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1953 Chicago Bears

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3-8-1, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.6, Offense: -4.5, Defense: -0.0, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 218 points (18.2/g), 6th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 262 points (21.8/g), 7th.
 Differential of -44 points (-3.7/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-7.3.

Coach: George Halas (3-8-1)

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 218 3628 830 4.4 51 21 16 214 206 446 2499 15 30 5.4 119 367 1129 9 3.1 79
Team Defense 262 4152 820 5.1 37 23 10 213 174 364 2376 14 14 6.2 109 437 1776 15 4.1 94
Lg Rank Offense 6 6 12 9 3 1 4 7 9 6 11 11 9 11
Lg Rank Defense 7 11 9 2 10 7 11 4 12 11 9 10 8 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 27 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 9 13 20 334 225 109 8 9 164 74 90 3
2 Sun October 4 boxscore W 1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 17 13 16 220 139 81 4 13 270 188 82 5
3 Sun October 11 boxscore L 1-2 Baltimore Colts 14 16 15 235 134 101 5 19 327 216 111 2
4 Sun October 18 boxscore L 1-3 San Francisco 49ers 28 35 17 265 191 74 4 20 379 128 251 3
5 Sun October 25 boxscore L 1-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 24 38 24 376 296 80 6 19 525 312 213 1
6 Sun November 1 boxscore L 1-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 24 19 273 244 29 2 29 495 278 217 4
7 Sun November 8 boxscore T 1-5-1 Green Bay Packers 21 21 17 288 234 54 3 15 331 237 94 2
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 2-5-1 @ Washington Redskins 27 24 25 354 117 237 5 14 291 177 114 4
9 Sun November 22 boxscore L 2-6-1 Detroit Lions 16 20 17 335 225 110 5 28 417 240 177 2
10 Sun November 29 boxscore W 3-6-1 Los Angeles Rams 24 21 10 303 177 126 1 19 356 215 141 4
11 Sun December 6 boxscore L 3-7-1 @ Detroit Lions 7 13 13 247 193 54 6 12 309 137 172 4
12 Sun December 13 boxscore L 3-8-1 Chicago Cardinals 17 24 21 398 324 74 2 16 288 174 114 3

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
16 George Blanda 26 K/QB 12 12 3-8-1 169 362 46.7% 2164 14 3.9 23 6.4 72 6.0 3.9 12.8 180.3 52.3 0 0
10 Tommy O'Connell 23 12 0 33 67 49.3% 437 1 1.5 4 6.0 40 6.5 4.1 13.2 36.4 50.4 0 0
12 Steve Romanik 29 1 0 1 8 12.5% 9 0 0.0 2 25.0 9 1.1 -10.1 9.0 9.0 0.0 0 0
14 Willie Thrower 23 1 0 3 8 37.5% 27 0 0.0 1 12.5 12 3.4 -2.3 9.0 27.0 7.8 0 0
25 Eddie Macon 26 PR/RS 12 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 25.6 12 3-8-1 206 446 46.2% 2637 15 3.4 30 6.7 72 5.9 3.6 12.8 219.8 48.4 0 0
Opp Total 12 174 364 47.8% 2530 14 3.8 14 3.8 7.0 5.99 14.5 210.8 67.7 19 154 6.2 5.3 5.0

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
15 Fred Morrison 27 FB/P 12 0 95 307 2 17 3.2 25.6 7.9 16 214 13.4 0 44 1.3 17.8 521 2 2
45 Billy Stone 28 LH 12 0 72 169 2 28 2.3 14.1 6.0 34 376 11.1 4 51 2.8 31.3 545 6 7
34 John Dottley 25 10 0 58 150 1 12 2.6 15.0 5.8 5 21 4.2 0 8 0.5 2.1 171 1 4
25 Eddie Macon 26 PR/RS 12 0 40 130 1 17 3.3 10.8 3.3 6 24 4.0 2 10 0.5 2.0 154 3 2
89 John Hoffman* 28 RH 12 0 32 95 3 34 3.0 7.9 2.7 28 341 12.2 1 40 2.3 28.4 436 4 2
16 George Blanda 26 K/QB 12 12 24 62 0 16 2.6 5.2 2.0 0 7 0 7 0.0 0.6 69 0 3
32 Leon Campbell 26 KR 12 0 22 130 0 39 5.9 10.8 1.8 5 74 14.8 0 47 0.4 6.2 204 0 3
35 Bobby Jack Floyd 24 8 0 16 70 0 16 4.4 8.8 2.0 9 63 7.0 0 16 1.1 7.9 133 0 1
10 Tommy O'Connell 23 12 0 7 16 0 17 2.3 1.3 0.6 16 0 3
12 Steve Romanik 29 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 0
43 Jim Dooley 23 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 841 15.9 4 72 4.4 70.1 841 4 1
83 Bill McColl 23 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 453 12.6 4 55 3.0 37.8 453 4 2
82 Dick Hensley 26 LDE 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 117 29.3 0 50 0.4 10.6 117 0 0
28 Lloyd Lowe 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 34 8.5 0 11 0.6 4.9 34 0 1
46 Billy Anderson 24 RDH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 33 11.0 0 16 0.3 2.8 33 0 0
86 Bill Wightkin 26 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 22 11.0 0 13 0.2 1.8 22 0 0
71 George Connor*+ 28 LT 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 17 17.0 0 17 0.1 1.4 17 0 0
Team Total 25.6 12 367 1129 9 39 3.1 94.1 30.6 206 2637 12.8 15 72 17.2 219.8 3766 24 32
Opp Total 12 437 1776 15 4.1 148.0 36.4 174 2376 13.7 14 14.5 198.0 4152 29 34

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
25 Eddie Macon 26 PR/RS 12 0 17 68 0 15 4.0 13 373 0 70 28.7 595
32 Leon Campbell 26 KR 12 0 19 455 0 41 23.9 659
28 Lloyd Lowe 25 7 0 15 51 0 28 3.4 1 26 0 26 26.0 111
46 Billy Anderson 24 RDH 12 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 5 127 0 28 25.4 167
15 Fred Morrison 27 FB/P 12 0 4 43 0 14 10.8 564
45 Billy Stone 28 LH 12 0 4 12 0 10 3.0 557
89 John Hoffman* 28 RH 12 0 2 32 0 17 16.0 468
71 George Connor*+ 28 LT 12 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 38
62 Frank Dempsey 28 LLB 11 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
80 John Helwig 26 12 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
7 Ed Sprinkle 30 RDE 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
86 Bill Wightkin 26 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 22
Team Total 25.6 12 38 143 0 28 3.8 48 1089 0 70 22.7 4998
Opp Total 12 34 1527 1 44.9 36 844 0 23.4

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 27 FB/P 12 0 65 2766 65 2 42.6
16 George Blanda 26 K/QB 12 12 20 7 35.0%% 27 27 100.0%%
46 Billy Anderson 24 RDH 12 0 1 46 46 0 46.0
72 Bill George 24 RG 12 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 25.6 12 21 7 33.3%% 27 27 100.0%% 66 2812 65 2 42.6
Opp Total 12 30 11 36.7%% 33 31 93.9%% 73 2672 36.6

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* 28 LS 12 0 6 172 1 67 0 0 0 3 0 0
45 Billy Stone 28 LH 12 0 0 7 1 6 0
34 John Dottley 25 10 0 0 4 2 0 0
16 George Blanda 26 K/QB 12 12 0 3 2 0 0
89 John Hoffman* 28 RH 12 0 1 27 0 27 0 0 2 2 0 0
32 Leon Campbell 26 KR 12 0 0 3 1 0 0
84 Bones Weatherly 25 RLB 12 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 3 0 0
73 Bill Bishop 22 RDT 12 0 1 30 0 30 0 0 0 2 0 0
43 Jim Dooley 23 LE 12 0 0 1 2 0 0
25 Eddie Macon 26 PR/RS 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
83 Bill McColl 23 RE 12 0 0 2 1 0 1
10 Tommy O'Connell 23 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
7 Ed Sprinkle 30 RDE 12 0 0 1 2 0 0
22 S.J. Whitman 27 LDH 9 0 2 36 0 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Frank Dempsey 28 LLB 11 0 0 0 2 10 0
28 Lloyd Lowe 25 7 0 1 6 0 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
15 Fred Morrison 27 FB/P 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
75 Fred Williams* 24 LDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
71 George Connor*+ 28 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 George Figner 22 5 0 1 4 0 4 0
35 Bobby Jack Floyd 24 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
51 Wayne Hansen 25 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 John Helwig 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Dick Hensley 26 LDE 11 0 0 0 1 8 0 1
58 John Kreamcheck 27 MG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Bob Moser 25 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Rex Proctor 24 3 0 1 4 0 4 0
86 Bill Wightkin 26 12 0 0 0 1 0 1
Team Total 25.6 12 14 292 1 67 0 0 32 34 24 2 1
Opp Total 12 17 34 11

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
16 George Blanda 26 K/QB 12 12 27 7 48
45 Billy Stone 28 LH 12 0 2 4 6 36
83 Bill McColl 23 RE 12 0 4 1 5 30
43 Jim Dooley 23 LE 12 0 4 4 24
89 John Hoffman* 28 RH 12 0 3 1 4 24
25 Eddie Macon 26 PR/RS 12 0 1 2 3 18
15 Fred Morrison 27 FB/P 12 0 2 2 12
34 John Dottley 25 10 0 1 1 6
6 Don Kindt* 28 LS 12 0 1 1 6
7 Ed Sprinkle 30 RDE 12 0 1 1 6
86 Bill Wightkin 26 12 0 1 1 6
82 Dick Hensley 26 LDE 11 0 1 2
Team Total 25.6 12 9 15 2 1 1 28 27 7 1 218
Opp Total 12 15 14 1 3 31 11 262

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 @ BAL L, 9-13 1 23 rush Billy Stone 23 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
2 1953-10-04 @ GNB W, 17-13 2 2 rush John Dottley 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
3 1953-10-04 @ GNB W, 17-13 4 16 pass Jim Dooley 16 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
4 1953-10-11 BAL L, 14-16 1 6 pass Bill McColl 6 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
5 1953-10-11 BAL L, 14-16 4 5 pass Bill McColl 5 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
6 1953-10-18 SFO L, 28-35 1 fumble Bill Wightkin yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
7 1953-10-18 SFO L, 28-35 1 12 pass Billy Stone 12 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
8 1953-10-18 SFO L, 28-35 1 21 blocked punt Ed Sprinkle 21 yard blocked punt return (George Blanda kick)
9 1953-10-18 SFO L, 28-35 4 4 rush Fred Morrison 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
10 1953-10-25 @ RAM L, 24-38 1 5 rush John Hoffman 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
11 1953-10-25 @ RAM L, 24-38 4 5 rush Fred Morrison 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
12 1953-10-25 @ RAM L, 24-38 4 10 pass Billy Stone 10 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
13 1953-11-01 @ SFO L, 14-24 1 7 pass Bill McColl 7 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
14 1953-11-01 @ SFO L, 14-24 2 12 rush Billy Stone 12 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
15 1953-11-08 GNB T, 21-21 1 67 interception Don Kindt 67 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
16 1953-11-08 GNB T, 21-21 2 33 pass Jim Dooley 33 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
17 1953-11-08 GNB T, 21-21 4 14 pass John Hoffman 14 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
18 1953-11-15 @ WAS W, 27-24 1 34 rush John Hoffman 34 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1953-11-15 @ WAS W, 27-24 3 1 rush John Hoffman 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
20 1953-11-15 @ WAS W, 27-24 4 10 pass Eddie Macon 10 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
21 1953-11-22 DET L, 16-20 2 14 rush Eddie Macon 14 yard rush
22 1953-11-22 DET L, 16-20 3 55 pass Bill McColl 55 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
23 1953-11-29 RAM W, 24-21 1 29 pass Billy Stone 29 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
24 1953-11-29 RAM W, 24-21 2 29 pass Jim Dooley 29 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
25 1953-11-29 RAM W, 24-21 2 fumble Bill McColl yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
26 1953-12-06 @ DET L, 7-13 4 11 pass Eddie Macon 11 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (George Blanda kick)
27 1953-12-13 CRD L, 17-24 1 24 pass Jim Dooley 24 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
28 1953-12-13 CRD L, 17-24 4 24 pass Billy Stone 24 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 @ BAL W, 13-9 2 36 interception Bert Rechichar 36 yard interception return (Buck McPhail kick)
2 1953-10-04 @ GNB L, 13-17 1 19 pass Bob Mann 19 yard pass from Tobin Rote
3 1953-10-04 @ GNB L, 13-17 2 60 punt Gib Dawson 60 yard punt return (Fred Cone kick)
4 1953-10-11 BAL W, 16-14 3 15 pass Dan Edwards 15 yard pass from Fred Enke
5 1953-10-11 BAL W, 16-14 4 28 pass Buddy Young 28 yard pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick)
6 1953-10-18 SFO W, 35-28 1 51 rush Joe Perry 51 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
7 1953-10-18 SFO W, 35-28 3 60 rush Joe Arenas 60 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1953-10-18 SFO W, 35-28 3 22 pass Billy Wilson 22 yard pass from Jim Powers (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1953-10-18 SFO W, 35-28 4 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
10 1953-10-18 SFO W, 35-28 4 3 rush Joe Perry 3 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1953-10-25 @ RAM W, 38-24 2 59 rush Dan Towler 59 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
12 1953-10-25 @ RAM W, 38-24 2 43 pass Bob Boyd 43 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
13 1953-10-25 @ RAM W, 38-24 2 70 pass Bob Boyd 70 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
14 1953-10-25 @ RAM W, 38-24 4 23 rush Skeets Quinlan 23 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
15 1953-10-25 @ RAM W, 38-24 4 23 rush Dan Towler 23 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
16 1953-11-01 @ SFO W, 24-14 1 17 rush Joe Arenas 17 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
17 1953-11-01 @ SFO W, 24-14 1 19 pass Billy Wilson 19 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
18 1953-11-01 @ SFO W, 24-14 2 8 rush Hugh McElhenny 8 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
19 1953-11-08 GNB T, 21-21 1 49 interception Bobby Dillon 49 yard interception return (Fred Cone kick)
20 1953-11-08 GNB T, 21-21 1 41 rush Fred Cone 41 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
21 1953-11-08 GNB T, 21-21 4 23 pass Billy Howton 23 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Fred Cone kick)
22 1953-11-15 @ WAS L, 24-27 2 32 pass Charlie Justice 32 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Bill Dudley kick)
23 1953-11-15 @ WAS L, 24-27 2 71 pass Hugh Taylor 71 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Bill Dudley kick)
24 1953-11-15 @ WAS L, 24-27 3 2 rush Leon Heath 2 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
25 1953-11-22 DET W, 20-16 2 1 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
26 1953-11-22 DET W, 20-16 4 2 rush Doak Walker 2 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
27 1953-11-29 RAM L, 21-24 1 5 rush Tank Younger 5 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
28 1953-11-29 RAM L, 21-24 3 15 pass Tank Younger 15 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
29 1953-11-29 RAM L, 21-24 4 7 pass Tom Fears 7 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Ben Agajanian kick)
30 1953-12-06 @ DET W, 13-7 2 38 pass Dorne Dibble 38 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
31 1953-12-13 CRD W, 24-17 2 29 pass Gern Nagler 29 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
32 1953-12-13 CRD W, 24-17 2 48 interception Leo Sanford 48 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
33 1953-12-13 CRD W, 24-17 3 1 rush Billy Cross 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)