1945 Chicago Bears season

The 1945 season was the Chicago Bears' 26th in the National Football League. The team failed to improve on their 6–3–1 record from 1944 and finished at 1–7, under temporary co-coaches Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos. With the end of World War II, Halas would make his return to the coaching ranks--winning the bears final 2 games, and improving their record to 3-7--so this was the end of the only co-coaching tenure in franchise history.

1945 Chicago Bears season
Head coachHunk Anderson
Luke Johnsos
Home fieldWrigley Field
Results
Record3–7
Division place4th NFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify

This was also their first losing season in 16 years, with their last being back in 1929 (they were above .500 every season between 1920 and 1928). And they wouldn't have another, with Halas at the helm, until 1960. Meaning that between 1920 and 1963, Halas had only 2 losing seasons.[1]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 30, 1945 at Green Bay Packers L 31–21
2 October 7, 1945 at Cleveland Rams L 17–0
3 October 14, 1945 Chicago Cardinals L 16–7
4 October 21, 1945 Cleveland Rams L 41–21
5 October 28, 1945 at Detroit Lions L 16–10
6 November 4, 1945 Green Bay Packers W 28–24
7 November 11, 1945 Detroit Lions L 35–28
8 November 18, 1945 at Washington Redskins L 28–21
9 November 25, 1945 Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–7
10 December 2, 1945 at Chicago Cardinals W 28–20

StandingsEdit

NFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Cleveland Rams 9 1 0 .900 7–0 244 136 W5
Detroit Lions 7 3 0 .700 5–2 195 194 W1
Green Bay Packers 6 4 0 .600 3–4 258 173 L1
Chicago Bears 3 7 0 .300 2–6 192 235 W2
Chicago Cardinals 1 9 0 .100 1–6 98 228 L6

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

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