1940 Chicago vs. Washington-What a Contrast

The Chicago Bears came to Washington, DC twice in 1940. In week 8 of this 11 game season, the Redskins won in a tight tense game 7 to 3. All of the scoring was in the first half. For the season, Washington was 9-2 one game better than the 8-3 Bears. The NFL Title game was beyond anything predicted. Newsmen said it was going to be a match up between two great Quarterbacks, Sid Luckman for the Bears and Sammy Baugh for the Redskins.

The Redskins were favored with home field advantage, a better record for the year, and the victory during the season. Chicago stunned the sports world with a 73 to 0 victory. Here were the vitals by category.

Rushing-The Bears ran for 381 yards and one touchdown. Bill Osmanski carried 10 times for 109 yards and that touchdown. Washington rushed for five yards. That is not a misprint.

Passing-Sid Luckman completed seven of ten passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. Sammy Baugh and Frank Filchock completed 20 passes of 51 passes for 236 yards and nine interceptions.

Defense-As stated, the Bears intercepted nine passes for just over 100 yards in returns and three interceptions.

Each team had 16 first downs.


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