(GREEN BAY) - Even a 106-yard kickoff return by Al Carmichael could not save the Green Bay Packers from a 37-21 mauling by the Chicago Bears here Sunday. Carmichael's dash, behind scythelike blocking, set a NFL record but as things turned out, only made the score a little more respectable. The Bears were just too good, and that is a familiar old story. A sellout crowd of 24,668 which brimmed over City Stadium can testify firsthand and so can those who watched by television.
A fumble which turned into a lateral and a touchdown for the Bears late in the first half was the thing which detonated the Bears. This is not to say the Packers would have won the Bears not gotten the unorthodox score, but it certainly changed the situation thereafter. Instead of leading at the half, 14-13, the Packers trailed, 20-14, and they never caught up again. Despite the Bears' obvious superiority, the Packers somehow retained a good chance to win until well into the fourth quarter. Then a gamble on fourth down which misfired cost them their last chance and let the Bears go on to hang up a superfluous tally. The fluke touchdown late in the second quarter, though, was the turning point. It happened like this: Chicago had fourth down and one yard to go on Green Bay's three. Quarterback Ed Brown faked a handoff to fullback Rick Casares, then handed off to halfback Bob Watkins.
The Packer line was there to greet him. Watkins did not even make it to the line of scrimmage before he was lifted up and turned around. But just as it seemed that the Packers had saved the day, Watkins somehow became separated from the football, which popped back into the arms of the surprised Brown, who was a casual spectator on the five yard line. With players massed around Watkins, it was a simple thing for Brown to run into the end zone, which he did. Carmichael's long run broke the old league record of 105 yards, set by Frank Seno of the Chicago Cardinals against the New York Giants in 1946. Aside from this and the abortive goal line stands, however, the Packers had few moments. Tobin Rote threw to Bill Howton for two touchdowns, six yards in the second quarter and 16 in the fourth. But that was about all. Rote for the second straight week did not have one of his better days. Fullback Howie Ferguson ran well, but he could not carry the ground gaining burden alone. Passes were overthrown and passes were dropped.
And the Packer defense, which played so well against Detroit, came completely unglued. Poor tackling, bad guesses, poor judgment on passes - all contributed. Green Bay could not stop the charges of fullback Casares or halfbacks Watkins and Perry Jeter, slippery little rookie, or they could not stop the passes of Brown, nor his runs when he could not find anyone to throw to. The Bears scored the first five times they got the ball - three touchdowns and two field goals. Surprising thing was that the Packers made it a game as long as they did, for they trailed by only six points, 27-21, early in the final period. Casares, who gained 139 yards rushing, scored twice - on a nine yard pass from Brown in the first quarter and on a 14 yard burst off tackle in the third. Brown, who went the route at quarterback for the first time, ran over the fluke score and passed nine yards to Bill McColl for the extra score in the fourth. George Blanda, given no opportunity to quarterback because of Brown's fine play, kicked three field goals, from 29, 41 and 11 yards out, and converted four time. Fred Cone kicked Green Bay's three points.
In the first 13 minutes the Bears controlled the ball for 22 plays from scrimmage to the Packers' there, yet Chicago led only 10-7. Brown's nine yard pass to Casares opened the scoring, but Carmichael ran back the ensuing kickoff, starting up the middle, veering to the left, hurdling Stan Jones, who crept through the convoy and outrunning the few Bears who got up after they had been knocked down. Blanda then kicked his first two field goals in succession, from the 29 late in the first period and from the 41 early in the second. Here the Packers put together a 79 yard drive in eight plays, with Ferguson's running and Rote's passing carrying straight down the field. After a five yard penalty had pushed them back to the Bears' six, Rote threw to Howton, who fooled J.C. Caroline completely in the end zone. The Packers led, 14-13, but only until the Bears marched 80 yards for their strange, crushing touchdown. At the outset of the second half, Chicago rumbled 80 yards in eight plays, with Casares smashing the final 14, and it was 27-14. 
Here the Packer defense finally pulled itself together for awhile and, aided by a holding penalty and a batted down pass, held the Bears on their next two series. The Packer offense, however, stalled at the same time. Once Green Bay reached the Bears' 19 before a holding penalty ruined their chances and subsequently Cone was short with his field goal try from the 49. Carmichael's 22 yard punt return late in the third quarter put Green Bay in business on the Bears' 42 and nine plays later, 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, Rote passed 16 yards over the middle to Howton for the score which pulled the Packers within six points, at 27-21. But here the defense fell to pieces again. A holding penalty left the Bears with third down and 19 on the Packers' 41, but, as with key plays all afternoon, Brown was able to hit Gene Schroeder for a first down on the Packer 18. Green Bay once more pulled it together briefly, but Chicago was close enough for Blanda to kick an easy field goal with 10 minutes left and Green Bay needed more than a touchdown to go ahead. The next sequence went badly and the Packers punted with fourth and 10. The Bears, however, had 12 men on the field and were penalized five yards. Earlier the Bears had only 10 men lined up for a kickoff, so this evened it up. It also gave the Packers fourth and five to go on their 33 and they decided to gamble.
After a time out, Rote passed to Carmichael for what would have been a first down but Carmichael failed to hang on to the football. The Bears required only five plays to pull completely out of reach, Brown passing to McColl for the last nine yards. Bart Starr took over for Rote at quarterback at this point and he guided the Packers to the Bears' 10, where they stalled. Bob Dillon's interception gave Green Bay one last chance for a consolation score, but Starr's pass to Joe Johnson wound up on the 28 as time ran out. The Bears' victory, their first under new Coach Paddy Driscoll, was their 44th in the series with Green Bay. The Packers have won 25 games and six have ended in ties Next: The Baltimore Colts and Alan Ameche, victors over the Bears, and like the Packers, losers to leading Detroit. The Packers will meet the Colts at County Stadium in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon.
CHICAGO BEARS - 10 10  7 10 - 37
GREEN BAY     -  7  7  0  7 - 21
1st - CHI - Rick Casares, 9-yard pass from Ed Brown (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - GB - Carmichael, 106-yard kickoff return (Cone kick) TIED 7-7
1st - CHI - Blanda, 29-yard field goal CHICAGO 10-7
2nd - CHI - Blanda, 41-yard field goal CHICAGO 13-7
2nd - GB - Howton, 6-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-13
2nd - CHI - Brown, 3-yard fumble return (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 20-14
3rd - CHI - Casares, 14-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 27-14
4th - GB - Howton, 16-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) CHICAGO 27-21
4th - CHI - Blanda, 11-yard field goal CHICAGO 30-21
4th - CHI - Bill McColl, 9-yard pass from Brown (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 37-21

OCTOBER 8 (Green Bay) - The Packers Monday announced the outright release of defensive end Emery Barnes to get down to the limit of 33 players. Barnes, formerly of Oregon, rejoined the Packers this fall after two years' miliary service.
OCTOBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The big mystery in Packerland Monday was what happened to Liz Blackbourn's best team, the club which was expected to jump into contention in a rugged Western Division after enthusing Wisconsin's pro football followers with a 4-1 preseason romp. Whether the Packers have yet to jell is problematical to this observer. With a better line, they should be stronger offensively - yet haven't clicked consistently. The attack is not diversified enough. Defensively, more mistakes have been made than a year ago. Adequate replacements for Doyle Nix on defense and Veryl Switzer on offense haven't been found. For word from the chief himself, here are Blackbourn's answers to some timely questions:
Q. After a good camp and exhibition season, what has been the reason for the slow start when it counts? A. We have probably played two better ball clubs.
Q. Have the Packers the personnel to match the Lions and the Bears? A. We would have to play over our heads to beat those clubs. We would have to play pretty high offensively to beat the Lions and pretty high defensively against the Bears to win.
Q. With a better line, is Tobin Rote getting such good protection that his timing is off? Blackbourn just laughed at this one.
Q. Four passes were dropped against the Bears, one each by Joe Johnson, Al Carmichael, Bill Howton and Breezy Reid. Why so jittery? A. I can't explain that.
Q. Was Gary Knafelc ignored by Rote. He caught only one pass and that one in the third quarter while Howton was catching six for 97 yards. A. Gary was doubled up by the Bears, leaving the other side more open.
Q. Will Bart Starr be used more? A. Starr looked good, completing five of 12 passes, Sunday. We'll be using him more.
Q. Why has there been inconsistency at the halfback posts? Will Jack Losch get a chance here? A. Maybe there have not been enough halfback plays. Johnson has been used primarily as a flanker. Reid has not looked good and we still aren't too high on Losch, although he may be give a chance at halfback.
Q. It's obvious opponents are passing to the weak link in your pass defense, the spot manned by Hank Gremminger and Jim Capuzzi. Can anything be done to plug that hole? A. We don't have anyone else. We'll just have to try to correct their mistakes.
Q. Do you believe runners like Casares and Watkins of the Bears will have good games against other opponents or is there an apparent weakness in the Packer defense? A. They may not. I think the Lions' defense has the best chance to beat the Bears. I can't see anyone else beating the Bears. We have work to do.
Q. Had there been much preparation in setting up Carmichael's 106-yard kickoff return? A. Yes, we've worked on it quite extensively.
Q. Do you think the Packers can come out of this? A. We can do better. I still think with a break we could have split these first two. I don't think we could have beaten the Bears. We need a lot of work to correct our defensive errors.
Two games and two losses don't mean a season. Club spirit is still high. And if the Packers could tear a leaf from the Bears' successful tale of last fall, when they dropped their first three and then won six straight, the boys from the Bay could jump back where they belong. Sunday's date with the Colts at the Stadium (1:05) is the time to rebound.
OCTOBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Al Carmichael is trying his darndest to make Wisconsin football fans forget what he did in the 1953 Rose Bowl. If you remember, Carmichael caught the winning touchdown pass to give Southern California a 7-0 win over the Badgers that New Year's Day. The pride of USC was then plucked as the Packers' No. 1 draft choice. "Hoagy" was soon destined to become one of the most feared kickoff and punt return men in the pro business. He ranked second in punt returns the very first year. And, better yet, Carmichael seemed to be getting better with age. Last October at Cleveland he stuffed a 100-yard kickoff return down the Browns' throats. Sunday at Green Bay, his record-breaking 106-yard kickoff return against the Bears labeled him one of the greatest. Here is what the Packer halfback has to say about his latest feat: "We had been drilling on three returns, up the middle, turning left or turning right. On the opening kickoff, I went up the middle and only got to the 20. The next one we tried to outfox the Bears. I started up the middle again, then cut sharply to my left and picked up interference. Forrest Gregg threw a key block at the 20 and, when I reached the 50, I knew I could go the distance. It was the same type of run I went 100 yards in Cleveland last year." Carmichael will never forget that game winning touchdown before more than 100,000 in Pasadena. And 24,668 Packer-backers who crammed into City Stadium last Sunday will never let him forget that 106 yard gallop. "Biggest football thrill? Both of them," laughed the Packer speedster. The 27-year old Los Angeles resident was a track star at USC, which polished his running ability. Carmichael isn't the bruising, smashing type of runner. Rather, he's the agile type, and if give the chance, can go the distance. Carmichael is a flanker back on offense, used mostly as a passing target, although he hasn't burned up the league in this department. Best on kickoff returns he's the best in the league, a marked man who will give any opponent the jitters on every boot.
OCTOBER 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - George Shaw, Baltimore quarterback who will face the Green Bay Packers at County Stadium Sunday afternoon, gets the vote of Packer scout Wally Cruice as the "best in pro football". After watching Shaw against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, Cruice said, "If I had to take one quarterback in the whole league, it would be Shaw. He's young, nimble and can run and he can pass. He throws a 'soft' pass, too - easy to handle. You can't rush him too hard or he'll run through you. Now that he has a year of experience, I'd say he's great."...Not even Shaw could beat Detroit's defense last Saturday. The Lions closed in hon him like a net and he had no place to run. He connected on two long passes or Baltimore might have been shut out...Preparation of the Stadium for football was completed Wednesday. The skin part of the baseball infield was not sodded. That was tried three years ago and did not work well. The grass part of the infield, however, was resodded - for the World Series. Bleachers seating 5,600 were put up on the east sideline, in left field. There are six sections, 37 rows high. Capacity of the Stadium for football is about 40,000. Last year's Baltimore game, on a Saturday night, drew 40,1999...Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, says of electronic gadgets used by Cleveland, the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit to relay signals to the players by the coaches, "They ought to outlaw them. They make a farce of the game."...George Svendsen, former Minnesota and Packer center, now a scout with the San Francisco 49ers, is a great believer in defense. "In the last few years,' he said at Green Bay Sunday, "the Bears and the Rams have had the greatest offenses in pro football. Detroit and Cleveland have had the greatest defenses. You know who won. (Detroit and Cleveland, the book says.)...The emphasis has been on defense in the NFL, but something went haywire last Sunday. The 49ers beat the Rams, 33-30; the Cardinals beat the Giants, 35-27; and the Bears beat the Packers, 37-21. That's an average of 30 1/2 points a team.
OCTOBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - Alan (The Horse) Ameche and Howie (Bronco) Ferguson will resume their fullback duel when the Baltimore Colts meet the Green Bay Packers at County Stadium Sunday afternoon. Ferguson, Louisianan with no college experience, has the edge so far this season in two games. Each team has played the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. Baltimore broke even and the Packers lost two. In 20 carries, Ferguson has gained 106 yards. Ameche, former All-American from Wisconsin and a Kenosha product, has gained 67 yards in 21 tries. Last year Ameche led the NFL in ground gaining with 961 yards in 213 attempts. He was the first rookie to lead the league since Bill Pascal of the New York Giants in 1943. Ameche had a big hand in the Colts' two victories over the Packers a year ago. Despite Ameche's slow start, Coach Weeb Ewbank calls him "an improved football player in many respects." "His grade of 96 percent in the Bear game this year," Ewbank said, "far surpassed anything he did last season. On one play, Ameche faked into the line with such realism that three Bears tackled him. He didn't have the ball, but the way he did the job made the touchdown."...Baltimore's offensive backfield is one of the youngest in league history. George Shaw at quarterback, Ameche at fullback and L.G. Dupre at left halfback are all sophomores, and Lenny Moore of Penn State, at right half, is a rookie.
OCTOBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Baltimore's two-year olds, those frisky Colts who kicked many opponents as yearlings, seem destined for distinction this gall. Ameche, Shaw and Dupre are primed for the title race, confident after an exceptional freshmen start. These were the horses who tossed the Packers for a double loop last year and are anxious to turn the trick again Sunday at County Stadium. "Milwaukee fans will see a more diversified backfield," Colt Publicitor John Steadman promised Wednesday. "George Shaw is throwing accurately more often. Al Ameche is powering up the middle, ramming the tackles and shooting on the outside for distance and L.G. Dupre ranks second to Ameche as a runner and is Shaw's best target." The Colts are anxious to spring Billy Vessels against the Packers. The former Oklahoma All-American, who played three years in Canada before being lured home by Baltimore, is ready to romp after nursing a pulled thigh muscle ever since summer camp opened. Statistic point out that Ameche hasn't carried the ball as often as he did a year ago. "He doesn't have to with Shaw, Dupre and Lenny Moore giving our offense more fire," Steadman reasoned. Ameche has a 3.2 average for 67 yards. Shaw has completed 27 of 43 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Dupre has caught seven passes for 136 yards. Ameche and Dupre both lead the club in scoring with two touchdowns apiece. "Moore looked fabulous in the preseason games, but opponents have keyed their defenses to stop him lately," Steadman said. Moore, the Colts' top draft choice, has gained only 12 yards in four carries. That fearsome fivesome, Gino Marchetti, Art Donovan, Joe Campanella, Tom Finnin and Don Joyce are back to "tease" the Packer attack. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn agrees with every other Baltimore opponent that this defensive line is the best in pro ball. "But we remember what happened last October," Steadman interjected. "The Packers lost but gave us a real physical beating. Marchetti, Campanella and Joyce were crippled for two weeks. We expect another rough Sunday. We don't think the Packers are dirty, but we'll rate them as the roughest team in the league." The Colts are confident of being a title contender this season. They defeated the Bears, 28-21, with a sure-firing Shaw passing the Bruins dizzy. Last Saturday's 31-14 loss to the Lions was excused as a "poor night". "Our freshmen are a year older and a year wise," Steadman pointed out. "They proved themselves last season and are anxious to improve this season."
officials expect between 20,000 and 25,000 fans and say "It might hit 30,000 with good weather."
OCTOBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The word from Green Bay Friday was the winless Packers will go for broke, as they say, against the Colts at the Stadium Sunday. Liz Blackbourn's twice beaten gridders have fire in their eyes. And any resemblance of the Packers the Colts scouted on film clips and the fuming foe which will take the turf at 1:05 will be like night and day. The odds-makers must have listened, for they tab the season's pro debut here as a tossup, even though the Colts (1-1) hold a three-game winning streak over the Packers and have beaten the Bears, 28-21, a club which drubbed the Bays last week, 37-21. Upwards of 25,000 fans are expected to sit in on the battle. The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s and cloudy. There will be no local TV. The Colts insist they've never won as favorites and are more than anxious to meet the Packers on even terms. They admit, however, they're mystified over the winless Packer start. Coach Weeb Ewbank brings his Colts into town Saturday after a week long preparation of trying to setup his running game (what's this?). Baltimore was subject to the Detroit treatment last Saturday, and the Lions got another vote as having the best defense in the league. Alan (The Horse) Ameche, last season's rookie of the year and the ground gaining champion of the league, is still the same powerful fellow. There's speed and shiftiness aplenty among the Colt halfbacks, L.G. Dupre, Lenny Moore, Royce Womble and Billy Vessels. But Detroit stopped them. Although Packer preparations have been behind closed doors in Green Bay, there's no question emphasis has been on offense. The boys who game the Packers punch last season haven't caught fire yet. Only fullback Howie Ferguson has come through. Fergy gained 72 yards in 12 attempts against the Bears and helped make the Bay offence click in two touchdown drives. For two games, Howie has gained 106 yards in 20 attempts - an average of 5.3. Then comes the dropoff. Breezy Reid has carried six times in two games for 22 yards. Al Carmichael four for 17, Tobin Rote 14 for 39, Joe Johnson one for three and Bart Starr one for 12. The Packers are aiming to fire every possible offensive weapon and time for the showdown is Sunday.
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The situation is sharply different here from that of a year ago as the Packers move to County Stadium for the first game on the Milwaukee half of their league schedule against Baltimore Sunday. Last year Liz Blackbourn's operators
had two big wins under their belts (over the Lions and
Bears) and the championship fire already was burning
when they came here to battle Al (The Horse) Ameche
and assorted Colts. This time it's a "must" deal for the
Bays if they hope to stay in contention. Having dropped
decisions to the Lions and Bears at Green Bay, they
are 0 for 2, as they say in baseball. A third straight
defeat and they can practically kiss real title hopes
goodbye. If 1955 history repeats, the switch to
Milwaukee may be just the tonic the Packers need to
get back on the winning beam. They played solid,
entertaining and, for the most part, inspired ball in the
three games here a year ago - even in defeat against
Baltimore. A rough first quarter, during which the Colts
 racked up 21 points, cost the Bays that one. The final
score was 24-20 and, you may recall, Blackbourn's
charges were only 16 yards away from a touchdown
when the final gun cracked...'55 COLT GAME BROKE
ATTENDANCE RECORD: On the next trip, they edged
the Los Angeles Rams, 30-28, in a super thriller. They
closed out the local half of the card with a 27-21 victory
over San Francisco. The Stadium site is even more
attractive this year, with the Cleveland Browns replacing
San Francisco. That game, the last of three, will be
played November 4. Which means it is reasonable to
expect a better total break in the weather. The Rams
will make their annual appearance a week from Sunday.
Last year's sellout crowd of 40,1999, largest football gathering in Milwaukee history, was a personal tribute to Ameche, then in his first season of pro ball after a brilliant career at Wisconsin. Although the Horse is going great guns again and still is a top drawing card, it isn't likely that the record figure will be approached Sunday. But it would cause no great surprise to wind up with a turnstile count upwards of 25,000. By the way, in case you are one of the many asking the question, the Packers' previous attendance mark for a game in this state was 34,369 set in 1948 for the game with the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair Park. The best total at the Stadium prior to last year's Baltimore game was 23,352 for the Rams in 1953...BALTIMORE IS FOOTBALL'S MIRACLE TOWN: According to John Steadman, the Colts' public relations chief, Baltimore is to pro football exactly what Milwaukee is to baseball - the miracle town. "You just couldn't believe it without seeing it," said Steadman. "Our fans carry on like the most rabid, enthusiastic college crowd. Just before the kickoff they stand to sing the Colt Fight song, much like collegians do for alma mater. All the cheering, led by numerous girl cheerleaders, is highly organized. Each side of the field even tried to out-yell and out-cheere the other. All the usual collegiate trimmings, including the band, add to the colorful show, of course. Everything adds up to a terrific tonic for players just off the campuses themselves." There is no more popular player than Ameche. A sample of his popularity Ameche footballs for small fry are selling like hot cakes in a leading department store. Also, children are being named after him, as Steadman discovered only the other day when a woman called the Colt office to ask if Ameche would autograph a football. After getting a "yes" rely, she explained: "We named our son Alan. We would have used Ameche's middle name, too, but didn't know it at the time. Our little boy is now eight months old and we thought it would be nice to put the autographed ball in his nursery." Good to hear because it proves the Horse still has his feet on the ground and is the same solid, fine young man who helped make football history at Kenosha High School and Wisconsin.
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - George Shaw will be in the saddle again Sunday to ride the Baltimore steed. Laying in ambush will be a herd of resentful Packers, furious to string up the villain who shot the Bays out of contention last fall. "Shaw's the man to get," Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said Thursday. "He's the improvement in the Colts this season." Films of the Bear-Colt game showed that Shaw never allowed the Bears to relax. He passed long and short, from both a set position and on the run. And when he didn't throw the ball, he tucked it under his arm and ran for distance. Shaw lost his apprentice bug as a rookie last season and is capable of stepping down from his saddle behind the T and becoming the fleetest quarterback in the game. The frisky Colt can be corralled, though. Shaw was shackled by Detroit's devastating defense and the Colts lost, 31-14. However, Shaw did uncork two long aerials, 48 yards to Ray
Berry and a 49 yard touchdown strike to L.G. Dupre. "Shaw is a real good quarterback, there's no question about that," Blackbourn admits. "Sure, Detroit gave him trouble, but they'll do that to any passer." The Packers have flashed fire in practice this week, anxious to even a few scores:
1. They have never beaten the Colts in Milwaukee, losing two in a row at County Stadium and the return game at Baltimore last October. Baltimore's twin win last year was by eight points.
2. The Packers, still confident they can come up with a winning season, figure this is a must win. It's a shoot the works affair for the Bays who are ready to sock 'em Sunday.
Blackbourn has spent considerable time on his passing attack, with Tobin Rote and Bart Starr being given plenty of work. Liz is especially high on the Alabama rookie and will use him if Rote gets into trouble. Rote hasn't had a good game yet, but watch out when he does. Blackbourn is confident Rote will snap out of it and his Packers will roll. But with a replacement like Starr available, the load does not rest squarely on Rote's shoulders as it did the past two seasons.
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers will go all out for revenge when they meet the Baltimore Colts and Alan Ameche at County Stadium Sunday afternoon. Baltimore beat the Packers twice last season, each time by four points. It was 24-20 here before 40,199 fans in a Saturday night thriller and 14-10 at Baltimore later. Each time Ameche, the former Wisconsin All-American Horse turned all-pro Colt, played a big part. In the first meeting, George Shaw, nifty quarterback from Oregon, all but ruined Green Bay with two long passes as Baltimore went ahead in the first quarter, 21-7. The Packers never caught up, although they were on the Baltimore's 16 yard line when the game ended and Tobin Rote's pass slithered off Bill Howton's fingertips on the goal line. "Shaw is the fellow we've got to stop," Blackbourn said Friday. In the second meeting, when a touchdown would again have meant victory for Green Bay, the Packers stalled inside Baltimore's five yard line. This time, Rote's pass bounced off Al Carmichael's hip in the end zone. A year ago, when the Packers and Colts met here, they shared the conference lead with a 2-0 records. Green Bay went on to finish third with a 6-6 mark and Baltimore fourth with 5-6-1. Now the Packers are on the bottom, having lost to the powerful Detroit Lions, only undefeated team in the division after two weeks, and the Chicago Bears, preseason favorites. Against the same two opponents, the Colts split even, upsetting the Bears and being throttled by Detroit. Baltimore rules a slight favorite, as the record suggests. Packer
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If Tobin Rote can unleash his buggy-whip arm with old accuracy Sunday, the Packers have as good a chance as anyone else to upend the Colts. If the veteran flipper has little success as in his first two starts, the Packers can look for their third frustrating Sunday. A hot Rote mans that much to the winless Packers. More than 25,000 fans at the Stadium will be on hand to see what ticks with these mysterious Packers, who were pegged as a dark horse contender and have failed to win. Against the Lions and Bears, Rote completed only 18 passes in 45 attempts for 207 yards. Four of them went for touchdowns and two were intercepted. Meanwhile, Bobby Layne was hitting seven of 12 targets for 129 yards as the Lions won, 20-16, and Eddie Brown of the Bears completed 11 of 16 aerials for 188 yards, one of the big reasons the Bruins subdued the Bays, 37-21. Rote had one of his best preseason campaigns and personally felt this was to be his best year with a rebuilt line giving him the best protection ever. But as yet, Tob hasn't hit his stride, either overthrowing his mark or having his receivers drop his bullet tosses. Billy Howton has been Rote's favorite choice this season, snaring 11 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. The biggest disappointment is Gary Knafelch, heralded as one reason the Packers should be a contender this fall. Knafelc, who has been doubled up defensively, has caught only two passes for 13 yards on one touchdown. Something has to give soon. The Packers' aerial game has never sputtered so badly. The brash Colts come to town, bragging a more diversified attack than a year ago when they whacked the Packers twice. "Colts, my eye," was the Bay reaction after seeing Baltimore had the horses to mean business last year. Quarterback George Shaw's arm has given Baltimore a double-barreled attack with such runners as Al (The Horse) Ameche, L.G. Dupre, Lenny Moore and Billy Vessels rarin' to go. Shaw has completed 27 of 43 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns, a true indication he has earned his pro spurs. The Packers should be playing their hearts out in this one, realizing that a loss will peg them as the "weak" sister in the strong Western Division. But Rote is the man to watch - his arm means everything to the Packers.
Chicago Bears (1-1) 37, Green Bay Packers (0-2) 21
Sunday October 7th 1956 (at Green Bay)