GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MINNEAPOLIS) - If Sunday's 31-24 preseason loss to the Cardinals is any indication, the Packers have a long way to go in one scant week before taking on Chicago's real toughies - the Bears next Sabbath at Green Bay when the blue chips are down. Green Bay apparently took too much for granted against the not so highly touted Cards before 18,520 at Metropolitan Stadium. The Packers, having an easy time holding a 17-10 lead, couldn't contain a 21-point Chicago outburst in the last quarter. The clincher was Dick (Night Train) Lane's 53 yard touchdown romp after intercepting a Babe Parilli pass with five minutes to go. With that unexpected Cardinal attack, the Packers were outgained on the ground and in the air. They didn't especially have trouble with Frank Ivy's double slotback stuff, but an unknown quantity, M.C. Reynolds, completed eight of 13 passes for 154 yards to fuse the comeback. On the other hand, Green Bay's passing left much to be desired. Bart Starr played the first half, completing four of 10 tosses for 88 yards. Parilli finished up, hitting six of 16 receivers for 79 yards. But, only two Packer ends caught a pass all afternoon. Billy Howton snared a 24 yard scoring pass in the third period and Gary Knafelc grabbed a Parilli pass before time ran out on a Packer rally in the closing minutes. Oh, there were some bright spots which must have made Coach Scooter McLean smile at times. Little Jim Shanley continued to spark on offense. He gained 26 yards in five carries, caught two passes for 34 yards and returned two kickoffs for 77 yards. Al Carmichael, an old campaigner at running back kickoffs, returned one of Bobby Conrad's boots 65 yards. Carmichael suffered an ankle injury on the play, but apparently it wasn't too serious. The Packers took the opening kickoff and marched 62 yards in seven plays for a touchdown, Starr rolling out from six yards away. It looked too easy and as the way things turned out, it was. Chicago scored on Conrad's 41 yard field goal the first time it got the ball and the scoreboard read Packers 7, Cardinals 3 at the half. The complexion changed in the third period when Reynolds spotted Gene Nagler, who managed to get behind Packer defender Johnny Symank. Reynold's bomb hit right on target and the 25 yard scoring play put the Cards ahead for the first time, 10-7, after Conrad's PAT.
PACKERS REBOUND
Back bounced the Bays. After Carmichael's brilliant 65 yard kickoff return to the Chicago 40, the Packers failed to pick up a first down but tied the score on Hornung's 43 yard field goal. And it wasn't too long before Green Bay was out in front again, 17-10, when Parilli got hot and fired three completions, the payoff strike a 24 yard pass to Howton in the end zone. Again Hornung converted. Now it was Reynold's chance as the fourth quarter started. He hit Woodley Lewis for 48 yards which put the Big Red seven yards away from a TD. On the second try, Ollie Matson plunged over from the four. Conrad's perfect boot knotted things up again, 17-17.
SHANLEY GETS LOOSE
Shanley got in the spotlight on the ensuing kickoff, racing 63 yards to the Cardinal 39. On second down, Don McIlhenny raced 36 yards for the touchdown and Hornung tacked on his third conversion to give Green Bay a 24-17 lead. The time was now ripe for Reynolds to get hot and he didn't disappoint. The Cards flew 76 yards in nine plays, Reynolds hitting Bobby Gordon from 12 yards away. Conrad's conversion tied the count, 24-24, with less than seven minutes remaining. The fatal play now was moments away. Parilli, realizing that Howton and Max McGee were being just about ignored, rifled a flat pass in the direction of Billy.
NIGHT TRAIN RUNAWAY
But "Night Train" got there first. There was no use even trying to catch the speeding thief and he raced 53 yards without a hand being layed on him for the winning margin. Green Bay managed to get as far as the Cardinal 32 before time ran out. The loss was the Packers' third in five preseason games. These results, so they say, mean nothing. But Sunday's exhibition against the Cards certainly must have pointed out to even the non-partisan Minneapolis observer that McLean and his staff has a rough road to hoe in the tough Western Division race.
CHICAGO   -  3  0  7 21 - 31
GREEN BAY -  7  0 10  7 - 24
GB – Starr, 6-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
CHI – Bobbie Joe Conrad, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
CHI – Gern Nagler, 25-yard pass from M.C. Reynolds (Conrad kick) CARDS 10-7
GB – Hornung, 43-yard field goal TIED 10-10
GB – Howton, 24-yard pass from Parilli (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
CHI – Ollie Matson, 4-yard run (Conrad kick) TIED 17-17
CHI – Bobby Gordon, 12-yard pass from Reynolds (Conrad kick) CARDS 24-17
CHI – Dick Lane, 55-yard pass interception return (Conrad kick) CARDINALS 31-17
GB – McIlhenny, 36-yard run (Hornung kick) CHI CARDINALS 31-24
NEWS AND NOTES
SCOOTER WORRIED? NOT OVER OFFENSE
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - Scooter McLean is not worried about his Packers. And he's not losing sleep thinking about the league opener against the Bears, either. Well, he doesn't show it. McLean spoke straight from the shoulder Monday and, by golly, it would have made many a doubter confident that Green Bay is ready to flex its muscles in the Western Division race which uncorks next Sunday. Scooter predicted nothing. Instead, he talked about a long lost running attach which has been restored - an ingredient which should make the Packer offense versatile and tricky this season. But didn't the Bays fold against the Cardinals in Minneapolis Sunday? And have they picked up momentum during a 2-3 exhibition test? McLean wouldn't admit it, but he played it pretty straight against the Cards. Yet, five preseason games have found these developments: Jim Shanley is a real find. The rookie scatback has earned his keep with some of the fanciest open field running seen in Green Bay for a long time. He's a good pass receiver, too. Howie Ferguson, in remarkable shape considering his many injuries, looks like the Fergy of old. He gained 70 yards in nine carries against the Cards. You can't beat his determination. McLean can interchange Paul Hornung and Don McIlhenny. Hornung is a double threat with his passing ability and McIlhenny is a real speed merchant once he breaks through. Scooter didn't come up with a top runner in the draft. He traded halfback Dick Christy to Pittsburgh Monday for an undisclosed draft choice. He still has four cuts to make by noon Tuesday. Christy has been bothered with a pulled hamstring muscle since the All-Star game and the All-American from North Carolina State was behind the eight-ball from the start. Fullback Jim Taylor, another All-American pick from LSU, might be a borderline case and that goes for quarterback Joe Francis, too. McLean said there was no position he was dead sure of. He pinpointed the loss to the Cardinals on "stupid penalties at crucial times." "We moved well," McLean said. "But, then those penalties. Our pass protection broke down at time, but that is no great worrying point." And talking about the Packers' passing game, Scooter said, "We knew they were going to defense our ends real good. But that left the slot wide open. We didn't complete enough to our slotbacks. If we had, they would have loosened up on our ends." Scooter also pointed out that the statistics were not true picture of the game. "Fifty yards were taken away after some dandy gains," McLean said. "If we can gain 150 yards or better rushing and the same passing, we're going to win," McLean said. "That would give us ball control and put us in the three or four touchdown category." The injury report looks like linebacker Tom Bettis is the only casualty, although halfback Al Carmichael walked into Scooter's office on crutches Monday. "It's a sprain," Carmichael told his coach. Al got only one chance to run back a kickoff and he returned 65 yards before being banged up. "It seems they always get to me before the season starts," Carmichael said. "Get it up here," McLean answered, pointing to his head, "that you'll be ready for the Bears and you will be." He is a confident leader, this Scooter. You can't help be all out for the guy.
HALAS AND IVY BOTH WARY OF OPENING GAMES
SEPTEMBER 23 (Chicago Tribune) - Looking forward to
next Sunday's opening of the NFL season, Owner-
Coach George Halas of the Chicago Bears said Monday:
"We're undefeated in exhibition play, which makes me 
more concerned than every about the league season."
And Frank Ivy, the Chicago Cardinals' new field boss,
said: "We've been improving, and we've got to keep it
up. A football team doesn't stand still - it goes either up
or down." Halas, whose Bears will make their 1958 
league debut against the Packers in Green Bay, is all
too aware that the Bears have lost this inaugural game
two out of the last three years. "And this year we're in
the worst possible position," he lamented. "Out
unbeaten exhibition record makes us setups for an
upset. We're on the spot." In the same breath, the 
Bear coach said he is satisfied with the team's
progress to date. The offensive line is improved, he
feels, although "there still is room for better blocking."
BEARS TRADE M.L. BRACKETT TO GIANTS
SEPTEMBER 24 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears
traded off a veteran tackle, and the Chicago Cardinals
placed four rookie linemen on waivers Tuesday by way
of cutting to the NFL's final limit of 35 players. The 
Bears sent M.L. Brackett, veteran tackle from Auburn,
to the New York Giants for a future draft choice. Waivers
asked on Brackett by the Bears last Monday were
recalled two days later when New York expressed 
interest in a trade for the 248 pound lineman. Jim Dooley,
Bear offensive end, was placed on the injured reserve
list, and the status of Jesse Whittenton, defensive back,
was left open. Whittenton became ill before the Bear-
Redskin game in Washington last Sunday, and at a late
hour Tuesday a final diagnosis of his condition had not
been made. Under league regulations, the placing of Dooley on injured reserve automatically makes the veteran pass catcher ineligible for the season. Dooley suffered severely torn ligaments in his left ankle last Wednesday in practice.
DESCHAINE TO BROWNS
SEPTEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday that they have recalled waivers on punter Dick Deschaine and traded him to the Cleveland Browns for a future draft choice. Deschaine, a three-year veteran with the Packers, is regarded as one of the top punters in the NFL.
MCGEE PACKER KEY?
SEPTEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If the Packers play their aces right this season, Max McGee could play a big part in a winning hand. Scooter McLean knows he has two trumps in ends Billy Howton and McGee. Howton is an established All-Pro. Maxie believes this could be his best year in Green Bay. "I've never been in better shape," said McGee, who was no ball of fire after returning from service last year. "When I got back to Green Bay one week before the opener last season I felt as though I was playing about one-half of my normal potential," McGee explained. "My legs were not in shape." But it's a different tune now. McGee practically roomed and boarded out at Shorewood Golf Course this summer and he's running better than ever. "It's a funny thing about playing in service," McGee said. "You get accustomed to running at about 3/4 speed. It can foul you up when you get back in the league." McGee earned a starting berth with the Packers as a rookie in 1954 and scored nine touchdowns. Then he went into the Air Force and played service ball for the Eglin base in Florida. "Oh, we weren't all bums down there," McGee said, laughing. "Zeke Bratkowski (who will be tossing for the Bears Sunday) was a pretty good quarterback and Jim Dooley (another Bruin now sidelined with an ankle injury) was a fair receiver even then." Maxie, a lean 190-pounder, suffered a concussion in an intrasquad game. "It's happened before and probably will again," McGee said. "But you can't let those things bother you and expect to stay in this business." McGee, you see, has only one thing on his mind: "I want to catch a lot of passes." Shake hands with Maxie and you'll discover some really big hands. "All the better to catch with," said McGee. "In fact, I've got to catch with my hands. I'm not a very successful receiver when they're drilled in my body." The former Tulane ace says the Colts gave him the most trouble. And as far as the Bears..."If our quarterbacks are throwing to us," answered the cocky but confident end, "we should beat 'em, say, 40-7." That's Maxie, brother!
FLEXIBILITY TO BE BEAR 1958 'HOLE CARD'
SEPTEMBER 25 (Chicago Tribune) - Now that Chicago's Bears are down to their legal maximum of 35 players, Owner-Coach George Halas hopes the Packers don't really cut the Bears down to size in Sunday's NFL inaugural in Green Bay. Halas cautiously admitted Wednesday there are a "couple of factors" which could prove strong obstacles to Packer designs. "For one thing," the Bear boss said, "you may be sure our players aren't going into this 1958 league opener puffed up by their undefeated exhibition record." But the Bears' big "hole card", Halas believes, is a new flexibility. "We have so many men who can play more than one position," Halas explained. "Stan Wallace, for instance, is a regular member of our defensive secondary. Yet he can relieve any of our three linebackers. J.C. Caroline is our starting left halfback on offense. But we can send him back into his old position in the secondary and know he'll do a fine job. Even with Jim Dooley out for the season because of injury, we're fairly well set at ends. Harlon Hill, of course, is our regular left end. Bob Jewett and Ralph Anderson can play either right end or in the slot. Bill McColl and Bob Carey customarily are slotmen, but both also can play end."
BAYS KEEP SIX ROOKIES
SEPTEMBER 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Only 23 players from last year's squad will be in Packer uniforms when Green Bay opens its 40th season against the Bears. Ten men with league experience lost out to a battling bunch of new faces in one of the keenest fights for position seen in Green Bay for a long time. Six rookies, three tradees, two service returnees and one import from Canada have earned their keep. Coach Scooter McLean played no favorites. Some mighty good men are gone...linemen Joe Skibinski, Norm Amundsen, Al Barry; linebackers Ernie Danjean and Sam Palumbo; backs Joe Johnson, Veryl Switzer, Frank Purnell and Willie Berzinski (from the Eagles), and, of course, ace punter Dick Deschaine. McLean kept five high draft picks and a free agent, the latter the best rookie of the lot. Linebacker Dan Currie (No. 1), fullback Jim Taylor (No. 2), linebacker Ray Nitschke (No. 3 obtained from New York), guard Jerry Kramer (No. 4) and quarterback Joe Francis (No. 5) surprisingly won out as the 35-player deadline was met Tuesday at noon. It was surprising because none of these men has had much of a chance to play. All except Francis were lost three weeks in the All-Star camp and, therefore, had a lot of work to make up. Francis, retained because McLean figures the handy Hawaiian has loads of possibilities, was a green a pro quarterback as they come. He was a single wing tailback in college, McLean's T being brand new to him. The guy who had to make good the hard way was Jim Shanley, the free agent from Oregon. Even McLean didn't figure he'd last long after taking one look at this 5-9, 170 pound scatback. Shanley is the type who is usually cut first. Or if he survives the first cut, he starts making mistakes which leads to dismissal. But the kid never gave up. Instead, he has improved to such a degree that he is a likely starter against the Bears. Forrest Gregg and Hank Bullough, two linemen returning from the service, have picked up fast since rejoining the club. Gregg now weighs 245 and Bullough 241. Both have speed. Defensive end Lenny Ford, obtained from the Browns, and slotback Steve Meilinger and tackle J.D. Kimmel, traded by Washington, walked into starting jobs. However, Meilinger's position became doubtful until the Air Fore ordered Ron Kramer to report next Tuesday. Scooter was really sweating the Kramer case out. Ron was in top shape for the Bears. Kramer had been in the lineup on only four plays, but he had been going real good in practice. McLean was sick about his departure. Alton (Monk) Romine, who went north of the border last year, made it with a good preseason showing. The defensive halfback, who was a teammate of the Bears' Harlon Hill at Florence Teachers, Ala., takes over for John Petitbon, who failed to report to the Redskins after being traded. So now McLean's distasteful cutting chore is over. Twenty-three men from last year's squad and 12 new faces represent a club which has no place to go but up starting Sunday.
played at Green Bay for awhile and the coaches didn't dare experiment, even in exhibition games. Those crazy fans up there expected a win every time the team went on the field and if you lost too many they would force a coaching change. They never knew from one day to the next if they had a job or not."...Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns traded for punter Dick Deschaine of the Packers after he talked with Lisle Blackbourn, former Green Bay coach now at Carroll College...PRO GRID BITS: The Packers gave up on rookie tackle Ken Gray because he seemed injury prone. Gray is trying out with Pittsburgh...The Packers tried hard to find a place in pro football for Sam Palumbo, but no luck...Packer home games in Green Bay will be blacked out on Wausau television this season. Milwaukee games will not be shown on a Madison station, as in the past...Lou Rymkus, former Green Bay assistant now with the Los Angeles Rams. said, "I'd rather beat Paul Brown's team (the Cleveland Browns) Sunday than any other team on our schedule. It's always satisfying to beat the best and when you beat a Paul Brown team you've done that. He's simply great, a master organizer and he thinks and teaches only winning football." Rymkus played tackle for Brown's Browns and was all-pro.
MCLEAN TO MAKE COACHING DEBUT IN GREEN BAY
SEPTEMBER 28 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will meet Sunday for the 79th time, and there is every reason to believe this 
opening day battle between the two old NFL powers will
be a typical Bear-Packer dilly. Granted, the Packers
bore scant resemblance to a title contender during the
recent exhibition season, when they won only two of five
games. But Green Bay teams over the last few years
have shown an almost incredible ability to shrug off
preseason failures when it came time to play for keeps
against the Bears. Last year, for instance, the Packers
won, 21 to 17, to make a huge success of the 
dedication of their new stadium. Again Sunday, the
Packers will enjoy a distinct psychological advantage.
They will be playing before a friendly crowd, under a
new coach (Ray McLean, a one-time Bear) and against
a Chicago team which may be somewhat puffed up by 
an exhibition record of six consecutive victories. For the
Bears, the game in Green Bay has assumed a 
frightening import. They have won only one of the last
three. Significantly, the victory was in 1956, when the
Chicagoans went on to capture the western division
title. Ed Brown will start at quarterback for the Bears.
J.C. Caroline is listed as the starter at left halfback, but
Willie Galimore is tabbed for an early appearance in the
position. George Halas, starting a "new" career as
coach of the Bear team he created 38 years ago,
believes Galimore is more effective on spot assignments
than as a starter. Bart Starr is expected to be the 
Packers' opening quarterback, with Babe Parilli available
for relief purposes. Paul Hornung and Howie Ferguson will share the fullback berth.
STARR WILL START AT QUARTERBACK AS PACKERS MEET BEARS IN DEBUT
SEPTEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - Bart Starr, the third
year man from Alabama, will start at quarterback for the
Green Bay Packers in their NFL opener with the Chicago
Bears at Green Bay Sunday. Ray (Scooter) McLean, rookie
coach, waited until Friday morning to announce his signal
caller. Babe Parilli, who came in as relief pitcher and beat the
Bears in the opener last year, was in contention all the way
for the starting job and will undoubtedly play a lot Sunday.
This is the time of Bear fever in Green Bay. McLean has
been on both sides of it. This is his first year as head coach,
but he was backfield coach for seven seasons under Gene
Ronzani and Lisle Blackbourn. McLean also played eight
seasons for the Bears, under George Halas, who will bring
his Chicago men here in undefeated, untied state. They won
all of their exhibitions. This was Halas' way of preparing them
to go after the title. Two rookies have drawn starting
assignments for the Packers. They are Jim Shanley of
Oregon, at offensive halfback, and Ray Nitschke of Illinois, at
middle linebacker on defense. Two Packers will miss the
game because of injury - Tom Bettis, linebacker, and Al
Carmichael, halfback and kick return ace. Nitschke broke
into the starting lineup because he showed well in late
games, because of Bettis' elbow injury and because
another rookie linebacker, Dan Currie of Michigan State, is
being groomed as second string center. Sam Palumbo held
that job but Nitschke beat him out at linebacker, so the
coaches have had to concentrate on Currie as Ringo's
stand-in. Besides Shanley and Nitschke, three newcomers
will be in the Packers' starting lineup. They are Ford,
obtained from Cleveland, and Kimmel and Meilinger, obtained
from Washington.
BAYS PUT FINGER ON BEARS' SECRET
SEPTEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Scooter McLean
and his Packer staff has spotted "something" in the Bear
offense that they hope will boomerang Sunday at Green Bay. It's top secret. McLean would only reveal this: "Our scouts have put their finger on 'something' which could help us a great deal Sunday. Our boys will be well indoctrinated with the information." The Packers need not be told that George Halas opened the book in winning every preseason game. But the Bears have gradually souped up a winning offense - and it's quite logical that Halas won't change a good thing. Ace spy Wally Cruice has recorded every footstep of the Halasmen along the exhibition trail. Exchange films was further proof the Packers have "something" on the Bears. While Halas would become a madman if anything leaked out, he gave notice Thursday that the Bears wouldn't get themselves into the predicament of last year when they kissed away a fourth quarter lead in Green Bay and lost, 21-17. The Bears were leading, 17-14, when Bobby Watkins failed to make a needed yard on a fourth down play. The Packers took over and Babe Parilli directed the winning touchdown, drilling a bullet in Gary Knafelc's belly. Halas hopes his Monsters will be far enough ahead in the fourth quarter this time so that no costly decision will have to be made. George locked the doors at Wrigley Field as he ironed out the wrinkles in what the boys say its championship material. He was still undecided whether Ed Brown or Zeke Bratkowski will start at quarterback. Meanwhile, McLean pondered over the loss of linebacker Tom Bettis and halfback Al Carmichael. Bettis may be sidelined for two more weeks. An elbow injury is slowly responding to treatment. Carmichael, who raced 65 yards with a kickoff against the Cardinals last Sunday at Minneapolis, sprained an ankle when he was tackles. The Bears won't miss Carmichael, who in 1956 set a league record against them by wheeling 106 yards on a kickoff return. Carmichael's absence means little Jim Shanley will be the Bears' target on kickoffs. Shanley is a likely offensive starter, too. "He's just like a hummingbird," was Carmichael's description of the Packers' new "scooter". Sunday's game will start at 1:06 p.m. and City Stadium (32,132) has been sold out for a month. Because Dick Deschaine was traded to Cleveland, Max McGee will handle the punting chores. McGee, who never seems to have too much success punting in practice, was the league's No. 2 kicker in 1954 with a 41.7 average. Probably one of the reasons for Deschaine's dismissal was the fact he couldn't cut down his steps and boom 'em like before. McLean, remembering two costly blocked punts last year, had Deschaine kicking faster. But it only proved Dick needed those steps. Green Bay hopes it doesn't have to punt much Sunday. The Bears will work out at Wrigley Field Saturday morning before entraining for Green Bay. The Packers were seeking confinement, too, behind the closed doors of City Stadium.
OTTO GRAHAM SAYS: HALAS' BEARS WILL WHIP PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Picking winners in the 1958 NFL could be a lot rougher than trying to get away a pass against shooting linebackers. Those butterflies I used to collect on Sunday a couple of hours before kickoff may be back Monday when I read the pro results. We had some real ulcer campaigns with the Browns, but this one coming up should boom the market in soda mints, aspirins and tranquilizers. A big influx of highly competent rookies figures to make the choosing even more complicated. It's a bumper crop as I can testify after working with the College All-Stars. Fellows like Jim Pace, Bobby Mitchell, Bill Johko, Jim Ninowski and Dan Currie - just to mention a few - can upset the dope. If one of two of them click it could mean a jump of a couple of places for a given football team. Every place I go I run into pro football fans. They know their football teams, player by player. Those guys, and gals, too, are picking the winners. I'm in for some real competition. With the teams ready to go, here's how the division races look. In the East, I have to string along with my old club - the Browns. They have tremendous speed with the emphasis on youth. It looks like a successful title defense for Paul Brown's club. It'll be an old fashioned dog fight in the West. The champion Lions have an uphill fight with anyone but Green Bay likely to forge to the front. And now we're off on to the openers:
Bears over Green Bay - I don't put too much stock in preseason game, but you can't completely disregard those six straight victories of the Bears. My College All-Stars scrimmage them last month. You could tell George Halas was back in the driver's seat. They were a good football team then. When the Browns met the Bears, we knew we were in for a bruising afternoon. Up at Green Bay Scooter McLean has been making changes and the Packers are better. I like the Bears.
MCLEAN'S PACKERS IN BOW WITH BEARS
SEPTEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Pro football's longest running series will be resumed here today when the Green Bay Packers meet the Chicago Bears for the 79th time. On past performance, the Bears are favored. But anything can happen in the NFL, and probably will. The NFL opener will pit rookie coach against dean, pupil against teacher. Ray (Scooter) McLean is embarking on his first season as head coach of the Packers. George Halas returns from a two year retirement to begin his 31st season as coach, a team which he also founded and owns. McLean played halfback under Halas for eight years. In that time the Bears won four championships. Halas expects to bring his Bears back to the top now. McLean has ideas of his own for the Packers. Scooter has been backfield coach at Green Bay for seven seasons under Gene Ronzani and Lisle Blackbourn, the man he succeeded. The Bears hold a 46-26 edge in the series. Six games ended in ties. The Bears have outscored the Packers, 1,326 points to 998. Last year, the Bears finished fifth in the Western Division with a 4-8 record and the Packers sixth (and last) with 3-9. So both teams are seeking to rise. Green Bay beat the Bears here in the opener, 21-17, and the Bears won the return engagement at Wrigley Field, 21-14. The Bears won six straight exhibitions and the Packers had a 2-3 record. If the Chicagoans are a different team this year, it is because of Halas the owner returning as Halas the coach. Their spirit and organization seem much better. Their personnel is not much different, but that was always good. Green Bay's defense, which supposedly was strengthened by trades bringing Len Ford and J.D. Kimmel into the front wall, will be thoroughly tested by quarterbacks Ed Brown and Zeke Bratkowski, runners Rick Casares, J.C. Caroline and Willie Galimore and ends Harlon Hill, Bob Carey and Bill McColl. Casares is like a tank. He falls forward for four yards. He must be gang tackled. If Galimore is not caught at the line of scrimmage, he is gone. Caroline and Casares soften up the foe, then Galimore come in when the other side is tired and runs away from everyone. The Bears' defense is a gambling one. Bill George, middle guard and linebacker, calls the signals and takes great risks. The linebackers usually red dog, that, rush the passer. That leaves gaps in the secondary, against which short passes and running plays should be effective. They are, if the quarterback is not already flat on his back, the victim of a 10 yard loss. The Bears' front line of Jack Hoffman, Bill Bishop, Fred Williams and Doug Atkins is heavy, tall and active. George at linebacker is one of the best. The secondary has been improved. Against this, the Packers will throw what they hope is an improved offense. The running game has been strengthened. Howie Ferguson, rookie Jim Shanley, Don McIlhenny and Paul Hornung share the ball carrying. Bart Starr will start at quarterback with Babe Parilli, the man who beat the Bears a year ago, ready to take over. Bill Howton, Max McGee, Steve Meilinger and Gary Knafelc form a fine receiving corps. McLean said Saturday that he thought he had a "50-50 chance" to beat his old boss. "They've got a great team," he said the Bears, "but we're coming along ourselves. We'd have liked to have another win in the exhibitions, but we accomplished a lot. Our spirit is good. It's the execution of plays that we're worried about."
ZATKOFF ON GREEN BAY AND OTHER ASSORTED PRO FOOTBALL ODDS AND ENDS
SEPTEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Roger Zatkoff, former Green Bay Packers' linebacker now with the champion Detroit Lions, had this to say about NFL exhibition games: "George Wilson (Detroit coach) is using these games for what they were intended - to test rookies and prepare for the coming season. I don't remember anyone giving rookies as much chance to show something as he has this year. Of course, I 
Chicago Cardinals (3-2-1) 31, Green Bay Packers (2-3) 24
EXHIBITION - Sunday September 21st 1958 (at Minneapolis)