(MILWAUKEE) - The Packers punched with old fury, the Colts kicked back as expected - defense was tossed out the window. But Green Bay had a sure-firing Tobin Rote. This was the difference at the County Stadium Sunday as the Packers finally lived up to expectations by beating Baltimore 38-33. 
It was one of those wild and wooly affairs, both teams cashing in at the pay window with just about every possible type of scoring method to thrill a crowd of 24,214. Rote unleased two touchdown strikes to Gary Knafelc and scored twice on quarterback sneaks. Bobby Dillon raced 42 yards with a pass interception for
another touchdown and Fred Cone tacked on a 16-yard field goal and five extra points.
The Baltimore steed was in the race to the finish. Lenny Moore scored twice. L.G. Dupre grabbed a touchdown pass. Carl Taseff crammed a 90-yard punt return score down the Packers' throats and Jesse Thomas scooted home with a 25-yard recovery of a fumble in the waning minutes to shoot chills up and down the backs of Packer backers. The feverish scoring pitch reached a climax in the second quarter when 31 points were chalked up - 17 by the Packers and 14 by Baltimore. The game was destined to be a shoot-the-works affair from the start when the Packers recovered the opening kickoff on the Colts' 10 and in three
plays had a 7-0 lead.
But it took a defensive gem to save the day for the Bays and put the brakes on this free-scoring affair late in the third quarter.  With the Packers ahead, 31-26, Dillon intercepted George Shaw's pass in the flat and raced 42 yards for a touchdown after being sprung by a key block by teammate Nate Borden. That was the turning point as the Packers stretched their lead to 38-26 and decided to get tough on defense in the fourth quarter. But so far as Baltimore was concerned, it was just too much Rote. Rovin' Tobin didn't scamper much. He didn't have to as he completed 11 of 21 pitches for 192 yards. Billy Howton caught four for 86 yards and Knafelc five for 87.
Shaw was a constant threat, completing 11 of 22 for 127 yards - but Dillon's interception and a fourth quarter full of getting the old Packer rush finally caught up to him. In the always popular feud between the Packers' Howie Ferguson and the Colts' Al (The Horse) Ameche, it was the Bay galloper by a "nose" again. Fergy was the game's top ground gainer, bruising his way to 88 yards in 17 carries. Ameche gained 81 yards in 14 attempts. Late arrivals must have been surprised to see a 7-0 Packers lead before they even got to their seats. It took only a minute and half to do it. Baltimore elected to receive and Cone kicked off, his boot sailing to the Colts' 10. Apparently confused as to "who had it", Moore and Billy Vessels pointed to each other and looked mighty shocked as Cone planted himself on the free ball on the Colt 10. Three plays later Rote scored on a quarterback sneak and Cone booted the extra point. Baltimore failed after that but came up with a 36-yard scoring drive moments later. Taseff, who drove the Packers crazy with his punt returns, raced 58 yards to the Green Bay 36 after fielding Dick Deschaine's 56-yard boot.
It was Shaw to Royce Womble for 19. Ameche and Moore for four each, and the payoff came on Moore's nine-yard scoot around his left end. Bert Reichichar's conversion was low and the Packers had a one point lead which held up during the first quarter. The Packers bounced right back from their 30 and traveled the distance in eight plays. Howie Ferguson blasted for nine yards, Rote passed for 12 more, Al Carmichael picked up seven and a defensive holding penalty gave the Packers a first down on their own 46. Rote then uncorked a 23-yard strike to Knafelc which reached the Colt 27. On third down after losing five, he hit Knafelc on the goal line with two desperate Colts hanging on to the Packer receiver. Cone again converted and the Packers lead, 14-6.
Now came the free-for-all. Baltimore took the kickoff and in eight plays - covering 64 yards - and scored. Moore took a pitchout from Shaw and passed to Dupre, who was standing in the end zone. Rechichar made this conversion to cut the Colt deficit to 14-13. After the Packers failed on downs the Colts took the lead for the first time when they romped 67 yards in eight plays. It was Moore on a quick opener and the Colts' top draft choice spurted into the end zone untouched. Rechichar converted and Baltimore led, 20-14. Now it was the Packers' turn. And goalward they marched, 74 yards in 10 plays. Ferguson's 24-yard gallop and a 20-yard Rote-to-Howton pass were the big moves. Tobin scored his second touchdown on a quarterback sneak and Cone put the Packers ahead again, 21-20. Green Bay held Baltimore on the next series of plays and managed to squeeze in Cone's 16-yard field goal, with 15 seconds left in the first half. That gave the Packers a 24-20 margin during the intermission. It began raining as the third quarter started and the gloomy play as far as the Packers were concerned came after Deschaine booted a 54-yard punt which carried to the Colts' 10. Taseff grabbed the ball as the Packers poured in, but he jockeyed his way out of the hole with remarkable success, swung to the left side and went 90 yards without a finger being laid on him. Rechichar's extra point try was blocked by Deral Teteak and the Colts led, 26-24. The Packers got down to business and in 11 plays had a touchdown. Rote's 9-yard bullet striking Knafelc in the end zone. Cone booted again and the Packers breathed a little easier with a 31-26 lead. Baltimore was held at last and a 46-yard field goal attempt by Cone was blocked by Don Joyce. Two plays later came the play which broke the Colts' back. Shaw spotted Dupre on the left side, the ball was partly deflected and grabbed by Dillon on the Baltimore 42. Borden's block was all that was needed for the Packer defensive star to go the distance. Cone's fifth straight conversion put the Packers ahead 38-26 as the third quarter ended. Those hosses never let up, and they were striking at the Packer goal as the fourth period started. But Dillon came up with another one of those beauties, intercepting Shaw's pass on the Packer one and returning 45 yards. Baltimore got into a deep hole midway through the quarter when Dick Nyers faircatched Deschaine's punt on his seven rather than having the ball bounce into the end zone. The Packers put the pressure on Shaw and the Colts were finally corralled.
A last ditch offense, though, penetrated to the Packer 34 the next chance the Colts got the ball. But now it was Hank Gremminger's chance to shine, and the Bay rookie who was passed dizzy by the Bears and Lions, intercepted Shaw's toss on the one and returned it to the Packer 21. On the first play, with less than two minutes to play, Ferguson fumbled and the Colts' Jesse Thomas picked up the loose ball and chalked up a touchdown so fast that the Packers hardly knew that Fergy had fumbled. Tom Feamster kicked the extra point but time had killed Baltimore as the Packers ran only one play after an onside kickoff to end the game. The win was the first for the Packers over the Colts in three matches. It was a "must" victory for the Packers to keep from sinking out of contention among the Western Division toughies and it must have been one which needled confidence into Liz Blackbourn's best team.
BALTIMORE -  6  14   6   7 - 33
GREEN BAY -  7  17  14   0 - 38
1st - GB - Tobin Rote, 1-yard run (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - BALT - Lenny Moore, 9-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - GB - Gary Knafelc, 32-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-6
2nd - BALT - L.G. Dupre, 8-yard pass from Lenny Moore (Bert Rechichar kick) GREEN BAY 14-13
2nd - BALT - Moore, 10-yard run (Rechichar kick) BALTIMORE 20-14
2nd - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-20
2nd - GB - Cone, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-20
3rd - BALT - Carl Taseff, 90-yard punt return (Kick blocked) BALTIMORE 26-24
3rd - GB - Knafelc, 9-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 31-26
3rd - GB - Bobby Dillon, 42-yard interception return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 38-26
4th - BALT - Jesse Thomas, 25-yard fumble return (Tom Feamster kick) GREEN BAY 38-33
OCTOBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - That was a whale of a spectators' show the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Colts put on at County Stadium Sunday afternoon - spectacular, hard hitting and just imperfect enough to add an extra bit of tension. The observation has occasionally been made that pro ball might eventually beat itself by its own growing perfection. "They're so good, they're too good. They reduce the factor of human error to a dull minimum. They make everything look too easy." Such, though, was certainly not the case Sunday. A couple of attempts for the extra point after touchdown were missed and for a while threatened to alter the entire strategy of the game. The opening kickoff (a free ball) was messed up and indirectly led to a quick Green Bay score. A football apparently safely locked in the arms of a fullback (Ferguson) running around end inexplicably popped loose and was picked up and converted into an easy Baltimore score. Here certainly was anything except perfection but it added something all its own to the tension filled two and one-half hours of watching the game...'PERFECTION' POINTS: Overall, of course, was the "perfect" or good football which outweighed the rest and that was the big thing: Alan Ameche's and Howie Ferguson's bull-like rushes; Lenny Moore's spectacular speed, in fact, the entire Baltimore backfield's speed, which for awhile looked as though it might eventually be the decisive factor in the game; Tobin Rote's pin point passing; the spectacular receiving of Bill Howton and Gary Knafelc; and the jarring defense play on both side, which more than once was felt right up in the stands. Well, the Packers will be back Sunday, Los Angeles. They deserve 40,000 on the kind of game they gave the fans yesterday...PARKING A MESS: But one sour note. The Packers and the Stadium ought to get together on parking in area 2-A just in front of the main Stadium entrances. Fans with baseball parking tickets to that area, and they more than fill it anyway, were joined Sunday by fans with tickets issued by the Packers and the result was a mess. Cars were jammed in so tight and parked with so little regard for others that anybody who wanted to leave a little early had to push others out of his way - hand push, too - or just wait. I know. I pushed.
OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn was in conformity with most pro football observers Monday that a crafty quarterback can mean the difference between losing and winning. Tobin Rote was first fiddle Sunday and the Packers won their first game. Rote was a crack shot with his passes, foxy with play calling and deceptive in handoffs. Blackbourn knew the saddle was on the right horse even through he started rookie Bart Starr. "In pro football you've got to have a skilled quarterback to win - we had one in Rote," the coach pointed out. "This was pretty much of a must deal," Blackbourn admitted. "Yes, we got some breaks but our offense did well. We needed this game real bad and went out and won it." The Packers schemer made no comment on his club's chances in the Western Division at this time. He explains: "Things are beginning to tangle up again. The Lions are in the best spot with three straight wins, but I think they can do no better than split with the Bears." And what about the Packers? "We play the Rams next Sunday," was his only answer. Howie Ferguson's savage running was mentioned and Blackbourn felt mighty happy "he's on our side." "He's just a great one," said Liz. "Fergy sprained his ankle in the third quarter but wouldn't call it quits for anything." The Packer bruiser outgained Al (The Horse) Ameche again (by eight yards) but Blackbourn also praised the Baltimore hoss, saying, "Ameche's got wonderful balance, he's a tough man to bring down." While Bobby Dillon was a one-man wrecking crew as far as George Shaw was concerned (intercepting two passes, one for a touchdown), Blackbourn wasn't too pleased the way the Colts' Carl Taseff was off to the races on punt returns. Dick Deschaine averaged 48 yards on six punts, but this amazing kicking exhibition was almost wasted by Taseff's returns. "We staggered our line and the boys were down there to get Taseff," explained Blackbourn. "I can't understand how he sprang loose." Blackbourn singled out Hank Gremminger, the Baylor rookie, as playing his best game. Liz said: "He wasn't as bad as most observers thought in the first two games. He'll be o.k. That pass interception gave him the confidence he needs." The injury list showed Ferguson and tackle Jerry Helluin. Ferguson was nursing his sprained ankle but should be fit for the Rams. Helluin hurt his arm but it was nothing serious. Meanwhile, the Packer office was buzzing in preparation for Los Angeles at the Stadium next Sunday. Blackbourn was quite upset because of the late arrival of the Ram-49er film, which was due last Friday. "Those Rams always play terrifically against us and we need all the preparation possible to be ready for them," Blackbourn concluded.
OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Los Angeles Rams arrived in Milwaukee from Detroit Monday. They will work out at St. Francis Seminary afternoons in preparation for their game with the Packers Sunday. Art Hauser, defensive tackle with the Rams, is from Rubicon, Wis., played high school ball at Hartford and later attended Xavier. His brother, Father Jerry Hauser, is athletic director at St. Francis. Two Rams players were left in Detroit with injuries - middle guard Bob Griffin and halfback Brad Myers. Both were to be examined there. In their absence end Tom Fears and defensive end Duane Wardlow, released earlier, were called from Los Angeles. The Rams are quartered at the Schroeder.
OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - Blood pressure back to normal? Then let's find out how the Green Bay Packers beat the Baltimore Colts in their pro football game at the Stadium Sunday. Defense did it. How's that? Defense in a 38-33 game? But wait. Baltimore did get 351 yards from scrimmage, but got most of them before Coach Lisle Blackbourn and his assistants changed Green Bay's defensive alignment between halves. Green Bay's line in the first half played it tight and pinched to halt the expected gallops of Alan (The Horse) Ameche inside. So the Colts merely went wide on pitchouts or sent Ameche veering wide and rolled up 240 yards. It was a different story in the second half, though. The line didn't pinch as much, it covered the outside much better and allowed only 111 yards from scrimmage. Baltimore did get two touchdowns in the second half, but one was on Carl Taseff's 90 yard punt return in the third quarter and the other on Jess Thomas' 25 yard run with a fumble in the fourth. Neither score was permitted by Green Bay's defensive platoon. The Colts had the ball five times all told in the second half and here is now, against a toughened defense, they fared:
1. Advanced six yards in three plays and punted.
2. Gained five yards on one play, then yielded a touchdown when Bob Dillon intercepted George Shaw's pass which had been deflected by Roger Zatkoff and carried it 42 yards across the goal.
3. Gained 38 yards in six plays. Zatkoff broke through to smear Ameche on one of them, then Shaw's pass was taken out of Ray Berry's arms by Dillon on the one and returned 45 yards.
4. Gained 10 yards in six plays. After one first down, Deral Teteak bore down on Shaw from the blind side and ruined things by belting him for an 11 yard loss. Baltimore had to punt.
5. Gained 52 yards in eight plays, although on one Shaw, who had outsped the Packers earlier, lost five yards when he could fine no one to pass to. He ran about 50 yards in losing five. The series ended with Hank Gremminger's interception on the one and his 20 yard return.
Blackbourn was asked his views Monday afternoon. He interrupted his first look at the Los Angeles-San Francisco game movies to answer. The Packers will meet Los Angeles at the Stadium Sunday. "Well," Blackbourn said, "the interception on which Dillon took the ball right out of Berry's hands was the play of the day. That was the one that settled it. A turning point? Well, perhaps when Zatkoff deflected the ball into Dillon's hands for his other interception and touchdown. This was one we had to win. It was almost a 'must' deal. It was a pretty fine team effort."
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Bill Howton, Green Bay Packers end, leads the NFL in pass catches with 15, league statistics revealed Wednesday. That is an average of five catches a game. Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, old Wisconsin star with the Los Angeles Rams, has 12 catches and the most yardage, 267 to Howton's 259. That sets up a good duel when the Rams and Packers meet at the County Stadium Sunday...Jesse Whittenton, rookie defensive back from Texas Western, a regular with the Rams, dropped his right first name as soon as he was old enough to read. It was Urshell...SHAKES WITH LEFT: Don (Slats) Burroughs, 6 foot 4 inch, 176 pound defensive safety man with the Rams, is shaking hands with his left his week. He sprained his right thumb in Los Angeles' 24-21 defeat by the Lions at Detroit last Sunday...When asked whether he would rather cover Gary Knafelc or Bill Howton, the Packers' two ends, Bill (General) Sherman, Ram defensive back, answered: "I''ll take Bert here." He meant Bert Rose, Rams' publicity man. "Seriously, though," Sherman said, "they're both awfully tough men to cover. Knafelc really came along last year and Howton always was great."...HARD HEADED: Leon Clarke, former Southern California athlete, is one of the Rams' rookie offensive ends. He stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 220 pounds, and finished third in the NCAA low hurdles in 1955. A couple of years ago he stopped his car at a light in Los Angeles and was hit by a steel flagpole, 18 inches around, which fell 13 stories. It wrecked the car and he required 32 stitches to close a wound in his head. The big guy explains, "My uncle used to hit me on the head with boards to toughen me up - honest he did. He used to call me egghead and hit me with the boards. The doc says the only reason I wasn't killed was that my head is so tough." That's what the man said...Clarke was asked how many passed he caught last season at Southern California. "Fifteen," he said. "And how many times did they throw the ball to you?" "Fifteen," he said, deadpan like...DILLON SHARES LEAD: Bob Dillon of Green Bay and Jim David of Detroit lead the league in pass interceptions, each with four. Dillon had 129 yards in runbacks, David, only three...The Rams signed free agent end Ron Miller of Southern California a few hours before the San Francisco scout got to him. Sid Gillman, Ram's coach, calls him "a potentially great offensive end, perhaps one of the best in pro football." Miller is called "Mickey Mouse" and "Dumbo" by his teammates. Walt Disney is his uncle.
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Bobby Dillon is a Texan who likes horses - the "Colt" variety. The Packer defensive halfback would like to "ride" the Baltimore steed all season. Unfortunately, there are other "animals" on the prowl which aren't so easily taken for a ride - Rams, Bears and Lions. "Ah can't explain it," drawled the Texan Tuesday. "Those Baltimore boys have treated me just fine. Ah intercepted four passes against them last year and two against them Sunday. Yes, those Colts are o.k." Dillon's 42-yard touchdown interception at the Stadium Sunday was the turning point of the game and his second steal, snaring George Shaw's scoring play pass on the one and returning 45 yards, broke the Colt canter to a trot. Explaining that touchdown run, Dillon said: (Roger) Zatkoff deflected Shaw's pass and Ah just grabbed it on the rebound. (Nate) Borden cleared the path with one of those blasting blocks, and, well, there was nothing to it." Dillon wouldn't reveal any tricks of the trade. "All you need is experience," said the defensive ace. And that Dillon has. He was unanimous All-American defensive choice at Texas in 1951 and was the Packers' third draft choice in 1952. He has been an All-Pro selection for the past two seasons and ranked third in the league last year with nine interceptions. While Baltimore has been Dillon's favorite opponent, the Rams, Bears and Lions have been tough customers. "(Norm) Van Brocklin and (Bobby) Layne have always give me a hard time," Dillon admitted. "And that (Eddie) Brown of the Bears is getting tougher every game." Elroy Hirsch is the best receiver in the league, if you ask the defensive specialist. "My, but that guy's fast," Dillon remarked. "And his deception can really fool you. That Bobby Boyd is dangerous, too." When asked what he thought was the hardest pass to defend against, Dillon paused a moment and then said: "Oh, Ah guess a fake running play when either the quarterback or a halfback passes." An accident when Dillon was 10 years old caused the loss of his left eye. He was struck with a stick. Surgeons were unable to dislodge a splinter and the eye was removed. But it fails to bother Bobby, who has become one of the most feared pass defenders in pro football.
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - The Packers really did themselves a bundle of good two ways by wrapping a 38-33 harness around the Colts in last Sunday's thriller at the Stadium - a customers' game if there ever was one. To say Liz Blackbourn's operators needed that one badly is putting it too mildly. Victory was an absolute must after two straight defeats. One more setback and they would have been over the barrel as far as championship consideration is concerned. It's still an uphill pull, but they at least have a chance as things now stand. The thrilling manner in which victory was achieved is bringing added dividends in the way of crowd response for the Packers' second Stadium appearance next Sunday against the Rams. Increased activity at the ticket office is the best possible proof that the fans (1) were more than satisfied and (2) are talking it up. Which adds up to the best advertising and sales promotion in the world. "The demand has been much greater than it was the first two days last week," said Frosty Ferzaca, Milwaukee ticket director. "So it looks like a big crowd in the making for Sunday."...NOTHING BETTER THAN PERFECTION: There were dazzling maneuvers galore, defensive as well as offensive. So it's probably unfair to attempt to put the finger on the best or the most important. But there certainly wasn't a better or more vital play than the Tobin Rote to Gary Knafelc pass that gave the Packers their second touchdown and a 14-6 lead. That was a fine example of the pros at their best. Perfect timing and beautiful two-way execution. Rote cut loose at exactly the right split second. The ball sailed right to the mark and Knafelc did his part with a nifty catch despite the clinging presence of two desperate defenders. Incidentally, those secondary defenders did all that is humanly and legally possible to break up the play. Proving again that it just can't be done when a passer has enough protection at his discretion, the receiver is big enough and fast enough, and the pass is 100 percent on target. The battle of fullbacks, Howie Ferguson and Al Ameche, was quite a show itself. Wouldn't it be great if both were playing for the Packers?
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Sid Gillman is another believer that the Western Division is just too tough. The Ram coach Wednesday pointed to a rugged start and realized the season is only three weeks old. "I think we've got a better team in every respect than a year ago, but mistakes have hurt us," Gillman said. "We're either going to have to correct those errors immediately or we're going to be killed in this division." Among other things, the Ram coach explained how seven L.A. fumbles resulted in five 49er scores. "We can't expect to win playing like that," Gillman said, shaking his head. Yet, Gillman insisted his club could win the title again even though its start doesn't suggest it. "Every club in this division believes it can go the distance," Gillman said, "and that goes for us, too. I think a 7-4-1 record will win it," Gillman continued. "When our offense plays up to its capacity, we'll be up there where we belong. Our defense had looked real good." Regarding his Sunday opponent at the Stadium, Gillman said, "the Packers are as tough as any of them. That Rote is one of the best in the league - there's no question Blackbourn has real good personnel." Gillman remembers that Milwaukee has not brought pleasant memories the past two years. The Packers whacked the Rams, 35-17, in 1954 and last year eked out a 30-28 decision on Fred Cone's field goal in the last 40 seconds. "We're due," Gillman insisted. Bill Wade will start at quarterback for the Rams in place of veteran Norm Van Brocklin. Wade has tossed six touchdown passes while Van Brocklin has pitched only one. "Norm has been unfortunate in starting, just unlucky," Gillman said. "Wade threw three touchdown passes against the Lions last Sunday. He's looked good." Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, a legendary football figure at both the college and professional levels for the past 15 years, is having his best start with the Rams. Hirsch tops all receivers with 12 completions for 267 yards and four touchdowns. "Hirsch made the impossible against the Lions, running full speed and leaping up to take Wade's pass over his shoulder," Gillman grinned. "It was a touchdown for sure - 76 yards. Elroy also scored on a 29 yard pass from Wade." Leon Clarke and Ron Miller, a great pair of rookie ends, make the Los Angeles passing attack more deadly than a year ago. Back to plague the Packers is Bobby Boyd, labeled as one of the most dangerous receivers in the business. Clarke scampered 60 yards for a touchdown on a Wade pass against the Lions. But how far the Rams will go this season depends entirely on their glittering array of stars - whether they click together.
OCTOBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - A Wisconsin grown obstacle will be in the Green Bay Packers' way at right tackle on the Los Angeles Rams' defensive platoon when the two NFL teams meet at County Stadium Sunday afternoon. He is Art Hauser, 27, a steady if not spectacular 230 pound six footer who grew up in Rubicon, Wis., played fullback at Hartford High School and became an an All-American (Catholic version) at Xavier of Ohio before he turned to pro football. Now recognized as one of the stauncher defenders of the Ram goal line, Hauser played here in 1954, his rookie year with Los Angeles. The Packers routed the favored Rams in that one, 35-17, for Lisle Blackbourn's first victory as Green Bay coach. Along the way to defeat,. the Rams tried a pass with fourth down and long yardage in their territory. Norm Van Brocklin threw from the punt formation to Andy Robustelli, normally a defensive end. The play worked for what would have been a first down, but the Rams were penalized because they had an ineligible receiver downfield. The culprit was rookie Hauser. He apparently had missed the signal, thought it was a punt and rushed down to thwart Green Bay's attempt at a runback. When the Rams and Packers met again in the 1954 season finale at Los Angeles, the Rams got even, 35-27. Perhaps the turning point was when Van Brocklin passed to Robustelli for a touchdown on the same surprise play. After the season, Blackbourn and his aides were studying movies of the game in Los Angeles. "We were particularly interested in the fake punt play," Blackbourn related later, with a smile, "because it had worked so well against us. Right in the middle of it, the film showed a Ram running as fast as he could in the wrong direction, back toward the line of scrimmage. It was Hauser. They didn't catch him that time."
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sid Gillman, Los Angeles coach, figures that his Rams are at least 25% stronger than last season when they won the Western Division championship in his freshman pro football year. He has reason to believe, however, that they are not as lucky. "How are things going," this intensely serious man repeated Friday morning as he rode the elevator in the hotel where the Rams are quartered for their NFL game at the Stadium Sunday afternoon. "How do you think they're going when you lose two games by three points each. Not very good, I'd say," he said. "We're still in it. When the ball bounces our way and we make some breaks...we've got a good chance and so has everyone else in such a a balanced league." Last year the Rams breezed into Milwaukee with three straight victories. The Packers built up a 24-7 lead midway in the third quarter, blew that and needed Fred Cone's last minute field goal to hand Los Angeles its first defeat, 30-28. Gillman and his players figure they have a better team this year for these reasons:
1. Fewer and less costly injuries. They had to use a halfback (Tom McCormick) at fullback here last year 
and later in the season used linebacker Larry Morris when McCormick was hurt.
2. Better ends. Elroy Hirsch, old (33) Wisconsin star, is having one of his best years and rookies Leon Clarke and Ron Miller have done well. Bob Boyd, speed demon, is there, too.
3. Better depth and more experience. Les Richter and Larry Morris are fine linebackers. Ron Waller and Tank Younger provide running punch and have rookie help from Joe Marconi and Tom Wilson, noncollegian; Bill Wade, Norm Van Brocklin and Rudy Bukich form a one-two-three quarterback setup; both the offensive and defensive lines were helped by men returning from the service and newcomers, and the defensive backfield is set with Jim Cason and rookie Jess Whittenton on the corners and Don Burroughs and Bill Sherman deep. Wade seems to have supplanted Van Brocklin as No. 1 quarterback. Van Brocklin, off to a slow start this season, rarely has a good day here. Four years ago, Bob Waterfield had to take over for him and rally the Rams to a stirring comeback, 30-28. Two years ago, he was ineffective as Green Bay upset the Rams, 35-17, and last year Wade was the quarterback on Los Angeles' scoring thrusts. The Rams Thursday reinstated end Tom Fears to the active roster and placed halfback Brad Myers on the injured reserve list.
OCTOBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Temperature in
the 60s, a crowd of 30,000, and the Rams a three point
favorite - that's the advance picture for Sunday's Packer
game at the Stadium. As the pros hit the quarter mark
in their 12 game schedule, Los Angeles has the nod
over Green Bay both offensively and defensively. The
Rams have a 674 to 415 yard average in passing and a
433-383 nod in rushing. With Bill Wade, the Rams'
bonus choice in 1952, doing most of the pitching, L.A.
has completed 51.1 percent of its passes while the
Packers, with veteran Tobin Rote the king pin, have
connected on 42.5 percent of the time. Defensively, the
Rams have held three opponents to 775 yards while the
Packers have given up 1,166. The Rams haven't met the
Bears, though, an opponent which mauled the Packers
with an overwhelming ground and air attack...SECRET
PACKER DRILLS: Coach Liz Blackbourn worked his
Packer behind locked gates in Green Bay Friday,
ironing out offensive strategy. Blackbourn has been
impressed with the improvement in Billy Howton's
blocking - a big factor in many of Howie Ferguson's runs
off the right side. There was no injury report, which
means the Packers will be in the best shape of the
season for Sunday's game. Both Ferguson and tackle
Jerry Helluin, racked up in the Colt clash, are ready for
the works. And defensive end John Martinkovic, hurt
shortly before the league opener, is in top shape. Defensive back Bobby Dillon was named player of the week by the Packer Quarterback Club and given a watch. Dillon and the Lions' Jim David lead the league with pass interceptions (four)...HIRSCH VISITS BADERS: Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch worked out with the Badgers at Madison Tuesday, as the Rams had a day off here. At 33 and after 11 years of pro football, Hirsch isn't what he used to be - he's better than ever. His 76-yard touchdown pass against Detroit last Sunday is the best league performance of the season. Hirsch got in front of Jim Davis by a step and caught the ball from Bill Wade that was in the air more than 55 yards. "I didn't think I could get it," Hirsch grinned Friday, "and it occurred to me to give up on it. But I've learned that if you just keep going, maybe you'll get there." Hirsch's last year? "You would think so, wouldn't you," Elroy answered. "Right now, I'm playing week to week."
Green Bay Packers (1-2) 38, Baltimore Colts (1-2) 33
Sunday October 14th 1956 (at Milwaukee)