Green Bay Packers (3-2) 10, Detroit Lions (0-5) 7
Sunday October 27th 1946 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - The acrobats between halves at State Fair Park Sunday were good. The weather was crisp although a little damp and the sky was overcast. Admiral
Thomas L. Gatch, here for Navy day, drove up to the 
stands in one of those superdooper station wagons with
the top down. His aide sat on one side and Joe Ryan of
Allis-Chalmer on the other. The drum majorette didn't drop
her baton once. And, oh yes, the Green Bay Packers 
beat the Detroit Lions, 10-7.
It must have been a little cold for the acrobats. They 
worked in what looked like red pajama bottoms and rolled
around on the grass. One of them was a little fellow who
over the microphone later said he was only 7 years old.
He was a cute tike and good. Said his name was Henry
Carlson - something like that anyway. The admiral was
quite a guy. He is commander of the Atlantic service fleet.
He spoke over WTMJ betwee halves, then sat in the press
box through the second half and smoked a pipe 
incessantly. A fine brand of tobacco he uses, too, judging
by the aroma - probably some he got in a Turkish port.
The admiral spoke feelingly about this year's Navy team.
"We haven't got much as yet," he confided, "but by the 
time the Army game rolls around we'll be ready. We
started almost from scratch this season and are building.
We'll be ready for the Army, though. We better be."
Those drum majorettes are nice to watch, although in 
weather like Sunday's, one sometimes feels inclined to
shiver just watching them with their short hoop skits and
bare legs. And the football game itself? Well, the Packers
got three points in the second quarter when Ted Fritsch
kicked a 40 yard field goal and a touchdown in the third
quarter when Walt Schlinkman on the fourth of four
tremendous assaults from the one foot line, catapulted
over right guard. Tex McKay added the extra point. The
Lions got seven points in the second quarter when Tony
Canadeo fumbled and Dave Ryan picked up the ball and
ran 36 yards across the goal. Chuck de Shane added the
extra point. The less said about the football game, though,
the better. It was mediocrity triumphant. It was Green 
Bay's new low of the season. The only thrill - and fans of
the acrobats may dispute this - occurred in the closing
two minutes when on a series of high school passes and
with the help of two interference penalties, Detroit moved
from its own 23 yard line to Green Bay's 15 as the game
ended. It was the only move Detroit made all afternoon.
Oh, yes. Charley Brock stole the ball from Camp Wilson
on Detroit's 22 yard line early in the third quarter to give
the Packers position for their lone touchdown. Good old
Charley. Except for him and the position he gained with
his theft, the Packers might still be trying to score - 
against the worst team in the league. Just to keep the
record straight, too, it should be noted that the victory 
over Detroit, third in a row, along with other developments
along the pro league front Sunday, lifted the Packers into
second place in the western division, only a half game
behind the Chicago Bears. They probably won't stay there
long, though, certainly not with what they showed here.
They play the Bears at Wrigley field next. A crowd of
23,564 saw Sunday's game.
DETROIT   -  0  7  0  0 -  7
GREEN BAY -  0  3  7  0 - 10
2nd - DET - Dave Ryan, 36-yard fumble return (Chuck
DeShane kick) DETROIT 7-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 41-yard field goal DETROIT 7-3
3rd - GB - Schlinkman, 2-yard run (McKay kick)

OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - And seconds - and
this concerns our heroes of the cash and carry league,
the Packers. The Packers today rest in second place in
the western division of the league, a half game behind the
Bears. (Let's forget all about Sunday's game. Despite 
what happened, they are still in second place.) Seconds
cost the Packers at least a temporary undisputed lead as
the race has finally taken shape - seconds in the game 
with the Los Angeles Rams at State Fair Park three 
weeks ago. That was the game in which the Rams drove
80 yards in the last few minutes, in which they were
stopped on the goal line on the play which should have
ended the game except for the referee's whistle, and in which, because of the whistle, they got another play and scored. A victory over the Rams, which well might have been, and the Packers today, instead of having a standing of 3 and 2 would have a standing of 4 and 1, and would rest in first place all alone. Inches and seconds - a nice happy thought for the day...FOUR MAN LINE: Could it be that the New York Giants have come up with a defense that has the T in check? They say, you know, the defense always catches up with the offense, and in Sunday's game the New York Giants really caught up with the Bears. They held them to some 70 yards rushing. A lot of things go into a football game, and it may not be the theoretical defense the Giants used at all. But there is interesting speculation nonetheless in what they did. Here it is: They used a tight four man line, anchored at either end by two great tackles, Tex Coulter of Army and Jim White of Notre Dame. They played two of their backers-up three yards back and maybe a step inside their tackles, and they dropped their ends back three yards, creating the effect of four-four - a tight four up front, and wide four among the backers-up, including the ends. The rest of the backs were deployed normally - either in a shallow two-one or a shallow three. The defense is not exactly new. Marquette tried something like it against Wisconsin, and you know what happened there. With the personnel the Giants have, however, especially with those two big tackles, it worked to perfection, as not only the result of the game but the statistics show. How long has it been since the Bears were held without a point? How long since they had to get their only real scoring opportunity on a fumble? How long since they were held to 73 yards rushing? Maybe that four man line - with the right personnel - is the answer.
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - According to the story books, figures don't lie. But there are times when figures actually do a little fibbing. For instance, Ohio State and Minnesota recorded identical yardage totals by rushing and passing last Saturday. Yet, the Buckeyes won the game by the comfortable margin of 39-9. And here are other examples from the Western Conference: Northwestern, leading the race, has the best record on offense, but ranks only fifth best defensively...Illinois, currently runner-up, is no better than sixth offensively and fourth defensively...Indiana, tied for fifth in the standings, tops all rivals defensively and ranks fourth on offense. Among the pros, too, figures don't always paint a true picture. Take the case of the New York Giants, who gained a total of 160 yards (73 rushing and 87 passing) and still blanked the Chicago Bears, who completed 23 out of 40 passes for 227 yards and rushed for 155 - a grand total of 382. Final score: Giants 14, Bears 0. And so it is with the Green Bay Packers, who have three victories and two defeats and came within a few second of beating the Rams - a victory which would have given them the National League's western division lead as of this date. Taken by and large, the Bays haven't looked like prospective champions on the field and haven't been any fireballers statistically. So, again, cold figures don't bear out the standings...PASSING IS KEY TO LOW YARDAGE TOTAL: In five league games, the Lambeaumen have gained a net total of 1,173 yards - an average of 234.6, which is very ordinary for the pros, who usually fling the ball often and for large gains. The breakdown per game shows: Passing, 96 yards; rushing, 138. Against the Rams, the Packers, in their best game, gained 396 yards and against the Steelers, thanks to long marches on the ground, they piled up 371. Which means that they were held to 406 yards in the other three league tussles. The answer to all this probably is passing - rather, the lack of it. The Bays have pitched 93 passes, 66 of which fell incomplete or were intercepted. Only 27 clicked for a "batting average" of .290. A team hitting no better than .290 not only fails to rack up touchdowns directly, but also decreases its own chances of doing it the hard way - on the ground. After all, an effective pass attack does double duty: 1 - Gains yards in big chunks, and 2 - loosens up the defense on running plays. Moral: Oil up the passing attack before next Sunday's meeting with the hungry Chicago Bears! Here is the resume of Green Bay's offensive efforts in league games to date:
OCTOBER 31 (Chicago Tribune) - Coach George Halas remarked after the Bears' workout in Wrigley field yesterday: "The pre-war champion Bears were
running teams. So far this year we've been a
passing team. To regain the championship this
year, we have to become a running team again."
Halas then revealed the first move in the
campaign to bolster the ground offense. He
pointed to a husky, black-haired youngster. 
"That's Lloyd Reese. We've just brought him up
from our Akron farm club. He's a fullback - a six
footer, 240 pounds, and lots of drive. And we
didn't bring him up to from Akron to sit on the
bench - he'll get plenty of work against the
Packers Sunday afternoon." The 24 year old
Reese was an offensive standout in the Bears'
training sessions at Collegeville, Ind., but was
unfamiliar with the complex T offense. Halas
decided the youngster would develop faster
playing the T in the minors than watching it in
the majors. It was a wise decision. Reese has
averaged 8.8 yards per plunge for Akron and
scored four touchdowns in six games. Under
Coach Gene Ronzani, the ex-Bear quarterback,
Lloyd has become familiar with the Halas
offense. Recently Ronzani told Halas: "Any time
you need a fullback, Reese is ready to go." 
With Bill Osmanski overworked, and the other 
two fullbacks - Joe Osmanski and Don Perkins -
question marks because of recurrent leg 
injuries, and the western division lead in the
National league at stake against the Packers
Sunday afternoon would seem an excellent time
for Reese to make Ronzani's prediction look
good before a sellout crowd of 45,000 in Wrigley
field. Reese is a native of New Philadelphia, O.,
and played at the University of Tennessee in
1940-41 before joining the Army air forces. All
the Bear cripples - with the exception of George
McAfee - should be in good shape for Green
Bay. Bulldog Turner, whose first quarter 
withdrawal handicapped the Bears seriously
against the Giants, will be back at center. Sid
Luckman has lost the limp accruing from his
New York left injury. "We're lucky Sid doesn't
have a sore arm," Halas said. "We threw 40
passes against the Giants. Anytime we have to
throw 40 times something's wrong with our
ground attack." The first place Bears could
virtually eliminate the Packers from the western
scramble with a victory Sunday - but not if
Luckman has to fire 40 passes. Sid never worked that hard when the Bears were winning the western title in 1941 and 1943 with vital victories over the Packers. In 1941, Sid completed only 5 of 14 passes for only 48 yards while the runners were accumulating 267. In 1943, Sid completed 7 of 15 for 155 yards while the runners made 218. Maybe, as Halas hopes, the addition of Reese will restore the necessary running ration to the Bears' offense.
NOVEMBER 1 (Chicago Tribune) - This continues to be a screwy football season. Coach George Halas reports the Bears devoted an hour of their drill in Wrigley field yesterday to reviewing defenses for Don Hutson. The Bears usually carry about 12 defenses in their repertoire, but - with special Hutson variations - the number always was raised to 28 when the Packers' pass catching end came to town. Hutson will be here again Sunday afternoon. The Packers insist Don will act solely as bench assistant to Coach Curly Lambeau. However, Halas seems suspicious that - with the western division lead at stake - Don will assist Curly with a brief pass catching appearance. The considerate Packers sought to allay Halas' suspicions yesterday. "I have no intention of playing any more at all. Even if I had, it would have been necessary for me to be placed on the eligible player list by Tuesday of this week - and the Bears would have known." When informed of Hutson's forthright utterance, Halas said: "Unless I've been misreading the rules for many years,  Don can be restored to eligibility as late as noon Saturday. You know, I think we'll spend another hour on Hutson defenses tomorrow." Meanwhile, the Packers were reviewing their defenses for George McAfee, the celebrated "One Play" game buster, who hasn't participated in even one play during the Bears' first five games. Halas says McAfee's knee injury has not healed sufficiently to risk using his ace ball carrier against the Packers. However, Halas' McAfee bulletin will be viewed with genuine suspicion in Green Bay. The Bears must beat the runner-up Packers to retain the western lead. Halas might use McAfee as a decoy in a tight spot. So it would seem that the Bears and Packers yesterday prepared for the biggest pro game of the year by readying defenses for two fellows who probably will be just spectators among the sellout crowd of 45,000. Not that the alleged workouts were waste motion. The Packers have a trio of excellent receivers in Clyde Goodnight, Nolan Luhn and Bob Nussbaumer. And the Packers' McAfee defense may be needed to stop some pretty fair Bear runners - for instance, Hugh Gallarneau, Frank Maznicki, Dante Magnani or Scooter McLean. The Bears also went through extended offensive maneuvers. Lloyd Reese, the rookie from Akron, was running at first team fullback. Halas said the 240 pound Reese will get lots of work against the Packer line, although dependable Bill Osmanski retains the starting assignment. Bill rested yesterday to permit Lloyd to become familiar with quirks in the Bears' offense which are not incorporated in the Akron farm club's attack.
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee) - Coach Curly Lambeau and Don Hutson came out yesterday with flat denials of reports Don would be in the Green Bay Packer lineup Sunday when the Bays invade Chicago to renew their bitter rivalry with the Bears. Coach Lambeau declared flatly: "There's nothing to it," while Hutson stated: "I have no intention of playing anymore at all. Even if I had it would have been necessary for my name to be placed on the eligible player list by Tuesday of this week - and the Bears would know." Reprots had Hutson working out in secret for the past two weeks for his leap from retirement. At the New York office of the NFL, it was stated that Hutson would be able to play providing his name was placed on the list by Saturday.
OCTOBER 30 (Green Bay) - All roads lead to Chicago next Sunday where Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau's pennant-seeking Packers and the Chicago Bears will renew their long and bloody grid rivalry for the 56th time at the Windy City's Wrigley field, 2 p.m. This one shapes up as a "natural" because right now the two clubs are running one-two in the NFL's Western division race, the Bears riding the top rung and the Packers handing on tight, just a half lap below. As all good Packer fans know, the Lambeau will be out for blood this time, with the memory of that sad 30-7 setback at City stadium here four weeks ago to give them all the pep and ginger they need without thinking of their position in the standings. But the fact of the matter is, if the Bays win, they'll be perched on top of the loop, a half game ahead of the bristling Bruins, who now have won three, lost one and tied one while the Packers have won three and lost two. All three Packer victories came after losing their first two tussles, that one to the Bears and the disputed decision to the Los Angeles Rams, proving that Lambeau's men are definitely on the upgrade. The Bay pigskin tutor is keeping his fingers crossed in the hopes that all his boys will be ready to go against the Bears because he knows he'll need every ounce of power he can muster to muzzle the Halasmen who'll be fighting made after dropping that 14-0 game to Stout Steve Owen's rough and tough New York Giants last Sunday.
OCTOBER 31 (New York) - Although adding to his ground gaining lead, Bill Dudley of the Pittsburgh Steelers was more active in other offensive departments of play last Sunday, according to statistics released by the NFL Wednesday. Dudley picked up 30 yards against the Boston Yanks to increase his ground gaining total to 399 in 81 attempts for a 4.9 percentage. The onetime Virginia star also scored two touchdowns and a pair of extra points to jump from sixth to second in the individual scoring race, five points behind Ward Cuff of the Chicago Cardinals, who paces the loop with 42 points. Dudley also moved into a third place tie with Sid Luckman of the Bears for punting honors and intercepted two passes to boost his total to seven, tops in the loop. The punt return leadership was also retained by Dudley, who has brought back 10 boots 153 yards for an average distance of 15.3. Ray McLean of the Bears is second with a 12.2 figure. Paul Christman of the Chicago Cardinals continued to lead the passers. Christman completed 16 of 30 attempts for 227 yards against Los Angeles to run his output to 56 in 114 tries and 891 yards. The pass receiving leadership was retained by Jim Benton of Los Angeles. He has gathered in 23 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Green Bay's Ted Fritsch displaced Cuff as the circuit's top field goal kicker. The veteran Packer booted his fourth three pointed in six tries against Detroit. Cuff has placekicked four in eight attempts. Another Packer, Roy McKay, continued to lead the punters, averaging 43 yards on 29 punts, while Frank Seno of the Cards replaced Abe Karnofsky of Boston as the top kickoff return leader. Seno, who two weeks ago returned a New York kickoff 105 yards, has brought back nine kickoffs for a total of 289 yards, while Karnofsky has returned 10 for 244 yards.
NOVEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - The lead in both divisions of the NFL will be at stake Sunday when the New York Giants, eastern pace setters, invade Philadelphia and the Green Bay Packers move in against the Chicago Bears, front runners in the western half of the
professional circuit. If Philadelphia's Eagles whip the Giants,
they will take over the eastern lead, but only if the Washington
Redskins fail to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. A
Washington victory and a New York defeat would return the
Redskins to the top spot. The Packers, beaten twice in five
starts, could move into the western lead by beating the Bears,
whose record includes three wins, a loss and a tie. The Giants
with four victories and one defeat, have the best record in the
league. Washington has won three, lost one and tied one,
while Philadelphia has won three and lost two. In other NFL
games Sunday the Los Angeles Rams, fourth place team in
the west, visit Detroit, whose Lions are in the western cellar,
and the third place Chicago Cardinals invade Boston, last
place team in the east, for the only game involving clubs of
both divisions. Neither leader is in danger in the All-America
conference, which scatters its game through the weekend. 
The Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Rockets, both operating
under new coaches, were scheduled for a game in Chicago
Friday night but it was postponed in midafternoon because of
rain. The San Francisco Forty-niners, who knocked the
Cleveland Browns out of the unbeaten class last Sunday to
leave both professional leagues without a single undefeated
team, entertain the Buffalo Bisons Saturday. The Bisons have
been doing some upsetting of their own, stopping the Rockets
last week and the Forty-niners two weeks ago. The Browns,
still well out in front in the western division, will be at Los
Angeles for a battle with the Dons Sunday while the New 
York Yankees, firmly entrenched in the eastern lead, entertain
the Miami Seahawks.
NOVEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - Curly Lambeau's Green
Bay Packers, having fought their way back into contention in
the western division of the National league after dropping their
first two games, go out to take over the lead itself, if they can, when they meet the bitterest of all their rivals, the Chicago Bears, at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon. The game is a "must" in Green Bay's scheme of things. A victory, and the Packers, despite all their ups and downs in one of the toughest seasons they have ever gone through, will take over undisputed first place; a defeat, and they can just about kiss themselves out of the race. No team, it seems, can succeed to the mantle in the western division with three defeats, and the Packers already have two against them. In this clutch, though, the Packers were ready - as ready, perhaps, as they have been for any game this season. They arrived here Saturday night with their best week of work behind them and with a spirited determination to take advantage of the happy situation in which they suddenly find themselves. Even physically, the team was in its best shape of a month. Ted Fritsch still carried a few bumps and Bruce Smith an injured side, but both will be ready to play, even ready to start. Fritsch, in fact, is almost certain to start. The rest of the squad was in tiptop shape. Only certain nonstarter was Don Hutson, despite persistent reports that the once great pass receiver might forget about his retirement to play this one game. "Not a chance, not a chance," was Lambeau's repeated comment. "Who started that story anyway?" Green Bay's chief hope rested on its consistently improving defense and a running game which Lambeau believes has finally started to jell. Defensively, the Packers will go into the game with a record just about as good as Chicago's. The Packers have allowed 1,316 yards against them in five games, the Bears 1,228. Only offensively do the Bears hold a marked edge, with 1,748, against 1,205, but if Lambeau is correct about his observations of what has happened to Green Bay's running game in the last week, the difference will not be nearly so great Sunday. The Bears, meanwhile, were in a mood to avenge themselves for the licking they suffered at New York's hands a week ago. They, too, like the Packers, will be in their best shape of a month, with Joe Osmanski, Frank Maznicki and even George McAfee ready to start. Whether McAfee, who because of his long layoff has done little work, will be ready to play in more than spots, however, was doubtful. The Bears ruled a 13 point favorite. A capacity crowd of 45,000 will see the game. The game will be the fifty-seventh in the long rivalry. The Bears have won 30, the Packers 21. The others were ties.
NOVEMBER 3 (Chicago Tribune) - A western division title hangs in the balance this afternoon as it usually does, when the Bears and Green Bay get around to their traditional second gridiron fuss of the season. A sellout crowd of 45,000 in Wrigley field will learn whether the Bears have the stuff to keep their slim lead as the final half of the National league season begins. Though the Packers are the immediate danger, the Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams still are strong contenders in the western sector. The Bears, who had exhibited signs of the staggers in previous games, fell apart last Sunday in losing to the Giants in New York, 14 to 0. The Packers, who bounced back after consecutive losses to the Bears in Green Bay and the Rams in Milwaukee, won their third straight last Sunday, a not impressive 10 to 7 decision over the Detroit Lions. Not even the Bears are looking forward to a repetition of the 30 to 7 triumph they scored over the Packers in their September meeting. Irv Comp, the Packers' top passer, was injured early in that game. Clyde Goodnight, end, and Bruce Smith, halfback, were sidelined with hurts and several others were badly bruised. The Bears' physical condition perhaps has deteriorated somewhat since that opener, though it is on the improve. Bulldog Turner was knocked out of last week's game in the Polo Grounds, but is listed as a starter. Frank Maznicki, Joe Osmanski and rookie Lloyd Reese will give the Bears added power in the backfield. Reese if the 238-pound fullback from the team's Akron farm club. Maznicki, a hard running back and expert goal kicker, and young Osmanski, a fullback, haven't played since the first Green Bay match. Bill Osmanski and Don Perkins will also be available for duty at fullback. The Packers, for many years at the head of the pro football passing parade - when Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell were pitching - now must win games by sweeps of their fleet runners and the power drives of fullbacks Ted Fritsch and Walter Schlinkman. Green Bay has made 40 first downs by rushing to 16 in the air. The Bears have made 41 on the ground and 31 by passing in the five league games. The Bears' passer, Sid Luckman, is fourth in the league with 54 completions in 114 throws. He is paced by the Cardinals' Paul Christman, the Redskins' Sammy Baugh, and the Eagles' Tommy Thompson. Leading Chicago pass receiver is Ray (Scooter) McLean, who has caught 12 for 287 yards and 12 touchdowns. Other big Bear targets are Capt. George Wilson, Dante Magnani, Ken Kavanaugh and Hugh Gallarneau.
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Have a chance to win?" Curly Lambeau almost shouted over the telephone in repeating a question asked of him. "We're going to win. We're not going down to Chicago to be licked." Whatever the rest of the pro football world may think of Sunday's return meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears - and the rest of it has the Bears almost prohibitive favorites - Curly Lambeau concedes the Halas men nothing. That the Bears walloped the Packers in Green Bay a month ago, 30-7, that the Packers have been in and out all season, that the Bears will be on the rebound after the 14-0 licking they took at New York last Sunday all mean nothing to the big Belgian. "I know our club has looked very bad in spots this fall," he said, "but I also know that it's a better team than it has ever looked. I think the boys know they are better, too, and I think you'll see the best Packer team of the season Sunday. The best Packer team can do it to the Bears, too." Curly Lambeau scoffed at a report Thursday that Don Hutson might come out of retirement to start at end. The report had Hutson working out secretly for the last two weeks. "Absolutely false," Lambeau said. "Why, we have to have our eligible list of players into the commissioner's office by Saturday before the game, and the Bears would know it at once. So would everybody else. It isn't true." Lambeau said the Packers were in their best physical shape of the fall, with only Ted Fritsch, fullback, and Bruce Smith, halfback, a little below par, although both will play, probably start. First place in the western division of the league hinges on the outcome of the game.
NOVEMBER 2 (Chicago Tribune) - "Good!" exclaimed Curly Lambeau yesterday when a call from Chicago to Green Bay brought him the knowledge that heavy rains had cut down the Bears' drill. "I hope it rains in Chicago all day tomorrow, too," said Curly with a voice which must have had a leer running interference. Lambeau said the Green Bay weather was fine and that his Packers enjoyed a good round of practice for tomorrow's game in Wrigley field with the Bears. "I can say one thing," Curly continued. "We'll be a lot better than we were last September when the Bears beat us up here by a score I'm trying to forget. (The score was 30 to 7.) I really think we'll be up for this game." The Green Bay coach could have pointed out that his team has gradually improved while the Bears have shown signs of disintegrating. The Packers will arrive in Chicago early this evening and bed down at the Knickerbocker hotel. Laying at rest the latest report that Don Hutson may come out of retirement against the Bears, Lambeau said the veteran end will not play. The Packers, with the exception of Bob Adkins, who suffered a leg injury several weeks ago, are at full strength. Two special trains will carry Green Bay and Wisconsin fans to Sunday's contest.
NOVEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packers will be in the best shape of the season for tomorrow's vindication - and possible championship - battle with the Bears at Wrigley Field, Chicago. That was the word straight from the feedbox in Green Bay following the Bays' last preparatory session yesterday. Coach Curly Lambeau promised that his chunky halfback, Herman Rohrig, will be ready to go after a layoff of two weeks. And Rohrig is a man he needs. The former Nebraska star, who confined his activities to running, blocking and tackling before he went away to way, blossomed this season as a passer - the squad's best passer, in fact. In the Packers' best game against the Rams at State Fair Park, it may be recalled, Rohrig did some effective long distance firing - the kind the club will need if it hopes to give the Bears an argument tomorrow. Bruce Smith, the top running back, and Ted Fritsch, first string fullback, also are slated to be in there. Smith sat out last week's Pittsburgh game here while Fritsch was forced out by injury early in the third quarter. The Bears continue as definite favorite, yet there is no complete absence
of Packer money. Which is the tipoff that the capacity crowd may see some unexpected fireworks, as Lambeau hinted. "We're out to win this one, but if we do lose, the Bears won't be beating any second rate outfit," said Lambeau.
NOVEMBER 2 (Chicago) - Five weeks ago - the day the Packers all but run out of their own stadium at Green Bay by the Bears - no one would have dared even suggest that they would have a chance to go into the NFL's Western division lead the next time they met. But that's actually the situation as those ancient rivals await the renewal of pro football's "Yale-Harvard" series at Wrigley Field here tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Victorious in three of their four games since that dreary September 29 afternoon, the Packers can overtake the big bad Bears IF they reverse the result of the first meeting. The Bears are setting the pace with three victories, one defeat and one tie. Naturally, it's a mighty big "if" so big that the Halasmen are 14 point favorites over the House of Lambeau, which is about the correct theoretical difference on the basis of performances to date. The Bears, starting with the 30 to 7 decision over Green Bay, have rolled up 113 points to 80 for their opponents while the Packers have been outscored, 72 to 70, in their five league games. What's more, the Bays have looked bad more times than they've looked good. Despite all this, the Packers are confident they'll be in the ball game all the way and even grant themselves a chance to win. The wave of optimism is based on (1) the return to top or near-top shape of key men like Herman Rohrig, Bruce Smith and Ted Fritsch, and (2) the belief that all their sloppy play is behind them. The Bears, too, are in the best physical condition of the season. George McAfee, the wonder man, is the only regular or near-regular on the doubtful list. And even he may be turned loose after a long resting siege necessitated by an early season injury. So opportunity knocks again for the Packers. If they fail to make the most of it, they will have heard the last knock of its kind for 1946.