1983 Chicago Bears season

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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]

Preseason[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Detroit Lions(3) 9 7 0 .563 7–1 8–4 347 286 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 4–4 6–6 429 439 L1
Chicago Bears 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 311 301 W2
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 4–4 4–8 316 348 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 1–7 1–11 241 380 L3

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 6 0 7 7 20
Bears 0 10 7 0 17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 3 7 0 10
Bears 0 10 0 7 17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

  • Date: September 11
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 68°F, wind 11 mph
  • Box Score

CHI: Mike Hartenstine 2.0 sacks, Terry Schmidt INT

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Bears 7 3 7 14 0 31
Saints 7 3 14 7 3 34

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Week 4: at Baltimore Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Bears 0 3 3 13 0 19
Colts 0 13 0 6 3 22

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Week 5: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 7 7 14
Bears 14 10 0 7 31

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 8: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 0 0 0 7
Eagles 0 0 3 3 6

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Week 9: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 14 3 14 7 38
Bears 0 3 0 14 17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 11: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 0 7 0 14
Bears 0 14 0 3 17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 6 7 27
Buccaneers 0 0 0 0 0

at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Week 13: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 0 0 0 3
Bears 3 7 3 0 13

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 15[edit]

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

[3]


Week 16[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 7 0 7 21
Bears 7 0 7 9 23


References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFLs top 10 draft classes in league history". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated. 1 Sept 1983 [1]
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Mar-02.

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