1928 Chicago Bears season

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1928 Chicago Bears season
Head coachGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
League place5th NFL

Season overview[edit]

The 1928 Chicago Bears season was their ninth regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 7–5–1 record under head coach George Halas, earning them a fifth-place finish in the team standings, their worst record to date. The season had its high points, including two shutout wins over the crosstown rival Chicago Cardinals, a shutout win over the defending champion New York Giants, and convincing victories over Frankford, Dayton, and Pottsville. However, two losses each to Detroit and the Green Bay Packers made 1928 a disappointment to the normally contending Bears. Chicago's problem was the old guard was aging with Joey Sternaman, Paddy Driscoll, and George Halas all now in their early 30s, but not enough new talent was on the team to compete. Also, the Bears were now faced with an equal number of away games as at home, whereas in the early 1920s almost all their games were at home as they drew much larger crowds than most other teams. The pace of playing 3 games in 8 days around Thanksgiving, then a standard practice—the Thanksgiving game was not a substitute for the Sunday game but just an extra game-also hurt the veteran Bears down the stretch as in previous years. Joe Sternaman and William Senn starred on offense with 4 and 5 touchdowns each. Sternaman also shared kicking duties with Driscoll. The passing game became more important and the Bears scored 11 touchdowns via the air, versus 13 on the ground. This was a league-wide trend, foreshadowing the ascendancy of Don Hutson and Sammy Baugh of the 1930s.

Future Hall of Fame players[edit]

Other leading players[edit]

Players departed from 1927[edit]


Date Opponent Location Result Score Record
Sep 23 at Chicago Cardinals Normal Park Win 15–0 1–0–0
Sep 30 at Green Bay Packers Green Bay City Stadium Tie 12–12 1–0–1
Oct 14 New York Giants Wrigley Field Win 13–0 2–0–1
Oct 21 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Loss 16–6 2–1–1
Oct 28 Detroit Wolverines Wrigley Field Loss 6–0 2–2–1
Nov 4 New York Yankees Wrigley Field Win 27–0 3–2–1
Nov 11 Dayton Triangles Wrigley Field Win 27–0 4–2–1
Nov 18 Pottsville Maroons Wrigley Field Win 13–6 5–2–1
Nov 25 at Detroit Wolverines University of Detroit Loss 14–7 5–3–1
Nov 29 Chicago Cardinals Wrigley Field Win 34–0 6–3–1
Dec. 2 Frankford Yellowjackets Wrigley Field Win 28–6 7–3–1
Dec. 9 Green Bay Packers Wrigley Field Loss 6–0 7–4–1
Dec. 15 at Frankford Yellowjackets Frankford Stadium Loss 19–0 7–5–1


NFL standings
Providence Steam Roller 8 1 2 .889 128 42 T1
Frankford Yellow Jackets 11 3 2 .786 175 84 L1
Detroit Wolverines 7 2 1 .778 189 76 W4
Green Bay Packers 6 4 3 .600 120 92 W1
Chicago Bears 7 5 1 .583 182 85 L2
New York Giants 4 7 2 .364 79 136 L5
New York Yankees 4 8 1 .333 103 179 W1
Pottsville Maroons 2 8 0 .200 74 134 L1
Chicago Cardinals 1 5 0 .167 7 107 L4
Dayton Triangles 0 7 0 .000 9 131 L7

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