Green Bay Packers (1-0) 31, Boston Yanks 0
Friday September 17th 1948 (at Boston)
(BOSTON) - There was nothing to it. Wheeling around the ends at will and passing sharply when it counted. the Green Bay Packers opened the National league championship season before 15,443 fans in ideal football weather here Friday night with a convincing 31-0 victory. The massive and somewhat lumbering Boston Yankees were the goats. At no time after the first
few minutes in which Ted Fritsch kicked a 25 yard field goal
did the big, bad boys from the Fox let the game get out of
hand. They piled up their touchdowns at the consistent
rate of one a quarter and at the same time allowed the
Yankees across midfield only once. A 13 yard pass, Jack
Jacobs to Bob Forte, scored the first touchdown; a 21 yard
pass, Fred Provo to Nolan Luhn, the second; a dazzling 72
yard run by Ralph Earhart the third, and a three yard sweep
by Tony Canadeo the fourth. After each of the touchdowns,
Ed Cody, who lives in these environs, added the extra
point. Earhart easily provided the big moment of the game
as he wheeled around end on his long touchdown jaunt. He
weaved in and out of tacklers, changed his pace, set up his
blockers, and even directed them with his free hand. With
112 yards on four plays, he was the night's biggest ground
The best of the other moments were provided by the 
indestructible and ubiquitous Larry Craig on defense. Craig
was a fifth man in Boston's backfield all night, and at a late
hour the Messrs. Boley Dancewicz and Ray Zimmerman,
who played at quarterback for the Yankees, were still
combing him out of their hair. He was the big man in the
defense which held the Yankees to a measly 16 yards
rushing. So completely did the Packers dominate the play
that not until they had run up a 24-0 lead in the third quarter
and not until Curly Lambeau had begun to insert everybody
on the bench did Jacobs finally have to punt. The game was
just the test that Lambeau wanted with the Bear game
coming up September 26 and in the course of the one sided
proceedings, he found occasion to use everybody on the
bench except the injured Walt Schlinkman. Even Jug Girard
and Perry Moss got into the game for the first time this
season. The Jugger acquitted himself well, getting off two
nice kicks, passing well the one time he threw and gaining
seven yards on his solitary ball carrying attempt. His pass,
along one, might have been a touchdown if Clyde Goodnight
for whom it was intended, had not pulled up a few steps
away from the ball. Moss did not look so good. The victory
was the fourth of the season and the third whitewashing.
Earlier, in exhibitions, the boys beat the New York Giants, 7-0, the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9-7, and the Washington Redskins, 43-0. And next comes the Bears. Ugh! The Packers scored their first time they had the ball. They drove to midfield to Boston's 16 with the help of a penalty on pass interference, then on fourth down sent Fritsch back to the 25 to kick his goal.
A pass which Rhodemyre intercepted and returned 20 yards to Boston's 15 gave them position again a couple of minutes later but Cody fumbled on third down and Vogelaar recovered. They came right back though, after Zimmerman's next punt, a beaurty of 65 yards, and drove 63 yards across the goal on 10 plays, Jacobs to Luhn, to Canadeo and to Cook ate up most of the yardage and planted the ball on the 13 from where the Indian passed to Forte down the middle for the touchdown. It took only seven plays to score the second touchdown on a 70 yard assault in the second quarter. A ruling on pass interference accounted for 33 yards and a tricky pass, Provo to Luhn, good for 21 yards, brought the ball home. And so the half ended, although the Packers might have had still another touchdown if Luhn could have held a pass right in his hands on the five yard line. He dropped it, though. It did not remain 17-0 for long, however. In fact, on the second play of the third quarter, the Packers put the score marker to work again when Earhart broke around right end on his spectacular run. The last touchdown was in the nature of a gift. Neal rocked Zimmerman into a fumble, then picked up the loose ball and fought his way 10 yards to the two. On two plays from here Cody picked up a yard, and on third down Canadeo swung inside left end for the score. The Yankees, meanwhile, made only one real threat. Midway in the third quarter they drove 62 yards to Green Bay's eight, then muffed a touchdown when Steve Pritko dropped a simple pass in the end zone.
GREEN BAY - 10  7  7  7 - 31
BOSTON    -  0  0  0  0 -  0
1st - GB - Fritsch, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - Forte, 14-yard pass from Jacobs (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - GB - Luhn, 20-yard pass from Provo (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 17-0
3rd - GB - Earhart, 72-yard run (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 24-0
4th - GB - Canadeo, 1-yard run (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 31-0
SEPTEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Set your watches back two hours, everybody," Curly Lambeau ordered his Green Bay Packers as they piled into a plane in Boston Saturday for the trip back to Green Bay. "Set 'em back to our time - Bear time." And so the buildup began for Green Bay's next start in the traditionally bitter game with the Chicago Bears at
Green Bay next Sunday afternoon. The 31-0
victory over the Boston Yankees in Fenway park
Friday night was already forgotten - forgotten, that
is, except for the mistakes the Packers made. The
concentration was entirely on the Bears. "We
looked good in spots Friday night," Lambeau 
agreed, "but we also looked bad in others. Our 
pass defense wasn't what it should have been.
We've got a lot of work to do with guys like
Luckman, Lujack and Layne to throw against us
next week." The Packers came out of the Boston
game in tip top shape, and, barring any injuries in
practice this week, should be almost at full 
strength for the Bears. Only Bob Skoglund, 
veteran end, who did not even make the trip to 
Boston, will not be ready. Walt Schlinkman, the
best of the fullbacks who did not play against the
Yankees; Don Wells, injured end, who played only
briefly; Jack Jacobs, who saw only limited action;
Jack Mead, veteran end, who did not make the
trip to Boston, either, and Bruce Smith, who got a
little bump early in the game and then coasted,
all will be ready for top effort. The victory over 
Boston was a simple affair. Green Bay's running
game, directed principally against the ends, its
passing game and its defense against running
were entirely too much for the team Clipper Smith
turned out. The Bears have been installed six
point favorites in the next start. A light workout
Sunday for the Packers will be followed by two a
day drills and skull sessions at night through
Friday. The game has been a sellout for several
SEPTEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - The
Packers might blow to the Bears Sunday. And
they might blow to some other teams along the
way. Anytime they do, though, it won't be because
they didn't have a chance at the start, and an even chance or the next to it. At Boston Friday night, as they walloped the Boston Yankees, 31-0, they showed once again that they have the potential to stand up on even teams against any team in the league - and that goes for the Bears and Cardinals, the two toughest rivals, in the western division. The potential was revealed some time or another in just about everything that goes into the makeup of a topnotcher - depth of material and balance, speed, passing, kicking, savvy, desire, and preparation or coaching. At a leisurely pace, for this was not especially inspired football, they scored a touchdown each quarter - two in the air and two on the ground - a field goal, and they permitted the Yankees beyond midfield only once..ATTACK IS DIRECTED: The speed, running, blocking and savvy were demonstrated in the consistently successful attack at the flanks, away from the massive Boston line, and you had to see it to appreciate it. Especially impressive was Ralph Earhart on his 72 yard touchdown jaunt. A block by Paul Lipscomb helped set him free. Another by Damon Tassos got him out of trouble. His speed carried him downfield. And his savvy, with which in the open he directed his blockers, finally opened the way to the absolute clear. The depth and balance were demonstrated by the 34 men Lambeau used. Only the injured Walt Schlinkman, of the 35 men eligible for the game, did not get into the contest. Jug Girard and Perry Moss got in for the first time. The kicking was demonstrated by Fritsch, Jacobs and Girard. Fritsch chipped in with a 25 yard field goal and booted all of his kickoffs into the end zone, Jacobs, on three punts and Girard on two, averaged 45 yards despite one wobbler that sailed out of bounds and didn't go more than 25 yards. The desire and preparation were demonstrated in the general play. The Yankees got 16 yards rushing all night against a defense set for them and the Packers got 274. Only in pass defense, which will get heavy attention this week, did the club show any serious lapses. The passing was demonstrated by Girard, Fred Provo and the tried and finished Jacobs. Jacobs did most of it and finished with an even .500 with 11 completions in 22 attempts. Provo completed the one pass he tried, for a touchdown, and Girard might well have completed his one, a long one, if Clyde Goodnight had not let up a few feet from the ball. Everyone of the passers had exceptionally good protection...CLUB HAS ADDED GOOD NEW STRENGTH: It becomes increasingly apparent that the Packers have added extremely valuable new strength. They may not have acquired the Lujacks and Laynes and Conerlys and Gilmers, the boys with the big names but they have acquired football players. Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky and Lloyd Baxter of Southern Methodist at center, Larry Olsonoski of Minnesota and Evan Vogds of Wisconsin at guards, Ted Cook of the Detroit Lions at end, Earhart of Texas Tech and Ed Smith of Texas Mines at right half, Girard at left half and Ken Roskie of South Carolina at fullback may well spell the difference between a club which last year lost four games by a total of nine points and a club which this year will not lose them, or not all of them anyway. On top of this, some of the veterans have taken a new lease on life. Baby Ray has started out as he seldom has before. So has Larry Craig - unquestionably, on the basis of his play so far, the best defensive end in the league; Bob Skoglund, now injured and a doubtful starter in the Bear game; Don Wells, Ed Bell, Irv Comp, Urban Odson, Dick Wildung, Tony Canadeo, Bob Forte, Jack Jacobs and the club's two best fullbacks, Walt Schlinkman and Ed Cody, all have come up with sparkling ball in the last two starts. They must hold it, of course, but it appears they may. Yep, the Packers might blow to the Bears Sunday, and they might blow to some others, but they will blow only to a corking good team.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - A full schedule of games awaits the National league this week now that the Packers and Boston Yankees opened the season last Friday. On Wednesday the Detroit Lions will meet the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, on Friday the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals will go to it at Comiskey park, Chicago, and on Sunday, Pittsburgh will open at Washington and the Bears, of course, will visit Green Bay.
SEPTEMBER 25 (Chicago Tribune) - That most delightful rivalry in professional football, Bears versus Packers, has its 60th showing tomorrow afternoon when 25,000 fortunate fans will jam pack City Stadium to see for themselves how heavy are the 1948 guns of these time tested gridiron feudists. Green Bay, because of evidence piled up these last few weeks, ruled a 7 to 5 favorites to provide a shocker to the Bears in the first National league game of the season. Investors stringing along with the Bears also were offered two points on even money bets. The Packers' unusual role as favorites was dictated by their 31 to 0 opening league victory over Boston, which followed a 43 to 0 rout of the Redskins in an exhibition. Against Washington last Sunday, the Bears won in the final minutes, 17 to 14. In the preceding warmup, the Bears had lost to the New York Giants, 17 to 7. It might be a good guess that the Bears were purposely hiding their true strength in the last two exhibitions to make for such a situation as will exist at tomorrow's kickoff. They would  gladly exchange a warmup defeat for a triumph over Green  Bay. Last year, the Packers, in a similar setting, whipped the Bears, 29 to 20, the only victory they've gained over their old playmates in the last five contests. In the return march in November of 1947 the Bears won 20 to 17 - one of the eight straight which had them headed for the western title until they lost their two final starts of a 12 game schedule. The pattern, at game's beginning, anyway, will have Sid Luckman of the Bears and Indian Jack Jacobs of the Packers as centerpieces. A year ago, Indian Jack outpointed Luckman up here, playing terrifically on defense, making three interceptions. Each team is loaded with potential freshmen stars. The Packers think highly of Ralph Earhart, speedy back from Texas Tech, and Ed Smith, another back from Texas Mines. Because of injuries, Earl (Jug) Girard of Wisconsin and Perry Moss of Illinois have been delayed. The Bears' top backfield rookies to date have been J.R. Boone of Tulsa and Allen Lawler of Texas. The two new quarterbacks, Notre Dame's Johnny Lujack and Texas' Bobby Layne, were not outstanding in 
​their outings along the warmup trail.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - The oldest and most bitter rivalry in the NFL resumes here Sunday afternoon, the rivalry between the Packers and the Bears, and it has a twist this year that is both new and strange: The Packers are the choice. Whether they really should be or not is something else - and a lot of smart followers of pro football don't believe they should be - but that is still how it will when they get together before a capacity crowd of 24,500 in their 60th game. It'll be Green Bay to win by three. The explanation, of course, is not hard to find. While the Bears at the start of the season were generally regarded as the team to beat in the western division, they have
done nothing in their most recent starts to strengthen the 
feeling. They blew to the New York Giants in an exhibition less
than two weeks ago, 17-7, and only last Sunday barely nosed
out the crippled Washington Redskins, 17-14. In themselves,
these showings might not be so significant except that the
Packers against the same teams rolled handsomely. They 
beat the Giants, 7-0, after careening up and down the field
almost at will, and they slaughtered the Redskins, 43-0. The
original odds, which favored the Bears by 7 points, slipped
to 3, then to even and finally swung to Green Bay's favor.
Lambeau was annoyed by the odds. "Favorites?" he stormed
Saturday night. "How can they make us the favorites? Can't
they see what Halas (George Halas of the Bears) has been
doing in the last few games? He's been deliberately laying low.
He's been playing possum. He's got the greatest team he's
had since 1941 and we'll be lucky to get a tie - maybe lucky
to hold down the score. Who's he fooling, anyway?" On paper
the Bears do look like the greatest team Halas has had since
1941 whatever the result of some of their exhibitions. He had
retained the best men of the last few years and surrounded 
them with some of the best rookies in pro football - Bobby
Layne, Johnny Lujack, George Connor, J.R. Boone, a scat
back; Jim Canady, Hank Norberg, Dick Flanagan, Allen
Lawler, another scat back, and Washington Serini, just to 
mention a few. Scout reports indicate that in the recent games
in which they looked so flat, they barely went through the
motions, obviously saving everything for Sunday's encounter
here. At the same time, though, it is also true that the Packers
will counter with one of their best crops of rookies in recent years. Jay Rhodemyre, Ralph Earhart, Evan Vogds, Lloyd Baxter, Perry Moss, Jug Girard, Ed Smith, Larry Olsonoski have given the Packers stature they haven't had since before the war. Like most duels in this series in recent years, it will probably be fought largely in the air, with the ageless Sid Luckman, Lujack and Layne pitching for the Bears and Jack Jacobs, Girard and Moss for Green Bay. Each side has fine receivers. There is not much to choose between the lines. The Bears have one of the greatest in the game with men like Bulldog Turner, Drulis, Bray, Stickel, Davis, Kavanaugh and Keane, but Green Bay isn't far behind with Wildung, Olsonoski, Rhodemyre, Vogds, Lipscomb, Luhn and Craig. There isn't much to choose in speed, either. Both teams have it, the Bears especially in rookies Boone, Lawler, Canady and Minni - and the Packers will see a lot of them. The Bears hold a decided edge in the series. They have won 32 times and lost only 22. Five of the games have ended in ties. The kickoff will be at 2 o'clock, and if you don't have tickets don't come. The game was sold out more than a month ago.