1968 Chicago Bears season

The 1968 Chicago Bears season was their 49th regular season completed in the National Football League. Under first-year head coach Jim Dooley, the club posted a 7–7 record, earning them another second-place finish in the Central Division within the NFL's Western Conference behind the Minnesota Vikings.

1968 Chicago Bears season
Head coachJim Dooley
General managerGeorge Halas
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record7–7
Division place2nd Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

George Halas, age 73, retired as head coach of the Bears for the fourth and final time on May 27.[1][2][3][4] Dooley, 38, was promoted and introduced as head coach the following day.[5][6]

NFL draft

1968 Chicago Bears draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 16 Mike Hull  Fullback USC
2 46 Bob Wallace  Tight end Texas at El Paso
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Roster

Chicago Bears 1968 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15 Washington Redskins L 38–28
41,321
2 September 22 at Detroit Lions L 42–0
50,688
3 September 29 at Minnesota Vikings W 27–17
47,644
4 October 6 at Baltimore Colts L 28–7
60,238
5 October 13 Detroit Lions L 28–10
46,996
6 October 20 at Philadelphia Eagles W 29–16
60,858
7 October 27 Minnesota Vikings W 26–24
46,562
8 November 3 at Green Bay Packers W 13–10
50,861
9 November 10 San Francisco 49ers W 27–19
46,978
10 November 17 Atlanta Falcons L 16–13
44,214
11 November 24 Dallas Cowboys L 34–3
46,667
12 December 1 at New Orleans Saints W 23–17
78,285
13 December 8 at Los Angeles Rams W 17–16
66,368
14 December 15 Green Bay Packers L 28–27
46,435

Game summaries

Week 3

1 234Total
• Bears 14 607 27
Vikings 0 3014 17

[7]

Week 6

1 234Total
• Bears 7 6313 29
Eagles 3 1030 16

[8]

Week 7

1 234Total
Vikings 7 7010 24
• Bears 7 676 26

[9]

Week 8

1 234Total
• Bears 0 373 13
Packers 0 073 10

[10]

Standings

NFL Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings 8 6 0 .571 4–2 6–4 282 242 W2
Chicago Bears 7 7 0 .500 3–3 5–5 250 333 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 7 1 .462 1–4–1 2–7–1 281 227 W1
Detroit Lions 4 8 2 .333 3–2–1 4–5–1 207 241 L1

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

References

  1. ^ Strickler, George (May 28, 1968). "Halas retires as Bears' coach". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 1.
  2. ^ "George Halas drops reins". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 28, 1968. p. 15.
  3. ^ McHugh, Roy (May 28, 1968). "Papa Bear recognizes Father Time". Pittsburgh Press. p. 33.
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 283
  5. ^ Hollow, Cooper (May 29, 1968). "Dooley, 38, named head coach of Bears". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
  6. ^ "Dooley moves up as Bears' coach". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 29, 1968. p. 16.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-27.
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-28.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-29.
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-31.
Scoring summary
Q1CHISayers 7-yard run (Percival kick)CHI 7–0
Q1CHIGordon 15-yard pass from Concannon (Percival kick)CHI 14–0
Q2CHIPercival 43-yard field goalCHI 17–0
Q2MINCox 45-yard field goalCHI 17–3
Q2CHIPercival 31-yard field goalCHI 20–3
Q4MINWashington 24-yard pass from Cuozzo (Cox kick)CHI 20–10
Q4MINBrown 1-yard run (Cox kick)CHI 20–17
Q4CHIKurek 23-yard run (Percival kick)CHI 27–17
Scoring summary
Q1PHIBaker 30-yard field goalPHI 3–0
Q1CHITurner 11-yard pass from Carter (Percival kick)CHI 7–3
Q2PHIBaker 27-yard field goalCHI 7–6
Q2PHIDitka 2-yard pass from Snead (Baker kick)PHI 13–7
Q2CHIPercival 39-yard field goalPHI 13–10
Q2CHIPercival 31-yard field goalTie 13–13
Q3CHIPercival 28-yard field goalCHI 16–13
Q3PHIBaker 44-yard field goalTie 16–16
Q4CHIPercival 15-yard field goalCHI 19–16
Q4CHITaylor 96-yard interception return (Percival kick)CHI 26–16
Q4CHIPercival 14-yard field goalCHI 29–16
Scoring summary
Q1MINLindsey 1-yard run (Cox kick)MIN 7–0
Q1CHIWallace 12-yard pass from Carter (Percival kick)Tie 7–7
Q2CHIPercival 12-yard field goalCHI 10–7
Q2MINWashington 54-yard pass from Kapp (Cox kick)MIN 14–10
Q2CHIPercival 42-yard field goalMIN 14–13
Q3CHIGordon 50-yard pass from Carter (Percival kick)CHI 20–14
Q4MINCox 38-yard field goalCHI 20–17
Q4CHIPercival 21-yard field goalCHI 23–17
Q4MINWashington 25-yard pass from Kapp (Cox kick)MIN 24–23
Q4CHIPercival 47-yard field goalCHI 26–24
Scoring summary
Q2CHIPercival 10-yard field goalCHI 3–0
Q3CHICarter 2-yard run (Percival kick)CHI 10–0
Q3GBDale 50-yard pass from Starr (Mercin kick)CHI 10–7
Q4GBMercin 19-yard field goalTie 10–10
Q4CHIPercival 43-yard field goalCHI 13–10
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Division championships (21)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (9)
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