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1978 Chicago Bears

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7-9-0, NFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.4, Offense: -2.7, Defense: 0.3, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 253 points (15.8/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 274 points (17.1/g), 9th.
 Differential of -21 points (-1.3/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-8.8.

Coach: Neill Armstrong (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ken Meyer
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan

Stadium: Soldier Field (I)
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner George Halas
Executive VP/General Manager Jim Finks
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 253 4459 1020 4.4 36 8 27 262 186 352 1933 7 28 5.0 99 634 2526 19 4.0 136
Team Defense 274 4680 1044 4.5 33 16 20 282 239 436 2506 16 17 5.3 134 568 2174 15 3.8 128
Lg Rank Offense 20 22 9 1 21 28 26 27 21 21 4 4 5 14
Lg Rank Defense 9 12 26 18 13 15 15 12 24 11 14 12 11 14

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore W 1-0 St. Louis Cardinals 17 10 19 243 49 194 16 236 137 99 2
2 Sun September 10 boxscore W 2-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 16 13 11 212 101 111 1 19 307 112 195 4
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 3-0 @ Detroit Lions 19 0 15 326 141 185 2 15 237 94 143 2
4 Mon September 25 boxscore L 3-1 Minnesota Vikings 20 24 23 278 188 90 3 17 295 142 153 2
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L OT 3-2 Oakland Raiders 19 25 17 278 122 156 2 26 411 255 156
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 3-3 @ Green Bay Packers 14 24 21 357 210 147 5 8 166 68 98 2
7 Mon October 16 boxscore L 3-4 @ Denver Broncos 7 16 15 347 137 210 3 18 308 173 135 3
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 3-5 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 33 15 323 203 120 3 21 319 173 146 1
9 Sun October 29 boxscore L 3-6 Detroit Lions 17 21 21 358 191 167 2 23 315 181 134 1
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 3-7 Seattle Seahawks 29 31 26 401 227 174 3 23 389 165 224 1
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 3-8 @ Minnesota Vikings 14 17 15 233 47 186 4 18 313 223 90 3
12 Sun November 19 boxscore W 4-8 Atlanta Falcons 13 7 13 183 72 111 21 344 195 149 2
13 Sun November 26 boxscore W 5-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 3 17 301 50 251 1 6 92 -7 99 1
14 Mon December 4 boxscore L 5-9 @ San Diego Chargers 7 40 7 112 32 80 3 24 481 331 150 3
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 6-9 Green Bay Packers 14 0 17 293 119 174 1 11 161 83 78 3
16 Sat December 16 boxscore W 7-9 @ Washington Redskins 14 10 10 214 44 170 3 16 305 181 124 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
7 Bob Avellini 25 QB 13 12 4-8-0 141 264 53.4 1718 5 1.9 16 6.1 61 6.5 4.2 12.2 132.2 54.8 26 208 5.21 3.07 9.0 1 2
15 Mike Phipps 31 qb 6 4 3-1-0 44 83 53.0 465 2 2.4 10 12.0 35 5.6 0.7 10.6 77.5 38.1 6 55 4.61 0.00 6.7
8 Vince Evans 23 3 0 1 3 33.3 38 0 0.0 1 33.3 38 12.7 -2.3 38.0 12.7 42.4 2 25 2.60 -6.40 40.0
35 Roland Harper 25 FB 16 16 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
86 Bob Parsons 28 P 16 0 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
Team Total 26.1 16 7-9-0 186 352 52.8 2221 7 2.0 28 8.0 61 6.3 3.1 11.9 138.8 45.9 34 288 5.01 2.11 8.8 1 2
Opp Total 16 239 436 54.8 2857 16 3.7 17 3.9 6.6 5.53 12.0 178.6 71.1 40 351 5.3 4.3 8.4

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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 Walter Payton* 25 RB 16 16 333 1395 11 76 4.2 87.2 20.8 50 480 9.6 0 61 3.1 30.0 1875 11 5
35 Roland Harper 25 FB 16 16 240 992 6 31 4.1 62.0 15.0 43 340 7.9 2 33 2.7 21.3 1332 8 2
7 Bob Avellini 25 QB 13 12 34 54 2 10 1.6 4.2 2.6 54 2 5
15 Mike Phipps 31 qb 6 4 13 34 0 10 2.6 5.7 2.2 34 0 0
8 Vince Evans 23 3 0 6 23 0 13 3.8 7.7 2.0 23 0 0
39 Robin Earl 23 16 0 3 17 0 9 5.7 1.1 0.2 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 18 0 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 24 KR 16 1 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 2 29 14.5 0 22 0.1 1.8 29 0 1
25 Art Best 25 16 0 2 11 0 6 5.5 0.7 0.1 11 0 0
86 Bob Parsons 28 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 2
89 James Scott 26 WR 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 42 759 18.1 5 59 2.8 50.6 759 5 1
83 Golden Richards 28 WR 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 379 14.0 0 52 1.8 25.3 379 0 1
88 Greg Latta 26 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 159 10.6 0 21 0.9 9.9 159 0 0
85 Steve Schubert 27 PR 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 51 12.8 0 19 0.3 3.9 51 0 0
87 Mike Cobb 23 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.5 7 0 0
80 Bo Rather 28 wr 6 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.2 2.7 16 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 634 2526 19 76 4.0 157.9 39.6 186 2221 11.9 7 61 11.6 138.8 4747 26 22
Opp Total 16 568 2174 15 3.8 135.9 35.5 239 2506 10.5 16 14.9 156.6 4680 31 32

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
85 Steve Schubert 27 PR 13 1 27 229 1 73 8.5 4 80 0 27 20.0 360
84 Brian Baschnagel 24 KR 16 1 1 2 0 2 2.0 20 455 0 6 22.8 486
23 Len Walterscheid 24 db 14 3 3 24 0 11 8.0 11 335 0 81 30.5 359
36 Wentford Gaines 25 11 0 10 240 0 37 24.0 240
24 Virgil Livers 26 RCB 13 13 10 31 0 13 3.1 31
29 Mike Morgan 22 5 0 5 110 0 24 22.0 110
39 Robin Earl 23 16 0 3 48 0 20 16.0 66
30 John Skibinski 23 16 0 3 36 0 20 12.0 36
88 Greg Latta 26 TE 16 16 2 14 0 8 7.0 173
47 Mike Spivey 24 db 16 3 2 34 0 23 17.0 34
58 Jerry Muckensturm 25 16 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
Team Total 26.1 16 41 286 1 73 7.0 61 1358 0 81 22.3 6391
Opp Total 16 45 295 0 6.6 52 1146 0 22.0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
86 Bob Parsons 28 P 16 0 96 3549 54 0 37.0
16 Bob Thomas 26 K 16 0 7 7 11 9 4 1 22 17 77.3% 28 26 92.9%
Team Total 26.1 16 7 7 11 9 4 1 22 17 77.3% 28 26 92.9% 96 3549 54 0 37.0
Opp Total 16 19 16 84.2% 32 28 87.5% 96 3437 35.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
34 Walter Payton* 25 RB 16 16 0 5 2 0 0
45 Gary Fencik 24 SS 16 16 4 77 0 59 0 0 0 2 13 0
7 Bob Avellini 25 QB 13 12 0 5 0 -11 0
55 Doug Buffone 34 LLB 15 15 3 22 0 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Virgil Livers 26 RCB 13 13 3 86 1 60 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Bob Parsons 28 P 16 0 0 2 2 -17 0
57 Don Rives 27 mlb 16 7 2 8 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 24 KR 16 1 0 1 2 0 0
36 Wentford Gaines 25 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
73 Mike Hartenstine 25 RDE 16 15 0 0 3 10 0
46 Doug Plank 25 FS 14 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
44 Terry Schmidt 26 LCB 16 16 2 23 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Gary Campbell 26 RLB 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
35 Roland Harper 25 FB 16 16 0 2 0 0 0
63 Jon Morris 36 10 0 0 2 0 -50 0
23 Len Walterscheid 24 db 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Ted Albrecht 24 LT 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
54 Tom Hicks 26 MLB 9 9 0 0 1 3 0
65 Noah Jackson 27 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
74 Jerry Meyers 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Bo Rather 28 wr 6 2 0 0 1 0 0
83 Golden Richards 28 WR 15 14 0 1 0 0 0
89 James Scott 26 WR 15 14 0 1 0 0 0
30 John Skibinski 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
69 Revie Sorey 25 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
47 Mike Spivey 24 db 16 3 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 17 216 1 60 0 0 22 28 -52 0 1
Opp Total 16 34 32 16

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
16 Bob Thomas 26 K 16 0 26 17 77
34 Walter Payton* 25 RB 16 16 11 11 66
35 Roland Harper 25 FB 16 16 6 2 8 48
89 James Scott 26 WR 15 14 5 5 30
7 Bob Avellini 25 QB 13 12 2 2 12
24 Virgil Livers 26 RCB 13 13 1 1 6
85 Steve Schubert 27 PR 13 1 1 1 6
47 Mike Spivey 24 db 16 3 1 1 6
53 Tommy Hart 34 LDE 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.1 16 19 7 1 1 1 29 26 17 1 253
Opp Total 16 15 16 1 28 16 274