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1937 Chicago Bears

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9-1-1, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1937 NFL Season Summary

Scored 201 points (18.3/g), 2nd of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 100 points (9.1/g), 1st.
 Differential of 101 points (9.2/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 9.2-1.8.

Coach: George Halas (9-1-1)

Stadium: Wrigley Field
 Training Camp: St. John's Military Academy (Delafield, Wisconsin)

Team Info

Principal Owner/Head Coach/General Manager George Halas

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 201 2626 626 4.2 13 0 114 56 147 1014 17 13 6.9 479 1612 5 3.4 114
Team Defense 100 2225 607 3.7 38 21 78 195 1292 6 17 6.6 412 933 5 2.3
Lg Rank Offense 2 4 2 1 5 9 5 1 2 1 4 3 6 4
Lg Rank Defense 1 5 6 3 1 7 9 3 7 9 6 1 2 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 @ Green Bay Packers 14 2
4 Mon October 4 boxscore W 2-0 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 7 0
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 3-0 @ Cleveland Rams 20 2
4 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-0 Chicago Cardinals 16 7
5 Sun October 24 boxscore W 5-0 Detroit Lions 28 20
6 Sun October 31 boxscore T 5-0-1 @ New York Giants 3 3 11 233 105 128 4 4 90 8 82 1
7 Sun November 7 boxscore L 5-1-1 Green Bay Packers 14 24
8 Sun November 14 boxscore W 6-1-1 Brooklyn Dodgers 29 7
11 Thu November 25 boxscore W 7-1-1 @ Detroit Lions 13 0
10 Sun November 28 boxscore W 8-1-1 Cleveland Rams 15 7
11 Sun December 5 boxscore W 9-1-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 42 28
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 12 boxscore L 9-2-1 Washington Redskins 21 28 11 332 207 125 4 18 475 398 77 6

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
Bernie Masterson 26 QB 10 5 26 72 36.1% 615 9 12.5 7 9.7 0 8.5 6.7 23.7 61.5 67.8
Ray Buivid 22 6 0 17 35 48.6% 205 6 17.1 2 5.7 0 5.9 6.7 12.1 34.2 82.7
Gene Ronzani 28 b 11 3 4 13 30.8% 84 0 0.0 1 7.7 0 6.5 3.0 21.0 7.6 22.6
Beattie Feathers 28 LH 11 7 2 6 33.3% 12 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 2.0 2.0 6.0 1.1 42.4
Sam Francis 24 fb 8 3 3 6 50.0% 34 1 16.7 2 33.3 0 5.7 -6.0 11.3 4.3 67.4
Keith Molesworth 32 hb 9 3 1 6 16.7% 4 0 0.0 0 0.0 4 0.7 0.7 4.0 0.4 39.6
Ray Nolting 24 rh 11 4 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 25.0 0 0.0 -11.3 0.0 0.0
John Doehring 28 3 0 2 3 66.7% 25 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 8.3 8.3 12.5 8.3 92.4 0 0
Bronko Nagurski 29 FB 10 8 1 2 50.0% 35 1 50.0 0 0.0 35 17.5 27.5 35.0 3.5 135.4
Team Total 25.8 11 56 147 38.1% 1014 17 11.6 13 8.8 35 6.9 5.2 18.1 92.2 64.3 0 0
Opp Total 11 78 195 40.0% 1292 6 3.1 17 8.7 6.6 3.32 16.6 117.5 37.0 0 0 6.6 3.3 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
Ray Nolting 24 rh 11 4 106 424 2 0 4.0 38.5 9.6 4 64 16.0 0 0 0.4 5.8 488 2 0
Jack Manders+ 28 RH 11 9 73 319 0 0 4.4 29.0 6.6 7 163 23.3 4 63 0.6 14.8 482 4 0
Bronko Nagurski 29 FB 10 8 73 343 1 0 4.7 34.3 7.3 343 1 0
Beattie Feathers 28 LH 11 7 66 211 1 0 3.2 19.2 6.0 211 1 0
Sam Francis 24 fb 8 3 48 129 0 0 2.7 16.1 6.0 1 -9 -9.0 0 -9 0.1 -1.1 120 0 0
Bernie Masterson 26 QB 10 5 30 -21 1 0 -0.7 -2.1 3.0 -21 1 0
Pug Rentner 27 b 10 2 21 70 0 0 3.3 7.0 2.1 6 101 16.8 1 0 0.6 10.1 171 1 0
Keith Molesworth 32 hb 9 3 20 53 0 0 2.7 5.9 2.2 4 21 5.3 0 0 0.4 2.3 74 0 0
Ray Buivid 22 6 0 19 24 0 0 1.3 4.0 3.2 1 4 4.0 1 4 0.2 0.7 28 1 0
Gene Ronzani 28 b 11 3 12 17 0 0 1.4 1.5 1.1 2 40 20.0 1 21 0.2 3.6 57 1 0
John Doehring 28 3 0 9 33 0 0 3.7 11.0 3.0 33 0 0
Bill Karr 26 RE 10 8 1 10 0 10 10.0 1.0 0.1 7 188 26.9 2 42 0.7 18.8 198 2 0
John Bettridge 27 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 0
Les McDonald 23 e 8 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 179 16.3 4 42 1.4 22.4 179 4 0
Eggs Manske 25 LE 11 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 225 25.0 3 64 0.8 20.5 225 3 0
Dick Plasman 23 e 9 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 18 6.0 1 0 0.3 2.0 18 1 0
George Wilson 23 e 11 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 1.8 20 0 0
Team Total 25.8 11 479 1612 5 10 3.4 146.5 43.5 56 1014 18.1 17 64 5.1 92.2 2626 22 0
Opp Total 11 412 933 5 2.3 84.8 37.5 78 1292 16.6 6 7.1 117.5 2225 11 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
Jack Manders+ 28 RH 11 9 4 1 5 15 8 69
Eggs Manske 25 LE 11 6 3 1 4 24
Les McDonald 23 e 8 1 4 4 24
Bill Karr 26 RE 10 8 2 2 12
Ray Nolting 24 rh 11 4 2 2 12
Dick Plasman 23 e 9 2 1 1 2 8
Sam Francis 24 fb 8 3 1 1 1 7
Ray Buivid 22 6 0 1 1 6
Beattie Feathers 28 LH 11 7 1 1 6
Bernie Masterson 26 QB 10 5 1 1 6
Bronko Nagurski 29 FB 10 8 1 1 6
Pug Rentner 27 b 10 2 1 1 6
Gene Ronzani 28 b 11 3 1 1 6
George Wilson 23 e 11 2 1 1 6
Keith Molesworth 32 hb 9 3 1 1
Team Total 25.8 11 5 17 3 1 26 19 8 1 201
Opp Total 11 5 6 12 2 2 100

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1937-09-19 @ GNB W, 14-2 3 2 rush Ray Nolting 2 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
2 1937-09-19 @ GNB W, 14-2 3 45 pass Jack Manders 45 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
3 1937-10-04 @ PIT W, 7-0 3 13 rush Ray Nolting 13 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
4 1937-10-10 @ RAM W, 20-2 2 18 pass Les McDonald 18 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
5 1937-10-10 @ RAM W, 20-2 4 55 interception Eggs Manske 55 yard interception return (Jack Manders kick)
6 1937-10-17 CRD W, 16-7 1 4 rush Beattie Feathers 4 yard rush
7 1937-10-17 CRD W, 16-7 3 63 pass Jack Manders 63 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
8 1937-10-24 DET W, 28-20 1 3 rush Bronko Nagurski 3 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
9 1937-10-24 DET W, 28-20 2 1 rush Bernie Masterson 1 yard rush (Jack Manders kick)
10 1937-10-24 DET W, 28-20 2 42 pass Bill Karr 42 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
11 1937-10-24 DET W, 28-20 4 27 pass Eggs Manske 27 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
12 1937-11-07 GNB L, 14-24 3 55 interception Jack Manders 55 yard interception return (Jack Manders kick)
13 1937-11-07 GNB L, 14-24 3 64 pass Eggs Manske 64 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
14 1937-11-14 BKN W, 29-7 2 11 pass Jack Manders 11 yard pass from Bernie Masterson (Jack Manders kick)
15 1937-11-14 BKN W, 29-7 2 13 pass Jack Manders 13 yard pass from Bernie Masterson
16 1937-11-14 BKN W, 29-7 3 blocked punt George Wilson unknown yard blocked punt return (Keith Molesworth kick)
17 1937-11-14 BKN W, 29-7 4 pass Dick Plasman unknown yard pass from Ray Buivid
18 1937-11-25 @ DET W, 13-0 4 45 interception Sam Francis 45 yard interception return (Jack Manders kick)
19 1937-11-28 RAM W, 15-7 1 35 pass Bill Karr 35 yard pass from Bronko Nagurski
20 1937-11-28 RAM W, 15-7 2 43 pass Eggs Manske 43 yard pass from Bernie Masterson
21 1937-12-05 @ CRD W, 42-28 2 14 pass Les McDonald 14 yard pass from Ray Buivid (Jack Manders kick)
22 1937-12-05 @ CRD W, 42-28 2 42 pass Les McDonald 42 yard pass from Ray Buivid
23 1937-12-05 @ CRD W, 42-28 3 8 pass Les McDonald 8 yard pass from Ray Buivid (Dick Plasman kick)
24 1937-12-05 @ CRD W, 42-28 3 15 pass Pug Rentner 15 yard pass from Ray Buivid (Dick Plasman kick)
25 1937-12-05 @ CRD W, 42-28 3 21 pass Gene Ronzani 21 yard pass from Ray Buivid
26 1937-12-05 @ CRD W, 42-28 3 8 pass Ray Buivid 8 yard pass from Sam Francis (Sam Francis kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1937-10-17 CRD L, 7-16 4 1 rush Buddy Parker 1 yard rush (Bill May kick)
2 1937-10-24 DET L, 20-28 2 3 rush Dutch Clark 3 yard rush
3 1937-10-24 DET L, 20-28 2 2 rush Bill Shepherd 2 yard rush (Bill Shepherd kick)
4 1937-10-24 DET L, 20-28 4 2 rush Dutch Clark 2 yard rush (Dutch Clark kick)
5 1937-11-07 GNB W, 24-14 2 78 pass Don Hutson 78 yard pass from Arnie Herber (Clarke Hinkle kick)
6 1937-11-07 GNB W, 24-14 2 23 interception Ed Jankowski 23 yard interception return (Ernie Smith kick)
7 1937-11-07 GNB W, 24-14 4 4 pass Clarke Hinkle 4 yard pass from Bob Monnett (Tiny Engebretsen kick)
8 1937-11-14 BKN L, 7-29 3 54 pass Jeff Barrett 54 yard pass from Ralph Kercheval (Joe Maniaci kick)
9 1937-11-28 RAM L, 7-15 3 11 lateral Primo Miller 11 yard lateral return (Bob Snyder kick)
10 1937-12-05 @ CRD L, 28-42 1 37 pass Doug Russell 37 yard pass from Pat Coffee (Conway Baker kick)
11 1937-12-05 @ CRD L, 28-42 1 4 pass Pete Tyler 4 yard pass from Pat Coffee (Conway Baker kick)
12 1937-12-05 @ CRD L, 28-42 4 rush Hal Pangle unknown yard rush (Conway Baker kick)
13 1937-12-05 @ CRD L, 28-42 4 97 pass Gaynell Tinsley 97 yard pass from Pat Coffee