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1951 Chicago Bears

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7-5-0, Finished 4th in NFL National Division  · 1951 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.2, Offense: -0.2, Defense: -0.9, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 286 points (23.8/g), 4th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 282 points (23.5/g), 8th.
 Differential of 4 points (0.3/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 6.1-5.9.

Coach: George Halas (7-5-0)

Stadium: Wrigley Field
 Training Camp: St. Joseph's College (Rensselaer, Indiana)

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 286 4364 889 4.9 35 15 25 256 143 315 1956 12 20 5.6 90 539 2408 24 4.5 141
Team Defense 282 4046 752 5.4 42 21 27 228 160 337 2088 21 21 5.5 101 372 1958 15 5.3 100
Lg Rank Offense 4 2 2 4 2 7 5 9 3 5 2 1 1 4
Lg Rank Defense 8 9 5 2 7 8 8 10 8 6 1 7 7 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 @ Green Bay Packers 31 20 22 329 152 177 3 17 282 214 68 4
2 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 14 28 19 321 262 59 6 15 360 144 216 2
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-1 New York Yanks 24 21 21 452 141 311 3 17 321 130 191 2
4 Sun October 21 boxscore W 3-1 San Francisco 49ers 13 7 16 381 134 247 3 18 244 174 70 7
5 Sun October 28 boxscore W 4-1 @ Detroit Lions 28 23 17 384 243 141 2 19 418 299 119 4
6 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-1 @ Washington Redskins 27 0 21 392 89 303 1 10 175 95 80 5
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 5-2 Detroit Lions 28 41 21 377 283 94 6 24 436 259 177 2
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 6-2 Green Bay Packers 24 13 25 423 167 256 1 18 240 67 173 3
9 Sun November 25 boxscore L 6-3 @ Cleveland Browns 21 42 22 237 163 74 2 22 516 243 273 4
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 6-4 Los Angeles Rams 17 42 24 351 85 266 25 496 290 206 3
11 Sun December 9 boxscore W 7-4 @ New York Yanks 45 21 30 485 149 336 2 20 360 248 112 2
12 Sun December 16 boxscore L 7-5 Chicago Cardinals 14 24 18 398 254 144 6 23 408 135 273 4

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
32 Johnny Lujack* 26 QB 12 6 4-3-0 85 176 48.3% 1295 8 4.5 8 4.5 78 7.4 6.2 15.2 107.9 69.2 0 0
12 Steve Romanik 27 qb 12 6 3-2-0 43 101 42.6% 791 3 3.0 9 8.9 54 7.8 4.4 18.4 65.9 43.0 0 0
9 Bob Williams 21 8 0 14 33 42.4% 146 1 3.0 2 6.1 19 4.4 2.3 10.4 18.3 40.7 0 0
11 Julie Rykovich 28 RH 12 0 0 3 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 33.3 0 0.0 -15.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
15 Fred Morrison 25 FB/P 12 0 1 1 100.0% 7 0 0.0 0 0.0 7 7.0 7.0 7.0 0.6 95.8 0 0
33 Wilford White 23 PR 6 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 26.7 12 7-5-0 143 315 45.4% 2239 12 3.8 20 6.3 78 7.1 5.0 15.7 186.6 55.8 0 0
Opp Total 12 160 337 47.5% 2431 21 6.2 21 6.2 7.2 5.66 15.2 202.6 66.5 43 343 5.5 4.1 11.3

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
34 John Dottley* 23 12 0 127 670 3 38 5.3 55.8 10.6 14 225 16.1 1 77 1.2 18.8 895 4 3
39 George Gulyanics 30 LH 12 0 105 403 4 30 3.8 33.6 8.8 13 146 11.2 0 32 1.1 12.2 549 4 4
11 Julie Rykovich 28 RH 12 0 83 399 4 56 4.8 33.3 6.9 6 133 22.2 0 51 0.5 11.1 532 4 3
46 Chuck Hunsinger 26 12 0 73 369 3 39 5.1 30.8 6.1 6 59 9.8 1 19 0.5 4.9 428 4 0
32 Johnny Lujack* 26 QB 12 6 47 171 7 22 3.6 14.3 3.9 171 7 2
5 Billy Stone 26 RDH 12 0 30 123 1 42 4.1 10.3 2.5 18 320 17.8 1 62 1.5 26.7 443 2 1
15 Fred Morrison 25 FB/P 12 0 29 96 0 26 3.3 8.0 2.4 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3 0.1 -0.3 93 0 2
12 Steve Romanik 27 qb 12 6 12 23 1 10 1.9 1.9 1.0 23 1 2
86 Brad Rowland 23 KR 12 0 10 50 0 20 5.0 4.2 0.8 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.1 -0.2 48 0 1
33 Wilford White 23 PR 6 0 9 86 1 38 9.6 14.3 1.5 4 45 11.3 1 22 0.7 7.5 131 2 1
9 Bob Williams 21 8 0 5 0 0 3 0.0 0.0 0.6 0 0 2
57 J.R. Boone 26 LDH 10 0 3 9 0 6 3.0 0.9 0.3 6 117 19.5 0 24 0.6 11.7 126 0 0
6 Don Kindt 26 LS 12 0 2 5 0 3 2.5 0.4 0.2 4 39 9.8 1 12 0.3 3.3 44 1 0
10 Al Campana 25 RS 2 0 2 3 0 3 1.5 1.5 1.0 3 0 0
29 John Hoffman 26 LE 12 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.3 0.1 28 394 14.1 2 78 2.3 32.8 391 2 0
88 Gene Schroeder 22 RE 12 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 24 461 19.2 3 75 2.0 38.4 465 3 0
20 Jim Keane 27 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 247 16.5 1 37 1.3 20.6 247 1 0
7 Ed Sprinkle* 28 RDE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 11 5.5 1 7 0.2 0.9 11 1 0
53 Bill Wightkin 24 LDE 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 47 47.0 0 47 0.1 4.7 47 0 0
Team Total 26.7 12 539 2408 24 56 4.5 200.7 44.9 143 2239 15.7 12 78 11.9 186.6 4647 36 23
Opp Total 12 372 1958 15 5.3 163.2 31.0 160 2088 13.1 21 13.3 174.0 4046 36 25

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
5 Billy Stone 26 RDH 12 0 14 120 0 58 8.6 5 108 0 30 21.6 671
86 Brad Rowland 23 KR 12 0 15 350 0 48 23.3 398
57 J.R. Boone 26 LDH 10 0 14 113 0 23 8.1 239
33 Wilford White 23 PR 6 0 14 131 0 29 9.4 262
15 Fred Morrison 25 FB/P 12 0 13 353 0 86 27.2 446
46 Chuck Hunsinger 26 12 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 4 66 0 35 16.5 501
24 Fred Davis 33 LDT 12 0 3 26 0 16 8.7 26
22 George Blanda 24 K/LLB 12 0 2 19 0 17 9.5 19
81 George Connor*+ 26 LT 12 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
14 Wayne Hansen 23 12 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 23
88 Gene Schroeder 22 RE 12 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 483
23 Wash Serini 29 RG 12 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
53 Bill Wightkin 24 LDE 10 0 1 3 1 3 3.0 50
Team Total 26.7 12 44 374 1 58 8.5 46 974 0 86 21.2 5995
Opp Total 12 25 1549 0 62.0 38 977 0 25.7

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
15 Fred Morrison 25 FB/P 12 0 57 2227 67 1 39.1
22 George Blanda 24 K/LLB 12 0 17 6 35.3%% 26 26 100.0%%
32 Johnny Lujack* 26 QB 12 6 11 10 90.9%%
9 Bob Williams 21 8 0 4 145 50 0 36.3
33 Wilford White 23 PR 6 0 2 1 50.0%% 1 1 100.0%%
86 Brad Rowland 23 KR 12 0 1 18 18 0 18.0
Team Total 26.7 12 19 7 36.8%% 38 37 97.4%% 62 2390 67 1 38.5
Opp Total 12 5 3 60.0%% 39 37 94.9%% 66 2492 37.8

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
6 Don Kindt 26 LS 12 0 4 56 0 39 0 0 0 2 10 0
5 Billy Stone 26 RDH 12 0 4 20 0 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
32 Johnny Lujack* 26 QB 12 6 3 44 0 31 0 0 2 0 0 0
86 Brad Rowland 23 KR 12 0 0 1 4 0 0
88 Gene Schroeder 22 RE 12 0 5 62 0 22 0
31 Stu Clarkson 32 RLB 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
34 John Dottley* 23 12 0 0 3 1 0 0
39 George Gulyanics 30 LH 12 0 0 4 0 0 0
22 George Blanda 24 K/LLB 12 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
14 Wayne Hansen 23 12 0 0 1 2 0 0
11 Julie Rykovich 28 RH 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
7 Ed Sprinkle* 28 RDE 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 56 1
9 Bob Williams 21 8 0 0 2 1 0 0
26 Dick Barwegen*+ 29 LG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Ray Bray* 34 RDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
81 George Connor*+ 26 LT 12 0 2 21 0 11 0
89 Les Cowan 26 9 0 0 0 2 8 0
24 Fred Davis 33 LDT 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
15 Fred Morrison 25 FB/P 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
12 Steve Romanik 27 qb 12 6 0 2 0 0 0
40 Frank Dempsey 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Bob Moser 23 MG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Paul Stenn 33 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Wilford White 23 PR 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.7 12 21 216 0 39 0 0 23 28 80 1
Opp Total 12 35 25 4 1

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
32 Johnny Lujack* 26 QB 12 6 7 7 10 52
22 George Blanda 24 K/LLB 12 0 26 6 44
34 John Dottley* 23 12 0 3 1 4 24
39 George Gulyanics 30 LH 12 0 4 4 24
46 Chuck Hunsinger 26 12 0 3 1 4 24
11 Julie Rykovich 28 RH 12 0 4 4 24
88 Gene Schroeder 22 RE 12 0 3 3 18
33 Wilford White 23 PR 6 0 1 1 2 1 1 16
29 John Hoffman 26 LE 12 0 2 2 12
7 Ed Sprinkle* 28 RDE 12 0 1 1 2 12
5 Billy Stone 26 RDH 12 0 1 1 2 12
20 Jim Keane 27 12 0 1 1 6
6 Don Kindt 26 LS 12 0 1 1 6
12 Steve Romanik 27 qb 12 6 1 1 6
53 Bill Wightkin 24 LDE 10 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.7 12 24 12 1 1 38 37 7 286
Opp Total 12 15 21 1 37 3 1 282

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 @ GNB W, 31-20 1 8 rush Wilford White 8 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
2 1951-09-30 @ GNB W, 31-20 2 1 rush Julie Rykovich 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
3 1951-09-30 @ GNB W, 31-20 3 1 rush John Dottley 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
4 1951-09-30 @ GNB W, 31-20 4 5 rush Chuck Hunsinger 5 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
5 1951-10-07 @ CRD L, 14-28 3 62 pass Billy Stone 62 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
6 1951-10-07 @ CRD L, 14-28 4 8 pass Wilford White 8 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
7 1951-10-14 NYY W, 24-21 2 10 rush Johnny Lujack 10 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
8 1951-10-14 NYY W, 24-21 4 42 rush Billy Stone 42 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
9 1951-10-14 NYY W, 24-21 4 78 pass John Hoffman 78 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
10 1951-10-21 SFO W, 13-7 1 77 pass John Dottley 77 yard pass from Johnny Lujack
11 1951-10-21 SFO W, 13-7 3 1 rush Johnny Lujack 1 yard rush (Johnny Lujack kick)
12 1951-10-28 @ DET W, 28-23 2 7 rush John Dottley 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
13 1951-10-28 @ DET W, 28-23 2 1 rush John Dottley 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
14 1951-10-28 @ DET W, 28-23 3 4 rush George Gulyanics 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
15 1951-10-28 @ DET W, 28-23 4 3 blocked punt Bill Wightkin 3 yard blocked punt return (George Blanda kick)
16 1951-11-04 @ WAS W, 27-0 2 5 rush Chuck Hunsinger 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
17 1951-11-04 @ WAS W, 27-0 2 7 pass Don Kindt 7 yard pass from Steve Romanik (George Blanda kick)
18 1951-11-04 @ WAS W, 27-0 3 11 rush Julie Rykovich 11 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1951-11-11 DET L, 28-41 2 54 pass John Hoffman 54 yard pass from Steve Romanik (George Blanda kick)
20 1951-11-11 DET L, 28-41 3 10 pass Gene Schroeder 10 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (George Blanda kick)
21 1951-11-11 DET L, 28-41 4 7 pass Jim Keane 7 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (George Blanda kick)
22 1951-11-11 DET L, 28-41 4 4 rush George Gulyanics 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
23 1951-11-18 GNB W, 24-13 2 1 rush Steve Romanik 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
24 1951-11-18 GNB W, 24-13 3 3 rush George Gulyanics 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
25 1951-11-18 GNB W, 24-13 4 1 rush Julie Rykovich 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
26 1951-11-25 @ CLE L, 21-42 3 3 rush George Gulyanics 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
27 1951-11-25 @ CLE L, 21-42 4 55 fumble Ed Sprinkle 55 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
28 1951-11-25 @ CLE L, 21-42 4 19 pass Chuck Hunsinger 19 yard pass from Bob Williams (Wilford White kick)
29 1951-12-02 RAM L, 17-42 1 1 rush Johnny Lujack 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
30 1951-12-02 RAM L, 17-42 1 1 rush Johnny Lujack 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
31 1951-12-09 @ NYY W, 45-21 2 1 rush Johnny Lujack 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
32 1951-12-09 @ NYY W, 45-21 2 4 rush Johnny Lujack 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
33 1951-12-09 @ NYY W, 45-21 2 9 rush Chuck Hunsinger 9 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
34 1951-12-09 @ NYY W, 45-21 3 3 rush Johnny Lujack 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
35 1951-12-09 @ NYY W, 45-21 3 56 rush Julie Rykovich 56 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
36 1951-12-09 @ NYY W, 45-21 4 4 pass Ed Sprinkle 4 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (George Blanda kick)
37 1951-12-16 CRD L, 14-24 2 75 pass Gene Schroeder 75 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (George Blanda kick)
38 1951-12-16 CRD L, 14-24 3 46 pass Gene Schroeder 46 yard pass from Steve Romanik (George Blanda kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 @ GNB L, 20-31 2 12 pass Bob Mann 12 yard pass from Bobby Thomason
2 1951-09-30 @ GNB L, 20-31 3 1 pass Jack Cloud 1 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Fred Cone kick)
3 1951-09-30 @ GNB L, 20-31 4 1 rush Jack Cloud 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
4 1951-10-07 @ CRD W, 28-14 2 18 pass Billy Cross 18 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
5 1951-10-07 @ CRD W, 28-14 2 39 rush Billy Cross 39 yard rush (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
6 1951-10-07 @ CRD W, 28-14 3 68 rush Don Paul 68 yard rush (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
7 1951-10-07 @ CRD W, 28-14 3 18 pass Fran Polsfoot 18 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
8 1951-10-14 NYY L, 21-24 4 4 rush Zollie Toth 4 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
9 1951-10-14 NYY L, 21-24 4 16 pass Dan Garza 16 yard pass from Bob Celeri (Harvey Johnson kick)
10 1951-10-14 NYY L, 21-24 4 40 fumble Art Tait 40 yard fumble return (Harvey Johnson kick)
11 1951-10-21 SFO L, 7-13 4 41 pass Gordie Soltau 41 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1951-10-28 @ DET L, 23-28 2 11 pass Leon Hart 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
13 1951-10-28 @ DET L, 23-28 3 37 pass Jim Doran 37 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
14 1951-10-28 @ DET L, 23-28 3 37 pass Dorne Dibble 37 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
15 1951-11-11 DET W, 41-28 1 26 pass Dorne Dibble 26 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
16 1951-11-11 DET W, 41-28 2 17 pass Leon Hart 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
17 1951-11-11 DET W, 41-28 2 9 pass Leon Hart 9 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
18 1951-11-11 DET W, 41-28 3 3 rush Pat Harder 3 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
19 1951-11-11 DET W, 41-28 4 15 pass Pat Harder 15 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
20 1951-11-18 GNB L, 13-24 2 5 rush Dom Moselle 5 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
21 1951-11-18 GNB L, 13-24 2 10 pass Tony Canadeo 10 yard pass from Tobin Rote
22 1951-11-25 @ CLE W, 42-21 2 2 rush Dub Jones 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
23 1951-11-25 @ CLE W, 42-21 2 34 pass Dub Jones 34 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
24 1951-11-25 @ CLE W, 42-21 3 12 rush Dub Jones 12 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
25 1951-11-25 @ CLE W, 42-21 3 27 rush Dub Jones 27 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
26 1951-11-25 @ CLE W, 42-21 4 43 rush Dub Jones 43 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
27 1951-11-25 @ CLE W, 42-21 4 43 pass Dub Jones 43 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
28 1951-12-02 RAM W, 42-17 1 91 pass Elroy Hirsch 91 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
29 1951-12-02 RAM W, 42-17 2 11 pass Tom Fears 11 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
30 1951-12-02 RAM W, 42-17 2 1 rush Norm Van Brocklin 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
31 1951-12-02 RAM W, 42-17 3 3 rush Dan Towler 3 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
32 1951-12-02 RAM W, 42-17 4 16 rush Dan Towler 16 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
33 1951-12-02 RAM W, 42-17 4 20 rush Tank Younger 20 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
34 1951-12-09 @ NYY L, 21-45 2 69 pass Dan Garza 69 yard pass from Bob Celeri (Harvey Johnson kick)
35 1951-12-09 @ NYY L, 21-45 3 3 rush Sherman Howard 3 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
36 1951-12-09 @ NYY L, 21-45 4 22 pass George Taliaferro 22 yard pass from Bob Celeri (Harvey Johnson kick)
37 1951-12-16 CRD W, 24-14 3 18 rush Charlie Trippi 18 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
38 1951-12-16 CRD W, 24-14 4 6 pass Billy Cross 6 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
39 1951-12-16 CRD W, 24-14 4 26 rush Charlie Trippi 26 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)