NATIONAL CONFERENCE - STANDINGS
Detroit           2   1   0   .667   93   54
Chicago Bears     2   1   0   .667   69   69
San Francisco     2   1   0   .667   66   55
Los Angeles       2   1   0   .667  104   73
GREEN BAY         2   1   0   .667   92   88
New York Yanks    0   3   0   .000   45  115
​Sunday October 14th
Los Angeles 27, DETROIT 21 - Bob Waterfield pitched two long touchdown passes and booted two field goals to spark the pass-happy Los Angeles Rams to a 27-21 victory over the Detroit Lions, who lost their first NFL game before 52,907 - the largest crowd ever to see a pro game here. Jack Christiansen, rookie Detroit halfback, streaked into the end zone with two punt returns, one for 48 yards, as the Lions battled back in the fourth period of the madcap game after falling behind 27-14. But Waterfield helped the Rams' offense control the ball while the rookie Los Angeles line threw back two Lion punches. Waterfield passed 70 yards to Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch and 20 yards to Norb Hecker while Norm Van Brocklin passed 44 yards to Tommy Fears for the touchdowns. Waterfield also booted 36 and 46 yards field goals, converted three times and completed 12 of 23 passes.
San Francisco 28, PITTSBURGH 24 - San Francisco, spearheaded by quarterback Frank Albert's pinpoint passing, ground out a 28-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. In the first quarter Jim Cason intercepted Chuck Ortmann's pass and raced 65 yards unmolested for the first 49er tally. Halfback Joe Geri evened the count with a 77-yard heave to end Elbie Nickel for a touchdown. Later, Geri booted a 16-yard field goal after alternating with Lynn Chadnois on passing and running plays. It took the 49ers just five minutes to march for two touchdowns in the third period. Albert hit end Gordy Soltau with heaves of 47 and 15, then sent Jim Monachino over the six. Gale Bruce's recovery of Geri's fumble on the Pittsburgh 21 shortly after the second kickoff of the third quarter set up another counter. Albert's 6-yard pass to Joe Perry hit pay dirt. Halfback Pete Schabarum accounted for the third 49er marker, crashing over from the nine six seconds before the third stanza concluded. Behind 28-10, at the start of the fourth, the Steelers roared back on Chadnois' brilliant 62-yard runback of a pass interception. He scored on a 7-yard pass from Ray Mathews, and later tossed a 23-yarder to Nickel for Nickel's second counter.
CHICAGO BEARS 24, New York Yanks 21 - The winless New York Yanks scored three times with less than three minutes left, but were edged by the Chicago Bears, 24-21, before 37,697 at Wrigley Field Sunday. The Bears thus moved into a five-way tie for first place in the National Conference. The favored Chicagoans seemingly had the game in the bag with a 24-0 lead, but quarterback Bob Celeri took over and ignited the Yanks. His sharp-shooting set up a nine-yard scoring smash by Zollie Toth. With 45 second left, Celeri connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Dan Garza. The final gun sounded when end Art Tait was romping on a 41-yard touchdown run after scooping up a fumble by Bear quarterback Bob Williams. The Bears perked their running attack in this game. After Whizzer White booted a 28-yard field goal in the first period, the Bears scored twice overland. Johnny Lujack tallied on a 9-yard romp in the second quarter and, in the fourth period, Billy Stone raced 42 yards for a touchdown. Another Bear touchdown in the final quarter came on a 78-yard pass play, from Lujack to end Johnny Hoffman.
NEWS AND NOTES
FEARS LOST TO LOS ANGELES FOR PACKER GAME SUNDAY
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Tom Fears, the Los Angeles Rams' brilliant pass catching end, will be lost for the game with the Green Bay Packers Sunday at State Fair Park, Coach Joe Stydahar learned Tuesday. Fears suffered a knee injury in the Detroit game. He came here with the team and was hospitalized with the hope rest and treatment would get him back in shape. However, after an examination, the injury was found to be too crippling and he was sent back to Los Angeles by evening plane for further treatment. He is the only Ram casualty. The high powered Rams started preparation for the important Packer battle with a spirited drill at State Fair Park. Stydahar will move his club to Borchert Field Wednesday and will stay there the rest of the week as he gets down to cases in setting up a defense for the high flying Green Bay team. He wouldn't admit that he is concerned about Packer spies. But he added significantly: "We have a lot of work to do and just cant afford to be bothered by too many people watching our every move." The Packers' electrifying comeback, which saw them whip the Steelers and Eagles the last two weeks, already is being reflected in the rush for tickets. There's a better than even chance that a sellout crowd of 27,000 (more if extra seats are added) will see what promises to be one of the top pro duels ever staged here. Right now the Packers and Rams, along with the Bears, Lions and Forty-niners, are tied for first place in the National division at two wins and one defeat apiece.
NUSSBAUMER INJURED
OCTOBER 17 (Green Bay) - The Packers romped through a spirited workout in the rain Tuesday morning with one thought in mind. They're determined to keep up the miraculous showing of the last two weeks when they have it our with the mighty Rams in Milwaukee Sunday. Coach Gene Ronzani reported that only Bob Nussbaumer, speedy defensive back, is unlikely to be ready by Sunday. Other members of the squad suffered only the usual bumps and bruises in the winning battle with the Eagles. Tobin Rote and Rebel Steiner were shaken up and will take it easy for a few days, but both should be set to go. The Packers will leave for Milwaukee Saturday morning, arriving early in the afternoon.
RAMS DRILL IN SECRET; FEARS LOST BY INJURY
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - With the loss of end Tom Fears, one of the best pass catching end in the NFL, Coach Joe Stydahar of the Los Angeles Rams Wednesday decided to hold secret drills in preparation for the game with the Green Bay Packers Sunday at State Fair Park. The Rams, who arrived here early, will work out behind the fences at Borchert Field in an effort to build up a defense for the Packers. The Rams drilled at State Fair Park Tuesday. Fears suffered a knee injury at Detroit Sunday while the Rams were beating the Lions, 27-21. He made the trip to Milwaukee with the team but an examination of his knee Tuesday revealed that the injury would require considerable treatment and he left for Los Angeles by plane. Fears' pass catching ability has been a decided influence in Rams victories this year. His loss will place an additional burden on end Elroy Hirsch, former Wisconsin star, also rated as a top pass catcher.
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - This ancient old citadel of pro football
was thrown into a dither reminiscent of bygone years
Sunday afternoon when the Packers jumped into the
thick of the NFL title race by clipping the Philadelphia
Eagles, 37-24. A real clipping job it was, too, for the
rugged gentlemen from the City of Brotherly Love were
beaten more thoroughly than the final count would
indicate. But for the 18,489 customers assembled
that margin was good enough. Didn't they see their
favorites rack up more points than any Packer team
could muster since the 57 scored against the Lions in
1945? Didn't they see the current Packers, of whom
so little was expected, actually move into a tie for the
National Conference lead? It's a gang lead to be sure,
with all members of the National section except the
Yanks showing identical records of two victories and
one defeat. But the home team is still on top, and
that's all that matters.
7-7 AT HALF
Early frustration, which caused the fans to break out in
a cold sweat of fear that the hex was on a superior
team, only made the final result that much sweeter.
Gene Ronzani's spirited gang, you see, outplayed the
Eagles from here to Milwaukee and back again in the
first half. Yet they  came to the intermission with
nothing to but a 7-7 tie to show for their efforts.
Through the first 27 minutes the Eagles failed to
register a first down and couldn't move beyond their
own 35, so vigorously did Green Bay's defenders - Ab
Wimberly, John Martinkovic, Dick Wildung, Howard
Ruetz, Dick Afflis, Walt Michaels, Bob Summerhays,
Jug Girard, Harper Davis, Rebel Steiner and Ace
Loomis - put the chill on everything the visitors tried.
FUMBLE COSTLY
Then a disastrous fumble, on a goofed-up handoff, was
recovered by Bud Grant on the Bays' 24. One play, a
pass from Bill Mackrides to the still-great Pete Pihos
 netted a touchdown that matched a first quarter
Packer scoring pass, Bobby Thomason to Bob Mann,
from five yards out. Through the first five minutes of
the second, it was still anybody's ball game, with the
score tied again 10-10. Fred Cone's 20-yard field goal
for the Packers having been matched by a 27-yard
boot by Bob Walston. But the give and take business
soon came to an end as the Packers asserted
themselves beyond all question. They took the lead on
Tobin Rote's beautiful toss to Mann and Mann's
equally snappy catch and run for a total of 46 yards. A
six-yard pass, Thomason to Carlton Elliott, boosted
the lead to 24-10 on the first official play of the final
period, a thrill-packed final quarter that saw 34 points chalked up. Just when the Eagles threatened to move back into contention as Adrian Burk started to find the passing range, Summerhays popped into the picture with a dazzling 88-yard run after intercepting Burk's pass into the flat. 
BREAKS EAGLES BACKS
That broke the Eagles' backs beyond repair. They managed to score a consolation TD on Wayne Sandifer's short plunge after Chuck Bednarik's recovery of Dom Mosell's fumble on the Packer 13 and again on Frank Ziegler's plunge after five straight pass completions by Mackrides for a total of 69 yards. But those counters weren't enough, no matter what the Packers were doing in the meantime. And it so happened that the Packers didn't need rest on their laurels either, sandwiching another six-pointer between Philadelphia's late consolation shots. Thomason and Mann collaborated again, this time for 28 yards, to make sure that justice would triumph.
WINGED VICTORY
For the Packers, then, it was a victory through the airlanes, pretty much according to plan. Four of the touchdowns (three by Mann and one by Elliott) were strictly by design. Thomason threw for three and Rote the other. The fifth, as related, was based on an enemy assist in the form of Burk's misguided flip into Summerhays' waiting hands. Cone hit four out of five on conversions in addition to his field goal. His only failure wasn't a real miss because Russ Craft rushed in to block what looked like another perfect kick. But what's a point among friends when the Packers wind up with a delightful margin of 13 without it? Summerhays' 88-yard run was the longest and undoubtedly was the top spine-tingler of the day. But for the key effort that probably turned the lock in the door to victory, I submit a believe-it-or-not play that led directly to breaking up the 10-10 third quarter tie. The Packers had third down and 10 to go on their own 43 when Rote flipped to Ray Pelfrey back of the line. The rookie halfback, trapped and retreating rapidly, decided to toss back to Rote, as it to say, "You started, so let's see you finish it." Rote accepted the challenge and by the time he was brought down he had fought his way to the Eagle 46 for an 11-yard gain and a vital first down.
ROTE TO MANN - TD
Now the Ronzanimen were in ideal attacking position instead of being forced to give up the ball on a punt. And attack they did for on the very next play the Rote-Mann combination clicked for the touchdown that put the home club ahead for keeps. Fumbles, costly penalties and breaks of one kind or another naturally had considerable to do with the final outcome. But when all is said and done that Rote to Pelfrey to Rote business stands out as the clincher. It's almost unfair to single out any Packers. They all did their share in avenging the early season exhibition defeat by the Eagles in Milwaukee. They blocked and tackled like demons against the surprised men from Philly. They twisted, squirmed and bulled their way to the last possible inch of gain. Although Thomason and Rote didn't pitch for outstanding averages, they had control in the clutch. Billy Grimes continued to show his brilliant 1950 form. Fred Cone proved he's a fixture. Jug Girard showed he belongs. Pelfrey added to his stature as a terrific pass catcher and a dangerous threat. And so on down the line. But when it comes to picking Mr. Big for this day, it's practically a must to give Wimberly the nod. His play at right end was tremendous no less. And right on his trail was Mann, whose pass grabbing and running were the closest to anything by a Packer end since the one and only Don Hutson. It was a double victory in a sense, for the situation now is tailor-made for a possible sellout crowd in Milwaukee next Sunday when the Packers tangle with the mighty Los Angeles Rams.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  7  3 14 - 24
GREEN BAY    -  7  0 10 20 - 37
1st - GB - Mann, 5-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - PH - Pete Pihos, 24-yard pass from Bill Mackrides (Bobby Walston kick) TIED 7-7
3rd - GB - Cone, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
3rd - PHIL - Walston, 27-yard field goal TIED 10-10
3rd - GB - Mann, 46-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
4th - GB - Elliott, 6-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
4th - GB - Summerhays, 88-yard interception return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 31-10
4th - GB - Mann, 28-yard pass from Thomason (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 37-10
4th - PHIL - Dan Sandifer, 2-yard run (Walston kick) GREEN BAY 37-17
4th - PHIL - Frank Ziegler, 1-yard run (Walston kick) GREEN BAY 37-24
Green Bay Packers (2-1) 37, Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) 24
Sunday October 14th 1951 (at Green Bay)
HIGH SCORING RAMS TEST RUGGED PACKERS' DEFENSE
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packer-Los Angeles Rams football battle at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon shapes up as the league "game of the day" statistically speaking as well as based on the two clubs' won-loss record. Not only do both teams own a share of the five way tie for the National Conference lead with two victories against one defeat, but the squads and individual gridders rate high in the official statistics released by the circuit's Philadelphia office Wednesday. The Rams, who set a record in 1950 with 5,420 total yards gained, have amassed 1,480 - 1,061 passing and 419 running - in three games to far outdistance the second place Cleveland Browns' 1,165. That passing yardage is also tops in the league with Norm Van Brocklin hitting on 37 aerials for 757 yards and Bob Waterfield connecting on 18 for 304. That potent offense has given Los Angeles 14 TDs - 10 through the air - and the scoring lead with 104 points. Elroy Hirsch, former star Wisconsin halfback now ace Ram end, is responsible for 36 of those points, but shares the individual lead with a Packer end, Bob Mann. Hirsch is also the leading pass catcher with 20 good for 389 yards. Tom Fears, Hirsch's teammate who will miss the Packers game because of injuries, is second with 16 for 284. Green Bay also boasts some back-slapping marks at this stage of the season which points up the expected big battle Sunday. The Packers are just 12 points off the Rams' scoring pace with 92 - good for third place, with the Browns' 93 second. And the crunching Los Angeles ground assault may be in for a bit of an obstacle in Green Bay's defense against rushing, a mere 2.8 yards per try - the best in the league. Add it all up and it comes out to one thing - a ding-dong gridiron battle here Sunday. Meanwhile, the Rams, drilling here at Borchert Field Wednesday, suffered their second serious blow in as many days when defensive halfback Tom Keane suffered a shoulder separation. Only Tuesday, the Rams sent their brilliant all-pro end, Fears, back to Los Angeles with a badly sprained knee. Keane was injured in the Rams' morning drill at Borchert Field. He is expected to be out of action for at least two weeks. Keane is the second first string defensive halfback lost by the Rams this year. Earlier, Herb Rich suffered a serious charley horse and did not make the trip East. The loss of Keane means that the Rams will be forced to use Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch on defense, and this move comes at a very poor time for the Rams. With Fears out, the Rams had planned to concentrate their spectacular passing game on Hirsch but the double duty in store for Crazy Legs throws a wrench in those plans. Ram Coach Joe Stydahar, however, said he will start Hirsch at right end on offense but said a much larger portion of the attacking load would now have to be carried by the trio of rookie wingmen - Norb Hecker and Bob Boyd, who also play defensive halfback, and Andy Robustelli.
TOP SCORER IN PACKER-RAM TILT
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee) - The two leading scorers of the NFL will be on display Sunday when the Green Bay Packers entertain the Los Angeles Rams at State Fair Park. The league's co-leaders after three games are Bobby Mann, the Packers' lithe Negro end, and Elroy Hirsch, the former Wisconsin ace now performing for the Rams. Each has scored 36 points, six touchdowns apiece, all of them on the receiving end of passes. In addition, Hirsch top the circuit in pass catching with 389 yards on 20 receptions. Mann is 7th in that department with 199 yards on 11 grabs. Packer passers Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason ranked 5th and 12th, well back of the Rams' Norm Van Brockling and Bob Waterfield, the no. 1 and 4 tossers of the circuit. League standings are based on the average gain per pass attempted. The Packers top the league in two classifications - longest pass and longest interception return. The former was the 85-yard toss on which Rote connected with Dom Moselle against Pittsburgh and the latter Bob Summerhays' 88-yard romp last Sunday against Philadelphia. The two teams currently are involved in a five-way tie for the leadership of the NFL's National Conference with 2-1 records. Ranked with them are Detroit, Chicago Bears and San Francisco. Tom Fears, a first-string end for the Rams, was put aboard a plane for Los Angeles Tuesday night suffering from a badly injured knee. Ram coach Joy Stydahar said Fears was hurt in the Detroit game last Sunday. He was taken to a hospital there. Stydahar added, in hopes he could get back in shape for the Packers, but an examination showed the injury was too crippling.
PACKERS WORK OUT IN RAIN
OCTOBER 17 (Green Bay) - The Packers romped through a spirited workout in the rain Tuesday morning with one thought in mind. They're determined to keep up the miraculous showing of the last two weeks when they have it out with the mighty Rams in Milwaukee Sunday. Coach Gene Ronzani reported that only Bob Nussbaumer, speedy defensive back, is unlikely to be ready by Sunday. Other members of the squad suffered only the usual bumps and bruises in the winning battle with the Eagles. Tobin Rote and Rebel Steiner were shaken up and will take it easy for a few days, but both should be set to go. The Packers will leave for Milwaukee Saturday morning, arriving early in the afternoon.
RAMS RUN HEAD ON INTO MORE HARD LUCK
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - It was Joe Stydahar's night to moan Wednesday. The big, affable guy who will send his Los Angeles Rams against the Green Bay Packers at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon generally possesses an equanimity that can dismiss the bad as gracefully as it can accept the good. But the developments of the last two days had been just a little too much. "Look what's happened to us since we go here," he began. "First, we lose Tom Fears because the injuries he got in the Detroit game Sunday were worse than we thought, and you know what that means. The best pass catcher the league has had since Don Hutson. We had to send him back to Los Angeles last night. Then it starts to rain and we can't get the kind of practice we really want, but we work in the rain anyway this morning, and what happens? Tom Keane slips and comes up with a shoulder separation that will keep him out of the lineup for two weeks at least. And then looks at this," and he showed a newspaper clipping that had his Rams 12 point favorites. How do these guys get that way anyway? Twelve points. We're in the toughest game of our trip. Those Packers are red hot." The big guy had the right to moan a little it seems. There was more rain in the air Thursday morning...ROOKIES WILL START RIGHT DOWN THE LINE: Stydahar is doing one of the year's best coaching jobs after suffering tremendous losses off last year's divisional champions. Gone off the club that had the Cleveland Browns on the ropes until the last minute of the championship game In December are five veteran tackles, two veteran centers, a couple of veteran guards and a couple of halfbacks. The losses at tackle especially have been staggering. Bob Reinhardt and Bill Smyth retired from football to go into business. Dick Huffman and Ed Champagne jumped to the Canadian league - Champagne to have his neck broken in one of the early games. And Gil Bouley left the club to become line coach at Boston College. Fred Naumetz, one of the league's finest centers and linebackers, gave up football to join the FBI. Milan Lazetich, veteran guard, and Art Stauto, veteran center, also retired. Paul Barry and George Sims, halfbacks, were beckoned by Uncle Sam. And Dave Stephenson, guard, was traded to the Packers. The offensive team that lines up against Green Bay Sunday will have rookies at every position in the line except right end, where
Elroy Hirsch will start. Every one of the club's six
tackles is a rookie. But if the line has been riddled
because of one thing or another, giving Stydahar
real coaching problems, the backfield, one of 
football's greatest, has remained intact, and it, of
course, is all of Los Angeles' pride and joy - 
Waterfield and Van Brocklin at quarterback, 
Vitamin Smith, Tom Kalmanir and Woodley Lewis
at right half, Dick Hoerner, Dan Towler and Tank
Younger at fullback and Jerry Williams, Glen
Davis, and in a pinch, Hirsch, at left half...RAMS
HAVE EDGE IN STATISTICS, BUT - : The Rams
have an edge in statistics for three games so far,
although not a marked one when allowance is
made for the fact that they have played the 
hapless New York Yankees, against whom they
set league record in total yards (735), first downs (34) and yards passing (554). Green Bay has had the tougher opposition so far. The Rams walloped the Yankees, 54-14, lost to the Cleveland Browns, 38-23, and beat the Detroit Lions, 27-21. The Packers lost to the Bears, 31-20, then beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 35-33, and Philadelphia Eagles, 37-24. Sunday's game has caught on as few appearances of the Packers here in recent years have, and a crowd of 25,000 is expected if the weather is right. The Rams won last year's games, 45-14 and 51-14.
PACKERS BECOME TITLE CONTENDERS
OCTOBER 18 (Green Bay) - The pruning knife Gene Ronzani has swung on the Green Bay Packers has lopped off the "weak sister" tag hung on the club at the start of the NFL season. The fired-up Packers, rid of their dead wood, too, are up at the top of the league's National Conference with four companions on a 2-1 record. There wasn't much attention paid to Ronzani's lusty swinging when Green Bay opened it season with a 31-20 loss to the Chicago Bears in a game that well might have been won. Even when the Packers nipped Pittsburgh, 35-33, the only excited fans were right up here in northern Wisconsin. But last Sunday, when Green Bay knocked off previously unbeaten Philadelphia, 37-24, the word finally got around that the club might have something. What it was, more than anything else, is youthful exuberance. Gone are the old-timers, like rollicksome Ted Fritsch, and his clowning companion, big Ed Neal. In their place are youngsters like Fred Cone, Johnny Martinkovic, Dominic Moselle, Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason. Actually, Ronzani has trimmed his 33-man roster down until it now shows only two men with more than four years professional experience. The oldsters, both still going strong, are Tony Canadeo, the grey-haired halfback, and Dick Wildung, 220-pound tackle and the team captain. Canadeo is in his 10th year, and Wildung his sixth, all with the Packers. Green Bay's most potent weapon so far has been on the aerial route with Rote and Thomason doing the passing and an assortment of 11 men, headed by Bobby Mann, the receiving. Mann, the lithe Negro from Michigan, has nabbed six touchdown passes and shares the league scoring lead with Los Angeles' Elroy Hirsch at 36 points apiece.
PACKERS AND RAMS TO PLAY BEFORE 25,000 HERE TODAY
OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee) - Milwaukee's biggest professional football crowd since 1948 when 30,000 turned out to see the Packer-Cardinal game will sit in on the proceedings at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon when Gene Ronzani turns loose his revitalized 1951 eleven against the always high-flying Los Angeles Rams. Saturday night, the advance ticket sale alone indicated a crowd of 25,000, with the possibility if the weather is right Sunday and a heavy gate develops, that it might reach 27,000. The present seating plans offer a maximum of 27,500, although extra seats can always be sold in a pinch at either end of the grandstand. All of the ingredients of one of Milwaukee's finest professional football attractions seem present in the game: A high-scoring Los Angeles team that flips the ball around with uncommon skill, a Green Bay team that has suddenly caught fire, and a tie between the two for first place in the National Conference. Each has won two games and lost one; along with San Francisco, the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, who also share in the tie. Los Angeles Saturday night was the oddmakers' choice. Despite injuries to two key men, end Tom Fears and halfback Tom Keane, the Rams were picked by anywhere from
​WORRIED RAMS BRAVE RAIN TO DRILL HERE FOR SUNDAY'S PACKER CLASH
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee) - The Los Angeles Rams must be taking the "new" Green Bay Packers seriously. The West Coach team, that generally frowns on anything but sun-kissed skies and dolls to match, braved the driving rain Thursday to hold a two-hour drill at Borchert Field. Ram coach Joe Stydahar, in explaining this radical move, said that under normal conditions he would not take his team out in such miserable weather - at least not for two hours - but Sunday's game in State Fair Park has him plenty worried. "With Tom Fears out of the game," Stydahar moaned, "do you realize that six of our seven starters in the line will be rookies? Sure, we are the defending champions, but most of that team is gone. We are just as green as Gene Ronzani's new club," Stydahar declared,"and they are on fire. And you would ask me why we practiced in the rain." The lone veteran in the Rams' forward wall is Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, who will draw the starting assignment at right end. In Fears' spot on the left side will probably be Norb Hecker, a first-year man from Baldwin-Wallace. From tackle to tackle, 10 of the Rams' 14 linemen are freshmen. All six tackles are getting their first taste of NFL competition. Stydahar said he would probably open with Don Simensen of St. Thomas and Tom Dahms of San Diego State at the tackle spots, Dick Daugherty of Oregon and Bill Lange of Dayton at guard, and Leon McLaughlin at center. All are rookies. The Ram backfield is a different story. Stydahar will go with either Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin at quarterback, Glenn Davis at left halfback, Vitamin T. Smith on the right side, and big Dick Hoerner at fullback. Injuries to key players have forced Stydahar to do quite a bit of juggling since arriving in Milwaukee Monday. The loss of Fears, probably the most serious blow the Rams could receive, has caused Stydahar to revamp most of his offense. Key to the Rams attack has long been the opposition's inability to cover both Fears and Hirsch along with keeping a protective eye on the Coasters' fleet backfield. But with the loss of Fears, the double-pronged attack up front is gone and the Packers will be able to concentrate almost entirely on Hirsch, which means trouble for old Crazy Legs. The Rams are working in secret at Borchert Field and there is little doubt that Stydahar is trying to come up with something foxy to compensate for the loss of Fears.
BAYS, RAMS TAPER OFF FOR KEY BATTLE
OCTOBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Los Angeles Rams and the Green Bay packers Friday were wining up preparations for Sunday's crucial game at State Fair Park as a crowd of 25,000 was predicted for Milwaukee's final NFL clash of the year. Packer officials, however, were quick to point out that plenty of good seats are still available and will be on sale at the park Sunday. Gene Ronzani sent his Packers through an extensive drill in Green Bay Friday and will polish up the Bay's sparkling new offense with a light drill Saturday. The Packers will arrive in Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. The Rams are scheduled for a final drill at Borchert Field Saturday morning. Sunday's game, lightly regarded several weeks ago, has taken on the aspects of "The Game of the Week" in pro football. The Rams, defending National Conference champions, had expected to be flying high, wide and handsome by this time while the Packers were counted upon to flounder in the second division. Ronzani, however, rounded up a bunch of players that love to play the game and the resultant spark has carried the Packers to two straight victories and a tie for the circuit lead. As testimony to the respect in which Green Bay is held, the Rams opened as 12 point favorites but the margin has already skidded to nine and the spread will probably be much shorter by game time.
PACKERS TO USE FORMER RAMS
OCTOBER 20 (Green Bay) - Not the least fired up over Sunday afternoon's professional football game at State Fair Park between Green Bay and Los Angeles will be three former members of the West Coast team now in the Packer lineup - guard Dave Stephenson, tackle Howard Ruetz and quarterback Bobby Thomason. Stephenson, who played college football at West Virginia, is a sophomore in pro ball. He weighs 225 pounds. Ruetz, a Racine boy, weighs 270 and played at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and is a freshman in pro ball. Thomason, a third-year man in the pro league, was sold to Green Bay last winter because the Rams had two other quarterbacks, Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield. About 25,000 will attend Sunday's game. Between 7,000 and 8,000 fans are expected from the Fox River Valley, a Packers stronghold.
9 to 12 points. Fears, one of the greatest end in professional football history, was injured in the Detroit game a week ago. Keane was hurt in practice here. The Packers have learned to scoff at the odd, however. They were also underdogs against Pittsburgh two weeks ago and they won, and there were underdogs against Philadelphia last week and they won. They arrived in town early Saturday afternoon unwilling to concede a thing. Actually, there is nothing in the records so far to give the Rams the slightest edge. 9 to 12 points. Fears, one of the greatest end in professional football history, was injured in the Detroit game a week ago. Keane was hurt in practice here. The Packers have learned to scoff at the odd, however. They were also underdogs against Pittsburgh two weeks ago and they won, and there were underdogs against Philadelphia last week and they won. They arrived in town early Saturday afternoon unwilling to concede a thing. Actually, there is nothing in the records so far to give the Rams the slightest edge.
UNDERDOG PACKERS BATTLE RAMS TODAY
​OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The rejuvenated Packers will try for their third straight league victory - something no Packer team has accomplished in five years - when they tackle the mighty Los Angeles Rams at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. Kickoff time, per new custom, is 1:30. To the winner will go the right to continue in a tie for first place in the pro league's National Division - a spot now occupied by the Bears, Lions and Forty-niners in addition to Green Bay and L.A. For the third straight week Coach Gene Ronzani's startling operators will go into the game in the role of slight underdog. But to them the tag is meaningless. They figure they have at least an even chance, just as they felt before the conquests of the Steelers and Eagles. Who can say them no after seeing what happened in those games? While the result may be in doubt, already something new in the way of local crowd response in recent years is an assured fact. A crowd of 25,000 is a cinch and a full house (27,000) a reasonable hope with the right break in weather. Despite the loss of Tom Fears - Don Hutson's successor to the title of Mr. Catch, some say - Ram Coach Joe Stydahar will try to have his club match the Packers pitch and catch for catch. Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin will divide throwing duties for the visitors, as will Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason for this state's "pro team with the college spirit". Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, ex-Badger star from Wausau, is the No. 1 receiving threat for Los Angeles. Bob Mann is in a similar spot for Green Bay, although he isn't the only grab-and-run expert - not by a long shot, for no less than 11 Packers have pass completions to their credit this season. For Thomason it will be a battle of personal vindication. He came to the Packers from these Rams, with whom he found it impossible to make much of a dent because of the presence of Waterfield and Van Brocklin. Bobby would pay to get in, gladly, for the privilege of outpitching those gentlemen. Remember the kickoff time: 1:30. So get an early start for the park. In other game Sunday, the New York Giants will entertain the Philadelphia Eagles; the San Francisco 49ers play the Bears at Chicago; the Lions will entertain the New York Yanks at Detroit, the Chicago Cardinals will be at Washington and Pittsburgh at Cleveland.