1961 Chicago Bears season

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1961 Chicago Bears season
Head coach George Halas
General manager George Halas
Owner George Halas
Home field Wrigley Field
Results
Record 8–6
Division place 3rd NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1960 1962 >

The 1961 Chicago Bears season was their 42nd regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–6 record under George Halas, which was an improvement over the 5–6–1 record of the previous season.

Offseason[edit]

On January 14, Chicago Bears End Willard Dewveall played out his option and joined the Houston Oilers of the American Football League. He became the first player to move deliberately from one league to another.[1]

The Bears were notable for taking part in an exhibition game in their first ever game outside of the United States, taking on the CFL's Montreal Alouettes (the original team), winning 34–16.[2]

NFL Draft[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1961 at Minnesota Vikings L 37–13
32,236
2 September 23, 1961 at Los Angeles Rams W 21–17
53,315
3 October 1, 1961 at Green Bay Packers L 24–0
38,669
4 October 8, 1961 at Detroit Lions W 31–17
53,854
5 October 15, 1961 Baltimore Colts W 24–10
48,719
6 October 22, 1961 San Francisco 49ers W 31–0
49,070
7 October 29, 1961 at Baltimore Colts W 21–20
57,641
8 November 5, 1961 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–14
60,671
9 November 12, 1961 Green Bay Packers L 31–28
49,711
10 November 19, 1961 at San Francisco 49ers L 41–31
52,972
11 November 26, 1961 at Los Angeles Rams W 28–24
45,965
12 December 3, 1961 Detroit Lions L 16–15
51,017
13 December 10, 1961 Cleveland Browns W 17–14
38,717
14 December 17, 1961 Minnesota Vikings W 52–35
34,539

Game summaries[edit]

Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 0 3 10
Bears 3 7 0 14 24

[3]


Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 7 7 21
Colts 7 7 6 0 20

[4]



Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 14 7 7 7 35
• Bears 7 14 24 7 52

[5]



Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 11 3 0 .786 391 223 W-1
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .615 270 258 L-1
Chicago Bears 8 6 0 .571 326 302 W-2
Baltimore Colts 8 6 0 .571 302 307 W-1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 346 272 L-1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 263 333 L-1
Minnesota Vikings 3 11 0 .214 285 407 L-2

References[edit]