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1983 Chicago Bears season

 

1983 Chicago Bears season

1983 Chicago Bears season
Head coach Mike Ditka
General manager Jim Finks
Home field Soldier Field
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 Chicago Bears season was their 64th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–8 record under second year head coach Mike Ditka, but missed postseason play. Jim McMahon was the quarterback, who completed 175 of 295 pass attempts. The Bears 1983 NFL Draft class was ranked #3 in NFL Top 10 '​s greatest draft classes.[1]

Contents

  • Preseason 1
  • Schedule 2
    • Standings 2.1
  • Game summaries 3
    • Week 2 3.1
    • Week 15 3.2
    • Week 16 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Preseason

The Bears were predicted to finish 7–9 and fourth in the division by Paul Zimmerman. Their prized new weapon would be Willie Gault and Jimbo Covert would help open bigger holes for Walter Payton but it was felt they were a few offensive lineman and a tight end away from being effective. The defense would be led by All-Pro Dan Hampton and new defensive backs Mike Richardson and Dave Duerson. [2] The Bears started 1983 by losing 7 of their first 10, but won 5 of their last 6 to finish 8-8. The Bears would go 71-18 in regular season games from November 13, 1983 through October 2, 1989.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 Atlanta Falcons L 20–17
60,165
2 September 11, 1983 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10
58,186
3 September 18, 1983 at New Orleans Saints L 34–31
64,692
4 September 25, 1983 at Baltimore Colts L 22–19
34,350
5 October 2, 1983 Denver Broncos W 31–14
58,210
6 October 9, 1983 Minnesota Vikings L 23–14
59,632
7 October 16, 1983 at Detroit Lions L 31–17
66,709
8 October 23, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 7–6
45,263
9 October 30, 1983 Detroit Lions L 38–17
58,764
10 November 6, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–14
53,010
11 November 13, 1983 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–14
47,524
12 November 20, 1983 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–0
36,816
13 November 27, 1983 San Francisco 49ers W 13–3
40,483
14 December 4, 1983 at Green Bay Packers L 31–28
51,147
15 December 11, 1983 at Minnesota Vikings W 19–13
57,880
16 December 18, 1983 Green Bay Packers W 23–21
35,807

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Detroit Lions(3) 9 7 0 .563 7–1 8–4 347 286
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 429 439
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 311 301
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 4–4 4–8 316 348
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 241 380

Game summaries

Week 2

CHI: Mike Hartenstine 2.0 sacks, Terry Schmidt INT

Week 15

1 2 3 4 Total
• Bears 10 6 0 3 19
Vikings 6 0 7 0 13

[3]


Week 16

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 0 7 21
Bears 7 0 7 9 23
  • Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com


References

  1. ^ "NFLs top 10 draft classes in league history".  
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated. 1 Sept 1983 [1]
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Mar-02.

External links

  • 1983 Chicago Bears Season at www.bearshistory.com


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