1926 Chicago Bears season

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1926 Chicago Bears season
Head coach George Halas
Home field Wrigley Field, Soldier Field
Results
Record 12–1–3
Division place 2nd NFL
Playoff finish No playoffs until 1932
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1925 1927 >

Season Overview[edit]

The 1926 Chicago Bears season was their seventh regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 12–1–3 record under head coach George Halas earning them a second place finish in the team standings, their fifth showing in that place in the last seven years. This year's Bears may have been the most talented to date, with most of their veterans still playing well and the addition of talented veteran Paddy Driscoll and hard-running rookie William Senn. The Bears opened their season with 13 undefeated games (11 wins and 2 ties). Since ties didn't count in the standings at that time, the Bears were in first place since their main competition, the Frankford Yellow Jackets, had lost an earlier game to the Providence Steam Roller. The showdown came on December 4 at Frankford. Neither team scored for the first three quarters of this game; the tie was broken when Senn burst through the Frankford line for a 62-yard touchdown run. Driscoll missed the PAT, leaving Frankford a chance. Frankford proceeded to complete two long passes, the second for a score. Their kicker, Ernest Hamer, made the point after and Frankford won the game. Due to more victories, Frankford was the champion. The Bears were second yet again.

Driscoll was easily Chicago's best player in 1926, scoring 5 TDs, kicking 11 field goals, and converting 14 PATs. Senn scored 7 rushing touchdowns and Frank Hanny had 4 touchdown catches to lead the Bears.

Future Hall of Fame Players[edit]

Other Leading Players[edit]

Players Departed from 1925[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Record
Sep. 19 Milwaukee Badgers Athletic Park Win 10–7 1–0–0
Sep 26 Green Bay Packers City Stadium Tie 6–6 1–0–1
Oct 3 Detroit Panthers Navin Field Win 10–7 2–0–1
Oct 10 New York Giants Wrigley Field Win 7–0 3–0–1
Oct 17 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 16–0 4–0–1
Oct 24 Duluth Eskimos Wrigley Field Win 24–6 5–0–1
Oct 31 Akron Pros Wrigley Field Win 17–0 6–0–1
Nov 7 Louisville Colonels Wrigley Field Win 34–0 7–0–1
Nov 11 Chicago Cardinals Soldier Field Win 10–0 8–0–1
Nov 14 Milwaukee Badgers Wrigley Field Win 10–7 9–0–1
Nov 21 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Win 19–13 10–0–1
Nov 25 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Tie 0–0 10–0–2
Nov 28 Canton Bulldogs Wrigley Field Win 35–0 11–0–2
Dec. 4 Frankford Yellow Jackets Shibe Park Loss 6–7 11–1–2
Dec. 12 Pottsville Maroons Wrigley Field Win 9–7 12–1–2
Dec. 19 Green Bay Packers Soldier Field Tie 3–3 12–1–3

Standings[edit]

NFL standings
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Frankford Yellow Jackets 14 1 2 .933 236 49 W6
Chicago Bears 12 1 3 .923 216 63 L1
Pottsville Maroons 10 2 2 .833 155 29 T1
Kansas City Cowboys 8 3 0 .727 76 53 W7
Green Bay Packers 7 3 3 .700 151 61 T1
New York Giants 8 4 1 .667 151 61 W3
Los Angeles Buccaneers 6 3 1 .667 67 57 L1
Duluth Eskimos 6 5 3 .545 113 81 L1
Buffalo Rangers 4 4 2 .500 53 62 T1
Chicago Cardinals 5 6 1 .455 74 98 L1
Providence Steam Roller 5 7 1 .417 89 103 L1
Detroit Panthers 4 6 2 .400 107 60 L3
Hartford Blues 3 7 0 .300 57 99 L1
Brooklyn Lions 3 8 0 .273 60 150 L3
Milwaukee Badgers 2 7 0 .222 41 66 L5
Dayton Triangles 1 4 1 .200 15 82 L2
Akron Indians 1 4 3 .200 23 89 T1
Racine Tornadoes 1 4 0 .200 8 92 T4
Columbus Tigers 1 6 0 .143 26 93 L5
Canton Bulldogs 1 9 3 .100 46 161 L1
Hammond Pros 0 4 0 .000 3 56 L4
Louisville Colonels 0 4 0 .000 0 108 L4

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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