1980 Chicago Bears season

The 1980 Chicago Bears season was their 61st regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 7–9 record under second year coach Neill Armstrong and failed to make the playoffs.

One of the seven victories by the Bears that year was a Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions. With no time left in regulation, Bears quarterback Vince Evans scored a game-tying touchdown that sent the game into overtime. Then, before a national television audience, Dave Williams returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown on the first play of overtime and a 23–17 victory in overtime over the Lions.

Walter Payton once again led the NFC in rushing for the fifth straight year with 1,460 yards.

1980 Chicago Bears season
Head coachNeill Armstrong
General managerJim Finks
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldSoldier Field
Results
Record7–9
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Roster

1980 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1980 at Green Bay Packers L 12–6
54,381
2 September 14, 1980 New Orleans Saints W 22–3
62,523
3 September 21, 1980 Minnesota Vikings L 34–14
59,983
4 September 28, 1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 38–3
53,987
5 October 6, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–0
61,350
6 October 12, 1980 at Minnesota Vikings L 13–7
46,751
7 October 19, 1980 Detroit Lions W 24–7
58,508
8 October 26, 1980 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–14
68,752
9 November 3, 1980 at Cleveland Browns L 27–21
84,225
10 November 9, 1980 Washington Redskins W 35–21
57,159
11 November 16, 1980 Houston Oilers L 10–6
59,390
12 November 23, 1980 at Atlanta Falcons L 28–17
49,156
13 November 27, 1980 at Detroit Lions W 23–17
75,397
14 December 7, 1980 Green Bay Packers W 61–7
57,176
15 December 14, 1980 Cincinnati Bengals L 17–14
48,808
16 December 20, 1980 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 14–13
55,298

Season summary

Week 1

1 234OTTotal
Bears 3 0300 6
• Packers 0 6006 12

Week 2

1 234Total
Saints 3 000 3
• Bears 10 327 22

Week 3

1 234Total
• Vikings 14 776 34
Bears 0 0014 14
  • Date: September 21
  • Location: Soldier Field

Week 4

1 234Total
Bears 3 000 3
• Steelers 7 1777 38

Week 5

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 000 0
• Bears 0 31010 23
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Soldier Field
  • Television network: ABC

Week 6

1 234Total
Bears 0 070 7
• Vikings 3 037 13

Week 7

1 234Total
Lions 0 007 7
• Bears 7 377 24
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Soldier Field

Week 8

1 234Total
Bears 0 0140 14
• Eagles 7 073 17

Week 9

1 234Total
Bears 0 0714 21
• Browns 3 7314 27

Week 10

1 234Total
Redskins 0 0147 21
• Bears 21 1400 35
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Soldier Field

Week 11

1 234Total
• Oilers 0 730 10
Bears 0 600 6
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Soldier Field

Week 12

1 234Total
Bears 7 370 17
• Falcons 0 14014 28

Week 13

1 234OTTotal
• Bears 0 30146 23
Lions 3 7700 17

Week 14

1 234Total
Packers 0 700 7
• Bears 0 281320 61

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Week 15

1 234OTTotal
• Bengals 7 7003 17
Bears 0 7070 14
  • Date: December 14
  • Location: Soldier Field

Week 16

1 234Total
• Bears 0 770 14
Buccaneers 10 003 13

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 317 308 L1
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 5–3 9–5 334 272 W2
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 5–3 7–5 304 264 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 10 1 .344 1–6–1 4–7–1 271 341 L3
Green Bay Packers 5 10 1 .344 3–4–1 4–7–1 231 371 L4

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
Scoring summary
1LionsEddie Murray 34-yard field goalLions 3–0
2LionsBilly Sims 47-yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick)Lions 10–0
2BearsBob Thomas 24-yard field goalLions 10–3
3LionsGary Danielson 1-yard run (Eddie Murray kick)Lions 17–3
4BearsBob Fisher 20-yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)Lions 17–10
4BearsVince Evans 4-yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Tie 17–17
OTBearsDave Williams 94-yard kickoff returnBears 23–17
Scoring summary
2CHIWalter Payton 1 yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 7–0
2CHIWalter Payton 3 yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 14–0
2CHIRoland Harper 1 yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 21–0
2GBJames Lofton 15 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)Bears 21–7
2CHIBrian Baschnagel 4 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 28–7
3CHIRobin Earl 9 yard pass from Vince Evans (kick failed)Bears 34–7
3CHIRickey Watts 53 yard pass from Vince Evans (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 41–7
4CHIWalter Payton 14 yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 48–7
4CHILen Walterscheid 36 yard interception return (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 55–7
4CHIWillie McClendon 1 yard run (kick failed)Bears 61–7
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Division championships (21)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (9)
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