1978 Chicago Bears season

The 1978 Chicago Bears season was their 59th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 7–9 record in the first year of Coach Neill Armstrong, yet another below .500 record in the 1970s.

1978 Chicago Bears season
Head coachNeill Armstrong
General managerJim Finks
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldSoldier Field
Results
Record7–9
Division place4th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
3 74 Brad Shearer Defensive tackle Texas

Undrafted free agents

1978 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Mike Morgan Running back Wisconsin

Roster

1978 Chicago Bears final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 St. Louis Cardinals W 17–10
52,791
2 September 10, 1978 at San Francisco 49ers W 16–13
49,502
3 September 17, 1978 at Detroit Lions W 19–0
65,982
4 September 25, 1978 Minnesota Vikings L 24–20
53,551
5 October 1, 1978 Oakland Raiders L 25–19
52,848
6 October 8, 1978 at Green Bay Packers L 24–14
56,267
7 October 16, 1978 at Denver Broncos L 16–7
75,008
8 October 22, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 33–19
68,146
9 October 29, 1978 Detroit Lions L 21–17
53,378
10 November 5, 1978 Seattle Seahawks L 31–29
50,697
11 November 12, 1978 at Minnesota Vikings L 17–14
43,286
12 November 19, 1978 Atlanta Falcons W 13–7
46,022
13 November 26, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 14–3
42,373
14 December 4, 1978 at San Diego Chargers L 40–7
48,492
15 December 10, 1978 Green Bay Packers W 14–0
34,306
16 December 16, 1978 at Washington Redskins W 14–10
49,774

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
• Bears 3 337 16
49ers 7 303 13

[1]

Week 16

1 234Total
Bears 7 070 14
Redskins 0 307 10
  • Date: December 16
  • Location: RFK Stadium • Washington, D.C.
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 46°F • Wind 11

[2]

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 8 7 1 .531 5–2–1 7–4–1 294 306 L2
Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 .531 5–2–1 6–5–1 249 269 L2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–4 5–7 290 300 W2
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 3–5 7–5 253 274 W2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 2–6 3–11 241 259 L4

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
Scoring summary
1CHIBob Thomas 32 yard field goalBears 3–0
1SFO.J. Simpson 8 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)49ers 7–3
2CHIBob Thomas 44 yard field goal49ers 7–6
2SFRay Wersching 44 yard field goal49ers 10–6
3CHIBob Thomas 38 yard field goal49ers 10–9
4SFRay Wersching 27 yard field goal49ers 13–9
4CHIRoland Harper 1 yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 16–13
Scoring summary
1CHIWalter Payton 44-yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 7–0
2WSHMark Moseley 33-yard field goalBears 7–3
3CHISteve Schubert 73-yard punt return (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 14–3
4WSHJean Fugett 17-yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)Bears 14–10
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Division championships (21)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (9)
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