(MILWAUKEE) - The Packers wound up the Milwaukee phase of their schedule on a note as dreary as the weather in dropping a 24-7 decision to Cleveland Sunday before 28,590 at the Stadium. The turnstile count, largest of the home season, was the only consoling feature. The game was played under lights from beginning to end. With the setback, the last flickering bit of hope to finish at or close to the top in the Western Division was snuffed out. It was the Packers' fourth defeat in six starts - the same record now claimed by the Browns, who dropped a 21-20 decision to these same Bays in a preseason exhibition. In retrospect, Coach Liz Blackbourn's boys obviously far off peak form, were in the ball game for only four plays after the opening kickoff. They picked up a first down quickly and Howie Ferguson bulled his way for seven more yards on his only carry.
That play finished Fergie, who was forced to the sidelines with a twisted knee. On the next, Al Carmichael fumbled. The scramble for the ball resulted in one of those weird breaks that make football so unpredictable. Linebacker Chuck Noll, standing close by in the role of interested spectator, suddenly had the leather in his mitts. Fortunately for his side, he wasn't too surprised to know what to do about it and away he galloped, 39 yards for a gift score. Lou Groza added the first of three extra points and Cleveland led, 7-0. There really wasn't much to it after that. The Brownies, directed by ex-Packer Babe Parilli, chose to make it a heel and toe match instead of a passing affair typical of the pros. Parilli only passed three times, completing two in clutch spots and having one intercepted. They went "upstairs" only once more in the final minute when Tommy O'Connell, Parilli's sub, tried and failed to connect. Parilli's 26 yard pitch to Ray Renfro climaxed a 71-yard drive to give the slipping defending champions a 14-0 lead at the half. Groza's 14-yard field goal added three points on the second play of the final quarter and, for good measure, Curley Morrison punched over a TD late in the game. That one yard plunges brought a 77 yard march (11 plays) to a successful conclusion. In the meantime, the Bears were unable to get anything going. They best they could do in the first period was get to the enemy 24 and gain position for Fred Cone's 31 yard field goal try. They failed to get beyond midfield in the second quarter and the farthest point of advance in the third was Cleveland's 20, where three passes failed. They were aimed at Gary Knafelc. One was labeled touchdown, but the ball trickled off Gary's finger tips near the goal line.
It wasn't until they were down, 17-0, that the Packers gave the faithful something to cheer about. Carmichael, master of the kickoff return, came back 57 yards on a nifty bit of running. Tobin Rote hit Billy Howton on a beautiful 37 yard pass and the same combination clicked for 10 yards for the score that averted a shutout. Cone converted. Just to make sure that this wasn't a day of miracles, the Browns charged right back for the super clincher after the ensuing kickoff. A bit of history was made in the second quarter when "The Toe" Groza, the man who boots field goals as though he were guided by radar, missed two junior-sized tries that he usually makes blind-folded - first from 19 yards and then from 14. The Packers jumped offside on the first attempt to give Groza the second shot.
The series of plays that preceded Groza's failures provided the Packers with one of their rare chunks of glory. The Browns swept to a first down on the eight on Parilli's first pass - a 31 yarder to Skeet Quinlan. Preston Carpenter picked up four yards on a daring dive over the line. Green Bay's defenders then rose up to throw Carpenter for a yard loss and Parilli for seven more. Then came the aforementioned field goal workout by Groza. Blackbourn's operators also did a tremendous job of digging in before grudgingly giving up the final touchdown. It took the Browns four downs to make the final yard. Parilli was inches short of the goal after two sneaks. Maurice Bassett lost Parilli's gains on third down. Morrison finally crashed over. Surprisingly, the Bays did more than all right statistically. They outgained the enemy, 295 yards to 259. Dick Deschaine matched Horace Gillom's 42.7 punting average and the passing percentages were about the same.
But the Packers fumbled twice and both bobbles were damaging. The first, in fact, was brutally so because it possibly settled the issue shortly after the game got underway. The second, on their own 32, paved the way for Groza's field goal. The Browns, in the meantime, didn't get into the give-away act at all. In addition, and this point is vital, the visitors got their yards when it meant something. The Bays' gains, by contrast, were confined mainly to spots on the field where they meant comparatively little. The toughest Browns to handle were Carpenter, who piled up 91 yards on 21 carries, and big Ed Modzelewski, whose production sheet showed 90 yards in 22 tries. Carmichael easily was tops for the Packers with 66 yards on six tries for a fine 11 yard average.
CLEVELAND -  7  7  0 10 - 24
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  7 -  7
1st - CLE - Chuck Noll, 39-yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick) CLEVELAND 7-0
2nd - CLE - Ray Renfro, 26-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 14-0
4th - CLE - Groza, 13-yard field goal CLEVELAND 17-0
4th - GB - Howton, 10-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) CLEVELAND 17-7
4th - CLE - Curley Morrison, 1-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 24-7
NOVEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers announced Monday that defensive halfback Billy Bookout, injured in Sunday's game with Cleveland, has been placed on the injured reserve list for 30 days and that tackle Don King, who was obtained last summer in a trade with Cleveland, had been placed on waivers.
NOVEMBER 6 (Chicago Tribune) - The men who own and coach the teams apparently are no more reliable as prognosticators of National league football than your favorite barber or brush salesman. For weeks owners and coaches, led by Commissioner Bert Bell, have been proclaiming loudly that the championship race was a 12 team fight, with any one of the 12 teams capable of rising to the top. It sounded fine for the first three weeks when the Chicago Cardinals and the Detroit Lions popped up from among last year's also-rans to lead their respective divisions, and Baltimore knocked off the Chicago Bears, a preseason favorite. But as of today, the race in each division is strictly a two team affair with the Cardinals and New York tied for the Eastern division lead and the Bears relentlessly pursuing the undefeated Lions in the Western. Forecasts that an eight and four record would qualify for the playoff appear less accurate with the passing of each week. Detroit skimmed by luckily on Sunday (17 to 13) against a San Francisco team that has been a definite disappointment, but the Lions still loom as the most difficult team on which to score. San Francisco did make it against them on a long march in the final two minutes only to have the touchdown called back because of an offside penalty. The Bears unquestionably are the most dangerous offensive club in the league. After the lapse in Baltimore in the opening game of the year, Paddy Driscoll's aggregation has been able to get points whenever needed. Bear and Lion chances apparently depend almost entirely on what these two do against each other in two games next month. The Bears go to Detroit on December 2 and the Lions close the season in Wrigley field on December 16. The Lions' other opponents include Washington, Baltimore, Green Bay and Pittsburgh, all of which they figure to beat if quarterback Bobby Layne retains his present buoyant state of health. Before the Lion series, the Bears must meet Green Bay in Wrigley field on Sunday, Los Angeles the following week and then New York. Between the two Lion games, they face the Cardinals in Wrigley field on December 9, a much more difficult schedule, obviously, than the Lions'. Los Angeles gave the Bears some trouble Sunday, principally because Driscoll elected to keep back some of his offense, apparently not wishing to show the Rams all of his attack in view of the return engagement here a week from Sunday. This put the burden on the defense, which came through magnificently with five interceptions.
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - After a week long bout with the flu, this observer took a look at his Sunday heroes and found they had fared no better. Getting back to reality Tuesday, we asked Coach Liz Blackbourn what happened to his once ambitious Packers, the club which soundly believed at the start of the season it was a title contender. "We're in a heck of a shape," was the immediate reaction by the Packer coach, who pointed to an injury list "a mile long". Blackbourn then looked ahead to things to come and shuddered. A Wrigley Field date with the "Monsters" got this response: "We'll be coming in now on a wing and a prayer," Blackbourn chuckled. "I hope it snows," added the coach, who remembered what the Cardinals did to the Bears last season in a Chicago blizzard. The '55 Cardinals, no resemblance to the high-flying birds of this season, walloped the Bruins, 53-14, in the Comiskey Park "skating rink" and cost old Halas U. title money. Now Blackbourn doesn't believe snow is the only equalizer. Any team in pro football can be had, he believes, although in this case all odds favor the Chicago North Siders. "There are only four other clubs in both leagues with a record better than ours," Blackbourn said. He did not include Baltimore and Washington, which were idle last week and have 2-3 marks compared with the Bays' 2-4. Two team races? "At the moment, yes," replied Liz, "but this thing is only at the halfway point." The Packers strategist might have some brand new faces in the lineup Sunday, but he wouldn't disclose their identity Tuesday. "Fifteen of them are banged up," Liz said. "We might add some new personnel later this week, it all depends how fast the injured can get in shape." The Packers are two men below the 33-player limit with Billy Bookout on the injured reserve list and Don King released. By contract, Blackbourn looked at the Bears, saying, "they'll be in terrific shape. They'll have everyone ready - boys like Bobby Watkins and (John) Helwig, who have been banged up the last couple of weeks. But I sure hope not now," emphasized Blackbourn again as he left his office to greet his cripples on the practice field.
NOVEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - The way the officials did and did not blow their whistles caused a little confusion in Cleveland's 24-7 triumph over the Green Bay Packers at the Stadium Sunday. Judgment and the NFL's new rule on grounding the ball carrier led to the calls. Unfortunately, each decision went against Green Bay or so it seemed. The league this season adopted on an experimental basis this compromise between the college and old pro codes: The ball shall be dead whenever the ball carrier falls or goes to his knees after contact with an opponent. A man may get up and go in the former fashion only when he slips in the open. "We definitely are going to keep this rule," de Benneville (Bert) Bell, commissioner, said last week. "Even those who fought so hard against it now agree that there is no question that it is the right move." Three plays affected by the ruling stand out especially in Sunday's game here. The plays and the calls follow:
(1) On a Green Bay fumble early in the first period, the ball appeared to be recovered by Cleveland in a pile-up. Suddenly, after a long scramble, the ball squirted free again and Chuck Noll, Browns' linebacker, picked it up and ran for a gift touchdown with hardly any opposition. John Glascott's crew did not blow the whistle. Both the Browns and Packers appeared surprised that the ball was still in play. The officials decided it was never in anyone's possession, Brown or Packer, and was still a free ball. "That touchdown beat us," Blackbourn said Monday. "It took a lot out of us and let them play conservative ball the rest of the way."
(2) Fred Cone took a pass in the flat from Tobin Rote. A Cleveland defender wrestled with him briefly, then Cone broke away and appeared headed for a touchdown. The whistle sounded and the ball was declared dead on the Packer 35 for a four yard gain, instead of possibly 69 and a touchdown. The official who stopped the play decided that Cone's progress had been stopped. Cone later denied this and had the support of movies shown Sunday night on WTMJ-TV. In the film, Cone took the pass, twisted and shook himself loose of the defender and went down the field without hardly breaking stride.
(3) Jim Capuzzi intercepted Babe Parilli's long pass on Green Bay's 29 late in the third period. He fell as he caught the ball. The intended receiver, the only Brown near him, was more than five yards away. Capuzzi had two blockers. He got up to run the ball back and the official not only blew the ball dead, but practically tackled Capuzzi himself. The rule again permits a man to get up and go if he slips in the open. What, though, is the open? Bell explained the quick whistle ruling this way: "It has reduced shoulder injuries, presented a cleaner, faster game without pile-ups, eliminated rancor and bitterness that erupt in flare-ups and virtually took disqualifications out of the game." The officials here Sunday, in fact, apparently found the game to be especially clean. They called only 15 yards worth of penalties, 10 against Green Bay and five against Cleveland. Paul Brown, Cleveland coach who complained last week that something had to be done about the officiating, had no complaints in that score this time. No, sir, why should he? The Packers didn't profit from a single one of the calls.
NOVEMBER 7 (Chicago Tribune) - Ed Brown of the Chicago Bears is widely known as one of football's finest passers. He is, in fact, the NFL's current leader in this department, with a 10.31 average. But if the throwing of the former San Francisco university quarterback has been a big factor in the Bears' success this season, his ball handling and play calling have played at least as important a role. A great defensive performance, in which the Bears intercepted five passes, keyed their 35 to 24 victory over the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. But also deserving of praise was the Bear offense, directed most of the time by Brown. With Brown and George Blanda calling the signals, the Bears came from behind four times. The last and decisive rally, in the third quarter, saw Brown outwit the Rams with shrewd selectivity of plays. The Bears, trailing by three points, has driven to the Ram 9 yard line, where Perry Jeter was smothered in an attempt to run wide around end. On the next play, Brown faked an outside handoff to Rick Casares. The Rams, expecting a plunge by the big Bear fullback, pulled in to meet him. In particular, Les Richter, Ram defensive tackle, left his position unguarded and went after Casares. With the Rams' seven man line split perfectly, Brown then handed inside to Jeter, who sped through the gaping hole into the end zone for the touchdown which put the Bears ahead for keeps, 28 to 24. The play was identical to that on which John Hoffman scored from 35 yards out in the second period except that Jeter ran to the right, Hoffman to the left. Brown occupies a position that is becoming progressively more unique in pro football - he calls almost all of the plays. "We're very satisfied with Ed's judgment," says Coach Paddy Driscoll. "Only occasionally do we feel it necessary to send in signals from the bench." Brown will have to be at his best next Sunday, when the Bears meet the Green Bay Packers in Wrigley field. It's another "must" game in a season of crises for the title conscious Bears.
NOVEMBER 8 (Chicago Tribune) - If past performances are a criterion, Wrigley field football fans will see an aerial circus next Sunday the likes of which would do justice to Barnum and Bailey. Chicago's Bears will be making their first home appearance in three weeks. Their foes will be the Green Bay Packers, and the latest NFL statistics indicate the sky will be full of footballs. Green Bay, the league's second most productive team through the air lanes, has the circuit's top receiver in Bill Howton. The Bears, fourth in team passing, have the number one thrower in Ed Brown. In their six games to date, the Packers have struck through the air for 1,147 yards, second only to the Los Angeles Rams' output of 1,294 yards. The Bears' fourth place total is 1,020. Howton, with 28 receptions, is being closely pushed by the Bears' Harlon Hill, who has caught 25. Brown retained his supremacy in the weekly tables with a passing average of 10.31. Tobin Rote, the Packers' star thrower, has a 7.01 mark. The Bears continue to set the pace in total yards among league teams with 2,434. The Bears also lead in rushing, with 1,414 yards, and in scoring (220 points). The Chicago Cardinals, who meet the Giants Sunday in New York in a game which will go a long way in determining the eastern division champion, are second in the rushing statistics. Preeminence of the two Chicago teams in the ground gaining department is borne out in the individual statistics which show the Bears' Rick Casares and the Cards' Ollie Matson right up there at the top. Casares, the Bears' bruising fullback, leads the league in rushing with a 590 total. 
NOVEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Can the Packers be convinced they have a chance by hook or crook against the Bears in Wrigley Field Sunday? That is the selling job Schemer Liz Blackbourn must do, realizing this is the "murder" game of the season. The Bears are the "monsters" of old - the Packers are battered warriors. Tradition of an old fashioned grudge match will mean much to the Bay cause. The Bruins have and always will be the Packers' favorite meat. But winning at Wrigley Field for the Packers is like fighting City Hall. Green Bay has won only with a convincing show, like the 41-28 victory in 1952. The Packers haven't won close ones on Chicago's North Side. George Halas seeing that didn't happen. What makes the Bears the overwhelming favorite Sunday is the blunt fact they're setting the pace offensively in the NFL. With one half of the season completed, Paddy Driscoll's bruiser have gained 2,424 yards - a pace, if continued, would eclipse their record production of last year. The Bears have 1,414 yards rushing and 1,020 passing. The Packers are fifth ranked among league powers with 1,835 total yards. With Rick Casares rolling up 590 yards, the Bruins' most devastating weapon is their running attack. The Packers, with Tobin Rote pitching, will counter with the league's second ranked passing team. Green Bay has gained 1,147 yards through the air. The Bears, with Ed Brown first fiddle, are fourth ranked passing with 1,020 yards. Chicago showed last November what happens when its murderous offense clicks with perfection. It buried the Bays, 52-31. In the previous engagement this season, the Bears whipped the Packers, 37-21, in Green Bay. The Bears also top the loop in scoring. They are averaging 36.7 points a game compared to the Packers' 24.2. While the Bears have the league's best passer and runner in Brown and Casares, the Packers have the best receiver in Bill Howton, who has caught 28 passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns. Harlon Hill of the enemy is second in pass receiving. The Packers' Dick Deschaine has a slight punting edge over Brown. The only other Green Bay advantages are Al Carmichael's kickoff returns and Bobby Dillon's intercepting ability. Dillon is in a three-way tie for loop honors with five steals.
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - How does it feel to pester a hungry Bear in its own den? "It doesn't pay to think about those things," said the brave victim. "All we can do is be prepared and hope for the best." That was Liz Blackbourn's capsule quote regarding the Packers and Bears at Wrigley Field. He did emphasize, though, that his Packers would show up. The Bear management announced Thursday the traditional battle is a complete sellout (50,000) and that standing room tickets are being gobbled up fast. And with happy pride, "athletic director" George Halas also added that Wrigley Field is sold out for the remainder of the Bruins' schedule. The home gang apparently likes the way the Bears are treating their Western Division pals. The Packers, who love to flex their muscles before a packed house, may be in better physical shape than expected. Fullback Howie Ferguson and end Billy Howton, hobbled with ankle injuries, were prancing around like old in Thursday's drills at Green Bay. Blackbourn said both ran well. Ferguson could go the distance if a Bruin doesn't irritate his old ailment with some extracurricular activity. The Packer coach, however, still talked about the injuries of guard Joe Skibinski, halfback Joe Johnson, guard Len Szafaryn and defensive halfback Hank Gremminger. All are bothered with painful ailments, the result of Colt and Brown ruffians. The man most feared by the Bears, Tobin Rite, is in perfect condition. And if Tob can find the range like he did against the Rams, the Packers would have a fighting chance. The Bears can be scored against, the record shows. And to score must be done to keep up with the league's most devastating offense. Coach Paddy Driscoll reported his squad would be fit as a fiddle. End Doug Atkins, who broke his collarbone against the Packers in Green Bay, is the only Bear who won't see action. Atkins is still on the hospital list. Halfback Bobby Watkins, who pulled a knee muscle in the Colt game, is ready to roll. And Harland Carl out with an infection in his toe last week at Los Angeles, is itching to gallop. Driscoll wanted to emphasize the toughness of the Bears's schedule from here on in and pointed out that a win over Green Bay was imperative if a title is to be won. After the Packers' tussle the Bears meet the Rams at home, the Giants at New York, the Lions at Detroit, the Cardinals home and finish up with the Lions at home.
NOVEMBER 9 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears got a welcome gift from Uncle Sam yesterday, just in time for their meeting with the Green Bay Packers in Wrigley field Sunday afternoon: Stan Wallace, former University of Illinois fullback, who showed great promise as a defensive halfback in his brief fling as a Bear at the end of the 1954 season. Wallace's return from Army service is doubly welcome to Coach Paddy Driscoll since Wallace has been playing football for two seasons at Ft. Eustis, Va., and is in top shape at 207 pounds. Wallace, who suffered a fractured wrist during preparation for the 1954 College All-Star game and was unable to make his debut with the Bears until November 1, will add both speed and tackling power to the Bears' defensive alignment. Despite his limited experience in the National league (he played only five games), Wallace was considered a standout as a rookie. He intercepted a pass and ran it back 60 yards against the Cardinals, and also had an important 40 yard interception runback against the Detroit Lions. At Illinois he played both ways, and was a fullback in the same backfield with J.C. Caroline, who will be a defensive colleague of Wallace's again Sunday. The Bears released J.D. Smith, a rookie fullback, to make room for Wallace. The Bears, who have won five in a row since dropping the season opener to Baltimore, still trail the unbeaten Detroit Lions in their quest for a western division title. This makes the meeting with the Packers a highly important one, since a loss by the Bears and a victory by the Lions over the Redskins would increase the gap to unpleasant proportions. Driscoll, mindful of the long and bitter rivalry between the clubs, has warned that the Packers' record of two victories and four defeats is "a booby trap designed to explode right in our faces if we don't play our best game of the year." News from the Green Bay camp is that Billy Bookout, a defensive star, has been placed on the injured reserve list for 30 days because of a fractured cheekbone, but that both Rote, who has been troubled with an ailing knee, and Bill Howton, the league's leading receiver, seem well on the road to recovery. Howton has been plagued with a bad ankle but caught several passes against the Browns.
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - How good are the Chicago Bears, whom the Green Bay Packers will meet at Chicago Sunday afternoon? "They're a great offensive team," Packer scout Wally Cruice of Milwaukee said Friday. "They're at least as good offensively as the great Bear teams of the early forties." Green Bay Coach Liz Blackbourn agreed, and went one step further. "All the teams nowadays are 40 or 50 percent better than they were in the forties," Blackbourn said. "The Bears are as good in the age we're playing in now as the Bears of the forties were in theirs." Cruice evaluated the Bears' talent thusly, after he returned from Los Angeles, where he watched them beat the Rams last Sunday: "They're adding ramifications to their offense. They still execute the bread and butter plays well, but they also have the extra frills to go along with it. It doesn't seem to make much difference who runs with the ball - Casares, Watkins (who has been hurt), Jeter, John Hoffman. They all make the plays go. Ed Brown, the quarterback, is throwing exceptionally well. The Bears do an outstanding job of finding the other team's weakness. When you adjust your defense to meet one thing, they outguess you and hit you in another place. Their offensive line is great - Strickland at center, Clark and Jones at guard, Wightkin and Gilbert at tackle, they all do the job. And they've got some pretty fair country ends in Hill and Schroeder and the best slot man in the league in McColl. That Hill is quite an end. He lopes out there with those long strides, and he doesn't look like he's going anywhere in a hurry. He looks like he's going out for a drink of water. Then he turns it on and is all by himself when the pass gets there. Blanda does a good job at quarterback when they want to control the ball a certain way. And their defensive backfield has improved. Their defensive line always was good enough. J.C. Caroline has developed into a fine defensive back and their other fellows are doing the job back there." Both the Packers and Bears made additions to their squads Friday. The Packers reactivated defensive halfback Glenn Young, rookie from Purdue, and defensive end Gene Knutson, two year veteran from Beloit and Michigan. They replace the injured Billy Bookout and the released Don King, respectively. "Young will probably start Sunday," Blackbourn said. "Knutson is very versatile. He will do his job on the goal line stands and help us out at defensive end as relief man and be available to go in at offensive tackle if needed there." The Bears picked up defensive back Stan Wallace of Illinois, who returned from the Army. They released linebacker J.D. Smith to make room for him.
NOVEMBER 10 (Chicago Tribune) - The Green Bay Packers announced two changes in player personnel yesterday, aimed at bolstering the defense for tomorrow's game against the Chicago Bears in Wrigley field. Halfback Dick Young, a rookie from Purdue, was released at the start of the season, was re-signed to take the place of the injured Billy Bookout, and end Gene Knudson was recalled to replace tackle Don King, released last week. Knudson, too, had been released earlier. Young, said Coach Lisle Blackbourn, probably will start agains the Bears.
NOVEMBER 10 (Philadelphia) - Louisville, apparently bent on obtaining a NFL franchise, has found the Pittsburgh Steelers "happy to talk" and the Philadelphia Eagles willing to listen. "I'm vitally interested and I've already had my office in Pittsburgh wire these people that we'll be happy to talk with them," Art Rooney, Steelers president, said Friday. The enthusiasm was not matched by the Philadelphia club, which said it would listen to more details of the proposition. "We're quite happy in Philadelphia," said treasurer Joseph A. Donanue of the Eagles. Rooney said his overhead at Forbes field was the highest in the league. "Our expenses these days are so great that even when we sell out the 34,000 seats at Forbes field we have a hard time making ends meet," he declared. Rooney's contract with the Forbes field management has run out, so he has no ties to prevent his making a favorable move. Owner George Preston Marshall of the Washington Redskins earlier had declined an offer from the Louisville group because of his present lease at Griffith stadium. Marshall said he had been guaranteed season ticket sales of 25,000 a year for the first three years, 6% of the gross receipts for rental, all revenue from concessions and 20% of parking revenue. A telegram to both teams from Bill Henry, sports director of the Kentucky state fair, said in part: Out stadium will be enlarged to seat around 47,000. Our parking facilities are the best in the world with a capacity of 27,000 automobiles. The citizens of Louisville are eager to have a franchise. We have over two and one-half million people in a 100 mile radius. We will appreciate your consideration and we are ready to meet with you at your convenience.
NOVEMBER 11 (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago's Bears
swing around the far turn in the NFL race today, 
starting the second half of their schedule against a
time honored, though treacherous foe, the Green Bay
Packers, in Wrigley field. The kickoff is scheduled for
1:05 o'clock. By most rational reckoning, the Bears
should find little difficulty in disposing of the Packers,
who are hurting all over physically and spiritually.
Lisle Blackbourn and his troupe had high hopes at 
the start of the season. But they ran out of 
championship ingredients, especially luck, early in 
the race, and are now saddled with four defeats 
against only two victories. But it has been the history
of this ancient and sometimes bitter series that the
best team loses more often than it wins and, despite
the gloomy reports from up north, the Bears can
expect trouble. For one thing, no one has yet flatly
stated that Tobin Rote positively will not play and 
there is plenty of evidence that Rote's most talented
accomplice, end Bill Howton, is nearer perfect shape
for today's game than he has been since the start of training. It would be a shame, of course, if the Bears
did not continue on their victorious way. But it would be a greater shame if they ventured forth this afternoon indifferent to the contest's heartbreaking possibilities. Green Bay has never been a quiet, orderly guest in Wrigley field, and its season would be complete if it could prevent the Bears from chalking up their sixth consecutive victory. Except for Bob Watkins, the explosive enigma who usually is assigned to left halfback, the Bears are in excellent shape physically. Watkins has been on the verge of coming back two weeks in a
row now, but each game the task of shilling for Rick Casares in the backfield has fallen to rookie Perry Jeter. Jeter has accepted the challenge with aplomb and accomplished the job with ease. So far the Bears have been running to victory, only occasionally resorting to the air. On the coast last week, however, they began to throw to Harlon Hill with more regularity and it is not likely that quarterbacks Ed Brown and George Blanda will overlook the big end today, especially if Casares and Jeter find the going a little crowded. The Bears' secondary defensive alignment will be altered somewhat today to team up those two old Illini, J.C. Caroline and Stan Wallace. Wallace, just out of the Army, will be at one outside halfback position and Caroline at the other. Wallace adds size and tackling strength to the secondary. But the Bears' chief hopes will lie up front, where the defensive line will be asked to keep the pressure on Rote and the offensive line will be asked to operated with the same deadly efficiency that has brought five straight triumphs after that big disappointment at Baltimore in the opening game of the season.
Cleveland Browns (2-4) 24, Green Bay Packers (2-4) 7
Sunday November 4th 1956 (at Milwaukee)