GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - The Lions playfully proved to 32,150 partisans Sunday that an all-out blitz on the ground still leads to the Packers' downfall. Eight different runners picked up 249 yards in pacing Detroit to a 24-14 victory. So completely did Detroit outrush Green Bay (also adding five interceptions) that the Packers were trailing 24-0 in the fourth quarter. Some penalties also hurt the local cause. It was figured the man to watch would be Tobin Rote, who was traded by Liz Blackbourn to Detroit for much needed offensive linemen. Rote completed five out of five passes for 25 yards, gained 27 yards rushing and scored the first touchdown. So it's a horse on the Packers as far as the trade goes. Green Bay's acquisitions from Detroit, tackles Ollie Spencer and Norm Masters, guard Jim Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny were snowed under by the murderous Lion rush. But the big performance was turned in by John Henry Johnson, who for several years carried the mail for the 49ers. Sidelined in last week's opener, Johnson returned against the Packers and rolled up 109 yards in 18 carries - like the Johnson of old. The outcome certainly does not suggest this is going to be another one of those so-so Packer seasons. Perhaps the most noteworthy accomplishment by the Lions, outside of those five interceptions, was the fact they prevented Billy Howton from catching a single pass. The Detroit shock troops, Jack Christiansen, Jim David, Carl Karilivacz and Yale Lary, saw to this while the "Red Dogs" led by Roger Zatkoff, another Packer castoff, gave Bart Starr and Babe Parilli fits. Starr outpitched his rivals, completing nine out of 19 passes for 100 yards. But then, Detroit didn't have to pass the way they were tearing the Packer defense to shreds on the ground. In comparison to the 249 yards gained rushing by the Lions, the Packers could pick up only 98. Detroit ran up a 17-0 first half advantage. Meanwhile, Green Bay had the ball for only seven plays in the first quarter. It didn't get its first first down until four minutes had elapsed in the second quarter. And the Bays' farthest advance in the first half was to their own 43. The first time they got their paws on the ball, the Lions marched 81 yards for a touchdown in 14 plays - Rote directing the attack. He chalked up the honors himself on one of those patented rollouts from the Packer 2. Layne converted at 8:11 of the first quarter. With Parilli at the throttle, the Packers had their first chance and flubbed it royally. Christiansen snared the Babe's second pass on the Packer 29 and raced for a TD untouched. Layne booted the extra point and the Lions had a 14-0 lead before Green Bay could muster a first down. A 15-yard field goal by Layne completed the first half scoring. When another Parilli pass was intercepted as the third quarter got underway, the Packers out forth their best defensive performance, holding the Lions from the Bay nine on three plays. So the third quarter was a scoreless affair, only because time ran out on the Lions from punching across their third touchdown from the one. But when the whistle ushered in the fourth stanza, Gene Gedman capped a 60-yard drive by plunging over. Layne converted and the score was mounting out of reach, 24-0. The Packers stormed back, marching 66 yards in nine plays for their first touchdown. Starr finally got some decent protection, hitting Al Carmichael and Ron Kramer for first down yardage. Kramer, incidentally, was the day's top receiver with 56 yards for five catches. Starr punched across himself for the TD from the one. Cone converted. Green Bay had its second touchdown called back. Tom Bettis recovered a Rote fumble on the Lion 24, scooped it up and scampered toward pay dirt. The referee said, "No go." Christiansen's second interception off Parilli then spiked the threat. But the Packers did come back for another TD. After they took over on a short Lary punt from the Lion 47, Starr hit Carmichael for 21 yards and then Cone romped the remaining 26 on a quick opener. He converted and that was the extent of the scoring.
DETROIT   - 14  3  0  7 - 24
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0 14 - 14
1st - DET - Tobin Rote, 2-yard run (Bobby Layne kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - DET - Jack Christiansen, 29-yard interception return (Layne kick) DETROIT 14-0
2nd - DET - Layne, 15-yard field goal DETROIT 17-0
4th - DET - Gene Gedman, 1-yard run (Layne kick) DETROIT 24-0
4th - GB - Starr, 1-yard run (Cone kick) DETROIT 24-7
4th - GB - Cone, 26-yard run (Cone kick) DETROIT 24-14
blocker, pass receiver, good runner inside and outside. Ameche - Going good again. Really does a job of blocking in protecting the passer. Running hard and caught a forward pass for a touchdown against the Bears. Moore - A great runner. Keeps his feet good when hit. Hard to knock down. Cruice said that Berry and Mutscheller had improved greatly at the end positions. "Mutscheller always was a good blocker," he said, "and now he's a much better receiver." Parker, the Ohio State rookie, 262 pounds, "has helped their offense a lot at left tackle," the scout said. "He takes off out of there and leads the play."
PACKERS RATED EVEN WITH COLTS IN GAME HERE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
OCTOBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers are rated even with the undefeated Baltimore Colts in their NFL game at County Stadium Sunday
afternoon. Kickoff time will be 1:05 p.m. Coach Weeb
Ewbank's Colts have a fine record as undisputed
Western Division leaders. They have manhandled the
Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, one-two in the
division last year, on successive weekends. Green Bay
also beat the Bears, but lost to the Lions. Still the
Packers are rated even with Baltimore, probably
because (1) Green Bay usually plays well in Milwaukee
and (2) Baltimore rarely plays well anywhere except in
Baltimore. Despite the World Series fever, the Packers
reported Friday an advance sale of "more than 20,000
tickets." The Colts and Packers drew 40,199 fans here
two years ago, Wisconsin pro football record crowd.
Baltimore's record is an odd one. In the last three
seasons since rejoining the NFL, the Colts have played
.588 ball at home, with 10 victories, 7 defeats and 1 tie.
On the road, meanwhile, the Colts have won only three
games and lost 15 for a .167 average. The answer
probably lies with Baltimore's enthusiastic crowds. The
rabid Colt fans fire up their heroes, overwhelm their
opposition. Both Colt victories this season over the
Lions and Bears were scored at Baltimore.
UNITAS NO FLUKE, COLTS' FOES FIND OUT
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - They called him
the "Cinderella Kid of 1956:, but the name John Unitas
is now regarded with respect in the NFL. Unitas was a
nobody when he tried to latch on with Notre Dame,
Indiana and finally the Pittsburgh Steelers because he
wasn't given a chance. He proved to be a somebody
with Louisville and the Colts because he was given that
chance. He got the not-wanted treatment at Notre Dame
and Indiana because he was too skinny (160 pounds).
Pittsburgh drafted him in the ninth round in 1954 after
he passed for over 3,000 yards and for 27 touchdowns while at Louisville. In the Steeler camp, Unitas soon realized it was Notre Dame and Indiana all over again. He just wasn't wanted. He quit and joined the Bloomington Rams, a Pittsburgh sandlot club. Unitas got his first break when Baltimore General Manager Don Kellett paged through the waiver list one February day in 1956 and pondered his name. An 80 cent phone call to Pittsburgh made Unitas Baltimore property. Unitas, who will start for the Colts Sunday at the Stadium against the Packers, brings back haunting memories to Green Bay Coach Liz Blackbourn. "If you remember, we gave him his baptism," Blackbourn recalled Friday. "He got his start beating us with a real good passing day and proved as the season rolled along to be no fluke." Unitas started for the injured George Shaw that October afternoon and has yet to give the reins back to the Oregon star. His 50.6 pass completion percentage was highest ever recorded by a first year player in the NFL. His rise to fame came on that strong arm and the ability to throw on the run. Unitas comes from a poor family. He's gotten everything on his own. Success couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
NEWS AND NOTES
FAKE PUNT GAMBLE PAID OFF FOR LIONS
OCTOBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - The play which fooled Coach Lisle Blackbourn, 11 Packers and 32,150 fans in Green Bay Sunday isn't likely to fool anyone for another 10 years. Or at least that was the thinking Tuesday after Blackbourn had reviewed movies of the Packers' 24-14 defeat by the Detroit Lions. The fooler, of course, was the fourth down "punt" play early in the game when Yale Lary faked a punt and ran 32 yards to a first down and sparked the Lions to their first touchdown. "It was a distinct surprise to me," Blackbourn said. "I don't think you'll see that play again in the next 10 years." The Lions needed 22 yards for a first down on the play. Neither team had scored and the game was yet young - certainly not a situation to call for a gamble. "It was an extreme gamble. Maybe that's why it worked," Blackbourn said. "If they'd had four yards to go, it wouldn't have been so bad. But 22 yards. Well, it fooled me." The fake punt is not new to the Lions. They pulled the same stunt with success two years ago against the San Francisco 49ers. The measure of success wasn't as great, however. The Lions still lost the game. Blackbourn did not detract from the Lions' success. "They played good football," he said matter of factly. "And I suppose they deserved to win." Three facets of the game stood out in his replay - Lary's run, the pass interception for a touchdown by Jack Christiansen and the running of John Henry Johnson. The Lions had a 7-0 lead with about half of the first quarter played, thanks to Lary and Tobin Rote, the former Packer turned Lion. In another minute and 15 seconds, they had a 14-0 lead, thanks to Christiansen's interception. "Those two touchdowns gave the Lions the spark they needed," Blackbourn said. "John Henry Johnson took care of all the offense they needed the rest of the way." Billy Howton, who caught eight passes for 165 yards against the Chicago Bears a week ago, was shackled by the Lions. This did not surprise Blackbourn though. "Howton has never been successful against the Lions," he said. "That's his history, Jim David and Christiansen seem to have his number."
PACKERS TO GET OPPORTUNITY TO HARNESS COLTS ON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - So the Green Bay Packers are back in the pack at .500 after the Detroit Lions caught them celebrating their victory over the Chicago Bears. The question after the first two weeks of NFL play: Which teams are the contenders? Only two teams are over .500 - Baltimore and Cleveland, division leaders with 2-0 records. And only two teams are under .500 - the supposedly powerful Chicago Bears and the admittedly weak Philadelphia Eagles. All the rest are 1-1 and they include the champion New York Giants, the Los Angeles Rams, the Lions, the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers and others. The Packers will get the next chance to break the Colts when they meet at County Stadium here Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The Colts have been unusual, in playing well two weeks in a row against genuine contenders. They whipped Detroit, 34-14, and the Bears, 21-10, and both times they hamstrung the oppositions' running game almost completely. Baltimore came in here two years ago, when Alan Ameche, the Wisconsin Horse, was a fledgling Colt, and drew 40,199 fans to a Saturday night game with the Packers. Both teams were undefeated after two games that year. The Colts won, 24-20, as the Packers ran out of time. At that, Green Bay finished third at the end of the season and Baltimore fourth, even though the Colts beat the Packers at Baltimore, too, 14-10. The two young rivals put on another pair of thrillers last season. Green Bay won here, 38-33, in a wild one and Baltimore won at Baltimore in a weird one, 28-21. Whether Coach Lisle Blackbourn's Packers can keep the Colts from an early runaway probably will be checked up to Green Bay's offense, which has yet to shock anyone. The Packer defense, although ruffled by Detroit, has been adequate. The Lions had the ball most of the time last Sunday because Green Bay's offense couldn't do anything. Once behind, 14-0, and with the offense sputtering, the Packers had little chance. Of course, a Baltimore defense which gave Detroit and the Bears little opportunity hardly gives hope for a sudden surge by the Packers.
PACKERS BEWARE: COLTS TOUGHER THAN LIONS
OCTOBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Now that the Packers have tasted defeat for the first time this season, they can come down from cloud 9 and realize Sunday's play for keeps is bound to get tougher. The rambunctious Colts (2-0) are Sunday's Stadium attraction and if the Baylanders believe they got shoved around by the Lions - they haven't seen anything...yet. Baltimore squelched Detroit's rushing attack, allowing only 23 yards and limited the bewildered Bears to 29 yards on the ground. Green Bay has been no ball of fire as a running team. And against Detroit it didn't impress via the airlanes - five interceptions saw to that. Despite the fact the Lions grabbed a 24-0 lead in the fourth quarter, the final outcome didn't suggest the Packers were pushovers. Detroit gambled and won on a fourth down and 22 yards to go situation when Yale Lary faked a punt and scampered down the right sidelines for 32 yards. The daredevil tricks caught the Packers flat-footed and paved the way for Tobin Rote to score the first touchdown. How the Packers could be sucked into such a predicament is almost unbelievable. Coach Liz Blackbourn hopes or rather insists that it won't happen again. A hard loser, indeed. Blackbourn offered no alibis. He also wasn't going to relegate his troops to the also-run class because of one loss. "We'll start talking about our troubles if we lose some more," Blackbourn said. "We got off to a bad start. Our quarterback got jittery when our receivers kept dropping passes and when penalties time and again killed drives. But that was our tough luck, we can't let it happen again if we expect to stay in this thing." Blackbourn praised Rote's ability to move the Lions. "We knew what Rote could do," he said. "He played a good game." A sideline observer said Tobin was the happiest guy on the field. "He still loves to play football," said the witness, who asked to be anonymous. "When he was on the bench he called the Packers' shot perfectly and yelled instructions to linebacker Roger Zatkoff (another Bay castoff). And one thing for sure, he hates to play second fiddle to Bobby Layne." It proved to be a great "homecoming" for Tobin. In his cheering section was his wife, Betsy, who flew up from Texas to see her first game this season. Blackbourn reported that Howie Ferguson was the game's only casualty. The oft-injured fullback got kicked in the head. That meany Fergy has now has the works, from head to toe. Ron Kramer played his best game, catching five passes for 56 yards. Blackbourn's only explanation as to why Bill Howton failed to catch a pass: "They didn't throw to him, why, I don't know."
BALTIMORE'S STRONG DEFENSE TESTS PACKERS HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - Baltimore's surprising Colts, undefeated and undisputed Western Division leaders in the NFL, will meet the Green Bay Packers at County Stadium Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Alan (The Horse) Ameche and Co. have galloped exceptionally well after ordinary grazing in the exhibition season (2-2-1). The Colts opened with a 34-14 triumph over Detroit and followed with a 21-10 triumph of the Chicago Bears. The Bears and Lions rated among the favorites. The Packers split against the same opposition, beating the Bears, 21-17, and falling to the Lions, 24-14. "The Colts keep getting better every week," Green Bay scout Walter Cruice said Thursday. "They looked great against the Lions and played ever better against the Bears." Cruice seemed most impressed by the defense. "They give the runners nothing (Detroit got 23 yards on the ground and the Bears only 29)," he said. "And they rush the passer hard. Those linemen are the best I've ever seen at getting rid of the pass protection by throwing off the blockers. Not just fighting them, but throwing them up for grabs." Baltimore's defensive line includes end Gino Marchetti (240 pounds) and Don Joyce (250) and tackles Art Donovan (265) and Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb (282). Donovan, son of fight referee Art Donovan, is in his eighth pro season, Joyce in his seventh and Marchetti his sixth. Lipscomb, who jumped to the pro league from a Detroit high school, stands 6 feet 6 inches and formerly played with the Los Angeles Rams. Jack Patera, 225 pounds, plays middle guard and middle linebacker. "New men have helped them a lot," Cruice said. These include linebacker Don Shinnick of UCLA and halfbacks Milt Davis of UCLA and the Detroit Lions, and Andy Nelson of Memphis State. Doug Eggers has taken over as the other linebacker with Bill Pellington out with a broken arm. Veterans Bert Rechichar and Carl Taseff round out the backfield. On offense, the Colts have John Unitas at quarterback, Wisconsin's Ameche at fullback, L.G. (Long Gone) Dupre and Lenny Moore at halfbacks, Ray Berry and Jim Mutscheller at ends, Jim Parker and George Preas at tackles, Art Spinney and Alex Sandusky at guards and Madison Nutter at center. "Unitas is greatly improved since last year when he took over when George Shaw was injured," Cruice said. Unitas was picked up as a Pittsburgh Steeler reject. He was playing sandlot ball in Pittsburgh. He is a University of Louisville graduate. Now Shaw, the bonus draft choice from Oregon, can't get his job back. "Unitas is throwing well," Cruice said. "He's not a strong runner but is fairly fast. He has good poise and uses real good judgment. He took them in for touchdowns on fourth down plays against the Bears when other might have missed or gone for field goals." The reports on the other backs were as follows: Dupre - Terrific this year, avoiding injuries which slowed him last year. Fine 
Detroit Lions (1-1) 24, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 14
Sunday October 6th 1957 (at Green Bay)