EXHIBITION - Washington Redskins 35, Green Bay Packers (2-3) 24
Sunday September 18th 1949 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - A young guy by the name of Harry Gilmer of the Birmingham Gilmers, suh, gave the Green Bay Packers a right smart going over on the ground and in the air
here Sunday afternoon and personally led the Washington Redskins
to a 35-24 victory that was a lot more conclusive than the score
suggests. The Packers, making their last exhibition start before the
league opener against the Chicago Bears a week hence, didn't have
a lot of the things the Redskins had on this warm, sunny afternoon
at State Fair park, no line, no speed, but most of all they didn't have
a Gilmer. Gilmer passed or Gilmer ran - running when he happened
to find himself trapped on passing plays - and in the court of this
exuberant afternoon he picked up 190 yards passing, 82 yard
rushing and threw four touchdowns of the five the Redskins scored.
Obviously, it was no afternoon to bring joy to Green Bay hearts. It
was even a very bitter afternoon, for this was the day on which the
team was supposed to begin to atone for its disappointments of a
year ago. Instead, here was Gilmer passing and frolicking around 
and here was a Green Bay team that did not quite know what to do
about it. Green Bay was roundly outplayed in the line, outsped and
certainly outtackled. And that's just how it was a year ago. Against
Gilmer, who played the entire game on offense in the absence of
the injured Sammy Baugh, Green Bay's defenses that had begun to
look fairly good in three earlier games, almost collapsed. 
Washington's 35 points were almost twice as many as the New 
York Giants (7), Pittsburgh Steelers (9) and New York Bulldogs (3)
scored together in the three preceding games, and exactly as much
as the Philadelphia Eagles manufactured in the first game a month
ago. There was no stopping Gilmer, or the Redskins, when the 
mood to move down the field descended upon them. Gilmer passed
35 yards to Hugh Taylor, who ran 40 yards more for Washington's
first touchdown. Harry Dowda exploded 19 yards over center for
the second. Gilmer passes three yards to Dick Poillon for the third.
Gilmer passed 30 yards to Dan Sandifer, who ran 34 yards more for
the fourth. And Gilmer passed 10 yards to Bob Goode for the fifth.
And, oh yes, Gilmer passed 30 yards to Sandifer, who ran 27 more
for a sixth, but it was recalled and the Redskins set back 15 yards 
for tripping.
A remarkable lad, this 165 pound Gilmer, who played his college
football at the University of Alabama. He scooted around the
backfield with Packers futilely chasing him, then passed on the dead run, or jumped up in the air to pass, or finding everybody covered, zigzagged down the field like a scared gazelle. A remarkable lad, indeed, as football players go. There was only small consolation in what the Packers themselves scored, although the 24 points represented exactly their point production of the four previous games. Ted Fritsch banged over from the one for the first tally. Tony Canadeo, playing his first game of the season, wheeled 10 yards around right end for the second, Fritsch added a 43 yard field goal which early in the third quarter left the Packers only four points behind, 21-17, and Canadeo punched out a yard over left guard for the third touchdown. Young Stan Heath, a rookie trying to match Gilmer in the key quarterback role, had only ordinary success, although that he didn't have more was not entirely his fault. He completed only five out of 26 passes, but he might well have completed twice as many if his receivers had been able to hand onto the ball. He completed two passes to Clyde Goodnight for 17 and 9 yards, two to Ted Cook for 17 and 10 yards and a pass to Glenn Lewis for 5 yards. And except for a pass which Jug Girard threw to Goodnight for 10 yards late in the game, this represented Green Bay's total effort in the air. Heath and Girard each had a pass intercepted. Actually, Gilmer's percentage of completions was not a great deal better than Heath's. Gilmer completed 7 out of 18. Those he did make good, though, were of telling effect, and, of course, he always posed the threat of a run when trapped. Five different times he ran with the ball when unable to pass and four times he went for at least a first down - 14 yards from the line of scrimmage, 17 yards, 23 yards and 29 yards. Only once, down close to Green Bay's goal just before he passed to Poillon for Washington's third touchdown, was he stopped. He lost a yard.
Sammy Baugh, for whom Gilmer subbed, did not get into the game at all because of injuries. Jack Jacobs, for whom Heath and Girard subbed, got in only to kick or occasionally to play defense. The big Indian's punting was slightly on the terrific side, at least in distance, and he finished with an average of 48 yards in spite of the fact that one kick was partially blocked. Most disappointing was the line, for it had been a source of hope in earlier games that Green Bay might still wage good defensive ball this fall. It might still come, but Sunday it was split rather freely. A break permitted the Packers to score first and early. Sandifer fumbled a punt when tackled by Orlich on Washington's 23, Cifers recovered and the Packers had position. Four plays later, Fritsch barged over from the one.
The lead did not stand up long, though. One dazzling play late in the same quarter tied it up. The Redskins seemed safely bottled up on their own 25 when Gilmer faded back, hurled a 35 yard bolt over Kranz's head into Taylor's hands, and that was that. Taylor had a clear field for the last 40 yards. Neither did the tie stand up very long. Washington went 71 yards on eight plays the very next time it got the ball. Dowda found a big hole at center and ran the last 19 yards. With Washington ahead, 14-7, however, it became the Packers' turn again. Neal recovered Sandifer's fumble on Washington's 30 a few minutes late - the Redskins fumbled seven times, lost the ball three - and the rest was easy, despite a 15 yard penalty for roughing. The explosive little Schlinkman was the big attacker in carrying the ball to the 10, from where Canadeo went around end across the goal. It was the last time the Packers had as much as a tie, however. Washington drove 55 yards in the closing minutes of the half, then scored in the very last seconds on Gilmer's pass to Poillon in the end zone.
​Fritsch's kick made it 21-17 as the third quarter ended, but the Redskins quickly sewed up the game with two touchdowns early in the fourth. In two plays after receiving the kickoff, following Fritsch's goal, they score again, traveling 64 yards on Gilmer's pass to Sandifer. Dowda's interception, which he ran back 20 yards to Green Bay's 14, gave the Redskins position for their final tally a few minutes later. Gilmer passed 10 yards to Goode. The Packers got their final touchdown in the last minute. They took the kickoff back to their own 30, then reeled off four first downs to Washington's five, with Girard at the throttle. It took them four more plays to score, Canadeo going over a quick opener from the one. The crowd was announced as 12,873.
WASHINGTON -  7 14  0 14 - 35
GREEN BAY  -  7  7  3  7 - 24
1st - GB -Ted Fritsch, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - WASH - Hugh Taylor, 75-yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Dick Poillon kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - WASH - Harry Dowda, 19-yard run (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 14-7
2nd - GB - Tony Canadeo, 10-yard run (Fritsch run) TIED 14-14
2nd - WASH - Poillon, 3-yard pass from Gilmer (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 21-14
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 43-yard field goal WASHINGTON 21-17
4th - WASH - Dan Sandifer, 57-yard pass from Gilmer (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 28-17
4th - WASH - Bob Goode, 10-yard pass from Gilmer (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 35-17
4th - GB - Canadeo, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) WASHINGTON 35-24
SEPTEMBER 18 (Philadelphia) - The Bears, who saw their hopes of an undefeated exhibition season blasted by the champion Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia last night, left for their new training camp at Lockport, Ill., early this morning to start preparations for their NFL game with the Packers in Green Bay next Sunday. The Bears' offense which had met every other occasions in the four exhibition games, was definitely off stride against the Eagles. The only thing that kept them in the game at all was the alert play of the line and the defensive backs. Any of the Eagles' rivals, and all of them were represented at the game Saturday, who has an idea that the Philadelphians will run out of gas because of their early training start, now have lost all hope in that quarter. If the Eagles were weary against the Bears they gave no evidence of such a feeling and are apparently the team to beat again this year. The Bears are switching to Lockport from Rensselaer, Ind., where they did their early training at St. Joseph's college. The traffic at Rensselaer became too heavy with classes starting and the St. Joseph's team also in training, so Coach George Halas, after an extensive search for new quarters, settled upon Lockport, the home of Lewis Institute. The Bears will start work today for their first league game of the season, against the Packers in Green Bay's City stadium Sunday. Judging from the worksheet drawn up by Halas, any resemblance between the routing followed at Rensselaer and the schedule confronting the north siders this week is merely coincidental. Obviously, the Packer and Bear scouts have wasted considerable time this year as in previous seasons. Both of these clubs always have come up with plays for their meetings and they'll doubtless do the same this week. Luke Johnsos and Hunk Anderson of the Bears' staff flew from Philadelphia to Milwaukee Sunday to see the Packers engage the Washington Redskins. The game afforded them a final opportunity to see the Packers before the official opener. Even so, Halas' two assistants admitted they didn't expect to see anything startling displayed by Green Bay and if Wally Cruice, the Packers' scout hoped to see any new variations by the Bears against the Eagles, he wasted a long evening. The Bears' exchequer again failed to show any increase after the club's annual battle against the bulge. For several years every Bear has been weighed when he checked in at camp and given a poundage chart showing how much weight he must lose before the start of the league season. Failure of any athlete to make this weight means a $50 fine. Every one of the burly Bears passed his weight examination. Some of the fellows who has to work overtime to make the prescribed weight were: Ed Ecker, 265 pounds; Joe Osmanski, 220; Jack Dugger, 235; Fred Davis and Walt Stickel, 245; George Connor and Paul Stenn, 240; and Washington Serini, 235. Johnny Lujack, who suffered a shoulder injury in the exhibition with the New York Giants September 10, expects to be ready for the Green Bay game.
SEPTEMBER 19 (Baltimore) - Cecil Isbell has resigned as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, the All-America club's board of directors announced Monday. Walter Driskill, the Colts president and general manager, succeeds the former Purdue mentor at the helm of the floundering Colts. The club has been winless in league competition this season. This is the second year of Isbell's contract - terms of which were never announced - and the board said he would be paid off for the remainder of the year.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - If there is a flicker of championship hope in the Green Bay Packer camp, even faint hope that the Bears can be handled in the league opener next Sunday, it can't be based on the 1949 Milwaukee debut against Washington. It wasn't the score, for a good ball club - even a high class ball club - can wind up on the short end of a 35-24 count, especially in football's big league where the emphasis is on touchdowns and lots of them. Rather it was the manner of doing that caused the 12,000 plus customers to shake their heads as if to say, "It looks like a long, rough fall." True enough - Curly Lambeau's charges almost matched their total points in the previous four exhibition games. But let's review the three touchdowns and lone field goal which, with three conversions, added up to 24 points. A fumble, recovered 23 yards from the Washington goal line, set up the first six-pointer. Another fumble recovery, on the Redskin 30, led to the tying touchdown. Still another recovery paved the way for the successful field goal shot by Ted Fritsch. The longest run in that drive was a modest six yards. But three of the six completed passes fortunately made up for the impotent ground attack...CAN'T BE LUCKY ALL THE TIME: Nor was there anything on the solid side as the Bays went their stuttering way to a consolation marker in the closing minutes. The drive was kept alive by two penalties against the Redskins (one nullified a pass interception) and a fortunate recovery of their own fumble by the Packers. So it was one break after another, including a couple on which they didn't come close to cashing in. Obviously no team can hope to be that lucky right along. One of these days the Lambeaus will have to go it alone all the way without help from the opposition. Then what? Scoring on merit calls for a well conceived combination of passing and ground attack. A big time overhead offense means sharp passing, foolproof protection for the passer, and sticky-fingered receiving. On the ground there must be both hard and elusive running as well as enough blocking to spring the boys loose. At no time Sunday did the Packers how that they have enough of what it takes to hit a 24 point scoring pace against the Redskins or any other tough league outfit, day in and day out...NO RUSH, NO TACKLING IN OPEN: Defensively, too, there were alarming deficiencies. Failure to put the rush on sharpshooting Harry Gilmer and arm-full-of-nothing tackling in the open were the most damaging factors contributing to the defeat. The defensive backs, of course, must shoulder some of the blame for Gilmer's four touchdown passes, but the key to everything was ample time to get off perfect pitches. Gilmer, elusive and a real running threat, helped his own passing cause. But it's still a fact that would-be rushers weren't breathing down his neck too hard or too often. There wasn't anything heartening either (for Packer followers, that is) on the Redskins' second touchdown march. They covered 71 yards on eight plays, only one of which was a pass. Harry Dowda scampered the final 19 on a quick opener that caught both line and backers-up flatfooted. The Redskins put a sweet ball club on the field. Make no mistake about that. And in Gilmer they have a brilliant successor to Sammy Baugh. But it's the type of opposition the Packers can expect right along. So there's only one logical conclusion: Lambeau's boys have a long way to go and a terrifically big job ahead.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Green Bay) - Four veterans and four rookies chopped off the Green Bay Packers' roster Tuesday leaving the club with 35 veterans still three over the 32 player limit. Coach Curly Lambeau said waivers had been asked on veterans Ralph Davis, Wisconsin, and Damon Tassos, Texas A&M, both guards; and fullback Ed Cody, Purdue; and on rookies Al Mastrangeli, Illinois center; Gene Canada, Arkansas end; Glenn Lewis, Texas Tech back; and Bill Schroeder, Wisconsin back. In addition, Lambeau said halfback Frank Seno was sold to the Washington Redskins for an undisclosed sum. The Packers signed Seno recently as a free agent. Davis was starting his third year with the Packers as was Cody while Tassos has spent five yards in the NFL.
but he is expected to see only brief service against the Packers. The Bears will leave at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in extra cars attached to the Milwaukee road's Chippewa. A special train for Chicago fans, over the Milwaukee road, will leave at 8:10 a.m. Sunday from the Union station.
SEPTEMBER 23 (Milwaukee Journal) - If the Green Bay Packers have more than they showed in five exhibition games, two of which they won and three of which they lost, the time to show it has finally arrived. Sunday, the chips will be down. The league season will open against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay. The explanation after some of the sorrier showings, including the last of the exhibitions against the Washington Redskins here last Sunday, was always the same: "Just wait, we'll be all right." The inference was plain: The Packers were taking dead aim at the Bears, forgetting more or less about their exhibitions, holding back some of their offense, and keeping one eye at all times on their hated rivals to the south. The experience last season, when the club won all of its exhibitions, then collapsed in the league campaign, was one not to be forgotten soon. The only rub in the explanation "we'll be all right" has bobbed up in some of the individual performances of the men themselves in the exhibitions, and has raised a counter question: "Have the Packers the 'horses' ever to be all right this fall?" Some of the "horses" just haven't looked like pro league ballplayers. Even with more of an offense, and with a tightening up all around, the question remains to be answered. Of one thing, the capacity crowd of 24,500 Sunday may be sure. The Packers will be "up". They have shown good spirit in their improved work this week, and spirit can often make up for deficiencies in personnel. They still have to be licked. Out of the camp of the Bears at Lewis college, Lockport, Ill., meanwhile has come the word that Johnny Lujack, ace quarterback, who suffered a shoulder separation two weeks ago, will definitely be ready for play - and the Bears need him. Sid Luckman has begun to show signs of mileage, and George Blanda, the rookie from Kentucky who has looked good in several exhibitions, must still prove himself in league fire. Jack Jacobs, held out of last Sunday's game here with Washington, will start at quarterback for the Packers. Luckman or Lujack, depending on whether Chicago receives or kicks off, will open for the Bears.
SEPTEMBER 23 (Chicago Tribune) - Unless preparations by the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers for their National league game in Green Bay Sunday can be looked on as just so much exercise, these two ancient rivals will depend on passing attacks to carry them to victory. While a screen of secrecy has been thrown about both football camps, the following messages came out: From Rockwood lodge, Green Bay: "We are spending most of our time this week in preparing for the invasion of the Bears by working on pass defense." From Lewis college, Lockport, Ill., training camp of the Bears: "Frankly, we expect Green Bay to concentrate on a passing game, and a defense against this aerial attack has been our chief concern." Thus, it would seem that both the Packers and the Bears will depend upon three passers in Sunday's  game. This will mean Indian Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard and Stan Heath of Green Bay will oppose Sid Luckman, George Blanda and possibly Johnny Lujack of the Bears in a pitching duel. The play of both the Packers and Bears in exhibition games this year substantiates the possibility of a passing game. If previous games between the western division rivals mean anything, officials will be among the most active ball carriers in Green Bay's civic stadium. Line play will be something akin to fierce, which naturally results in heavy penalties. The Bears may be a little incensed over the activity of the Northmen in the penalty department the last few years. For years the Bears had little trouble in taking the penalty title, but there has been a change. Last year Green Bay was penalized 104 times to provide its opponents with 941 yards, while the Bears were surrendering 1,066 yards. This difference may be explained by the failure of the Packers to do much about stopping the Bears in their first 1948 meeting. Packer defenders were not near enough Bear ball handlers to suffer many penalties in that 45 to 7 romp for the Chicagoans. The Packers made up for that oversight in the second game which they lost only 7 to 6. The Bears have reduced their squad to 35 by sending Frank Minini to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a draft choice at the league meeting next December. Minini, a halfback from San Jose State college in California, has been with the Bears for two years.
SEPTEMBER 24 (Chicago Tribune) - The Green Bay Packers will start 10 veterans and one rookie in their opening NFL game with the Chicago Bears in Green Bay's City stadium tomorrow afternoon, coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau announced last night. At the same time Lambeau reported that the Packers' squad of 43 on Monday has been reduced to 35, which means that three more men will be dropped before tomorrow's kickoff. The only rookie in the starting lineup will be Joseph Ethridge, 6 foot, 230 pound guard from Southern Methodist university. In Green Bay yesterday anybody who was not readily recognized by the citizens was regarded as a potential Bear spy and any individual within a strong mashie shot of the Packers' camp at Rockwood lodge was invited to do his loitering elsewhere. Lambeau and his assistant, George Strickler, has policemen posted outside of the Packers' practice ground and all persons not connected with the Green Bay club were warned to "keep away". Lambeau plans to start a backfield consisting of Jack Jacobs at quarterback, Tony Canadeo and Bob Forte at halfbacks, and Ted Fritsch at fullback. This doesn't mean, however, the Packers' coach pointed out, that Earl (Jug) Girard and Stan Heath will be merely spectators. Girard and Heath will see considerable activity on offensive assignments from the quarterback. George Halas, head coach of the Bears, announecd at the team's camp at Lewis college in Rockport, Ill., last night than an all-veteran team will make up Chicago's starting lineup. Sid Luckman will start at quarterback and will be flanked at the halfback posts by George Gulyanics and George McAfee. Don Kindt is the fullback choice.
SEPTEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - Green Bay cleared the desck Saturday night with mixed emotions for the 62nd renewal of the bitterest rivalry in football, the traditional opening day clash between its engimatic Packers and the mighty Chicago Bears, scheduled for Sunday afternoon in City Stadium before a sell-out crowd of 25,600. Half the populace prepared to sit in on another Packer massacre, predicting dire things for the team which Curly Lambeau has assembled to reclaim Green Bay's place in the first division of the National League. The rest hopefully weighed the possibility of an upset, drawing on the memory of last year's 7 to 6 battle at Wrigley Field and the promise that this year's Packer team has not yet approached the limits of its possibilities. In the all important quarterback spot, the Packers probably will start with Indian Jack Jacobs and wind up with Jug Girard. Jacobs did not play on offense against Washington last week. Girard has been the most impressive in practice and undoubtedly will be called up to play a considerable portion the game. Rookie Stan Heath has not measured up to expectations this week. His appearance against the Bears is highly problematical. The odds definitely favor the Bears, principally because of the quarterback situations. The Bears will open with Sid Luckman, an old Packer killed from way back and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Behind the veteran, the Bears have Johnny Lujack, now fully recovered from a shoulder injury and ready to resume his progress toward a place in football annals beside Luckman and Walter Eckersall. If these two need help, the Bears can call on George Blanda, a rookie from Kentucky.
SEPTEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - "So why can't they beat the Bears?" one guy was asking the other. An intriguing question that told a lot: 1 - He must be a Packer fan; 2 - He not only admits it, he's proud of it; 3 - He believes in the Packers, despite their rather shoddy showing against the Redskins last week and their one-touchdown-a-game "scoring spree" in the first four exhibitions. Naturally, I continued to eavesdrop because I wanted to catch his angle on Sunday's do or die battle with the Bears. "The way I got this thing figured everything's going to turn out all right for our boys because they got the double whammy on the Bears," the man went on. "Remember last year? They where hot stuff in the exhibition games against the Giants, Steelers, Redskins and Eagles. Didn't they just about murder the Skins down in Birmingham? And the way they poured it on Boston in the first league game was a shame. It looked like Christmas was coming early. Then along came the Bears and the bottom fell out, something like 45-7. The boys won a couple after that, but never really got off the floor...HUNGRY PLAYERS ARE THE BEST: "You seen what really happened was they got the wrong start. They were too good. They lost their zip. They weren't hungry anymore when they should have been eating 'em up. It's different this year. Nothing to be satisfied about. They're hungry after those warmup games. Hungry for some good ink and some good crowds. Any chump knows they'll be hungrier next year if they don't draw the crowds this season. Those birds wouldn't be in their right minds if they got chesty in the five games this year. The Eagles and Redskins gave it to 'em pretty good, and those dopey Steelers knocked 'em off, too. Just between us, it's 10 to 1. Lambeau was happy they couldn't finish more than one touchdown up on the Giants and Bulldogs. Just what he needed to put the finishing touches on his fire talks all this last week. So now they should be ready to go and keep on going. By the time they get through with the Bears you'll know what I'm talking about."...GOOD OLD LAW OF AVERAGES: "And here's another thing you didn't think about," the unknown sage went on. "It's the law of averages. That's one law that bunch in Washington can't change or the Supreme Court can't kill with double talk. It'll be working for the Packers Sunday. Here's the deal: In the last 10 years the Lambeaus put the nudge on those Bears exactly five times. That's one out of four in 20 league games - a little less if you count the western playoff thing the Bears won the year the war started in 1941. Well, it's the Packers' turn Sunday. Take a gander at the records and you'll know what I mean. They won the first game with the Bears in 1945 and then lost three in a row. The ice was broken in the first half of the 1947 series and then came three more victories for the Bears. Now don't say I didn't tip you off. Besides, I don't think the Bears are so hot. So long. Look me up Monday and I'll let you in on some more secrets." The guy was so convincing that I found myself nodding in agreement as he finished. But if it turns out to be a bum steer, I'll never flap my ears again.
SEPTEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers open
their 31st season in the NFL here Sunday afternoon with the
oldest and most bitter of all their rivals on their hands, the
Chicago Bears. A capacity crowd of almost 25,000 is assured.
The Packers will go into the game at one of the rare low points
in their fortunes. They lost the last seven games of their 1948
season and they won only two out of five of their exhibition
games this year. Even worse, they have shown only brief
flashes in their exhibitions that they might improve their league
standing this year. They finished eights in the league race a
year ago with three victories and nine defeats. The last league
victory was scored against the Los Angeles Rams, 16-0. An
almost total collapse followed except for a 7-6 game which 
they played with the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The Bears
rule solid two touchdown choices in Sunday's game. Although
they have begun to show definite signs of mileage, with older
men carrying most of the load, they have won all of their
exhibitions but one and have won several of them impressively.
They walloped rather handily the Washington Redskins, who
only last week, in an exhibition in Milwaukee, defeated the
Packers easily. Most Packer-Bear game are passing duels
and Sunday's should follow this pattern. Throwing for Green
Bay will be Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard and Stan Heath, the
last named last year's collegiate passing champion at the
University of Nevada. The passing so far has been good. 
Neither has the receiving. Sid Luckman, master quarterback 
in the T formation, the brilliant Johnny Lujack, late of Notre
Dame, and George Blanda, a fine rookie from the University
of Kentucky, will throw for the Bears. Lujack's condition is
somewhat doubtful. The former Irish star suffered a shoulder
separation in an exhitbition with the Giants two weeks ago
and now has been carrying his arm in a sling since. He may
play only defense Sunday. The Bears hold a marked edge in
the all-time series records. Sunday's will be the 62nd game
between the old rivals. The Bears have won 34, including the
last three, the Packers 22. Five of the games were ties. 
Sunday's game will start at 2 o'clock.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears will be on the alert for a secret weapon when they take the field against the Packers in Green Bay Sunday afternoon in a game that will open the NFL season for both teams. What this secret weapon will be has been a matter of deep concern this week for Coach George Halas and his assistants at the Bears' new headquarters in Lockport, Ill. The fact the Packers have reversed last year's proceedings in exhibition games has kept the Bears guessing. Last year the Packers beat opponents regularly in exhibitions but when the regular season started Green Bay found it had played its best games on the practice field. Why the Packers have not used their sensational rookie passer, Stan Heath, and the speedy Jug Girard more often in exhibitions has provided several hours of discussion this week at the Bear camp. Although far from the most popular citizen of Green Bay, Indian Jack Jacobs has done most of the Packers' quarterbacking in preseason games. This has left the Bears to suspect they will see a lot of Heath and Girard. Walter Halas, Bears' chief scout, and Coaches Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos, who flew from Philadelphia to Milwaukee to see Sunday's exhibition between the Packers and Washington Redskins, agree on one point - Green Bay has not displayed its full power in any exhibition. Halas announced the same routine followed in previous years in preparing for Green Bay will be in vogue this week - two drills a day. Through no desire of their own, the Bears will be motion picture addicts the rest of the week. The movie for which the Bears have no appetite is that 14 to 7 defeat at the hands of the Eagles in Philadelphia Saturday night. The principal cause for embarrassment lay in the accompanying statistical chart - which showed the Eagles made 504 yards on the ground against the Bears. This represented a new high in ground gaining for Bear opponents. Strange as it seems, that defeat was seized as a silver lining for the coaching staff. Paddy Driscoll sized up the situation, saying, "Our fellows will not be bothered by trouble in seeing their own feet because of raised cleats. Those Eagles will deflate anybody's ego." The Bears were given a lift yesterday when Johnny Lujack appeared for practice without the cast and arm sling which kept him out of activity since the exhibition with the New York Giants September 10. Sid Luckman, veteran Bear quarterback, is going in for exercise this week. After showing he has recovered from an early June operation, Luckman was handicapped in the Eagle game by lack of practice. The Eagle game also may have provided the rookie quarterback, George Blanda, with his final case of nervousness. The former University of Kentucky star was nervous when he entered the game in the final quarter, but the coaches believe his exposure to the champions was just what he needed. Lujack and George Connor welcomed another Notre Dame alumnus yesterday when center Frank Szymanski was signed to a Bear contract after being purchased from the Eagles. Now in his fifth season in the National league, Szymanski played with the Detroit Lions in 1945, 1946 and 1947 and was with the Eagles last season. Szymanski will play center behind Bulldog Turner and Stu Clarkson and will be used as a linebacker.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - There is more than a hint that all is not well with the Chicago Bears this season - and that is not meant to suggest that the Green Bay Packers have more than an outside chance in the game at Green Bay Sunday. Consider for a moment, though, some of the recent developments along the pro football front. The Bears signed Frank Szymanski, veteran center, the other day. Why? Szymanski was dropped by the Detroit Lions two years ago and by the Packers last year. He was picked up by the Bears after he had been made a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he had caught on early this season. Can it be that the Bears are so desperate for linebacking help that they snatched even at Szymanski? The Bears also signed Julie Rukovich a couple of weeks ago and played him in the last two exhibitions. Rykovich couldn't even make the Chicago Hornets this season. He was one of the first cut loose by Ray Flaherty a month ago. Why Rykovich with the Bears? Can it be that George Halas is having backfield troubles of other kinds? The signing of players cut by other clubs is not unusual and not infrequently it can help a club. But Rykovich and Szymanski look like players who have seen their best days. Why should the Bears, the powerful Bears in the popular mind, even bother with them?...BEARS SEWED UP: And then consider the very respectable game the Bears played with the Philadelphia Eagles last Saturday. The Bears lost, 14-7, and that certainly was respectable on the scoreboard. But go behind the score. Look at the statistics. The picture changes and it changes a lot. The Eagles gained 272 yards rushing; the Bears gained 88. The Eagles gained 232 yards passing; the Bears gained 83. The Eagles completed 13 out of 22 passes; the Bears, 6 out of 19. The Eagles fumbled once; the Bears fumbled five times. The close game with the Eagles, in view of statistics like this, does not look so close. The Bears unquestionably should be strong favorites over the Packers Sunday, which they are - 14 points. It seems, though, that they are strong favorites because of what the Packers do not have rather than what the Bears have...BEARS RUNNING DOWN?: The idea has been popping up occasionally that the mighty machine George Halas built up in the late thirties, which dominated pro football until the present Eagles came along, might slowly be running down, without adequate replacements for the worn parts. Johnny Lujack, yes - the Bears got him a year ago as successor to the aging Sid Luckman, and a good one they got. But who else? George Blanda? He must still prove himself. The Bears are still the Bears, such as they are, because of "old men", men who have been with the club five or six years, not counting years spent in war service. Just go down the list - Ken Kavanaugh, Paul Stenn, Ed Sprinkle, Bulldog Turner, Ray Bray, Fred Davis, Sid Luckman, Bill De Correvant, Joe Osmanski, George McAfee, Stuart Clarkson, Alf Baumann. As pro football players go, these boys are hardly spring chickens and yet they are the men who are carrying most of the load. The old order changeth, it has been said. Can it be true about the Bears - and Packers and New York Giants and some of the others who for so long dominated the professional scene? If it is, Sunday's game between two "once upon a time" clubs might still be closer than a lot of folks suspect, bad as the Packers looked here against Washington.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Chicago Tribune) - "We may not be able to give the Bears the same kind of battle as we did in that 7 to 6 game in Wrigley field last season, but the Packers will show up for their meeting with the Chicagoans in Green Bay next Sunday." This was the voice of George Strickler, assistant general manager of the Packers, in a telephonic communication from the Packer training camp at Rockwood Lodge, near Green Bay, yesterday. "We are not exactly optimistic over the game with the Bears," Strickler continued, "and what Harry Gilmer of the Washington Redskins did to us in that game Sunday has not served to give our ego a lift. Despite our poor showing in exhibition games, we're not too discouraged. Gilmer showed us the best passing attack we have seem this season, but a few breaks here or there for the Packers would have made considerable difference in that final exhibition game." Strickler said the Packers probably sacrificed any hope of winning the game with Washington through a desire to see some of the youngsters in action with the chips down. With the Redskins running up 270 yards in passing and an equal number in rushing, the chips admittedly were down most of the afternoon. On the subject of youngsters, the Packers still have 43 men on the squad, which means 11 must be lopped off the roster before Sunday afternoon's kickoff. The discussion naturally got around to Stan Heath, sensational passing rookie from the University of Nevada, and the Packers still are convinced that all the youngster needs is experience. "Heath was nervous against the Redskins," Stricker said, "and his timing was off. On a few occasions he just missed a receiver when the door was open for a touchdown." Tony Canadeo, veteran halfback, who has missed most of the exhibition because of injuries, may see service against the Bears, although he has not been able to exercise as much as the coaches would like. Ed Cody, former Purdue fullback, also has been handicapped by injuries. The Bears, meanwhile, fail to regard the poor showing of the Packers in preseason encounters as an indication of Green Bay's actual strength. They are going through two drills daily at their new camp at Lewis college in Lockport, Ill., as is the custom before the opening game with the Packers. The heavy drill is interspersed with classroom work. Motion pictures of last year's games with the Packers and the recent 14 to 7 setback at the hands of the Eagles represent a must for the North Side athletes. Johnny Lujack, after having the cast removed from his shoulder, is taking light exercise and may get into Sunday's game, at least on defense. The Bears, however, expect to depend upon the veteran, Sid Luckman, and rookie George Blanda to carry most of the burden at quarterback on offense. Coach George Halas initimated the final squad cut may not be made before Friday, the last day of practice before the departure for Green Bay.
SEPTEMBER 22 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears got the good news Wednesday that Johnny Lujack, ace quarterback who suffered a shoulder separation in the exhibition with the New York Giants two weeks ago, would be ready to play against the Green Bay Packers Sunday. With his arm in a sling, he missed the exhibition with the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia last Sunday which the Bears lost, 14-7. Chicago coaches don't know what to make of the Packers this year. They admit the Green Bay team has floundered around like a second rater so far, but they suspect that since early in the season it has taken dead aim at one game - Sunday's game. They remember last year's 7-6 game in Chicago in a similar situation with trembling.
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - The cutting off of eight players Tuesday has had a salutory effect on the rest of the Green Bay Packers and they went through one of their most spirited workouts of the season Wednesday in preparation for the Bear game here Sunday. Several more may be cut, and it could be almost any of those who remain, as the club has played so far. Emphasis in Wednesday's drill was on passing.
SEPTEMBER 22 (Chicago Tribune) - "The Packers have a passing attack that could click at any given moment, and if that moment occurs Sunday, we will be in for a rough afternoon." This was the warning sounded by Chief Scout Walter Halas and Assistant Coaches Luke Johnsos and Hunk Anderson of the Chicago Bears at the Bears' camp at Lewis college in Lockport, Ill., yesterday. Halas, Johnsos and Anderson scouted the Green Bay team in its final exhibition game with the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee Sunday. The warning served to step up the tempo of the Bears' pass defense drill as they concentrated on means of discouraging Packer aerials in the game in Green Bay Sunday. The contest will mark the opening of the NFL season for both teams. The Packers have three capable passers in Indian Jack Jacobs, Earl (Jug) Girard and Stan Heath. Girard and Heath have been used sparingly in Packer exhibition games, with the exception of last Sunday, when Heath played most of the game. Jacobs saw most of the game with the Redskins from the sidelines, and this observation by the scouts has been the subject of heavy conjecture on the part of the north siders' coaching staff. Girard, who operated at left halfback last year, has been shifted to quarterback to take advantage of his passing skill. While Heath has not attained the passing efficiency that marked his work with the University of Nevada, he will be regarded as a threat every time he moves into the lineup. The work of Bob Perina on pass defense against the Eagles in Philadelphia last Sunday provided one of the bright spots for the Bears in their 14 to 7 defeat, and he, along with Bill DeCorrevont, has been working overtime this week against anticipated aerials of Green Bay. Trainer Edward F. Rozy reported yesterday that most of the Bears are in good physical condition for Sunday's opener. The exception, of course, is Johnny Lujack. The former Notre Dame star is exercising,