The Chicago Bears, who have NFL odds of +1100 to win the NFC North, had a multi-decade run of significant offensive efforts that started in the 1940s, which has helped lead to many high-scoring affairs.
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With that, let’s rank the 10 highest-scoring Bears games:
1. Chicago Bears 61, Green Bay Packers 7
Date: December 7, 1980
It only makes sense that the biggest beatdown in Chicago Bears history came against their oldest rival, the Green Bay Packers. Walter Payton had one of his many triumphant performances in this one, rushing for 130 yards and three scores on the ground.
2. Chicago Bears 61, San Francisco 49ers 20
Date: December 12, 1965
It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears have employed some of the greatest running backs the league has ever seen, and that proved true in 1965. Gale Sayers rushed the ball just nine times in the lopsided win but tallied 113 yards and an astounding four touchdowns.
3. Chicago Bears 58, Baltimore Colts 27
Date: October 21, 1956
In this contest, the Bears’ defense made life extremely difficult for Baltimore’s offense. Despite the Colts finishing the game with 27 points, Chicago forced four fumbles and had an interception in the victory, which helped the Bears improve to 3-1 on the season.
4. Chicago Bears 57, Baltimore Colts 0
Date: November 25, 1962
For the second consecutive game on this list, the Bears smashed the Baltimore Colts, but they weren’t kind enough to let the opposition get on the scoreboard this time. Billy Wade had a banner day at quarterback, throwing for 328 yards and three touchdowns.
5. Chicago Bears 56, Washington Redskins 20
Date: October 26, 1947
A thrashing by the Bears in 1947 saw them defeat the Washington Redskins by 36 points.
6. Chicago Bears 56, New York Giants 7
Date: November 14, 1943
In what ended up being a strange box score, the Bears scored 14 points in every quarter in this contest, leading to a 49-point victory over the lowly New York Giants. The win improved the Bears to 7-0-1 on the campaign.
7. Chicago Bears 53, Chicago Cardinals 7
Date: October 12, 1941
The Bears’ big victories continued during their run in the 1940s, as they mauled the Chicago Cardinals. The Bears threw five touchdowns in the win while also picking the Cardinals off twice.
8. Chicago Bears 52, Los Angeles Rams 14
Date: October 13, 1963
Things continued to stay positive for the undefeated Bears in 1963, which saw their record improve to 5-0 with this win. Mike Ditka had a great day at wide receiver, catching nine passes for 110 yards and four touchdowns.
9. Chicago Bears 52, Minnesota Vikings 35
Date: December 17, 1961
A 24-point third quarter helped propel the Bears to a 17-point victory over one of their biggest rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. Fran Tarkenton threw for just 161 yards but did so efficiently as he tallied four touchdowns in the win.
10. Chicago Bears 52, Green Bay Packers 31
Date: November 6, 1955
Much like this list started, it finishes with another beatdown of the Green Bay Packers. The Pack tried to make things close in the fourth quarter by scoring 28 points, but the Bears’ rushing attack had a historic day, running for 406 yards and five touchdowns to seal the victory.