have good reason to fear the Packers, who have the league's best passer, the best pass receiver, two of the best scorers and the best field goal kicker...BEST IN LEAGUE: Cecil Isbell, Don Hutson and Clarke Hinkle, all Packers, continue to dominate the league in the individual statistics. Isbell has completed 76 passes out of 130 attempts for a total yardage of 989 and nine touchdowns. The only man with a better average is Tommy Thompson of Philadelphia, who holds second place with 43 completions in 76 attempts. Parker Hall of Cleveland holds third place in passing with 55 good tosses in 112 attempts for a total yardage of 537. Sid Luckman of the Bears stands fourth with 574 yards in 23 completions. Hutson has caught 36 passes for 447 yards and five touchdowns. Perry Schwartz of Brooklyn, his closest competitor, has picked up 16 passes for 248 yards, while Lou Brock of Green Bay is in third place with 15 passes for a total of 191 yards. Hutson leads the circuit in scoring with 52 points, and Hinkle is second with 38. George McAfee of the Bears is in third place with 36 points. Included in Hinkle's scoring are four field goals in eight attempts. The Bears, however, are tops on team statistics, leading both on offense and defense. Opponents of the Bears have averaged only 188 yards per game, to the 199 yards given up by the New York Giants, traditionally a strong defensive team. On offense, the Bears have made a total of 2,107 yards in five games to Green Bay's 2,195 in seven games.
COACH HALAS WRACKS BRAIN TO STOP DON
OCT 29 (Chicago) - George Halas, the dynamic owner-coach of the amazing Chicago Bears, shudders every time he recalls Don Hutson's debut in professional football. Hutson then was a scrawny lad fresh from Rose bowl glory as an Alabama end. Coach Curly Lambeau used the rookie against the Bears in the 1935 season opener. On the very first play Hutson darted down the middle, veered to one side, caught a 60 yard pass from Arnold Herber and rambled 27 yards for the touchdown which gave Green Bay a 7-0 victory over Chicago...NO WORSE FOR WEAR: No player's debut ever was more prophetic. Hutson has been making the opposition look foolish on passes for six and a half years and he seems none the worse for wear. He has scored more touchdowns than any player in the history of the league and holds many other records. The undefeated Bears will try to stop Hutson Sunday when the Packers make their annual visit to Wrigley field. If they do, it will be the first time, because Huston apparently takes great delight in confounding Halas' plans to halter him...STILL GOES ON: The Bears whipped Green Bay there five weeks ago, 25-17, but they did not stop Hutson. Don caught four passes for 74 yards and scored one touchdown on a 45 yard pass gain. He has scored 52 touchdowns in six and a half years, 11 against the Bears. Last year Halas and his brain trust devised 12 defensive formations to stop Hutson, all calling for two men to cover him, but the Packer star was still in the open for aerials. Last month at Green Bay eight formations aimed at him brought the same result. Halas now shares the feeling of Jock Sutherland, Brooklyn coach, who watched Hutson run wild against his team in Milwaukee recently. Sutherland said Hutson was the best end he had ever seen and added: "There's never been another like him. It's hard to say just what makes him so good - physical coordination, instinct, speed, change of pace - he just gets there and catches the ball." Huston has caught 36 passes for 441 yards this season, giving him 240 completions in his pro career, and this does not begin to measure his value as a decoy. Only Jack Manders of the Bears, who retired this season, and teammate Clark Hinkle have scored more points than Hutson. Manders has scored 368 points for eight season, Hinkle 346 for nine seasons and Hutson 343 points in seven.
JUST WORK - PREPARATION FOR SUNDAY PACKER-BEAR GAME CONTEST MOST INTENSIVE
OCT 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - Don Hutson is going to catch some passes against the Bears Sunday, possibly score. Bill Osmanski or Norm Standlee will catapult through the line and probably score, too. A record crowd of 46,000 is going to groan or roar. You are not going to think of it at the time, but behind everything which happens at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon will be a week of the hardest preparation either the Packers or the Bears have put in this season. The pass which Hutson catches or the touchdown which Osmanski scores are not things which just happen. They are set up through strict attention to detail and split second timing and through close study of each team's vulnerability. Every game is difficult, every defense different...NO TIME TO RELAX: The preparation for Sunday's game started last Sunday at about 4:30 o'clock. The Packers had just polished off the Detroit Lions and the Bears had just crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was little mental relaxation. Over in Detroit, the talk before the boys had even shed their armor in the dressing room was all of the Bears, not of the game they had just finished. Down at Wrigley field, it was incidentally the same. The fever over next Sunday's game, which has gripped the public for several weeks has manifested itself in an unprecedented demand for tickets, has settled over the teams, too. The real work started Monday. The Bears, for the first time since leaving camp at Delafield, Wis., did not have a day off. Neither did the Packers. In a rough sort of way, each went about the preparations in the same manner. George Halas dug into his scout reports from way back and reviewed everything the Packers have ever tried, especially everything they have ever tried with Hutson for no man in all football has given Halas so many headaches as Hutson. Curly Lambeau similarly went into his scout reports of the Bears. After all, you can never tell when the cagey Halas may spring something he has not tried for several years. Each team's coaching staff got together on defenses. Perhaps they argued a little, one man holding out for this as the best way to stop Hutson, another for that. Perhaps they hit on something entirely new to halt the pulverizing smashes of Osmanski or Standlee and the sweeps of McAfee or Nolting. And then the offenses. What worked last Sunday against Pittsburgh's five man line may not be suited at all for the defense likely to be used by the Packers. What did not work as the Steelers played their secondary, may be just the thing as the Packers play theirs. More arguing...WORK, EAT, WORK: What the coaches finally decide then is put into effect in the practice. Take the Packers' daily workouts, for instance. A meeting was held Monday morning at 9 o'clock to review briefly the mistakes of Sunday's game and to see movies. At 10:30 o'clock the boys were on the field to start polishing up on the things to be used this week. They worked until 12:30. Lunch, but then back on the field at 2:30 for more work. Dinner. Then another meeting at night. The same routine was followed Tuesday and Wednesday, and will be followed Thursday and Friday. Defense will occupy the boys Thursday and Friday. Another field practice will be held Saturday morning, and Saturday night a meeting of the whole squad will be held in Chicago, to be followed by a separate meeting of the quarterbacks to discuss the strategy to be used. These boys will earn their salt this week. No time to loaf around. Practice twice a day, meetings every night. It is necessary, though. Out of it will come the pass which Hutson catches or the touchdown which Osmanski or Standlee scores. 46,000 will cheer or groan because a week of the hardest practice either team had put in this season succeeds or fails.
M'AFEE'S NO.1 FAN? LUCKMAN - AND SID KNOWS
OCT 29 (Chicago) - Not all of George McAfee's fans sit in the stands. Some of his public gets much closer to the Bears' one play wizard than the seats. In fact, the man who hands George the ball is spellbound by his running genius, and in the heat of a ball game, just another fan. "The toughest part of a ball game for me," said quarterback Sid Luckman yesterday, after the professional champions had put in three solid hours in Wrigley field preparing for Sunday's game with the Packers, "is giving the ball to George. You know, the quarterback has to make a fake on all plays unless he's willing to contribute $10 to the team's treasury. But even so, I always manage to at least get a quick look out of the corner of my eye at George as he gets underway."...SID HAS BACKERS, TOO: Luckman has his share of Sunday football followers, too. He isn't as spectacular as McAfee, of course. Sid's job is that of a calm executioner, picking plays at the right time as play director of this finest football team of all time. He realizes that Sunday he will have one of the most important assignments of his career. All right, crowd right into the huddle and listen to quarterback Luckman's imaginary soliloquy: "We'll run a couple of plays first to find out just what kind of a defense we're going to get today. See whether they're going to use a five, six or seven man line. I mustn't forget to see who's covering our man in motion, either. I'll have to watch closely as they may have more than just one man on this job. Let's see, now, who's in our backfield? Gallarneau, Swisher and Osmanski. That's important. These runners are specialists. Some of 'em are great on quick opening plays, other run the ends, and when the right time comes, I've got to pick out the right man for the right play."..."HAVE TO KEEP THINKING - ":"Gee, you have to keep thinking all the time. What down is it? And what is the position of the ball on the field? No score yet and if we do get stopped down there and we're close enough, we'll try a field goal. It's important to score first and I'll take three if I'm not sure of six points. I'll have to get a blueprint of that other line in my mind. Mustn't forget to see if their men are overshifting or undershifting." And so it goes. Thousands of thoughts in every game for the quarterback, at least the quarterback who cracks the whip for a team with such an intricate offensive and defensive system as the Bears. "The quarterback can't see everything that goes on," says this earnest young man from Columbia. "We get a lot of help from the linemen. They know how the other fellows are blocking and shifting. Back in the huddle, I ask for this information. It all makes for a better selection of plays and general tactics."
CLEVELAND REMAINS HOME OF RAMS
OCT 29 (Cleveland) - Ending speculation that the Cleveland Rams might be moved elsewhere after this campaign, President Dan Reeves announced Wednesday that "the Rams definitely will be in Cleveland again next year." Reeves told the Cleveland News in a telephone conversation from New York that he had talked the matter over with Fred Levy, Rams' vice-president, "and we're very happy to make announcement that the club will stay where it is." Although the Rams lost money each of their four previous seasons in the league, the financial statements this season have been considerably improved. The Rams have won only two of their seven league starts.
ADKINS, PACKER BACK, PASSES MILITARY TEST
OCT 29 (Green Bay) - Robert G. Adkins, 24, blocking back on the Green Bay Packers' pro football team, was accepted here Tuesday for military service after physical examination at the armory. He will be inducted late next month. Adkins' home is in Mt. Pleasant, W. Va., but he was called by a Green Bay draft board.