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1955 Chicago Bears

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8-4-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.0, Offense: 2.3, Defense: -2.3, SoS: -3.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 294 points (24.5/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 251 points (20.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of 43 points (3.6/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 7.1-4.9.

Coach: George Halas (8-4-0)

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 294 4316 816 5.3 41 18 16 235 145 306 1928 17 23 5.9 101 487 2388 19 4.9 118
Team Defense 251 4157 791 5.3 34 15 14 216 177 354 2057 14 19 5.2 106 398 2100 17 5.3 96
Lg Rank Offense 2 1 5 5 1 6 7 3 8 2 2 1 2 1
Lg Rank Defense 7 12 9 8 7 10 8 5 7 5 3 10 9 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 25 boxscore L 0-1 @ Baltimore Colts 17 23 23 361 239 122 4 14 306 80 226 1
2 Sun October 2 boxscore L 0-2 @ Green Bay Packers 3 24 11 217 85 132 6 19 386 163 223 1
3 Sun October 9 boxscore L 0-3 San Francisco 49ers 19 20 25 441 202 239 4 16 290 131 159 3
4 Sun October 16 boxscore W 1-3 Baltimore Colts 38 10 19 377 123 254 3 18 272 57 215 4
5 Sun October 23 boxscore W 2-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 34 23 28 420 168 252 3 15 332 200 132 2
6 Sun October 30 boxscore W 3-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 31 20 21 405 248 157 2 22 346 231 115 3
7 Sun November 6 boxscore W 4-3 Green Bay Packers 52 31 25 504 98 406 5 19 319 168 151 5
8 Sun November 13 boxscore W 5-3 Los Angeles Rams 24 3 23 463 230 233 3 18 284 146 138 1
9 Sun November 20 boxscore W 6-3 @ Detroit Lions 24 14 21 422 264 158 14 370 309 61 2
10 Sun November 27 boxscore L 6-4 @ Chicago Cardinals 14 53 12 211 186 25 5 20 474 173 301 2
11 Sun December 4 boxscore W 7-4 Detroit Lions 21 20 12 203 7 196 2 20 370 163 207 3
12 Sun December 11 boxscore W 8-4 Philadelphia Eagles 17 10 15 292 78 214 4 21 408 236 172 7

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
15 Ed Brown* 27 P/QB 12 12 8-4-0 85 164 51.8% 1307 9 5.5 10 6.1 86 8.0 6.3 15.4 108.9 71.4 0 0
16 George Blanda 28 K 12 0 42 97 43.3% 459 4 4.1 7 7.2 51 4.7 2.3 10.9 38.3 41.6 0 0
9 Bob Williams 25 10 0 15 40 37.5% 256 3 7.5 5 12.5 37 6.4 2.3 17.1 25.6 45.4 0 0
35 Rick Casares* 24 12 0 2 3 66.7% 27 1 33.3 1 33.3 23 9.0 0.7 13.5 2.3 95.1 0 0
83 Bill McColl 25 RE 12 0 1 2 50.0% 59 0 0.0 0 0.0 59 29.5 29.5 59.0 4.9 95.8 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 8-4-0 145 306 47.4% 2108 17 5.6 23 7.5 86 6.9 4.6 14.5 175.7 57.5 0 0
Opp Total 12 177 354 50.0% 2369 14 4.0 19 5.4 6.7 5.07 13.4 197.4 62.5 39 312 5.2 3.8 9.9

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
35 Rick Casares* 24 12 0 125 672 4 81 5.4 56.0 10.4 16 136 8.5 1 29 1.3 11.3 808 5 3
45 Bobby Watkins 23 RH 12 0 110 553 8 33 5.0 46.1 9.2 6 79 13.2 0 34 0.5 6.6 632 8 5
89 John Hoffman* 30 LH 12 0 94 454 0 47 4.8 37.8 7.8 11 153 13.9 1 37 0.9 12.8 607 1 3
30 Chick Jagade 29 FB 12 0 72 309 2 51 4.3 25.8 6.0 7 16 2.3 0 15 0.6 1.3 325 2 3
15 Ed Brown* 27 P/QB 12 12 43 203 2 32 4.7 16.9 3.6 203 2 4
16 George Blanda 28 K 12 0 15 54 2 10 3.6 4.5 1.3 54 2 0
9 Bob Williams 25 10 0 13 79 0 19 6.1 7.9 1.3 79 0 0
21 Ron Drzewiecki 22 KR/PR 12 0 10 54 1 19 5.4 4.5 0.8 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 55 1 3
49 Henry Mosley 24 1 0 3 10 0 4 3.3 10.0 3.0 10 0 0
39 Pete Perini 27 2 0 2 0 0 1 0.0 0.0 1.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.5 1.5 3 0 0
87 Harlon Hill*+ 23 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 42 789 18.8 9 86 3.5 65.8 789 9 0
83 Bill McColl 25 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 502 14.3 4 42 2.9 41.8 502 4 0
88 Gene Schroeder 26 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 315 18.5 2 51 1.4 26.3 315 2 0
82 Jack Hoffman 25 LDE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 86 14.3 0 32 0.5 7.2 86 0 0
6 Don Kindt 30 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 15 7.5 0 10 0.2 1.3 15 0 0
20 Ray Gene Smith 27 RS 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.1 13 0 1
Team Total 26.0 12 487 2388 19 81 4.9 199.0 40.6 145 2108 14.5 17 86 12.1 175.7 4496 36 23
Opp Total 12 398 2100 17 5.3 175.0 33.2 177 2057 11.6 14 14.8 171.4 4157 31 28

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
21 Ron Drzewiecki 22 KR/PR 12 0 20 100 0 28 5.0 25 591 0 56 23.6 746
20 Ray Gene Smith 27 RS 12 0 12 47 0 11 3.9 1 24 0 24 24.0 84
26 Charlie Sumner 25 RDH 10 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 10 288 0 81 28.8 288
45 Bobby Watkins 23 RH 12 0 5 145 0 64 29.0 777
48 Harry Hugasian 26 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
30 Chick Jagade 29 FB 12 0 1 23 0 23 23.0 348
6 Don Kindt 30 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 15
49 Henry Mosley 24 1 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 24
Al Romine 23 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 35 147 0 28 4.2 44 1085 0 81 24.7 5728
Opp Total 12 40 1391 1 34.8 43 943 0 21.9

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
16 George Blanda 28 K 12 0 16 11 68.8%% 37 37 100.0%%
15 Ed Brown* 27 P/QB 12 12 44 1766 59 1 40.1
9 Bob Williams 25 10 0 13 508 59 0 39.1
Team Total 26.0 12 16 11 68.8%% 37 37 100.0%% 57 2274 59 1 39.9
Opp Total 12 24 11 45.8%% 32 26 81.3%% 65 2733 42.0

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
14 Ken Gorgal 26 LS 12 0 6 107 0 34 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Charlie Sumner 25 RDH 10 0 7 162 0 63 0 0 1 0 0 0
15 Ed Brown* 27 P/QB 12 12 0 4 1 0 0
21 Ron Drzewiecki 22 KR/PR 12 0 0 3 2 8 0
45 Bobby Watkins 23 RH 12 0 0 5 0 0 0
61 Bill George*+ 26 MLB 12 0 2 13 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
35 Rick Casares* 24 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
71 George Connor 30 RLB 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 53 1
89 John Hoffman* 30 LH 12 0 0 3 0 0 0 1
30 Chick Jagade 29 FB 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
20 Ray Gene Smith 27 RS 12 0 2 12 0 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
73 Bill Bishop 24 RDT 12 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 John Helwig 28 LDH 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
72 Bill Wightkin*+ 28 LT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
31 Joe Fortunato 25 LLB 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Wayne Hansen 27 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Stan Jones*+ 24 RG 12 0 0 0 1 5 0
58 John Kreamcheck 29 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Pete Perini 27 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
7 Ed Sprinkle 32 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Fred Williams 26 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.0 12 19 299 0 63 0 0 23 21 66 1 1
Opp Total 12 23 28 13

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 28 K 12 0 2 2 37 11 82
87 Harlon Hill*+ 23 LE 12 0 9 9 54
45 Bobby Watkins 23 RH 12 0 8 8 48
35 Rick Casares* 24 12 0 4 1 5 30
83 Bill McColl 25 RE 12 0 4 4 24
15 Ed Brown* 27 P/QB 12 12 2 2 12
30 Chick Jagade 29 FB 12 0 2 2 12
88 Gene Schroeder 26 12 0 2 2 12
89 John Hoffman* 30 LH 12 0 1 1 1 8
71 George Connor 30 RLB 12 0 1 1 6
21 Ron Drzewiecki 22 KR/PR 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 12 19 17 1 37 37 11 1 294
Opp Total 12 17 14 1 26 11 251

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-25 @ BAL L, 17-23 2 10 pass Harlon Hill 10 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
2 1955-09-25 @ BAL L, 17-23 3 3 rush Bobby Watkins 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
3 1955-10-09 SFO L, 19-20 2 7 rush George Blanda 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
4 1955-10-09 SFO L, 19-20 3 1 rush Bobby Watkins 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
5 1955-10-16 BAL W, 38-10 2 81 rush Rick Casares 81 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
6 1955-10-16 BAL W, 38-10 2 51 pass Gene Schroeder 51 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
7 1955-10-16 BAL W, 38-10 3 2 rush Bobby Watkins 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
8 1955-10-16 BAL W, 38-10 3 2 rush Rick Casares 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
9 1955-10-16 BAL W, 38-10 4 37 pass Bill McColl 37 yard pass from Bob Williams (George Blanda kick)
10 1955-10-23 @ SFO W, 34-23 2 9 pass Bill McColl 9 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
11 1955-10-23 @ SFO W, 34-23 3 5 rush Ed Brown 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
12 1955-10-23 @ SFO W, 34-23 3 4 rush Bobby Watkins 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
13 1955-10-23 @ SFO W, 34-23 4 32 rush Ed Brown 32 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
14 1955-10-30 @ RAM W, 31-20 1 2 rush Bobby Watkins 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
15 1955-10-30 @ RAM W, 31-20 2 5 pass Harlon Hill 5 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
16 1955-10-30 @ RAM W, 31-20 3 86 pass Harlon Hill 86 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
17 1955-10-30 @ RAM W, 31-20 4 4 pass Harlon Hill 4 yard pass from Rick Casares (George Blanda kick)
18 1955-11-06 GNB W, 52-31 1 42 rush Chick Jagade 42 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1955-11-06 GNB W, 52-31 1 13 rush Bobby Watkins 13 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
20 1955-11-06 GNB W, 52-31 2 29 rush Bobby Watkins 29 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
21 1955-11-06 GNB W, 52-31 2 2 rush Rick Casares 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
22 1955-11-06 GNB W, 52-31 3 14 pass Harlon Hill 14 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
23 1955-11-06 GNB W, 52-31 4 24 pass Bill McColl 24 yard pass from Bob Williams (George Blanda kick)
24 1955-11-06 GNB W, 52-31 4 11 rush Ron Drzewiecki 11 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
25 1955-11-13 RAM W, 24-3 1 1 rush Chick Jagade 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
26 1955-11-13 RAM W, 24-3 2 35 pass Gene Schroeder 35 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
27 1955-11-13 RAM W, 24-3 2 84 pass Harlon Hill 84 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
28 1955-11-20 @ DET W, 24-14 1 11 pass Bill McColl 11 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
29 1955-11-20 @ DET W, 24-14 3 20 pass Harlon Hill 20 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
30 1955-11-20 @ DET W, 24-14 3 40 pass Harlon Hill 40 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
31 1955-11-27 @ CRD L, 14-53 2 1 rush George Blanda 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
32 1955-11-27 @ CRD L, 14-53 4 23 pass John Hoffman 23 yard pass from Bob Williams (George Blanda kick)
33 1955-12-04 DET W, 21-20 2 48 fumble George Connor 48 yard fumble return (George Blanda kick)
34 1955-12-04 DET W, 21-20 3 1 rush Rick Casares 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
35 1955-12-04 DET W, 21-20 4 20 pass Harlon Hill 20 yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick)
36 1955-12-11 PHI W, 17-10 1 2 rush Bobby Watkins 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
37 1955-12-11 PHI W, 17-10 2 5 pass Rick Casares 5 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-25 @ BAL W, 23-17 1 79 rush Alan Ameche 79 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
2 1955-09-25 @ BAL W, 23-17 2 11 pass Lloyd Colteryahn 11 yard pass from George Shaw (Bert Rechichar kick)
3 1955-10-02 @ GNB W, 24-3 2 32 pass Billy Howton 32 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
4 1955-10-02 @ GNB W, 24-3 3 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
5 1955-10-02 @ GNB W, 24-3 4 23 pass Gary Knafelc 23 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
6 1955-10-09 SFO W, 20-19 1 1 rush Hugh McElhenny 1 yard rush
7 1955-10-09 SFO W, 20-19 2 1 pass Billy Wilson 1 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
8 1955-10-09 SFO W, 20-19 3 20 pass Billy Wilson 20 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
9 1955-10-16 BAL L, 10-38 4 2 rush Alan Ameche 2 yard rush (Bert Rechichar kick)
10 1955-10-23 @ SFO L, 23-34 1 37 pass Billy Wilson 37 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
11 1955-10-23 @ SFO L, 23-34 2 5 rush Dicky Moegle 5 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
12 1955-10-23 @ SFO L, 23-34 4 72 pass Billy Wilson 72 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
13 1955-10-30 @ RAM L, 20-31 1 3 rush Larry Morris 3 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
14 1955-10-30 @ RAM L, 20-31 3 1 rush Ron Waller 1 yard rush
15 1955-10-30 @ RAM L, 20-31 4 1 rush Tank Younger 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
16 1955-11-06 GNB L, 31-52 4 27 pass Billy Howton 27 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
17 1955-11-06 GNB L, 31-52 4 1 rush Howie Ferguson 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
18 1955-11-06 GNB L, 31-52 4 1 rush Howie Ferguson 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
19 1955-11-06 GNB L, 31-52 4 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
20 1955-11-20 @ DET L, 14-24 1 70 pass Doak Walker 70 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
21 1955-11-20 @ DET L, 14-24 2 77 pass Dave Middleton 77 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
22 1955-11-27 @ CRD W, 53-14 1 28 pass Don Stonesifer 28 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
23 1955-11-27 @ CRD W, 53-14 1 77 punt Ollie Matson 77 yard punt return (Pat Summerall kick)
24 1955-11-27 @ CRD W, 53-14 1 19 rush Dave Mann 19 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
25 1955-11-27 @ CRD W, 53-14 2 41 rush Johnny Olszewski 41 yard rush
26 1955-11-27 @ CRD W, 53-14 3 61 rush Dave Mann 61 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
27 1955-11-27 @ CRD W, 53-14 4 1 rush Ollie Matson 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
28 1955-11-27 @ CRD W, 53-14 4 7 pass Don Stonesifer 7 yard pass from Lamar McHan
29 1955-12-04 DET L, 20-21 2 2 rush Lew Carpenter 2 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
30 1955-12-04 DET L, 20-21 2 17 pass Jim Doran 17 yard pass from Bobby Layne
31 1955-12-04 DET L, 20-21 3 1 rush Lew Carpenter 1 yard rush (Doak Walker kick)
32 1955-12-11 PHI L, 10-17 4 37 pass Toy Ledbetter 37 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Dick Bielski kick)