(NEW YORK) - Green Bay's famed aerial barrage that is led by Don Hutson, receiver, and Tony Canadeo, hurler, clicked beautifully Sunday and enabled the Packers to beat the New York Giants, 35 to 21, before 46,208 thrill-seated fans at the Polo Grounds. But the Packers had to go all out to achieve their victory. Tied at 21-all 10 minutes from the end, Green Bay came back to score two touchdowns in the last four minutes and won going away. This was a ball game played to the hilt all the way. It was a completely wide-open affair with the victors scoring four of the five touchdowns directly via the air and the Giants tallying one of their three by means of passing. It was made even more thrilling by the performance of the redoubtable Hutson, who added to five of his National league offensive records, to-wit: He caught 7 passes and brought his total to 358. He caught two touchdown passes and made his total 77, which is also a record for touchdowns scored by any means. He added 17 points to his total and brought that to 578. He gained 118 yards on passes and brought the mark to 3,926 yards. He even passed to a touchdown himself. All in all, he had quite a day.
Canadeo's contributions, in addition to calling the plays, were passing to two touchdowns and scoring two of them himself. He, too, had quite a day. Not far behind was the performance of the Giants' rookie, Bill Paschal, who tallied all three of New York's markers and generally comported himself in the manner of a great football player. Green Bay scored touchdowns in three of the four periods, two in each of the second and fourth. The Giants came back to tie twice, once at 7-all, next, as mentioned above, 21-all. But the Packers never trailed and when the chips were down they had it. All of the game's eight touchdowns were produced after long marches, and six of them came on plays that originated outside the 10 yard line. The first half was a complete thriller, marked by long marches and long passes, with Hutson the center of attention of the crowd and the Giants, but, while the crowd watched him carefully, the Giants never were able to do that for long. The Packers scored their three first half touchdowns on marches of 73, 73 and 73 yards and all three came through the air. The Giants scores in the first also was achieved on a concerted drive, but this one carried only 58 yards to the end zone. Green Bay opened the scoring about midway in the first period. The advance started on its own 27-yard line and in seven plays, four of them passes. The Packers had achieved their objective. The scoring play was a beauty, because it caught the Giants completely by surprise. It started like an end around, with Hutson taking the ball after Canadeo and Falkenstein had handled it first. It started out as a spinner, continued to look like the end around when Hutson took the ball and then ended up as a pass from Hutson to Harry Jacunski in the end zone. They play covered 37 yards all together! Hutson kicked the point and the Packers were out in front by 7 to 0. But the Giants came back to tie the count with only 10 seconds left to go in the first period. They began to move when the Packers lost the ball on the Giant 42 after an ill-advised attempt at a fourth down plunge for a yard. Andy Uram was stopped, the Giants took possession and in nine plays, three of them passes, they had their touchdown. The payoff play also was a forward, from Tuffy Leemans to Paschal, and that play, an 18 yarder, also was a pip. Leemans seemingly was trapped behind the line, but he eluded his tacklers, spotted Paschal in the end zone and heaved the ball to him. Paschal caught the ball with no one near him. Ward Cuff tied up the score with his conversion.
But during the second quarter, the Packers completely dominated the play. They scored their second touchdown in 10 plays, with passes also playing the major role in this drive. In fact, of the 73 yards covered, 55 came through the air and the scorer was a 10-yarder from Uram to Canadeo. Hutson again kicked the point. The Packers tallied again the next time they had the ball. They ground out their 76 yards in nine plays, Hutson scoring his first touchdown of the game by taking a 22-yard pass from Canadeo to the 1-yard line and then crawling over on his hands and knees. He got up to kick his third extra point. However, the Giants staged a little march of their own in the closing minutes of the half, but time ran out on them 25 yards from home. The Giants came roaring back in the second half and made a ball game of it. Staging two fine drives, the first of 59 yards, the second of 28, after one of 65 had gone astray, they tied up the score at 21-all before the Packers rolled to their two last period touchdowns that meant the ball game. The touchdown that made the count 21 to 14 came halfway through the third quarter. The New Yorkers took the ball on their own 41-yard line and in four plays had pushed the ball over. The chief play in the sortie was a 41-yard pass from Emery Nix to Leland Shaffer. Then burly Paschal hit the line three times in a row and went over on the third attempt from the five-yard line. Cuff's placement was good. Thus enheartened, the New Yorkers kept pounding. Starting another drive, this one on their own 35, they moved 65 yards and came within a foot of the promised land before they were stopped. As a matter of fact, on the last play of the series, Cuff caught a pass from Nix, but the ball bounded out of bounds. Although the pass was ruled complete the ball was placed down 12 inches from the end zone. No whit discouraged, however, the Giants came back again. Brock's punt out was carried by Paschal to the Packer 28-yard line after a 20 yard runback. It took them 10 plays and a penalty to achieve the end zone and the penalty was the most important break in the advance. On the 10-yard line, fourth down, Nix fumbled, but recovered the ball. Green Bay's Harry Jacunski objected the official ruling that the Giants had recovered. Jacunski protested so violently that he pushed Umpire Sam Weiss in his vehemence. That was the mistake. The Packers were penalized five yards and the Giants resumed again on a first down. Four plays later Paschal plunged over from the two-yard line and when Cuff placekicked the point the score was tied at 21-all. That merely made the Packer mad. They took the kickoff and moved to the Giants' 36, only to have Joe Laws' attempted placekick fall short. But they came back to score a touchdown four minutes from the end and then applied the crusher in the last two minutes with another score.
The six-pointer that clinched the contest came after a 53-yard drive that achieved the end zone in three plays. Most important play of the three was a 58-yard pass from Andy Uram to Jacunski, the receiver being tackled on the 10-yard line. After Hutson had made three on an end around, Canadeo tossed another aerial to the great end, who took the ball over his shoulder in the end zone. The final and superfluous score was made in two plays. Starting on the Giants' 40, Canadeo made the necessary yardage on two great plays, the second on a beautiful 35-yard run. Each time, of course, Hutson scored the extra point. Coach Curly Lambeau sat in the press box and acted as the sending end of the telephone system during the first half. He gave vent to his emotions as only Lambeau can and his chief cause of worry was the fact that the Packers weren't using play 47-7. After constant pleading he finally managed to get word to his team that the Giants were wide open for play 47-7. It is a pass play and the first time they used it Hutson scored a touchdown, taking a 22-yard heave from Canadeo.
Hutson played 58 of the 60 minutes and turned in quite a job with his 17 points on two touchdowns and five extra points. More than $75,000 in war bonds were purchased in the auction for the ball held between the halves. The ball drew a top bid of $50,000. Although Hutson got most of the glory, the job done by Canadeo was not far behind. His passing and running were by far the best on the field this day.
GREEN BAY -   7  14   0  14  -  35
NEW YORK  -   7   0   7   7  -  21
1st - GB - Harry Jacunski, 37-yard pass from Don Hutson (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - NY - Bill Paschal, 18-yard pass from Tuffy Leemans (Ward Cuff kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Tony Canadeo, 10-yard pass from Andy Uram (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Hutson, 22-yard pass from Canadeo (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - NY - Paschal, 5-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
4th - NY - Paschal, 2-yard run (Cuff kick) TIED 21-21
4th - GB - Hutson, 7-yard pass from Canadeo (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-21
4th - GB - Canadeo, 35-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 35-21
of Lambeau, but of thousands of Packer followers. Lambeau said, "We are going to win that ball game Sunday!"...PACKERS ARE CRIPPLED: The statement becomes all the more important when consideration if given to the fact that Curly is not one to put himself out on a limb. Sure, he qualifies his belief by adding that the Packers are crippled - crippled much more than he likes. He points out also that the Bears are in top condition. The Bruins are being given the edge in Chicago by three to seven points. The advantage is based principally on the previous records of the Sunday opponents in previous games in the pro circuit this year. it is also based on a slight statistical edge, which doesn't mean a thing because the Packers have played a much tougher quintet of opponents than the Bears. Did the Bears have any trouble after their first game here against the Packers? Not much. Detroit proved to be the only tough opponents and lost 27 to 21. Since then the Bears have squashed the Chicago Cardinals, 20 to 0; Phil-Pitt, 48-21; Brooklyn, 33-21, and Detroit, 35-14. The Cards and Dodgers haven't won a game yet and Detroit has been soundly trounced by Green Bay twice...INSIDE TRACK TO CROWN: The Packers also beat the Cards, 28-7, nicked the Lions, 35-14 and 27-6, and showed the New York Giants by 35-21. They lost to the Washington Redskins, 33-7, when they had one of those corporate offdays which happens to any team. A victory Sunday would give Green Bay an inside track to the Western crown because the Bears still must play both Washington and New York. The Bays have left the Cards, Phil-Pitt and Brooklyn left after Sunday. In drills this week the Packers have shown fight and determination to a greater extent than ever before this season. They know they have a good chance to knock off the Bruins but they also are willing to concede that a victory will come only through an all-out smashing and driving game where no mistakes can be made. Their tackling and blocking must be at its sharpest, their offense must click as never before, and their defense must be a cement wall. There were some mistakes in the 21-21 September deadlock which can't be repeated and the Packers know it. That day the T-formation was stopped from "teeing" off while the Bays were gaining 224 yards to the Bears' 14 on the ground. Since then, the local running attack has become more polished and the passing game is considerably tougher...BEARS BETTER ALSO: The Bears also can be said to have more precision now than previously. Their attack is sparked by Sid Luckman, the league's leading passer and the "T-threat" in the T-formation. Harry Clark, a hard running back, Gary Famiglietti and Dante Magnani are others the Green Bay defense will have to contend with. The line is paced by such veterans as Bulldog Turner, center, Danny Fortmann, guard, George Musso and Al Hoptowit, tackles, and George Wilson, end.
NOV 5 (Chicago) - Don Hutson and his muscle man, or slugger, perhaps the most unique combination in the National league, will show up in Wrigley field Sunday for Chicago's own version of professional football's World Series. Huston's muscle is a powerful South Carolinian, Larry Craig. In Green Bay's lineup he is listed as a quarterback. Unlike the Bears' Sid Luckman, Craig never handles the ball, either as a runner, passer or pass catcher. The quarterback, under the old Notre Dame system, is strictly a blocker. That's Larry's chore when the Packers are searching for touchdowns. But when the Packers give up the ball, Craig becomes a left end, while Hutson moves into the backfield. The pummeling that Hutson would normally take as a defensive end is absorbed by Craig, because Hutson is too valuable to risk injury. As soon as the Packers get possession of the ball, Don returns to end and Larry to the backfield...IT PAYS DIVIDENDS: This almost amounts to putting Hutson under a glass case, and, of course, it has paid dividends. The lank 180 pound Arkansan's pro career has been immeasurably lengthened because someone else took the knocks which would have come his way, leaving Don with little to worry about except to catch footballs. Don is grateful to Craig. Without a fellow like Larry, Hutson admits, he wouldn't last long bumping up against the plus-200 pounders. For a fellow who plays such an important part in the Packers' success, Craig has received little recognition. Yet he's tops as a blocker and one of the fastest men in the league. Twice in 1941 games with the Bears, he outstepped George McAfee, who ran like he was shot out of a cannon. The first time was at Green Bay when he intercepted a pass and actually gained ground as McAfee chased him to the goal. Later, in Wrigley field, McAfee snatched a Green Bay pass and Craig caught George from behind on the 10 yard line...CRAIG LIVES ON FARM: Craig wears snappy getups off the football field - until the season ends. Then he goes back to his South Carolina farm home and just dares any one to get in touch with him. Last year, league officials were unable to get a message through telling him to report to play with the league All-Stars against the Redskins in Philadelphia. Finally, someone had a bright idea. Craig was paged by radio stations in Greensboro and Asheville and finally showed up in Philadelphia. He weighs 210 pounds, is raw-bones, and has long arms and big hands. He takes care of his father's farm in addition to his own. The Craig family is as famous in South Carolina football lore as is Notre Dame's Miller clan, and Larry is the last of the Craigs.
NOV 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers wound up a week of successful drills today and entrained this afternoon for Chicago where they meet the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon in a clash that has all the earmarks of the classic of the NFL's second wartime season. Approximately 40,000 fans will be on hand for the game which begins at 2 o'clock. The tussle is in the nature of a "must" for Coach Curly Lambeau's squad. The Bays must win to tie for first in the pro loop's Western division and to retain their chances for a crack at the bunting which hasn't waved from the City stadium staff since 1939. A tie or loss to the Bruings, currently on top with five straight wins, won't be good enough. It is victory or nothing. Annually since 1921, the Packer-Bear series has been drawing principal attention not only from the cash customers but from the pseudo-alumni as well. Sunday's clash will be the 50th in the series and the Packers have a good chance to collect their 20th victory over the Bears, who have won 25. Five contests have been ties. The fans, the team's coaching staff, and the players themselves are expected another one of those bruising, slashing games which become a commonplace when these two teams get together. The records show that they are evenly matched statistically
and physically. Evidence for this was given in the 21-21
standoff they played in September...BEARS THINK
BAYS LUCKY: The Bears have been given the edge
around Chicago by three to seven points. Where the
figure comes from is one of those "good questions that
can't be answered." The fact is that the Packers have
an excellent chance to knock off the Bears, who are
reported to feel that the early season tie was a lucky
break for Green Bay. Coach Lambeau points out that 
his team is crippled as a result of two tough games
against Detroit and New York the last two Sundays. But
he has wartched the Bays come up to a peak during 
drills this week and he feels that the sharpness will be
carried over to Sunday. Fans hereabouts are expressing
also confidence that Green Bay can turn the trick. Both
elevens have powerful running and passing attacks, 
which allows few scoring opportunities to pass by.
Neither can afford to make defensive mistakes and 
must, on the other hand, take every advantage of the
other team's mental lapses. Practically it comes down 
to this - the team which out-fights the other is "in"...
MENTAL ATTITUDE GOOD: The mental attitude of the
Packers is good. They have shown determination and
fight in practice sessions all week while polishing up 
few special tactics to be used at the proper moments in
Sunday's tussle. While the Bears can also be expected
to be keen, it is a good bet that all the sharpening and
honing in the Packer camp this week have given them a
better edge. Individually, the teams are even. The Bays
have the NFL's leading ground gainer in Tony Canadeo
while the Bears hold second place on the rompings of
Harry Clark. In scoring, end Don Hutson is again on top
with 54 points, while the Bears have placed ten men in
the first 10. Hutson also leads the pass receiving
department with Harry Jacunski third. The Bears have
four men high in this department. Both squad have
veteran lines, which accounts for their having yielded 
less yardage to opponents than any other teams in the
league. Green Bay's forward wall is paced by Jacunski,
guards Buckets Goldenberg and Bill Kuusisto, a trio of
tough tackles in Baby Ray, Paul Berezney and Chet
Adams. The Bruins' front line has such standouts as
center Bulldog Turner, tackle George Musson and guard
Danny Fortmann. One of the principal threats to a Bay
victory is, and can be expected to be, Sid Luckman,
who does the ball handling from the T-formation and
​throws deadly passes far out or close in. Luckman has
completed 62 of 110 passes, 14 of which accounted for
touchdowns. Among the most dangerous receivers are
George Wilson and Clark, both of whom have scored
three touchdowns off Sid's aerials.
NOV 6 (Chicago) - The Bears' physical preparations for
Sunday's western division title game with the Green Bay 
Packers in a whirlwind three hour defensive drill which
is designed to slow up their opponent's running attack
and keep Don Hutson shackled on passes. A light
workout today and a meeting tonight in the Wrigley field
clubhouse, at which pictures will be shown of last
September's 21 to 21 tie with the Packers, is all that
remains for the Bears until they take the field at 2 p.m.
tomorrow. All but a few hundred of the 37,500 reserved
tickets are gone. The Bears' management announced
last night 5,000 bleacher seats at $1.10 each will be
placed on sale at the Wrigley field gate at 11 o'clock 
tomorrow morning....AT TOP STRENGTH: "We'll be at
top strength for the Packers," said Heartly (Hunk)
Anderson of the Bears' coaching while he and his
associated studied movies of past games with Green
Bay. "Bronko Nagurski is ready to play his best game
of the season. It's our job from here on out to get the
boys fired up for the big game." It's a game the Bears
can't afford to lose. If defeat comes, the Bears' back
will be to the wall, because two weeks from tomorrow
they meet the Washington Redskins in the nation's 
capital. The one defeat on the Packers' record was 
inflicted by the Redskins. Only a victory over the Bears,
or another tie, will save the Packers and the deadlock
will mean something only if the Redskins whip the
Bears on Nov. 21. In that event, granting the Bears and
Packers will mop up opponents in the three remaining
games, they will finish with a tie - seven victories, two
ties and one defeat each...MCENULTY READY AGAIN:
Doug McEnulty, rookie fullback, who was out of last
week's Bear game because of a leg injury, will be able 
to play tomorrow. This will restore some normalcy to the
Bear line. Bulldog Turner has been playing fullback on
defense and with McEnulty, a fine defensive players,
again in circulation, the Bears will be strong against the
Green Bay attack.
NOV 6 (Chicago) - The unfinished symphony of flying
footballs and touchdowns, interrupted by the clock last
September, will be completed on Wrigley field this
afternoon by a cast of Chicago Bears and Green Bay
Packers. Looking on will be 42,500 fans, all that the
place will hold. If Maestro Curly Lambeau fails to get the
upper hand in the symphony of points, he might as well
hole up in northern Wisconsin for the winter. This is the
Packers' last stand for western honors - just as it had
been in 1941 and 1942. In 1941, in Wrigley field, the
Packers came through with a 16 to 14 victory, which
necessitated a playoff. This was won by the Bears.
Since that 16 to 14 loss, the Bears have been unbeaten
in Wrigley field...EARLIER GAME IS TIE: It is an
unfinished symphony today because when the noise
makers of pro football met for the first time this season - 
in Green Bay - the score was a 21 to 21 tie. Later the
Packers curled up under the running and passing fire of
the champion Washington Redskins, a team which the
Bears have yet to meet in the east. Since the Green
Bay tie, the Bears have rolled along to five straight wins.
The Packers have won four and dropped one, which 
makes it so imperative that they win today. A Green 
Bay victory would put the pressure on the Bears, who would have to whip the Redskins two weeks from today or watch the Packers take the lead in the west...HUTSON IS AGAIN PROBLEM: The Bears, because of a better coordinated attack in the air and on the ground, will get a speedy pattern for the Packers, who appear to have finally straightened out their offensive. As always, Don Hutson will be a problem for the Bears. When last they met in Green Bay, Hutson was in a daze until midway in the fourth quarter. The Bears were leading, 21 to 14, and the superb end had contributed little to the Packers' cause. Then he caught two passes, the last one for a touchdown. He kicked the point for the 21 to 21 tie. Then Don went to Arkansas for the funeral of his father. In subsequent games, Hutson wasn't the terror of old. He caught only one pass in Milwaukee the day the Packers were crushed by the Redskins. In late games, though, Don has been more like the old Hutson and much of the credit must go to Tony Canadeo and Irv Comp. For five seasons Don caught passes from Cecil Isbell, a sharpshooter. This year, with Isbell gone, Hutson's play was disappointing until Comp and Canadeo improved...FIRST MEETING DETAILS: In their September game, the Bears took a 7 to 0 lead after a 60 yard march, Sid Luckman tossing a lateral to Bill Geyer from the 6 yard line. The Packers tied it in the second quarter when they smashed the Bears' forwards after Ted Fritsch had recovered a fumble on the Chicago 33. Canadeo lead a running attack and Fritsch went over. The Packers went ahead, 14 to 7, in the third quarter on a 60 yard drive, 49 of the yards being made on running plays. Then Harry Clark took the kickoff and ran 45 yards to Green Bay's 46. Luckman's passes quickly brought a tie, Clark taking one for 21 yards and a score. Early in the fourth period, Al Matuza fell on the ball on the Packers' 29 after Lou Brock had fumbled. Three plays later the Bears had their third touchdown, Bill Osmanski whirling in for 6 yards. And then came Hutson's heroics. The Bears have won 26, lost 19 and tied 5 in the series, which dates back to 1921. Scores have ranged from 0 to 0, 2 and 3 to 0, to the 44 to 28 Bear victory in September of last year. In the 50 games the Chicagoans have scored 644 points to Green Bay's 506.
NOV 7 (Chicago) - The Packers and Bears, oldest and grandest rivals in the NFL, will just about settle the western division championship at Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon when they get together for the second time this season. They played a 21-21 tie in the first game at Green Bay six weeks ago. If the Bears win, they will assume a two game lead in this division and, with only three more games to play, will be as good as in to take part in the annual championship playoffs against the winners in the eastern end of the league. If the Packers win, they will go into a tie with the Bears in this division, but will have the advantage of a much softer schedule the rest of the way. While they wind up against the Cardinals, Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the Bears will wind up against the Giants, Redskins and Cardinals. The Bears will go into the game without a defeat against them. The tie with Green Bay in the first game of the season was followed by successive victories over Detroit (2), the Cardinals, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. The Packers, playing a much tougher schedule since the tie with the Bears, whipped Detroit twice, the Cardinals and the Giants, but collapsed completely and lost to Washington. A capacity crowd of 45,000 will see the game. Except for 5,000 bleacher seats which will not be placed on sale until Sunday morning and which always go like hot cakes, the park was sold out Saturday noon. The Bears ruled slight favorites. It was true largely because of Green Bay's sad showing against Washington, however, rather than Chicago's superiority in any close analysis of the teams. Injuries have struck the Packers and they will step out on the field without Charley Brock, their ball hawk center, who underwent an appendectomy in New York last week, and with several other key men, including fullback Ted Fritsch and halfback Irv Comp, not in the best of shape. Against this, though, the Bears have lost six of their men to the service since the tie in Green Bay - Bill Osmanski, Bob Steuber, Bill Geyer, John Siegel, Bill Steinkemper and Monte Merkel - and they will field a team a little weaker in personnel themselves. A wide open offensive show, if the weather is clear, appears certain. Each side has sharp passers, the Bears with Sid Luckman, the best of the bunch, and the Packers with Tony Canadeo and Irv Comp. Comp at the moment leads the league in passing efficiency, Luckman in total yards gained. Each team has a tough defensive line, the Packers perhaps the tougher, and each has a powerful backfield, the Bears perhaps the stronger. And the Packers have Don Hutson. Hutson was not himself in the first game at Green Bay. His father had just died. Since then, though, except for the Washington game, in which he suffered a letdown along with all the others, he has regained his form and again leads the league in pass catching, in which he has dominated it for so long. While the Packers attempt to halt the Bears, Phil-Pitt will get a chance to tighten up the eastern race by treating Sammy Baugh and associated Redskins to their first defeat. Loaded with a potential scoring punch, Phil-Pitt's chances seemingly depend on how well the Steagles can hobble Baugh, the taciturn Texan who is enjoying his greatest season. New York will provide Detroit with its last chance this season to watch Gus Dorais' small but highly efficient Lion eleven and rookie Frankie Sinkwich. The Lions will go on the road next week to close out there season. The game will bring about a showdown between two of the season's outstanding rookies - Sinkwich and Bill Paschal of the Giants. Someone will have occasion  for great celebration in Brooklyn unless the Cardinals and Dodgers wind up in a tie. Neither team has won in six starts. The Cardinals have displayed the greater possibilities, despite the loss of their star, Marshall Goldberg. But whether their rookie backs will have the experience to cope with such seasoned performers as Pug Manders, Dan McAdams and Merle Condit remains a question. The game will tell.
Green Bay Packers (4-1-1) 35, New York Giants (2-2) 21
Sunday October 31st 1943 (at New York)
NOV 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's two rapid touchdowns in the last five minutes against the Giants Sunday recalled an even more thrilling finish against the Bears in 1935. Sunday the Packers and Giants were tied 21-21 as the men of Lambeau set out to score two touchdowns. In the game eight years ago, though, the Packers trailed, 14-3, and only a little more than two minutes remained. Yet the Packers won, 17-14. It was one of the grandest finished in the history of the league. It was the Packers' ball on their own 35 yard line, and the odds about 1,000 to 1 that they could pull the game out of the fire, when they got their first touchdown. Herber flipped a short pass to Hutson, then in his first year in the league, and Alabama Don ran 55 yards, weaving out of tacklers' arms for touchdown No. 1. The Bears received the subsequent kickoff, of course, with only little more than a minute remaining. But they lost the ball on the first play when Masterson fumbled and Ernie Smith recovered on Chicago's 20, and in the closing seconds the Packers scored again. Old Hank Sauer failed to gain on first down, a pass interference play put the ball on the 11 yard line, Sauer smashed down to the three, and then with the Bears massed to stop another charge into the center of the line, Hutson dashed out into the flat and took another pass from Herber for the winning tally. The game ended on the first play after the subsequent kickoff. Those Packers!
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Chicago Bears
play the 50th game in their NFL warfare next Sunday at
Wrigley field in Chicago and indications were today that
the Green Bay team will be anything but top shape for
the encounter, the outcome of which will go far toward
deciding the Western division race. The Bays returned
from their two-game eastern jaunt Monday afternoon. 
As they detrained at the Milwaukee road station, there
was a worried look on the face of Coach Curly Lambeau
although he brightened up somewhat when mention 
was made of the victories over the Detroit Lions and the
New York Giants, in that order. While the Packers were
winning both games to keep their second place spot in
the Western half of the pro circuit, they took a bruising
and bumping which left them decidedly under the
weather. The Bears, on the other hand, hardly had to 
open up against Detroit last Sunday and the hapless
Brooklyn Dodgers the Sunday before, winning by the
respective counts of 33-21 and 35-14...SEVEN ARE 
HURT: Coach Lambeau, always secretive about the
Packers' preparations for a tangle with the Bruins,
opened up enough this morning to relay the information
that seven of the Bays are crippled. By a simple matter
of subtraction, this means that there are presently only
20 members of the squad who are in 100 percent shape
for the Bear clash. The eighth man out is Charley Brock
who is recuperating from an appendectomy in a Port 
Chester, N.Y., hospital. The Packer coach did not disclose who was injured, but his funeral demeanor plainly showed that he wasn't talking just to make himself heard. Just momentarily he smiled when the 35 to 21 victory over the Giants was mentioned. The smile faded rapidly when he thought of his manpower problem and the toughness which is the Bears. But the game must go on. The Packers took to the practice field this morning for a workout after a squad meeting. Each morning from today until Saturday, the team will go over theoretical means of stopping the Bears' bruising ground and air attack. After the meetings, their preparations will become more material with defensive and offensive drills behind closed doors...DOUBLE DRILLS SCHEDULED: Lambeau has scheduled double drills Wednesday and Thursday with singletons on the agenda Friday and Saturday. The Sunday tussle shapes up as one of the best in a series which stated in 1921, and in which the Bruins hold the edge, 25 victories to 19. Five games were tied including the 21-21 standoff in the season's opener at City stadium in September. The Bears, undefeated in five starts since the tie, have had an easier time of it than Green Bay up to this point. After their opener, they had little, if any, trouble pasting Detroit twice, the Chicago Cardinals, Phil-Pitt and Brooklyn. In the first Detroit game, the Bruins were extended somewhat but since that it's been a breeze for them. The Packers have had all tough games and have absorbed a pounding on four successive weekends since they defeated the Cards the Sunday after they deadlocked with the Bruins. First, there was Detroit, then Washington, again Detroit and finally the New Yorkers, who were in no mood to commit anything but mayhem even though they finally came out on the short end of the count. One game behind in the Western division standings, the Packers must win to go into a tie for first place. Another tie won't be good enough and a defeat will put them two full games behind with little chance to catch the Bears in the stretch run for the divisional flag. Thus, there is reason for Lambeau's misgivings as he ponders the physical condition of some of his key players.
NOV 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers got more than victory - and bumps and bruises - out of their invasion of the east last week. They also came back home with new league leaders in several departments of play. Tony Canadeo, with 339 yards on 63 plays, regained the individual ground gaining lead. Irv Comp, even though idle, moved into first place in passing efficiency with his average of .619 on 26 completions in 42 tries. Don Hutson moved into first place among pass receivers with 23 caches good for 328 yards, vaulted into first place among scorers with 54 points on five touchdown, 21 straight points after touchdown and one field, and took the league lead in pass interceptions with five. Augie Lio of Detroit continues to lead the league in field goals with two, Luckman in yards gained passing with 1,189, Sammy Baugh of Washington in punting with an average of 45 yards, Steele of Pittsburgh in punt returns with 103 yards and Clark of the Bears in kickoff returns with 258.
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - This is too small a space to
enumerate all of the distinctions that have been won by
Don Hutson, but none of you should be surprised to
hear that he has added one more to his impressive list.
The 1943 NFL Roster and Record Manual, an imposing
volume of some 230 pages, has blossomed out with a
color photo of the pass catching marvel on the cover.
Huston is the second Green Bay Packer in three years
to be honored as the cover man. Clarke Hinkle's picture
appeared on the cover of the first edition two years ago.
Last year's book presented a layout of former National
league players who had gone into the armed services. 
The choice of Hutson for this year's cover was a natural
one. He set 17 new league records last year, and at the
close of play was chosen the circuit's most valuable
player for the second consecutive season. Hinkle was
honored in 1941 on the basis of having established a 
new all-time ball carrying record of 3,860 yards in 1,171
tries during his 10-year career. Compiled and edited by
George Strickler, the National league's director of public
relations, this year's book is more complete than either
of its two predecessors. The title page carried this
legend: "Dedicated to the preservation of football." In
order to conserve paper, the book will not be sold to the
public as last year but will be distributed only among
sportswriters and radio men. The National league's 
"honor roll", listing former players and officials now in
the military services, is the opening feature of the book.
Last year's edition showed 208 former players, coaches,
trainers and other representatives in the service; this
year, 375 are listed, broken down as follows: Brookyn
55, Chicago Bears 37, Chicago Cardinals 28, Cleveland
25, Detroit 49, Green Bay 31, New York 42, Pittsburgh
33, Philadelphia 43, Washington 32. Most valuable
feature to sportswriters and announcers, though, is the
compilation of individual and team records. This
department occupies 33 pages, and list everything 
conceivable in the game of football. Naturally, the Green
Bay Packers and individual Packers are in for a big
share of the "bests". The season won and lost records
of all of the teams ever since they joined the league are
also given. Another large section gives the statistics
for the 1942 season. Also of much interest is the
chronology of professional football, listing events since
the first game was played at Latrobe, Pa., against a team from Jeannette, Pa., and was sponsored by the YMCA. Latrobe won, 12-0.
NOV 3 (Green Bay) - The Packers will need more than
secret practice to whip the Chicago Bears at Wrigley
field next Sunday afternoon in a clash that will go a long
way toward deciding which team is going to have the
NFL's Western division bunting hanging in its trophy
room come mid-December. While it may a little early to
talk about the division championship, there isn't much
chance that it will go to either the Detroit Lions, who
have been beaten twice both by the Packers and Bears,
or to the Chicago Cardinals, defeated once by each
eleven. The elimination from title considerations of the
Lions and Cardinals leaves the two perennial contenders
alone in the race. It throws the spotlight on the Wrigley
field clash, the 50th between the teams since they
started alternating at chewing each other's ears off back
in 1921...BEARS HAVE LEAD: The Bears are on top of
the division heap now with five straight victories. Coach
Curly Lambeau's eleven is one game behind in the 2nd
spot with a chance to tie for the pole position if injuries
to key players clear up by Sunday (doubtful possibility)
and the Chicago Bears crack at the seams. With the
background cleared away, it is well to turn to the 
preparations which the Packers are undertaking this 
week to clinch that tie for the lead. Although the squad
will not be at full strength because of the battering they
suffered at the hands of the New York Giants last
Sunday and the ill-fated attack of appendicitis which
struck center Charley Brock, there is no letup in their
practice. The Bays will take a triple dose of football on
Thursday, the second day in a row with a full schedule.
Today there were the usual practice meetings and a full
morning drill with an afternoon of work scheduled after
the lunch hour. Physical handicaps made no difference
as the boys began to sharpen up for their biggest job
this season..LAMENTS INJURIES: Lamenting the injury
factor, Lambeau at the same time indicated he was
pleased with the team's spirit. He feels that little
prodding is necessary to make the Packers know the
importance of whipping the Bears, who have already
been installed as 8 to 5 favorites to take the clash by a
comfortable margin. The odds definitely put the Green
Bay pros in the underdog role. Though the team battled
to a 21-21 deadlock in their opener here, Coach Luke
Johnsos pointed out in Chicago that the Bears are in
better shape now than they were then despite the loss
of five men to the armed forces. Thus the tables have
been turned. The Packers were in good shape for that
game. At least four Bears - Bulldog Turner, the rough,
tough center; Danny Fortmann, Hampton Pool and
Johnny Siegal - were hobbling from injuries suffered in
an exhibition just previous to the Green Bay standoff.
Siegal has since joined the Navy but the other three are
in top condition. Newcomers are in better condition and
know the Bear T-formation better by having performed
in five subsequent games...FAMIGLIETTI IN SHAPE: In
addition, certain of the Bruins veterans have begun to
show power which they lacked in the first games. For
instance, Gary Famiglietti has begun to look like the
player he was in 1942, when he was third in the league
in scoring and gained 503 yards to lead all the fullbacks.
Against the Lions last Sunday, he carried the ball 12
times for 73 yards. It is interesting to note, however, 
that the Packers have been given the underdog role
before and have boomed back to beat the Bears. With
12 sound men available they turned the trick in 1931, 6
to 2; in 1935, under similar circumstances, they won,
17 to 14. The most recent Merriwell finish was in 1941,
when they pulled their unforgettable 16 to 14 triumph in
the dying minutes. Previous victories mean nothing,
when a team has to contend with the Bears. With
everything else equal, the Packers still rate the role of
underdog. It will take some superhuman, rip snorting
football on their part to take the golden anniversary
contest and their 20th victory in the mauling which has
become the annual feature of pro football.
NOV 3 (Chicago) - War or no war, things apparently are
returning to normalcy in the NFL. Don Hutson of Green
Bay again leads the loop in scoring and pass receiving.
The great Packer end, who holds 17 individual records - 
more than any other player in the league's history - had 
a slow start this fall. Beset with grief, first at the loss of
a younger brother in the Pacific war theater, and then
with the death of his father, the 30-year old veteran was
not the Hutson of other years. Contributing factors to 
his slackened pace, no doubt, were his preoccupation
with civic and personal affairs. He's had difficulty in
securing adequate help to operate his thriving Green
Bay bowling alleys. And as chairman of the Brown
county Red Cross drive he worked like a beaver. Then,
too, he's on a civic committee to study possibilities of
obtaining a community airport. So it wasn't until this
week that he finally got around to his customary 
business of dominating the pro league in scoring and
pass receiving. Against New York last Sunday he had
one of his greatest days, breaking five of his own NFL
records, snagging two touchdown passes and kicking
five extra points. His 17 points gave him a season total
of 54, ahead of Bill Paschal of New York, who is second
with 48, and Harry Hopp of Detroit, third with 42...
passes, he boosted his season figure to 23, overtaking
Wilbur Moore of Washington, who dropped to second
place with a total of 20. Moore's catches, however, have
netted six scores, Hutson's five. Don will be out to 
better that mark Sunday against the Chicago Bears and
keep his team in the championship race. So goes the
man who wanted to quit football this year. He has 
announced intentions of retiring. But one day in last
August, he told Coach Curly Lambeau he'd give it
another try. Not because he wanted to play especially,
but because the manpower shortage had left Curly on
the spot. "Football in general and Curly in particular 
have been good to me. I owe them a debt of gratitude,"
he said. In paying it off, he's well on his way toward
leading the league in scoring for the fourth consecutive
years and in pass receptions for the fifth. Hutson's teammate, Tony Canadeo, has regained ground gaining honors from Harry Clark of the Bears. He has 339 yards in 63 attempts, while Clark shows 327 yards in 68 ball carrying efforts. Sid Luckman of the Bears continues to lead all passers in completions as well as yards gained - 62 tosses good for 1,189 yards and 14 touchdowns. Also hurling 14 scores, Washington's Sammy Baugh is second with 52 completions for 811 yards.
NOV 3 (Chicago) - By long distance telephone, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers last night gave a clinical report on his team which Sunday will meet the Bears for the National league's western division title. Charley Brock, veteran center, flat on his back in a Port Chester, N.Y., hospital after an operation for appendicitis. Irv Comp, spectacular rookie halfback and the team's No. 1 passer, taking a blood count examination to determine if he has appendicitis. Ted Fritsch still so wobbly from a three week old injury he may play little, if any, at fullback. Yet Coach Lambeau's voice sounded cheery. Curly always seems the same, in victory or defeat, a jaunty fellow who philosophically accepts the scoreboard readings after a game. Or seems to...CURLY HAS TROUBLES: "We're worse off than you think," declared Curly, citing the above evidence and adding, in all, the Packers have seven or eight cripples of whom, he admitted, probably will be all right Sunday. Bears and Packers alike miraculously recover in the nick of time to participate in these battles between the western giants, of which Sunday's, before 42,500, will be the 51st. "We'll have at least 11 men ready for the game," said Curly. Despite this illness-injury report, the Packers Sunday played their best game of the season in whipping the New York Giants before 46,208 in the Polo Grounds, reported Lambeau. The Wisconsin northmen have made only one serious slip this season. That was three Sundays ago when the Washington Redskins came to Milwaukee and gave the Packers a 33 to 7 thrashing. "We were a way off that day and the Redskins were hot," is the way Curly explained it yesterday...BROCK WILL BE SHIFTED: With Fritsch a doubtful participant Sunday, Lou Brock will be shifted to fullback, Lambeau said. Fritsch suffered a leg injury in the Washington game. The absence of center Charley Brock will put the pressire of Bob Flowers, a second year pro performer, and Forrest McPherson, 248 pound rookie center from Nebraska. The Bears, including the front office, went on a double shift yesterday. After a three-hour workout in Wrigley field, the squad members and coaches returned last night for a session of mental acrobatics having to do with Sunday's strategy. In the Bears' counting room on Wabash avenue, General Manager Ralph Brizzolara and his corps of workers continued to sort out ticket orders...LOOKS LIKE SELLOUT: "It looks like we have more orders than tickets," said Brizzolara, "and the prospect now is for a definite sellout." Brizzolara said the 5,000 bleacher seats will be placed on sale at the park Sunday morning at an hour to be specified later. He estimated 33,000 tickets have been sold, leaving some 9,500, including the 5,000 bleacher section, still available. Five hundred field seats will be spotted on the west side of the gridiron. The Bears' quest for rope to repair the tackling dummy met with success yesterday, and part of the time was used in tackling practice.
NOV 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - Packers vs. Bears - Sunday's the day. A big day. They'll be hanging from the rafters at Wrigley field when the two bitter old rivals step out on the field. A good 45,000 will be there. As usual, Wisconsin fans will have drawn the short end on ticket. A few along the field of play. Most of them behind the goal posts. "Our season ticket holders come first and then our own Chicago fans," say the Bear officials in explanation. "We'd like to do more for you folks up in Wisconsin, but we simply can't." It's an honest explanation. It's the same thing when the Bears play in Green Bay. Wisconsin fans come first and Chicago fans draw the short end...BEARS FAVORITES: The Bears rule slight favorites...three points...and that's the kind of game it looks to be...about even. Anything can happen. The season's statistics bear this out. The Bears have a little edge in just about everything on which the league keeps records. Statistics can sometimes be misleading, though, and they may be in this case because they include the sorry performance the Packers put up against Washington here. "Well, the Bears had one of their bad days, too," explains Johnny Sisk, an alumnus of Halas U., "when they played Brooklyn." Maybe so. They are interesting statistics, though. Each team has played six games. The Bears have rolled up 93 first downs, the Packers 87. But who has ever won games on first downs? Well, keep on. The Bears, with their devastating T, have rolled up 45 rushing and the Packers 44. The Bears have picked up 40 by passing, the Packers 45. The Bears have added eight on penalties, the Packers two. In yard gained, the story is the same; Chicago, 2,313 yards, Green Bay 2,114. By rushing: Chicago 1,014, Green Bay 986; by passing, Chicago 1,250, Green Bay 1,128; by laterals (the Bears flip the ball out to the man in motion occasionally) Chicago 49, Green Bay 0...SAME NUMBER OF PLAYS: Here's a coincidence. Each team has carried the ball 251 times this season. An average of 42 plays a game rushing. The Bears have averaged four yards a play, the Packers 3.9 yards. As a group, the Bear passers, and that means Sid Luckman mostly, have a bulge on Packer passers. The Bears have a passing efficiency of 52% with 68 completions with 130 attempts. The Packers have an average of 48% with 72 completions out of 150 attempts. The Bears have had fewer go astray, too. They've had only eight intercepted. The Packers have had 12 taken by the other team. There is better kicking on the Bear team, too. The Bears have averaged 37 yards a kick, the Packers 35. The Bears have done a better job returning kickoffs. They have averaged 28 yards a return, the Packers only 24. There is an antidote for this, though. Kick the ball out of the end zone...BEARS DRAW PENALTIES: The aggressive team draws the penalties, they say. If this is true, the nod goes to the Bears again. They have been penalized 49 times for 415 yards, the Packers 27 times for 202 yards. Fumbles? The Packers handle the ball more cleanly. They've mishandled the ball only 13 times, the Bears 19 times. With the T, though, the Bears handle the ball behind the line more than the Packers and increased the possibility of fumbling. The Packers have hovered over a loose ball a little more alertly than the Bears. They have recovered seven of their own fumbles, the Bears only six. The Packers have also recovered 6 out of 15 of their opponents' fumbles, the Bears only 5 out of 16. In scoring, the Bears take over again - 26 touchdowns against 21, 22 extra points against 21, two field goals in six attempts against two in nine attempts. Notice that the Packers have not missed an extra point this season. That's Don Hutson's good old toe...EDGE ON DEFENSE: Defensively the Bears have an edge, too. The defensive statistics probably tell more than the offensive. The Bears have allowed 98 points, the Packers 102. (But don't forget that sad ​performance the Packers put up against Washington.) The Bears have allowed 69 first downs rushing, the Packers 75, the Bears 34 by passing, the Packers 39. The Bears have defended against passes better, too. Their opponents have completed only 42 out of 128 for an efficiency average of 32%. Green Bay's opponents have completed 74 out of 159 for an efficiency of 46%. In yards gained on interceptions, however, the Packers again have an edge - 294 yards against 147. And the Packers are crippled physically. Charley Brock in a hospital in New York. Ted Fritsch, Irv Comp, Bill Kuusisto, Baby Ray, Larry Craig are not in the best of shape. Or is this only a bear story, except for Brock? It adds up to a Bear victory except for one thing: Statistics don't always mean much. They are kicked overboard every week. How else can upsets be accounted for? So here is a timid vote: The Packers will win Sunday. And more, the Packers will go on to win the western division championship - without the necessity of a playoff with the Bears later. The Bears still have Washington to meet in Washington and the Giants in New York.
NOV 4 (Green Bay) - Each football season about this time anyone looking for an argument about the merits of the Packers and the Chicago Bears can find one by stepping out of his house, picking out a casual passerby, and putting this question, "Who is going to win the ball game Sunday?" It won't be necessary to say which ball game because the passerby will immediately know there is only "one game" on the NFL menu next Sunday and that will bring together the Packers and Bear at Wrigley field in Chicago in what well may be termed the clincher for the Western division title. The argument can't be settled definitely now but it revolves around three question:...THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: 1. What have the teams done this year? 2. What is the physical and mental condition of both squads likely to be? 3. What loss or gain would come to the Packers by defeat or victory? Armed with the ammunition of pro league official statistics, released today in Chicago, the Packer backer in the argument (assuming there is a Bear fan in the city and he would be willing to argue the point) could show that the Bruins are not any tougher than Coach Curly Lambeau's team. The records are for six games. The Bears have the edge in some divisions of play while the Packers are top in others - despite the poor showing they made against Washington. It might also be pointed out that the Bears have had somewhat weaker opposition than the home team since they battled to a 21-21 deadlock here in September. The Bears since have won five straight while the Bays have won four and lost one...BOTH ALMOST EVEN: The important statistics show the following: First downs - Bears 93, Packers 87; yards gained - Bears 2,313, Packers 2,114; ball carrying attempts, 251 each; average per attempt - Bears 4, Packers 3.9; passes attempted - Bears 130, Packers 150; passes completed - Bears 68, Packers 72, for respective percentages of .523 and .480; opponents' points - Bears 98, Packers 102. Not getting very far in reaching a conclusion on statistics the argument turns to the second point, where the Packer fans must do some mental gymnastics to make his team the favorite, which it isn't in the Chicago books. The Bears are conceded an 8 to 5 edge. There are no statistics to show physical or mental condition of a team before a game but Coach Curly Lambeau is willing to outlike the situation. At least seven Packers, Curly moans, are on the injured list and center Charley Brock, always a titan against the Bears, is in the hospital. Even though some of the injuries may be somewhat healed by Sunday afternoon, there is good reason to believe that none of the cripples will be at top efficiency. On the other hand, Coach Luke Johnsos of the Bears specifically says all of the Bruins are in good shape...PACKERS ARE UNDERDOGS: Physically, then, the Packers are underdogs. Mentally they are getting sharpened up as they indicated in Wednesday's double drill. There was plenty of chatter and pep by the "whole" members of the squad, of whom there are 20 or two-thirds of a full strength outfit of 28. Lambeau feels his team will have the proper mental attitude and he has repeatedly praised the spirit they've shown. The Packers will need to be just right psychologically to offset the manpower advantage the Bears have. Unless they can rise to superlative heights, their chances for a tie in the Western half of the pro circuit are practically non-existent. A victory means everything, another tie means nothing, and a loss would be fatal. The argument can go on indefinitely, that is, until some time after 4 p.m. Sunday. The Packers are sparing no effort to get in A-1 shape for the clash, which will be played before an estimated 40,000 fans. Double drills were on tap again today with a skull session before the morning practice. A single practice Friday and another Saturday will wind up the preparations. Reports from Chicago indicate the Bears are taking the game just as seriously since Co-Coaches Hunk Anderson and Johnsos have enough esteem for the Packers to realize the game is going to be no pushover no matter which team wins. They naturally favor the Bruins. Both teams are preparing in secret, which speaks volumes for what is likely to happen when they come out in the open at the home of the Cubs.
NOV 4 (Chicago) - Short punts and passes from pro football circles...Pro football's greatest attraction - the Chicago Bear-Green Bay Packer game - figures to be a sellout Sunday for the fourth straight time in Chicago. The crowd should approach 40,000, should pay upwards of $100,000. The Bears are second in the league in attendance this season, with 254,681 fans watching their home and road games, while Green Bay is the top road team, with 147,200 attendance. Washington's Redskins hold first place in overall attendance with 314,476 for home and road games. Detroit's Lions have played to 37.6 percent of the fans who have witnessed the 22 Nataionl league games this season...A New York sports columnist said publicly that he wondered what the rest of the pro league was like if Frankie Sinkwich and George Cafego, both discharged from military service, could be its outstading stars. League publicitor George Strickler sent the columnist an ultra-formal engraved invitation to participate in any of the league's four games Sunday and to "bring along the guy who told you Sinkwich and Cafego are the outstanding men in our league."...For the future book: A move is under way to hold the professional league playoff on the west coast for Army Air corps relief. If plans jell, the pro winner in each division would battle for the title in Los Angeles on Dec. 26, with the charity group paying a flat sum for control of the event and doing its own promoting...The coach can be wrong. When "Lone Star" Dietz was coaching a Boston pro eleven, he toyed briefly with a pet theory that the only way to whip a high scoring team wsa to kick off repeatedly. Before his team took the field against the New York Giants one Sunday, Dietz told them firmly to "kick of", then climbed to the press box to watch the results. When he got there, Boston was receiving. Angered, he phoned the bench: "I thought I told those mugs to kick off!" "We did, chief," a voice answered, "but Harry Newman ran 95 yards for a touchdown while you were going up to the press box. The score is 7 to 0."...SUTHERLAND STILL COACH: Lt. Cmdr. Jock Sutherland, on leave-of-absence as Brooklyn Dodger mentor, is retaining his coaching touch by piloting the sailor team at Camp May, Va. Nine members of the New York Giants spend their spare time coaching high school teams in the New York area. There have been 111 fumbles in 22 pro games this year, an average of more than five per game. Phil-Pitt leads the bobble division with 24 and the Bears are second with 19. Detroit has muffed only seven times.
NOV 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - The will to win can be a tremendous thing in football. It can compensate for many shortcomings or handicaps. Sunday, if the signs of the week in Green Bay are correctly read, it will be one of the Packers' chief assets in the game with the Bears at Wrigley field. The Packers want this one as badly as they have wanted any game this fall. Their approach to the game could not be better. "We've put in as good a week as we have all fall," Coach Curly Lambeau said Friday. "Maybe even a better one. It almost has been necessary to hold these fellows back. They've been going at things too hard and too eagerly." Whether the desire to get at the Bears, and the will to win, can overcome some of the handicaps the Packers will carry into the game because of injuries, remains to be seen, but Lambeau suddenly has developed confidence in it. He was glum Monday upon his return from New York with a flock of cripples on his hands. He was confident again Friday. The improvement in some of the cripples has also brightened the whole picture. It now develops that only Charley Brock, veteran center who had an appendectomy in New York last week, will be out for the season. The others, while not in the best of shape, will be ready to take their places - Larry Craig, Bill Kuusisto, Baby Ray, Ted Fritsch and Irv Comp. Fritsch and Comp, the most seriously injured of the bunch, have shown the most improvement. The Bears continue to rule favorites by anything from three to six points despite the 21-21 tie the teams played in Green Bay. The game would probably be a tossup except for Green Bay's inexplicable collapse before Washington and Charley Brock's loss. Brock, a ball hawk against passes, has always been one of the Bears' tormentors. While Brock will be the only man missing from the Packers' cast, the Bears will be without six of the men who played in the game in Green Bay. All of them have been called to service - Bill Osmanski, Bob Steuber and Bill Geyer, backs; John Siegel, end; Bill Steinkemper, tackle, and Monte Merkel, guard. The Packers will leave Green Bay late Saturday afternoon and pitch camp at the Knickerbocker hotel Saturday night. Sunday's game will start at 2 o'clock.
NOV 4 (Chicago) - Figures show that the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, who have a rendezvous in Wrigley field Sunday, are really in the dead heat class their 21 to 21 draw in Green Bay last September indicated. In six games, each team has had 251 ball carrying attempts. The Packers' average is 3.9 yards per drive and the Bears an even four. The Packers have made 44 first downs by rushing to their rivals' 45 and 41 to 40 first downs in passing. The Green Bay horde has pitched 150 passes to the Bears' 130 and completed 72 to 68, 13 for touchdowns to 14 for the Bears. The defensive statistics help carry out the dead heat idea. The Bears have yielded 98 points, the Packers 102. Opponents have averaged 3.8 yards butting into the Bears' line and only 3.2 against the Packers...FIRST DIFFERENCE IN PASSES: The first big discrepancy in the comparisons shows up in defense against passes. Only 42 pitches have been completed against the Bears, while 74 have succeeded against the Packers. The Bears are sacrificing yardage on enemy line plays just to be sure the other team doesn't go places on passing. Yet a mistake on a Green Bay pass caused that 21 to 21 tie. The Bears were leading, 21 to 14, midway in the fourth quarter. Don Hutson hadn't caught a pass. Then Tony Canadeo finally established contact with the stringy end. The pass was good for 14 yards to the Bears' 26. Tony tried again, but two Bears had Don covered. But here is where the mistake was made. Both Bears tried to intercept or bat down the ball, instead of one being prepared to down Don in his tracks if he was successful in reaching the ball first, which he usually is, and which happened in this case. After the catch, with the two defenders off balance, Hutson trotted the remaining 20 yards for a touchdown, then calmly kicked the tying point...MISTAKE WILL BE TOO BAD: This big touchdown has been used as example No. 1 this week by Bear coaches in emphasizing that it's costly to make a mistake against the Packers and particularly Hutson. Over and over the Bears, as they prepare for this big game, are hearing, "Make a mistake against the Packers and it'll be just too bad!" The Bears can't afford to make that mistake. A loss to the Packers will create a tie between the two teams in the Western division - five victories, one defeat and one tie. Worse still, the Bears still have to face the Washington Redskins two weeks hence - in Washington - and that disagreeable business is over for the Packers. Their one defeat was a 33 to 7 pasting by the Redskins in Milwaukee three Sundays ago. After the Bears, the Packers wind up with three easy ones - the Chicago Cardinals, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Phil-Pitt Eagles. After the Packers, the Bears will meet New York in New York, Washington in Washington, and the Cardinals in Comiskey park...GROUND GAINING DUEL: A side issue of Sunday's game will be the ground gaining duel between the Bears' Harry Clark and Canadeo. The Packers' hard running back last week wrested the lead from Clark and now has 339 yards to Harry's 327. Sid Luckman will be defending his league forward passing percentage lead of .564 to Sam Baugh's .533. Hutson has taken the scoring lead with 54 points and first in pass catching with 23 for 328 yards and five touchdowns. Clark is tops in kickoff returns, having averaged 28.7 yards in bringing back the ball from the shadows of the goal posts.
NOV 2 (Chicago) - What does a professional football coach do on his theoretical day off - with Green Bay coming up as the next opponent? Yesterday afternoon Luke Johnsos, one of the Chicago Bear coaches, secluded himself in his Evanston home and drew up a few new plays to spring on the Packers. Then he worried about whether New York - that's what every one calls him - of the Wrigley field maintenance staff, had located a vital piece of rope. And last night Luke talked to a group of Boy Scouts, telling them the advantages the American kids have over those of other nations. But you can bet he was thinking of Sunday's game, too, during the oration...JOHNSOS SAYS OUTCOME WILL DEPEND ON FINAL FIVE MINUTES: "Gosh," said Luke, who has met the Packers both as player and coach, "those guys always are rough for the Bears. I guess we'll be 8 to 5 favorites, but I tell you Sunday's game is a tossup. The outcome will depend on which team has the ball the last five minutes." The Bears will start preparations at 9 o'clock this morning for the game which will decide the western section championship of the National league. That's half an hour earlier than the regulation beginning and only emphasizes the importance attached to the battle. It's no joking matter - that frenzied hunt for rope. The hempen strands of the tackling dummy broke last week and the coaches blame this circumstance on the erratic tackling of the team in Sunday's victory over the Detroit Lions. Mr. New York has visited all the shops in the Wrigley field neighborhood without success, but Johnsos intimated groundskeeper Bobby Door's veteran employee had better not report today without the rope. The Bear coach likewise looks for a high scoring game. He pointed out Don Hutson has played 50 minutes in each of the last two Packer games. Asked why Don has been playing so much, the Packers' coach, Curly Lambeau, is reported to have replied, "To get him in shape for the Bears."...CANADEO WRESTS LEAGUE GROUND GAINING LEAD FROM CLARK: Tony Canadeo had a big day against the New York Giants Sunday, both as a passer and as a runner and actually wrested the league ground lead from the Bears' Harry Clark. Though the Bears have lost five players since they first met the Packers in the 21 to 21 draw last September, Johnsos figures the team perhaps is in better shape with game No. 2 coming up. This is his logic: At least four players - Bulldog Turner, Danny Fortmann, Hampton Pool and Johnny Siegal - were hobbling from injuries suffered in an exhibition game. Of course, Siegal since has joined the Navy, but the other three are in top condition...MR. FAMIGLIETTI SERVES NOTICE HE'S STILL WITH BEARS: "The Bears won't be so strong in reserves, but shucks," says Luke, "we used to play 50 and 60 minutes a few seasons ago." The newcomers, and these include Bronko Nagurski, are in better condition and know the system of play better by having performed in five subsequent games. Most pleasing development of Sunday's game was the hard running of Gary Famiglietti. He looked like the Famiglietti of 1942 who was third in the league in scoring and gained 503 yards to lead all fullbacks. Against the Lions Sunday, Gary carried the ball 12 times for 73 yards.
NOV 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers will probably be in their worst physical shape of the season when they step out against the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field Sunday in the make or break game of the campaign in the western division of the National pro league. The men of Lambeau remained close on the heels of the Bears with their 35-21 triumph over the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds last Sunday, but they paid a price which they have seldom been called upon to pay for any victory before. Actually, the whole trip east was jinxed in a way except for the result of the game itself. A couple of days before the game, they lost Charley Brock, ball hawk center, through an appendectomy. A little later they lost the Bay View Bazooka, Irv Comp, with what at first was diagnosed as appendicitis, but later was found to be a badly strained side. Comp did not play against the Giants, either. And in the game itself Ted Fritsch, fullback; Bill Kuusisto, guard; Chet Adams, tackle; Baby Ray, tackle; Harry Jacunski, end, and Larry Craig, blocking back, suffered bumps and bruises which will necessitate easy going this week if they are to take the field at all Sunday. "We won it because we had to in order to stay in the race," Curly Lambeau summed up between train stops here Monday afternoon, "but, oh boy, what awful shape we're in for the Bears." The only man definitely out of the game will be Brock, but several others, especially Comp and Kuusisto will hardly be in shape even with rest this week to play at top speed. "All we can do is take it easy this week and hope for the best," Lambeau said as he got back on the train - and for once he was not the smiling Belgian. The loss of Brock and the possible loss of Comp and Fritsch will be especially tough to handle. Without Brock, Bob Flowers will have to handle most of the assignment at center. He played a whale of a game against the Giants Sunday, but he is not the ball hawk Brock is. And against a pitcher like Luckman Sunday the Packers will need all the ball hawks they have. Without Comp, Tony Canadeo will have to carry most of the load at left half, and without Fritsch, Tony Falkenstein most of the load at fullback. In a game as bruising as this, second line strength can often mean as much as first line. The Bears have been installed slight favorites, ranging from three to six points.
NOV 2 (Portchester, NY) - Charley Brock, center on the Green Bay Packers who was operated upon for appendicitis last Friday, is recovering favorably. He will be lost to the team for the remainder of the season.
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - A feeling of optimism crept into the city today as Packer fans began to feel that their team can defeat the Chicago Bears in the 50th renewal of their historic football series at Wrigley field in Chicago Sunday and Coach Curly Lambeau added his belief that a win over the Bears is not outside the realms of possibility. There is no question that fans would like nothing better than to see the Green Bay eleven put the Bruins to rout and clinch a tie for the Western division lead. Fans hereabouts never had any love for the cantankerous Chicago eleven, which is ruling the divisional roost with five straight victories. And if anybody ever wanted a victory it is Lambeau, who as both player and coach has bumped into the Bruins since 1921, when the series started. The Packer coach is a respecter of all teams in the pro league but when it comes to the Bears, he is unable to express his feelings. The players share the same viewpoint...PRACTICE IN SECRET: While he keeps the team practicing behind a fog of secrecy, Lambeau is definitely known to feel his players have the stuff to knock off the Bears the first time this season. And while he appreciates the Bruins' power, he is not unmindful of his eleven's potency. No more concrete evidence of the latter could be given than by repeating what Lambeau emphasized this morning in talking about the team's preparations for the clash. It's a terse statement but it expresses the sentiments not only