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1979 Chicago Bears

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10-6-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.0, Offense: -2.2, Defense: 2.1, SoS: -3.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 306 points (19.1/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 249 points (15.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 57 points (3.6/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-6.1.

Coach: Neill Armstrong (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ken Meyer
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan

Stadium: Soldier Field
 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
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 306 4637 1031 4.5 29 13 24 262 195 373 2151 16 16 5.3 98 627 2486 17 4.0 140
Team Defense 249 4506 1024 4.4 43 14 24 272 222 458 2528 21 29 5.0 148 519 1978 9 3.8 100
Lg Rank Offense 18 24 2 4 24 26 26 20 6 20 2 5 11 15
Lg Rank Defense 3 6 6 22 8 11 5 15 2 6 9 9 2 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W 1-0 Green Bay Packers 6 3 17 300 117 183 2 9 149 72 77 1
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 2-0 Minnesota Vikings 26 7 15 329 93 236 2 13 159 71 88 1
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 2-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 20 24 14 318 118 200 2 26 420 206 214 3
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 2-2 @ Miami Dolphins 16 31 16 240 155 85 2 23 389 196 193 1
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 2-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 17 11 234 152 82 3 18 373 159 214 3
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 3-3 @ Buffalo Bills 7 0 15 258 18 240 2 7 106 42 64 2
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 3-4 New England Patriots 7 27 5 169 96 73 2 25 360 218 142 2
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 3-5 @ Minnesota Vikings 27 30 23 496 292 204 4 15 267 213 54 2
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 4-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 28 27 20 352 145 207 2 28 455 348 107 2
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-5 Detroit Lions 35 7 21 308 147 161 11 199 117 82 5
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 6-5 Los Angeles Rams 27 23 19 272 190 82 16 321 76 245 3
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 7-5 New York Jets 23 13 19 254 108 146 20 320 180 140 3
13 Thu November 22 boxscore L 7-6 @ Detroit Lions 0 20 14 220 142 78 3 18 331 225 106 3
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 8-6 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 0 10 164 17 147 1 13 238 131 107 5
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 9-6 @ Green Bay Packers 15 14 16 267 106 161 2 19 306 251 55 5
16 Sun December 16 boxscore W 10-6 St. Louis Cardinals 42 6 27 456 255 201 2 11 113 23 90 2
Playoffs
WildCard Sun December 23 boxscore L 10-7 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 27 15 241 142 99 3 18 315 176 139 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
15 Mike Phipps 32 QB 12 10 9-1-0 134 255 52.5% 1535 9 3.5 8 3.1 68 6.0 5.3 11.5 127.9 69.6 15 145 5.15 4.48 5.6 2 2
8 Vince Evans 24 qb 4 3 0-3-0 32 63 50.8% 508 4 6.3 5 7.9 65 8.1 5.8 15.9 127.0 66.1 8 75 6.10 4.06 11.3
7 Bob Avellini 26 qb 7 3 1-2-0 27 51 52.9% 310 2 3.9 3 5.9 54 6.1 4.2 11.5 44.3 60.1 8 58 4.27 2.66 13.6 0 1
86 Bob Parsons 29 P 16 0 1 2 50.0% 22 0 0.0 0 0.0 22 11.0 11.0 22.0 1.4 89.6 0 0 11.00 11.00 0.0
84 Brian Baschnagel 25 WR 16 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
34 Walter Payton* 26 RB 16 16 1 1 100.0% 54 1 100.0 0 0.0 54 54.0 74.0 54.0 3.4 158.3 0 0 54.00 74.00 0.0
Team Total 26.2 16 10-6-0 195 373 52.3% 2429 16 4.3 16 4.3 68 6.5 5.4 12.5 151.8 69.2 31 278 5.32 4.33 7.7 2 3
Opp Total 16 222 458 48.5% 2908 21 4.6 29 6.3 6.3 4.42 13.1 181.8 57.8 47 380 5.0 3.3 9.3

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
34 Walter Payton* 26 RB 16 16 369 1610 14 43 4.4 100.6 23.1 31 313 10.1 2 65 1.9 19.6 1923 16 7
22 Dave Williams 25 FB 14 12 127 401 1 16 3.2 28.6 9.1 42 354 8.4 5 54 3.0 25.3 755 6 4
37 Willie McClendon 22 16 0 37 160 1 33 4.3 10.0 2.3 6 27 4.5 0 13 0.4 1.7 187 1 0
39 Robin Earl 24 te 13 2 35 132 0 12 3.8 10.2 2.7 8 56 7.0 0 19 0.6 4.3 188 0 3
15 Mike Phipps 32 QB 12 10 27 51 0 12 1.9 4.3 2.3 51 0 2
8 Vince Evans 24 qb 4 3 12 72 1 17 6.0 18.0 3.0 72 1 1
33 Jack Deloplaine 25 5 1 7 18 0 6 2.6 3.6 1.4 2 13 6.5 0 15 0.4 2.6 31 0 0
25 Lonnie Perrin 27 9 0 5 14 0 5 2.8 1.6 0.6 1 27 27.0 0 27 0.1 3.0 41 0 0
30 John Skibinski 24 rb 1 1 3 10 0 4 3.3 10.0 3.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 1.0 4.0 14 0 0
7 Bob Avellini 26 qb 7 3 3 10 0 5 3.3 1.4 0.4 10 0 0
80 Rickey Watts 22 wr 16 6 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.4 0.1 24 421 17.5 3 68 1.5 26.3 415 3 1
55 Doug Buffone 35 16 2 1 14 0 14 14.0 0.9 0.1 1 22 22.0 0 22 0.1 1.4 36 0 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 25 WR 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 30 452 15.1 2 54 1.9 28.3 452 2 0
89 James Scott 27 WR 10 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 382 18.2 3 64 2.1 38.2 382 3 0
88 Greg Latta 27 15 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 131 8.7 0 25 1.0 8.7 131 0 0
87 Mike Cobb 24 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 91 15.2 0 38 0.4 5.7 91 0 0
83 Golden Richards 29 5 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 107 21.4 1 52 1.0 21.4 107 1 0
85 Steve Schubert 28 PR 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 29 14.5 0 15 0.1 2.1 29 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 627 2486 17 43 4.0 155.4 39.2 195 2429 12.5 16 68 12.2 151.8 4915 33 21
Opp Total 16 519 1978 9 3.8 123.6 32.4 222 2528 11.4 21 13.9 158.0 4506 30 25

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
23 Len Walterscheid 25 KR 15 2 14 96 0 14 6.9 19 427 0 44 22.5 523
85 Steve Schubert 28 PR 14 1 25 238 1 77 9.5 2 45 0 27 22.5 312
80 Rickey Watts 22 wr 16 6 14 289 1 83 20.6 704
84 Brian Baschnagel 25 WR 16 11 12 260 0 32 21.7 712
51 Bruce Herron 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
88 Greg Latta 27 15 1 1 8 0 8 8.0 139
37 Willie McClendon 22 16 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 199
25 Lonnie Perrin 27 9 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 54
Team Total 26.2 16 39 334 1 77 8.6 51 1054 1 83 20.7 6303
Opp Total 16 54 404 0 7.5 59 1252 0 21.2

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
86 Bob Parsons 29 P 16 0 92 3486 54 1 37.9
16 Bob Thomas 27 K 16 0 1 1 7 4 11 9 7 2 1 27 16 59.3%% 37 34 91.9%%
Team Total 26.2 16 1 1 7 4 11 9 7 2 1 27 16 59.3%% 37 34 91.9%% 92 3486 54 1 37.9
Opp Total 16 20 12 60.0%% 31 27 87.1%% 90 3402 37.8

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
34 Walter Payton* 26 RB 16 16 0 7 2 0 0
45 Gary Fencik 25 SS 14 14 6 31 0 17 0 0 0 2 0 0
44 Terry Schmidt 27 LCB 16 16 6 44 1 20 0
54 Tom Hicks 27 MLB 15 14 3 85 1 66 0 0 0 2 0 0
46 Doug Plank 26 FS 16 16 3 33 0 22 0 0 0 1 17 0
23 Len Walterscheid 25 KR 15 2 1 15 0 15 0 0 2 1 0 0
22 Dave Williams 25 FB 14 12 0 4 0 0 0
39 Robin Earl 24 te 13 2 0 3 0 0 0
48 Allan Ellis 28 db 8 4 3 67 0 24 0
24 Virgil Livers 27 RCB 13 12 2 41 0 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Jerry Muckensturm 26 LLB 16 16 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0
15 Mike Phipps 32 QB 12 10 0 2 1 -3 0
55 Doug Buffone 35 16 2 2 11 0 11 0
59 Gary Campbell 27 RLB 16 16 1 32 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Wentford Gaines 26 16 0 1 38 0 38 0 0 0 1 0 0
99 Dan Hampton 22 LDE 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 25 WR 16 11 0 0 1 0 0
8 Vince Evans 24 qb 4 3 0 1 0 -2 0
73 Mike Hartenstine 26 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
51 Bruce Herron 25 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 Jim Osborne 30 LDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
82 Alan Page 34 RDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
69 Revie Sorey 26 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
80 Rickey Watts 22 wr 16 6 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 29 402 2 66 0 0 21 21 12 0
Opp Total 16 31 25 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
34 Walter Payton* 26 RB 16 16 14 2 16 96
16 Bob Thomas 27 K 16 0 34 16 82
22 Dave Williams 25 FB 14 12 1 5 6 36
80 Rickey Watts 22 wr 16 6 3 1 4 24
89 James Scott 27 WR 10 9 3 3 18
84 Brian Baschnagel 25 WR 16 11 2 2 12
8 Vince Evans 24 qb 4 3 1 1 6
54 Tom Hicks 27 MLB 15 14 1 1 6
37 Willie McClendon 22 16 0 1 1 6
83 Golden Richards 29 5 5 1 1 6
44 Terry Schmidt 27 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
85 Steve Schubert 28 PR 14 1 1 1 6
Team Total 26.2 16 17 16 1 1 2 37 34 16 1 304
Opp Total 16 9 21 27 12 249

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-09 MIN W, 26-7 2 56 pass James Scott 56 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)
2 1979-09-09 MIN W, 26-7 3 43 rush Walter Payton 43 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
3 1979-09-09 MIN W, 26-7 4 26 rush Walter Payton 26 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
4 1979-09-16 @ DAL L, 20-24 1 3 rush Vince Evans 3 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
5 1979-09-16 @ DAL L, 20-24 3 52 pass Golden Richards 52 yard pass from Vince Evans
6 1979-09-16 @ DAL L, 20-24 4 64 pass James Scott 64 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)
7 1979-09-23 @ MIA L, 16-31 4 1 rush Willie McClendon 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
8 1979-09-30 TAM L, 13-17 4 65 pass Walter Payton 65 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)
9 1979-10-07 @ BUF W, 7-0 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
10 1979-10-14 NWE L, 7-27 2 54 pass Dave Williams 54 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
11 1979-10-21 @ MIN L, 27-30 1 54 pass Brian Baschnagel 54 yard pass from Walter Payton (Bob Thomas kick)
12 1979-10-21 @ MIN L, 27-30 2 2 pass Walter Payton 2 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
13 1979-10-21 @ MIN L, 27-30 4 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
14 1979-10-28 @ SFO W, 28-27 1 6 rush Walter Payton 6 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
15 1979-10-28 @ SFO W, 28-27 2 7 rush Walter Payton 7 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
16 1979-10-28 @ SFO W, 28-27 3 7 rush Walter Payton 7 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
17 1979-10-28 @ SFO W, 28-27 4 48 pass James Scott 48 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
18 1979-11-04 DET W, 35-7 1 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
19 1979-11-04 DET W, 35-7 2 14 pass Brian Baschnagel 14 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
20 1979-11-04 DET W, 35-7 3 77 punt Steve Schubert 77 yard punt return (Bob Thomas kick)
21 1979-11-04 DET W, 35-7 3 20 interception Terry Schmidt 20 yard interception return (Bob Thomas kick)
22 1979-11-04 DET W, 35-7 4 5 rush Walter Payton 5 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
23 1979-11-11 RAM W, 27-23 2 7 pass Dave Williams 7 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
24 1979-11-11 RAM W, 27-23 3 68 pass Rickey Watts 68 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
25 1979-11-11 RAM W, 27-23 4 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
26 1979-11-18 NYJ W, 23-13 1 21 pass Rickey Watts 21 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
27 1979-11-18 NYJ W, 23-13 2 1 rush Dave Williams 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
28 1979-11-18 NYJ W, 23-13 3 6 pass Dave Williams 6 yard pass from Mike Phipps
29 1979-12-02 @ TAM W, 14-0 1 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
30 1979-12-02 @ TAM W, 14-0 2 13 pass Dave Williams 13 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
31 1979-12-09 @ GNB W, 15-14 4 66 interception Tom Hicks 66 yard interception return
32 1979-12-16 STL W, 42-6 1 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
33 1979-12-16 STL W, 42-6 1 11 pass Dave Williams 11 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)
34 1979-12-16 STL W, 42-6 2 5 rush Walter Payton 5 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
35 1979-12-16 STL W, 42-6 3 83 kickoff Rickey Watts 83 yard kickoff return (Bob Thomas kick)
36 1979-12-16 STL W, 42-6 4 4 rush Walter Payton 4 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
37 1979-12-16 STL W, 42-6 4 35 pass Rickey Watts 35 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Bob Thomas kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1979-09-09 MIN L, 7-26 2 2 rush Tommy Kramer 2 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
2 1979-09-16 @ DAL W, 24-20 1 42 pass Tony Hill 42 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
3 1979-09-16 @ DAL W, 24-20 3 11 pass Billy Joe DuPree 11 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
4 1979-09-16 @ DAL W, 24-20 4 22 pass Tony Hill 22 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
5 1979-09-23 @ MIA W, 31-16 3 3 rush Delvin Williams 3 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
6 1979-09-23 @ MIA W, 31-16 3 12 rush Larry Csonka 12 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
7 1979-09-23 @ MIA W, 31-16 4 9 rush Larry Csonka 9 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
8 1979-09-23 @ MIA W, 31-16 4 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Uwe von Schamann kick)
9 1979-09-30 TAM W, 17-13 2 61 rush Jerry Eckwood 61 yard rush (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
10 1979-09-30 TAM W, 17-13 4 8 pass Isaac Hagins 8 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
11 1979-10-14 NWE W, 27-7 1 10 pass Stanley Morgan 10 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
12 1979-10-14 NWE W, 27-7 1 19 pass Harold Jackson 19 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
13 1979-10-14 NWE W, 27-7 4 4 pass Russ Francis 4 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
14 1979-10-21 @ MIN W, 30-27 2 55 pass Sammy White 55 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
15 1979-10-21 @ MIN W, 30-27 3 3 pass Stu Voigt 3 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
16 1979-10-21 @ MIN W, 30-27 4 17 pass Rickey Young 17 yard pass from Tommy Kramer
17 1979-10-21 @ MIN W, 30-27 4 5 pass Rickey Young 5 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
18 1979-10-28 @ SFO L, 27-28 2 27 pass Paul Hofer 27 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1979-10-28 @ SFO L, 27-28 2 1 pass Freddie Solomon 1 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
20 1979-10-28 @ SFO L, 27-28 4 6 pass Freddie Solomon 6 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
21 1979-11-04 DET L, 7-35 2 4 pass Ulysses Norris 4 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
22 1979-11-11 RAM L, 23-27 1 13 blocked punt Jim Jodat 13 yard blocked punt return
23 1979-11-11 RAM L, 23-27 2 18 pass Terry Nelson 18 yard pass from Jeff Rutledge (Frank Corral kick)
24 1979-11-11 RAM L, 23-27 3 63 rush Wendell Tyler 63 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
25 1979-11-18 NYJ L, 13-23 1 18 pass Jerome Barkum 18 yard pass from Richard Todd
26 1979-11-18 NYJ L, 13-23 4 1 rush Richard Todd 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
27 1979-11-22 @ DET W, 20-0 2 22 pass Leonard Thompson 22 yard pass from Jeff Komlo (Benny Ricardo kick)
28 1979-11-22 @ DET W, 20-0 4 1 rush Rick Kane 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
29 1979-12-09 @ GNB L, 14-15 2 6 pass Paul Coffman 6 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Tom Birney kick)
30 1979-12-09 @ GNB L, 14-15 4 22 pass Paul Coffman 22 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Tom Birney kick)
31 1979-12-16 STL L, 6-42 3 13 pass Pat Tilley 13 yard pass from Jim Hart