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1983 Chicago Bears

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.1, Offense: -2.5, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 311 points (19.4/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 301 points (18.8/g), 5th.
 Differential of 10 points (0.6/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-7.7.

Coach: Mike Ditka (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ed Hughes
 Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Ryan

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

Team Info

Secretary of the Board of Directors Virginia Halas McCaskey
General Manager Jerry Vainisi
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
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 311 5830 1083 5.4 36 14 18 308 255 447 3103 21 22 6.2 136 583 2727 14 4.7 154
Team Defense 301 5132 1023 5.0 38 17 19 286 249 490 3132 15 21 5.8 154 482 2000 20 4.1 113
Lg Rank Offense 20 6 8 7 17 23 17 16 11 10 5 1 20 2
Lg Rank Defense 5 8 15 13 4 10 12 1 19 10 9 11 22 15

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore L 0-1 Atlanta Falcons 17 20 21 401 251 150 1 18 317 185 132 1
2 Sun September 11 boxscore W 1-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 10 14 358 263 95 3 17 347 262 85 2
3 Sun September 18 boxscore L OT 1-2 @ New Orleans Saints 31 34 21 493 304 189 5 21 332 248 84 6
4 Sun September 25 boxscore L OT 1-3 @ Baltimore Colts 19 22 15 330 227 103 2 27 461 245 216 3
5 Sun October 2 boxscore W 2-3 Denver Broncos 31 14 22 423 246 177 4 16 246 200 46 2
6 Sun October 9 boxscore L 2-4 Minnesota Vikings 14 23 23 425 186 239 5 15 368 177 191 1
7 Sun October 16 boxscore L 2-5 @ Detroit Lions 17 31 25 427 309 118 21 366 195 171
8 Sun October 23 boxscore W 3-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 6 15 272 86 186 1 14 225 116 109 1
9 Sun October 30 boxscore L 3-6 Detroit Lions 17 38 25 382 243 139 4 21 396 204 192
10 Sun November 6 boxscore L 3-7 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 21 15 284 170 114 2 18 284 123 161
11 Sun November 13 boxscore W 4-7 Philadelphia Eagles 17 14 19 335 112 223 2 14 263 143 120 2
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W 5-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 0 22 346 73 273 1 8 132 60 72 3
13 Sun November 27 boxscore W 6-7 San Francisco 49ers 13 3 16 324 133 191 1 20 290 218 72 4
14 Sun December 4 boxscore L 6-8 @ Green Bay Packers 28 31 16 358 274 84 2 20 512 328 184 4
15 Sun December 11 boxscore W 7-8 @ Minnesota Vikings 19 13 16 303 93 210 18 255 206 49 2
16 Sun December 18 boxscore W 8-8 Green Bay Packers 23 21 23 369 133 236 3 18 338 222 116 7

Passing

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
9 Jim McMahon 24 QB 14 13 7-6-0 175 295 59.3 2184 12 4.1 13 4.4 87 7.4 6.2 12.5 156.0 77.6 42 266 5.69 4.67 12.5 1 1
8 Vince Evans 28 qb 9 3 1-2-0 76 145 52.4 1108 5 3.4 7 4.8 72 7.6 6.2 14.6 123.1 69.0 11 92 6.51 5.13 7.1 0 1
34 Walter Payton* 30 RB 16 16 3 6 50.0 95 3 50.0 2 33.3 56 15.8 10.8 31.7 5.9 95.8 0 0 15.83 10.83 0.0
26 Matt Suhey 25 FB 16 13 1 1 100.0 74 1 100.0 0 0.0 74 74.0 94.0 74.0 4.6 158.3 0 0 74.00 94.00 0.0
Team Total 26.4 16 8-8-0 255 447 57.0 3461 21 4.7 22 4.9 87 7.7 6.5 13.6 216.3 77.0 53 358 6.21 5.07 10.6 1 2
Opp Total 16 249 490 50.8 3516 15 3.1 21 4.3 7.2 5.86 14.1 219.8 66.7 51 384 5.8 4.6 9.4

Rushing & Receiving

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* 30 RB 16 16 314 1421 6 49 4.5 88.8 19.6 53 607 11.5 2 74 3.3 37.9 2028 8 5
26 Matt Suhey 25 FB 16 13 149 681 4 39 4.6 42.6 9.3 49 429 8.8 1 52 3.1 26.8 1110 5 5
9 Jim McMahon 24 QB 14 13 55 307 2 32 5.6 21.9 3.9 1 18 18.0 1 18 0.1 1.3 325 3 4
8 Vince Evans 28 qb 9 3 22 142 1 27 6.5 15.8 2.4 142 1 4
29 Dennis Gentry 24 15 0 16 65 0 17 4.1 4.3 1.1 2 8 4.0 0 6 0.1 0.5 73 0 1
33 Calvin Thomas 23 13 0 8 25 0 9 3.1 1.9 0.6 2 13 6.5 0 7 0.2 1.0 38 0 0
32 Anthony Hutchison 22 KR 16 0 6 13 1 5 2.2 0.8 0.4 13 1 1
87 Emery Moorehead 29 TE 16 15 5 6 0 5 1.2 0.4 0.3 42 597 14.2 3 36 2.6 37.3 603 3 0
83 Willie Gault 23 WR 16 13 4 31 0 22 7.8 1.9 0.3 40 836 20.9 8 87 2.5 52.3 867 8 1
84 Brian Baschnagel 29 wr 16 4 2 2 0 2 1.0 0.1 0.1 5 70 14.0 0 24 0.3 4.4 72 0 1
82 Ken Margerum 25 WR 15 9 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.5 0.1 21 336 16.0 2 60 1.4 22.4 343 2 1
86 Bob Parsons 33 P 14 0 1 27 0 27 27.0 1.9 0.1 27 0 0
85 Dennis McKinnon 22 PR 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 326 16.3 4 49 1.3 20.4 326 4 2
81 Jay Saldi 29 te 13 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 119 9.9 0 16 0.9 9.2 119 0 0
88 Pat Dunsmore 26 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 102 12.8 0 24 0.5 6.4 102 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 583 2727 14 49 4.7 170.4 36.4 255 3461 13.6 21 87 15.9 216.3 6188 35 25
Opp Total 16 482 2000 20 4.1 125.0 30.1 249 3132 12.6 15 15.6 195.8 5132 35 37

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
85 Dennis McKinnon 22 PR 16 3 34 316 1 59 9.3 2 42 0 25 21.0 684
83 Willie Gault 23 WR 16 13 9 60 0 12 6.7 13 276 0 38 21.2 1203
32 Anthony Hutchison 22 KR 16 0 17 259 0 28 15.2 272
24 Jeff Fisher 25 db 8 3 13 71 0 11 5.5 71
29 Dennis Gentry 24 15 0 7 130 0 28 18.6 203
80 Rickey Watts 26 4 0 5 79 0 21 15.8 79
84 Brian Baschnagel 29 wr 16 4 3 42 0 19 14.0 114
22 Dave Duerson 23 fs 16 6 3 66 0 24 22.0 66
25 Todd Bell 25 SS 15 15 2 18 0 18 9.0 18
54 Brian Cabral 27 lb 16 4 2 11 0 6 5.5 11
53 Dan Rains 27 rlb 15 5 2 11 0 11 5.5 11
72 John Janata 22 15 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
27 Mike Richardson 22 LCB 16 14 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
Team Total 26.4 16 56 447 1 59 8.0 58 953 0 38 16.4 7588
Opp Total 16 44 322 0 7.3 66 1229 0 18.6

Kicking & Punting

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 33 P 14 0 79 2916 54 0 36.9
16 Bob Thomas 31 K 16 0 1 1 9 9 4 6 3 5 1 25 14 56.0% 38 35 92.1%
19 Ray Stachowicz 24 p 2 0 12 447 48 2 37.3
9 Jim McMahon 24 QB 14 13 1 36 36 0 36.0
Team Total 26.4 16 1 1 9 9 4 6 3 5 1 25 14 56.0% 38 35 92.1% 92 3399 54 2 36.9
Opp Total 16 23 17 73.9% 36 34 94.4% 99 3821 38.6

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
76 Steve McMichael 26 RDT 16 10 8.5 1 0 2 0 0 37 0
95 Richard Dent 23 de 16 3 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 12 0
73 Mike Hartenstine 30 LDE 16 16 12.0 0 0 1 10 1
50 Mike Singletary* 25 MLB 16 16 3.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 15 0
21 Leslie Frazier 24 RCB 16 16 7 135 1 58 0 0 0 1 3 0
90 Al Harris 27 RLB 13 11 6.0 0 0 2 0 0
9 Jim McMahon 24 QB 14 13 0 4 3 0 0
34 Walter Payton* 30 RB 16 16 0 5 2 0 0
27 Mike Richardson 22 LCB 16 14 5 9 0 6 0 0 0 2 7 0
68 Jim Osborne 34 LDT 16 12 5.0 0 0 1 0 0
99 Dan Hampton 26 RDE 11 11 5.0
44 Terry Schmidt 31 db 13 3 5 31 1 32 0
26 Matt Suhey 25 FB 16 13 0 5 0 0 0
25 Todd Bell 25 SS 15 15 3.0 0 0 1 10 0
8 Vince Evans 28 qb 9 3 0 4 0 0 0
45 Gary Fencik 29 FS 7 7 2 34 0 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Dennis McKinnon 22 PR 16 3 0 2 1 0 0
55 Otis Wilson 26 LLB 16 16 2.0 1 6 0 6 0
83 Willie Gault 23 WR 16 13 0 1 1 0 0
84 Brian Baschnagel 29 wr 16 4 0 1 0 0 0
54 Brian Cabral 27 lb 16 4 1.0
59 Gary Campbell 31 lb 6 4 1.0
74 Jimbo Covert 23 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
29 Dennis Gentry 24 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
63 Jay Hilgenberg 24 c 16 8 0 0 1 0 0
32 Anthony Hutchison 22 KR 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 John Janata 22 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
98 Tyrone Keys 23 de 14 4 1.0
82 Ken Margerum 25 WR 15 9 0 1 0 0 0
53 Dan Rains 27 rlb 15 5 0 0 1 0 0
57 Dave Simmons 26 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 51.0 21 215 2 58 0 2 25 27 45 1 49 0
Opp Total 16 53 37 20

Scoring Summary

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 31 K 16 0 35 14 77
83 Willie Gault 23 WR 16 13 8 8 48
34 Walter Payton* 30 RB 16 16 6 2 8 48
85 Dennis McKinnon 22 PR 16 3 4 1 5 30
26 Matt Suhey 25 FB 16 13 4 1 5 30
9 Jim McMahon 24 QB 14 13 2 1 3 18
87 Emery Moorehead 29 TE 16 15 3 3 18
82 Ken Margerum 25 WR 15 9 2 2 12
8 Vince Evans 28 qb 9 3 1 1 6
21 Leslie Frazier 24 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
73 Mike Hartenstine 30 LDE 16 16 1 1 6
32 Anthony Hutchison 22 KR 16 0 1 1 6
44 Terry Schmidt 31 db 13 3 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 16 14 21 1 1 2 39 35 14 311
Opp Total 16 20 15 1 34 17 301