GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - The passing of their dominating quarterbacks, Adrian Burk and Bobby Thomason, carried the Philadelphia Eagles to their fourth straight exhibition football victory Saturday night at they beat the Green Bay Packers, 24-10. A crowd of 12,500 at
Laidley Field saw Thomason engineer two of the
Eagles' three touchdown thrusts. Aside from a first
period field goal, the Packers did not make a serious
bid until the fourth quarter. Green Bay already was
behind, 24-3, when quarterback Tobin Rote got its
attack clicking consistently for the first time. The
Packers drove 80 yards in 10 plays for their
touchdown, covering 44 of the yards on four passes
from Rote to Fred Cone, Joe Johnson, Veryl Switzer
and Gary Knafelc. The pass to Knafelc for six yards
was the touchdown play. 
PACKERS TAKE LEAD
Fred Cone booted a field goal from his 40 to put
Green Bay out in front, 3-0, early in the first period.
The lead, which held up until a break midway in the
period, enabled the Eagles to tie the score.
Philadelphia stalled at midfield and Burk punted. Al
Carmichael of the Packers got under the ball but
dropped it on his 30 and Jim Weatherall pounced on
it there for the Eagles. On fourth down, Bobby Walston
kicked a field goal from his 25 to make it, 3-3. The
Eagles began rolling in earnest early in the second
period. In 11 plays, including two passes from
Thompson to Pete Pihos that were good for 20 yards
each, they drove 74 yards for a touchdown. Fullback
Dick Bielski plunged over from the one for the score.
BURK, PIHOS CLICK
Chiefly on Burk's passing, Philadelphia drove 77 yards
in 12 plays for another touchdown after taking the kickoff that opened the second half. Burk passed to Pihos from the two for the score. Green Bay got nowhere after the next kickoff and had to punt. Burk flipped passes to Pihos for 21, 11 and 12 yards and to Bill Stribling for 12 in a 64 yard scoring thrust that took 12 plays. Bielski burst through left tackle for nine yards to score on the second play of the fourth period. Behind 24-3, Green Bay belatedly started rolling up yardage after receiving the next kickoff. Switzer broke loose for a 28-yard gain from the 20 to start the drive. After the Packers had reached the six, Rote connected with Knafelc, who was standing on the goal line in the left corner, for their only touchdown. Burk completed 11 of 21 passes for 145 yards. Thomason made good on eight of 10 for 83 yards. Rote hit on 13 of 31 tries for 172 yards.
PHILADELPHIA -  3  7  7  7 - 24
GREEN BAY    -  3  0  0  7 - 10
1st - GB – Cone, 40-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - PHIL - Bobby Walston, 25-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - PHIL - Dick Bielski, 1-yard run (Walston kick) PHILADELPHIA 10-3
3rd - PHIL - Pete Pihos, 2-yard pass from Adrian Burk (Walston kick) PHILADELPHIA 17-3
4th - PHIL - Bielski, 9-yard run (Walston kick) PHILADELPHIA 24-3
4th - GB - Knafelc, 6-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) PHILADELPHIA 24-10
passes in 1954 (best in the league), but when the defense covered his receivers, Rote took to the obvious, free-wheeling like a halfback for 301 yards (best in the league). A review of last season's statistics reveals that Rote was the second leading yard producer. He gained 2,612 yards, only 15 less than Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams. Otto Graham of the Browns was third. This is Tobin's sixth season with the Packers and it could be his best IF his receivers can hang on to his baseball-like pitches and IF he gets assistance from an offensive line which, on paper, appears stronger. Rote has been an in-and-outer during the exhibition trail. He's appeared like a pitcher reporting to spring training, finding his control not up to par. The consequence has been three losses in four starts. So Saturday night at Winston-Salem, NC, Packer followers will be watching to see if Tobin can regain his 1954 form, a necessary adjustment if Green Bay expects to make itself respected in a usually tough Western Division. Rote, 27, is one of the sturdiest quarterbacks in the league. He's a well-proportioned 205 pounds, stacked on a 6-3 frame. While Rote can pass 'em dizzy, it's his running that really kills 'em. In five previous seasons at Green Bay, Tobin has averaged an imposing 5.6 yards every time he lugged the ball. Tobin is a Texan and became adept at running while playing high school ball at San Antonio from 1943-45. Rote was used a fullback and tailback in a single win. Tob's frequent fondness for running has time and again given enemy tacklers an opportunity to put his out of business. But they haven't, just to show Rote's durability. He has never missed a Packer game, playing in 60 straight league contests and also taken part in countless intra-squad tussles and exhibitions. In ball carrier ratings, Tob was ranked 23rd in the league, highest among the quarterbacks. The next QB on the league list was the Rams' Billy Wade, who understudied Van Brocklin. Wade was 35th in ground gaining, the Cardinals' Lamar McHan was 47th, the Lions' Bobby Layne was 52nd, the Washington Redskins' Al Dorow was 53rd and Graham was 55th, 22 places behind Rote. One of the most feared backs in the NFL, Rote's reputation as a passer and runner is second to none. The Rote-propelled Packers could be a barn-burner when warmed up...BAYS KEEP DAHMS, WAIVE ELLIOTT: Veteran end Stretch Elliott, released by the Los Angeles Rams, has not been reclaimed, the Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday. The Packers will retain ex-Ram tackle Tom Dahms, acquired in a trade for Elliott and a high draft choice. Green Bay will fulfill the draft choice part of the trade, but Elliott may now be claimed by any club in the NFL.
PACKERS PLAY IN EAST AGAIN
SEPTEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Smarting under three straight defeats since they beat the New York Giants in their first game a month ago, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to halt their exhibition slide when they meet the Washington Redskins Saturday night. Green Bay ruled a one point favorite. The Packers will be without Al Carmichael, veteran halfback, who suffered a shoulder separation in last week's game with Philadelphia, but will have middle guard Bill Forester again. Forester missed last week's game because of his son's illness in Green Bay.
PACKERS PASS 'GLUE' TO ENDS
SEPTEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers will be out to hang on to Tobin Rote's pitches and break a three-game losing streak Saturday night when they meet the Redskins at Winston-Salem, NC in the fifth exhibition game of the season. Failures to hang on to the football cost the Packers a 24-20 defeat by the Eagles last Saturday. Nine perfect passes from Rote were dropped during the course of the game. An offensive stepup has been the theme of drills at Greensboro, NC this week where coach Liz Blackbourn has been ironing out flaws. The Packers will break their eastern camp Saturday and return to Green Bay Sunday. Blackbourn received disturbing news when it was reported halfback Al Carmichael had suffered a dislocated shoulder in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' game and will be be lost for at least two weeks. No other injuries were incurred, although Rote had to sit out part of the game when he was shaken up...Jim Philbee, drafted by the Packers in the 19th round in 1953, has joined the club after a trial with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian League. A former track star, Philbee qualified for the Olympics as a hurdler. Blackbourn will try Philbee as an end, hoping he will be the answer to the problem created by the departure of Max McGee...Dick Deschaine, rookie punter from Menominee, MI, continued his sensational punting against the Eagles. On seven punts, Deschaine had a 45.9 average. That gives him a three-game average of 46.9 on 19 punts...Norm Nygaard, recently obtained from the Los Angeles Rams, is considered one of the finest backs in San Diego State College history. He was the Rams' fourth choice in 1954 but plays with San Diego last season. Nygaard set an all-time school rushing record in 1952 with 1,116 yards. Last season, he was named to the Little All-American eleven and was all-league for three straight years.
NYGAARD LOST AS PACKERS GET SET FOR 'SKINS TONIGHT
SEPTEMBER 9 (Winston-Salem, NC) - The Green Bay Packers concluded one of the most rugged drills ever in preparation for their Saturday night exhibition against the Washington Redskins and it cost them the services of halfback Norm Nygaard, recently acquired from the Los Angeles Rams. Nygaard suffered a broken wrist in passing drills, designed to sharpen Green Bay's lacking offensive punch. The former San Diego State back will be lost for the season, and he will likely be placed on waivers. It was the second serious injury in less than a week, Halfback Al Carmichael sustaining a dislocated shoulder in the Philadelphia Eagles game. Carmichael should be ready to start practice in three weeks. Coach Liz Blackbourn worked the squad in 90 degree heat Friday mainly on its aerial timing, with the emphasis on Tobin Rote throwing under fire. Rote seemed to be approaching his better self, hitting targets time and again - with the receivers hanging on to his rocket passes. The Redskins, training at Memphis, TN, will be slight underdogs. Both squads have similar exhibition marks, winning but one game. Green Bay turned back New York, 31-24, while Washington upset Los Angeles, 31-28. Since those wins, the Packers took it on the chin from Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Redskins lost to San Francisco, Detroit, Baltimore and the Chicago Bears. The teams met only once in 1954, the Packers winning, 31-3, at Raleigh, NC.
EXHIBITION - Philadelphia Eagles 24, Green Bay Packers (1-3) 10
Saturday September 3rd 1955 (at Charleston, WV)
NEWS AND NOTES
OBTAIN HALFBACK
SEPTEMBER 5 (Charleston, WV) - Halfback Norm Nygaard of San Diego State Saturday was obtained by the Green Bay Packers from the Los Angeles Rams. If he makes the grade, the Rams will receive an undisclosed draft choice.
PACKERS GET ELLIOTT BACK
SEPTEMBER 6 (Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Rams released Stretch Elliott Tuesday, sending the veteran back to the Green Bay Packers for tackle Tom Dahms. Elliot was acquired in a trade with the Packers for Dahms and a high draft choice.
LACK OF PASSING OFFENSE CAUSES POOR RECORD; IMPROVEMENT LIKELY
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - There is nothing wrong with the Green Bay Packers, fretting and stewing down there in Greensboro, NC with a 1-3 record in exhibition games, which a little offense couldn't cure. The bare results at the moment will hardly send Green Bay's good burghers into a Kozatchok down the main stem, but they certainly don't portend a dull, unhappy fall ahead. The club beat the Giants in the opener, 31-24, then bowed to Cleveland, 13-7, Pittsburgh, 16-14, and Philadelphia 24-10. All but the Philadelphia game was close. Each, except maybe the Philadelphia game, could have gone the other way, and even the Philadelphia game might have, had the receivers not suddenly developed a severe case of butter fingers. Nine passes were dropped - a couple of them touchdown passes. On defense, the club has left little to be desired. Only three teams in fact, judging by points allowed, have done a better job so far - Philadelphia, Detroit and San Francisco. Philadelphia has allowed 11 points per game, Detroit 11.25 and San Francisco 13.8. Green Bay has allowed 19.25. All of the others have allowed more. On offense, though, the story is entirely different. There lies the key to the difficulties so far - perhaps the key to the season. The offense must begin to jell and specifically the passing offense. No team can go very far in pro ball without a good, consistent aerial arm. The Packers just haven't had it. Either Tobin Rote, off to a slow start, has passed poorly as he did in the Pittsburgh game in which he completed only 29 percent, or his protection has been spotty, or his receivers have dropped the ball as they did in the Philadelphia game Saturday night. Actually, the running hasn't been too bad. The Packers in their present state will never have a ground attack like San Francisco's or Los Angeles' or even close to it. But they could come up with something that would let them get by as a .500 club if only the passing improved. In their four games, they have been outgained on the ground by some 120 yards, which isn't bad. Some of the trouble undoubtedly stems from the very nature of Lisle Blackbourn's rebuilding program. He wanted defensive men first in the last draft and he got them - Tom Bettis, linebacker, the No. 1 choice; Jim Temp, defensive end, the No. 2 choice; Norm Amundsen, defensive guard (now in the Army), No. 6 choice. The best offensive man he picked was Buddy Leake of Oklahoma, but he jumped to Canada. At any rate, it's the offense that will cure a lot of of the present little ills and the offense should come. More work will certainly help. So will offensive halfback Norm Nygaard just obtained from the Los Angeles Rams and offensive end Jim Philbee of Bradley, a refugee from Canada. Bill Lucky, offensive tackle, should soon begin to round into shape after his appendectomy, and guard Jack Spinks, converted from a fullback, should continue to improve as an offensive guard. At the moment, the Packers stand 10th among the 12 teams as a scoring machine. Only the Cardinals and Washington have shown less of a punch. This will still be a Packer team that will give trouble to all.
ROTE EARNS HIS KEEP
SEPTEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Tobin Rote is the highest paid Packer in 37 years of professional football, earning a reported $18,000 a season. He's Mr. Offense for Green Bay and his achievements deserve every penny the Packers can pay him. The 1954 season showed that Rote was the passingest and runningest quarterback in the league. The competition was talent like Graham, Layne, Van Brocklin, Tittle and Burk. But if there was a quarterback to make the defense honest, it was Rote. Tobin completed 180