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1981 Chicago Bears

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6-10-0, 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 (I)
 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
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 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

Score Offense Defense
Week 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. 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
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(+),
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 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(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. 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(+),
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 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(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. 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. 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