1933 Portsmouth Spartans season

The 1933 Portsmouth Spartans season was their fourth in the league and final season before becoming the Detroit Lions. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 6–2–4, losing five games.[1] They failed to qualify for the playoffs.

1933 Portsmouth Spartans season
Head coachPotsy Clark
Home fieldUniversal Stadium
Results
Record6–5
Division place2nd NFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify

ScheduleEdit

The Spartans started out fast with a 5–1 mark, just a half-game behind the first place Bears (5–0). After splitting their next two contests, Portsmouth (at 6–2) was still within half a game of Chicago (6–1–1). But the Spartans would lose their next three games, including back-to-back defeats to the Bears to close the season. The Spartans were sold and headed north for the 1934 season, becoming the Detroit Lions. Ironically, the team would return for one last game at Universal Stadium when the Lions' October 28 contest against failing Cincinnati Reds franchise was moved from the Queen City to Portsmouth; Detroit won, 38–0, in the last NFL game played in the small Ohio town.

Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 17 Cincinnati Reds W 21–0 1–0 Universal Stadium Recap
2 September 24 New York Giants W 17–7 2–0 Universal Stadium Recap
3 October 1 Chicago Cardinals W 7–6 3–0 Universal Stadium Recap
4 October 8 at Green Bay Packers L 0–17 3–1 City Stadium Recap
5 October 15 at Boston Redskins W 13–0 4–1 Fenway Park Recap
6 October 18 at Philadelphia Eagles W 25–0 5–1 Baker Bowl Recap
7 November 5 at New York Giants L 10–13 5–2 Polo Grounds Recap
8 November 12 Green Bay Packers W 7–0 6–2 Universal Stadium Recap
9 November 19 at Cincinnati Reds L 7–10 6–3 Redland Field Recap
10 November 26 at Chicago Bears L 14–17 6–4 Wrigley Field Recap
11 December 3 Chicago Bears L 7–17 6–5 Universal Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

StandingsEdit

NFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Chicago Bears 10 2 1 .833 7–0 133 82 W4
Portsmouth Spartans 6 5 0 .545 3–4 128 87 L3
Green Bay Packers 5 7 1 .417 2–4 170 107 L1
Cincinnati Reds 3 6 1 .333 2–2 38 110 W1
Chicago Cardinals 1 9 1 .100 1–5 52 101 T1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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