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1981 Chicago Bears

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6-10-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.9, Offense: -4.4, Defense: 1.5, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 253 points (15.8/g), 27th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 324 points (20.2/g), 14th.
 Differential of -71 points (-4.4/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 5.7-10.3.

Coach: Neill Armstrong (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ted Marchibroda
 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
Offensive Scheme Run-and-Shoot
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 253 4633 1132 4.1 40 17 26 278 222 489 2462 14 23 4.7 126 608 2171 13 3.6 126
Team Defense 324 5394 1077 5.0 40 22 26 290 233 525 3248 23 18 5.8 144 521 2146 13 4.1 120
Lg Rank Offense 27 26 13 9 24 15 27 26 16 28 3 11 17 25
Lg Rank Defense 14 19 12 4 7 20 14 18 18 12 17 20 9 19

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore L 0-1 Green Bay Packers 9 16 20 306 161 145 4 20 346 153 193 3
2 Sun September 13 boxscore L 0-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 28 18 339 216 123 3 20 412 287 125 2
3 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28 17 15 247 126 121 1 22 450 309 141 3
4 Mon September 28 boxscore L 1-3 Los Angeles Rams 7 24 17 223 135 88 3 20 329 195 134 2
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 1-4 @ Minnesota Vikings 21 24 24 396 307 89 2 22 345 211 134 1
6 Sun October 11 boxscore L 1-5 Washington Redskins 7 24 13 204 153 51 4 16 301 74 227 1
7 Mon October 19 boxscore L 1-6 @ Detroit Lions 17 48 24 449 316 133 4 23 485 326 159 1
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W OT 2-6 San Diego Chargers 20 17 28 414 219 195 1 15 356 295 61 2
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 2-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 20 18 325 233 92 3 15 392 183 209 1
10 Sun November 8 boxscore W OT 3-7 @ Kansas City Chiefs 16 13 15 278 77 201 18 249 84 165 6
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 3-8 @ Green Bay Packers 17 21 20 253 88 165 3 18 247 133 114 2
12 Sun November 22 boxscore L 3-9 Detroit Lions 7 23 4 24 -20 44 3 20 356 127 229 3
13 Thu November 26 boxscore L 3-10 @ Dallas Cowboys 9 10 15 272 43 229 3 11 273 178 95 3
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 4-10 Minnesota Vikings 10 9 13 244 69 175 2 16 292 254 38 5
15 Sun December 13 boxscore W 5-10 @ Oakland Raiders 23 6 19 378 228 150 2 15 263 217 46 2
16 Sun December 20 boxscore W 6-10 Denver Broncos 35 24 15 281 111 170 2 19 298 222 76 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
8 Vince Evans 26 QB 16 16 6-10-0 195 436 44.7% 2354 11 2.5 20 4.6 85 5.4 3.8 12.1 147.1 51.1 23 173 4.75 3.27 5.0 0 2
7 Bob Avellini 28 9 0 15 32 46.9% 185 1 3.1 3 9.4 72 5.8 2.2 12.3 20.6 36.6 7 52 3.41 0.46 17.9 1 1
15 Mike Phipps 34 3 0 11 17 64.7% 171 2 11.8 0 0.0 43 10.1 12.4 15.5 57.0 137.1 5 41 5.91 7.73 22.7
34 Walter Payton 28 RB 16 16 0 2 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
84 Brian Baschnagel 27 WR/wr 16 15 1 1 100.0% 18 0 0.0 0 0.0 18 18.0 18.0 18.0 1.1 118.7 0 0 18.00 18.00 0.0
86 Bob Parsons 31 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 26.4 16 6-10-0 222 489 45.4% 2728 14 2.9 23 4.7 85 5.6 4.0 12.3 170.5 53.1 35 266 4.70 3.26 6.7 1 3
Opp Total 16 233 525 44.4% 3527 23 4.4 18 3.4 6.7 6.05 15.1 220.4 67.4 31 279 5.8 5.2 5.6

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
34 Walter Payton 28 RB 16 16 339 1222 6 39 3.6 76.4 21.2 41 379 9.2 2 30 2.6 23.7 1601 8 9
26 Matt Suhey 23 FB 15 14 150 521 3 26 3.5 34.7 10.0 33 168 5.1 0 15 2.2 11.2 689 3 3
8 Vince Evans 26 QB 16 16 43 218 3 25 5.1 13.6 2.7 218 3 13
35 Roland Harper 28 rb 15 2 34 106 1 11 3.1 7.1 2.3 2 10 5.0 0 8 0.1 0.7 116 1 1
37 Willie McClendon 24 16 0 30 74 0 17 2.5 4.6 1.9 2 4 2.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 78 0 0
7 Bob Avellini 28 9 0 5 2 0 2 0.4 0.2 0.6 2 0 0
22 Dave Williams 27 KR 8 0 2 19 0 15 9.5 2.4 0.3 18 126 7.0 2 18 2.3 15.8 145 2 0
89 Ken Margerum 23 wr 16 6 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.7 0.1 39 584 15.0 1 41 2.4 36.5 595 1 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 27 WR/wr 16 15 1 10 0 10 10.0 0.6 0.1 34 554 16.3 3 72 2.1 34.6 564 3 2
52 Dan Neal 32 C 16 16 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.4 0.1 -6 0 2
86 Bob Parsons 31 P 16 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.4 0.1 -6 0 0
15 Mike Phipps 34 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 0
80 Rickey Watts 24 WR 12 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 465 17.2 3 42 2.3 38.8 465 3 3
81 Robin Earl 26 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 118 11.8 1 24 0.6 7.4 118 1 0
88 Marcus Anderson 22 wr 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 243 27.0 2 85 0.8 20.3 243 2 1
83 Brooks Williams 27 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 32 10.7 0 16 0.6 6.4 32 0 0
87 Mike Cobb 26 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 20 10.0 0 11 0.1 1.3 20 0 0
90 Al Harris 25 RDE 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 18 18.0 0 18 0.1 1.1 18 0 0
79 Emanuel Zanders 30 RG 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.6 7 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 608 2171 13 39 3.6 135.7 38.0 222 2728 12.3 14 85 13.9 170.5 4899 27 37
Opp Total 16 521 2146 13 4.1 134.1 32.6 233 3248 13.9 23 14.6 203.0 5394 36 33

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
24 Jeff Fisher 23 PR 16 0 43 509 1 88 11.8 7 102 0 23 14.6 611
43 Emery Moorehead 27 9 0 23 476 0 56 20.7 476
22 Dave Williams 27 KR 8 0 23 486 0 42 21.1 631
21 Leslie Frazier 22 13 0 6 77 0 15 12.8 77
84 Brian Baschnagel 27 WR/wr 16 15 2 34 0 23 17.0 598
88 Marcus Anderson 22 wr 12 1 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 238
85 Bob Fisher 23 te 6 1 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
46 Doug Plank 28 FS 16 12 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
23 Len Walterscheid 27 db 6 4 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
83 Brooks Williams 27 5 0 1 35 0 35 35.0 67
Team Total 26.4 16 45 518 1 88 11.5 64 1214 0 56 19.0 6631
Opp Total 16 66 594 1 9.0 44 937 0 21.3

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 31 P 16 0 114 4531 55 0 39.7
9 John Roveto 23 K 11 0 1 7 6 3 2 7 2 18 10 55.6%% 20 19 95.0%%
6 Hans Nielsen 29 k 3 0 1 1 2 0.0%% 8 8 100.0%%
16 Bob Thomas 29 k 2 0 2 1 1 1 3 2 66.7%% 3 2 66.7%%
Team Total 26.4 16 1 10 7 5 3 7 2 23 12 52.2%% 31 29 93.5%% 114 4531 55 0 39.7
Opp Total 16 29 17 58.6%% 39 37 94.9%% 98 3989 40.7

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
8 Vince Evans 26 QB 16 16 0 13 2 -10 0
34 Walter Payton 28 RB 16 16 0 9 3 0 0
45 Gary Fencik*+ 27 SS 16 16 6 121 1 69 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Jeff Fisher 23 PR 16 0 2 3 0 3 0 0 3 1 0 0
26 Matt Suhey 23 FB 15 14 0 3 3 0 0
20 Reuben Henderson 23 RCB 16 16 4 84 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Rickey Watts 24 WR 12 9 0 3 2 0 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 27 WR/wr 16 15 0 2 2 0 0
90 Al Harris 25 RDE 16 11 1 44 1 44 0 0 0 3 5 0
46 Doug Plank 28 FS 16 12 0 0 4 6 0 1
76 Steve McMichael 24 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
44 Terry Schmidt 29 LCB 16 16 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Len Walterscheid 27 db 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
55 Otis Wilson 24 LLB 15 12 0 0 3 31 0
25 Todd Bell 23 16 0 1 92 1 92 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Dan Neal 32 C 16 16 0 2 0 -4 0
68 Jim Osborne 32 LDT 16 16 0 0 2 7 0
88 Marcus Anderson 22 wr 12 1 0 1 0 0 0
59 Gary Campbell 29 RLB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
87 Mike Cobb 26 te 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
35 Roland Harper 28 rb 15 2 0 1 0 0 0
73 Mike Hartenstine 28 rde 16 5 0 0 1 4 0
51 Bruce Herron 27 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Ken Margerum 23 wr 16 6 0 0 1 0 0
82 Alan Page 36 RDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
50 Mike Singletary 23 MLB 16 9 1 -3 0 -3 0
69 Revie Sorey 28 g 16 4 0 0 1 0 0
78 Keith Van Horne 24 RT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
79 Emanuel Zanders 30 RG 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 18 345 3 92 0 0 37 41 42 0 1 0 1
Opp Total 16 35 33 11 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
9 John Roveto 23 K 11 0 19 10 49
34 Walter Payton 28 RB 16 16 6 2 8 48
84 Brian Baschnagel 27 WR/wr 16 15 3 3 18
8 Vince Evans 26 QB 16 16 3 3 18
26 Matt Suhey 23 FB 15 14 3 3 18
80 Rickey Watts 24 WR 12 9 3 3 18
88 Marcus Anderson 22 wr 12 1 2 2 12
22 Dave Williams 27 KR 8 0 2 2 12
6 Hans Nielsen 29 k 3 0 8 8
16 Bob Thomas 29 k 2 0 2 2 8
25 Todd Bell 23 16 0 1 1 6
81 Robin Earl 26 TE 16 15 1 1 6
45 Gary Fencik*+ 27 SS 16 16 1 1 6
24 Jeff Fisher 23 PR 16 0 1 1 6
35 Roland Harper 28 rb 15 2 1 1 6
90 Al Harris 25 RDE 16 11 1 1 6
89 Ken Margerum 23 wr 16 6 1 1 6
46 Doug Plank 28 FS 16 12 1 2
Team Total 26.4 16 13 14 1 3 31 29 12 1 253
Opp Total 16 13 23 1 2 37 17 1 324

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 GNB L, 9-16 3 11 rush Walter Payton 11 yard rush
2 1981-09-13 @ SFO L, 17-28 2 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
3 1981-09-13 @ SFO L, 17-28 3 12 pass Robin Earl 12 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)
4 1981-09-20 TAM W, 28-17 2 1 rush Matt Suhey 1 yard rush (Hans Nielsen kick)
5 1981-09-20 TAM W, 28-17 2 88 punt Jeff Fisher 88 yard punt return (Hans Nielsen kick)
6 1981-09-20 TAM W, 28-17 3 8 rush Vince Evans 8 yard rush (Hans Nielsen kick)
7 1981-09-20 TAM W, 28-17 4 18 pass Dave Williams 18 yard pass from Vince Evans (Hans Nielsen kick)
8 1981-09-28 RAM L, 7-24 4 14 pass Dave Williams 14 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Hans Nielsen kick)
9 1981-10-04 @ MIN L, 21-24 2 16 pass Brian Baschnagel 16 yard pass from Vince Evans (Hans Nielsen kick)
10 1981-10-04 @ MIN L, 21-24 3 4 rush Vince Evans 4 yard rush (Hans Nielsen kick)
11 1981-10-04 @ MIN L, 21-24 4 7 pass Brian Baschnagel 7 yard pass from Vince Evans (Hans Nielsen kick)
12 1981-10-11 WAS L, 7-24 4 43 pass Marcus Anderson 43 yard pass from Mike Phipps (John Roveto kick)
13 1981-10-19 @ DET L, 17-48 1 85 pass Marcus Anderson 85 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)
14 1981-10-19 @ DET L, 17-48 2 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (John Roveto kick)
15 1981-10-25 SDG W, 20-17 1 7 rush Matt Suhey 7 yard rush (John Roveto kick)
16 1981-10-25 SDG W, 20-17 4 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (John Roveto kick)
17 1981-11-01 @ TAM L, 10-20 4 1 rush Walter Payton 1 yard rush (John Roveto kick)
18 1981-11-08 @ KAN W, 16-13 1 12 pass Rickey Watts 12 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)
19 1981-11-15 @ GNB L, 17-21 1 1 rush Matt Suhey 1 yard rush (John Roveto kick)
20 1981-11-15 @ GNB L, 17-21 4 2 rush Walter Payton 2 yard rush (John Roveto kick)
21 1981-11-22 DET L, 7-23 2 92 interception Todd Bell 92 yard interception return (John Roveto kick)
22 1981-11-26 @ DAL L, 9-10 4 2 rush Vince Evans 2 yard rush
23 1981-12-06 MIN W, 10-9 4 72 pass Brian Baschnagel 72 yard pass from Bob Avellini (John Roveto kick)
24 1981-12-13 @ OAK W, 23-6 1 42 pass Rickey Watts 42 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)
25 1981-12-13 @ OAK W, 23-6 3 3 pass Rickey Watts 3 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)
26 1981-12-13 @ OAK W, 23-6 3 22 pass Ken Margerum 22 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)
27 1981-12-20 DEN W, 35-24 2 19 pass Walter Payton 19 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)
28 1981-12-20 DEN W, 35-24 2 4 rush Roland Harper 4 yard rush (John Roveto kick)
29 1981-12-20 DEN W, 35-24 3 69 interception Gary Fencik 69 yard interception return (John Roveto kick)
30 1981-12-20 DEN W, 35-24 3 44 interception Al Harris 44 yard interception return (John Roveto kick)
31 1981-12-20 DEN W, 35-24 4 7 pass Walter Payton 7 yard pass from Vince Evans (John Roveto kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1981-09-06 GNB W, 16-9 1 2 rush Eddie Lee Ivery 2 yard rush (Rich Wingo pass from Ray Stachowicz)
2 1981-09-06 GNB W, 16-9 2 5 rush Gerry Ellis 5 yard rush
3 1981-09-13 @ SFO W, 28-17 1 31 pass Ricky Patton 31 yard pass from Joe Montana (Matt Bahr kick)
4 1981-09-13 @ SFO W, 28-17 2 46 pass Freddie Solomon 46 yard pass from Joe Montana (Matt Bahr kick)
5 1981-09-13 @ SFO W, 28-17 3 5 pass Charle Young 5 yard pass from Joe Montana (Matt Bahr kick)
6 1981-09-13 @ SFO W, 28-17 4 12 rush Ricky Patton 12 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
7 1981-09-20 TAM L, 17-28 1 29 interception Mike Washington 29 yard interception return (Garo Yepremian kick)
8 1981-09-20 TAM L, 17-28 3 11 pass Kevin House 11 yard pass from Doug Williams (Garo Yepremian kick)
9 1981-09-28 RAM W, 24-7 1 2 rush Wendell Tyler 2 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
10 1981-09-28 RAM W, 24-7 3 55 punt LeRoy Irvin 55 yard punt return (Frank Corral kick)
11 1981-09-28 RAM W, 24-7 4 1 rush Wendell Tyler 1 yard rush (Frank Corral kick)
12 1981-10-04 @ MIN W, 24-21 1 8 rush Ted Brown 8 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
13 1981-10-04 @ MIN W, 24-21 2 15 pass Ahmad Rashad 15 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
14 1981-10-04 @ MIN W, 24-21 3 11 pass Joe Senser 11 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
15 1981-10-11 WAS W, 24-7 1 10 interception Neal Olkewicz 10 yard interception return (Mark Moseley kick)
16 1981-10-11 WAS W, 24-7 2 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
17 1981-10-11 WAS W, 24-7 4 2 rush John Riggins 2 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
18 1981-10-19 @ DET W, 48-17 1 1 rush Eric Hipple 1 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
19 1981-10-19 @ DET W, 48-17 2 4 rush Eric Hipple 4 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
20 1981-10-19 @ DET W, 48-17 2 2 pass Rick Kane 2 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
21 1981-10-19 @ DET W, 48-17 3 10 pass David Hill 10 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
22 1981-10-19 @ DET W, 48-17 4 44 pass Freddie Scott 44 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
23 1981-10-19 @ DET W, 48-17 4 94 pass Leonard Thompson 94 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
24 1981-10-25 SDG L, 17-20 4 22 pass Charlie Joiner 22 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
25 1981-10-25 SDG L, 17-20 4 39 pass Wes Chandler 39 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
26 1981-11-01 @ TAM W, 20-10 2 81 pass Jimmie Giles 81 yard pass from Doug Williams (Bill Capece kick)
27 1981-11-01 @ TAM W, 20-10 3 51 pass Kevin House 51 yard pass from Doug Williams (Bill Capece kick)
28 1981-11-08 @ KAN L, 13-16 4 18 pass Henry Marshall 18 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Nick Lowery kick)
29 1981-11-15 @ GNB W, 21-17 1 1 pass Harlan Huckleby 1 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Jan Stenerud kick)
30 1981-11-15 @ GNB W, 21-17 2 39 pass Harlan Huckleby 39 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Jan Stenerud kick)
31 1981-11-15 @ GNB W, 21-17 2 2 pass Terdell Middleton 2 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Jan Stenerud kick)
32 1981-11-22 DET W, 23-7 3 5 rush Eric Hipple 5 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
33 1981-11-22 DET W, 23-7 4 2 rush Rick Kane 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
34 1981-11-26 @ DAL W, 10-9 4 6 rush Ron Springs 6 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
35 1981-12-06 MIN L, 9-10 4 3 pass Ahmad Rashad 3 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Rick Danmeier kick)
36 1981-12-13 @ OAK L, 6-23 1 27 pass Bob Chandler 27 yard pass from Marc Wilson
37 1981-12-20 DEN L, 24-35 3 6 pass Riley Odoms 6 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
38 1981-12-20 DEN L, 24-35 3 25 pass Rick Upchurch 25 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Fred Steinfort kick)
39 1981-12-20 DEN L, 24-35 4 39 pass Rick Upchurch 39 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Fred Steinfort kick)