GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(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.
FUMBLE CHANGES SITUATION
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.
BROWN GETS SURPRISE
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.
CASARES IS CEASAR
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.
CARMICHAEL ELUDES PACK
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.
PULL SELVES TOGETHER
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.
BEARS SCORE CLINCHER
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
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS CUT BARNES
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.
NO PACKER PUZZLE; FOES BETTER
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.
AL'S GAINING PAL AFTER '53 INSULT
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.
'BEST IN PRO FOOTBALL' - SHAW OF BALTIMORE GETS VOTE OF CRUICE
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.
BRONCO VS. HORSE
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.
FRISKY COLTS SET FOR TITLE MARCH
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."