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1937 Pittsburgh Pirates

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4-7-0, Finished 3rd in NFL East Division  · 1937 NFL Season Summary

Scored 122 points (11.1/g), 7th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 145 points (13.2/g), 6th.
 Differential of -23 points (-2.1/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 4.4-6.6.

Coach: Johnny Blood (4-7-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: South Park (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/General Manager Art Rooney

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 122 2337 657 3.6 27 0 105 57 164 918 9 27 5.6 493 1419 5 2.9 105
Team Defense 145 2213 590 3.8 40 23 60 185 902 9 17 4.9 405 1311 7 3.2
Lg Rank Offense 7 7 10 1 6 8 7 5 10 5 1 6 6 8
Lg Rank Defense 6 4 5 2 1 6 3 5 7 2 5 5 6 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 5 boxscore W 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles 27 14
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 2-0 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 21 0 15 302 163 139 2 4 92 12 80 5
3 Sun September 26 boxscore L 2-1 New York Giants 7 10 5 117 17 100 9 8 191 96 95 1
4 Mon October 4 boxscore L 2-2 Chicago Bears 0 7
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-3 @ Detroit Lions 3 7
5 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-4 @ Washington Redskins 20 34
7 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-5 Chicago Cardinals 7 13
8 Sun October 31 boxscore W 3-5 Philadelphia Eagles 16 7
7 Sun November 7 boxscore L 3-6 @ New York Giants 0 17 4 80 54 26 6 13 239 129 110 1
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 4-6 Washington Redskins 21 13
11 Sun November 21 boxscore L 4-7 Brooklyn Dodgers 0 23

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
Johnny Gildea 27 TB 11 8 14 47 29.8% 288 2 4.3 9 19.1 0 6.1 -1.6 20.6 26.2 27.2 0 0
Max Fiske 24 b 7 1 17 43 39.5% 318 4 9.3 4 9.3 0 7.4 5.1 18.7 45.4 58.1 0 0
Johnny Blood 34 tb 9 2 10 25 40.0% 115 1 4.0 2 8.0 0 4.6 1.8 11.5 12.8 34.6 0 0
Bill Davidson 22 HB 11 10 8 24 33.3% 81 0 0.0 5 20.8 0 3.4 -6.0 10.1 7.4 4.3 0 0
Tuffy Thompson 23 hb 7 4 6 14 42.9% 100 1 7.1 4 28.6 39 7.1 -4.3 16.7 14.3 51.8 0 0
By Haines 23 hb 5 1 1 6 16.7% 14 0 0.0 1 16.7 14 2.3 -5.2 14.0 2.8 0.0 0 0
Bull Karcis 29 fb 6 2 1 3 33.3% 2 1 33.3 1 33.3 2 0.7 -7.7 2.0 0.3 42.4 0 0
Stu Smith 22 FB 10 6 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 25.3 11 57 164 34.8% 918 9 5.5 27 16.5 39 5.6 -0.7 16.1 83.5 33.1 0 0
Opp Total 11 60 185 32.4% 902 9 4.9 17 9.2 4.9 1.71 15.0 82.0 27.4 0 0 4.9 1.7 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
Bull Karcis 29 fb 6 2 127 513 3 0 4.0 85.5 21.2 2 18 9.0 0 0 0.3 3.0 531 3 0
Bill Davidson 22 HB 11 10 101 293 1 0 2.9 26.6 9.2 4 169 42.3 2 0 0.4 15.4 462 3 0
Stu Smith 22 FB 10 6 66 211 0 0 3.2 21.1 6.6 211 0 0
Johnny Gildea 27 TB 11 8 49 65 1 0 1.3 5.9 4.5 3 47 15.7 0 0 0.3 4.3 112 1 0
Tuffy Thompson 23 hb 7 4 43 80 0 0 1.9 11.4 6.1 6 126 21.0 1 55 0.9 18.0 206 1 0
Izzy Weinstock 24 fb 11 6 30 88 0 0 2.9 8.0 2.7 88 0 0
Max Fiske 24 b 7 1 28 44 0 0 1.6 6.3 4.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 0.0 44 0 0
By Haines 23 hb 5 1 24 29 0 0 1.2 5.8 4.8 2 17 8.5 0 0 0.4 3.4 46 0 0
Bill Breeden 24 b 9 3 10 25 0 0 2.5 2.8 1.1 6 59 9.8 0 0 0.7 6.6 84 0 0
Johnny Blood 34 tb 9 2 9 37 0 0 4.1 4.1 1.0 10 168 16.8 4 0 1.1 18.7 205 4 0
Silvio Zaninelli 24 BB 10 5 4 14 0 0 3.5 1.4 0.4 2 12 6.0 0 0 0.2 1.2 26 0 0
Ed Karpowich 25 t 9 4 1 15 0 15 15.0 1.7 0.1 15 0 0
John Perko 23 RG 10 8 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.5 0.1 5 0 0
Bill Sortet 25 RE 9 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 121 13.4 1 26 1.0 13.4 121 1 0
Jeep Brett 23 LE 10 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 135 16.9 1 0 0.8 13.5 135 1 0
Mac Cara 23 e 10 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 36 18.0 0 0 0.2 3.6 36 0 0
Vinnie Sites 25 e 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 10 5.0 0 0 0.3 1.4 10 0 0
Team Total 25.3 11 493 1419 5 15 2.9 129.0 44.8 57 918 16.1 9 55 5.2 83.5 2337 14 0
Opp Total 11 405 1311 7 3.2 119.2 36.8 60 902 15.0 9 5.5 82.0 2213 16 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
Johnny Blood 34 tb 9 2 4 1 5 30
Bill Davidson 22 HB 11 10 1 2 1 4 24
Bull Karcis 29 fb 6 2 3 3 18
Armand Niccolai 26 RT 11 5 5 4 17
Jeep Brett 23 LE 10 7 1 1 6
Johnny Gildea 27 TB 11 8 1 1 6
Bill Sortet 25 RE 9 6 1 1 6
Tuffy Thompson 23 hb 7 4 1 1 6
Izzy Weinstock 24 fb 11 6 4 4
George Kakasic 25 LG 11 8 3 3
Team Total 25.3 11 5 9 1 1 16 12 4 1 122
Opp Total 11 7 9 16 3 145

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1937-09-05 PHI W, 27-14 1 39 pass Jeep Brett 39 yard pass from Tuffy Thompson (Izzy Weinstock kick)
2 1937-09-05 PHI W, 27-14 3 44 pass Bill Davidson 44 yard pass from Johnny Gildea (Armand Niccolai kick)
3 1937-09-05 PHI W, 27-14 4 92 kickoff Johnny Blood 92 yard kickoff return (Bill Breeden kick)
4 1937-09-05 PHI W, 27-14 4 44 pass Johnny Blood 44 yard pass from Max Fiske
5 1937-09-19 @ BKN W, 21-0 2 3 rush Bull Karcis 3 yard rush (George Kakasic kick)
6 1937-09-19 @ BKN W, 21-0 3 1 rush Johnny Gildea 1 yard rush (George Kakasic kick)
7 1937-09-19 @ BKN W, 21-0 4 6 pass Johnny Blood 6 yard pass from Max Fiske (Armand Niccolai kick)
8 1937-09-26 NYG L, 7-10 3 4 rush Bull Karcis 4 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
9 1937-10-17 @ WAS L, 20-34 2 43 pass Johnny Blood 43 yard pass from Max Fiske (Izzy Weinstock kick)
10 1937-10-17 @ WAS L, 20-34 2 55 pass Tuffy Thompson 55 yard pass from Johnny Blood
11 1937-10-17 @ WAS L, 20-34 4 2 pass Johnny Blood 2 yard pass from Bull Karcis (Armand Niccolai kick)
12 1937-10-24 CRD L, 7-13 4 65 pass Bill Davidson 65 yard pass from Max Fiske (Izzy Weinstock kick)
13 1937-10-31 PHI W, 16-7 1 87 interception Bill Davidson 87 yard interception return
14 1937-10-31 PHI W, 16-7 3 26 pass Bill Sortet 26 yard pass from Johnny Gildea (Armand Niccolai kick)
15 1937-11-14 WAS W, 21-13 1 68 rush Bill Davidson 68 yard rush (Izzy Weinstock kick)
16 1937-11-14 WAS W, 21-13 4 21 rush Bull Karcis 21 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1937-09-05 PHI L, 14-27 2 3 rush Swede Hanson 3 yard rush (Dave Smukler kick)
2 1937-09-05 PHI L, 14-27 4 7 pass Bill Hewitt 7 yard pass from Dave Smukler (Dave Smukler kick)
3 1937-09-26 NYG W, 10-7 2 13 pass Kink Richards 13 yard pass from Ed Danowski (Tillie Manton kick)
4 1937-10-04 CHI W, 7-0 3 13 rush Ray Nolting 13 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
5 1937-10-10 @ DET W, 7-3 3 2 rush Ernie Caddel 2 yard rush (Dutch Clark kick)
6 1937-10-17 @ WAS W, 34-20 1 65 interception Cliff Battles 65 yard interception return (Riley Smith kick)
7 1937-10-17 @ WAS W, 34-20 3 7 pass Charley Malone 7 yard pass from Sammy Baugh
8 1937-10-17 @ WAS W, 34-20 3 3 pass Ed Justice 3 yard pass from Riley Smith (Riley Smith kick)
9 1937-10-17 @ WAS W, 34-20 4 60 rush Cliff Battles 60 yard rush (Riley Smith kick)
10 1937-10-17 @ WAS W, 34-20 4 62 rush Cliff Battles 62 yard rush (Riley Smith kick)
11 1937-10-24 CRD W, 13-7 3 18 pass Versil Deskin 18 yard pass from Pat Coffee (Bill May kick)
12 1937-10-24 CRD W, 13-7 4 2 rush Jimmy Lawrence 2 yard rush
13 1937-10-31 PHI L, 7-16 1 22 fumble Joe Pilconis 22 yard fumble return (Dave Smukler kick)
14 1937-11-07 @ NYG W, 17-0 2 5 pass Dale Burnett 5 yard pass from Ed Danowski (Tillie Manton kick)
15 1937-11-07 @ NYG W, 17-0 4 25 interception Hank Soar 25 yard interception return (Tillie Manton kick)
16 1937-11-14 WAS L, 13-21 1 3 pass Ernie Pinckert 3 yard pass from Riley Smith
17 1937-11-14 WAS L, 13-21 4 40 pass Ed Justice 40 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Riley Smith kick)
18 1937-11-21 BKN W, 23-0 3 2 rush Ace Parker 2 yard rush (Ace Parker kick)
19 1937-11-21 BKN W, 23-0 3 44 punt Ace Parker 44 yard punt return
20 1937-11-21 BKN W, 23-0 4 15 pass Buster Mitchell 15 yard pass from Ace Parker (Joe Maniaci kick)