1931 Chicago Bears season

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1931 Chicago Bears season
Head coach Ralph Jones
Home field Wrigley Field
Results
Record 8–5
Division place 3rd NFL
Playoff finish No playoffs until 1932
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1930 1932 >

Season Overview[edit]

The 1931 Chicago Bears season was their 12th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 8–5 record under sophomore head coach Ralph Jones. The club finished in third place once again behind the Green Bay Packers and the Portsmouth Spartans. The Bears opened the season well, winning three of their first four games, including victories over the Cardinals and Giants. Chicago then dropped two in a row, both at home to the Packers and Yellowjackets. Four consecutive wins in the middle of the season put the Bears back in contention; however, another weak ending, losing two of their last three, made the season somewhat of a disappointment. Grange and Nagurski again carried the team, with 9 touchdowns between them (7 by Grange). The Bears' biggest weakness was an aging interior line, with few young lineman joining the team who had an impact. They also lacked a consistent kicking game, now that Paddy Driscoll and the Sternaman brothers had all retired. Owner George Halas would remedy these problems over the next few years and get the Bears back on top.

Future Hall of Fame Players[edit]

Other Leading Players[edit]

Other Players[edit]

Players Departed from 1930[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result Score Record
Sep 18 Cleveland Indians Loyola Stadium Win 21–0 1–0–0
Sep 27 Green Bay Packers Green Bay City Stadium Loss 0–7 1–1–0
Oct. 11 New York Giants Wrigley Field Win 6–0 2–1–0
Oct 18 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 26–13 3–1–0
Oct 25 Frankford Yellow Jackets Wrigley Field Loss 12–13 3–2–0
Nov 1 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Loss 2–6 3–3–0
Nov 8 Portsmouth Spartans Wrigley Field Win 9–6 4–3–0
Nov 15 New York Giants Polo Grounds Win 12–6 5–3–0
Nov 22 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field Win 26–0 6–3–0
Nov 26 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 18–7 7–3–0
Nov. 29 Portsmouth Spartans Portsmouth Universal Stadium Loss 0–3 7–4–0
Dec. 6 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Win 7–6 8–4–0
Dec. 13 New York Giants Wrigley Field Loss 6–25 8–5–0

Standings[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage

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

NFL
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 12 2 0 .857 291 87 L-1
Portsmouth Spartans 11 3 0 .786 175 77 W-1
Chicago Bears 8 5 0 .615 145 92 L-1
Chicago Cardinals 5 4 0 .556 120 128 W-1
New York Giants 7 6 1 .538 154 100 W-2
Providence Steam Roller 4 4 3 .500 78 127 T-1
Staten Island Stapletons 4 6 1 .400 79 118 W-2
Cleveland Indians 2 8 0 .200 45 137 L-5
Brooklyn Dodgers 2 12 0 .143 64 199 L-8
Frankford Yellow Jackets 1 6 1 .143 13 99 L-2