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1939 Philadelphia Eagles

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1-9-1, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1939 NFL Season Summary

Scored 105 points (9.5/g), 9th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 200 points (18.2/g), 7th.
 Differential of -95 points (-8.6/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 2.0-9.0.

Coach: Bert Bell (1-9-1)

Stadium: Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Owner/President/GM Bert Bell

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 105 2147 596 3.6 22 0 97 119 267 1516 7 22 5.7 329 631 5 1.9 97
Team Defense 200 2951 665 4.4 30 13 98 210 1290 11 17 6.1 455 1661 11 3.7
Lg Rank Offense 9 9 8 1 10 1 4 7 8 6 9 10 9 10
Lg Rank Defense 7 7 6 3 1 5 4 7 7 4 10 9 5 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-1 Washington Redskins 0 7 9 171 75 96 1 13 290 106 184 4
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-2 New York Giants 3 13 7 151 45 106 1 12 258 63 195
3 Sun October 1 boxscore T 0-2-1 Brooklyn Dodgers 0 0 12 237 11 226 2 1 23 5 18
4 Sun October 15 boxscore L 0-3-1 @ New York Giants 10 27 7 113 51 62 8 13 225 116 109 2
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 0-4-1 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 14 23 10 170 142 28 3 10 268 116 152 3
7 Sun November 5 boxscore L 0-5-1 @ Washington Redskins 6 7 6 121 87 34 1 7 199 64 135 1
7 Sun November 12 boxscore L 0-6-1 Green Bay Packers 16 23 14 243 189 54 3 14 250 73 177 3
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 0-7-1 @ Chicago Bears 14 27 11 211 247 -36 4 18 531 285 246 5
9 Thu November 23 boxscore W 1-7-1 Pittsburgh Pirates 17 14 6 248 208 40 3 7 294 165 129 6
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 1-8-1 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 12 24 14 199 173 26 2 8 210 44 166 2
11 Sun December 3 boxscore L 1-9-1 @ Cleveland Rams 13 35 175 175 3 102 102

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
Davey O'Brien* 22 QB 11 8 99 201 49.3% 1324 6 3.0 17 8.5 85 6.6 3.4 13.4 120.4 45.3 0 0
Emmett Mortell 26 b 8 2 12 41 29.3% 134 1 2.4 0 0.0 0 3.3 3.8 11.2 16.8 48.8 0 0
Dave Smukler 25 fb 4 4 7 20 35.0% 56 0 0.0 4 20.0 0 2.8 -6.2 8.0 14.0 4.2 0 0
Dick Riffle 24 b 10 3 1 4 25.0% 2 0 0.0 1 25.0 2 0.5 -10.8 2.0 0.2 0.0 0 0
Joe Bukant 24 b 11 3 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 25.2 11 119 267 44.6% 1516 7 2.6 22 8.2 85 5.7 2.5 12.7 137.8 37.3 0 0
Opp Total 11 98 210 46.7% 1290 11 5.2 17 8.1 6.1 3.55 13.2 117.3 50.3 0 0 6.1 3.5 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
Davey O'Brien* 22 QB 11 8 108 -14 1 0 -0.1 -1.3 9.8 -14 1 0
Joe Bukant 24 b 11 3 59 136 3 0 2.3 12.4 5.4 136 3 0
Fran Murray 24 K/P/RH 11 6 49 137 1 0 2.8 12.5 4.5 13 144 11.1 1 0 1.2 13.1 281 2 0
Dave Smukler 25 fb 4 4 45 218 0 0 4.8 54.5 11.3 218 0 0
Emmett Mortell 26 b 8 2 37 88 0 0 2.4 11.0 4.6 88 0 0
Dick Riffle 24 b 10 3 18 61 0 0 3.4 6.1 1.8 6 57 9.5 0 0 0.6 5.7 118 0 0
Jay Arnold 27 KR/LH/PR 10 9 8 1 0 0 0.1 0.1 0.8 13 207 15.9 1 38 1.3 20.7 208 1 0
Joe Carter* 29 RE 11 11 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.4 0.1 24 292 12.2 2 0 2.2 26.5 296 2 0
Bill Hewitt 30 e 10 2 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 15 243 16.2 1 0 1.5 24.3 244 1 0
Chuck Newton 23 FB 9 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 9 123 13.7 1 22 1.0 13.7 123 1 0
Woody Dow 23 bb 9 2 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.8 0.1 5 58 11.6 0 0 0.6 6.4 51 0 0
Drew Ellis 25 LT 11 9 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.5 0.1 6 0 0
Red Ramsey 28 LE 11 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 359 11.6 1 85 2.8 32.6 359 1 0
Elmer Kolberg 23 hb 8 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 33 11.0 0 0 0.4 4.1 33 0 0
Team Total 25.2 11 329 631 5 6 1.9 57.4 29.9 119 1516 12.7 7 85 10.8 137.8 2147 12 0
Opp Total 11 455 1661 11 3.7 151.0 41.4 98 1290 13.2 11 8.9 117.3 2951 22 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
Fran Murray 24 K/P/RH 11 6 4 2 50.0%% 12 8 66.7%% 33 1220 54 0 37.0
Emmett Mortell 26 b 8 2 23 907 62 0 39.4
Dick Riffle 24 b 10 3 17 683 51 0 40.2
Dave Smukler 25 fb 4 4 10 483 62 0 48.3
Hank Reese 30 c 5 3 4 2 50.0%% 1 1 100.0%%
Davey O'Brien* 22 QB 11 8 3 120 64 0 40.0
Jay Arnold 27 KR/LH/PR 10 9 1 42 42 0 42.0
Joe Bukant 24 b 11 3 1 54 54 0 54.0
Team Total 25.2 11 8 4 50.0%% 13 9 69.2%% 88 3509 64 0 39.9
Opp Total 11 9 25 23 92.0%%

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
Fran Murray 24 K/P/RH 11 6 1 1 2 8 2 26
Joe Bukant 24 b 11 3 3 3 18
Jay Arnold 27 KR/LH/PR 10 9 1 1 2 12
Joe Carter* 29 RE 11 11 2 2 12
Hank Reese 30 c 5 3 1 2 7
Bill Hewitt 30 e 10 2 1 1 6
Chuck Newton 23 FB 9 7 1 1 6
Davey O'Brien* 22 QB 11 8 1 1 6
Red Ramsey 28 LE 11 6 1 1 6
Theodore Schmitt 23 LG 11 8 1 1 6
Team Total 25.2 11 5 7 1 1 14 9 4 105
Opp Total 11 11 11 23 9 200

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1939-10-15 @ NYG L, 10-27 2 63 fumble Theodore Schmitt 63 yard fumble return (Fran Murray kick)
2 1939-10-22 @ BKN L, 14-23 2 1 rush Fran Murray 1 yard rush (Hank Reese kick)
3 1939-10-22 @ BKN L, 14-23 4 22 pass Bill Hewitt 22 yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Fran Murray kick)
4 1939-11-05 @ WAS L, 6-7 2 6 pass Joe Carter 6 yard pass from Emmett Mortell
5 1939-11-12 GNB L, 16-23 3 22 pass Chuck Newton 22 yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Fran Murray kick)
6 1939-11-12 GNB L, 16-23 4 3 rush Joe Bukant 3 yard rush
7 1939-11-19 @ CHI L, 14-27 2 85 pass Red Ramsey 85 yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Fran Murray kick)
8 1939-11-19 @ CHI L, 14-27 4 3 rush Joe Bukant 3 yard rush (Fran Murray kick)
9 1939-11-23 PIT W, 17-14 2 65 pass Joe Carter 65 yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Fran Murray kick)
10 1939-11-23 PIT W, 17-14 4 40 lateral Jay Arnold 40 yard lateral return (Fran Murray kick)
11 1939-11-26 @ PIT L, 12-24 3 2 rush Davey O'Brien 2 yard rush
12 1939-11-26 @ PIT L, 12-24 4 3 rush Joe Bukant 3 yard rush
13 1939-12-03 @ RAM L, 13-35 4 45 pass Fran Murray 45 yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Fran Murray kick)
14 1939-12-03 @ RAM L, 13-35 4 36 pass Jay Arnold 36 yard pass from Davey O'Brien

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1939-09-17 WAS W, 7-0 4 30 pass Charley Malone 30 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bo Russell kick)
2 1939-09-24 NYG W, 13-3 4 16 rush Tuffy Leemans 16 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
3 1939-10-15 @ NYG W, 27-10 2 4 pass Jiggs Kline 4 yard pass from Eddie Miller (Ken Strong kick)
4 1939-10-15 @ NYG W, 27-10 3 40 interception Hank Soar 40 yard interception return (Hank Soar kick)
5 1939-10-15 @ NYG W, 27-10 4 1 rush Len Barnum 1 yard rush (Ken Strong kick)
6 1939-10-22 @ BKN W, 23-14 1 1 rush Pug Manders 1 yard rush (Ralph Kercheval kick)
7 1939-10-22 @ BKN W, 23-14 3 47 pass Perry Schwartz 47 yard pass from Ace Parker (Bruiser Kinard kick)
8 1939-11-05 @ WAS W, 7-6 1 20 pass Charley Malone 20 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bo Russell kick)
9 1939-11-12 GNB W, 23-16 1 21 pass Andy Uram 21 yard pass from Arnie Herber (Tiny Engebretsen kick)
10 1939-11-12 GNB W, 23-16 2 42 interception Charley Brock 42 yard interception return
11 1939-11-12 GNB W, 23-16 3 9 rush Clarke Hinkle 9 yard rush (Ernie Smith kick)
12 1939-11-19 @ CHI W, 27-14 1 65 rush Bill Osmanski 65 yard rush
13 1939-11-19 @ CHI W, 27-14 2 7 pass Les McDonald 7 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
14 1939-11-19 @ CHI W, 27-14 2 50 pass Eggs Manske 50 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
15 1939-11-19 @ CHI W, 27-14 3 3 rush Ray Nolting 3 yard rush (Dick Plasman kick)
16 1939-11-23 PIT L, 14-17 4 1 rush Boyd Brumbaugh 1 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
17 1939-11-23 PIT L, 14-17 4 63 pass George Platukis 63 yard pass from Boyd Brumbaugh (Armand Niccolai kick)
18 1939-11-26 @ PIT W, 24-12 2 2 rush Swede Johnston 2 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
19 1939-11-26 @ PIT W, 24-12 2 1 rush Lou Tomasetti 1 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
20 1939-11-26 @ PIT W, 24-12 3 37 pass George Platukis 37 yard pass from Boyd Brumbaugh (Armand Niccolai kick)
21 1939-12-03 @ RAM W, 35-13 1 5 pass Bill Lazetich 5 yard pass from Parker Hall (Vic Spadaccini kick)
22 1939-12-03 @ RAM W, 35-13 2 19 pass Paul McDonough 19 yard pass from Marty Slovak (Vic Spadaccini kick)
23 1939-12-03 @ RAM W, 35-13 3 rush Johnny Drake unknown yard rush (Corby Davis kick)
24 1939-12-03 @ RAM W, 35-13 4 24 interception Jerry Dowd 24 yard interception return (Corby Davis kick)
25 1939-12-03 @ RAM W, 35-13 4 5 rush Corby Davis 5 yard rush (Corby Davis kick)