GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(CLEVELAND) - Al Carmichael ran Lou Groza's kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown to give the Packers a 10-7 second quarter lead - and that was it for Green Bay as Cleveland roared back in championship style to win with ridiculous ease, 41-10, before 51,482 here Sunday.
What a complexion change. Here were the Packers beating
the Browns - holding them without a first down in the first
quarter. Then Otto Graham started hitting them like the Graham
of old and Groza began kicking the life out of the Packers with
booming kickoffs and deadly field goals.
20 POINT ONSLAUGHT
Behind 14-10 at halftime, the Packers were still in business -
even after trailing 21-10 at the end of the third quarter. But
crucial fumbles recovered by the Browns turned any resemblance
of a down to the wire affair into an onslaught of 20 Cleveland
points in the disastrous fourth period. Graham did it passing.
Curly Morrison did it with running. Groza did it with kicking. And
to add insult to injury, George Ratterman came off the bench in
the last three minutes to throw three passes - two for
touchdowns. By comparison, the Packers went like Tobin Rote
went...miserably. How can a team expect to play a club like
Cleveland when it can show only 22 yards passing? That's right,
22 measly yards! Rote could complete only six of 20 tosses. He
threw from the T, then changed to the spread formation. It made
little difference because the Browns were breathing down his
throat all afternoon and most of the passes he did get off went
haywire. Veryl Switzer ran for 38 yards in the second quarter.
That was the longest Green Bay gain from scrimmage. To
measure the drubbing closer, the Packers moved into Brown
territory once after the first half - that was to the 42 where a
fourth down play fizzled with three minutes left in the game. An
old Packer nemesis, Lenny Ford, gave Rote a bad time,
roughing him up with bruising tackles and recovered a fourth
quarter Tobin fumble which started the rout. This Packer team
bore no resemblance to the league-leaders who outclassed the
Lions, Bears and Rams. They never had it after Carmichael's
brilliant return and the Browns got hotter by the play. A look at
the statistics is staggering. Cleveland gained 204 yards on the
ground and 250 yards passing for 454 net yards. Green Bay
gained 139 yards on the ground and 22 passing for 161 yards.
The nod to the Browns, almost three to one and the score to
the Browns, four to one.
PACKERS TAKE LEAD
It was a pleasant day in Cleveland that first quarter. The weather
was warm and sunny and the Packrs were clicking, moving
from their own 27 to the Brown 20 where Fred Cone booted a
27-yard field goal after nine minutes of play. Green Bay 3,
Cleveland 0. The Browns went nowhere. In fact when they
moved to their own 33 it was the furthest advancement in the
first quarter. The Packers started to die down as Ford greeted
Rote with a too familiar racking. It staggered Tob, but he stayed
in. Cleveland took Dick Deschaine's punt and seven plays later
it was ahead, going 75 yards. When Graham hit Darrell
Brewster for 16 yards it was their first first down. That seemed
to do it. Graham hit Brewster for 17 more, then completed a
49-yard bullet to Morrison which carried to the Packer nine.
Ed Modzelewski set it up for Graham to sneak over from the
six inches out. Groza converted to make it Cleveland 7, Green
Bay 3.
CARMICHAEL ROMPS
Now came that only moment of glory. Carmichael fielded Groza's kickoff on the goal line and was off to the race, breaking to the left sidelines and beating every Brown pursuer to the goal line. It shocked the Cleveland thousands. Once more Green Bay had taken the lead, 10-7, giving every indication it was going to make this another dog-ear-dog affair. The return, incidentally, is an all-time Packer record, breaking the former mark of 97 yards set by Andy Uram against the Cardinals in 1939. Late in the third quarter, a mighty Deschaine punt of 53 yards seemed to put Cleveland in a real hole on its four. But the Browns struck 94 yards in 10 plays to go out in front at half time, 14-10.
MORRISON SCORES
Graham's tosses of 17 yards to Modzelewski and 37 yards to Ray Renfro were the clinchers. Morrison romped over from the four for the touchdown and Groza did what come naturally, a perfect conversion. Here were the Packers, behind only 14-10 as the second half started. Cleveland took the kickoff, however, and march 71 yards in six plays for a touchdown. Again it was Graham to Renfro (24 yards) and a guy named Maurice Bassett going wide to his left to score without a hand laid on him. Dave Hanner had a chance but speed told the difference. Groza converted and the scoreboard read: Cleveland 21, Green Bay 10. Now came the fireworks. Rote fumbled and Ford pounced on the ball on the Packer 41. Four plays and another Cleveland score. This time Lou Groza booted a 35-yard field goal with a minute and 50 seconds going in the fatal fourth. Cleveland 24, Green Bay 10. Switzer returned Groza's booming kickoff deep in the end zone to the Packer 14. Nothing materialized and a poor Deschaine punt, 26 yards, set up another scoring chance for the champs from the Packer 35. And score they did with Groza this time kicking a 36-yard field goal with five minutes and 20 seconds played. Cleveland 27, Green Bay 10. The Packers finally retaliated with a little resemblance of a drive, moving from their own 20 to the Cleveland 42. But a Rote pitchout to Ferguson couldn't make the necessary first down and the Browns took over. In came raring-to-go Ratterman, and on the third play of the series he hit Brewster for 44 yards to set up the Browns' fourth touchdown. Ratterman to Jones for 26 yards was the scoring play. Groza converted again making the score: Cleveland 34, Green Bay 10. The rout points were added 22 seconds later when Warren Lahr intercepted Rote's pass on the Packer 35 and returned it to the 22. On the first play, Ratterman hit Brewster for a touchdown. Groza added the conversion. Cleveland 41, Green Bay 10. Charlie Brackins came in for Rote, but he was given the same ruthless treatment from the hard charging Cleveland line. Cleveland Coach Paul Brown ran over to the Packer bench as the gun stopped the rout, put his arms around Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and tried to console him. This was a bitter defeat for Blackbourn and his surprising Packers. What must be realized, however, is that there are the Cleveland Browns, world champions and well on their way to being crowned pro football's kings again. It was another black day for a Wisconsin team. Ohio hospitality just ain't good any more.
GREEN BAY -  3  7  0  0 - 10
CLEVELAND -  0 14  7 20 - 41
1st - GB - Cone, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - CLE - Otto Graham, 1-yard run (Lou Groza kick) CLEVELAND 7-3
2nd - GB - Carmichael, 100-yard kickoff return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - CLE - Curley Morrison, 4-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 14-10
3rd - CLE - Mo Bassett, 30-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 21-10
4th - CLE - Groza, 35-yard field goal CLEVELAND 24-10
4th - CLE - Groza, 36-yard field goal CLEVELAND 27-10
4th - CLE - Dub Jones, 25-yard pass from George Ratterman (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 34-10
4th - CLE - Pete Brewster, 22-yard pass from Ratterman (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 41-10








WESTERN CONFERENCE - STANDINGS
Los Angeles       4   1   0   .800  119   93
Baltimore         3   2   0   .600   98  102
GREEN BAY         3   2   0   .600  104  113
San Francisco     2   3   0   .400   87  138
Chicago Bears     2   3   0   .400  111  110
Detroit           0   5   0   .000   77  126
Sunday October 23rd
Washington 14, BALTIMORE 13 - The foot instead of the forward pass was the main feature for a change Sunday in a NFL game won, 14-13, by the Washington Redskins over the Baltimore Colts before a record crowd of 51,387. The extra points booted by Vic Janowicz after the two Washington touchdowns separated the rivals, located 40 miles apart. Up until then, two field goals by Bert Rechichar and his conversion following the Baltimore's third quarter touchdown had kept the Colts in front. Rechichar kicked a field goal from midfield in the second quarter and another from 27 yards out in the third to put the Colts ahead, 6-0. However, he materially aided Washington to score the Skin's first touchdown minutes later by deflecting an otherwise bad pass into Johnny Cason's hands for a completion on the Baltimore 1. The Skins kept Al Ameche in check. The Baltimore rookie fullback (league leader going into the game with a 6.3 yard rushing average) got only 36 yards in 17 tries. However, he scored the Colts' only touchdown from four yards out. The crowd was the largest ever to pay to see a professional football game in seven seasons in Baltimore. The previous high was 43,875 for a game with the New York Yanks when Baltimore was in the All-America Conference in 1947.
Chicago Bears 34, SAN FRANCISCO 23 - Ed Brown ripped off two touchdown runs and passed for a third Sunday as the Chicago Bears wiped out a 10-point first quarter deficit and went on to whip the San Francisco 49ers, 34-23. A crowd of 58,201 watched the 49ers drop their third straight game at Kezar Stadium as the Bears stormed back to wreck the San Franciscan's title hopes. The Bears' victory left the two teams with identical 2-3 records in league play. Ron Drzewiecki, former Marquette ace, sparked the Bears' comeback after the intermission. Drzewiecki returned the kickoff 45 yards to midfield. Brown hit Bill McColl with a 42 yard aerial and scored on a five yard romp moments later. Bobby Watkins scored the other third quarter TD with a four yard end run to cap a 66 yard drive. Then the Bears put the frosting on the cake. Blanda kicked his second field goal from 25 yards out and later - with only one minute remaining - Brown scampered 32 yards to paydirt. The 49ers counted touchdowns on a pair of passes from Y.A. Tittle to Billy Wilson, covering 37 and 72 yards, and on a five-yard scamper by Dick Moegle. Gordy Soltau wrapped up the scoring on a 28-yard field goal and two conversions.
LOS ANGELES 24, Detroit 13 - The Los Angeles Rams' spectacular aerial game struck down the Detroit Lions, 24-13, Sunday, sending the Rams to the top of the Western Conference and sinking Detroit deeper into the cellar. The Rams came from behind a three-point deficit early in the fourth quarter on a game winning touchdown play, a pass from quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to halfback Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch that went for 47 yards and put Los Angeles ahead, 17-13. The victory, fourth in five games for Los Angeles, was viewed by 68,690. Detroit, last year's division champions, never quit trying and was down on the Ram five yard line fighting for a touchdown at the final gun. It was their fifth league defeat. Van Brocklin started the Rams' aerial triumph off with an arching pass to end Bob Boyd that went for 68 yards and a touchdown that wiped out a field goal margin of three points kicked by Doak Walker in the first quarter. The Doaker kicked his second field goal from 41 yards out early in the fourth quarter to out the Lions momentarily in front. Harry Gilmer played the entire game on offense in the quarterback spot for Detroit, with the injured regular, Bobby Layne, forced to ride the bench.
NEWS AND NOTES
BROWNS' LINE RACKED BAYS WITH DEFEAT
OCTOBER 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - About the only satisfaction the Packers salvaged from their Cleveland excursion was the fact that the club arrived in Green Bay without any serious injuries. That's almost remarkable after the obvious physical beating they took from the Browns, who pounded, racked and bruised their way to a 41-10 win at Municipal Stadium Sunday. Cleveland's big boys were manhandling Tobin Rote all afternoon - that meant the difference. "We were soundly outplayed," Coach Liz Blackbourn said Monday from Green Bay. "And the situation got worse with the score. Rote really got it - there was no protection. It was a bad day. It's going to be a job getting this gang up for the Colts." Blackbourn reported that Rote developed a charleyhorse after Len Ford racked him with a typical bruising tackle. Tob stayed in there, tried vainly to get the attack rolling - but the Browns kept pouring through with increasing savageness. Rote had led the league in passing yardage with 797 and in touchdown tosses prior to the slaughter. It's a wonder he was able to walk off the field after the brutal beating he took from Ford, Clayton Massey and those giant tackles, Don Colo and John Kissell. As it was, Rote completed six of 20 passes for 22 net years with the kind of protection he got. Everything went haywire from the T, nothing worked from the spread. The intended receivers were bottled up. And anytime Tob tried to run he was just asking for more punishment. "I don't think Graham is the best quarterback in the league," snapped Liz, comparing what was tossed his way by the Lions, Bears, Colts and Rams. "I never was a Graham lover. We made him look good. Doyle Nix, our left cornerback, developed a charleyhorse in the second quarter and didn't tell us. As a consequence (Darrell) Brewster and (Ray) Renfro were getting the step on him. And that Cleveland line. Look at the protection they gave Otto. They upped the pressure with the score." Blackbourn looked ahead to Saturday night's game with the Colts in Baltimore. "Oh, I don't know what will happen. I figured the 49ers had the best ball club in the Western Division and look how they're going. Would I like to play the Browns again? Heck, no. But I do believe we could do a better job. We had a bad day and Cleveland had a great day. Everything they did went perfectly." Liz reported that Rote, Deral Teteak and Nate Borden were hampered with heavy chest colds prior to game time. Howie Ferguson played, although he wasn't ready. But no one showed any serious injury after the game. "It's going to be tough getting this bunch up for the Colts," Blackborn said again. "We really wanted this Brown game. It was brutal to watch. But I still think we've got a good club up here."
BROWN COMPLIMENTS BLACKBOURN
OCTOBER 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - The first thing that Paul Brown, coach of the Cleveland Browns, did when approached by a visitor in the dressing room after Sundays' 41-10 victory over Green Bay was pay a compliment to Lisle Blackbourn, Packer coach. "That fellow you have up at Green Bay," he said, "he's a real good one. Pay no attention to what happened out there this afternoon. He's a fine coach." Brown, who is not noted for going out of his way to praise anyone, talked briefly about the game, then said, "He (Blackbourn) does a great job of preparing his team. He just hasn't got the horse I've got."...The Packers' total of 161 yards gained against the Browns was about half of their lowest figure in their first four games and their passing yardage (22) represented approximately one-eighth of their previous low...CLOSE ONES BETTER: Blackbourn, sitting in a Cleveland hotel awaiting the plane ride back to Green Bay, looked as if he had taken the 41-10 licking all by himself. "They can talk all they want to about those four point defeats being the hardest to take," he said, shaking his head, "but I'll take one of them any time in preference to this. Tobin (Rote) just didn't have a chance. He had a bad cold and so did some of the other kids, but nothing would have made much difference in this one. Our defense. Why, they were even running over Hanner. That's how bad things got."...A scout for another pro club said after the game that he thought the Browns "got away with murder" on holding Green Bay's receivers at the line. "They only were called for defensive holding once," he said, "but most of the time Rote didn't have anyone to throw to when he wasn't getting smeared. On one pass, Howton must have run 100 yards before he go loose to gain 10."...'ROLLED 'EM BACK': On Al Carmichael's 100 yard runback of a kickoff, which broke the Green Bay record of 97 set by Andy Uram against the Chicago Cardinals in 1939, Blackbourn said, "We rolled 'em back right for the first time this year. On another one (by Veryl Switzer) we did the same thing, but just one man missed his block and that ruined it." Switzer, rated by some as the finest all-around football player the Packers have, proved Sunday he is also one of the most durable. On one punt, he fumbled the ball, picked it up and was hit by two Browns simultaneously. The way he was twisted, it appeared he must be broken in two. On the next play, running from left halfback on his only rush of the game, Switzer broke loose for 38 yards. Billy Howton of the Packers went into the game leading the NFL in pass catching with 21 receptions and 345 yards. He caught two for 19 yards. Gary Knafelc, Green Bay's other end, ranked second with 18 catches. He caught none.
HIGHER GOAL POSTS POSSIBILITY IN NFL NEXT YEAR
OCTOBER 26 (Sporting News) - Although Bert Bell, NFL commissioner, has refused the Los Angeles Rams' request to extend the goal posts another 20 feet, there is a 
strong possibility that the move will be made in 1956. The Rams filed
their request after losing a 30 to 28 decision to Green Bay on a
questionable field goal October 16. Coach Sid Gillman of the Rams,
making it clear that he was not "sour-graping" his 30 to 28 loss to the
Packers, pointed out that the extended goal posts would eliminate the
uncertainty as to whether the umpire is right or wrong when he calls a
placement kick good or bad. This write offered an accompanying
suggestion that a wide mesh met be strung between the goal posts,
above the crossbar to catch the ball. My idea here is that if the ball
hits the net, everybody in the joint knows the kick is good. If it doesn't
hit the net, no goal. Bill Nicholas, manager of the Los Angeles
Coliseum, suggested for the future that electronics experts might be
able to turn on a red light or ring a bell if the ball goes truly over the
crossbar. There would be a slit in the top of the bar with an electric
bar throwing its beam upward. The flight of the ball breaking the beam
would turn on the light or ring the bell...'DOUBT ON ONE OF EVERY
FIVE KICKS': Figuring this upward trend of the goal post on a league-
wide basis, it would be quicker and less expensive to provide all the
parks with nets than with electric eyes. The sealed-beam field goal
would come later. Although denying the Rams' request, Bell said he
favored the suggestion and asked the clubs to submit the proposal
again at the next meeting of the Rules Committee. In the interests of
standardization, however, Bell said he would have to reject the request
for now. Bell pointed out that the goal is the vertical plane extending
indefinitely above the crossbar and between the lines indicated by the
OUTER edges of the goal post, and therefore if the goal posts were
extended a kick that would hit a goal post, and therefore be no good,
would be legally good in any other park in the league where the posts
were not extended. After Fred Cone has booted the controversial
three-pointer in the Green Bay-Rams contest, Jim Cason and two or
three other Rams had told Gillman the kick was wide. but Gillman
doesn't know if it was good or bad and he stands squarely behind the
decision of the referee. "However," he said, "with the field goal playing
so important a part in the professional game, I feel that some means
should be devised to aid the officials in determining whether a goal is
good or bad. I stand out there for 20 or 40 minutes with Les Richter
and Tom Fears, watching them kick in practice, and I know from 
personal experience that on one of every five or six kicks I cannot tell
whether it is good or bad. Neither can Leon McLauglin, who centers
the ball; Jim Cason, who holds it; Richter or Fears, who kick it, or the
man behind the bar shagging balls for us."...HEIGHT DECREASES
MARGIN OF ERROR: "This leaves too high a margin of error in a 
game where victory or defeat so often hinges on the field goal being
called good or bad," Gillman continued. "Sometimes the ball travels
30 feet above the uprights, and if it's close to one of the posts how 
can you be sure you're right in calling the kick good or bad?" This
was the situation that excited the storm of suggestions for changes
in the goal posts: After Jim Cason had intercepted a pass by Tobin
Rote of the Packers and rambled 25 yards to tie the score, 27 to 27,
Les Richter converted to move the Rams ahead with only three
minutes and 43 second remaining. Another interception by Cason
stopped a subsequent Packer drive, but the Rams were unable to pick
up a first down and were forced to punt. Al Carmichael raced back 40
yards and a short time later, with only 24 seconds to play, Cone
booted his decisive three-pointer. Cone also had booted a 49-yard field
goal a week earlier. However, Milwaukee sportswriters reported that
everybody in the stadium except the referee through the kick was 
under the crossbar. Coach Weeb Ewbank of Baltimore ran the movies
over and over again and proved to the satisfaction of all who saw the film that the ball actually did pass under the bar, not over it. This means the score should have been Baltimore, 24 to 17, instead of 24 to 20. Two years ago in San Francisco, Gordy Soltau beat the Rams with a last minute field goal following a long run by Hugh McElhenny. The Rams received numerous letters from 49er fans who said they had been seated directly behind the goal posts and this kick was definitely wide - "the Rams were robbed." Gillman isn't saying anybody has been robbed. He says the officials will blow about one out of six, for he would blow that many himself if he were an official. He thinks the officials should be given every possible aid in reaching the right decision. The NFL rules specify only that the crossbar must be 18 feet, six inches in length, ten feet above the ground, and that the posts must be four inches in diameter and must extend a minimum of ten feet above the crossbar. No maximum height is stated. Let's get 'em up there where they belong, and until electronic devices are available, let's use a net.
Cleveland Browns (4-1) 41, Green Bay Packers (3-2) 10
Sunday October 23rd 1955 (at Cleveland)
A bit of unusual action is recorded by the camera here in Sunday's game between the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers. Fred Cone is kicking a field goal for the Packers. In the action you can see Cone's foot touching the ball that has just left Tobin Rote's hand. (Credit: Bettmann)
Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers starts to run the ball in the fourth quarter of the Packers-Cleveland Browns game October 23rd after finding all of his pass receivers covered. Chuck Noll of the Browns, who had leaped on Rote's back, is sent flying by a straight arm. Rote gained five yards before running out of bounds. (Credit: Bettmann)
to the "hosses". Upwards of 35,000 fans will be on hand for the nocturnal struggle which brings together the two top ground gainers in the NFL. Baltimore's Alan (The Horse) Ameche leads with 518 yards on 94 carries. He's followed by the Packers' Howie Ferguson, who has 367 yards on 75 trips. While the Colts took the opener in Milwaukee, it proved a costly win as they lost defensive end Gino Marchetti with a shoulder separation. The following week against the Bears, the Colts' other defensive wingman, Don Jouce, was injured. Marchetti is on the injured reserve list and there is only a slight possibility that Joyce will be ready Saturday. Against the Redskins last Sunday, the Colts improvised and used Buzz Nutter and George Preas as their defensive ends. The same plan exists for Saturday. Although Coach Weeb Ewbank was pleased with the way Nutter and Preas handled themselves, he realizes that they can't be expected to exert the kind of pressure Marchetti and Joyce can apply to the passer. With Marchetti and Jouce sidelined, Tobin Rote certainly can breathe easier. And that goes for the ground gainers, too. However, middle guard Joe Campanella and halfback L.G. Dupre, racked up in the Milwaukee tussle, will be ready for action. The Packers arrived with Jim Capuzzi back on the roster. Capuzzi was put back on the active list as Coach Liz Blackbourn discharged Al Romine, who is slated for the Army November 9. Romine had been obtained earlier from the Bears. Capuzzi will work as a reserve defensive halfback. Blackbourn may add more aerial punch by installing quarterback Charlie Brackins or halfback Joe Johnson as a third end to back up Gary Knafelc. So Green Bay invades Baltimore with a shuffle of personnel, hoping to restore its winning formula and keep pace with the Western Division leaders.
Cleveland Browns' Otto Graham (#14) shakes loose from Green Bay Packer Bobby Dillon (#44) as the Browns defeat the Packers 41-10 at Cleveland Stadium.
HEY, PACKERS! BROWNS TOOK TITLE AFTER REAL DRUBBING
OCTOBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Now if the Packers can forget that crushing blow to their dignity by the Browns, there is still time to make hay in Western Division race. A 41-10 drubbing should make the Packers a tougher team to beat. Anyway, the Browns have proven the theory, losing 55-27 to the Steelers last season and roaring back to win the NFL title. Redemption time is Saturday night against the Colts in Baltimore. Not only do the Packers have a score to settle with the rookie-romping "hosses" who eked out a 24-20 win at County Stadium three weeks ago, but a victory would keep the Packers in title contention. Front running Los Angeles (4-1) has a showdown with the ever improving Bears, who have knocked out the Colts and 49ers after dropping three in a row. If the Bears can turn the trick against the Rams, the topsy-turvy situation in the western race would develop again. While Green Bay is meeting Baltimore for title survival, the always dangerous 49ers (2-3) play host to the winless Lions (0-5)...'HOAGY' REALLY ROLLING: The Packers have a real ace in the hole in Al Carmichael. "Hoagy" was third in the NFL last season in kickoff returns with an average of 24.7 yards on 26 attempts. Sidelined in the first two league starts with a dislocated shoulder, Carmichael has come back to be the league's best kickoff returned. His record-breaking 100 yard return of Lou Groza's kick is only one of his achievements. Carmichael also holds the record for most yardage on kickoff returns (166), beating his previous best Green Bay effort (132), both set against the Rams. The Rams, incidentally, continue to be the best pickings for Al. His 40-yard return of Norm Van Brocklin's punt set the stage for Fred Cone's game winning field goal in the last 24 seconds at the Stadium October 16. A mighty valuable man to have on your side, indeed!...BEST GATE YEAR: This Packer team is being respected again as the power it once was. The largest Cleveland crowd of the season, 51,482, saw Sunday's game. The largest professional crowd in Wisconsin history, 40,118, saw Al (The Horse) Ameche's galloping Colts edge the Packers in Milwaukee. And when 26,960 sat in the rain to see the Packers nip the Rams, it almost insured the best gate Green Bay has ever had in Milwaukee. The Packers close out their Milwaukee half of the schedule on November 20 with the 49ers. The league opener against the Lions in Green Bay drew 22,217 and the Bear tussle was a 24,662 sellout. Green Bay's last City Stadium date is against the Cardinals November 13. With dates at Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles, this could be Green Bay's biggest year at the gate. And it could be a big year in the race if the Packers can piece together their once-winning formula.
INJURIES HOLD KEY AS NFL RACE TIGHTENS UP
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The battle for survival in the NFL this season depends almost entirely on the "equalizer" - injuries. So balanced is the Western Division race that any one of five clubs could come out on top in December. Winless Detroit is the only team being counted out. Therefore, it is quite safe to say the club with the fewest injuries will be the choice to grab divisional honors. The Packers have been labeled "very thin" by Coach Liz Blackbourn. Yet, the Packers haven't been jinxed with injuries. Fullback Howie Ferguson wrenched his knee against the Rams but was able to play some against the powerful Browns. Fergy will be ready for the works Saturday night against the Colts in Baltimore. That goes for the whole club. Although humiliated at Cleveland, 41-10, the Packers have nothing to show by a hurt pride. If Green Bay can knock off Baltimore and get an assist from the Bears, who must beat the Rams in Los Angeles Sunday, it would result once more in a first place deadlock - Packers and Rams with 4-2 marks...BROWNS' DEFENSE TOPS: League statistics released Wednesday show Green Bay's pass defense is second to Cleveland. That's a complete flip from a week ago and purely the result of the 41-10 Brown assault. While the Browns have allowed only 36 percent of the 111 passes thrown by opponents to be completed, the Packers are second with 41.6. The Bears for the second straight week the league in offensive play. The Bruins have gained 1,886 yards in five games - 999 rushing and 817 passing. The Browns moved to the runner-up position, replacing Pittsburgh with 1,792 - 892 rushing and 900 passing. The Bears are No. 1 in rushing while Philadelphia holds first place in the passing department with 1,106 yards gained through the air. Cleveland, however, continues to be first in percentage of pass completions - 61.7...CONE EQUALS RECORD: Fullback Fred Cone equaled an all-time Packer record for field goals in one season when he booted his ninth Sunday against the Browns. Cone shares the mark with Clarke Hinkle (1940) and Ted Fritsch (1946). Cone also kicked nine last season in 15 attempts. This fall Fred has attempted 14, the same number that Hinkle tried in 1940. And here's bad news for the already dead Lions next Sunday. 49er coach Red Strader said Wednesday he planned to peg his offense on Y.A. Tittle's arm and use an extra back as an end to take advantage of the veteran quarterback's passing. "Tittle is real hot right now and I'm going to try to get all the speed I can up there for him," Strader said. That's taking apart the 49ers' running game, one of the most feared in pro football.
PACKERS SEEK REVENGE ON COLTS SATURDAY NIGHT
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - For the second time in three weeks, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to climb into first place in the western
division of the NFL and again they will require the
help of the Chicago Bears. Lisle Blackbourn's
Packers will seek revenge on the Baltimore Colts at
Baltimore Saturday night. If Green Bay, a four point
underdog, wins and the Bears beat the Los Angeles
Rams at Los Angeles, the Packers and Rams
would share first place with four victories and two
defeats apiece. Two weeks ago, the Packers
brought the Rams back to them with a 30-28
triumph and the Bears corralled the Colts for the
first time this season, 38-10. Those results brought
about a three way tie but the Packers fell behind
again upon being smashed by the Cleveland Browns
last Sunday, 41-10, and the Colts lost their second
straight, 14-13, to the Washington Redskins.
Despite the whipping at the hands of the champion
Browns, the Packers were in perhaps their finest
physical condition of the season when they left
Green Bay by plane for Baltimore Friday afternoon.
Howie Ferguson's knee was apparently mended and
the rest of the boys were all right, aside from the
usual bumps and bruises. Ferguson again will
engage in a battle of fullbacks with Alan Ameche,
the Wisconsin Horse turned Colt. After a great start in pro ball, Ameche has been pretty well haltered in his last three starts. He is still well ahead of the rest in rushing. Ferguson, in spite of injuries, remains second. Tobin Rote, too, will attempt to get going again. His passes netted only 22 yards against the Browns. Before that, he led all throwers. He will hook up with George Shaw, Baltimore rookie whose long passes led Baltimore to a 24-20 victory over the Packers in Milwaukee three weeks ago. Blackbourn said that he thought the Packers would snap back from their unexpected drubbing at Cleveland. The Colts are not in such good physical condition as the Packers. Defensive end Gino Marchetti and offensive halfback Royce Womble are on the disabled list and several others are among the walking wounded. Before they left Green Bay, the Packers put Jim Capuzzi back on the active roster in place of Alton Romine, who is headed for the service.
PACKERS, NOTE: IT'S COLTS' TURN FOR TOUCH OF LUCK
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers might be interested to know the Redskins admit they were lucky to beat the Colts, 14-13, in Baltimore last Sunday. "G'wan home, you lucky bums," was the typical reaction of the record 51,387 fans who saw two key plays hand victory on a silver platter to the Redskins.
*A 50-yard gain on a long pass from Eddie LeBaron to John Carson to set up the first Washington touchdown was a gift from defensive halfback Bert Rechichar. The pass overshot Carson and Rechichar made a great leap even to touch it. What it turned into an assist from Rechichar. He deflected the ball into the arms of the surprised Carson.
* In the winning 75-yard touchdown march, LeBaron benefited from a roughing call on a crucial third down that enabled them to keep his team going goalward.
Those two plays had a lot to do with the Redskins winning. However, a lot of defensive plays had probably more to do with the Colts losing. Alan (The Horse) Ameche, the league's best ground gainer with a 5.5 average, was held to a mere 36 yards in 17 carries. Quarterback George Shaw, who passed for 84 yards on his nine completions in 21 attempts, also was stopped completely on the ground. Now if the Packers can restore savageness in their line to gang up on Ameche and Shaw, they could return to Green Bay with their fourth league win and an important step up in the Western Division race. Ameche and Shaw have accounted for every Colt touchdown this season, Rechichar adding the conversions and field goals. Shaw recently remarked: "Anybody could throw for a touchdown if they got the blocking I'm getting. I believe I'd have time for a sandwich back there." That was painfully demonstrated at the Stadium three weeks ago when George drifted back to his 10 yard line, waited and waited - until - Buddy Young got beyond Bobby Dillon. The result was an 82-yard touchdown pass, the longest in the NFL this season. Shaw built up a 21-7 first quarter advantage which ultimately was too much an obstacle to overcome. The Packers should be riled up for this return engagement with the Colts. Green Bay was 16 yards away from a win in the Milwaukee opener, only to have time run out. And after being humiliated by Cleveland, it's time to get angry. Coach Liz Blackbourn reports the squad in the best physical shape of the season. This means Howie Ferguson, Al Carmichael, Tobin Rote and Breezy Reid - the guns - will be ready to shoot the works Saturday night.
PACKERS REVENGEFUL TONIGHT
OCTOBER 29 (Baltimore) - The Colts are 3 1/2 point choice to beat the Packers Saturday night and enhance their aspiring hopes of staying in the Western Division title race. The Packers arrived late Friday afternoon, accepted the underdog role with zeal and vowed they would avenge a previous 24-20 loss