1955 Chicago Bears season
OwnerGeorge Halas
Head coachGeorge Halas
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record8–4
Division place2nd NFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1955 season was the Chicago Bears' 36th in the National Football League. The team matched on their 8–4 record from 1954 under head coach George Halas, repeating as the runner-up in the NFL's Western Conference.[1][2] Chicago opened the season with three losses,[3] then won eight of nine.

During the season, owner Halas announced that he was stepping down as head coach,[2] ending his third ten-year tenure as coach. Longtime assistant Paddy Driscoll, age 61, was promoted in early February,[4] led the team for two seasons, then was reassigned when Halas returned as head coach in 1958.[5]

Regular season

Main article: 1955 NFL season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 25 at Baltimore Colts L 17–23 0–1 Memorial Stadium 36,167 Recap
2 October 2 at Green Bay Packers L 3–24 0–2 City Stadium 24,662 Recap
3 October 9 San Francisco 49ers L 19–20 0–3 Wrigley Field 41,651 Recap
4 October 16 Baltimore Colts W 38–10 1–3 Wrigley Field 40,184 Recap
5 October 23 at San Francisco 49ers W 34–23 2–3 Kezar Stadium 56,350 Recap
6 October 30 at Los Angeles Rams W 31–20 3–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 69,587 Recap
7 November 6 Green Bay Packers W 52–31 4–3 Wrigley Field 48,890 Recap
8 November 13 Los Angeles Rams W 24–3 5–3 Wrigley Field 50,187 Recap
9 November 20 at Detroit Lions W 24–14 6–3 Tiger Stadium 53,610 Recap
10 November 27 at Chicago Cardinals L 14–53 6–4 Comiskey Park 47,314 Recap
11 December 4 Detroit Lions W 21–20 7–4 Wrigley Field 39,388 Recap
12 December 11 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–10 8–4 Wrigley Field 34,783 Recap

Note: Intra-conference opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFL Western Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 8 3 1 .727 6–3–1 260 231 W3
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 7–3 294 251 W2
Green Bay Packers 6 6 0 .500 5–5 258 276 L1
Baltimore Colts 5 6 1 .455 5–4–1 214 239 L2
San Francisco 49ers 4 8 0 .333 4–6 216 298 W1
Detroit Lions 3 9 0 .250 2–8 230 275 L2

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

Roster

Chicago Bears 1955 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

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References

  1. ^ "Bears beat Eagles in windup, 17-10". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. December 12, 1955. p. 15, part 2.
  2. ^ a b "Bears clip Eagles, 17-10; Blanda ace". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. December 12, 1955. p. 4, part 2.
  3. ^ "49ers outlast Bears". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. October 10, 1955. p. 3, part 2.
  4. ^ "Halas picks Driscoll to coach his Bears". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. February 2, 1956. p. 15, part 2.
  5. ^ "Halas returns as coach of Bears". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. February 17, 1958. p. 2, part 2.