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1943 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers

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5-4-1, Finished 3rd in NFL East Division  · 1943 NFL Season Summary

Scored 225 points (22.5/g), 4th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 230 points (23.0/g), 6th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-5.1.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (5-4-1) (co-coach with Greasy Neale) and Greasy Neale (5-4-1)

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

Explanation of the 1943 'Steagles' team

Team Info

Principal Owner Alexis Thompson
General Manager Bert Bell

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 225 2868 634 4.5 35 15 138 65 175 1138 11 20 6.5 32 459 1730 18 3.8 96 54 484 10
Opp. Stats 230 2186 533 4.1 30 8 96 102 221 1393 15 22 6.3 41 312 793 15 2.5 42 59 466 13
Lg Rank Offense 4 4 5 7 2 7 5 4 4 4 1 1 1 2
Lg Rank Defense 6 1 4 6 1 5 3 3 4 4 1 1 8 1

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
3 Sat October 2 boxscore W 1-0 Brooklyn Dodgers 17 0 10 300 98 202 1 8 93 126 -33 4
4 Sat October 9 boxscore W 2-0 New York Giants 28 14 14 303 112 191 8 6 92 50 42 3
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-1 @ Chicago Bears 21 48 12 298 181 117 3 17 396 186 210 3
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-2 @ New York Giants 14 42 12 242 178 64 2 10 199 127 72
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 3-2 Chicago Cardinals 34 13 16 241 74 167 3 9 206 175 31 5
8 Sun November 7 boxscore T 3-2-1 Washington Redskins 14 14 10 169 89 80 3 11 209 147 62 6
9 Sun November 14 boxscore L 3-3-1 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 7 13 18 249 52 197 2 5 176 74 102
10 Sun November 21 boxscore W 4-3-1 Detroit Lions 35 34 17 358 96 262 2 12 268 194 74 5
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Washington Redskins 27 14 19 390 82 308 3 10 269 211 58 2
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 5-4-1 Green Bay Packers 28 38 10 318 176 142 8 8 278 103 175 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 43 124 34.7 846 9 7.3 17 13.7 60 6.8 2.1 19.7 84.6 44.0 0 0
Allie Sherman 20 9 0 16 37 43.2 208 2 5.4 1 2.7 49 5.6 5.5 13.0 23.1 68.3 0 0
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 6 13 46.2 84 0 0.0 1 7.7 26 6.5 3.0 14.0 8.4 35.4 0 0
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 25.7 10 65 175 37.1 1138 11 6.3 20 11.4 60 6.5 2.6 17.5 113.8 41.5 0 0
Opp Total 10 102 221 46.2 1393 15 6.8 22 10.0 6.3 3.18 13.7 139.3 49.8 0 0 6.3 3.2 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. 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
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 116 571 3 56 4.9 57.1 11.6 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.3 574 3 0
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 87 362 3 69 4.2 36.2 8.7 3 63 21.0 0 37 0.3 6.3 425 3 0
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 85 409 4 47 4.8 40.9 8.5 9 168 18.7 2 60 0.9 16.8 577 6 0
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 71 291 5 25 4.1 29.1 7.1 6 100 16.7 1 43 0.6 10.0 391 6 0
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 33 -41 1 12 -1.2 -4.1 3.3 -41 1 0
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 22 50 0 11 2.3 5.0 2.2 8 67 8.4 1 17 0.8 6.7 117 1 0
Allie Sherman 20 9 0 17 -20 1 5 -1.2 -2.2 1.9 -20 1 0
Charlie Gauer 22 fb 9 1 12 69 0 25 5.8 7.7 1.3 2 18 9.0 0 14 0.2 2.0 87 0 0
Ted Laux 25 4 0 9 23 0 12 2.6 5.8 2.3 2 19 9.5 0 15 0.5 4.8 42 0 0
Steve Sader 27 2 0 3 5 0 16 1.7 2.5 1.5 5 0 0
Bob Masters 30 3 0 2 6 0 0 3.0 2.0 0.7 6 0 0
Tony Bova 26 LE 10 6 1 11 0 11 11.0 1.1 0.1 17 419 24.6 5 51 1.7 41.9 430 5 0
Dean Steward 20 6 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -1.0 0.2 -6 0 0
Larry Cabrelli 26 RE 10 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 199 16.6 1 49 1.2 19.9 199 1 0
Tom Miller 25 de 8 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 60 20.0 1 32 0.4 7.5 60 1 0
Bill Hewitt 34 e 6 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 22 11.0 0 11 0.3 3.7 22 0 0
Team Total 25.7 10 459 1730 17 69 3.8 173.0 45.9 65 1138 17.5 11 60 6.5 113.8 2868 28 0
Opp Total 10 312 793 15 2.5 79.3 31.2 102 1393 13.7 15 10.2 139.3 2186 30 20

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 12 152 0 19 12.7 11 236 0 28 21.5 965
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 13 108 0 15 8.3 6 92 0 22 15.3 625
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 4 45 0 14 11.3 11 217 0 30 19.7 836
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 2 19 0 14 9.5 6 150 0 35 25.0 560
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 3 55 0 20 18.3 14
Bob Masters 30 3 0 2 37 0 19 18.5 43
Ted Laux 25 4 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 53
Vic Sears 25 LT 10 10 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 25.7 10 32 335 0 19 10.5 40 802 0 35 20.1 4005
Opp Total 10 28 1378 0 49.2 34 772 2 22.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. 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
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 6 1 16.7% 28 26 92.9% 44 1521 53 2 34.6
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 11 407 45 0 37.0
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 4 78 45 2 19.5
Ted Laux 25 4 0 2 2 100.0%
Gordon Paschka 23 fb 10 1 2 2 100.0%
Dean Steward 20 6 0 2 84 47 0 42.0
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 1 42 42 0 42.0
Team Total 25.7 10 6 1 16.7% 32 30 93.8% 62 2132 53 4 34.4
Opp Total 10 11 1 9.1% 33 29 87.9% 60 2371 39.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 5 114 1 86 0
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 5 19 0 10 0
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 4 98 0 91 0
Larry Cabrelli 26 RE 10 9 1 24 1 24 0
Enio Conti 30 g 10 1 1 0 0 0 0
Charlie Gauer 22 fb 9 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ray Graves 25 C 10 9 1 15 0 15 0
Ted Laux 25 4 0 1 24 0 24 0
Tom Miller 25 de 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 1 3 0 3 0
Al Wukits 26 c 10 1 1 7 0 7 0
Team Total 25.7 10 22 304 2 91 0
Opp Total 10 20 12

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 4 2 6 36
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 5 1 6 36
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 1 1 26 28 1 6 35
Tony Bova 26 LE 10 6 5 5 30
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 3 1 4 24
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 3 3 18
Larry Cabrelli 26 RE 10 9 1 1 2 12
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 1 1 2 12
Tom Miller 25 de 8 1 1 1 6
Allie Sherman 20 9 0 1 1 6
Al Wukits 26 c 10 1 1 1 6
Ted Laux 25 4 0 2 2 2
Gordon Paschka 23 fb 10 1 2 2 2
Team Total 25.7 10 17 11 2 2 32 30 32 1 6 225
Opp Total 10 15 15 2 1 1 3 29 33 1 11 230

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1943-10-02 BKN W, 17-0 1 10 rush Johnny Butler 10 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
2 1943-10-02 BKN W, 17-0 2 10 rush Ernie Steele 10 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
3 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 2 4 rush Ernie Steele 4 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
4 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 4 11 pass Bob Thurbon 11 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
5 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 4 31 pass Tom Miller 31 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
6 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 4 4 rush Allie Sherman 4 yard rush (Gordon Paschka kick)
7 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 1 60 pass Ernie Steele 60 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
8 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 4 51 pass Tony Bova 51 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
9 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 4 1 rush Johnny Butler 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
10 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 4 4 pass Ben Kish 4 yard pass from Allie Sherman (Ted Laux kick)
11 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 4 2 fumble Al Wukits 2 yard fumble return (Ted Laux kick)
12 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 1 86 interception Ben Kish 86 yard interception return (Roy Zimmerman kick)
13 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 1 31 pass Tony Bova 31 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
14 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 1 fumble Jack Hinkle unknown yard fumble return (Roy Zimmerman kick)
15 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 4 3 rush Bob Thurbon 3 yard rush
16 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 4 26 pass Tony Bova 26 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
17 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 2 24 interception Larry Cabrelli 24 yard interception return (Roy Zimmerman kick)
18 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 4 35 pass Ernie Steele 35 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
19 1943-11-14 @ BKN L, 7-13 1 3 rush Bob Thurbon 3 yard rush (Gordon Paschka kick)
20 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 1 4 rush Johnny Butler 4 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
21 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 2 1 rush Jack Hinkle 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
22 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 3 2 rush Bob Thurbon 2 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
23 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 4 7 pass Larry Cabrelli 7 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
24 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 4 2 rush Roy Zimmerman 2 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
25 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 1 6 rush Bob Thurbon 6 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
26 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 3 5 rush Bob Thurbon 5 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
27 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 47 rush Ernie Steele 47 yard rush
28 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 1 rush Jack Hinkle 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
29 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 1 38 rush Jack Hinkle 38 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
30 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 1 48 pass Tony Bova 48 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
31 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 4 13 pass Tony Bova 13 yard pass from Allie Sherman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
32 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 4 4 rush Ernie Steele 4 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 1 30 interception Len Younce 30 yard interception return (Ward Cuff kick)
2 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 1 1 rush Bill Paschal 1 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
3 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 1 96 kickoff Dante Magnani 96 yard kickoff return (Bob Snyder kick)
4 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 2 16 pass George Wilson 16 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
5 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 2 13 rush Dante Magnani 13 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
6 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 2 3 rush Ray Nolting 3 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
7 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 2 10 pass Doug McEnulty 10 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
8 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 3 81 fumble Harry Clarke 81 yard fumble return (Bob Snyder kick)
9 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 4 17 pass Hampton Pool 17 yard pass from Sid Luckman
10 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 1 34 blocked punt Neal Adams 34 yard blocked punt return (Ward Cuff kick)
11 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 1 31 pass Will Walls 31 yard pass from Emery Nix (Ward Cuff kick)
12 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 2 4 rush Bill Paschal 4 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
13 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 2 6 pass Frank Liebel 6 yard pass from Tuffy Leemans (Ward Cuff kick)
14 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 3 35 blocked punt Al Blozis 35 yard blocked punt return (Ward Cuff kick)
15 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 3 1 rush Bill Paschal 1 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
16 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 2 35 pass Don Currivan 35 yard pass from Walt Masters
17 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 2 67 pass Johnny Hall 67 yard pass from Ronnie Cahill (Dixie Stokes kick)
18 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 2 25 pass Wilbur Moore 25 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
19 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 4 4 blocked punt Lou Rymkus 4 yard blocked punt return (Bob Masterson kick)
20 1943-11-14 @ BKN L, 7-13 2 2 rush Pug Manders 2 yard rush (Bruiser Kinard kick)
21 1943-11-14 @ BKN L, 7-13 3 65 pass Merl Condit 65 yard pass from Ken Heineman
22 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 2 98 kickoff Ned Mathews 98 yard kickoff return (Augie Lio kick)
23 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 2 88 rush Harry Hopp 88 yard rush
24 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 3 7 rush Elmer Hackney 7 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
25 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 4 88 lateral Harry Hopp 88 yard lateral return (Augie Lio kick)
26 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 4 71 pass Art Van Tone 71 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Augie Lio kick)
27 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 3 4 pass Bob Masterson 4 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
28 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 12 pass Joe Aguirre 12 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Joe Aguirre kick)
29 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 1 35 rush Tony Canadeo 35 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
30 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 1 13 pass Tony Canadeo 13 yard pass from Lou Brock (Don Hutson kick)
31 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 3 4 rush Irv Comp 4 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
32 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 4 12 pass Don Hutson 12 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
33 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 4 23 pass Don Hutson 23 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)