Green Bay Packers (7-2) 24, Chicago Bears (4-4) 14
Sunday November 6th 1938 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - Rocking the Chicago Bears for two touchdowns within eight plays of the start of the game, and clinging to a lead which their rivals, playing magnificently, sought desperately to erase, the Green Bay Packers plucked a 24 to 17 gridiron decision here from the embattled Bruins before 40,208 at Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon. It was the season's Game of Games - the ultimate in football thrills and chills - the contest which had loyal fans stammering and the heavily populated stands jittery as each attempt by the Bears to wrest the lead from the Packers was denied. Taking advantage of two Chicago fumbles almost before the team were warmed up, the Packers made their prospective victory look almost too easy, and they nearly were blown from the field by a withering Bear counterattack that chopped that 14 to 0 lead out of sight. By holding a margin of only 14 to 10, the Packers drove back to attain a 21 to 10 advantage. Even then the Bears were good for a touchdown, but Clarke Hinkle made the triumph more secure with a third period field goal. The final minutes of the game, with the Bruins smoking from behind a 24 to 17 disadvantage, were hectic beyond all distinction. The game was the roughest, toughest, most bitterly fought engagement in which the Packers have been involved this year. It was the greatest performance the Bears have made against any opposition. Beyond question, the Wisconsin players suffered a severe letdown after their two easy touchdowns, and from that point on, except for scattered moments, the Bears looked like the best ball team on the field. The Packers who played consistently great ball in the line were giant Bill Lee, right tackle, and Carl Mulleneaux, whose work at right end was outstanding.
BOTHER THE BEARS
In the backfield, Clarke Hinkle, Joe Laws and Bob Monnett were the men who bothered the Bears from start to finish. The Bears also were fired out of sight by a severe injury to Dick Plasman, end, who crashed in to the south brick wall while chasing one of Ray Buivid's forward passes. The Packers looked like they were going after 200 points at the torrid start. On the first play after the kickoff Bert Johnson of the Bears fumbled and Buckets Goldenberg flopped on the ball 17 yards from the Chicago goal. After Hinkle nudged into the line for two years Bobby Monnett dropped back and turned loose an easy, looping forward pass which Hinkle gathered in as he ran to the left, and Nolting's attempt to check him before he reached the goal line was a failure. Monnett added the extra point and the Packers had a 7 to 0 lead.
JOHNSON FUMBLES AGAIN
They kicked off to the Bears, and Johnson fumbled the return, Russ Letlow landing on the oval on the Chicago 23-yard stripe. Laws hit center for three yards, Monnett threw an incomplete pass, and then Bobby set up another one, firing the ball into the end zone to Hutson, who broke past Manders as the latter leaped for the ball, but missed. Monnett again booted the point, giving the Packers a lead of 14 to 0. When Fortmann recovered Monnett's fumble on the Green Bay 39-yard line, the Bears first scoring chance, they worked the ball into the 6-yard stripe, aided by an 18-yard thrust by Buivid, and from that point Manders banged off right tackle, evading Laws and Monnett as he weaved to the goal line. Manders added the extra point, and the Packers lead was 14 to 7.
INTO PACKER COUNTRY
A short time later the Bears moved the ball into Packer territory again, and Manders kicked a 34-yard field goal, making the score 14 to 10. Then the Packers took their turn. A 13-yard gain on a forward pass from Monnett to Gantenbein got them started, and a brilliantly executed pass, Monnett to Becker, good for 49 yards, was speared by Becker on the Bears' 15-yard line and he traveled to the 1-foot mark, where Maniaci hauled him down. On the first play of the second period, Jankowski slammed over left tackle for a touchdown. Hutson kicked goal, and the Packer margin was 21 to 10.
MOVE IN AGAIN
An intercepted Herber pass gave the Bears the ball on the Packer 44 late in the half, and they moved in to score, a Swisher to Karr forward pass from the 8-yard line bringing the touchdown, to which Maniaci added the extra point. The score was 21 to 17. Ookie Miller recovered a Chicago fumble on the Bears' 35-yard line late in the third period, and after the Packers gained nine yards on three plays, Hinkle booted a 35-yard field goal, moving the Packers ahead by 24 to 17. And there it stayed. The Packers might have scored again in the final period, but they disdained use of the forward pass, preferring to prevent the possibility of an interception. In the meantime the Bears staged a terrific battle to score, and they outgained the Bays by a wide margin, but each time the attempt was hurled back in the shadow of the Green Bay goal line. 
GREEN BAY - 14  7  3  0 - 24
CHI BEARS - 10  7  0  0 - 17
1st - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 15-yard pass from Bob Monnett (Monnett kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Don Hutson, 20-yard pass from Monnett (Monnett kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
1st - CHI - Jack Manders, 6-yard run (Manders kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
1st - CHI - Manders, 34-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
2nd - GB - Eddie Jankowski, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
2nd - CHI - Bill Karr, 8-yard pass from Bob Swisher (Maniaci kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
3rd - GB - Hinkle, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-17
PACKERS WILL PUT TITLE CHANCES ON LINE SUNDAY
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, putting everything they've got on the line for the football championship of the National league's Western division,
will leave here tomorrow on their final jaunt through the
Eastern gridiron section. Before they return they will
have met the Lions at Detroit and the Giants at New
York. Coach Dutch Clark's team is the first issue at
hand, and will be met this Sunday afternoon. The squad
will entrain on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 5:40
Friday afternoon, which will get them into Chicago at
9:40 that evening. At 11:59 they will board the Michigan
Central's Motor City sleeper, and will arrive at Detroit at
7:50 a.m. Saturday...HEADQUARTERS AT STATLER:
While awaiting the game with the Lions the Packers
will headquarter at the Statler hotel. They will leave for
New York aboard the Michigan Central Wolverine at 
7:29 Saturday night, arriving at the Giants' home city at
8:20 Monday morning. There have been little changes
in the general condition of the team during the past 
week, although some of the dents and bumps acquired
in the game with the Bears have showed improvement.
Coach E.L. Lambeau expected that most of his athletes
will be available for at least part-time service in Detroit,
and he is strongly enthusiastic over the squad's mental
attitude. In talking things over with the players, the fan
is given the impression that they are prepared to blow
the Lions out of Briggs stadium. The Lions, however,
are purported to feel the same way, all of which will
probably result in attracting the largest crowd of the
season to the Detroit field...LIONS OR PACKERS: The
Western division championship now seems to rest
between the Lions and Packers, with the strong
probability that the winner of Sunday's game will be a
shoo-in for the crown. The Bays have only the Lions 
and Giants remaining on their regular schedule, while
Detroit must play Green Bay, the Chicago Cardinals,
the Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers 
are confident that they can take New York, even at the
Polo Grounds, provided they get past the dangerous
Detroiters on Sunday. This next game has been 
expanded in importance until the entire title chances of
both teams rest upon its outcome...ROUGHEST ON
SCHEDULE: The Packers were unanimous in agreeing
that last Sunday's game at Wrigley field was the
roughest on their schedule this season. Any gridiron
methods seemed to be o.k., and the Packers left the
place in possession of more bruises, injuries and limps
than they have acquired all year. The Bears were badly
damaged, too, and it is possible that the Packers may
have done themselves a poor turn by softening up the
Bruins for their coming game with Detroit. The Cleveland
Rams and Chicago Cardinals are now definitely out of 
the race, and the Bears have only a mathematical 
chance to tie for the Western lead, depending upon
upsets to both the Packers and Lions. The winner of the
Western half will advance into the annual playoff
against the Eastern winners, and the right to appear in
the annual All Star game at Solder field next summer.
HUTSON NEARS LEAGUE MARKS
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, Green Bay Packer
end from Alabama, tied his own NFL record of nine
touchdowns in one season and is withing striking
distance of three other new league marks, according to individual statistics for the ninth week of play, announced today. By catching 12 passes for 120 yards and four touchdowns in his two remaining games against Detroit and New York, Hutson can set new standards for passes caught, scoring and yards gained on passes in addition to touchdowns in one season...FAR FROM IMPOSSIBLE: These marks are far from Impossible. Hutson twice has scored three touchdowns, twice caught six passes, and four times gained more than 160 yards in single games this season. Hutson leads the National league in scoring with nine touchdowns and two conversions for 56 points and by continuing his present pace will become the first lineman in league annals to lead in this department. Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals, caught two more passes than Hutson, to lead 31 to 29 in this department, and led the race between these two rivals on an effort to set a new record for catches in their next two contests will be an interesting one...HINKLE IS SECOND: Four changes in positions for individual laurels were recorded in the past week. Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay fullback, jumped from a tie for third in scoring to second, behind his teammate Hutson, with 45 points. Scrapper Farrell, Brooklyn recruit, rose from fourth to second in ground gaining with 323 yards; just thirty less than Bill Shepherd, Detroit, who continues to lead with 353 yards. Jack Robbins, Cardinal freshmen, again passed Sammy Baugh, Washington, for second in forward passing. Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn, tied with Regis Monahan, Detroit, and Ward Cuff, New York, with four field goals, his 45 yard kick Sunday being the longest of the season. Ed Danowski, New York, boosted his efficiency to 60 percent as he continued to pace the forward passers with 56 completions out of 93 tosses for 684 yards. Joe Carter, Philadelphia, is third in pass receiving with 22 catches and fourth in scoring with 36 points. Andy Farkas, Washington, is third in scoring with 37 points. Not more than three yards separate third, fourth and fifth place in ground gaining. Cecil Isbell, Green Bay; Farkas, and Whizzer White, Pittsburgh, have 304, 303 and 301 yards, respectively.
NEWS AND NOTES
THIRD LOSS IN ROW DOESN'T HELP HALAS' TEMPERAMENT
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - Some things are not too easily put into words. For example, George Halas' bitter disappointment in not winding up with at least a tie in
the Chicago Bears' 24 to 17 loss to the Green Bay 
Packers at Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon. It was
three in a row for George who doesn't like to lose at all,
but whatever his feelings were after the ball game, he
kept them pretty much to himself. His comments were
confined to the "it was a great ball game" type. He had
less to say about the Packer strength than on some 
previous occasions, and even mild praise that he had 
for the Green Bay gridders probably didn't come from
the heart. There were several things about the game
that George didn't like, and the score was only one of
them. It was that score, however, that paid off...DIDN'T
LIKE OFFICIATING: One of the things that particularly
displeased Mr. Halas was the officiating. There might be
cause for some comment on that department. But the
Packers fared no better than the Bears if as well, and
Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay team would 
have been justified in voicing similar views. He didn't. 
The game left the Packers on the top of the NFL's
western division ladder and just about eliminated the
Bears from title consideration. The final gun brought a
concentrated victory shout from the Packer bench with
Coach Lambeau. Assistant Coach Red Smith and
Cecil Isbell leading the cheering. It was a jittery sort of
last quarter, with the Bears coming within striking
distance down on the seven-yard line in the closing
minutes, but every man on the Packer outfit adopted a
"They shall not pass" stance and the threat was 
repulsed. The Chicago crowd was difficult in interpret in
attitude. More than 40,000 - just about the population of
Green Bay - were present and the Packers received
just as much support from the fans as the home team.
Of course, many were from Green Bay and Wisconsin,
but native Chicagoans yelled themselves hoarse for the
green clad outfit. That is, some of them did. The Bears
had a noisy following. Certainly string in their Bear
allegiance were Bronko Nagurski, Jules Carlson, and
Jim McMillan, all former Bruins. The former pair sat on
the Bear bench along with Lou Gordon, former Packer
tackle who broke a leg early in the Bear campaign. 
Halas could have used those boys Sunday, but it
probably wouldn't have made any difference. The Bear
players did a great job. They lacked one thing - enough
points to win. Without exception they believe that it
was breaks that beat them. Maybe so, but it was one
game in which the Packers deserved the breaks. There
was a little matter of that 2 to 0 defeat in Green Bay to
settle...USED THEIR BREAKS: And whatever breaks
the Packers had (they had a couple of bad ones, too)
they put to their best advantage. They were playing 
heads-up ball, like the lads who take correspondence
courses, were ready when the opportunities came. 
Rocky Wolfe, the veteran public address man for the
Bears, felt pretty bad about it. "I can't understand it," he
said as the Packers made their second touchdown
before the game was three minutes old. "George has
just about everything he needs out there. Somehow,
they just don't click." The answer to Wolfe's problem 
might have been on the Bear bench. Others have
mentioned it, but it stands repetition here. The Nag was
a powerhouse in just about every department. Losing
him was bound to weaken the club. It has. In Jim Bauch
the Bears have one of the best centers in the league. In
Ray Nolting they have a hard running fleet back. In Jack
Manders they have power and a punch. In Joe Stydahar
and Danny Fortmann they have two outstanding 
linemen. In Ray Buivid they have a passer who knows
the answers. They have others of nearly equal merit.
But they have no Bronko Nagurski. On the other hand,
the Packers have one William Clarke Hinkle. Nobody
could ask for more than he produced in more than three
quarters of a tough contest. Even opponents join in
when Hink is being praised, and he deserves whatever
acclaim he gets....MULLENEAUX IS OUTSTANDING:
While the laudatory department is operating, Arnold
Herber, Russ Letlow, Buckets Goldenberg, Bill Lee,
Wayland Becker, Carl Mulleneaux, Joe Laws and Bob
Monnett should come in for theirs. Mulleneaux is living
up to early expectations and his defensive work against
the Bears was brilliant. The best punt of the day, or
many days for that matter, was Herber's long spiral
after a penalty in the final period. Standing back on his
own 40-yard line, Arnie booted a long spiral all the way
into the stands. It had to travel 60 yards over the field
alone. After that came the 10-yard end zone, and about
equal space to the stands. It was still in the air when 
the fans reached for it. Incidentally, the fans handle the
ball situation very much like baseball followers. When a
ball drops into their midst, they take it. There is no fooling about it. They play for keeps. Eddie Cochrane, the sports editor who doubles as an official, said that four were lost the week before in the Detroit game. At least two went the way of all flesh yesterday. The day was long for several Packer officials who joined the Bear crew at Wrigley field at 9 a.m. They took care of details preparatory to opening the gates at 11. After the game the business checkup took until 6 p.m. From there it was a rush back to the Knickerbocker hotel, and then over to the train which left about an hour later. Mayor Alex Biemeret was in the crowd, and took a bow. So did members of the undefeated Lake Forest college football team who were on hand with their coach, Ralph Jones.  While she took no bow, Kitty Davis, who was recently publicized by Quenten Reynolds in a national weekly magazine, also was present. She wasn't sure just who to cheer for, but Chicago loyalty overcame any kindly feeling she might have had for the Green Bay team. At her cocktail lounge, she has pictures of just about all the outstanding all-star players of recent year as well as Cardinals and Bears. Murals depict play of a few select aggregations. One of them is the Packers. The man carrying the ball didn't look like him, but the sign underneath said it was Don Hutson. The spirit was there even in the likeness was missing...JUG EARPE ON HAND: Jugger Earpe came in for a lot of handshakes wherever he went. At the Knickerbocker he recounted plays of other days with several fans who remembered his fine line play and came over to remind him that they had not forgotten. One thing marred the fun for everybody connect with the game regardless of how they were affiliated. It was Bear end Dick Plasman's crash into the brick wall at the end of the field. Plasman was running hard after a Buivid pass into the end zone. That wall came up and hit him before he realized how close he was. At least one Packer player on the field at the time covered his eyes to avoid seeing what he knew was going to happen. Plasman had a severe laceration of the head, a fractured wrist and a possible concussion. It was the same type of accident that Eddie Jankowski had in just about the same spot last year. But a row of spectator chairs in front of the wall broke Eddie's charge. Plasman hit the bricks with the full force of his 200 and some pounds. The wall, like a fence around the Packer playing field, is a hazard and should be padded. Outside of the brick wall, probably the hardest thing any of the Bears hit all day was Hank Bruder. The veteran blocker encountered Ray Nolting somewhere along in the third quarter. Nolting was carrying the ball and Hank made the tackle. And they carried Nolting off the field.
PACKERS DAMAGED IN CHICAGO GAME
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - The Packers received their worst shaking up of the season at the hands of the Chicago Bears yesterday, the chief casualty being Buckets Goldenberg, guard, who may not be able play at Detroit Sunday. Others badly damaged are Milt Gantenbein, Bob Monnett, Clarke Hinkle, Cecil Isbell, Andy Uram, Champ Seibold, Darrell Lester and Joe Laws. Coach E.L. Lambeau does not expect all of these men to regain top form before the end of the season.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - "He dropped it. He dropped it" they were singing at the Knickerbocker hotel after that dog-eat-dog struggle at Wrigley field yesterday afternoon, and they were referring to as tense a finish as any Green Bay Packer football game has seen in many a day. There were jitters all over the place in that final minute, when in the gloom of the autumn twilight the Packers were set back against their own goal line, the Bear ends and backs were streaming toward the north wall, and the Chicago sharpshooters were filing their sights as targets which might have meant the NFL championship. Green Bay tension was close to the snapping point on that fourth down, when Buzz Buivid, agony on his face, scuffed backwards, searching the open places for a possible receiver. He spotted Les McDonald as that speeding individual neared the Packer goal line, and he let it go. McDonald, pivoting over the line, reached for the ball, touched it, almost gained possession, but the clawing hand of Green Bay's Johnny Howell shot from the side of the intended receiver, and knocked the ball spinning. A second later halfback Joe Laws did the same thing to McDonald. It was the climatic play of the season - the play which may have meant the Western championship for the Packers. For although the menacing form of Detroit looms largely on the football horizon, and that little affair with the Lions next week may be the toughest thing on record, there's no question by that a tie game yesterday would have hit the Packers hard. It would have meant one game in the victory column which they couldn't attain, and it might have prevented them ultimately from gaining a tie with Detroit, depending upon the results of the last few games...Some important changes were made in the Packers' all-time scoring list yesterday. Clarke Hinkle, in getting nine points on a touchdown and a field goal - his 27th and 12th respectively - raised his total to 220, and now stands only four points behind second place Johnny Blood. One more touchdown is all Hinkle needs to go into second place ahead of the Vagabond. On Hinkle's trail is Don Hutson, who got seven points yesterday on his 33rd Green Bay touchdown and his third extra point, to lift his total above the 200 mark. He now has 201, 19 less than Hinkle. Bob Monnett, who kicked his 27th and 28th extra points, boosted his all-time total to 99, and when he scores again will become the sixth player in Packer history to attain more than 100 points in National league competition. He now has 10 points less than Curly Lambeau. Eddie Jankowski scored his sixth Packer touchdown, raising his total to 39 points.
PACKERS INJURED AS CRUCIAL GAME AT DETROIT NEARS
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - Digging in for two smashing league appearances, at Detroit next Sunday and at New York the following week, the Green Bay Packers present a crippled battle front as they prepare to defend their Western division lead. For the first time this season, the Packer lineup is studded with injuries, the result of the battering the team received in defeating the Bears at Chicago last Sunday. Clarke Hinkle, Joe Laws, Bob Monnett, Bill Lee, Cecil Isbell, Buckets Goldenberg, Milt Gantenbein, Russ Letlow and Andy Uram all were shaken up in greater or lesser degrees, and it is unlikely that all of them will be available for service against the Lions...SQUAD IS BATTERED: This is bad news to Coach E.L. Lambeau, who would like to see his squad at razor-edge for the Detroit contest, which probably will determine the Western division championship. It will be played before the largest crowd of the season at Briggs stadium. Officials for the game will be the following: referee, Ed Cochrane, Chicago; umpire, Robert Karch, Columbus; headlinesman, George Brown, Cleveland; field judge, Carl Brubaker, Cleveland. Despite their string of injuries, unprecedented this season, the Packers are working hard. They were stopped cold by the squally weather of yesterday, but were hard at it today. Tomorrow night they'll take time off to attend the 33rd annual East-West high school game at City stadium...COACH IS CHEERFUL: Lambeau is highly optimistic regarding Sunday's game, and he refuses to let the damaged condition of his squad dampen his enthusiasm. Detroit, he points out, had anything but a picnic in shading the Cleveland Rams Sunday, 6 to 0, and it is probable that more than one Lion will limp onto the practice field this week. He indicated, however, that the Packers will have to play much better football against the Lions than they did against the Bears, else the Western championship will head directly for Coach Dutch Clark's men. The Packers suffered a noticeable letdown following their two easy touchdowns at Wrigley field, plus the severe injury to end Dick Plasman, who crashed into the same piece of brick wall which Packer Eddie Jankowski dented last season...SCORED TOO EASILY: The insulting treatment in the first two minutes, when Green Bay passed to two touchdowns, and the injury to Plasman, fired the Bears to their greatest heights of the season, and only a redoubtable Packer defense at critical stages prevent4ed the Bears from handing the Western leaders a smart upset. Green Bay can count on no 14-point lead over Detroit and Lambeau is stressing fancy football, coupled with improved blocking and tackling, as his team drills for its next encounter. The touchdown run which Jack Manders made against the Packers Sunday would have been impossible had the Bays displayed decent blocking at
that moment.
​LOOP PASSING RECORDS FALLS
NOV 8 (New York) - Teams of the NFL, with 15 games
still to be played, already have completed 622 passes,
26 more than the 1937 record. The New York Giants
continued to set the pace with a 53 percent efficiency
mark for 69 caught out of 130 thrown. If their aerial
attack continues to click, the Giants will better the 46.7
percent efficiency record set by Brooklyn in 1933...
REDSKIN AVERAGE DROPS: Washington's champion
Redskins dropped beneath the 50 percent mark for the
first time last week, but retained second place with a 47
percent average for 81 good ones out of 169 thrown.
The Chicago Cards, who have caught more passes than
any other team in the league, and Green Bay were tied
for third with 46 percent. The Cards have 99 successful 
throws out of 211, and the Packers 75 out of 163. Washington continued to lead in ground gaining with a 302 yards average per game. Green Bay was second with 264 and the Giants were third with 259. Green Bay's 192 points was 60 more than the nearest scoring challenger, the Chicago Bears with 132. Detroit continued to lead defensively, holding opponents to 49 points, an average of seven per game.
PACKER NOTES
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Although the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears Sunday, 24 to 17, thus avenging the "lucky" 2 to 0 win the Bears annexed in the rain at Green Bay earlier in the season, this writer, for one, was far from satisfied with the play of the Lambeau-Smith high geared machine. On the whole, the offense was passably good; the passing offense was superb, except for some lapses when the receivers let possible touchdown passes slip out of their hands, but the ground attack was not as potent as we expected. On defense, however, the Bays were sadly lacking. They were slip-shod on aerial defense and were easy targets for the Bear's quick opening stuff through the line. We'll take 'em up in order:
No. 1 - Monnett's passes to Hinkle and Hutson for the two touchdowns after recovering Bear fumbles early in the game were things of beauty. Each time the play was built up. On the pass to Hinkle, nice deception sucked the Bears' secondary over and Hinkle, swinging out to the left after proper timing, was all alone as he took the pass near the sidelines on his 3-yard line. The pass itself was perfect - proving, once again, that little Bobby can pitch strikes with any of 'em. The pass to Hutson was built up after two spinners were employed to build up the proper deception. Hutson, however, did not get into the open the way Hinkle did, but was in position to catch a GOOD pass. The pass was not good - it was PERFECT, as good as any curve ball strike off the corner any pitcher ever tossed. The third Packer touchdown came on another perfectly executed pass, to Becker who was downed on the 6-inch line. One plunge by Jankowski and it was over. Those three Packer passes, all for nice yardage, won the ball game. Two of them came after Bear fumbles and the field goal also followed a Bear fumble. In only the third touchdown did the Bays show anything at all that resembled ability to come from deep in their own territory and hit pay dirt.
No. 2 - The ground attack did not function the way it should with such carriers, and blocked as are at the command of the Bay board of strategy. Coupled with the natural carrying and blocking ability of the Bays is a sound offensive pattern, plays that build one on another to add to the effectiveness. And, above all, the Bays have the greatest passing game in the history of football, a weapon that is such a threat that it almost constantly forces defensive setups that should be vulnerable to ground attacks.
No. 3 - On defense the play of the line was not up to title standard. Time and again Bay linemen were caught sliding with the backfield fake and were setup targets for side blocks that opened such gigantic holes for quick opening shots that George Halas, himself, could have made yardage even with his weight of years and his pockets loaded with some of the coin of the realm that was racked up by the 40,208 paid admissions. Uncertainty of the line made it impossible for the secondary to pick up their eligible receivers until, in many instances, the receiver had the fatal two and three step edge...TOO HUTSON CONSCIOUS: As a last criticism of the Bears' tangle we believe the Bay passers are as much Hutson conscious as the defensive rivals and that anytime Hutson can draw two men to guard him the logical place for the pass it to the other receivers. Time and again Mulleneaux was open twice so far in the open (when Swisher and another hack were Don's trail) that a pass to the Moose would have been good for touchdowns. The use of Don as a decoy for a while would have two effects upon the defense; First it would draw two men out of the secondary and leave other receivers open; secondly, the use of Don as a decoy would tend to make his "guardians" careless, would make the safety divide his defensive talents on Don and the actual receivers and would, sooner or later, leave Don with only one man on him. And then, my friends, he'll gather in the leather and head for the manger...BEARS' BEST GAME: On the credit side of the Packer ledger were the alertness of the team in recovering Bear fumbles and savage tackling that made the fumbles possible. The Bears, too, made their tackles in anything but a four o'clock tea manner. One thing we are apt to overlook, in view of the fact we were disappointed by the showing of the Bays, is the fact the Bears played by far their best game of the year. Several players, stars last year, were actually fighting for their posts on the club and the Halasmen, as a whole, were far superior to the team that represented the Bears in earlier games. Sunday's game was THE game of the year for the Bears; they were battling, not only to remain in the title hint, but for their very future in the pro ranks...LIONS ARE NEXT!: Now comes the Detroit Lions games Sunday. We shudder to think what will happen if the Bay linemen slide against the Lions and are caught by Ace Gutowsky's spinners up the alley. In one phase of line play against the Bears, however, the Packers exhibited something that should stand them in good stead against the Lions' reverse stuff from single wing back. The Bay right tackles and right ends really fogged, they jammed things up beautifully, they kept everything inside and they usually stopped it when inside. If Messrs. Lee, Butler Gantenbein, Moose Mulleneaux (who, by the way, looks like the loop's end find of the year in every department) and any others who happen to be used in right tackle and right end posts against the Lions play that brand of ball next Sunday one of the Lions' greatest weapons, perhaps their greatest, will be checked and will make it that much easier for the Bays' aerial offensive to grab off that victory margin. Another factor that will be of aid to the Packers next Sunday is that they were definitely not playing THEIR game against the Bears and that everything points to the belief they will be up for the Lions. With the title hinging upon the result, with the 17 to 7 defeat at Green Bay and the anything but laudatory comments their play against the Bears rubbing the wrong way, the Bays should be just about ready to commit mayhem. They'll HAVE to be!
DAMAGED PACKER MACHINE MENDS GEARS FOR LIONS
NOV 9 (Green Bay) - Crisp fall weather yesterday meant added hours of work for the Green Bay Packers, who next Sunday afternoon will visit Briggs stadium at Detroit to see whether Detroit or Green Bay is the best football team in the Western division of the NFL. It was a badly damaged Packer machine which sought to mend its broken gears in anticipation of a rough reception at Detroit. The powerful Bears, attempting to rally after spotting the Wisconsin team 14 points within a minute of play, gave the Packers their worst physical beating of the year, and Coach E.L. Lambeau held little hope that his team would be at full strength for the Lions...GOLDENBERG ON SHELF: Buckets Goldenberg had to visit the hospital for treatment following his return from Chicago, and a number of other players were limping or carrying similar marks of the struggle, the toughest the Packers have survived all season. They eliminated the Bears from the championship race, but the Bears may have eliminated them, too, depending on how close to peak efficiency they can return before Sunday. Erratic Packer play against the Bruins must not be duplicated at Detroit, Lambeau made clear. After starting as though they were intending to move the Bears, franchise and all, well up into the North Shore suburban section, the Packers relaxed before a furious Chicago counterattack and were very fortunate to leave the field late in the afternoon in possession of a 7-point margin...STAY ON DEFENSE: It must be pointed out, however, that the Packers played a purely defensive game throughout the fourth period. They threw only one forward pass, and that a long one on third down, when an interception would have been no more damaging than a punt return. Had they opened up in the last period, it is quite possible that they would have scored on the Bears again, but they elected to take no chances, and as it happened the gamble worked out. In addition to Goldenberg, the Packers who took the worst licking at the hands of the Bears were Milt Gantenbein, Bob Monnett, Clarke Hinkle, Champ Seibold, Darrell Lester, Andy Uram and Joe Laws. Cecil Isbell didn't aggravate the injury he received at Cleveland, but his strenuous playing did nothing to improve the damage and his effectiveness against the Lions will be questionable until Sunday afternoon...TOW TOUCHDOWN PASSES: Except for Bob Monnett's two timely touchdown tosses, the Green Bay aerial attack worked far below its usual efficiency at Wrigley field, and Lambeau sought to step it up in practice this week. The Packers already have broken the National league record for total passes completed. Tonight most of the players planned to attend the annual East-West game at City stadium. Two or three skull drills are scheduled for later in the week, including one of two on the way to Detroit. The Packers' traveling schedule has not been announced yet.
PACKER NOTES
NOV 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Arnie Herber's punt in the fourth quarter of the Bear game at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon was just about the last word in punts. I don't recall ever seeing a kick that sailed as far as this one without the aid of a wind. Standing on his own 40 yard line, Herber sent the ball clear into the end zone stands on the fly - a distance of 80 yards at least...PACKERS IN CRUCIAL GAME: While on the matter of the Packers, the big bad men of the north face their key game of the season at Detroit Sunday. A victory over the Lions and they couldn't do worse than tie for the western championship no matter what happened at New York a week later or how Detroit, the closest challenger, fared in its remaining game. A defeat or even a tie, on the other hand, would throw the race right back into a jumble. And quite a jumble it would be, too. All manner of things might happen because of an oddly arranged schedule. While the Packers have only one game left after Sunday, the Lions have three. Green Bay will close against the Giants in New York November 20. Detroit will close against the Cardinals in Chicago November 20; the Bears in Detroit Thanksgiving day and Philadelphia in Detroit December 4. It would take up much space to go into all the possibilities the race offers should the Lions win Sunday. Suffice it to say that by winning one of their three remaining games, on top of Sunday's victory, of course, and tying the others, the Lions would be in regardless of a Packer victory in New York. The final standing in the western division in that even would be as follows:
          W L T .PCT
Detroit   7 2 2 .778
Green Bay 8 3 0 .727
Clearly, it doesn't take much to figure out how badly the Packers need Sunday's game. Lambeau makes no bones about the fact that he's genuinely scared. He feels he has the team to beat Detroit, if it plays the ball of which it is capable when up on its toes, but he's not at all sure it will be up. It has been such a "hot" and "cold" outfit all fall that he simply doesn't know what to expect from week to week. If the mood is upon them, as it was in the Brooklyn game here a month ago or the Cleveland game in Cleveland two weeks ago, the boys can knock off anything in the league. If is isn't upon them, well, they won't always be able to squeeze through as they did against the Bears Sunday.
MASTERSON SETTING NO-TACKLING RECORD
NOV 9 (Chicago) - Coach George Halas of the Chicago Bears, irked at poor tackling by Bear backs last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, bellowed at quarterback Bernie Masterson: "Bernie, you haven't made a tackle all season!" "I did so, coach," retorted Bernie. "I made one in the Pittsburgh game." Halas became so angry at the laugh which followed Masterson's remark that he got out the movies of the Pittsburgh game and ran them over - to discover Masterson had not played that contest.
PACKERS START LENGTHY DETROIT, NEW YORK TRIP
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - Plans for what may be a lengthy
sojourn in the east, depending upon the outcome of the
Green Bay Packers' current championship campaign,
were announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau as the
squad prepared to entrain for Detroit, its immediate
objective. The Packers were to leave town late this
afternoon on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa, proceding
directly to Detroit by way of Chicago, and on Sunday
afternoon they will shoot the well-known works against
the Lions in a NFL contest. Win or lose, they will take
the New York Central train out of Detroit Sunday night,
and will head for New York, where for the next week 
they will make their headquarters at the Travers Island
location of the New York Athletic club, an exclusive
spot said to be well suited for the training of pro teams.
STAY AT HOME: The club is situated 15 minutes from 
Times Square, but far enough from the New York night
life so that no one will suffer any temptations. It is
equipped with a golf course, steam baths and has an
excellent cuisine, guaranteeing the Packers the best 
of food for their eastern trip. How long they will stay
there depends upon the success of their title quest. If
they beat the Lions and win the Western division, they
will remain at Travers Island until the time for the 
playoff between the Eastern and Western champions,
which may not occur for several weeks, according to
the whims of the pennant gods. As Coach Lambeau
looked over his team at today's practice, it became
apparent that only Bobby Monnett, of the all the men
injured against the Chicago Bears, is unlikely to see
any service in Detroit. The veteran halfback, one of the
finest at his position in the league, annually well up in
the ground gaining roster, probably will see bench duty
until the game at New York, at least...STILL ARE
BATTERED: Several of the other Packers still are
sporting bumps acquired at Chicago, but Lambeau
thinks all of them will be set for at least part time work.
The Packers, as they leave for their final two contests,
boast the best set of statistics in the National league.
Their individual performers are at the top or well toward
it in every department of play, testifying to the caliber 
of the team's play during the season. On paper, at 
least, the Packers today rank as the strongest team in
the league, but they all admit that the toughest days
lie ahead. Cecil Isbell has gained more yardage from
scrimmage than any other Packer, with 304, and also
has the best average, reeling off 5.3 yards per try this
season. Monnett has thrown the most Packer passes this season, and has completed the most, but Isbell had gained more yardage on his successful tosses. Monnett, Isbell and Arnold Herber each has had four aerials intercepted. The burden of receiving passes from the four successful tossers has been distributed among an even dozen Packers, and of course Donald Huston, the National league's ace pass grabber, leads the list by a topheavy margin. Huston's closest rival at present is Captain Milt Gantenbein, while Clarke Hinkle is third in line with six catches. Hutson, leading scorer of the league, naturally also tops the Packer point getters, followed closely by Hinkle, who is tied for second among the National scorers.
DETROIT LIONS CONFIDENT OF TIPPING BAYS
NOV 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Dutch Clark and his Detroit Lions are confident they'll take the most important step toward another National Professional league title by handing the Green Bay Packers another lacing at Briggs stadium, Detroit, Sunday afternoon, according to advices from the Motor City. A win over the Packers would put the Lions in the lead and in a commanding position to annex the western half title and go to bigger and better honors against the eastern division champion in the playoff game for the league crown. Victors over the Packers, 17 to 7, in a game at Green Bay earlier in the season, the Lions today fell they are in much better condition to meet the Wisconsin eleven Sunday and are confident they'll win. Their running game is at its best right now and Lion players are sure the Green Bay club hasn't a line capable of holding back the Detroit power and trick stuff which raised such havoc with Coach Curly Lambeau's team in the game at Green Bay. In that tilt the Lions ran wild, piling through the center of the line for big yardage on spinners and then cutting inside and outside the Bay right end for bigger yardage on reverses. Although their own running game gives them confidence they admit some concern over Green Bay's potent pass maneuvers. Packer passes have led to many a Detroit downfall and Coach Clark has been drilling his men all week on aerial defense in hopes of stopping the dreaded Herber, Isbell, Monnett bombers who have the league's ace receiver, Don Hutson, as their chief target. One of the weaknesses of the Detroit defense is the ability to cope with long aerials, Clark, like the former Detroit mentor, Potsy Clark, is an admirer of the six, three, two type of defense for most setups and it has not always been top-notch in the matter of checking long distance bombardments through the ozone. In the game at Green Bay, Arnie Herber, the Packers' ace long-distance marksman, was out because of an injury to his hand and the Lions were not called upon to check many long heaves. So just what their success will be if that type of attack is opened by the Packers is more guesswork. The Packers arrived in Detroit Saturday and Coach Lambeau says he'll have no alibis if the Packers lose. He says every man is fit and that the Green Bay club is ripe for its top performance of the year. Although not boasting, the Green Bay mentor, veteran of 20 campaigns in the pro game, seems confident of victory, Detroit news dispatches reported.
PACKERS ATTACK LIONS TOMORROW
NOV 12 (Detroit) - The matter of keeping under cover such talented little boys as Bill Shepherd, Ace Gutowsky and a few other fellows wearing the uniforms of the Detroit Lions tomorrow will be the assignment of the Green Bay Packers, now safely tucked away at the Statler hotel here in anticipation of the struggle. Just about everything in the business rests upon the outcome, the most important being the probable championship of the NFL's Western division. Both the Packers and Lions will have considerable unfinished work after tomorrow's encounter, but players of both teams feel that a victory will put them over the hump. The Packers have one regularly scheduled engagement left, an appearance against the New York Giants there Sunday, Nov. 20, and the whole Green Bay party will leave for the east immediately after the Detroit game...FOUR RIVALS LEFT: The Lions have more action ahead. Once they are through with the Packers, they have yet to meet the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Green Bay team worked out here today under the supervision of Coach E.L. Lambeau and Assistant Richard (Red) Smith. The city is in a frenzy over the contest, and Briggs stadium tomorrow afternoon undoubtedly will see the largest professional gridiron crowd of the season. Detroit fans always get wildly enthusiastic about a
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winning team, and they are following the routine in regard to the 1938 Lions...JUST ABOUT IN: Detroit newspaper writers regard the Lions as "in", although qualifying their statements with a few guarded remarks, just in case. Most of them have overestimated the gravity of the Green Bay casualty list, which now has been reduced to just one important individual - Robert Monnett, left halfback. Monnett has shared with Cecil Isbell this season the assignment of being the team's most dependable passers, and as Isbell still nurses an injury from the Cleveland game. Monnett's loss may be more pertinent than fans now suppose. Arnold Herber, however, now is fully recovered from his hand injury, and Coach Lambeau believes that he is due for one of his oldtime hot afternoons. There still is no one of the Packer squad, Isbell and Monnett included, who can throw a pass upward of 40 yards with the accuracy of Herber, and the Packers often have scored against Detroit with just that type of play...MAY BREAK RECORDS: Don Hutson, leading pass receiver of the National league, always has been a particular nuisance to the Lions, and he will receive more watching tomorrow than any other man on the Green Bay team. Hutson is threatening to break four National league records, and he needs two or three touchdowns against Detroit to keep his scoring total up where it belongs. The Green Bay team's morale never has been higher. The squad is thinking solely of defeating Detroit, and then it will concentrate all its efforts upon turning back the powerful Giants, prospective Eastern champions, at the Polo Grounds a week from tomorrow.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 12 (Detroit) - Although there is fear and trembling in anticipation of the forthcoming meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, and there will be much jittering and rattling of teeth as the folks back home tune up those radios tomorrow afternoon, don't be a bit surprised (this is a whisper) if the Packers look a lot better than at first glance you might expect of them. It is very true that they are sending into the combat a team which is somewhat below standard physically, because that little social engagement at Wrigley field last Sunday was no tea party. It also is true that the Lions whipped them soundly, 17 to 7, in the last meeting of the team. Beyond that, there is no question that Detroit packs one of the strongest, trickiest, most colorful and competitively-minded squads which ever sprinted through a National pro league schedule. So, it may be a very sad misstatement of facts to think that the game tomorrow will be anything but a severe headache for Green Bay's legion of gridiron followers, who already are saying to themselves, "I wish that game were over!" Still, there are wisps of straw blowing around in the breeze, and as a thrice sinking man will grasp at anything more substantial than a slug of water cress, I am trying to remember that seeing is believing and that the Packers are about to engineer one of the greatest triumphs of their 20-yard professional gridiron history. The team is injured, true, but not critically. Except for Bobby Monnett, there doesn't appear to be anyone who won't be able to play. How long they'll stay in there under the battering of the Lions' offense is another matter, not to be decided before game time. The players are in the most savage frame of mind of the season. They snap at you. They are eating raw beef. They can't rest. They can't sleep. They are praying for only one thing - the kickoff, when they intend to pick up the Detroit team bodily and throw it in the combined laps of all the portly gentlemen occupying the sold-out bleacher sections at Briggs stadium. There is a strong possibility that the Lions are feeling the same way, but the psychological advantage rests with the Packers, They were the beaten team when last these squads met, and if you've walloped an opponent once, you can't get the idea into your head that he won't be a pushover the next time...Every member of the Green Bay party from Property Manager Bud Jorgenson to Coach Curly Lambeau firmly believes that the Packers will be the next National champions. It doesn't seem to be an expression of overconfidence, but rather a realization of ability, They know they can beat the Lions - are sure of it, and all they want is game time to arrive so they can removed the blot of that 17-7 affair from their football consciences. Sports writers have been every critical of the Packers this season. After every game they have termed the squad's play as terrible, its tackling listless, its strategy unorthodox. Yet the team rests in first place, undisputed, and if it turns back the Lions' challenge tomorrow very likely will return to full possession of the professional football monarchy. I suppose that the team's play will be regarded as awful even if the Packers blow the Lions out of the stadium here tomorrow. Perhaps they will be a useless bunch of football players even in winning the playoff game. But I don't think that bothers anyone. I think they would rather be called terrible as champions than to be termed a hard-fighting team which lost. After all, sometimes you look erratic just because your opponents are playing beautiful, head-up football.
LIONS AT PEAK FOR GREEN BAY
NOV 13 (Detroit) - Briggs Stadium is expected to be filled to capacity Sunday when the Detroit Lions battle the Packers of Green Bay for the Western Division lead in the NFL. A triumph for Detroit would step up the Lions into undisputed leadership, but defeat would just about quench all title hopes for 1938. The Lions are in better condition for the passing Packers than at any time this season. Ernie Caddel, star right halfback and captain, will be back in the starting lineup for the first time since he was injured in an early game with Cleveland five weeks ago...CADDEL TO ADD TO ATTACK: Caddel will add much to the deception and power of the Lion running game. And because the Lions have demonstrated throughout the season that they will string along with fundamental football and rush the ball rather than pass, Caddel's return is significant. Just how far behind the squad the captain is will be determined only under game conditions. He certainly will not be in the form he would have attained had he been able to drill daily. Infrequently the Lion secondary stopped the Packers' Don Hutson, best of the professional pass receiving ends. Earlier in the season the Lions whipped the Packers in Green Bay, and Hutson was stopped in touchdown territory...HERBER IS BACK AGAIN: But Arnie Herber, great Packer passer, played but little in the game. The Herber-to-Hutson passing combination is the one that has caused the Lions the most trouble in previous games. And now the Packers have another great passer. He is young Cecil Isbell, sensational Purdue back, who was a vital factor in the Chicago All-Star triumph over the Washington Redskins this year. Isbell does not select Hutson continually. He also tosses to his backs and to the other Packer end, Gantenbein. Through the line, the Lions appear to have the edge on Green Bay. That means that Detroit probably will rely on rushing and use passes only as a threat. With Bill Shepherd, quarterback, hitting harder than at any time in his career, the Lion running game versus the Packer passes is expected to be a duel worth witnessing. Shaky on pass defense in virtually all contests this autumn, the Lions have drilled to perfect this department this week. The game will start at 2 p.m.