(MIAMI) – Bob Dillon, Green Bay's defensive quarterback, proved the Packers' best offense and led his teammates to a 24-16 triumph over the Chicago Cardinals in their pro football exhibition opener here Friday night. Dillon scored two touchdowns before 20,820 sweltering fans in the Orange Bowl. He went 29 yards with a lateral from Bill Forester after an interception, then carried back an interception of his own 44 yards to score.
Green Bay's final touchdown was on an eight yard pass from Babe Parilli to Gary Knafelc. Fred Cone kicked a 13 yard field goal and the three extra points. Ollie Matson ran 10 yards for the Cardinals' first touchdown and Tommy Keller one yard for the second. Pat Summerall kicked a 22 yard field goal and made one out of two extra points. He also missed two field goal tries in the first period. Green Bay took a 7-0 lead
in the first quarter, it was 7-7 at the half, the Packers went in front in the third period, 17-10. The Packers scored first, but not because Chicago did not have the opportunities. Fred Cone, playing with a cast on his left hand because of a broken finger, fumbled twice in the first quarter. Each time the defense held off the Cardinals and Summerall missed field goal tries.
On the final play of the first quarter, Forester picked off Jim Root's pass on the Cardinals' 44, lateraled to Dillon on the 30, and it was 7-0. Two pass interference penalties led to Chicago's tying touchdown in the second quarter. Long throws by Lamar McHan intended for Dick (Night Train) Lane and Joe Kopinsky were ruled complete for a first down on Green Bay's five. An offside penalty pushed the Cardinals back to the 10, but Matson plowed over right tackle to score. Early in the third quarter, Dillon put the Packers ahead to stay when he grabbed McHan's pass out of Matson's arms and raced 44 yards into the end zone. That made it 14-7, Green Bay. Cone and Summerall then traded field goals. The Packers extended their lead to 24-10 in the fourth period, going 81 yards in four plays on their only concerted offensive effort. Paul Hornung, Notre Dame All-American, playing left halfback, took a handoff from Parilli and passed to Bill Howton to a 41-yard gain. After a five yard penalty for offside against Green Bay, Parilli passed 34 yards to Knafelc for first down on the 11. Cone drove to the eight and then Parilli found Knafelc alone in the end zone. The Cardinals made one last gasp. They drove 72 yards in 12 plays with Keller plunging over. Summerall missed the point and the Packers were safe with an eight point lead.
CHI CARDS -  0  7  3  6 - 16
GREEN BAY -  7  0 10  7 - 24
GB – Dillon, 30-yard lateral from Forrester, 26-yard interception return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
CHI – Ollie Matson, 10-yard run (Pat Summerall kick) TIED 7-7
GB – Dillon, 44-yard interception return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
GB – Cone, field goal GREEN BAY 17-7
CHI – Summerall field goal GREEN BAY 17-10
GB – Knafelc, 8-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
CHI – Tommy Keller, 1-yard run (Summerall kick) GREEN BAY 24-17
AUGUST 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers traded off a quarterback who could play on anybody's team to get themselves a line this season. Now there's no Tobin Rote, a hard-nosed Texan who was the passingest Packer ever. Coach Liz Blackbourn said he was as "happy as the devil" at the time he bartered Rote for Detroit beef. When asked how the Packers will operate without Rote, Liz said: " Bart Starr is our quarterback. That Alabama boy had more poise than Rote last fall, his first season, and he's one of the smartest signal-callers in the game. He's not as good mechanically as Rote was in some respects, but good enough and he's quick in the head. Then we got Babe Parilli back from the Browns. Babe wasn't happy with Cleveland and he seems to like coming back to us. We know he's a good football player. In Paul Hornung, we got the kind of rookie you're always hoping for and seldom ever see. He's green as grass in many angles of the pro game, but he'll learn quickly." Hornung rose to the spotlight Thursday as being the best running quarterback in camp. "Hornung is a big strong kid who runs real good," praised Blackbourn. "And that puts him on a higher plane as quarterbacks go." A better runner than Rote? "Yes," was Blackbourn's emphatic answer. "We won't send this one back," he added. Credell (Incredible) Green, Washington halfback, appears as another rookie who will stick. At the moment Green is Blackbourn's No. 1 halfback, moving ahead of veterans Don McIlhenny and Al Carmichael. A disappointment has been Ron Kramer, the team's No. 1 draft choice. Although handicapped by a sore heel sustained in the pre-season opener against the Cardinals, Kramer has been comparatively slow in catching onto Blackbourn's offense. Kramer was labeled sure stuff when he came to camp. When asked who ranks behind him as a slot back, Blackbourn said, "you mean who's ahead of him." The Packer coach then picked rookie Ken Vakey and veteran Joe Johnson ahead of Kramer. Blackbourn credits an improved defense as the key to this year's success. He pointed out that the acquisitions of John Petitbon from Cleveland and Bibbles Bawel from Philadelphia provide greater depth. "Then Hank Gremminger has looked much better," said Liz. "Rookie John Symank looks good and in Bobby Dillon we have the best in the league."
AUGUST 24 (Auston, TX) - Coach Liz Blackbourn will try to crank up his offense Saturday night when his up and coming Packers tangle with the Chicago Cardinals here for the second straight game. The Packers had things pretty much their own way, beating the Cards, 24-16, at Miami last week. However, the defense was credited with two touchdowns against an opposition which was also tackled by the flu bug. "We should get a better idea of our squad Saturday night if the Cards are all cured," said Blackbourn who scrimmaged the daylights out of his gang to gain coordination with the offense. "We're a sputtering outfit at time," added Liz. "But we've got power and the job is to get it done." Paul Hornung, bonus choice from Notre Dame, is expected to get a good chance to show his quarterback ability. Veteran Bart Starr will start, but Liz, impressed with the work of Hornung in camp, wants to see what the rookie can do under fire.
AUGUST 19 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn Monday described the Green Bay Packers' performance in their 24-16 victory over the Chicago Cardinals in an exhibition game at Miami as "fair". "The defense looked good," he said, "but we were a little lucky, too. I can't get too enthusiastic." The Packers came out of the their opener without any serious injuries. Rookie end Ron Kramer bruised a heel and halfback Don McIlhenny got a cut on his chin. Both will be able to play when the Packers meet the Cardinals again at Austin, Tex., Saturday night. Two more players reported to camp here Monday, end Jim Temp and center-linebacker George Priatko. Both just got out of the service. Temp formerly played at Wisconsin and Priatko at Pittsburgh. Blackbourn said that the Packers' first defensive unit "had quite an edge" on the second unit against the Cards. "A lot of it may have been experience," he said. The offense, he said, "did reasonably well after the first three series." The Packers fumbled twice and Gary Knafelc dropped a third down pass. "After that," Blackbourn said, "they at least made the other side stop them, instead of stopping themselves." The coach said that Credell Green, rookie halfback from Washington, "looked good". On defense, he had words of praise for rookies Ernie Danjean of Auburn and John Symank of Florida and veteran Hank Gremminger. Billy Kinard, defensive halfback from Mississippi, obtained in the trade with Cleveland, was the only one of 50 men who made the trip who did not play. He has a sprained ankle. About the defense, Blackbourn added, "I liked the way the others sprang up around the man who intercepted a pass. It paid off in two touchdowns for us."
AUGUST 19 (Chicago Tribune) - The influenza siege tapered off sharply at the Chicago Cardinals' Lake Forest college training camp yesterday. Forty of the 54 players on the Cardinal roster were ill at one time or another last week. The disease was diagnosed by Dr. Ralph O'Halioran, team physician, as Asiatic flu. Still out of action yesterday were ends Leo Sugar and Max Boydston and coaches Charlie Trippi and Tom Keane.
AUGUST 20 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers, tired from Miami's heat and the long trip, went through a listless practice here Monday. Coach Lisle Blackbourn gave his pro football team two new plays on offense and added an extra defense. The Packers beat the Chicago Cardinals in an exhibition at Miami last Friday, 24-16, and will face the same team at Austin, Tex., Saturday night. "We also worked on fundamentals," Blackbourn said, "and talked over errors we found in the movies." The Packers will leave for Austin Friday morning. The game there Saturday night will be broadcast (WTMJ, 9 o'clock). The Packers will then fly to Milwaukee. They will stay at the Astor Hotel and work out at Washington Park Monday and Tuesday August 26 and 27, probably at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Packers will meet with the Philadelphia Eagles at Milwaukee County Stadium in the annual Shrine charity game Wednesday night August 28. Blackbourn said that there would be no further cutdown of the squad until after the Milwaukee game. The Packers now have 52 men in camp, as end Jim Temp and center Bill Priatko reported Monday. Three others are expected out of the service soon, end Max McGree, back Gene White and end-linebacker Carlton Massey. The Packers will be able to carry 35 men on their roster for the NFL season which opens September 29 against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay's new stadium. Blackbourn said that he could make no definite assessment at this time of the play of the five all-star rookies with the Packers - quarterback-halfback Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, end Ron Kramer of Michigan, guards Jack Nisby and Dalton Truax and tackle Carl Vereen. "They haven't been with the club long enough," the coach said, "to know their assignments well enough."
AUGUST 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn admitted Tuesday he has a knotty problem to solve before September 1, the date on which he must cut his Packer squad from the present 52 players to 44. "This is one cut in which a coach had better use his head," Blackbourn said. "There can be no mistakes on this one." Blackbourn said two exhibition games, including one in Milwaukee August 28 against Philadelphia, will help him make up his mind. The Packers' coach picked Wednesday afternoon for the last scrimmage before the squad-cutting deadline. The only injury of consequence in the Packers' training camp is rookie Ron Kramer's sore heel, the coach said. Jim Temp, a former Wisconsin end who spent two years in military service, said there is a lot more spirit and love of competition among the Packers than there was two years ago. The coach also said that Fred Cone will keep his ailing wrist in a cast for further protection. Even though it makes him a little awkward, Blackbourn said, it is mending well. Cone played the Friday night contest with the cast.
AUGUST 21 (Milwaukee JournaI) - The Green Bay Packers are disturbing Coach Liz Blackbourn's sleep these days. But Blackbourn isn't complaining. His problems center on September 1, the date on which he must cut his Packer squad from the 52 players he has now to 44. Who to cut? "I just don't know," he said here Wednesday, "that is - yet." Blackbourn said exhibitions in Austin, Tex., Saturday night and in Milwaukee next week Wednesday would provide the final tests for eight players who must go. Ron Kramer, end from Michigan who is hobbled by a sore heel, is the only Packer on the injury list Wednesday.
AUGUST 22 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers went through "the most encouraging scrimmage" of their training season here Wednesday. After 90 minutes of hard contact, Coach Liz Blackbourn smiled and said that he liked what he saw. It was the last scrimmage the NFL team will have until after exhibition games against the Chicago Cardinals at Austin, Tex., Saturday night and against the Philadelphia Eagles in the annual Shrine charity game at Milwaukee's County Stadium next Wednesday night. Blackbourn said that he was especially pleased with the running of the backs in Wednesday's workouts. "They really put their heads down and dug for extra yards," the coach said. On offense, Blackbourn alternated veterans Bart Starr and Babe Parilli and rookie Paul Hornung at quarterback. "Hornung moved his unit well," Blackbourn said. Starr and Parilli were also sharp. Veterans Al Carmichael and Don McIlhenny and rookie Credell Green alternated at left halfback and veterans Howie Ferguson and Fred Cone and rookie Ron Quillian at fullback. Green scored two touchdowns. Quillian ran surprisingly well and Ferguson had no trouble with his knees, which had been bothering him. On defense, Billy Kinard intercepted a pass and ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown. The former Mississippi and Cleveland Browns player had been sidelined with an injured ankle. Also sharp in the backfield were John Petitbon, rookie John Symank of Florida and Hank Gremminger. Petitbon also came to Green Bay in the Cleveland trade. Gremminger is a second year man and has looked greatly improved. Jim Temp, end from Wisconsin, and Bill Priatko, center-linebacker from Pittsburgh, engaged in their first scrimmage. They are just out of the service. The feeling is that Temp, 235 pounds, and John Nisby, rookie from College of the Pacific, will give veteran defensive ends John Martinkovic and Nate Borden a run for their jobs. While not ready to call his team a title contender, Blackbourn said, "As we stand now, we don't seem to have a glaring weakness in any certain spot. We have great depth, but we'll have to see what our cutting down the squad does to that." The Packers now have 52 men in camp. They must be down to 35 for the NFL season which opens September 29.
AUGUST 22 (Chicago Tribune) - Coach Ray Richards is pleased with the Chicago Cardinals' running attack, which netted 231 yards against the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game last Friday night in Miami. But Richards is concerned lest the Cards are relying too much upon Ollie Matson, left halfback and one of the NFL's more brilliant runners. "We've got to watch that this year," Richards said yesterday, while the Cardinals worked out at Lake Forest college. "We have gotten so much in the habit of running Matson that our opponents are beginning to overshift to lay for him. Our aim is to start running enough plays to the left so that the other team will be forced to play a normal defense. This will have the effect of opening up our entire offense and, of course, Ollie will have a better chance if they aren't sitting out there waiting for him." Matson and Dick Lane, defensive halfback, are the latest additions to the Cardinals' influenza roster. Indications were, however, that the siege of flu which all but knocked out the team over the weekend was  
near an end. The Cardinal coach hopes to give two rookies, Paul Larson of California and Tommy Spiers of Arkansas State, their baptisms under fire when the Cards meet the Packers again Saturday night in Austin, Tex. Larson and Spiers, who are bidding for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind veteran Lamar McHan, has surprised in drills with unexpected ability as ball handlers in addition to their known throwing skill. Richards abandoned last year's experiment which saw Dave Mann used occasionally as an offensive end. Mann will be back at his old right halfback spot this season, the Card coach indicated, alternating with Joe Childress. The Cards will receive additional backfield help from five players who will return from the service. Jim Sears, ex-Southern California star, is due next Monday. Other future service returnees are Frank Bernardi, Jimmy Carr, Mal Hammack and Dick Brubaker.
Green Bay Packers (1-0) 24, Chicago Cardinals 16
EXHIBITION - Friday August 16th 1957 (at Miami)