Years ago, in Steve Sabol's, office, he and I discussed the best second-place teams of all-time. Sabol believed the 1962 Detroit Lions and the 1967 Baltimore Colts topped the list. Since my opinion was asked; I quickly responded that the 1948 Chicago Bears should also be included.
Thus the following: What team had the best record over a 52-game span without winning a playoff game? The Bears for most of 1947 in the 1951 season, won 41 and lost just 11. Since this would be Clyde "Bulldog" Turner's birthday, let's celebrate in Navy blue and burnt orange and take a closer look and evaluate using stats this team and why they won.
|Bulldog Turner, Chicago Bears. Colorization by John Turney|
Note: This is the first of a three part series, with two more teams to add to the list later this Spring.
|1950 Rams versus Bears, Colorization: John Turney|