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1966 Chicago Bears

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5-7-2, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1966 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.3, Offense: -2.6, Defense: 2.3, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 234 points (16.7/g), 13th of 15 in the NFL. Allowed 272 points (19.4/g), 7th.
 Differential of -38 points (-2.7/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: George Halas (5-7-2)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
President/General Manager George Halas Jr.
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 234 3699 830 4.5 35 12 15 196 159 338 1772 10 23 4.8 85 463 1927 12 4.2 96
Team Defense 272 3971 901 4.4 38 23 21 239 202 406 2367 13 15 5.4 116 466 1604 13 3.4 102
Lg Rank Offense 13 12 5 3 15 14 15 14 10 12 5 4 8 4
Lg Rank Defense 7 6 7 1 8 7 5 2 14 7 11 4 8 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 11 boxscore L 0-1 @ Detroit Lions 3 14 17 256 109 147 3 14 208 85 123 3
2 Fri September 16 boxscore L 0-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 17 31 12 239 118 121 3 17 294 195 99 4
4 Sun October 2 boxscore W 1-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 13 10 11 283 179 104 2 16 284 169 115 3
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 2-2 Baltimore Colts 27 17 19 315 96 219 1 19 364 256 108 4
5 Sun October 16 boxscore L 2-3 Green Bay Packers 0 17 6 94 52 42 4 12 180 59 121 2
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 3-3 Los Angeles Rams 17 10 15 287 135 152 2 14 203 95 108 2
8 Mon October 31 boxscore L 3-4 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 24 16 282 173 109 4 11 166 47 119 3
8 Sun November 6 boxscore T 3-4-1 Detroit Lions 10 10 15 282 106 176 17 255 167 88 1
9 Sun November 13 boxscore T 3-4-2 San Francisco 49ers 30 30 12 220 120 100 1 28 423 311 112 3
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 3-5-2 @ Green Bay Packers 6 13 9 160 85 75 4 15 296 227 69 2
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 4-5-2 Atlanta Falcons 23 6 23 476 177 299 4 6 167 101 66 3
12 Sun December 4 boxscore L 4-6-2 @ Baltimore Colts 16 21 18 296 245 51 3 16 260 148 112 2
13 Sun December 11 boxscore L 4-7-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 41 9 129 64 65 4 25 411 262 149 2
14 Sun December 18 boxscore W 5-7-2 Minnesota Vikings 41 28 14 380 113 267 29 460 245 215 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
10 Rudy Bukich 34 QB 14 14 5-7-2 147 309 47.6% 1858 10 3.2 21 6.8 80 6.0 3.6 12.6 132.7 49.3 2 1
9 Billy Wade 36 2 0 9 21 42.9% 79 0 0.0 1 4.8 14 3.8 1.6 8.8 39.5 33.6
40 Gale Sayers*+ 23 HB/KR 14 0 2 6 33.3% 58 0 0.0 1 16.7 39 9.7 2.2 29.0 4.1 30.6
21 Jon Arnett 31 PR 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
29 Ronnie Bull 26 FB 14 0 1 1 100.0% 21 0 0.0 0 0.0 21 21.0 21.0 21.0 1.5 118.7
Team Total 27.5 14 5-7-2 159 338 47.0% 2016 10 3.0 23 6.8 80 6.0 3.5 12.7 144.0 47.6 2 1
Opp Total 14 202 406 49.8% 2600 13 3.2 15 3.7 6.4 5.38 12.9 185.7 65.5 29 233 5.4 4.5 6.7

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
40 Gale Sayers*+ 23 HB/KR 14 0 229 1231 8 58 5.4 87.9 16.4 34 447 13.1 2 80 2.4 31.9 1678 10 2
29 Ronnie Bull 26 FB 14 0 100 318 0 13 3.2 22.7 7.1 20 174 8.7 0 28 1.4 12.4 492 0 4
21 Jon Arnett 31 PR 14 0 55 178 1 21 3.2 12.7 3.9 10 42 4.2 0 11 0.7 3.0 220 1 3
32 Ralph Kurek 23 14 0 52 179 1 12 3.4 12.8 3.7 10 178 17.8 0 49 0.7 12.7 357 1 1
10 Rudy Bukich 34 QB 14 14 18 14 2 12 0.8 1.0 1.3 14 2 8
34 Joe Marconi 32 10 0 3 5 0 3 1.7 0.5 0.3 5 0 0
41 Brian Piccolo 23 14 0 3 12 0 5 4.0 0.9 0.2 12 0 0
80 Jim Jones 25 SE 14 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.5 0.1 28 504 18.0 5 80 2.0 36.0 497 5 1
45 Dick Gordon 22 FL 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 15 210 14.0 1 40 1.1 15.0 212 1 4
12 Larry Rakestraw 24 1 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -5.0 1.0 -5 0 1
89 Mike Ditka 27 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 378 11.8 2 30 2.3 27.0 378 2 0
47 Johnny Morris 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 49 9.8 0 15 2.5 24.5 49 0 0
85 Duane Allen 29 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 28 9.3 0 14 0.3 2.5 28 0 0
49 Charlie Bivins 28 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 6 3.0 0 4 0.1 0.4 6 0 1
Team Total 27.5 14 463 1927 12 58 4.2 137.6 33.1 159 2016 12.7 10 80 11.4 144.0 3943 22 26
Opp Total 14 466 1604 13 3.4 114.6 33.3 202 2367 11.7 13 14.4 169.1 3971 26 35

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
40 Gale Sayers*+ 23 HB/KR 14 0 6 44 0 27 7.3 23 718 2 93 31.2 2440
45 Dick Gordon 22 FL 14 0 4 -5 0 0 -1.3 19 521 0 94 27.4 728
21 Jon Arnett 31 PR 14 0 15 58 0 20 3.9 2 39 0 25 19.5 317
51 Dick Butkus* 24 MLB 14 0 3 32 0 18 10.7 32
24 Rosey Taylor 29 RS 14 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
22 Charlie Brown 24 14 0 0 28 0 28 28
Team Total 27.5 14 25 97 0 27 3.9 48 1341 2 94 27.9 5381
Opp Total 14 46 251 1 5.5 49 1055 0 21.5

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
88 Bobby Joe Green 30 P 14 0 80 3358 69 0 42.0
83 Roger LeClerc 30 K 14 0 30 18 60.0%% 25 24 96.0%%
Team Total 27.5 14 30 18 60.0%% 25 24 96.0%% 80 3358 69 0 42.0
Opp Total 14 29 12 41.4%% 34 32 94.1%% 71 3010 42.4

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
10 Rudy Bukich 34 QB 14 14 0 8 2 0 0
21 Jon Arnett 31 PR 14 0 0 3 2 0 0
29 Ronnie Bull 26 FB 14 0 0 4 1 0 0
51 Dick Butkus* 24 MLB 14 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 0
45 Dick Gordon 22 FL 14 0 0 4 1 0 0
40 Gale Sayers*+ 23 HB/KR 14 0 0 2 3 0 0
31 Joe Fortunato 36 LLB 14 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 24 1
26 Bennie McRae 27 LCB 14 0 3 53 0 53 0 0 0 1 0 0
17 Richie Petitbon* 28 LS 14 0 4 34 0 20 0
49 Charlie Bivins 28 14 0 0 1 2 -2 0
87 Ed O'Bradovich 26 LDE 14 0 0 0 3 11 1
53 Jim Purnell 25 RLB 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Rosey Taylor 29 RS 14 0 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 2 6 0
23 Dave Whitsell 30 RCB 14 0 3 44 0 21 0
46 Curt Gentry 25 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
32 Ralph Kurek 23 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
41 Brian Piccolo 23 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
12 Larry Rakestraw 24 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
62 Mike Reilly 24 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
81 Doug Atkins 36 RDE 12 0 1 3 0 3 0
55 Doug Buffone 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Dick Evey 25 RDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Jim Jones 25 SE 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
60 Brian Schweda 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
67 George Seals 24 14 0 0 0 1 -3 0
Team Total 27.5 14 15 155 0 53 0 0 26 37 36 2
Opp Total 14 29 35 12

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
83 Roger LeClerc 30 K 14 0 24 18 78
40 Gale Sayers*+ 23 HB/KR 14 0 8 2 2 12 72
80 Jim Jones 25 SE 14 0 5 5 30
10 Rudy Bukich 34 QB 14 14 2 2 12
89 Mike Ditka 27 TE 14 14 2 2 12
21 Jon Arnett 31 PR 14 0 1 1 6
31 Joe Fortunato 36 LLB 14 0 1 1 6
45 Dick Gordon 22 FL 14 0 1 1 6
32 Ralph Kurek 23 14 0 1 1 6
87 Ed O'Bradovich 26 LDE 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.5 14 12 10 2 2 26 24 18 234
Opp Total 14 13 13 1 1 6 32 12 272

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-16 @ RAM L, 17-31 1 1 rush Gale Sayers 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
2 1966-09-16 @ RAM L, 17-31 2 58 rush Gale Sayers 58 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
3 1966-10-02 @ MIN W, 13-10 4 19 pass Mike Ditka 19 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
4 1966-10-09 BAL W, 27-17 1 24 fumble Joe Fortunato 24 yard fumble return (Roger LeClerc kick)
5 1966-10-09 BAL W, 27-17 3 30 rush Gale Sayers 30 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
6 1966-10-09 BAL W, 27-17 4 7 rush Gale Sayers 7 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
7 1966-10-23 RAM W, 17-10 1 22 pass Jim Jones 22 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
8 1966-10-23 RAM W, 17-10 2 93 kickoff Gale Sayers 93 yard kickoff return (Roger LeClerc kick)
9 1966-10-31 @ STL L, 17-24 2 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
10 1966-10-31 @ STL L, 17-24 4 80 pass Gale Sayers 80 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
11 1966-11-06 DET T, 10-10 1 10 rush Gale Sayers 10 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
12 1966-11-13 SFO T, 30-30 1 3 rush Ralph Kurek 3 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
13 1966-11-13 SFO T, 30-30 4 43 pass Gale Sayers 43 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
14 1966-11-13 SFO T, 30-30 4 32 pass Jim Jones 32 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
15 1966-11-13 SFO T, 30-30 4 11 fumble Ed O'Bradovich 11 yard fumble return
16 1966-11-20 @ GNB L, 6-13 4 2 rush Gale Sayers 2 yard rush
17 1966-11-27 ATL W, 23-6 1 10 pass Jim Jones 10 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
18 1966-11-27 ATL W, 23-6 4 7 pass Dick Gordon 7 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
19 1966-12-04 @ BAL L, 16-21 2 20 pass Mike Ditka 20 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
20 1966-12-11 @ SFO L, 14-41 1 45 pass Jim Jones 45 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
21 1966-12-11 @ SFO L, 14-41 4 2 rush Gale Sayers 2 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
22 1966-12-18 MIN W, 41-28 1 90 kickoff Gale Sayers 90 yard kickoff return (Roger LeClerc kick)
23 1966-12-18 MIN W, 41-28 1 3 rush Gale Sayers 3 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
24 1966-12-18 MIN W, 41-28 2 80 pass Jim Jones 80 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
25 1966-12-18 MIN W, 41-28 2 12 rush Rudy Bukich 12 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)
26 1966-12-18 MIN W, 41-28 3 13 rush Jon Arnett 13 yard rush (Roger LeClerc kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-11 @ DET W, 14-3 2 6 rush Tom Nowatzke 6 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
2 1966-09-11 @ DET W, 14-3 2 25 pass Pat Studstill 25 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
3 1966-09-16 @ RAM W, 31-17 1 84 pass Jack Snow 84 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
4 1966-09-16 @ RAM W, 31-17 2 3 rush Dick Bass 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
5 1966-09-16 @ RAM W, 31-17 3 1 rush Dick Bass 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
6 1966-09-16 @ RAM W, 31-17 4 33 interception Lamar Lundy 33 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)
7 1966-10-02 @ MIN L, 10-13 3 33 pass Paul Flatley 33 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
8 1966-10-09 BAL L, 17-27 3 37 interception Bobby Boyd 37 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
9 1966-10-09 BAL L, 17-27 4 79 pass John Mackey 79 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
10 1966-10-16 GNB W, 17-0 3 1 rush Paul Hornung 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
11 1966-10-16 GNB W, 17-0 4 20 interception Willie Wood 20 yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)
12 1966-10-23 RAM L, 10-17 2 10 rush Dick Bass 10 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
13 1966-10-31 @ STL W, 24-17 1 3 rush Johnny Roland 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1966-10-31 @ STL W, 24-17 1 3 rush Johnny Roland 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1966-10-31 @ STL W, 24-17 4 29 interception Larry Wilson 29 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1966-11-06 DET T, 10-10 2 3 rush Amos Marsh 3 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
17 1966-11-13 SFO T, 30-30 1 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
18 1966-11-13 SFO T, 30-30 3 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
19 1966-11-13 SFO T, 30-30 4 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
20 1966-11-20 @ GNB W, 13-6 2 6 pass Carroll Dale 6 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Don Chandler kick)
21 1966-11-20 @ GNB W, 13-6 4 33 pass Carroll Dale 33 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski
22 1966-11-27 ATL L, 6-23 4 30 pass Bob Sherlag 30 yard pass from Randy Johnson
23 1966-12-04 @ BAL W, 21-16 1 52 interception Alvin Haymond 52 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
24 1966-12-04 @ BAL W, 21-16 2 2 rush Tony Lorick 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
25 1966-12-04 @ BAL W, 21-16 4 23 pass Raymond Berry 23 yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1966-12-11 @ SFO W, 41-14 1 57 pass Ken Willard 57 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
27 1966-12-11 @ SFO W, 41-14 2 14 fumble Kermit Alexander 14 yard fumble return (Tommy Davis kick)
28 1966-12-11 @ SFO W, 41-14 2 44 punt Kermit Alexander 44 yard punt return (Tommy Davis kick)
29 1966-12-11 @ SFO W, 41-14 2 94 interception Al Randolph 94 yard interception return (Tommy Davis kick)
30 1966-12-11 @ SFO W, 41-14 3 24 pass Kent Kramer 24 yard pass from George Mira (Tommy Davis kick)
31 1966-12-18 MIN L, 28-41 1 1 pass Tom Hall 1 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
32 1966-12-18 MIN L, 28-41 1 15 rush Fran Tarkenton 15 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
33 1966-12-18 MIN L, 28-41 3 6 pass Preston Carpenter 6 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
34 1966-12-18 MIN L, 28-41 3 3 pass Dave Osborn 3 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)