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1973 Chicago Bears

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3-11-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -8.8, Offense: -4.4, Defense: -4.4, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 195 points (13.9/g), 24th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 334 points (23.9/g), 20th.
 Differential of -139 points (-9.9/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 3.1-10.9.

Coach: Abe Gibron (3-11-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
President/General Manager George Halas Jr.
Director of Player Personnel Bobby Walston
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 195 3129 848 3.7 42 26 19 193 136 303 1222 8 16 3.5 77 496 1907 11 3.8 97
Team Defense 334 4183 898 4.7 33 19 19 247 156 303 1674 17 14 5.0 90 563 2509 19 4.5 138
Lg Rank Offense 24 26 23 26 24 20 25 24 11 26 15 15 16 18
Lg Rank Defense 20 17 12 3 21 4 6 19 21 12 25 25 22 24

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-1 Dallas Cowboys 17 20 12 202 30 172 6 17 272 84 188 3
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 0-2 Minnesota Vikings 13 22 16 374 174 200 2 13 309 121 188 1
3 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-2 @ Denver Broncos 33 14 19 325 123 202 1 25 366 295 71 7
4 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-3 @ New Orleans Saints 16 21 13 253 179 74 2 19 282 119 163 1
5 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-4 @ Atlanta Falcons 6 46 13 158 21 137 4 21 422 247 175 1
6 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-5 New England Patriots 10 13 13 237 44 193 5 14 231 54 177 1
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 2-5 Houston Oilers 35 14 19 269 154 115 2 19 211 54 157 4
8 Sun November 4 boxscore W 3-5 @ Green Bay Packers 31 17 21 337 107 230 3 8 98 -12 110 1
9 Mon November 12 boxscore L 3-6 @ Kansas City Chiefs 7 19 9 146 66 80 3 19 327 130 197 4
10 Sun November 18 boxscore L 3-7 Detroit Lions 7 30 15 258 119 139 5 10 228 66 162 2
11 Sun November 25 boxscore L 3-8 @ Minnesota Vikings 13 31 16 198 57 141 2 20 375 172 203 3
12 Sun December 2 boxscore L 3-9 Los Angeles Rams 0 26 6 100 47 53 2 24 386 90 296 2
13 Sun December 9 boxscore L 3-10 @ Detroit Lions 7 40 9 79 33 46 2 22 306 182 124 1
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 3-11 Green Bay Packers 0 21 12 193 68 125 3 16 370 72 298 2

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 Bobby Douglass 26 QB 13 12 3-9-0 81 174 46.6% 1057 5 2.9 7 4.0 63 6.1 4.8 13.0 81.3 59.0 27 215 4.19 3.12 13.4
19 Gary Huff 22 qb 8 2 0-2-0 54 126 42.9% 525 3 2.4 8 6.3 29 4.2 1.8 9.7 65.6 36.6 22 180 2.33 0.30 14.9
26 Carl Garrett 26 RB 13 11 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
17 Ike Hill 26 KR/PR 14 1 1 1 100.0% 35 0 0.0 0 0.0 35 35.0 35.0 35.0 2.5 118.7 0 0 35.00 35.00 0.0
82 Earl Thomas 25 WR 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 26.0 14 3-11-0 136 303 44.9% 1617 8 2.6 16 5.3 63 5.3 3.5 11.9 115.5 48.5 49 395 3.47 1.88 13.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 156 303 51.5% 1978 17 5.6 14 4.6 6.5 5.57 12.7 141.3 71.6 32 304 5.0 4.1 9.6

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
26 Carl Garrett 26 RB 13 11 175 655 5 35 3.7 50.4 13.5 23 292 12.7 0 39 1.8 22.5 947 5 13
35 Jim Harrison 25 FB 13 11 100 370 1 17 3.7 28.5 7.7 21 200 9.5 2 44 1.6 15.4 570 3 2
10 Bobby Douglass 26 QB 13 12 94 525 5 42 5.6 40.4 7.2 525 5 7
45 Joe Moore 24 14 3 58 191 0 25 3.3 13.6 4.1 3 17 5.7 0 6 0.2 1.2 208 0 1
36 Roger Lawson 24 10 1 24 70 0 12 2.9 7.0 2.4 9 60 6.7 0 21 0.9 6.0 130 0 1
33 Gary Kosins 24 12 2 24 65 0 7 2.7 5.4 2.0 4 8 2.0 0 10 0.3 0.7 73 0 0
19 Gary Huff 22 qb 8 2 11 22 0 8 2.0 2.8 1.4 22 0 1
17 Ike Hill 26 KR/PR 14 1 3 -14 0 5 -4.7 -1.0 0.2 10 119 11.9 0 18 0.7 8.5 105 0 6
39 Reggie Sanderson 23 2 0 3 8 0 6 2.7 4.0 1.5 5 23 4.6 0 9 2.5 11.5 31 0 0
86 Bob Parsons 23 14 1 2 2 0 5 1.0 0.1 0.1 2 23 11.5 1 17 0.1 1.6 25 1 0
82 Earl Thomas 25 WR 14 14 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 24 343 14.3 4 38 1.7 24.5 348 4 1
43 George Farmer 25 WR 14 13 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.6 0.1 15 219 14.6 1 25 1.1 15.6 227 1 1
80 Craig Cotton 26 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 186 14.3 0 63 1.0 14.3 186 0 0
87 Tom Reynolds 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 127 18.1 0 30 0.8 14.1 127 0 0
Team Total 26.0 14 496 1907 11 42 3.8 136.2 35.4 136 1617 11.9 8 63 9.7 115.5 3524 19 40
Opp Total 14 563 2509 19 4.5 179.2 40.2 156 1674 10.7 17 11.1 119.6 4183 36 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
17 Ike Hill 26 KR/PR 14 1 36 204 1 72 5.7 27 637 1 95 23.6 946
26 Carl Garrett 26 RB 13 11 16 486 0 67 30.4 1433
21 Cecil Turner 29 11 0 8 127 0 28 15.9 127
80 Craig Cotton 26 TE 13 13 2 15 0 13 7.5 201
86 Bob Parsons 23 14 1 2 15 0 15 7.5 40
39 Reggie Sanderson 23 2 0 2 44 0 25 22.0 75
61 Glen Holloway 25 LG 14 14 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
45 Joe Moore 24 14 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 208
68 Jim Osborne 24 LDT 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
82 Earl Thomas 25 WR 14 14 0 12 0 12 360
Team Total 26.0 14 37 204 1 72 5.5 59 1344 1 95 22.8 5072
Opp Total 14 40 294 0 7.4 33 813 0 24.6

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 37 P 14 0 82 3321 62 0 40.5
15 Mirro Roder 29 K 13 0 1 1 2 2 3 1 7 4 3 16 8 50.0%% 12 11 91.7%%
83 Mac Percival 33 k 4 0 4 4 3 2 1 8 6 75.0%% 10 10 100.0%%
86 Bob Parsons 23 14 1 4 106 33 0 26.5
Team Total 26.0 14 5 5 2 2 6 3 8 4 3 24 14 58.3%% 22 21 95.5%% 86 3427 62 0 39.8
Opp Total 14 38 25 65.8%% 37 35 94.6%% 66 2673 40.5

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
26 Carl Garrett 26 RB 13 11 0 13 1 0 0
17 Ike Hill 26 KR/PR 14 1 0 6 3 24 0
10 Bobby Douglass 26 QB 13 12 0 7 1 0 0
44 Garry Lyle 28 FS 14 14 5 62 0 24 0 0 0 1 3 0
52 Rich Coady 29 C 14 14 0 4 1 -26 0
55 Doug Buffone 29 LLB 14 14 3 22 0 22 0 0 0 1 7 0
25 Craig Clemons 24 SS 14 14 2 30 0 30 0 0 0 2 0 0
32 Charlie Ford 25 LCB 13 12 2 50 0 41 0 0 1 1 0 0
71 Tony McGee 24 LDE 14 14 0 0 4 0 0
51 Dick Butkus 31 MLB 9 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
60 Wally Chambers* 22 RDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
35 Jim Harrison 25 FB 13 11 0 2 0 0 0
65 Randy Jackson 29 LT 14 13 0 0 2 0 0
68 Jim Osborne 24 LDT 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
82 Earl Thomas 25 WR 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
21 Cecil Turner 29 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
74 Bob Asher 25 RT 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
53 Gail Clark 22 11 3 0 0 1 0 0
80 Craig Cotton 26 TE 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
48 Allan Ellis 22 14 5 1 12 0 12 0
43 George Farmer 25 WR 14 13 0 1 0 0 0
88 Bobby Joe Green 37 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Willie Holman 28 6 6 0 0 1 0 0
19 Gary Huff 22 qb 8 2 0 1 0 0 0
36 Roger Lawson 24 10 1 0 1 0 0 0
45 Joe Moore 24 14 3 0 1 0 0 0
58 Bob Pifferini 23 RLB 12 8 0 0 1 0 0
70 Andy Rice 33 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Don Rives 22 lb 14 5 0 0 1 0 0
89 Mel Tom 32 RDE 9 8 0 0 1 7 0
Team Total 26.0 14 14 176 0 41 0 0 40 32 15 1
Opp Total 14 49 35 16 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
15 Mirro Roder 29 K 13 0 11 8 35
10 Bobby Douglass 26 QB 13 12 5 5 30
26 Carl Garrett 26 RB 13 11 5 5 30
83 Mac Percival 33 k 4 0 10 6 28
82 Earl Thomas 25 WR 14 14 4 4 24
35 Jim Harrison 25 FB 13 11 1 2 3 18
17 Ike Hill 26 KR/PR 14 1 1 1 2 12
51 Dick Butkus 31 MLB 9 9 1 1 6
43 George Farmer 25 WR 14 13 1 1 6
86 Bob Parsons 23 14 1 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 14 11 8 1 1 1 22 21 14 195
Opp Total 14 19 17 1 35 25 1 334

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 DAL L, 17-20 3 59 punt Ike Hill 59 yard punt return (Mac Percival kick)
2 1973-09-16 DAL L, 17-20 4 15 rush Carl Garrett 15 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
3 1973-09-23 MIN L, 13-22 1 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
4 1973-09-30 @ DEN W, 33-14 2 44 pass Jim Harrison 44 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
5 1973-09-30 @ DEN W, 33-14 3 5 pass Earl Thomas 5 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
6 1973-09-30 @ DEN W, 33-14 3 5 rush Jim Harrison 5 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
7 1973-10-07 @ NOR L, 16-21 4 13 pass Jim Harrison 13 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mirro Roder kick)
8 1973-10-14 @ ATL L, 6-46 2 15 rush Carl Garrett 15 yard rush
9 1973-10-21 NWE L, 10-13 2 3 pass Earl Thomas 3 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mirro Roder kick)
10 1973-10-28 HOU W, 35-14 1 0 fumble Dick Butkus 0 yard fumble return (Mirro Roder kick)
11 1973-10-28 HOU W, 35-14 2 5 rush Carl Garrett 5 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
12 1973-10-28 HOU W, 35-14 2 5 pass George Farmer 5 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mirro Roder kick)
13 1973-10-28 HOU W, 35-14 3 95 kickoff Ike Hill 95 yard kickoff return (Mirro Roder kick)
14 1973-10-28 HOU W, 35-14 4 1 pass Earl Thomas 1 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)
15 1973-11-04 @ GNB W, 31-17 1 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
16 1973-11-04 @ GNB W, 31-17 3 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
17 1973-11-04 @ GNB W, 31-17 3 2 rush Bobby Douglass 2 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
18 1973-11-04 @ GNB W, 31-17 4 1 rush Bobby Douglass 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
19 1973-11-12 @ KAN L, 7-19 3 9 rush Carl Garrett 9 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
20 1973-11-18 DET L, 7-30 1 1 rush Carl Garrett 1 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
21 1973-11-25 @ MIN L, 13-31 4 29 pass Earl Thomas 29 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)
22 1973-12-09 @ DET L, 7-40 2 6 pass Bob Parsons 6 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 DAL W, 20-17 2 21 pass Otto Stowe 21 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
2 1973-09-16 DAL W, 20-17 2 18 pass Bob Hayes 18 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
3 1973-09-23 MIN W, 22-13 2 3 pass John Beasley 3 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
4 1973-09-30 @ DEN L, 14-33 4 1 rush Bobby Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
5 1973-09-30 @ DEN L, 14-33 4 36 pass Otis Armstrong 36 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
6 1973-10-07 @ NOR W, 21-16 1 4 rush Archie Manning 4 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
7 1973-10-07 @ NOR W, 21-16 3 2 rush Howard Stevens 2 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
8 1973-10-07 @ NOR W, 21-16 4 4 rush Archie Manning 4 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
9 1973-10-14 @ ATL W, 46-6 2 24 rush Dave Hampton 24 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
10 1973-10-14 @ ATL W, 46-6 2 41 pass Ken Burrow 41 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
11 1973-10-14 @ ATL W, 46-6 3 2 rush Dave Hampton 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
12 1973-10-14 @ ATL W, 46-6 3 3 pass Art Malone 3 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
13 1973-10-14 @ ATL W, 46-6 3 5 rush Joe Profit 5 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
14 1973-10-21 NWE W, 13-10 4 5 rush Jim Plunkett 5 yard rush (Jeff White kick)
15 1973-10-28 HOU L, 14-35 3 5 rush Paul Robinson 5 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
16 1973-10-28 HOU L, 14-35 4 25 pass Ken Burrough 25 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Skip Butler kick)
17 1973-11-04 @ GNB L, 17-31 1 5 pass MacArthur Lane 5 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Chester Marcol kick)
18 1973-11-04 @ GNB L, 17-31 2 1 rush Scott Hunter 1 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
19 1973-11-12 @ KAN W, 19-7 3 24 pass Otis Taylor 24 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1973-11-18 DET W, 30-7 1 16 rush Altie Taylor 16 yard rush (Jim O'Brien kick)
21 1973-11-18 DET W, 30-7 2 95 interception Dick Jauron 95 yard interception return (Jim O'Brien kick)
22 1973-11-18 DET W, 30-7 2 3 pass Larry Walton 3 yard pass from Bill Munson
23 1973-11-18 DET W, 30-7 3 25 pass Larry Walton 25 yard pass from Bill Munson (Jim O'Brien kick)
24 1973-11-25 @ MIN W, 31-13 2 2 rush Chuck Foreman 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
25 1973-11-25 @ MIN W, 31-13 3 54 pass John Gilliam 54 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
26 1973-11-25 @ MIN W, 31-13 3 8 rush Fran Tarkenton 8 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
27 1973-11-25 @ MIN W, 31-13 4 30 pass John Gilliam 30 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
28 1973-12-02 RAM W, 26-0 1 3 rush Jim Bertelsen 3 yard rush (David Ray kick)
29 1973-12-02 RAM W, 26-0 4 9 rush Les Josephson 9 yard rush (David Ray kick)
30 1973-12-09 @ DET W, 40-7 2 4 rush Mel Farr 4 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
31 1973-12-09 @ DET W, 40-7 2 23 pass Al Barnes 23 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
32 1973-12-09 @ DET W, 40-7 2 7 rush Mel Farr 7 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
33 1973-12-09 @ DET W, 40-7 3 30 pass Ron Jessie 30 yard pass from Bill Munson
34 1973-12-09 @ DET W, 40-7 4 1 rush Leon Crosswhite 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
35 1973-12-16 GNB W, 21-0 1 20 pass Jon Staggers 20 yard pass from Jerry Tagge (Chester Marcol kick)
36 1973-12-16 GNB W, 21-0 2 3 rush Les Goodman 3 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
37 1973-12-16 GNB W, 21-0 4 36 pass Jon Staggers 36 yard pass from Jerry Tagge (Chester Marcol kick)