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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
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 303 3961 651 6.1 35 18 11 161 117 229 2310 28 17 10.1 66 422 1651 14 3.9 84
Team Defense 157 2262 535 4.2 30 6 18 100 64 203 980 8 24 4.8 33 332 1282 13 3.9 49
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

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 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
3 Sun October 10 boxscore W 2-0-1 Chicago Cardinals 20 0 12 297 211 86 3 13 216 99 117 6
4 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-0-1 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers 48 21 17 396 186 210 3 12 298 181 117 3
5 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-0-1 Brooklyn Dodgers 33 21 21 446 243 203 3 6 180 116 64 2
6 Sun October 31 boxscore W 5-0-1 Detroit Lions 35 14 18 481 241 240 5 12 257 125 132 4
7 Sun November 7 boxscore W 6-0-1 Green Bay Packers 21 7 14 341 186 155 2 11 234 112 122 1
6 Sun November 14 boxscore W 7-0-1 @ New York Giants 56 7 23 682 488 194 2 7 157 73 84 2
7 Sun November 21 boxscore L 7-1-1 @ Washington Redskins 7 21 12 234 145 89 6 8 257 44 213
10 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. 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
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. 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
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. Player 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. Player 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. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD 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. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM 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 2 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 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 2 303
Opp Total 10 13 8 1 22 1 157

Touchdown Log

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