NEWS AND NOTES
7-6 TILT OLD FASHIONED ROCK 'EM AFFAIR - BLACKBOURN
OCTOBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A 7-6 score these days in the NFL is almost an oddity. But coach Liz Blackbourn, whose Packers edged the Colts, 7-6,
Sunday for their second straight victory, would rather
call it a good old-fashioned football game. "It was one
of those rock 'em sock 'em affairs," said Blackbourn in
his Green Bay office Monday. "It was a great one to win
and a tough one to lose." Besides Cone's field goal
miss and their touchdown, the Packers penetrated the
Colt 30 only once. Was Baltimore the toughest
defensive club the Packers have met this season?
"Could be," said Liz, who pointed out offensive strategy
against a line which averaged 240 pounds per man.
"We had planned to screen our passes. But on six
screens in the first two quarters, half of them were
halted because of penalties. An ineligible lineman
downfield, a clipping and a holding penalty cut out
valuable yardage. In the second half we tried running
on the outside and using roll-out passing, with Rote
running to his right or left before tossing." It was this
strategy that set up the Packers' score. A good football
team capitalizes on breaks. The Packers recovered
that crucial Colt fumble on the seven and the Packers
didn't fumble once. What was different about those two
Packer drives from the Colt seven? "They were about
the same," said Liz. Actually, Billy Howton dropped a
touchdown pass during that first try when Rote failed on
three tosses. But he didn't fail on the second chance to
set up the winning points. How Rote goes so go the
Packers was emphasized again. Tobin connected on 20
of 38 attempts for 214 yards. But what hurt Baltimore
most were those short ones - a clutch weapon paying
off for the Packers. Green Bay has now allowed only 77
points against five opponents. That's second best in the pro circuit. "Yes, you may say our defense is pretty good," quipped Liz. "But then we've been doing a pretty good job of late. If we don't have an abrupt reversal of form, we should hang in there." A Saturday date with the Eagles at Philadelphia, which will be televised nationally, is next. "It's another rough one," said Blackbourn, "but they're all rough in this league." Linemen Jerry Helluin, Len Szafaryn and Al Barry were minor casualties with leg injuries. Halfback Al Carmichael, who hasn't played in the last two games, should be ready for the Eagles. Linebacker Deral Teteak was only used on one kickoff against the Colts. He will be ready for the works Saturday night.
DEFENSE OF PACKERS RANKS RIGHT NEAR TOP IN PRO LEAGUE
OCTOBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - Off their performance in five games, Liz Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers stand right near the top of the NFL in defense. On a points allowed per game basis, the Packer defensive unit is second only to that of the New York Giants and slightly ahead of that of the champion Detroit Lions. The leaders:
TEAM              G OP  AVG
New York Giants   5 75 15.0
Green Bay Packers 5 77 15.4
Detroit Lions     4 63 15.8
A study of their respective opponents actually gives the Packers a marked edge over the Giants and at least a stand-off with the Lions. Consider this: The
Giants have played the Chicago Cardinals twice, the
Washington Redskins twice and the Baltimore Colts
once. Baltimore, which handed the Giants their only
defeat, stands last in point making with 35, of which 20
were scored against New York. The Cardinals with 53
and the Redskins with 63 rank 10th and 11th,
respectively, in the 12-team league. The Colts are last
in the West with a 1-4 record; the Cards and Redskins
in the Eastern cellar with 0-5 marks. The Packers and
Lions meanwhile have met four common opponents - 
the Colts, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles and San
Francisco. Against the four, the Lions have permitted
63 points; the Packers 56. Because of the World Series,
the Lions had a game with the Cleveland Browns
postponed. The Packers lost their opener to the
Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-20. Pittsburgh, the surprise
team of the league, currently shares first place in the
East with Philadelphia, which it whipped last Saturday
night, 17-7, and with the Giants. When offense is taken
into consideration, Green Bay's defense looms all the
stronger. The Packers have scored 82 points, compared
with 161 for the Giants, the top scoring team, and 135
for the Lions in one less start. The Packers obviously
have failed to control the ball as well as did the Giants
or Lions. It points to more pressure on Green Bay's
defense, yet there stands the Packer defensive platoon, right near the top of them all...Coach Blackbourn said Monday that penalties keep the Packers' offense in check for the most part at Baltimore Sunday. "On our first four screen passes," Blackbourn said, "one was incomplete and we were penalized 15 yards for holding on the other three after making good gains. Their defense was tough," Blackbourn said. "I don't think we were quite as high as for the Rams, but their big line really charged in there." Blackbourn said the Packer defense did a "pretty good job" against an offense which was much stronger than previously, with Gary Kerkorian back at quarterback. Linebacker Roger Zatkoff and tackle Dave Hanner, who recovered a fumble to lead to the game's lone touchdown, were singled out by Blackbourn as defensive stars. "Zatkoff had his best day," the coach said, "and Hanner had a real good one."...Rookie Veryl Switzer went all of the way on offense at right halfback for the second straight week. "They really give him a beating," Blackbourn said. "You might say physical attrition set in, as he also went down under kickoffs and returned punts and kickoffs."...Al Carmichael will be ready to give Switzer some help against the Eagles at Philadelphia Saturday night. He was held out of the Colts game to give his injured knee more of a chance to heal...The Packers suffered only minor hurts: tackle Len Szafaryn, bruised back; guard Al Barry, wrenched knee, and tackle Jerry Helluin, bruised leg. All should be ready for the Eagles, Blackbourn said...Linebacker Deral Teteak probably will see more action Saturday night. The former Wisconsin star, who go in for one kickoff against the Colts, had been sidelined since he broke an ankle in training camp.
EAGLES FELL FLAT ON THEIR DIGNITY
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Just how good are the Philadelphia Eagles who entertain the Green Bay Packers in a nationally televised game at Connie Mack Stadium Saturday night? They were riding the crest of the Eastern Division when along came the Pittsburgh Steelers - and, bang, they fell flat on their dignity for their first defeat of the season after four wins. The Steelers, who never had topped a Jim Trimble-coached team and hadn't beaten the Eagles in five league engagements since 1951, did it in grand manner before a record crowd of 39,075 at Forbes Field. Pittsburgh, you remember, is the club which shaded the Packers, 21-20, in the league opener at Green Bay. While it took a long time for the Steelers to turn the trick against the Eagles, the same can be said about the Green Bay-Philadelphia series. The Packers have won 11 of 12 games with the Eagles, the last loss being in 1947 when Philadelphia won, 28-14. However, in an exhibition game between the two clubs in August, the Eagles won 24-13. The Eagles are a 10 1/2 point favorite to beat the Packers Saturday night. The Eagles were the odds-on choice for the Eastern crown. But then those Steelers and quarterback Jimmy Finks might have something to say about that. Finks throws as easy as a batting practice pitcher, but Philadelphia's Adrian Burk is no slouch. He tied Sid Luckman's record of seven touchdown passes while routing Washington, 49-21, and was the key man in wins over Cleveland, the Chicago Cardinals and the first one with Pittsburgh. The Eagles not only lost their dignity at Pittsburgh but several players. Halfback Don Johnson was added to the disabled list Tuesday and will miss the Packer game along with end Bobby Walston. Johnson suffered several torn ligaments and Walson suffered a fractured jaw. Also injured in the Pittsburgh game were defensive ends Norm Willey and Tom Scott and offensive center Ken Farragut. They are expected to ready against Green Bay. If the Packers think Baltimore has a tough defense, take a look at these statistics: The Eagles held the winning Steelers to 11 first downs, 62 yards rushing and 149 yards passing. Finks completed 12 of 22 passes yet the Steelers won, but that's football.
HOWTON IS BACK AGAIN AMONG PASS LEADERS
OCTOBER 27 (Philadelphia) - Billy Howton of the Green Bay Packers, the NFL's leading pass catcher in 1952, has moved back among the leaders after recovering from injuries which hampered him through most of last season. Howton jumped from 11th to fourth place among the receivers in league statistics released here Wednesday. He caught 11 of Tobin Rote's passes last Sunday. His total of catches now equals his number of receptions for all last season, 25. Bob Boyd of Los Angeles and Pete Pihos of Philadelphia share the lead in receptions with 28 apiece. Boyd, however, has gained 686 yards; Pihos, 428. Howton ranks second to Boyd in yardage with 444. Billy Wilson, the leader last week, has 26 catches for 363 yards and third place. Breezy Reid of the Packers remained third in rushing with 311 yards on 51 carries, an average of 6.1 Hugh McElhenny passed his San Francisco teammate, Joe Perry, for the lead. McElhenny has 457 yards on 52 carries and an 8.8 average; Perry 407 yards on 63 tries and a 6.5 average. Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams continued to lead the passers with 10.73 yards per attempt. Otto Graham boosted his percentage to 65.6, the best in the league. Rote remained 13th in average gain per try with 5.95 yards and has a completion percentage of 45.5. Van Brocklin also stayed in front in punting with a 46.6 yard average. Max McGee of the Packers stands seventh with 40.5. Bobby Walston, Philadelphia end, remained the leading scorer with 71 points, although he only made one extra point against Pittsburgh last Sunday. Doak Walker of Detroit and Bob Schnelker of New York are tied for second with 42 points each. Detroit players lead both return departments - Jack Christiansen in punt runbacks with an 18.6 yard average and rookie Bill Bowman in returning kickoffs with 33.8 per try. Veryl Switzer, Packer rookie, slipped to fifth in punt returns with a 9.6 yard average and seventh in kickoff runbacks with a 25.1 yard average. Joe Johnson, another Packer rookie, stands sixth in punt returns with an 8.5 yard average. Al Carmichael of Green Bay ranks 10th in kickoff runbacks with a 24.7 yard average. Bill Stits, Detroit rookie, still leads in pass interceptions with five.
CHUCK DRULIS SIGNS AS EAGLES ASSISTANT
OCTOBER 28 (Philadelphia) - Charlie Drulis signed Wednesday as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Temple University lineman played professional ball with the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers before turning to coaching.
BAYS GUN FOR .500 IN DUEL WITH EAGLES
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Liz Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers, who in their first five games this year have equaled their victory total (2) of 1953, will go after a .500 record Saturday night. They will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The NFL game will be televised (WOKY-TV) and broadcast (WTMJ), starting at 7:05. The Packers may stand a better chance than the handicappers figured in rating the Eagles 10 1/2 point favorites. Coach Blackbourn said Wednesday: "I know they have the edge in statistics and in records," the coach said, "but if we're right, we can beat 'em." By "right" Blackbourn undoubtedly means if quarterback Tobin Rote were to have another day as the one he had when the Packers upset the Los Angeles Rams, 35-17. The offense was something else again in the 7-6 game with Baltimore last Sunday, but fortunately the defense turned in its usual fine job. The Eagles, of course, do have a great edge in many things. Their four victories against one defeat have put them in a three-way tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants for the Eastern Division lead. Philadelphia's defense is all by itself in the league. Five opponents have made only 830 yards, 276 rushing, 554 passing. The Eagles have limited the opposition to 2.1 yards a rush and have intercepted 13 passes while permitting only 57 completions out of 140 throws. The Philadelphia offense, meanwhile, is third best in yardage. "But," Blackbourn said, "we have perhaps let statistics impress us too much. Against Baltimore, we didn't use quite enough running plays, especially traps and dives. We were too concerned with the size and reputation of their line. Actually, we've been able to run on everyone we've met." The Eagles beat the Packers in a preseason exhibition at Reading, PA, 24-14. Two fumbles and an interception handed Philadelphia 17 points in almost no time at all. This time the Eagles will not be in the best of shape. The Steelers not only defeated them Saturday night (17-7) but whipped them physically as well. End Bobby Walston, the league's leading scorer with 71 points, is out for a month with a broken jaw. Halfback Don Johnson is sidelined with
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - A recovered fumble seven yards from the
goal line gave the Green Bay Packers the break they
needed to score a touchdown in the third quarter Sunday
and win, 7-6, over the Baltimore Colts who had led on two
field goals by quarterback Gary Kerkorian. The Colts'
defense had stopped Green Bay on the seven only to have
fullback John Huzvar fumble on the first play. Tackle Dave
Hanner fell on the ball. Green Bay scored in two plays, a
pass to Bill Howton and a two-yard plunge by Breezy
Reid. Fred Cone, who had missed a 13-yard field goal just
as the first half ended, converted for the winning point.
Kerkorian had given Baltimore hopes of staying out of the
cellar in the Western Conference of the NFL by kicking
field goals in the first and third periods. Both were from 26
yards away. The victory was Green Bay's second in five
games, compared with Baltimore's fourth loss in five.
Although both teams threw and completed passes with
abandon, there were few real chances for touchdowns.
Green Bay's march to the seven from its own 27 was only
its second scoring opportunity. The first was a 58-yard
pass from Tobin Rote to Howton, who made a
sensational catch with only seconds to play before the
half. Cone's attempted field goal was wide to the right.
Howton, who caught eight of the 20 passes completed by
Rote, took the ball despite being interfered with by two
defenders. Outside of that, the Packers got only to the
Colt 39 in the second quarter and to the 24 as the game
ended. The 28,680 fans were buoyed early when Don
Shula made the only interception of 70 passes thrown in
the game and ran back to the Packers' 34. The Colts
moved to the 10 before being shoved back 10 yards and
forced to settle for a field goal. Baltimore marched the
second half kickoff back to the 11, but again the Packers
threw them back and Kerkorian kicked another field goal.
The Colts now have gone two straight game without
scoring a touchdown. They have a total of 35 points in five
contests. Green Bay virtually ignored rushing offense in the
first half. Rote threw on 21 of their 32 plays and several of
the runs were after he tried to pass. He completed 13
passes in the first half, but more of them were short lobs
behind the line of scrimmage and he netted only 125 yards
as two completions lost 25 yards. In all, Rote netted 214
yards, completing 20 out of 38. Kerkorian hit on 17 of 30
for 139 yards. Green Bay, after its surprising 35-17
triumph last week over the Rams, had trouble moving very
far against the Colts. The Packers got only three yards
past midfield in the first quarter on three chances with the
ball, although Rote was varying his passes to Howton,
Howard Ferguson, Veryl Switzer and Max McGee. They
looked best when they went to running for a change the
first time they got the ball in the third quarter and after
Kerkorian put Baltimore ahead, 6-0. Reid reeled off 22
yards to midfield in one of the few excursions around end.
He went four more and Rote ran it to the Baltimore 37.
Rote then mixed it up with a 10-yard pass to McGee and Reid advanced the ball 18 yards to the nine on an option play around his right end. Reid bucked it to the seven but Rote three three passes without success and Baltimore took over. It was for seconds only, however, as the Packer line, led by Roger Zatkoff and Hanner, rose up to smack down Huzvar and retrieve the ball for another chance that paid off. The Packers showed they were content to take a 7-6 triumph by beginning to run out the clock with eight minutes to play. They gave the Colts only one more crack at the ball and took it back at midfield.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  7  0 -  7
BALTIMORE -  3  0  3  0 -  6
1st - BALT - Gary Kerkorian, 26-yard field goal BALTIMORE 3-0
3rd - BALT - Kerkorian, 26-yard field goal BALTIMORE 6-0
3rd - GB - Breezy Reid, 2-yard run (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-6
a knee injury. Other Eagles who are hobbling, but will probably play, are defensive ends Norman (Wild Man) Willey and Tom Scott and offensive center Ken Farragut. Four Wisconsin boys are members of the Eagles. Fullback Neil Worden, rookie from Notre Dame, is from Milwaukee. Halfback Dom Moselle, whom the Packers cut adrift, is from Webster and played at Superior State College. Don Luft, 6 foot 5 inch rookie, probably will take Walston's place at offensive end. He was an all-state choice when he played at Sheboygan Central High School and later played at Indiana. Ken Huxhold of Wisconsin is also with the club. He plays a guard.
SPORTS - IT'S THIS WAY
OCTOBER 29 (Racine Journal-Times) - When the Green Bay Packers play the Eagles at Philadelphia Saturday night Tobin Rote will set a new career record for passes completed, topping the mark of 419 set by Cecil Isbell in five season with the Pack (1938-42). Rote already has completed 413 so he needs to hit on just seven at Philly to become the all-time leader. Until Rote hit on 20 passes against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Arnie Herber held the runnerup spot with 410 completions in nine season, from 1932 through 1940. At the rate he's throwing - 70 completions in 154 attempts for 920 yards in the first five NFL games - Rote could rewrite a number of other Packer passing records for he has seven games to go (a total of 12 league games). In 1942, Cecil Isbell threw 268 passes and completed 146 for 2,021 yards total gains - all club records - in an 11-game schedule. Rote soon will top Herber's career record for total yards gained by passing. As of this date Rote's passed have gained 5,954 yards and may take the all-time lead before the season ends. Tobin, incidentally, already holds the Packer record for most yards by passing in a single game. He clicked for 335 against the Rams on December 1st 1951 - when he hit on 20 passes. The Rote-to-Howton pass combination is becoming as big a threat as were the Isbell-to-Hutson combines. Last Sunday against the Rams Billy caught 11 Rote passes (for 147 yards) to tie the second best mark in Packer history. Bob Mann caught 11 (for 123 yards) against the Rams on December 16th 1951. However, the all-time single game record by a Packer player is 14 receptions (totaling 134 yards) by Don Hutson against the New York Giants on November 22nd 1942. With 25 receptions for 444 yards in five games, Howton may have trouble trying to better a couple of season records. Hutson caught 74 in 1942, a Packer record and Don grabbed 58 in each of two other seasons (1941 and 1944). Howton's best is 53 in 1952. He may better his personal record but he'd have to average better than 10 receptions a game to top Hutson's mark. Similarly, Howton may not be able to reach his own record of 1,231 yards by pass receptions in 1952. That figure, by the way, also is a NFL record and bettered Hutson's best season by just 20 yards.
PACKERS GO FOR UPSET OVER EAGLES SATURDAY
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers, rated 10 1/2 point underdogs by the handicappers, flew from Green Bay to Philadelphia Friday morning, thinking that perhaps they should not be underdogs at all in their NFL game with the Eagles Saturday night. Liz Blackbourn's crew had the following reasons to think a third straight victory and a .500 record at the halfway point of the season was not entirely out of the questions:
1) The Packers are in perhaps their best physical shape of the season; the Eagles, in perhaps their worst.
2) Green Bay's defense, while not nearly as stingy as the Eagles in yards permitted, has allowed 9 points less in five games than has Philadelphia's.
3) The Packers hold an overwhelming 11-1 edge in the series.
The two rugged defenses undoubtedly hold the key to the game, which will be televised by WOKY-TV and broadcast by WTMJ, starting at 7:05 p.m., Milwaukee time. Philadelphia's agile line rushed quarterback Tobin Rote off his feet when the Eagles beat the Packers in their preseason exhibition, 24-14. Now, however, the men who spearheaded a rush which netted two fumbles and an interception and 17 points in a few minutes of play, ends Norm Willey and Tom Scott, both are hobbled by injuries. At least a little of the pressure on the Packer defense may have been taken off when Bobby Walston, Philadelphia end, suffered a broken jaw as the Eagles lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Saturday, 17-7. Walston had caught eight touchdown passes and led the league in scoring with 71 points, way ahead of anyone else. The Eagles so far have used the pass almost entirely to score. They have 19 touchdowns by air, one by ground. The Packers still must keep an eye or two on Pete Pihos, the big end, who shared with Bob Boyd of Los Angeles the league lead in pass receptions. Adrian Burk and Bobby Thomason are available as alternate quarterbacks and throwers for the Eagles. Fullback Jim Parmer leads the ground attack. The Packers, of course, will counter with the passing of Tobin Rote, the catching of Billy Howton and the running of Breezy Reid. If Green Bay is to upset the Eagles, the offense, especially Rote, must click as it did in the 35-17 surprise triumph over Los Angeles, not as it did not in the 7-6 victory over Baltimore last Sunday.
PACKERS, EAGLES CLASH ON TV
OCTOBER 29 (Philadelphia) - The improving Green Bay Packers and the crippled Philadelphia Eagles meet here Saturday night in a NFL game that could have an important bearing on the Eastern Division race. The game will be televised over WOKY, starting at 7:05 p.m., Milwaukee time. The Eagles are currently tied for first place in the East with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants and must win to at least share the top spot after this sixth weekend of league action. Philadelphia whipped Green Bay on a trio of breaks, 24-14, in an exhibition game at Hershey, PA last September. Since then the Packers have won two and lost three in actual league competition. Green Bay dropped its first three league contests by a total of 14 points, but has won its last two over Los Angeles and Baltimore. The Eagles won four league games in a row before bowing, 17-7, to the Steelers at Pittsburgh last Saturday night. Not only did coach Jim Trimble's Birds lose the game, but they lost the services of star end Bobby Walston for at least three weeks. Walston, the NFL's leading scorer with 71 points, suffered a broken jaw in the Steeler game. Don Luft, 6-5 rookie, is slated to replace Walston at left end. Old Reliable, Pete Pihos, will be at right end despite an ankle injury with which he has played two games. Center Ken Farraut and defensive end Norman Willey are hobbled by side injuries, and safetyman Don Johnson is sidelined for three weeks by a torn knee ligament. Tobin Rote, 215 pound split T quarterback, is the key man for the Packers. Rote can run and pass with equal ability. He'll face the Eagles double-barreled quarterback threats, Bobby Thomason and Adrian Burk. The Eagles have won only one league game in 12 previous meetings with Green Bay, that in 1947 when the Birds won 28-14, and earned a tie for the Eastern Division title.
Green Bay Packers (2-3) 7, Baltimore Colts (1-4) 6
Sunday October 24th 1954 (at Baltimore)