1940 Chicago Bears season

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1940 Chicago Bears season
Head coach George Halas
Home field Wrigley Field
Record 8–3
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Previous season Next season
< 1939 1941 >

The 1940 Chicago Bears season was their 21st regular season and 5th postseason completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–3 record under head coach George Halas. Behind NFL greats Sid Luckman and Bronko Nagurski, the club gained a berth in the NFL Championship. There the club stormed the Washington Redskins under the brand new formation known as the T formation to claim their fourth league title.


The Bears selected Clyde "Bulldog" Turner with their first round pick in the 1940 NFL Draft. He would be with the Bears for four Championships and be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

Regular season[edit]


Date Opponent Location Result Score Record
Sunday, September 22 at Green Bay Packers East Stadium Win 41–10 1–0
Wednesday, September 25 at Chicago Cardinals Comiskey Park Loss 7–21 1–1
Sunday, October 6 at Cleveland Rams Municipal Stadium Win 21–14 2–1
Sunday, October 13 Detroit Lions Wrigley Field Win 7–0 3–1
Sunday, October 20 Brooklyn Dodgers Wrigley Field Win 16–7 4–1
Sunday, October 27 at New York Giants Polo Grounds Win 37–21 5–1
Sunday, November 3 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Win 14–7 6–1
Sunday, November 10 at Detroit Lions Briggs Stadium Loss 14–17 6–2
Sunday, November 17 at Washington Redskins Griffith Stadium Loss 3–7 6–3
Sunday, November 24 Cleveland Rams Wrigley Field Win 47–25 7–3
Sunday, December 1 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 31–23 8–3


Western Division[edit]

Note: W= Win, L= Loss, T= Tie, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points for, PA= Points Against

NFL Western
Chicago Bears 8 3 0 .727 238 152 W-2
Green Bay Packers 6 4 1 .600 238 155 T-1
Detroit Lions 5 5 1 .500 138 153 L-1
Cleveland Rams 4 6 1 .400 171 191 T-1
Chicago Cardinals 2 7 2 .222 139 222 L-3

Note: The team with the best record in the Western Division played the team with the best record in the Eastern Division in the Championship Game

NFL Championship Game[edit]

Chicago Bears beat the Washington Redskins 73–0 in the NFL's biggest scoring and most lopsided game in NFL history.

For more details on this topic, see NFL Championship Game, 1940.

All-Star Game[edit]

The Bears defeated the NFL All-Stars 28–14 on December 29, 1940