(GREEN BAY) - The Packers, who had failed to score a single point during third period action this season, came up with a 21-point blitz in the third quarter Sunday to salvage their first win of the season, a 38-35 hard fought decision over the Eagles. Scooter McLean’s victory-starved pros held a 38-14 advantage when the fourth quarter started. But with the never-say-die Norm Van Brocklin at the throttle, the Eagles bounced back with a three-touchdown blitz of their own for a down to the wire finish. As it eventually turned out, Paul Hornung’s 30-yard field goal, with 10½ minutes of the first quarter played, was the winning margin. This was a real buzz saw as two “have nots” in the National Football League were shooting the works. Both clubs realized there were on the spot for their losing ways and had to come up with a victory.
The Packers didn’t disappoint 31,043 on the raining October afternoon because they had a Babe Parilli who
fired four touchdown passes. Parilli was a confident leader who inspired the Bays once there were knocking
on the Philly door. The Kentucky Babe’s touchdown heaves were to Max McGee (34 and 25 yards), Al Carmichael (14 yards) and Gary Knafelc (10 yards). Howie Ferguson, who continues to amaze fans with his
great comeback, plunged two yards for the Packers’ fifth touchdown. Besides his field goal, Hornung tacked on five extra points.
But as much as Parilli meant to the Packers, Van Brocklin was the whole Philadelphia show. The Dutchman, who is renowned for his tremendous comebacks  completed 11 of 17 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone to put the Packers on their heels. Van Brocklin had two passes intercepted, both by All-Pro Bobby Dillon. In fact, two breaks were turned into two Packer touchdowns during the third period fireworks. Dillon’s first interception led to a touchdown from the Eagle 38 and Tom Bettis’ fumble recovery on the Philly 33 was TD-labeled eight plays later in the big quarter. Philadelphia won the battle of statistics outgaining Green Bay 411 yards to 326 – thanks to Van Brocklin’s 292 yard production in the air. But the Packers have won too many statistical battles and have fouled up too often on the scoreboard. The worm turned Sunday. Hornung failed on a 35-yard boot in the first quarter before he split the uprights from 30 yards away. The first attempt sliced off his foot. With a 3-0 lead, Green Bay had a golden opportunity to make early hay when Dave Hanner recovered Bill Barnes’ fumble on the Eagle 21 after Hornung’s first goal dribbled into the end zone. The field goal which proved to be the clincher was the best they could do as the 3-0 lead held up during the first quarter. 
However, Parilli got hot as the second period started. He hit Billy Howton and McGee on short pitches and an interference penalty on the Eagles put the ball on the Philly 35. Ferguson picked up one and then Parilli threaded the needle, hitting McGee right on the button as Maxie sped between the goal posts from 34 yards away. The Eagles then came up with the game’s biggest play. Barnes took a handoff and appeared to be trapped at the line of scrimmage (his own 30). However, the Eagle speed merchant shook off three defenders and galloped 70 yards for a touchdown. Bobby Walston’s conversion cut the Packers margin to 10-7.
Green Bay upped its advantage to 17-7 moments later when Parilli triggered a 52 yard drive in eight plays. Ferguson climaxed the march with a two-yard plunge. With 2½ minutes of the first half remaining, Van Brocklin directed a 69-yard march. After Pete Betzlaff had dropped two touchdown passes, Van Brocklin hit McDonald, in the end zone with 15 seconds left in the half. Returning to the gridiron with a slim 17-14 halftime lead, the Packers soon broke loose with 21 points. Dillon grabbed Van Brocklin’s third pass of the third period on the Packers 46 and raced to the Eagle 38. Six plays later Parilli rolled out and hit Carmichael crossing the end zone. The play covered 14 yards.
The Eagles took the ensuing kickoff and handed the ball right back to Green Bay when Dick Bielski fumbled after receiving Van Brocklin’s perfect strike. Bettis fell on the ball on the Philly 33 and in eight plays Parilli, from the 10, fired to Knafelc (hemmed in by three Eagles) and Gary dove over. One second before the period ended, McGee scored his second TD, making a remarkable catch of Parilli’s high shot in the left corner. The score climaxed a 56 yard march. Now with a 38-14 lead as the fourth period started, the situation seemed well in hand, but not with Van Brocklin on the other side.
He marched the Eagles goal-ward, 68 yards in 12 plays, for their third TD. Billy Wells scored from three yards away. The fourth touchdown was scored by newcomer Gene Mitcham, who took Van Brocklin’s 15-yard pass into the end zone. Van Brocklin set up the TD by hitting Retzlaff for a 49-yard gain which reached the Packer 15. With the margin now cut to 10 points with 4 ½ minutes to play, the Eagles were set to go for broke. Van Brocklin couldn’t be contained and his final TD pass to McDonald from 19 yards out came with 54 seconds remaining. As a last resort, the Eagles tried an on-side kick that Ray Nitschke recovered, sending the fans home in a happy frame of mind.
PHILADELPHIA -  0 14  0 21 - 35
GREEN BAY    -  3 14 21  0 - 38
1st - GB - Hornung, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - McGee, 34-yard pass from Parilli (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - PHIL - Billy Barnes, 70-yard run (Bobby Walston kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - GB - Ferguson, 2-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
2nd - P - Tommy McDonald, 8-y pass f Norm Van Brocklin (Walston kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
3rd - GB - Carmichael, 14-yard pass from Parilli (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
3rd - GB - Knafelc, 10-yard pass from Parilli (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 31-14
3rd - GB - McGee, 25-yard pass from Parilli (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 38-14
4th - PHIL - Billy Wells, 3-yard run (Walston kick) GREEN BAY 38-21
4th - PHIL - Gene Mitcham, 15-yd pass from Van Brocklin (Walston kick) GREEN BAY 38-28
4th - PHIL - McDonald, 19-yard pass from Van Brocklin (Walston kick) GREEN BAY 38-35
OCTOBER 26 (Green Bay) - Scooter McLean and his Packers were a quiet lot after their first victory of the season here Sunday. They were "thankful" for winning, but dissatisfied with their "conservative" play in the fourth quarter. "Sure, it feels good to finally win," McLean said in the Packer dressing room. "But it was by no means our best game. Why, we played three times as good against the Colts - defensively, I mean." The Packer boss, not too much in passing out praises, singled out the play of fullback Howie Ferguson and quarterback Babe Parilli. "Fergy ran real good...he fought for every yard," Scooter said. "And Parilli was passing well...but too many of his passes were dropped." Then explaining the Packers' conservative play in the fourth period when the Eagles rallied for three touchdowns. Mc Lean said, "We just got too lax and their passing game got hot...especially when Billy Kinard was injured." Scooter said "conservative play" by Parilli and the entire defense in the fourth quarter led to the downfall. "We played good ball for three quarters," McLean said, "but you see what happens when you ease up?" The Scotsman warned that "nothing but an all out performance" will give the Packers a chance against the unbeaten Colts in Baltimore next Sunday. "We can't have any foolishness out there," Scooter said, "or we'll get killed." Taking a cue from the Lions, McLean herded the Packers into a motel here Saturday night. The entire squad went to a movie and then was put to bed early at the Valley Motel, near the Stadium. The club has always stayed in their own Green Bay dwellings on the eve of home games, but McLean apparently wanted them to have only one thing in mind Sunday...beat the Eagles...and they did.
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - Vito Parilli was once again the Sweet Kentucky Babe here Sunday. "I was a little rusty at first," Parilli said after the Packers' 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. "It's been so long since I started a game. It was a good feeling to win for a change." Parilli's four touchdown passes were the most in a game for him as a professional. It was not a Green Bay record, however. Cecil Isbell completed five touchdown passes November 1, 1942 against the Cleveland Rams. "His play calling was good until the last period," Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said. "Then he got conservative. The defense became conservative, too. We let down, no question about it. I was worried. We're not that good a ball club that we can let up. Any time you're playing Van Brocklin you can't let up." The Eagles' veteran quarterback, Norm Van Brocklin, completed 11 of 17 passes for 182 yards in the final quarter. Despite the victory, the Packers' dressing room was not a scene of jubilation. They were like a fighter who had won the decision but was hanging by the ropes at the final bell. McLean's only smile, strangely, came at the mention of next Sunday's game in Baltimore against the undefeated Colts. "That's going to be a rough one," he said, "a real tough one." McLean was asked if the triumph over the Eagles was the Packers' best game so far? "No," McLean said. "We played three times better against the Colts in Milwaukee. You mean defensively, don't you? Offensively, for three quarters today this was our best game." McLean had particular praise for Howie Ferguson's running. "He runs hard, that guy. I'll tell you something, too, another guy that runs hard out there. That McIlhenny. He fights for everything." Lawrence (Buck) Shaw, Eagles coach, was disappointed that his team hadn't pulled off the comeback of the season. He praised Van Brocklin. "He can throw the ball," he said, "and he's got a good head on his shoulders, too. He thinks all the time. Now if we just had your receivers," Shaw said wistfully. "With Van Brocklin throwing to Howton and Gary Knafelc and McGee...Then we could go. Our Walston is over the hill. He couldn't get away from anybody on his patterns today. Bielski's got good hands but he can't maneuver. He's a fullback. Retzlaff is all right. Mitcham looked good today but he got a bad shoulder on that last kickoff and now he may be out awhile. That hurts."
OCTOBER 27 (Green Bay) - For one-fourth of this pro football season the Packers have played 30 minute ball. Against the Eagles here Sunday, Green Bay went all out for 45 minutes. Scooter McLean is having a tough time convincing his club that they are getting paid for 60 minutes...nothing less. His Packers held a 38-14 lead over the Eagles going into the fourth quarter and then let down. That was all Norm Van Brocklin needed to uncork one of his famed comebacks. The former Ram general, who beat Green Bay last year in Milwaukee after the Bays had a 24-3 halftime lead over L.A., completed 11 out of 17 passes for 179 yards in the fourth quarter alone. "Van Brocklin just sat back in his rocking chair and fired away," McLean said Monday morning as he opened up shop in preparation for next Sunday's gigantic task at Baltimore. "We had done a pretty good job containing him for three quarters," McLean continued. "But then our defense started laying back, forgetting all about rushing him." Scooter didn't believe his boys panicked as the score drew closer. He said it was "just a case of not going all out all the way." While Van Brocklin was tearing the Packer defense to shreds, Green Bay failed to make a single first down in the almost disastrous fourth quarter. In fact the Packers' further advancement was to their own 33. And while Van Brocklin put on a one-man show, the Eagles weren't in the same class with the Packers for 45 minutes of play. Bill Barnes scored Philadelphia's first touchdown on a 70 yard gallop, but if it had not been for shoddy tackling on the part of the Bays, Barnes would have never left the line of scrimmage. "Who had a shot at him," Scooter shot back at the questioner. "Who didn't?" he answered. McLean said he would stick with the same offensive backfield which started against the Eagles. This means quarterback Babe Parilli, fullback Howie Ferguson, halfback Al Carmichael and slotback Gary Knafelc will start against the Colts. Parilli's passing was really sharp. He completed 14 out of 25 for 199 yards and four touchdowns. However, his receivers dropped too many. Billy Howton bobbled the Babe's first pass of the game. If Howton would have hung on to it it would have been a sure six points. Ferguson keeps punching with authority. It's too bad ever Packers doesn't have his hustle. Carmichael, operating as a swing man, caught two passes for 27 yards and one touchdown and picked up 14 yards in five carries. Don McIlehnny, who was benched after his fumbling performance at Washington, looked good the short time he played, picking up 26 yards in five trips. Mac fought for every inch. "If we only had your ends," Eagle Coach Buck Shaw said wishfully after the game. Parilli hit Max McGee six times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Howton four for 47 yards and Knafelc two for 25 and one TD. McGee also put his best foot forwards on punts, averaging 48.2 yards on five boots. His second punt of the game sailed 61 yards and the third went 57 and out of bounds on the Eagle 4. Scooter said his club came out of the scrap without any serious injuries, just the usual bumps and bruises. The Packer office staff was smiling for the first time on a Monday. Vice President Lee Joannes congratulated Scooter and laughingly ribbed: "If you boys had blown this one, I would have gone home to get my shotgun and cleaned house but good." But the Packers won. Whether it should have been 38-14 or 38-35 it goes down as a victory. Any kind of victory counts in this business. 
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal-Oliver Kuechle) - The Green Bay Packers for years have needed a good, strong, bruising halfback. So it must be with a wince each Monday that they look over the sports pages to see what Jim Brown, Cleveland's blockbuster from Syracuse, did the day before. (Sunday, Brown gaines 180 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns. He now leads the league in scoring with 14 touchdowns and 815 yards in 118 carries). The Packers could have had Brown - had two cracks at him, in fact, before Cleveland got him. Green Bay had the bonus choice the year he went - 1957 - and the third choice in the regular draft. They took Paul Hornung of Notre Dame as their bonus man and Ron Kramer of Michigan as their regular choice. Brown went two picks later. Los Angeles and San Francisco, drafting ahead of Green Bay, picked Jon Arnett of Southern California and John Brodie of Stanford, respectively, and Pittsburgh, drafting immediately after Green Bay, took Len Dawson of Purdue. Actually, even Cleveland stumbled into Brown. Paul Brown, hunting for a quarterback after Otto Graham's retirement, originally has his sights on Dawson, wanted him badly, then settled for Brown only after Pittsburgh had beaten him to Dawson. There is little question that Brown, if he remains healthy, will rewrite the pro record book on individual ground gaining and scoring completely before he is through. He needs only 331 yards in his seven remaining games, a bagatelle, to break Steve Van Buren's rushing record of 1,146 yards set in 1949 and only five touchdowns to crack Van Buren's record of 18 in a season set in 1945. Why the Packers didn't pick him, with two cracks at him, has always been an embarrassing question to Lisle Blackbourn, then Green Bay's coach, and Jack Vainisi, their chief player scout. "We picked Hornung because we thought he was a better all-around man. And we picked Kramer because we needed a slotman." That has been the public explanation. The private explanation? "We muffed one." Brown, in a backfield with Ferguson today, would look mighty sweet, indeed - "Sweet Syracuse Brown". Kramer? He is in the Air Force now. Hornung? He's in and out...SHOTGUN DEAL: A remark has been credited to Lee Joannes, vice-president of the Green Bay Packers and chairman of the powerful contract committee of the executive board, that was probably intended for a laugh but also contained more than a kernel of truth. "If you guys has blown this one," he is supposed to have laughingly said after the Packers beat Philadelphia Sunday for their first victory of the season, "I would have gone home to get my shotgun and cleaned house but good." It was Joannes who first led the fight to clip Curly Lambeau's wings in the middle forties, Joannes who hired Gene Ronzani, Joannes who balked loudest about the hiring of Lisle Blackbourn, Joannes who led the fight to get rid of Blackbourn, while Blackbourn was out of the city on a scouting mission, and Joannes who hired Scooter McLean as head coach. Not since these events transpired have the Packers won more games in a season than they have lost. There could be a connection.
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - One belligerent spectator bent on punching a football coach does not call for any special protective action by the NFL, Commissioner Bert Bell said Monday. "We can't do anything because one guy gets out of line," Bell said, referring to the incident in San Francisco Sunday in which a fan took a swing at Chicago Bears coach George Halas. "He gets waffled and is tossed in jail, but everybody gets excited. He's probably lucky the players didn't get to him." William Dunn, the fan in question, tried another trick Monday. It also backfired. When Dunn's case was called in court a man arose, identified himself as Jack Slathy, attorney, and said: "I want to plead my client not guilty and ask for a jury trial." The judge agreed, and continued the matter, to set a trial date. After the man walked out of court, Patrolman William Porter, who had arrested Dunn at Kezar stadium, said: "His name's not Slathy, that's Dunn himself." When he returned to court later Dunn said, "I was embarrassed. I didn't want any pictures taken. I'd rather not have any publicity." He was ordered to appear in court Tuesday to answer battery charges...Doyle Nix, former Packer defensive back now with the Washington Redskins, has a broken bone in his right hand and will be unable to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. Nix was injured against the Baltimore Colts Sunday...PENALIZE COACHES!: In Los Angeles, Rams' coach Sid Gillman said professional football teams should be penalized if their coaches stray beyond the 40 yard lines. He was referring to the wandering habits of Halas. Gillman said the rule against roaming should be enforced or thrown out of the book. Ram General Manager Pete Rozelle disagreed, however, and said he did not plan any plea to the officials before Sunday's game with the Bears. Gillman also told how his star rookie defensive end, Lou Michaels, got thrown out of Sunday's game with the Detroit Lions. "Michaels kept telling Lou Creekmur, the Lion tackle, to quit holding and leg whipping. He said Creekmur called back that if he did that he'd have to get out of the league. Finally Michaels hauled off and swung. But the funny part was he didn't hit Creekmur. He hit Charlie Ane (Detroit center)."
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's offense got out of its short gain rut and made the long play because the line did its job, Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said Tuesday. "They gave Babe Parilli real good protection," McLean said, after looking at movies of the Packers' 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in their NFL game at Green Bay Sunday. "The blockers adjusted to the different types of 'red dog' and shooting linebackers. They gave the quarterback time to make the proper selection. Babe did the rest." In early games, Green Bay had to go for the short pass because the line rarely held out opponents long enough for the quarterback to find Billy Howton and Max McGee, the speedy ends, and throw to them downfield. McLean was asked if Parilli's performance was a one shot deal or would the usually erratic quarterback go on from there to greater things? "This should give him the confidence he needs. It should do him some real good. I see no reason for him not to continue doing the job. The one thing I especially liked about him Sunday was the way he stayed in the pocket (of blockers) and looked the situation over and threw." McLean was asked about Bart Starr, whom Parilli displaced as first string quarterback. Starr did not play at all against the Eagles. "As long as the quarterback is going good, he'll stay in there," McLean said, "regardless of who he is. That goes for all positions. We aren't going to cater to any one fellow. If someone isn't doing the job we'll replace him. The players all know that. They want to win and that's the way it's got to be."
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Pro football's ruthless in its treatment! It's no place for soft people. For a player to make good, the sport has to be in his blood. Howie Ferguson, the Packers' juggernaut fullback, would like to play football for the rest of his life. He'll stay in the game until nobody will have him. "They'll have to cut me to get rid of me," he said when asked about retirement plans. "I'll play as long as I can." Fergy, as he's called by his teammates, is positive proof that desire pays off. He has carried the ball 53 times in 5 games for 254 yards, a 4.8 average. He also has caught 12 passes for 121 yards. This performance is all the more remarkable because Fergy was considered washed up after his knee gave out last season. The injury jinx had stopped a great runner. Ferguson was advised by his former coach, Liz Blackbourn, to see Dr. Don O' Donoghue, the Oklahoma orthopedic specialist who operated on the Braves' Billy Bruton's knee last fall. With nothing to lost and everything to gain, Ferguson resorted to surgery last January. Dr. O' Donoghue removed a cartilage and repaired torn ligaments in his left knee. "I was in a cast six weeks," Ferguson recalled. "I had to give up working in the oil fields and bought in on a shoe store partnership." Ferguson said he reported to the Packers' training camp because he couldn't stay away. "I had a miserable pre-season," he admitted. "I honestly didn't know if I could come back. But Scooter (McLean) gave me a chance. He realized I wasn't doing much, but kept me. I want to repay Scooter with a good performance. Ferguson said he hasn't been hampered with the knee, yet. "A sack fills up behind the knee and it tightens up after every game. But after it is drained, I feel fine," he said. The 218-pound bruiser doesn't care for weekday drills. "That's work," Fergy said. "Sundays it's all fun." Ferguson credits improved line play for his success. He said he would be going nowhere if Ollie Spencer, Hank Bullough and Forrest Gregg weren't opening the holes. McLean calls Ferguson "a real pro." "He's got guts, that Fergy," Scooter added. "Why, he'd bite the opposition for more yardage." Ferguson's comeback is good medicine for the Packers. Not only does he try to win but he wants to annihilate the enemy. If more Packers had his desire, 1958 would be a winning season in Green Bay.
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - By the NFL's yardstick, Vito (Babe) Parilli of Green Bay leads all passers. A week ago, he was not even first string with the Packers. Parilli has gained 9.95 yards a throw this season. He has completed 28 of 56 for 557 yards. Passers are rated on yards gained per throw. Bart Starr, whom Parilli supplanted in time to lead the Packers to their first victory last Sunday, 38-35, over Philadelphia, ranks 13th. His percentage is 56.8, compared with Parilli's even 50, but has averaged only 6.34 yards per try. Actually, the established quarterbacks do not look good in the league's way of measuring. Johnny Unitas of undefeated Baltimore, far ahead in touchdown passes with 10, stands sixth; Tobin Rote of Detroit is ninth; Ed Brown of the Chicago Bears 11th; Norm Van Brocklin of Philadelphia, 14th; Bobby Layne of Pittsburgh, 15th, and Y.A. Tittle of San Francisco, 16th and last. John Brodie of San Francisco has the best percentage, 62.5. Bill Wade, Van Brocklin's successor at Los Angeles leads in giving away interceptions with 13. Brown of the Bears is right behind with 10. Only one rookie is among the rushing leaders. Bobby Mitchell of Illinois, now with Cleveland, is runnerup to teammate Jim Brown. Brown has gained 815 yards and Mitchell 414. The Packers will play at Baltimore Sunday and the Colts will present the leading battery in the league, Unitas pitching and Raymond Berry catching. Berry, a scrawny looking fellow from SMU, leads the league in catches with 27 for 453 yards and has caught five touchdowns. Del Shofner of the Los Angeles, a defensive back last season, has gained the most yards on receptions with 503 on 23 catches. Paul Hornung of the Packers is the top field goal kicker with six. Max McGee of the Packers ranks third among punters with a 43.4 average. He took over the punting in addition to his end duties when Dick Deschaine, specialist, was traded to Cleveland for a draft choice. Deschaine, with nothing to do for the undefeated Browns but kick, ranks seventh with a 41.7 yard average.
OCTOBER 30 (Baltimore) - A little man in a crumpled brown suit will be noticed by only a few on the sidelines of Sunday's football game between the Colts and Packers. Many in the stands wouldn't be too sure about his correct name. And most people outside of Baltimore wouldn't even know who he is if you told them. Yet after you get through mentioning the likes of quarterback Johnny Unitas, fullback Alan Ameche, Lenny Moore or Owner Carroll Rosenbloom, the short fellow is more responsible than any for the undefeated Colts. He's the coach. By name, Weeb Ewbank, far from a household word in the world of sports. Ewbank was pulled out of virtual obscurity by the Colts in 1954. Although he'd been coaching sports for 26 years, he was head man only once. That was at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to being picked by the Colts, he toiled in the big shadow of Paul Brown for five years as an assistant with the Browns. Last year for the second straight season there was talk of firing him. This was after the Colts had won three game and then lost the next three. "I know football and I know what I am doing is right," Ewbank asserted. "We are still building and I feel I'm doing a good job. But if I don't have this job, I'll have another in football." Rosenbloom, who the year before had given serious thought to a coaching change in his burning desire for a winner, also spiked the talk. "He can stay in Baltimore with us forever or until he hangs it up," proclaimed Rosenbloon. Ewbank announced on this arrival in Baltimore that he planned to create a regime similar to the successful one wrought in Cleveland by Brown.
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - They're talking about going all the way in Baltimore this fall. Such wishful thinking stems from the fact the Colts are undefeated in five games and looking better in each appearance. If by some miracle the Colts can turn the trick, it will be the first time since 1942 that a NFL team will win a divisional crown with a perfect record. The 1942 Bears rolled over 11 foes only to lose the championship to the Redskins, 14-6. There's little doubt Baltimore has the horses to beat any opposition. But good enough for an undefeated season? They hardly come that way anymore. The improving Packers gave the Colts their toughest game this season. Baltimore had to rally from a 17-0 deficit to squeak through, 24-17, thanks to a referee's fast whistle. In other games, the Steeds overwhelmed the Lions twice, 28-14 and 40-14; the Bears, 51-38; and the Redskins, 35-10. Green Bay is confident of pulling the biggest upset of the year even though the battle will be fought in the NFL's wildest backyard. Upwards of 57,000 the biggest crowd ever to see a pro game in Baltimore, will give their heroes a boisterous backing. The secret to Baltimore's success is buried down in a long list of cold statistics - Yards lost attempting to pass. Johnny Unitas, the cocky Colt passer, walked off the field last Sunday with a spotless uniform. Not once did the Redskins get a piece of his anatomy or even give him reason to hurry a throw. In five games Unitas has lost a scant 35 yards while opposing passers have been clobbered for 154 yards by the Colts' famed defense. The Packers spilled Unitas twice in Milwaukee. Center Buzz Nutter (George Preston Marshall's old buddy), guards Art Spinney and Alex Sandusky and tackles George Preas and Jim Parker are setting up a blocking cup around Unitas that hardly ever breaks down. Preas was injured in the second quarter against Washington. That brought about a switch of Parker from left tackle to the right side to handle Gene Brito. Sherman Plunkett was installed in Parker's customary location. It's little wonder Unitas leads the league in yards gained passing (907) and in touchdown passes (eight) with that kind of protection.
NOVEMBER 1 (Baltimore) - Scooter McLean's Green Bay Packers will be decided underdogs when they meet the undefeated Baltimore Colts here Sunday. The Colts are undefeated leaders of the NFL's Western Division. The Packers share the cellar with Detroit. Baltimore will be playing at home, before more than 50,000 of the loudest, orneriest fans ever assembled for a football game. The Colts beat the Packers in their first meeting at Milwaukee three weeks ago, 24-17. Even though the Packers held a 17-0 lead and the Colts needed a few right bounced to come back, that game can hardly be used as a yardstick. This time they will play in Baltimore, not in Green Bay's backyard. One can make all sorts of comparison of scores against common opponents. The Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 51-38. The Bears beat the Packers, 34-20. That represents a difference of 27 points. The Colts beat the Detroit Lions twice, 28-15 and 40-14. The Packers barely hung onto a 13-13 tie with Detroit. The difference is either 13 or 26 points. The Colts beat the Washington Redskins, 35-10. The Redskins beat the Packers, 37-21. The difference is 41 points. Even so, McLean and his men showed up here Saturday afternoon. They will be in Memorial Stadium for the kickoff, in their best physical condition of the season. None of the 35 players on Green Bay's roster will miss the game because of injuries. "We'll be in there battling," McLean said. "We've got a good chance to win as long as we can play four good quarters." The Packers, McLean said, are in good spirits. Last Sunday's 38-35 victory over Philadelphia "pepped them up." He planned the same starting lineup as last Sunday, which mans Babe Parilli at quarterback, Howie Ferguson and Al Carmichael at running backs and Gary Knafelc, Max McGee and Bill Howton at the pass catching. "The Colts will probably be a little bit tougher for this one," McLean said. "They'll be going for that sixth win in a row and if they get it, they'll have a pretty good cushion with the season half over." The Baltimore fans boo the opponents unmercifully, from the time the teams take the field for practice, through the introductions and the game itself. Would this bother the
Packers? "Oh," McLean said, "it's going to be a madhouse. It may cause trouble in trying to call signals. But it shouldn't upset our boys. No, not at all." Green Bay's defense again will be hard pressed by the quarterbacking, passing and running of Johnny Unitas, the running of Lenny Moore, L.G. Dupre and Alan Ameche and the pass catching of Raymond Berry, Jim Mutscheller and Moore. The Packers gave Parilli fine protection against Philadelphia last Sunday, but the Eagles' rush on the passer was nothing compared to Baltimore's. The Colt ends, Gino Marchetti and Don Joyce, and the linebackers, Don Shinnick, Bill Pellington and Leo Sanford, generally exert great pressure, both on opposing passers and runners. Green Bay's interior line of center Jim Ringo, guards Hank Bullough and Jerry Kramer and tackles Forrest Gregg and Oliver Spencer will get a thorough test. All eyes will be on Parilli. He passed for four touchdowns against Philadelphia. The NFL's ranking system puts him first among passers. Can he keep going, especially against Baltimore's rugged defense? Or will he turn to his former erratic ways? The Packers have one thing going for them. Last year, the Colts smeared them in Milwaukee, 45-17. In the return game, the Packers won on a 75 yard pass in the last minute, 24-21. Parilli threw it. Howton caught it.
NOVEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - Max McGee of the Packers leads Dick Deschaine of the Cleveland Browns in punting, 43.4 yards a kick to 41.7, NFL statistics show. That is at turn, for Deschaine used to intimidate McGee and other punters in Green Bay's practices before the Packers traded him to Cleveland for a future draft choice before the season started. Descaine is perhaps the greatest punter of all time - in practice. His high spirals, with plenty of time to take his steps and get the kick away, embarrassed not only McGee, who punted for the Packers in 1954 before he went into service, but Babe Parilli, Green Bay's punter in 1953, and any other aspirants for the job. But Deschaine could do nothing but punt and when cutdown time came, the former Menominee (Mich.) sandlot player was sent away. McGee was given the job and with Deschaine no longer around, McGee has been progressing not only as a pass catching end but as a punter.
Green Bay Packers (1-3-1) 38, Philadelphia Eagles (1-4) 35
Sunday October 26th 1958 (at Green Bay)