Green Bay successfully defended its championship in 1930, but it did not come easy. The team was 7-0 when it embarked on a season-closing seven-game road trip on November 9. That included a 14-7 victory over Benny Friedman’s New York Giants, won on a thrilling 70-yard touchdown pass from Red Dunn to Johnny Blood.
After starting the trip with a victory over the Bears, the Pack stumbled against the Cardinals and then lost the following week to the second place Giants to give the New Yorkers the league lead with an 11-2 mark. Within a week, though, the 8-2 Packers were back on top by beating Frankford on Thanksgiving and Staten Island the following Sunday. Meanwhile, the Giants lost twice to Staten Island and then Brooklyn, leaving the standings at 10-2 Packers and 11-4 Giants. Even though New York won their last two games, while Green Bay lost to the Bears and tied Portsmouth, the Packers won the NFL title .769 to .765. The surging Bears behind rookie Bronko Nagurski won their last five games and finished third.
The Packers were 6-0 at home and 4-3-1 on the road, 6-1-1 against losing teams and 4-2 against others. Red Dunn led in passing by completing 43 of 83 passes for 825 yards, 11 TDs and just seven picks. Verne Lewellen threw for 497 yards and rookie Arnie Herber added 205. Bo Molenda led in rushing with 459 yards, followed by Lewellen with 411, Herdis McCrary with 351 and Johnny Blood with 232. Blood led with 26 catches for 491 yards (18.9 average) and five scores. Lavie Dilweg nabbed 16 passes for 291 yards and two scores. Dilweg also led in interceptions with 6, including another touchdown.
Lewellen averaged 40.5 yards on 89 punts and led the team with 54 points. McCrary scored 36 and Blood 30.
Dilweg and Mike Michalske were named first team All-Pro. Dunn, Blood and Tom Nash were named second team and Cal Hubbard third team. Herber, halfback Wuert Engelman and tackle Red Sleight were the top rookies.
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Unofficial and incomplete statistics are drawn from 1991’s The Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of Professional NFL Football, from 1892 to the Present, compiled from the yeoman research of David Neft, Richard M. Cohen and Rick Korch.