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1943 Chicago Bears

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8-1-1, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1943 NFL Season Summary

Scored 303 points (30.3/g), 1st of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 157 points (15.7/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 146 points (14.6/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 8.3-1.7.

Coach: Hunk Anderson (8-1-1) (co-coach with Luke Johnsos) and Luke Johnsos (8-1-1)

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


Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
Acting President/General Manager Ralph Brizzolara

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 303 3961 651 6.1 35 18 161 117 229 2310 28 17 10.1 66 422 1651 14 3.9 84 86 748 11
Opp. Stats 157 2262 535 4.2 30 6 100 64 203 980 8 24 4.8 33 332 1282 13 3.9 49 57 475 18
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 5 8 1 4 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1
Lg Rank Defense 2 2 4 8 2 3 1 1 3 1 2 6 5 7

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2 Sun September 26 boxscore T 0-0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 21 21 12 248 102 146 3 12 279 55 224 5
3 Sun October 3 boxscore W 1-0-1 @ Detroit Lions 27 21 13 396 267 129 4 14 182 77 105 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-0-1 Chicago Cardinals 20 0 12 297 211 86 3 13 216 99 117 6
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-0-1 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers 48 21 17 396 186 210 3 12 298 181 117 3
6 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-0-1 Brooklyn Dodgers 33 21 21 446 243 203 3 6 180 116 64 2
7 Sun October 31 boxscore W 5-0-1 Detroit Lions 35 14 18 481 241 240 5 12 257 125 132 4
8 Sun November 7 boxscore W 6-0-1 Green Bay Packers 21 7 14 341 186 155 2 11 234 112 122 1
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-0-1 @ New York Giants 56 7 23 682 488 194 2 7 157 73 84 2
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 7-1-1 @ Washington Redskins 7 21 12 234 145 89 6 8 257 44 213
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 8-1-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 35 24 19 440 241 199 4 5 202 98 104 4
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 26 boxscore W 9-1-1 Washington Redskins 41 21 14 455 286 169 11 249 199 50 6

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
Sid Luckman+ 27 P/QB 10 3 110 202 54.5 2194 28 13.9 12 5.9 66 10.9 11.0 19.9 219.4 107.5
Bob Snyder 30 K/qb 10 7 7 26 26.9 116 0 0.0 4 15.4 55 4.5 -2.5 16.6 11.6 6.1
Harry Clarke+ 27 KR/LH/PR 10 10 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0
Team Total 27.4 10 117 229 51.1 2310 28 12.2 17 7.4 66 10.1 9.2 19.7 231.0 95.3 0 0
Opp Total 10 64 203 31.5 980 8 3.9 24 11.8 4.8 0.30 15.3 98.0 22.0 0 0 4.8 0.3 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
Harry Clarke+ 27 KR/LH/PR 10 10 120 556 2 20 4.6 55.6 12.0 23 535 23.3 7 52 2.3 53.5 1091 9 0
Gary Famiglietti 30 FB 10 4 64 229 2 31 3.6 22.9 6.4 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 1.0 239 2 0
Dante Magnani 26 RH 10 7 51 310 2 79 6.1 31.0 5.1 6 88 14.7 1 51 0.6 8.8 398 3 0
Ray Nolting 30 7 0 38 209 1 22 5.5 29.9 5.4 5 90 18.0 0 48 0.7 12.9 299 1 0
Bill Osmanski 28 fb 4 3 37 102 1 9 2.8 25.5 9.3 102 1 0
Ray McLean 28 10 0 35 127 1 34 3.6 12.7 3.5 18 435 24.2 2 66 1.8 43.5 562 3 0
Sid Luckman+ 27 P/QB 10 3 22 -40 1 8 -1.8 -4.0 2.2 -40 1 0
Bill Geyer 24 hb 3 3 16 36 1 15 2.3 12.0 5.3 5 123 24.6 2 64 1.7 41.0 159 3 0
Doug McEnulty 21 fb 8 3 16 45 0 9 2.8 5.6 2.0 1 10 10.0 1 10 0.1 1.3 55 1 0
Bronko Nagurski 35 8 0 16 84 1 11 5.3 10.5 2.0 84 1 0
Bob Snyder 30 K/qb 10 7 6 -20 0 3 -3.3 -2.0 0.6 -20 0 0
Bob Masters 30 2 0 2 10 0 10 5.0 5.0 1.0 10 0 0
Bob Steuber 22 1 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3.0 1.0 3 0 0
George Wilson 29 RE 10 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 293 14.0 5 28 2.1 29.3 293 5 0
Hampton Pool 28 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 363 20.2 5 42 1.8 36.3 363 5 0
Jim Benton 27 LE 9 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 235 18.1 3 55 1.4 26.1 235 3 0
Connie Mack Berry 28 e 10 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 99 24.8 2 54 0.4 9.9 99 2 0
John Siegal 25 e 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 29 14.5 0 18 0.7 9.7 29 0 0
Team Total 27.4 10 424 1651 12 79 3.9 165.1 42.4 117 2310 19.7 28 66 11.7 231.0 3961 40 0
Opp Total 10 332 1282 13 3.9 128.2 33.2 64 980 15.3 8 6.4 98.0 2262 21 22

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
Harry Clarke+ 27 KR/LH/PR 10 10 10 158 0 38 15.8 13 326 0 50 25.1 1575
Ray McLean 28 10 0 7 94 0 29 13.4 4 105 0 31 26.3 761
Dante Magnani 26 RH 10 7 4 40 0 19 10.0 6 171 1 96 28.5 609
Sid Luckman+ 27 P/QB 10 3 4 46 0 14 11.5 1 7 0 7 7.0 13
Ray Nolting 30 7 0 2 13 0 11 6.5 2 40 0 30 20.0 352
Bill Geyer 24 hb 3 3 1 8 0 8 8.0 2 71 0 42 35.5 238
Jim Logan 27 g 9 1 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
Team Total 27.4 10 28 359 0 38 12.8 29 722 1 96 24.9 5042
Opp Total 10 31 1885 0 60.8 50 1145 0 22.9

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
Bob Snyder 30 K/qb 10 7 7 2 28.6% 42 39 92.9% 10 378 48 0 37.8
Sid Luckman+ 27 P/QB 10 3 34 1220 78 1 35.9
Doug McEnulty 21 fb 8 3 4 187 59 0 46.8
Ray McLean 28 10 0 1 0.0%
Team Total 27.4 10 7 2 28.6% 43 39 90.7% 48 1785 78 1 37.2
Opp Total 10 10 1 10.0% 22 22 100.0% 62 2429 39.2

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
Harry Clarke+ 27 KR/LH/PR 10 10 5 32 0 22 0
Sid Luckman+ 27 P/QB 10 3 4 85 0 27 0
Ray McLean 28 10 0 4 20 0 11 0
Bill Geyer 24 hb 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Dante Magnani 26 RH 10 7 2 23 0 14 0
George Wilson 29 RE 10 10 2 15 0 13 0
Tony Ippolito 26 9 0 1 5 0 5 0
Doug McEnulty 21 fb 8 3 1 11 0 11 0
Fred Mundee 30 5 0 1 8 0 8 0
Ray Nolting 30 7 0 1 5 0 5 0
Bob Snyder 30 K/qb 10 7 1 8 0 8 0
Team Total 27.4 10 24 212 0 27 0
Opp Total 10 22 16

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
Harry Clarke+ 27 KR/LH/PR 10 10 2 7 1 10 60
Bob Snyder 30 K/qb 10 7 39 42 2 7 45
Hampton Pool 28 10 0 5 5 30
George Wilson 29 RE 10 10 5 5 30
Bill Geyer 24 hb 3 3 1 2 1 4 24
Dante Magnani 26 RH 10 7 2 1 1 4 24
Jim Benton 27 LE 9 7 3 3 18
Ray McLean 28 10 0 1 2 3 1 18
Connie Mack Berry 28 e 10 2 2 2 12
Gary Famiglietti 30 FB 10 4 2 2 12
Sid Luckman+ 27 P/QB 10 3 1 1 6
Doug McEnulty 21 fb 8 3 1 1 6
Bronko Nagurski 35 8 0 1 1 6
Ray Nolting 30 7 0 1 1 6
Bill Osmanski 28 fb 4 3 1 1 6
Team Total 27.4 10 12 28 1 2 43 39 43 2 7 303
Opp Total 10 13 8 1 22 22 1 10 157

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1943-09-26 @ GNB T, 21-21 1 8 pass Bill Geyer 8 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
2 1943-09-26 @ GNB T, 21-21 3 21 pass Harry Clarke 21 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
3 1943-09-26 @ GNB T, 21-21 4 6 rush Bill Osmanski 6 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
4 1943-10-03 @ DET W, 27-21 1 64 pass Bill Geyer 64 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
5 1943-10-03 @ DET W, 27-21 2 1 rush Harry Clarke 1 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
6 1943-10-03 @ DET W, 27-21 3 26 pass Harry Clarke 26 yard pass from Sid Luckman
7 1943-10-03 @ DET W, 27-21 3 42 pass Hampton Pool 42 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
8 1943-10-10 CRD W, 20-0 3 40 pass Bill Geyer 40 yard pass from Sid Luckman
9 1943-10-10 CRD W, 20-0 3 21 pass Connie Mack Berry 21 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
10 1943-10-10 CRD W, 20-0 4 2 rush Bill Geyer 2 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
11 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 1 96 kickoff Dante Magnani 96 yard kickoff return (Bob Snyder kick)
12 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 2 16 pass George Wilson 16 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
13 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 2 13 rush Dante Magnani 13 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
14 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 2 3 rush Ray Nolting 3 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
15 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 2 10 pass Doug McEnulty 10 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
16 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 3 81 fumble Harry Clarke 81 yard fumble return (Bob Snyder kick)
17 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 4 17 pass Hampton Pool 17 yard pass from Sid Luckman
18 1943-10-24 BKN W, 33-21 1 28 pass George Wilson 28 yard pass from Sid Luckman
19 1943-10-24 BKN W, 33-21 2 79 rush Dante Magnani 79 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
20 1943-10-24 BKN W, 33-21 3 18 pass George Wilson 18 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
21 1943-10-24 BKN W, 33-21 4 7 rush Ray McLean 7 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
22 1943-10-31 DET W, 35-14 1 3 rush Gary Famiglietti 3 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
23 1943-10-31 DET W, 35-14 2 38 pass Harry Clarke 38 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
24 1943-10-31 DET W, 35-14 3 51 pass Dante Magnani 51 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
25 1943-10-31 DET W, 35-14 4 31 rush Gary Famiglietti 31 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
26 1943-10-31 DET W, 35-14 4 25 pass Jim Benton 25 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
27 1943-11-07 GNB W, 21-7 1 66 pass Ray McLean 66 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
28 1943-11-07 GNB W, 21-7 3 38 pass Harry Clarke 38 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
29 1943-11-07 GNB W, 21-7 4 1 rush Sid Luckman 1 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
30 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 1 4 pass Jim Benton 4 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
31 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 1 31 pass Connie Mack Berry 31 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
32 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 2 27 pass Hampton Pool 27 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
33 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 2 4 rush Harry Clarke 4 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
34 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 3 62 pass Harry Clarke 62 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
35 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 3 15 pass Jim Benton 15 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
36 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 4 3 pass George Wilson 3 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
37 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 4 40 pass Hampton Pool 40 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
38 1943-11-21 @ WAS L, 7-21 4 58 pass Ray McLean 58 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
39 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 2 15 pass Harry Clarke 15 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
40 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 2 35 pass Hampton Pool 35 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
41 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 4 1 rush Bronko Nagurski 1 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
42 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 4 25 pass Harry Clarke 25 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
43 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 4 10 pass George Wilson 10 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1943-09-26 @ GNB T, 21-21 2 4 rush Ted Fritsch 4 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
2 1943-09-26 @ GNB T, 21-21 3 6 rush Irv Comp 6 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
3 1943-09-26 @ GNB T, 21-21 4 37 pass Don Hutson 37 yard pass from Tony Canadeo (Don Hutson kick)
4 1943-10-03 @ DET W, 27-21 2 5 pass Bill Callihan 5 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick)
5 1943-10-03 @ DET W, 27-21 2 40 interception Harry Hopp 40 yard interception return (Augie Lio kick)
6 1943-10-03 @ DET W, 27-21 4 2 rush Bill Callihan 2 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
7 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 1 60 pass Ernie Steele 60 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
8 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 4 51 pass Tony Bova 51 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
9 1943-10-17 PHI W, 48-21 4 1 rush Johnny Butler 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
10 1943-10-24 BKN W, 33-21 3 25 pass Cecil Johnson 25 yard pass from Ken Heineman (Bruiser Kinard kick)
11 1943-10-24 BKN W, 33-21 4 1 rush Pug Manders 1 yard rush (Bruiser Kinard kick)
12 1943-10-24 BKN W, 33-21 4 57 pass Cecil Johnson 57 yard pass from Frank Sachse (Bruiser Kinard kick)
13 1943-10-31 DET W, 35-14 3 4 rush Elmer Hackney 4 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
14 1943-10-31 DET W, 35-14 3 1 rush Frankie Sinkwich 1 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
15 1943-11-07 GNB W, 21-7 1 20 rush Tony Canadeo 20 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
16 1943-11-14 @ NYG W, 56-7 2 1 rush Carl Kinscherf 1 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
17 1943-11-21 @ WAS L, 7-21 1 20 rush Wilbur Moore 20 yard rush (Bob Masterson kick)
18 1943-11-21 @ WAS L, 7-21 3 19 pass Andy Farkas 19 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
19 1943-11-21 @ WAS L, 7-21 3 7 pass Alex Piasecky 7 yard pass from George Cafego (Bob Masterson kick)
20 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 1 1 rush John Grigas 1 yard rush (Conway Baker kick)
21 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 3 3 rush Bob Morrow 3 yard rush (Conway Baker kick)
22 1943-11-28 @ CRD W, 35-24 3 28 rush John Grigas 28 yard rush (Chet Bulger kick)