55 yard pass from Arnie Herber (Don Hutson kick)
7 1940-10-27 WAS W, 20-14 1 65 rush Jimmy Johnston 65 yard rush (Bob Masterson kick)
8 1940-10-27 WAS W, 20-14 2 10 pass Bob McChesney 10 yard pass from Frank Filchock
9 1940-10-27 WAS W, 20-14 4 51 rush Dick Todd 51 yard rush (Bo Russell kick)
10 1940-11-03 @ RAM W, 24-0 2 2 rush Johnny Drake 2 yard rush (Chet Adams kick)
11 1940-11-03 @ RAM W, 24-0 2 9 pass Jim Benton 9 yard pass from Johnny Drake (Vic Spadaccini kick)
12 1940-11-03 @ RAM W, 24-0 4 3 rush Marty Slovak 3 yard rush (Johnny Drake kick)
13 1940-11-10 CHI L, 14-17 2 5 rush Ray McLean 5 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
14 1940-11-10 CHI L, 14-17 3 5 rush Gary Famiglietti 5 yard rush (Ray McLean pass from Sid Luckman)
15 1940-11-24 GNB W, 50-7 1 1 rush Cecil Isbell 1 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
16 1940-11-24 GNB W, 50-7 1 8 pass Don Hutson 8 yard pass from Cecil Isbell
17 1940-11-24 GNB W, 50-7 2 20 fumble Carl Mulleneaux 20 yard fumble return (Don Hutson kick)
18 1940-11-24 GNB W, 50-7 2 14 rush Ed Jankowski 14 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
19 1940-11-24 GNB W, 50-7 4 14 rush Andy Uram 14 yard rush (Bob Adkins kick)
20 1940-11-24 GNB W, 50-7 4 3 rush Ed Jankowski 3 yard rush
21 1940-11-24 GNB W, 50-7 4 12 pass Andy Uram 12 yard pass from Hal Van Every (Andy Uram kick)