(CHICAGO) - The 74th Packer-Bear game was played
at Wrigley Field Sunday. The Bears won 52-31, but
what a shame to pro football. It was ridiculous what
was put on display before 48,890 paying fans on this
wintry November afternoon. It was disgraceful the kind
of football played by these long time rivals who have
usually put on a rock, sock scrap to the finish. The
Bears rolled to a 45-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Packers then decided it was time to do a little
scoring of their own - 28 points, in fact, in the last 13
minutes of play. You be the judge. Is this football? Or
is this a game of tag? For the record, the score was
the highest in Packer-Bear history. Once before,
however, the Packers and Lions got together for a little
53-35 deal in Detroit (1951). The better than a point a
minute affair lost much of its attractiveness when the
fourth quarter fun started. Thousands of chilled
spectators had seen enough points for the day. They
headed toward the exits - the Packers headed and
crossed Bear paydirt four times! It saved face, but that
was about all. The brutal first half can be measured
more accurately by these statistics: the Bears rolled
up 16 first downs, the Packers four; the Bears ground
out 266 yards, the Packers 39; and the Bears passed
for 42 yards, the Packers 40. That was it! Whoever
dared to think something like this would happen - a 
rinky-dink game between two clubs battling it out for
Western Division honors? But it happened and better
it be forgotten.
Believe it or not, Howie Ferguson was the game's top
gainer, piling up 120 yards in 17 carries. The Bears,
however, had two bruisers carrying for 115 yards each,
Bobby Watkins and Rick Casares. And what do you
think of this? Tobin Rote was the top passer,
completing 12 of 31 for 182 yards and Gary Knafelc
was the game's best receiver, grabbing six for 91
yards. But defense - it was an unheard of element.
Five Packer interceptions helped the score from
mounting and to even the gifts, the Packers lost the
ball four times to the Bears on fumbles.
Here's the touchdown parade:
1. Chick Jagade took an Ed Brown pitchout around
his own left end for 42 yards. George Blanda
converted. The 66-yard drive was accomplished on five
plays after four minutes of play: Bears 7, Packers 0.
2. Watkins took a Brown pitchout around his own left
end for 13 yards. Blanda converted. This drive covered
68 yards in 13 plays with two minutes left in the
quarter: Bears 14, Packers 0.
3. Doyle Nix intercepted a Brown pass on the Packer
21 and Rote fired a 27-yarder to Knafelc as the first
period ended. The Packers managed to grind their
way to the Bear 34. Fred Cone's 41-yard field goal on
fourth down was good: Bears 14, Packers 3.
4. The Bears bounced right back, going 80 yards in
seven plays for a touchdown. It was Watkins again
around the left side for 29 yards. Blanda's placement
was perfect: Bears 21, Packers 3.
5. After a fair catch of Dick Deschaine's punt on the
Packer 42, the Bruins rolled goalward again scoring in five plays. Casares rammed through tackle from the one. Blanda onverted. Bears 28, Packers 3 as the first half ended.
6. Ron Drzewiecki ran the second half kickoff back to the Green Bay 45 and the Monsters were at it again. It took them eight plays to go the distance. Brown fired a 14-yard strike to Harlon Hill in the end zone. Blanda did what comes naturally with five minutes of the third quarter played: Bears 35, Packers 3.
7. Ferguson fumbled on the kickoff and Wayne Hansen recovered for the Bears on the Packers' 32. The best they could do this time was a 38-yard field goal by Blanda: Bears 38, Packers 3.
8. The Bears were in business once again as the final quarter started, going 60 yards in nine plays. A Bob Williams pass to Bill McColl did it. Blanda's kick put the game in this ridiculous proportion: Bears 45, Packers 3.
9. But wait - the Packers seemed to come to life, but at what a time. They rolled 74 yards in eight plays. Rote drilled a 27-yard strike to Bill Howton in the end zone. Cone converted: Bears 45, Packers 10.
10 - And after Bobby Dillon, one pleasant sight, intercepted Williams' pass and ran 61 yards to the Bear two, the Packers cashed in on their second touchdown. Ferguson plunged over from the one. Cone again kicked the extra point, and the Packers had scored twice within a minute and 50 seconds: Bears 45, Packers 17.
11. But there was no rest for the wicked. Charley Sumner returned Charlie Brackins' kickoff 81 yards to the Packer 15. Drzewiecki romped around his right end for 11 yards and the score. Blanda booted the conversion out of the park: Bears 52, Packers 17.
12. Now the Packers' turn. Ferguson was Mr. Offense in this drive of 75 yards. And it was Fergy over the middle from the one for the score. Cone added the extra point: Bears 52, Packers 24.
13. Dillon intercepted a Williams pass in the end zone. From the 20 the Packers had time to notch seven more points, Rote on a quarterback sneak scored, and Cone converted. Bears 52, Packers 31. Thirteen scores for 83 points! Hey, anyone for basketball?
The win keeps the Bears in title contention. It was their fourth straight after losing three in a row. The defeat was Green Bay's third in a row. The Packers have won three. It was a complete reversal of the 24-3 deal in Green Bay last October. That time the Bears could not penetrate the Packer defense. Now if the Packers can pick up the pieces, they have an engagement with another Chicago foe next Sunday - the up and coming Cardinals in Green Bay. But how about some defense?
GREEN BAY     -  0  3  0 28 - 31
CHICAGO BEARS - 14 14 10 14 - 52
1st - CHI - Chick Jagade, 42-yard run (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - CHI - Bobby Watkins, 13-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 14-0
2nd - GB - Cone, 41-yard field goal CHICAGO 14-3
2nd - CHI - Watkins, 29-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 21-3
2nd - CHI - Rick Casares, 2-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 28-3
3rd - CHI - Harlon Hill, 14-yard pass from Ed Brown (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 35-3
3rd - CHI - Blanda, 38-yard field goal CHICAGO 38-3
4th - CHI - Bill McColl, 24-yard pass from Bob Williams (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 45-3
4th - GB - Howton, 27-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) CHICAGO 45-10
4th - GB - Ferguson, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 45-17
4th - CHI - Ron Drzewiscki, 11-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 52-17
4th - GB - Ferguson, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 52-24
4th - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 52-31
The Chicago Bears' John Hoffman (89) is brought down by an unidentified Green Bay Packers defender during a game on Nov. 6, 1955 at Wrigley Field. The Bears won the game 52-31. — Chicago Tribune file photo, Nov. 6, 1955
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Besides limitations in ability and depth, as demonstrated against the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers face a mental problem in preparing for their game with the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay Sunday. The way it looks now, Coach Lisle Blackbourn had his men convinced early in the season that they were as good as any other team in the NFL. In their first four games, three victories and a four point defeat, they played that way. The Browns did more than beat them, 41-10. Cleveland's tackles, McCormack and Groza on offense and Colo and Kisell on defense - pushed Green Bay's linemen around all afternoon. The Packers then missed a chance to restore some confidence when they failed on Baltimore's five yard line and lost, 14-10. Against the Bears Sunday, Green Bay's line could not open a hole through the middle on offense, and failed to stop the Bears anyplace on defense. If the Packers are to have any chance at all to repeat their 38-27 exhibition victory over the Cardinals, at least part of that early season confidence must be restored. If it can be done, Blackbourn will do it.
NOVEMBER 9 (Philadelphia) - Howie Ferguson, the Packers' workhorse fullback, jumped back into second place among the NFL ground gainers, league statistics showed Wednesday. Baltimore's Al (The Horse) Ameche, slowed up somewhat as the Colts lost to the Lions, still leads Ferguson by 103 yards. Ameche gained only 32 yards against the Lions to make his total 667 yards on 129 attempts. Ferguson has a 564 yard total. The 49ers Joe Perry, the 1954 ground gaining king, fell from second to third as he added to yards to make his total 486. Cleveland's Otto Graham continues to pace the passers. Graham was bottled up a bit by the hard charging Giants, but he completed five of 10 passes before he sat down to the day. Otto's average is a gaudy 9.20 yards per pass on 51 completions for 91 attempts. Green Bay's Tobin Rote is 11th ranked with 5.75 yards gained per pass. In other departments:
* Harlon Hill of the Bears, Billy Wilson, 49ers, and Pete Pihos, Eagles, are tied for pass receiving honors each with 32. The Packers' Billy Howton is fourth with 30.
* Vic Janowicz, Washington, is the leading scorer for the fifth straight week with 59 points. Fred Cone of the Packers is fourth with 49.
* Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles retained his punting leadership with a 47.9 average. The Packers' Dick Deschaine is fifth with a 41.2 average.
* Leon Riley of Detroit leads the punt return experts with a 10.1 per carry average. Green Bay's Veryl Switzer is fifth with 6.0
* Philadelphia's Jerry Norton moved into first place among kickoff return specialists with a 36.3 average. Al Carmichael of the Packers, who has the longest return of the season (100 yards against the Browns), is second with a 33.7 average.
* Willard Sherman of the Rams is the top man in stealing enemy passes. Sherman has intercepted eight. The Packers' Bobby Dillon ranks third with five.
NOVEMBER 10 (Chicago Tribune) - Walter Wolfner, managing director of the Chicago Cardinals' football club, yesterday scotched reports from Kansas City that the Cardinals would be purchased by Arnold Johnson, owner of the Kansas City Athletics, and moved there. Wolfner did, however, urge admission of two more teams to the NFL and playing of two or three more regular games each season. "The Cardinals are not for sale," said Wolfner, "and I do not know Mr. Johnson and have never met him. The Cardinals are a Chicago institution and will stay in Chicago. They will be in Chicago after you and I are dead and buried. But I am in favor of bringing two more clubs into the league and playing more league games each season. I think this would increase national interest in professional football."
NOVEMBER 10 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals, still aspiring to the eastern division title in the NFL, polished their defense yesterday for a Sunday NFL date with the Packers in Green Bay. Coach Ray Richards said the team viewed movies of the Cards' exhibition contest with Green Bay (the Packers won, 37 to 28) and went over scouting reports of recent Green Bay games. The Packers, who won three of their first four regular season contests, since have dropped three straight. The Cardinals beat Pittsburgh, 27 to 23, in Comiskey park last Saturday and have a 3-3-1 mark. Richards said Charley Trippi, veteran halfback, "definitely will play" against Green Bay. "He may be given a chance at quarterback," Richards said, "as well as on defense, and he will do at least part of the punting." Trippi, 32 year old former Georgia star now in his ninth year with the Cardinals, will wear a specially designed helmet mask to protect his face. Jimmy Hill, defensive halfback, was running at full speed yesterday and probably will play. Hill suffered a knee injury a couple of weeks ago. Coach Richards, still shuffling ends, will leave Gern Nagler at offensive left end in the starting lineup, but plans to start Max Boydston at right end in place of Don Stonesifer. Richards is undecided as to whether to start Johnny Olszewski or Mel Hammack at fullback. Hammack, kept out of the Pittsburgh game because of injury, now is ready to go.
NOVEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It cost the Chicago Cardinals just under $100,000 in 1947 to interest Charley Trippi to play four years of pro football. Sunday against the Packers, Trippi will play only because he loves football. How else can one explain Trippi's decision to return to a way of life which practically wrecked his life? Trippi was brutally disfigured last August after a collision with 49er John Henry Johnson. His face was marred beyond recognition. Temporary surgery was performed to restore proper breathing. Plastic surgery is scheduled after the season. "Trippi just doesn't look like Trippi," said Cardinal publicitor Eddie McGuire Wednesday. "But he's anxious to get back in football. He's been needling Coach Ray Richards so much these past few weeks that he's finally getting his wish." The nine-year veteran will wear a special rubber padded mask against the Packers. Trippi tested it in numerous drills and found it was adequate protection. "Football has been Trippi's life," added McGuire. "I don't think he'll ever outgrow it. I don't think he will quit after this season. But when he does, I'm sure he will go into coaching." Trippi has averaged better than five yard a carry during his long stay with the Cardinals. Last season he was used almost exclusively on defense. Richards plans to use him both on offense and defense against the Packers. "We've got a coach who is a stickler for harmony. That also influenced Trippi to return," said McGuire. "Charley was running batter than ever in summer camp," continued McGuire. "He was anxious for a big year. Then came the 49er incident." Trippi holds a host of Cardinal records, including total yards gained, 3,511 in eight season, most yards gained in one season, 690 (1948), best lifetime average, 5.1, most rushing attempts, 687, most punt returns, 63 for 864 yards, most kickoff returns, 65, and most touchdowns, 37. The Cardinals' first draft choice in 1945, who was offered and signed the highest priced contract in pro football, has bee a real pro. What other nine year veteran would make a comeback after such a brutal beating on the gridiron?
Chicago Bears (4-3) 52, Green Bay Packers (3-4) 31
Sunday November 6th 1955 (at Chicago)
NOVEMBER 7 (Chicago Tribune) - Near 4 p.m. yesterday, George Halas, boss of the Bears, attempted to rush the approximate 50 yards from his team's lockers
to a room where many were awaiting his analysis of the
52 to 31 triumph over Green Bay's Packers. Halas had
to grind out the yardage in bursts. He broke loose in 17
yards before running into a wave of autograph seekers.
A plunge through center netted Halas three additional
years. More autograph seekers stopped forward 
progress. "The Bears played like hell," said one, a
stocking-capped male in his mid-20's. An older man
shifted his cigar to say: "Hope you saved some 
touchdowns for the Rams." The autograph seekers 
overshifted and George advanced 7 yards on a quick
opener. Halas cut wide to the left for another 7 yards 
and might have gone all the way had not two 
newspapermen, backed up by Frank Lane of the St.
Louis Cardinals, forced him toward a steel pillar, out of
bounds. "I never saw a team play like the Bears this
afternoon," said Lane. "We were a great blocking and
running team," said Halas. "We overcame that
returning-from-the-West Coast jinx, too. The boys gave
Bobby Watkins the game ball - first pro ball he has ever
had. He's tickled - going to have it autographed and
mailed to his home." Two thrusts netted Halas 6 yards
before he called time out to embrace his daughter. 
Halas' daughter went wide to the right. He spun to the
left and was in the clear until two Wisconsin newsmen
got him a yard short of the goal. One tried to mousetrap
Halas by asking: "Isn't this your greatest team?" "You
can't evaluate a team by its play in a single game. You
have to judge them on a season - maybe two seasons.
But the Bears were great today," Halas said. "We've
improved." Seconds later, he advanced to the final yard
to the clubroom. After all, when a Bear sighted a goal
yesterday, he reached it.
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay
Packers dressing room under the stands at Wrigley
Field was steamy and quiet. The players said little,
unless someone spoke to them first. They tore off tape,
toweled themselves after showering and pulled on their
street clothes as if in a hurry to leave the scene of their
52-31 licking by the Chicago Bears. Coach Lisle
Blackbourn took a few minutes to go to the Bears' dressing room and a visitor went along. As they crossed the field, Blackbourn kept shaking his head and saying, "They just rooted us out of there in the line. They really rooted us out." At the door to the Bears' quarters, Blackbourn waited briefly while George Halas, coach and owner of the winners, was called. Halas came out and after they shook hands, Blackbourn told him, "George, you've got a great team there. Now if you don't get overconfident, you should win it." "Well," Halas said, "I'm not so sure about that, but I think we're on the way. Don't worry, we won't get cocky. Your boys did a great job in the last quarter. They never quit. While the game was on, I didn't want you to get anything, but now that it's over, I'm glad you came back that way." On the way back to the Green Bay quarters, Blackbourn talked about the rookies in the NFL and the Packers' misfortune in the last draft, in that three out of the first four choices were lost to them, Temp and Amundsen to service and Leake to Canada. "Watkins, Casares, they're great," Blackbourn said. "Watkins rates with Waller (of Los Angeles) as the best young halfbacks in the league. There's not much to choose at fullback between Casares and Ameche, either." In the Packers' dressing room, Wally Cruice, Green Bay game scout, was talking about the Bears. "Boy," he said, "did they ever get the blockers out there on tosses (pitchouts). Watkins and Casares had three or four in front of them on every play. One time Watkins came out and knocked Zatkoff (Packer linebacker) about 400 feet in the air. Why, Roger went up like a jet plane taking off. His feet went one way and his arms another." Ray Bray, who played guard on the Bears' great teams of the early 1940s, came in. Bray was with the Packers in 1952 before he retired from pro football. "You know," Bray said, "those Bears out there today were better than we were." Billy Howton, Packer end, was adjusting his tie when someone asked him which team was better, the Bears or the Cleveland Browns, eastern division leaders and 41-10 conquerors of Green Bay. "We were just talking about that," Howton said, "and we couldn't make up our minds. It's really hard to say. The Bears were consistent out there today - just punch, punch, punch down the field til they scored. The Browns are the same kind of team. I know one thing. If they play for the championship, like we think they will, I'd sure enough like to see that game."
NOVEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - What happened to the Packers in Wrigley Field Sunday? "It's pretty obvious, isn't it?" retorted Liz Blackbourn in a phone interview from his Packers office Monday. "The line play was the difference." That was the capsule quote from Blackbourn, who has seen his club take three straight beatings, two of them being real drubbings. What has happened to the Packers since their last win over the Rams? "Nothing has happened," was Blackbourn's terse reply. "They're just running more against us." That's for sure. The Browns overpowered the Packers, 41-10, on the ground, the Colts took a 14-10 decision with Alan Ameche and L.G. Dupre running at will and the Bears won, 52-31, by rolling up 410 yards on the ground. It's quite obvious the opposition has found Green Bay's defense vulnerable. When the Bears pulverized it time and again Sunday, the weakness glowed like a neon sign. Blackbourn shuffled his personnel somewhat by signing free agent quarterback Paul Held Monday. Charlie (Choo-Choo) Brackins was given the heave-ho. He never did live up to expectations and was used only on kickoffs. The 27-year old Held has traveled back and forth between the Lions and Steelers for the past two year. Last season with Pittsburgh, he completed 24 of 73 passes for 305 yards, kicked 14 of 16 conversions and made three of five field goals. The Packers have been in desperate straits for a quarterback to spell Tobin Rote, who has had no relief, outside of a brief rest in the Ram game. But let's get back to the Bear slaughter. How can a team win at Green Bay, 24-3, and then completely fold at Chicago? "Their offense was terrific. What more can I say?" snapped Liz. "Naw, they didn't try anything different this time. The difference was their hitting on blocks." Blackbourn labeled the Bears to go the distance "if they keep on playing like this." The showdown is a Chicago battle with the league leading Rams Sunday. If Green Bay can pick up the pieces, it has a home engagement with the Cardinals. Home, sweet home, where victories have come. "It's going to be pretty rough from here on in, " Liz admitted. "I haven't got a B squad to get up. I don't know what we'll do." The bruising Bears racked up two Packers, center Jim Ringo and tackle Buddy Brown. Ringo has bruised ribs and Brown an injured hip. Their playing status for the Cardinal game is doubtful. Veryl Switzer admitted that when he was hit by George Connor on a kickoff return, it almost took his head off. But Switzer is a roly-poly sort of a guy who can bounce back - and he did. Blackbourn had but two favorable things to mention. "I thought Howie Ferguson ran well and Tobin Rote passed well." The Packers will start drills Tuesday for the Cardinal scrap. "We've been looking over the scouting reports today," said Liz. "They've got a good running team." That's the present Packer picture. If they expect to do as well as last year (4-8), they had better find some way or means of getting tough on defense. If they don't it's going to be murder.
NOVEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - After what happened against the Bears at Chicago Sunday, about all the Green Bay Packers can do is look forward to next Sunday and next season. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's first thought about the Chicago Cardinals, who meet the Packers at Green Bay Sunday, was not a a happy one. "They've got a good running club, too," he said. "If we don't toughen up the line, we're in trouble again." What has happened to the Packer defense, so sturdy early in the season, so porous of late? In a nutshell, from observations and conversations, the answer seems to be that three weak spots developed in the line, at left tackle, middle guard, and right end. The other defenders, in attempting to compensate for these weaknesses, have done less of a good job at covering their own areas. Thus, all phases have suffered. A man close to the situation said after the 52-31 trimming by the Bears, "Green Bay's defensive secondary is all right - it compares favorable with most in the league." John Martinkovic at left and Dave Hanner at right tackle are good men. They cannot do it alone. Bill Forester at middle guard has been a distinct disappointment. Much was expected of him. Jerry Helluin at left tackle, despite a reducing program designed to make him more mobile, has not been doing the job. Rookie Bill Lucky, inserted in his place late in the Bear debacle, was an improvement. The end opposite Martinkovic has been a problem all season. Jim Temp, big Wisconsin rookie, was counted on to replace Stretch Elliott, who was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for Tom Dahms, offensive tackle. Temp was big enough at 235 pounds. He was drafted second. He went into the Army. Nate Borden and Pat O'Donohue, at about 205 pounds each, just aren't big enough. Martinkovic generally is rated one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. As recently as two weeks ago, just before the Packers were whipped by Cleveland, 41-10, a scout from another club said that he thought Green Bay had the best pair of linebackers in the league in Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak. Zatkoff has a bad day against the Bears, but then, so did almost everyone else. How the Packers will draft for next season poses a problem for Blackbourn and his assistants? Should they go for a big fullback, someone to help Howie Ferguson shoulder the running burden? Or a quarterback to give Tobin Rote some help and relief? Rote talks of retiring after next season - "if we've got someone to take my place by then." Or offensive linemen who can move the opposition? Or defensive linemen? Clearly, the problem is huge. When a team like the Bears or Los Angeles Rams or the Cleveland Browns or the San Francisco 49ers go into the draft, they know just what they are looking for. They can concentrate on filling one or two spots. The Bears, for instance, went after offensive backs last January (they figured their line would be all right), and came up with Watkins, just what they needed. The Packers, because of mistakes made by the previous administration, have no wealth of Toneffs, Casares, Fortunatos, Bratkowskis and the like coming out of the service soon. All that can be hoped is that the Packers have more luck in this winter's draft than they had last January. Bettis, their No. 1 choice, could not make the starting lineup because Teteak recovered from a broken ankle so completely and has played so well. Temp, No. 2, and Amundsen, No. 4, went into the service. Leake, offensive halfback drafted third, skipped to Canada. Things could not have turned out worse.
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - What once had all the earmarks of a possible breather for the Packers now looms as serious a challenger as the
Browns, Colts and Bears. The Chicago Cardinals move
into Green Bay Sunday and with them come some of
the classiest runners in the NFL. Ollie Matson. Charlie
Trippi, Dave Mann and Johnny Olszewski possess the
element which has left the Packers hanging on the
ropes in their last three games - brute force on the
ground. Liz Blackbourn, who has probably spent many
a sleepless night counting Brown, Colt and Bear
runners, now has the imposing task of planning some
sort of defense to stop this fleet-footed foursome. The
Packers had a September exhibition with these
Cardinals and won, 37-28. Since that no count contest,
the Cardinals have moved up even with the board,
winning three, losing three and tying one. The
comparable opponent is the Browns. Cleveland drubbed
Green Bay, 41-10. Cleveland barely squeezed out a 26-
20 win over the Cardinals. The Packers have outscored
the Cardinals, 145-130, in seven games. But when it
come to defense, there's no comparison. The Packers
have given up almost 26 points a game - the Cardinals
only 16. It was reported Tuesday from Chicago that
halfback Les Goble suffered a fracture of three bones in
his hand on the last play of the game against the
Steelers Saturday night. Despite the injury to Goble,
the Cardinals figure to be in the best condition of the
season. Trippi is ready to ramble again after a collision
with John Henry Johnson in San Francisco, and rookie
Mal Hammick, a fullback from the College All-Star
squad, has fully recovered. While the Packers are
trying to mend their aches and pains and hurt pride,
they're probably feverishly trying to evaluate what has
happened to the defense in the last three games. The
vulnerable spots are the ends. Opponents have found
the Packer pass defense one of the toughest in the
league. It ranks second only to the Browns. But on the
ground the damaging difference is awesome. Playing
defensive end roles for the Packers are John Martinkovic
and Nate Borden. They are supported by Deral Teteak
and Roger Zatkoff. Any coach would rate this personnel
vicious on defense. But the alarming weakness is the fact the Packers are being outcharged time and again by the opposing line. How can one expect a Martinkovic, a Teteak or a Zatkoff to break up a hard charging interference and nail a bruising runner without help?
NOVEMBER 9 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals yesterday devoted their entire practice session to offense, then watched movies of their 27 to 13 triumph Saturday night over Pittsburgh to try to determine why their attack against the Steelers bogged down. Ollie Matson, the Cardinals' big and fast left halfback, gained 130 yards in 13 trips, which is carrying the mail in anybody's league. But if you subtract Ollie's yardage from the team total, it leaves only 53 for the rest of the ball carriers. Nor was the passing attack any more impressive. That gained a total of 78 yards. Since Coach Ray Richards doesn't expect the Green Bay Packers, whom the Card meet next Sunday in Wisconsin, to be as generous as the Steelers were at surrendering the ball, a spot of work on offense is indicated. The Steelers had three passes intercepted and also lost the ball thrice on fumbles. Another factor which has the Cardinals wary is that if Green Bay ever expects to rebound, next weekend may be the time. The hapless Packers won three of their first four games, then hit the skids. Cleveland beat them, 41 to 10, Baltimore was lucky in a 14 to 10 victory, and the Chicago Bears chewed them up, 52 to 31, in Wrigley field Sunday. The Cardinals expect to go into the Packer engagement nearer to full strength than at any time this season. Only Tom Pasquesi, middle guard, and end Frank McPhee are certain not to suit up. The rest of the invalids are well enough to play if needed. These include Charlie Trippi, veteran defensive back; Mal Hammack, rookie fullback; Jimmy Hill, defensive back, and Les Goble, kickoff return and defensive specialist, who suffered three broken bones in his hand on the final play of the Pittsburgh contest. The Cardinals will practice daily through Saturday morning, leaving after that workout by train for Green Bay.
NOVEMBER 11 (Chicago) - Arnold Johnson, Chicago industrialist and owner of the Athletics, can't but the Cardinals, says managing director Walter Wolfner. Wolfner said the Cardinals will stay in Chicago after learning that Johnson had said he waned to buy a professional football team and move it to Kansas City.
NOVEMBER 11 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals, who will invade Green Bay for a NFL interdivisional meeting with the Packers Sunday, continued to stress pass defense in yesterday's drills. Tobin Rote, Green Bay quarterback, ranks only 11th among the league's passers in average gain per pass, but when it comes to most attempts, Rote has thrown 211 times - 120 times more than Otto Graham, who leads the passing list - and Tobin has completed 98 for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns. Rote's average gain of 5.75 yards puts him slightly ahead of Lamar McHan, Cardinals' quarterback, who has connected on 40 of 119 tosses for 659 yards, seven touchdowns and a 5.66 average. McHan ranks 13th among the passers. Green Bay and the Cardinals, incidentally, have the second and third best averages for holding down enemy passing attacks. Green Bay has permitted 42.3 percent of enemy passes to be completed, the Cardinals, 43.2. Coach Ray Richards' workmen also must figure out a defense for Howie Ferguson, Green Bay's fleet back, who gained 564 yards in 111 tries. The Cardinals have no one among the top 10 rushing leaders, although Ollie Matson, their left half, served notice against both Cleveland and Pittsburgh that he no longer is running under wraps. Matson made 66 yards against the Browns before being evicted from the game and collected 130 yards in 13 carries against Pittsburgh.
NOVEMBER 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will
meet the Chicago Cardinals tomorrow in the first regular NFL
game between the two clubs since 1949. An oddity of the 
series, which began in 1921, is that the Cardinals are working
on a regular season seven game winning streak, started in 
1946 and that the 1946 victory ended a string of 15 Green Bay
triumphs! The Packers, however, won an exhibition from the
Cardinals last September in Milwaukee, 37 to 28. Since 1950,
when the All-America conference merged with the NFL, the
Packers have been in the western division and the Cardinals
in the eastern. At the moment each is fourth in its respective
division, the Cardinals with a 3-3-1 record and the Packers 
with 3-4. Tomorrow's contest is expected to draw a capacity 
crowd to City stadium, and also may mark the return to action
of Charley Trippi, veteran Cardinals' back, who was gravely
injured during a preseason game with the 49ers in San
Francisco. Trippi, 32 year old ex-University of Georgia star, has
been working out at quarterback with the Cardinals and may 
fill in for Lamar McHan at that spot. Both teams rely heavily on
their passing attack. Green Bay even more so than the Cards,
and an aerial duel is in prospect. There also should be a 
rivalry worth watching between two great runners - Howie
Ferguson, Green Bay fullback, who is second in the league in
that department, and Ollie Matson, Cardinal left half, who
gained 196 yards of his 344 total in the last two games. Coach
Lisle Blackbourn's Packers hope to end their three game losing streak, the latest a 52 to 31 pasting from the Chicago Bears last Sunday.
NOVEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - The
handicappers has been wrong before on NFL games
this season, and they could be wrong again Sunday,
with the Packers rated three point favorites over the
Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay. In other games,
all on Sunday this week, Detroit is rated three over
Pittsburgh, San Francisco five over Washington,
New York six over Baltimore, Cleveland seven over
Philadelphia and the Chicago Bears a great big 10
over Los Angeles...PACKERS YOUNGEST: Lisle
Blackbourn, in rebuilding the Packers, has perhaps
the youngest team in the league. Average age is
24.97, By comparison, Cleveland's average is 27.7.
Green Bay's oldest, at 29, are Fred Cone and Buddy
Brown. The Browns have 16 men from 29 to 34 years
old...Paul Held, new reserve quarterback of the
Packers, was a radar operator in the Navy. The
question is: Will it help him spot receivers?...The
Packers and Cardinals have not met in a league
game since 1949. The Cards won that one at
Chicago, 41-21, and have a seven game winning
streak over Green Bay. The Packers, however, lead
the all-time series, 29-19, with three ties..Kickoff
time at Green Bay Sunday is 1:05 p.m. half hour
earlier because it gets dark so early. Bud
Jorgensen, in his 32nd season as trainer, will be
honored...BEARS TOO GOOD: After viewing movies
of the Packer-Bear game, Blackbourn said: "When
their guards (Clark and Jones) pulled, they never
wasted themselves. They'd run run through the first
guy, then go farther downfield to knock over someone
else. We have a man or two out of position several
times on defense. Against most teams, a player can
still recover and make the ave. Their blocking was so secure, though, that to be out of position usually meant six points."
​NOVEMBER 13 (Green Bay) - A promising start ruined by three straight setbacks, two of them bad beatings, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to bounce back to .500 in the friendly confines of City stadium here Sunday. Their opposition, the Chicago Cardinals, figures to be the type against which bouncing back is no simple matter. Despite a prediction for cold weather, a crowd of 20,000 is expected to be on hand for the kickoff at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast by WTMJ. The Packers, with three victories and four defeats, rule three point favorites over the Cardinals, who stand at .500 with three victories, three defeats and a tie. Green Bay's chance to live up to the handicap, however, clearly rests with its defense against rushing. In their last three games the Packers have failed to stop Cleveland, Baltimore or the Chicago Bears on the ground. The Cardinals have runners to compare with any team in Ollie Matson, Dave Mann and Johnny Olszewski. Besides, Chicago's quarterback, Lamar McHan, while no passing threat like Graham or even Shaw, Brown or Blanda, is a strong runner. If Green Bay's defensive linemen fail to regain their early season form, the Cardinals will upset the odds, but good. The Packers' strong point, pass defense, is matched against the Cardinals' weakness, passing, and this could help Green Bay, if the line can contain Chicago's runners at all. The Packers' other chance rests with their ability to outscore the Cardinals. They did this in the final preseason exhibition game at Milwaukee, 35-27. Right now, though, Green Bay's offense consists mostly of a pass, by Tobin Rote, and a sweep, by fullback Howie Ferguson. the line, of late, has not been able to open alleys up the middle. The Cardinal defense has been no soft touch this season (second only to Cleveland in holding down the score), so Rote and Ferguson will need more help than they have been getting for the last three games. In two of the last three contests, the packer offense actually was not put on the spot, since the defense let the other team run away and hide. The one redeeming features of the 52-31 pasting by the Bears last Sunday was that the Packers scored four touchdowns in the last quarter. Usually, when a team is as far behind as the Packers were, the score just gets worse. Perhaps the Packers can take it from there and regain respectability.
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - In one of the biggest games of the NFL season, the Chicago Bears will meet the Los Angeles Rams at Wrigley field in Chicago Sunday. The Rams lead the western division, one game ahead of the Bears and Baltimore. The Bears whipped the Rams at Los Angeles two weeks ago, 31-20, and are favored by 10 points to do it again. The western division, supposedly the stronger of the two, trails the eastern so far, three games to one. If the handicappers have things figured right, the western could catch up Sunday. The Packers are favored by three points over the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay, the San Francisco 49ers by five over the Redskins at Washington, and the Detroit Lions by thrice over the Steelers at Pittsburgh. In the other interdivision game the New York Giants of the east rule six point favorites over the Baltimore Colts of the west. The Cleveland Browns, two games ahead in the eastern race, are favored by seven points over the faltering Eagles at Philadelphia.