The Packers carry Vince Lombardi off the field after their season-opening win
(GREEN BAY) - Vince Lombardi's revitalized Packers, tighter than a drum for three quarters, scored all their points in the last seven minutes Sunday to upset the mighty Bears, 9-6. Like a boiler reaching a bursting point, the Packers exploded for a quickie touchdown after Jim Ringo recovered Richie Petitbon's punt return fumble on the Chicago 29 and then, with 47 seconds remaining, Dave Hanner dumped Ed Brown into the end zone for a safety. Jim Taylor, taking ground gaining honors with 98 yards in 22 carries, powered his way over from the 5 for the game's only touchdown and Paul Hornung tacked on the extra point. The Bears led, 6-0, up to that point on two field goals by John Aveni. The upset left a sellout crowd of 32,150 limp. But on the field the Packers rushed for leader Lombardi and carried him off the field. Ringo made certain to get the game ball and presented it to Lombardi as this league victory-starved team whooped it up with job. Lombardi shook hands with George Halas before the Bear chief left the gridiron. Papa Bear shook his hand sadly, probably wondering how long it's been since the Bears have been held without a touchdown.
As the fourth quarter ticked away it looked more and more like this one was going down the drain despite a tremendous defensive effort by the Packers. Lombardi's offense was wound up too tight. It reached the Bear 12 in the first quarter, 17 in the second, 19 and 7 in the third and couldn't score a point. Hornung missed field goals from the 19 and 14, usually in the bag for him. Another field goal attempt failed when the Bears swarmed on Bart Starr, who was holding the ball.
Dropped passes and numerous penalties marred the Packers' progress through three quarters. And the game's only interception wrecked a Green Bay threat on the Bear 23 when Bill George snared McHan's pass with 31 seconds to play in the first half. It's been a long time since the Bears failed to score a touchdown. But it's probably been just as long since they picked up a mere two first downs rushing with the famed Rick Casares-Willie Galimore attack. The Packers held Casares to 29 yards in 11 carries and Galimore to 28 on the same number of tries.
Although it didn't start raining until after the game, the field was water-logged because of the frequency of showers the past week To add to the trying playing conditions was a 30 mile per hour wind whistling in from the south goal. Because of the conditions, the Packers decided to kick off with the wind in their back even though they won the toss. Johnny Morris had the dubious distinction of fumbling the opening kickoff. The always alert Ray Nitschke recovered on the Bear 20 and the Packers had a golden opportunity presented to them right off the bat. On the option pass, Hornung just overthrew Lew Carpenter on the 10, the ball dribbling off his fingertips. Two running plays failed to make a first down and Hornung then tried to a 19 yard field goal. It sailed wide to the left. Johnny Symank fumbled Brown's 27 yard punt as the first quarter neared its end, Willard Dewveall recovering on the Bear 41. The Bruins marched to the Packer 20. Zeke Bratkowski, who started at quarterback, hit Harlon Hill for three and Casares bulled to the 16. But on fourth down, Bratkowski needing a half yard for a first down, was stopped by Tom Bettis and Co. McHan's 24 yard pass to McGee got the Packers out of the hole but a 15-yard holding penalty put them right back. Once the Bears got the ball on the Packer 42, they could only move to the 30. From the 46, Aveni missed a field goal. The next time, however, Aveni made good from the exact spot of his previous try but this time with the wind at his back. It gave the Bears a 3-0 lead with 2:56 left to play in the second quarter. Aveni then booted the kickoff into the north stands. No one has ever done that before. The Packers were penalized to the 11 for holding. Taylor ripped up the middle for 11. Hornung hit Knafelc for 20...and a holding penalty on the Bears put the Bays on their 47. J.C. Caroline was called for interference on Boyd Dowler on the Chicago 17. The assault backfired when George grabbed McHan's pass on the five and ran it back to the 25 as the first half ended. Green Bay took the third quarter kickoff and on nine running plays marched to the Bear 19. Taylor was the sparkplug of the drive, gaining 21 yards twice. The Bears held, so Hornung tried a field goal from the 26. The ball and a host of Bears met Starr (who was holding) at the same time. The Packers threatened again when McHan and McGee combined on a 67-yard pass play. Maxie caught Lamar's perfect strike on the Bear 45 and raced to the 13 before being caught by Erich Barnes. Three running plays reached the seven and again Hornung tried a field goal, this one from the 14. Again it sailed wide to the left. Bobby Dillon and Dan Currie dropped two passes thrown their way by Brown and it gave the Bears a second and third chance to go in for their second field goal as the fourth period started. Aveni split the uprights from the 42, kicking into the strong wind. Now with 14 minutes and 12 seconds to play and losing, 6-0, the Packers had their work cut out. Symank fumbled the kickoff but luckily McIlhenny recovered on the 14. Progress stopped on the 29 and McGee had to punt. Petitbon returned the kick nine yards before being belted on the Bear 27. The ball squirted out of his hands and Ringo came up with it. The Bears had roughed up McGee on the punt, but the Packers took possession of the ball on the Bear 27. In six plays they did what they couldn't do all afternoon. Taylor started wide from the five, then cut in sharply to go over standing up. Hornung's all important kick put Green Bay ahead, 7-6, with 7:45 to play. The Bears got as far as their 44 before Brown punted a skyrocket to the Packer 34. The Packers stuck to the ground stuff, trying to run out the clock. They finally had to punt from their 37. This time McGee did what he had never done before, booming a 61 yard kick and out of bounds on the two. With 55 seconds to play, Brown faded into the end zone to pass. Hanner knocked him over and the Packers had two more points. Aveni then tried an onside kick from the 20. Nitschke returned it three yards to the Bear 28. McHan quarterback sneaked and that was the ball game. And what a fine way for the Packers to kick off the 1959 season.
CHICAGO   -  0  3  0  3 -  6
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  9 -  9
2nd - CHI - John Aveni, 46-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
4th - CHI - Aveni, 42-yard field goal CHICAGO 6-0
4th - GB - Taylor, 5-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-6
4th - GB - Safety, Hanner sacked Ed Brown in the end zone GREEN BAY 9-6    
SEPTEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - The Packers spent a long time preparing the upset they handed the Bears Sunday in the league season opener for both teams before a capacity crowd of 32,150. "We spent 10 weeks working on that defense," Packer Head Coach Vince Lombardi said after his team turned back the Bears, 9-6. "Now we have to work on the offense," he said. The Packer defense held the Bears on nearly even teams for three periods, then mustered enough offensive power to shove over a touchdown and extra point and a safety in the final period. The late Packer charge offset a pair of field goals by rookie John Aveni. "It was a team effort," Lombardi said. "We planned it that way." The tremendous Packer defense nearly completely rebuilt from last year when the Packers finished last in the league with a 1-10-1 record, held the favored Bears to 75 yards rushing and only 96 in the air. "They played the way we expected," Lombardi said. "We had gone over their offense just before we went out on the field, and we were ready." Dave Hanner, who made the tackle that gave the Packers their safety, said: "We turned one of their tricks against the,. We crashed." The 243-pound defensive tackle and linebackers Tom Bettis, Bill Forrester and Dan Currie were great, the coach said. "The defense kept us in the ball game," said Packer quarterback Lamar McHan. "After we finally quit making mistakes we were able to take advantage of the job they did." Lombardi also saluted McHan, who came to the Packers this year from the Cardinals. "On the scoring play," Lombardi said, "he changed the run three times at the line of scrimmage." Each time McHan got the club set, the coach explained, a Bear linebacker changed position. He said McHan finally got the jump on them and handed off. The ball went to fullback Jim Taylor, who drove five yards for the score. Taylor was the Packers' offensive star, gaining 98 yards in 22 carries. George Halas, Bear owner and coach, said: "Vince Lombardi has done a fine job. He is to be congratulated." Asked about his Bears, Halas said: "We were not up to par."
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Bears were moaning Tuesday about their pitiful offensive showing against the Packers, which consisted of two long field goals by rookie John Aveni. Here was a team which knocked 'em dead in the exhibition season, averaging 350 yards rushing and passing and 33 points per game. Rick Casares had accounted for more than one-third of the rushing yardage, while Jim Dooley and Harlon Hill shared half of the pass yardage. Casares Sunday squeezed out 29 yards in 11 carries. Dooley caught four passes for 36 yards and Hill one for two yards. The Packers, practically rebuilding from scratch, were taken for granted. Green Bay, the Bears must have remembered, ranked next to the Cardinals as the worst defensive team in the league last year. But Sunday the Bears were shock absorbers, shocked by Green Bay's 100 percent improved defense while absorbing a 9-6 beating. Packer Coach Vince Lombardi worked more on defense than anything else during the preseason. The results Sunday were almost too good to be true. How long has it been since the Bears have gained only 75 yards rushing and 96 yards passing? Lombardi got rid of deadwood and acquired proven veterans - end Bill Quinlan, tackle Henry Jordan and halfback Bob Freeman from the Browns, halfback Em Tunnell from the Giants and tackle Ken Beck from the Cardinals. Tackle Dave Hanner and linebackers Tom Bettis, Bill Forrester and Dan Currie went after the Bears like possessed men. They swarmed in on Ed Brown, gang-tackled Casares and smeared Willie Galimore. Forester, starting his seventh year, and Hanner, an eight year vet, never looked better. But the real dandy was the last play of the first quarter. With fourth and inches to go for a first down on the Packer 16, Bratkowski ran into a brick wall. The Bears never got any closer. Jordan, who joined the club last week, and Jesse Whittenton, who played with the Rams in 1956-57, were singled out by Lombardi for their alertness. Ray Nitschke, only two weeks out of service, recovered Johnny Morris' fumble on the opening kickoff and also pounced on Aveni's onside kick as the game ended. Lombardi believes in ball control and he got it Sunday. The Packers had the ball on 70 plays, the Bears 59 - thanks to an alert defense.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Lloyd Larson - Milwaukee Sentinel) - That was a tremendous victory for the Packers over the Bears last Sunday. It is difficult to think of anything in the long history of the Bays that caused as much excitement or gave the state's pro football fans a bigger lift. The upset phase of 9-6 decision was something in itself. The Bears, powerful and already thinking in terms of championship, naturally were definite favorites. Even more important was the manner in which the victory was achieved. The Packers plays such terrific defensive ball that the Bears offered only one real touchdown threat, which was snuffed out. The Pack, what's more, refused to be discouraged by a series of failures to cash in on fine scoring opportunities and finally crashed through for the big one in the final quarter, with two points, via a safety, added for good measure in the waning moments. So bats off to Vince Lombardi, his players and his fine staff for a great league debut. The only dangerous by-product, as Lombardi was the first to point out, is that people might be carried away and start setting their sights too high. Which could be a mistake, of course, for it's still true that one games doesn't make a season in any league. About the only sure thing as the moment is that the Packers will continue to show signs of expert handling and play football to the limits of their abilities. All fairminded fans should say amen to that, thereby keeping unnecessary pressure at a minimum.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Rookie guard Andy Cvercko was lost for the season to the Packers Tuesday because of a leg injury suffered in the 9-6 victory over the Bears. Cvercko has been placed on the injured reserve list. Quarterback Lamar McHan is nursing a sore leg muscle, but Coach Vince Lombardi said he expected him to be ready for the Lions here Sunday.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Chicago Tribune) - Many preseason football forecasts underwent hasty revision Monday after a weekend in which favorites proved either to be vastly overrated or inclined to take the opposition too lightly. Only the world champions Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants, among the highly regarded NFL pennant possibilities, survived opening games of the professional championship season. Green Bay, a young, comparatively small club with 15 newcomers and a new head coach, stunned the Chicago Bears into submission, 9 to 6, on Sunday in almost as surprising a result as Pittsburgh's 17 to 7 upset of Cleveland on Saturday night. The Bears were a prime preseason choice in the Western division and the Browns had the majority of the votes as the team most likely to challenge the Giants, last year's winner in the end. Baltimore suffered the same fate as the Browns and Bears during the early part of its game with Detroit, but the Colts were champions enough to pull themselves together in the latter stages and triumph, 21 to 9, on the passing of Johnny Unitas. New York had considerable difficulty with the Los Angeles Rams, perennially rated as the team with the greatest personnel and possibilities, but eked out a 23 to 21 victory Saturday night in a game that may be even more costly to Los Angeles than originally figured. The Rams' quarterback, Billy Wade, suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter. At a late hour Monday, the exact extent of the injury had not been determined, but it apparently was not trivial. On the more encouraging side, the Chicago Cardinals, also loaded with new faces, opened their season in their new home, Soldiers' field, on a happy note with a 49 to 21 triumph over the Washington Redskins. The fact that the Redskins are the weakest team in the league took nothing from the triumph, which was scored in a spectacular fashion in most improved surroundings. Cardinal fans applauded the renovated Soldiers' field layout and parking facilities as loudly as they did the Cardinals and Bobby Joe Conrad, who scored three touchdowns. Conrad played the second half with a broken nose. The Cardinals' triumph may bring some alterations in the Redskin roster. Coach Mike Nixon, who took over the club last spring when Joe Kuharich was released to coach Notre Dame, accused his players of being out of condition. Only 15 Redskins can consider their jobs safe, Nixon warned. The 21 others are on a "produce or else" basis. Two of football's oldest stars, Bobby Layne, 32, of Pittsburgh, and Chuck Conerly, 38, of New York, played major roles in opening games, each giving one of his finest performances. Conerly completed 21 of 31 passes against Los Angeles for 321 yards. Layne ran and passed the vaunted Browns defense into confusion. With Layne in high gear, Pittsburgh rallied behind the veteran, overcoming, at least for the opener, the dissension which has resulted from Layne's own peculiar methods of training. This intraclub bickering had, prior to the Brown game, removed the Steelers from title consideration based on their record of seven consecutive triumphs at the end of last year. Green Bay's conquest of the Bears was perhaps the most stunning upset of the weekend. There is little explanation for such turns of events beyond the difference in desire. The Packers, making their first league start under their new coach, Vince Lombardi, were ready to sacrifice leg and life and simply outplayed the bigger, more experienced Chicagoans. Only a defense that played almost up to expectations prevented the Packers from making it a rout. Green Bay had six scoring chances, and on attack, it outrushed the Bears, 176 yards to 75. "We made too many mistakes," said Coach George Halas. One of the mistakes was a quarterback sneak on fourth down, when the Bears had one yard to go on the Packers' 16 yard line in the second quarter. It was their only scoring threat. Green Bay's new stadium does not have the best turf in the National league. Two days of heavy rain had made the footing treacherous. Zeke Bratkowski called the sneak, but neither he nor his linesmen were able to get the proper traction to push ahead. Bratkowski gained only a foot, Green Bay taking over on downs. Some thrust on which Rick Casares or the halfback could have built up some momentum would have been a more appropriate call. Another mistake, obviously, occurred when guard Bill Roehnelt threw a headgear at Packer guard Forrest Gregg on the 8 yard line. It was Gregg's headgear and had come off during a scuffle which referee Ronald Gibbs seemed ready to ignore. The headgear hit Gregg in the face and instead of being third down and four on the 8 yard line, the resultant roughness penalty made it first down on the four. Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor bucked over from there and Hornung's extra point wiped out the Bears' six point lead.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers got back to normal today. Coach Vince Lombardi issued a word of warning after Sunday's 9-6 victory over the Bears. "Remember, this is still a rebuilding year, and one game doesn't make the season." Some people even get to taking championship. That's a delightful thought for Lombardi but it makes him shiver - "champions aren't built overnight," he pointed out, emphatically. The Packers, themselves, don't have any particular problem getting their feet back on the turf. Lombardi eliminated that at this morning's opening meeting and the outdoor workout that followed. The big talk not is Lions, who invade City Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Lions, coached by George Wilson, who is assisted by Ray McLean, former Packer aide and head coach, lost their opener to Baltimore, 21-9, in a rather unusual game. The Lions led the Colts, 9-0, until the fourth quarter when quarterback Johnny Unitas finally solved the difficult Lion defense. The Lions' strong point ties in with the Green Bay trouble spot - offense. The Bays moved the ball for 176 yards rushing and 101 passing against the Bears but still were able to score only one touchdown, an extra point and a safety. And that one touchdown was set up by recovery of a fumble on the Bears' 26 yard line. Fortunately, the Bays defensed the Bears excellently - down to two field goals and only one trip inside the Packer 30. Souping up the offense will be the Packers' major objective this week. All Packer hands were in good condition today, including quarterback Lamar McHan who pulled a muscle in his leg. He was hurt on the interception just before the half but finished out the game. McHan had some difficulty pivoting...The game ball was given to Lombardi after the game. "I'm really proud of this," Vince beamed. The ball was presented to Vince by Jim Ringo, the club's offensive captain...Commissioner Bert Bell was thrilled by the Packers' big victory, reported Jack Vainisi, Packer business manager, who called Bert after the game with the attendance, receipts, etc. Bert was here the last time the Packers beat the Bears - at the stadium dedication in 1957...Hank Bullough, the former Packer guard who is now freshman football coach at Michigan State, telephoned the Packer training room from East Lansing, Mich., Monday morning and chatted with his old buddies. "Just had to congratulate you out there," Hank told the players who came in for treatments...Hank Bruder, known as "Hard Luck Hank" during his Packer halfbacking days in the mid-30s, was among the Packer alumni at the game. Located in Chicago, Bruder was attending his first game in Green Bay in many years.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Defense is a question of reaction," Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Tuesday. "This was one of those days when we reached right on almost every play." Lombardi was referring to the Packers' surprise 9-6 triumph over the Chicago Bears in their NFL opener at Green Bay Sunday. The Packers held the Bears without a touchdown. In fact, the Bears hardly threatened, giving up the ball on downs on Green Bay's 17 in the first period and then not venturing closer than the 34. "We'd be very happy to do that every Sunday," Lombardi said. What about Green Bay's offense, which moved the ball well but went scoreless until only 7 minutes 15 seconds remained? "We stopped ourselves," Lombardi said, "and it's just a question of when we'll come out of it. Always a penalty or a mistake at the wrong time. Don't forget, though, that the wind conditions had a lot to do with both teams' offenses. No question but that it affected the passing. When you threw against the wind, you couldn't reach the receivers and when you threw it, you overthrew. A big thing in our defense was our pass rush. We did not always get through to the passer, but even so we had the pressure on him so he had to get rid of the ball, throw quicker than he wanted to. And, generally speaking, we kept their men away from our passer. Oh, he got thrown a few times, but nothing like you'd expect from the Bears with their all-out rush." Lamar McHan went all the way at quarterback. He suffered a pulled leg muscle which was still sore Tuesday morning. That was the Packers' only injury of any consequence. McHan was expected to be ready to face the Detroit Lions at Green Bay Sunday. The game is a sellout. "No question but what going all the way will help with his confidence," Lombardi said of McHan, the former Chicago Cardinal. "That's what he needs. He called a fine game. On 75% of the plays, he changed the call at the line of scrimmage. On a couple of plays, including the touchdowns, he changed the play three times at the line. That was important against the Bears, with their shifting gambling defense. Against some team you wouldn't have to convert a play at the line all day. Against the Bears you've got to do it almost every time."
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Physical Fitness, U.S.A. That's Packerland, or at least the little country of 36 inhabitants governed by Mayor Vince Lombardi. The Packers were hardened like no other pro team for eight solid weeks with murderous exercises and endless sprinting - 10, 20 and 30 yards and then over again and again. Lombardi wanted to toughen the club - "survival of the fittest," he'd say, usually adding: "We just want the football players." He ran the Bays ragged, and that's still part of practice, to give the notoriously Packers more speed and to toughen them up. The Bay defenders were like a bunch of big, swift cats against the Bears Sunday - guys like Dave Hanner, Nate Borden, Bill Quinlan, Henry Jordan in the line and the linebackers, Bill Forester, Tom Bettis and Dan Currie. They not only gained entrance to the Bear backfield, they caught ball carriers from behind, like Hanner running down Galimore on a reverse. Superb physical conditioning began to tell in the fourth quarter when the Bays kept the ball for 21 plays against the Bears' 10. The Packers rolled up 6 first downs against the Bears' 1 in the windup period. The Bears' 10 plays in the crucial fourth period offer an example of the Packer defensing and here they are:
1 - (On Packer 34) Galimore held to one yard on second down and seven by Hanner and Currie at right tackle.
2 - Ed Brown's hurried pass to left side wide to Harlon Hill, Bobby Dillon covering.
3 - Joe Aveni kicked 42-yard field goal for a 6-0 Bear lead.
4 - (6 minutes left after Packers went ahead 7-6) Galimore made 9 on pitchout around left end to Bear 45.
5 - Brown passed to Galimore 6 yards for first down to Packer 49.
6 - Galimore thrown for 6-yard loss on reverse.
7 - Dooley dropped Brown's pass when smothered hard by Bob Freeman.
8 - Galimore lost yard on pass from Brown when tackled by Forester.
9 - Brown punted dead on Packer 35 with 4:29 left.
10 - (55 seconds left) Brown tackled in end zone for safety.
SEPTEMBER 30 (Green Bay) - The Packers Wednesday put rookie halfback Tim Brown on waivers and recalled rookie defensive halfback Bill Butler. Butler, from Berlin, Wis., will be used on kickoff and punt returns. He was one of the fastest men on the team before being placed on the inactive list.
SEPTEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers presumably came down to earth Tuesday after their 9-6 triumph over the Chicago Bears and began work for their next league game with the Detroit Lions at Green Bay Sunday. The main question was how serious the after effects would be. George Wilson, Detroit coach, said rather hopefully that he thought the Packers would be down. Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay coach, hoped to keep his men up. The Lions move into Green bay in a good psychological position. They should be snarling after losing to the Colts at Baltimore, 21-9. And there is still that possibility that possible Packer letdown. "Green Bay beat the Bears and they had to be sky high to do it," Wilson said Tuesday. "If the Packers aren't quite so ready for us as they were for the Bears, and if we get a break or two, this old race may be all even come next week." Wilson was hoping, too, for the Bears to bounce back against the Colts at Baltimore Saturday night and for the Los Angeles Rams to beat the 49ers at San Francisco Sunday. Then if Detroit could win Sunday, all teams in the Western Division would have 1-1 records. Recent history is on the side of the Lions. Two years ago, in the first game played in new City Stadium, the Packers astounded the Bears, 21-17. The following week, reaction to Bear fever and flu set it. Result: The Packers were flatter than a pizza pie and the Lions beat them even more handily than the 24-14 score indicates. The Lions went on to win the league championship, even though they had lost the opener at Baltimore even more distressingly than they lost this year's. In last year's meeting at Green Bay, neither the Lions nor the Packers deserved to win and neither did. It was a 13-13 ties - and they left an odor over the field. There will be a special little incentive for both sides Sunday. Scooter McLean, who was head coach of the Packers last season in their worst year in history, now coaches the Detroit backfield. He pushed Red Cochran out of a job. Cochran now is backfield coach at Green Bay. Detroit's quarterback is Tobin Rote, who was almost all that the Packers had for several years before he was traded to Detroit. He is still the same inconsistent Tobin Rote but when he is good there is none better. The Lions also have Oliver Spencer at offensive tackle. He sandwiched two years at Green Bay between terms with the Lions. Danny Lewis, the former Wisconsin halfback, scored Detroit's only touchdown against Baltimore. Halfback Don McIlhenny and tackle Norm Masters remain of the four players Detroit sent to Green Bay for Rote. Linebacker Wayne Walker of the Lions and offensive guard Jerry Kramer of the Packers were teammates and close friends at the University of Idaho. The Lions say that they are not in the best of shape. Defensive backs Yale Lary and Jim Steffen missed the Baltimore game and Gary Lowe was sidelined in the fourth quarter forcing offensive end Dave Middleton to go into the defensive backfield. Others who are bothered by injuries, mostly pulled leg muscles, include tackle Jerry Perry, fullbacks John Henry Johnson and Nick Pietrosante and end Jim Doran.
OCTOBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers haven't beaten the Lions since they traded quarterback Tobin Rote to Detroit in 1957. It was Rote who engineered the Packers to a 24-20 Thanksgiving Day upset in 1956. Sunday another sellout at Green Bay will see if Vince Lombardi's up'n'coming Packers can turn the trick. The oddsmakers rate the game as a tossup. While the Packers shocked the Bears, 9-6, the Lions took it on the chin, 21-9, at Baltimore. Lombardi Wednesday said he was "scared as usual" about Sunday's game with Detroit. "We're in good physical condition," Lombardi said. "But I can't tell you what to expect." Quarterback Lamar McHan, who suffered a pulled calf muscle in the second quarter against the Bears, was running as good as ever. Meanwhile, word out of Detroit said Coach George Wilson was going to be pressed to piece out a lineup against the Packers. At least a half a dozen Lions are known to have sprains and pulled muscles. Defensive halfbacks Yale Lary and Jim Steffen, offensive end Jim Doran, and kicker Jerry Perry were hurt before the Colt game. After Big Daddy Lipscomb, Bill Pellington and the other boisterous Colts were done with the Lions, defensive halfback Gary Lowe and fullback John Henry Johnson were limping. Rote had a bothersome leg muscle and rookie fullback Nick Pietrosante was wonderful if his crushed shoulder would ever be the same. Undoubtedly, most of those names will be playing. Wally Cruice, chief scout for the Packers who checked the Lions against Baltimore, said Rote had a hot first half as Detroit grabbed a 9-0 lead. "Rote was really running on those rollouts," said Cruice. "But in the third quarter he tired. The Colts were putting a tremendous amount of pressure on him. He had four passes intercepted." Cruice said Detroit looked good on defense. But when Lowe pulled a leg muscle, the Lions had to replace their defensive ace with an offensive halfback - Dave Middleton. Detroit kept five rookies and four are key men. Pietrosante of Notre Dame, guards Bob Grottkau of Oregon and Mike 
Rabold of Indiana, and Steffen of UCLA rate front line action. Defensive tackle Ben Paolucci of Wayne State is a reserve. "They came out with probably the best rookies in the last draft," observed Cruice. The Packers had a long meeting with Lombardi and then worked out for 80 minutes against Detroit's defensive patterns while polishing their running attack.
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The big change in the Packers? Vince Lombardi has chased defeatism and installed defense. Lombardi's No. 1 problem? Depth. His biggest surprise? The sudden take charge of quarterback Lamar McHan. Sunday the Packers put a 1-0 record (as many victories as they had all last season) on the field at Green Bay against the Lions, another team undergoing remodeling. The attitude has changed in Green Bay as illustrated in last Sunday's 9-6 victory over the Bears. As one observer put it: "The walls of Green Bay may give a little now and then during the season, but they aren't likely to come tumbling down...not with one of the 'Seven Blocks of Granite' as a cornerstone." Lombardi, an alumnus of the famed Fordham line of the 1930s, has 12 new players on his team. Seven of them are starters on either offense or defense. While the defense is on the mend, Lombardi's offense depends on the quality obtained from McHan. The ex-Cardinal passer was a Johnny-come-lately with the Packers, taking charge in the last preseason game and calling one of his greatest games against the Bears. A restored running attack, built around fullback Jim Taylor and halfback Paul Hornung, caught the Bears flat-footed. They must have remembered the Packers as the passingest fools in pro ball. McHan, Taylor and Hornung must stay healthy for the Packers to succeed. Lombardi, realizing the ranks are thin, conditioned his squad to a fine edge. From the word go, this club sprinted through their daily workouts. "We love to run, coach," became a familiar chant. The Packers on the way back. They're eager to restore Green Bay's long lost winning reputation. If they beat the Lions Sunday they'll match their longest winning streak in three years - two in a row! There's a long way to go.
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - Another sellout crowd of 32,150 will discover just how good the Packers are Sunday when Vince Lombardi's young crew battles the most unpredictable teams in the NFL - the Lions. During the past seven years Detroit has won more world championships than any other team - three. But on one occasion during the same span the Lions finished dead last and a year ago escaped that dubious distinction because the Packers took honors. What's with Detroit this year? Even though it lost its opener at Baltimore, 21-9, Coach George Wilson has reason to believe his club will be a solid contender. Defensively, Detroit is as sound as they come. With All-Pro linebacker Joe Schmidt topping an all-veteran crew, Lombardi said "defensively the Lions are tougher than the Bears." Detroit's offense is built around the most versatile quarterback in the business - Tobin Rote. Since Rote was traded by the Packers to the Lions in 1957, Detroit has never lost to Green Bay, but was tied 13-13 last year. The Lions improved their running attack with the acquisition of fullback Nick Pietrosante of Notre Dame. Wisconsin's Danny Lewis was the talk of the preseason campaign when he gained almost three times as much yardage as he contributed throughout the entire 1958 season. John Henry Johnson is the key. Riddled by injuries a year ago, Johnson took a pretty good beating from the Colts but is expected to bounce back. Wilson uses a flanker attack, which means that he will employ a trio of pass receivers. Hopalong Casady, Jim Gibbons and Steve Junker give Rote veteran targets. Cassady, of course, is also a broken field threat. Rote, who led the Lions to a championship in 1947, is back for his 10th year. As Rote goes so goes the Lions. Rote knew the '58 Packers like a book. He might have a different impression of Lombardi's club after Sunday's scrap. The game is rated as a tossup. The field is expected to be in good shape. It dried out completely after the Bear game and has been covered during recent rains. Lombardi, concerned over the Packers' difficulty scoring, has emphasized offensive drills all week. His defense, if it plays like it did in the 9-6 victory over the Bears, is as good as any.
Green Bay Packers (1-0) 9, Chicago Bears (0-1) 6
Sunday September 27th 1959 (at Green Bay)