Chicago Cardinals (3-0) 14, Green Bay Packers (2-1) 10
Sunday October 12th 1947 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Add obituaries over the weekend: And the Packers lost, too. In a savagely fought game on which the lead in the western division of the National league
hinged, they bowed to Jimmy Conzelman's well manned, well
coached Chicago Cardinals before a record breaking crowd of
25,502 here Sunday afternoon, 14-10. The Packers bowed
but they bowed only after the most stubborn sort of fight.
They wanted this game as badly as they have wanted any
other this fall, perhaps even more badly, for a victory would
have left them as the only undefeated team in the league.
The fight, though, was a little too much. The Cardinals were
a little too good.
Here was a game which at 2 o'clock looked as thought it
might develop into a high scoring duel. All the ingredients were
there. On one side was the dream backfield of Charley Trippi,
Paul Christman, Marshall Goldberg and Pat harder which had
averaged 38 points a game in two previous starts; on the other,
the fast, well balanced Packers, who had averaged 23. But it
wasn't a high scoring duel at all. It was a crunching sort of
battle in which the teams hammered out most of the yardage
on the ground, in which the passing specialists, Jack Jacobs
of the Packers and Christman of the Cardinals, played lesser
roles, and in which the two teams together scored only three
touchdowns and a field goal all afternoon. Both scored their
touchdowns rushing, the Cardinals when Elmer Ansgman
slammed home from the two yard line in the second quarter
and John (Red) Cochran repeated early in the third quarter, 
and the Packers when the skipping Tony Canadeo, behind 
good interference, went eight yards around left end later in the
same period. Canadeo's touchdown was added to a field goal
by Ted Fritsch from the 21 yard line in the second quarter.
As the statistics show, the Cardinals deserved the game, yet
the 25,000 couldn't help wondering what might have been if
Green Bay had not suffered lapses on three fine opportunities
late in the battle. What might have been - who was it wrote the
poem? It was 14-10, still anybody's game, when the first of
the big opportunities bobbed up in the third quarter. On the
most spectacular pass of the afternoon, Jacobs to Gillette, 
the Packers swept to Chicago's eight yard line. Here, indeed,
was position. On two running plays, Fritsch hurriedly inserted
into the game here, gained only three years, missing a hole
on the first, Canadeo failed to gain and a pass fell incomplete.
And the Cardinals took over.
The second opportunity bobbed up on the first play of the 
fourth quarter. Vic Schwall fumbled on his own 33, Baby Ray
recovered and the boys had position again. On three plays
they quickly swept down to the 17 - then lost the ball when
Schlinkman fumbled on first down. And the third opportunity
followed a minute later when Comp intercepted a pass in
midfield and returned 24 yards to the 25. Certainly here the
Packers would do something. But they didn't. Canadeo gained
a yard at left end and three passes fell incomplete - one of
them when a receiver loafed. So it went. What might have 
been will bother some of the good burghers up here for a long
time. Each of the touchdowns was scored on good sustained
football. The Cardinals went 54 yards in eight plays for their
first and 53 yards in seven plays for their second. The Packers
drove 70 yards on 10 plays for their tally. Even Green Bay's 
field goal was preceded by a drive, the boys going 70 yards to
get their position. Both lines played tremendous football,
Chicago's especially, and both backfield sparkled at times - 
Trippi, Angsmann, Cochran, Cody, Schlinkman and Gillette
especially. Pat Harder started out as though to have one of 
his roaring afternoons, but he cracked a rib in the early
bruising play and sat out most of the game. The victory lifted
the Cardinals into undisputed first place in the western 
division of the league, the only undefeated team in the league
by the way, and dropped the Packers into a tie for second
place with the Los Angeles Rams.
They felt each other out in the first quarter, the Cardinals with
four first downs, the Packers with three, but only the Packers
made theirs eventually pay off. The Cardinals never got 
beyond midfield. The Packers waited until late in the first 
period to get their initial first down, starting on their own 15,
then quickly added two others - long ones - and on the last
play of the period found themselves with a first down on 
Chicago's 27. Here was the best position either team had had
so far, and the Packers took it to score the game's first points.
Gillette and Schlinkman quickly added a fourth first down on
Chicago's 14 and the 25,502 thought they saw a touchdown in
the making. On the 14 however, the Bays bumped into a stone
wall and on fourth down Fritsch stepped back to the 21 and
kicked his goal. The three points against them, however, were
just what the Cardinals apparently needed for they dominated
the play completely through the remainder of the half. First
they threatened, driving 53 yards to Green Bay's 15, first
down, where they were stopped when Forte intercepted a
pass on the two. Jacobs punted out at once, of course, and
a good kick it was, to Chicago's 46, but the Cardinals
smashed right back - and this time for keeps. Dimanchoff
cruised down the middle for one first down on Green Bay's 35,
Angsmann down the middle for another on the 20, and
Christman, with marvelous protection passed to Kutner for a
third on the two yard line. The rest was easy. Angsmann went over center for the touchdown. Harder converted. And so the half ended, 7-3.
The Cardinals wasted no time in adding to their lead, either, as the third quarter got underway. They kicked off, got the ball back on their own 47 on a punt and went all the way with Trippi the big gun in the drive. He picked up one first down on Green Bay's 39 added another on the 27 and then turned the job over to Christman. Christman didn't fail. On second down he pitched a strike to Kutner on the four and the die was cast. An offside helped the Cardinals to the two, and on first down from there Cochran easily went over. Harder converted. With the Cardinals roaring as they were it looked at this point as though they might pile up a score, but the Packers had different ideas. They took the subsequent kickoff back to their 30, and then with Schlinkman, Cody, Gillette and Forte ripping the Cardinal line apart, and with a pass, Jacobs to Goodnight thrown in for good measure, they put together four first downs to Chicago's 17. There was no stopping them here. It took only three plays. Gillette picked up seven at right end, Cody two at right tackle, and Canadeo, with great blocking, swept around left end for eight and the touchdown. Fritsch converted. And the Packers didn't stop with this either. They got the ball on a punt on their own 38 a few minutes later, and on a spectacular 40 yard pass, Jacobs to Gillette, swept clear down to Chicago's eight on one play. A touchdown looked like a cinch. But the Cardinals braced. They held Fritsch, who had just replaced Schlinkman, to three yards on two plays and then batted down two passes.
Still the Packers came. Ray recovered Schwall's fumble on Chicago's 33 yard line a few minutes later and they had position again; they even moved down to the 17 on three plays, but Schlinkman fumbled on first down here and that was that. A third chance they got a few minutes later when Comp intercepted a pass in midfield and returned 24 to Chicago's 25. Once more, though, they were stopped, picking up one yard on the first play and throwing three incomplete passes, and they rested their case for the day. In the closing minutes, in fact, they had their hands full to hold the Cardinals in check. Once Ivy's attempted field goal from the 27 was blocked and once Harder's field goal from the 33 was wide. The Cardinals had the ball in Packer territory again as the game ended.
CHI CARDS -  0  7  7  0 - 10
GREEN BAY -  0  3  7  0 - 14
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 51-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - CHI - Elmer Angsman, 2-yard run (Pat Harder kick) CHI CARDINALS 7-3
3rd - CHI - Red Cochran, 1-yard run (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 14-3
3rd - GB - Canadeo, 7-yard run (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 14-10
Picture from a 1948 Packer program
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - The pot boils, now only with a Wisconsin stew after that California thumping Saturday, but with a Green Bay stew, too, after the Cardinal licking Sunday. Why was this done and why wasn't that? What's the matter with those guys, anyway? The fan is always right, and he writes. Roy Anderson of 1209 N. 52nd St. will have the floor first today. Mr. Anderson writes: "Here's a question that has started a good deal of conjecture among all staunch Packer fans. It's this: Just what is Bruce Smith's position in the Packer offensive setup? A delicate operation was performed last winter for the sole purpose of having Smith return as the top offensive threat of the club. Whatinell happened? He's having his brains beaten out on defense and he hardly carries the ball. Most of all Sunday. Why doesn't Curly use the guy? Is he crippled? Ne need to go over his record as a back at Minnesota. It was unsurpassed. Further, Curly sure muffed it Sunday. First down, eight to go - with no results. Curly could have won that game, and he might have with Schlinkman in there at fullback. But what is the story on Smith?" Jack Weiner of Milwaukee has the floor next. Mr. Weiner writes: "I am writing this letter not to second guess Curly Lambeau who, in my opinion and in that of hundreds of others, is the best coach in pro football today. The incident which I am thinking about took place in the third quarter Sunday when the Packers had the ball first down, on Chicago's eight yard line. When they failed to score on three downs, why didn't they try a field goal, even though they trailed at the time, 14-10. They still had another quarter to play and three points would have been better than none. And getting position later, which they did (twice), they might have won that game. Even the Cardinals tried for two field goals in the fourth quarter. Well, the old saying is second guessing doesn't win yesterday's ball game. I've always been and still am a 100% Packer fan. Am hoping they go on to win the championship. They've really got something on the ball this year." The answer to Mr. Anderson is contained in something Lambeau mentioned a week ago. "Smith is perhaps the best defensive back we have, but he's been a disappointment to us on offense this fall. We expected a lot more from him after that operation. But he tires so easily. And because he is of more value of defense, we've had to use him largely as a defensive back, then rest him when we've had the ball. He just can't do both in his present condition." As Sunday's game was finally played, with the Packers having two more scoring opportunities in the fourth quarter, a field goal with the ball on the eight yard line might have been the play instead of a fourth down pass as Mr. Weiner suggests. But that is strictly the second guess. Certainly this excellent position at the time the team trailed by four points invited a try for a touchdown, either by a pass or a run. The chief growling after Sunday's game, it seemed, concerned the substitution of Fritsch for Schlinkman, with first down on Chicago's eight yard line. No one thing lost this game for the Packers. There were several things. Gillette's failure to run without turning his head and sticking out his arm after taking a long pass which carried the ball down to the eight yard line. He might have scored. Smith's failure to run out a pass, after he had whizzed beyond the last defensive man, on one of the last pass plays of the game. He might have got the ball and scored too. Schlinkman's fumble on first down on the 17 yard line. There were several things. Among them, though, was certainly that substitution of Fritsch even though it is the second guess. Schlinkman all season long has shown himself a better ball carrier than Fritsch except for Fritsch's brief flurry in the fourth quarter of the Bear game. A hole was there for Fritsch on first down on the eight yard line, and he partially muffed it. On second down on the five, he was stopped cold. A back who runs with the abandon of Schlinkman might have gone all the way. So let the pot boil.
OCTOBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - It's going to rain footballs at State Fair park Sunday afternoon and that's a prediction of reliability than anything the weatherman may eventually say about the day itself. It's going to rain footballs at State Fair park Sunday afternoon because the greatest passer in the National league will be here - Sammy Baugh. He'll be here with
the Washington Redskins, of course, and he'll do his
chucking against Curly Lambeau's Green Bays. The
weather prediction is sometimes a guess, at least so
it seems, but there isn't a guess in this. This is based
in fact - on the latest averages of the National league,
released Wednesday. Baugh, who started his pro
career in the middle thirties and who has been one of
the league's terrible scourges ever since, once more
occupies a familiar spot in the passing race after the
first three games - first place. He has thrown more 
passes than any other man in the league, 81; has
completed more than any other man in the league, 47;
has gained more yards passing than any other man,
853; has thrown more touchdown passes, 9, and has
the best average of efficiency, 58%. He has obviously been the one greatest single factor that has lifted the Skins into a first place tie with the Eagles in the eastern end of the league and he obviously isn't going to rest on his laurels now. Not Baugh. So it is going to rain passes at State Fair park Sunday afternoon - make no mistake. The Packers will be hard put. Baugh, in most respects, holds a healthy lead over his rivals, especially in yards gained through the air. Sid Luckman of the Bears, second best in the league, is almost 300 yards behind him. But look at the records. An amazing guy, this Baugh. This will be his one hundred and second game of his 11 year career, not counting exhibitions. His age is his jersey number - 33. In his long career he has completed 1,038 passes for some 12,913 yards. And incidentally, in the 28-20 victory over New York last Sunday, he ran for two touchdowns which equaled his personal production of touchdowns in the previous 10 years. This has been a surprising Washington team. It started slowly in the exhibition series, losing more often that winning, but it was patiently in the process of formation, with new men replacing veterans and it didn't have Baugh. At least he played only sparingly, having been hurt in the first exhibition of Los Angeles. Since the race started, however, it has entered a determined and surprising bid for the eastern championship, losing a high scoring battle to Philadelphia, 46-42, but beating Pittsburgh and the New York Giants. Baugh, of course, had been the big gun, but it has had more than Baugh as the weekly averages further reveal. It has three of the league's leading receivers in Bob Nussbaumer, late of the Packers, Jim Taylor and Eddie Saenz, whom Wisconsin fans will remember as one of the fleet backs at Great Lakes in the war years. It has three of the eastern division's leading scorers in Poillon, Taylor and Saenz, the first two, one-two in the standings. It has one of the league's best punters in Baugh and it has the league's best kickoff return specialist in Saenz. The team oozes speed and in this respect will yield nothing even to as fast as team as the Packers this fall have shown themselves to be. Green Bay, rather strangely for a team which has looked as good as it has, does not figure prominently in the season's statistics. Keane of the Bears, Dudley and Greene of the Lions, Jim Benton of the Rams and Bill Dewell and Mal Kutner of the Cardinals all stand ahead of Clyde Goodnight in pass receiving in the western division. Goodnight is Green Bay's leading receiver. Pat Harder of the Cardinals, Bill Dudley and Bill Zimmerman of the Lions, Keane of the Bears and Waterfield of the Rams all lead Green Bay's leader, Bruce Smith, in scoring. Waterfield and Burkett of the Cardinals lead Jack Jacobs in punting and Dudley leads Canadeo in punt returns. And in passing, Jacobs rates no better than seventh in the division, trailing Waterfield, LeForce, the sharpshooting Detroit rookie; Luckman of the Bears, Malouf and Christman of the Cardinals and Zimmerman of Detroit.
OCTOBER 15 (Green Bay) - A chastened Packer football squad settled down today to a determined fight to regain an advantage in the NFL championship race by engaging in two drills for its clash with Washington in Milwaukee on Sunday. First place will be at stake for both teams in Sunday's game and the Packers do not intend to fumble the opportunity as they did a week ago when they let a victory over the Chicago Cardinals slip from their hands. Washington led by Sammy Baugh is tied for the eastern division lead, while the Packers can move back into a commanding position by winning, if the Cardinals lose in Los Angeles. Scout reports on Washington's three league games, including victories over Pittsburgh and New York and a defeat by Philadelphia, have served to intensify preparations for Sunday's game, as evidenced by the double drill today. Packer teams drill twice a day in mid-season only on very rare occasions. Consensus of scouts has the Redskins one hundred percent improved over their pre-season performance. This is especially true of Sammy Baugh, who is having one of his greatest seasons.
OCTOBER 16 (Washington) - Sammy Baugh, who owns most of the passing records in the NFL, got another one Thursday, without touching the ball. A recheck of league figures show that Baugh connected on 149 passes in 1943, the most ever completed in one season. Previously the record had been credited to Cecil Isbell, who threw 146 in 1942. Baugh's previous total failed to include the passes he completed in a playoff game.
OCTOBER 16 (Washington) - Now future generations can see for themselves exactly what the hand of a great passer should look like. Sammy Baugh's right hand has been sculptured. George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins and Baugh's employer, called in the press Thursday for a look at this deathless work. "Look at those fingers," said Marshall. "Note how long they are. Also note how strong each fing4er is, especially the middle finger. Is it any wonder he's the top passer in the world today? Mrs. Marshall had this hand made for me as a birthday present. She gave another one, just like it, to Mrs. Baugh. One of the great sculptors on the west coast did it while we were training out there. Everyone has heard of this sculptor." Still without pausing, Marshall grabbed a phone, dials and asked: "Mrs. Marshall? This is Mr. Marshall. What was the name of that sculptor? Oh yes, Lyons. Henry Lyons." Continuing his demonstration of broken field conversations, Marshall said: "Everyone knows that Baugh is a great passer. But this hand, I think, illustrates why he also is the best in the business at holding the ball for field goals and kicks after touchdowns. Know why those fellows were good? Baugh made them good. We had our best illustration of this three years ago. Baugh was down on his ranch in Texas when we played Philadelphia. Without Baugh to hold the ball, Aguirre missed four out of five." Baugh, in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat, wandered by and a reported promptly grabbed him to ask: "Do you think your big hands are the secret of your success?" "Nope," Baugh said. "Lots of fellows with little hands pass all right." After another moment's thought, Baugh added: "Lots of our tackles have huge hands - and they can't pass at all." Which pretty well sums it up, folks. On Baugh, the hand looks good.
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - The trend in pro football is toward youth, toward mobility, spirit, speed. The day of the sated, creaking veteran who hangs on because at one time he had something is just about over - well, in most places it is just about over. In a few places he still hangs on - and occasionally helps lose a game. To all of this, of course, there are exceptions like Sammy Baugh, now in his eleventh year with the Redskins, and in one of his greatest years, by the way, like the apparently indestructible Larry Craig of the Packers in his ninth year or like the still mighty Riley Matheson of the Rams in his tenth. On the whole, through, the trend is distinctly away from them, and the day is probably not far off that the average life of a pro football player will be no more than three or four years. The trend is well exemplified in the Washington team which Sunday will meet the Packers at State Fair park. In years of pro experience, it is probably as young a team as the league can point to this fall. Of the 33 Redskins who will arrive here Saturday afternoon, with Major Domo George Marshall in charge, 14 of in their first year of pro football, nine in their second year, six in their third year, one in his fourth, two in their sixth and one, the remarkable Baugh on whom some of the youth of the others has apparently rubbed off, in his eleventh. To an old-timer, they are strange names on the Washington roster this year, indeed - Joe Duckworth, Mike Garzni, Hugh Taylor, George Wilde, Vince Pacewic, Henry Harris, Joe Tereshinski, Paul McKee, Jack Sommers, Ernie Williamson, Fred Boensch, Leo Nobile, Bill Gray and John Lookabaugh, all in their first year with the club, and John Steber, Don Avery, Jim Peebles, Bill Ward, Jim Youell, Jack Jenkins and Eddie Saenz, all in their second. The De Fruiters and Gaffneys and Kovatchs and Cifers and Coupees and Aguirres of other years are gone. The trend in pro ball, of course, accounts for all of this. The intense former laundryman, Marshall, wants a winning team above all else, and he knows that a broken down or slowed up football player will not produce one. So the "has been" or approaching "has been" has been cut loose, and the young man who will carry the ball Sunday takes his place. The going was tough at first this fall. In the exhibition season, the Redskins were bounced around rather freely. The Rams beat them, the Bears beat them, the Packers beat them. It was during the formative stage of a young club, however. It didn't count. Since the league season began, the Redskins have been in the thick of the fight, and today, as they wait the game here Sunday, they are in a tie for first place in the eastern division of the league with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers themselves have injected no little new blood - a good thing - but they still stand far behind the Redskins in this. To a much greater extent they still rely on men with mileage - Baby Ray in his tenth year, Charley Brock and Larry Craig in their ninth years, Ted Fritsch, Tiny Croft, Tony Canadeo and Bob Flowers in their sixth years, Irv Comp in his fifth, and Roy McKay and Herman Rohrig in their fourth. Craig must be exempt, for he is of the indestructible sort, both in heart and body, and one or two others perhaps, but the rest have begun to go down the other side of the hill. Pro football today is a game of youth, and the Redskins have discovered it. The Packers will be up to their necks in trouble Sunday even if they win.
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Samuel Adrian Baugh, the rancher from Rotan, Tex., comes to town today, accompanied by 32 assorted Washington Redskins to meet the Green Bay Packers in a fight for first place in State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. Baugh's presence in the Redskin party means trouble of the most annoying variety, for it has been axiomatic in the National League for the past decade that as Baugh goes, so go the Redskins. And Baugh is having one of his most impressive seasons. In Washington the talk is of a "new Baugh". Some of the oldest season ticket holders - and season ticket holders are the only people who get a chance to see Baugh in the capital - have seen him perform better. In his previous seasons with the Redskins, in which he set record after record as a passer, Baugh never had an outstanding receiver. But in Eddie Saenz, Bob Nussbaumer and Hugh Taylor, the old man of the Plaines finally has gotten himself a few receivers on whom he can bank on yards after a catch, not to mention some catches that were far beyond the ability of Redskin fielders in other years. Green Bay expects to regain lost ground by defeating the Redskins, who at present are in a tie for the Eastern Division lead with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinal defeat has only served to intensify the Packers' determination to make amends for last year when two missed assignments cost them the title - not to mention $2,000 playoff money apiece. Baugh may have the receivers, but the Packers have the power, plus some atoning to do for that Cardinal 14-10 thing.
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers will meet in the first interdivisional NFL game for both teams Sunday before an expected near capacity crowd of 32,000 at State Fair park. The clubs will go into the game with identical records of two victories against a single defeat. A wide open game, with the veteran Redskins passing expert, Sammy Baugh, matching tosses against Indian Jack Jacobs, Packer quarterback, is expected.
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Milwaukee today again becomes host to two of the leading contenders for the world's football championship when the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins set up headquarters preparatory to their National League battle for divisional leads at State Fair Park tomorrow. Green Bay's stock soared yesterday with the return of Jack Jacobs, the Packers' triple threat quarterback star. Jacobs had been called home to the bedside of his father at Muskogee, Okla., after last week's Cardinal game. The big Indian will be ready to take his place in the Packer starting lineup and match passes with Sammy Baugh, who is in the progress of shattering more all-time records. This Packer squad finished its heavy drill yesterday, satisfied that it had a good chance of carrying through to a playoff assignment. Last week's exhibition against the Cardinals, when the Packers gave away a game that definitely was within their grasp several times, has only served to make the club more determined to repeat last year's 24 to 0 victory over the Redskins in Washington and a 31 to 21 exhibition triumph at Baltimore early this season. Coach Curly Lambeau intimated that he would go along with the veteran lineup which conquered the Bears and Rams before it faltered before the Cardinals. Work this week has been evenly divided between the Packers' own offense and defense against Baugh's passes.
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - When Slinging Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins cranks up and let's go with a pass against the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon, it's better than even money the missile will hit its target for another completed forward pass. The lanky Texan, ace as well as dean of the professional passers, has a batting average of 57.1%, which happens to be the best in the business. It he connects a few more time he may pass the seven mile mark in yards gained on passes he has pitched; his total for 99 games since joining the Redskins fresh out of Texas Christian University is an amazing 12,259 yards. The men who know about such things are pretty well agreed that Baugh is the greatest passer who ever sent a football spiraling into the eager hands of an eligible receiver. A complete poll of coaches and miscellaneous other experts probably would produce a scattering of votes for Bob Waterfield of the Rams, or Sid Luckman of the Bears, or perhaps Paul Christman of the Cardinals. But when it comes to picking the perfectionist among the aerial artists, it's a landslide for the drawling stylist from the Panhandle. "Baugh's the best in my book," voted Marquette's Frank Murray, one of the more air-minded of the college mentors. Murray has followed Baugh's career with special interest since his Cotton Bowl team set out to stop him back in 1937. "Sam's such a great passer that fans sometimes forget he also is a terrific punter and a dangerous runner," Murray pointed out. "But just on his passing, he's in a class by himself. For one thing he's 6 feet 3 and when he goes up in the air and cocks that ball off his ear in perfect passing form, there's practically no stopping him." Murray needed no urging to continue on his favorite subject, forward passes. "When I was at Virginia," he reminisced, "I got Benny Friedman of Michigan to work with our passers one afternoon. After practice he said, 'Coach, here's the way I'd rate your passers, off what I saw of them this afternoon.' He had listed seven, and Bill Dudley was No. 6. I told him, 'Bennie, that boy Dudley is going to be my passer.' He said, 'Good Lord, the guy throws sidearm.' I told him, 'I don't care how he throws, as long as he knows when and where to throw.' Dudley never will be in Baugh's class as a thrower, but they both have that in common - knowing when to pass and when not to, and where." Paddy Driscoll, backfield coach of the Chicago Bears and a gridiron immortal in his own right, has seen them come and go for more years than he cares to recall. He seconds the notion that Baugh is tops. "You have to hand it to Baugh," he admitted. "He's deadly at short range, say up to 35 yards. Part of his percentage is due to the fact that he doesn't throw many long ones, just as his record as the league's leading punter is due to some extent to his quick kicking. But that doesn't mean he isn't tops. Don't overlook our Sid Luckman, though. He's just about as good a passer as Baugh. In addition, he's the smartest quarterback in the business, he's an accurate kicker and if you think he can't carry the ball, check up on what he did in our championship 
games with the Cardinals and Giants, when it counted. He sucked in the secondary and went through on those quick opening plays. We can't afford to use him as a ball carrier too much, but he's got it when it's needed." Driscoll went on to discuss the first rate passers in the pro game. "Christman of the Cards can hang onto the ball longer and get it off from any position or angle as good as anybody I ever saw. He's not much of a running threat, though. If he could slip through a hole and fake the secondary like Dudley, there'd be no stopping him. Or if Dudley could pass like Christman! But one player excels at one thing and another at another. Bob Waterfield? He's the best at long range. Also a terrific punter; probably has them all beat for distance. Jacobs of the Packers? Well, he never got much chance when he was with the Redskins, but from what he showed against us, I'd day he might turn out to be about as good as any of them. He threw a couple of beauts against us. But I'd want to see more of him with guys like Baugh and Luckman." Luckman himself modestly credited the receiver with an assist. "Take Ken Kavanaugh, our end - he's always where he's supposed to be," he said. "Or big Benton, Waterfield's partner. He's a fighter who will take the ball away from two defensive men. Christman has Mal Kutner, who's big, fast and smart. And Baugh - well, anyone can catch his passes but don't underestimate that kid end, Taylor. Nobody ever heard of him and I ​still don't know where he went to school, but they had me covering him the other day and I haven't seen a man turn on the speed the way he does since Don Hutson." Taylor, who did not accompany the Redskins here because of illness, hails from Arkansas - as did Hutson, Kavanaugh and Benton - but went to school at Oklahoma City. "Won't be long before every team in the league will be putting two men on that Taylor, same as they used to on Hutson," agreed Driscoll. Back in Milwaukee, Coach Turk Edwards of the Redskins thought that one over. "They might stop Taylor that way," he conceded. "But they still wouldn't have stopped Baugh. We have a couple of other guys who can hang onto a football and with Sam pitching they'd be sure to get plenty of chance to prove it."
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers go out State Fair park Sunday afternoon to redeem themselves for a football game they could have won from the Chicago Cardinals a week ago. The Packers go out at State Fair park Sunday afternoon against Sammy Baugh and the Washington Redskins. A week ago, the Packers rode the crest of the wave with victories over the Bears and Rams in the book and the Cardinals on their hands. A victory would have left them as the only undefeated team in the race. But they faltered and they lost, and they dropped into a second place tie in the western division of the race with the Rams. And now, to add to the discomforture of it all, they have a fight on their hands to keep their heads above .500. Turk Edwards' Redskins are a definite threat to the second place the Packers now hold. This is a new Washington club - young, spirited, well coached and with the old master, Sammy Baugh, on the pitching end of passes. This last alone should be enough to strike terror in the hearts of all Green Bay fans - Baugh. Baugh, in his eleventh year, is having one of his greatest seasons. It could be his farewell to football and he has done everything to make it spectacular. He has thrown more passes than any other man in the league, 81; completed more passes, 47; has gained more yards passing, 853; has thrown more touchdown passes, nine, and has the best passing efficiency, 58%. With the help of the spirited young club around him, he has lifted the Redskins into a tie for first place with Philadelphia in the eastern end of the league. The Redskins are a definite threat, indeed - and Baugh is only part of the threat. Edwards has assembled a young club. The deadwood is gone. It is an exceptionally good club, with backs like Bob Nussbaumer, Eddie Saenz, Dick Poillon, Ralph Ruthstrom and Dick Todd, and it is a club with exceptionally fine receiving, not only from the backs, but from ends like Joe Duckworth, Paul McKee and Joe Tereshinski. Green Bay's 31-20 victory over the Redskins in an exhibition a month ago may be thoroughly discounted. Those were the formative days of a new, young club. Edwards was still experimenting - and Baugh was injured. Today the Skins are pretty much a finished product, bidding for the eastern title, and none knows it better than Curly Lambeau himself. The big Belgian has been in a dither all week, first over the mistakes which cost the Cardinal game last week and then over the threat which Washington now poses. The work has been as hard as any this fall. Speed and more speed he has yelled for, timing and more timing, and Saturday night he was fairly well satisfied that he had some results. It may not be enough to stop this young charging Washington club, but it should be better than anything against the Cardinals last week. Both teams were in good physical shape. The Redskins, 35 strong, arrived here Saturday afternoon; the Packers, also 35 strong, Saturday evening. The appearance of Baugh has proved a major attraction and a near capacity crowd of 30,000 is assured - a capacity crowd of 33,000 if the weather is right. Sunday's game will be one of a full schedule in the National league. In the others, Boston will be at New York, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, Detroit at the Bears and the Chicago Cardinals at Los Angeles.