three wins. Lombardi has a good team. Why did it fall flat on its face against the Rams? "You tell me," answered Lombardi. But it's happened to the best this season. The Rams were blanked only two weeks ago by the 49ers, 34-0. New York laid a 49-21 "egg" at Philadelphia and the Cardinals put the Redskins through the meat grinder, 49-21. Sunday's game with Baltimore will be televised into the Milwaukee area, the first time this season. The Packers can redeem themselves with a good game. Lombardi's team IS capable of doing so or it wouldn't be in a first place tie.
LOMBARDI JUST COULDN'T AVOID 'SHOOTING MATCH' WITH RAMS
OCTOBER 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Like I said before the game," Vince Lombardi said Tuesday, "we couldn't afford to get into any shooting match with them. That's what happened and we got beat badly. We couldn't play our game with only two healthy backs, but the way the Rams were playing, nothing seemed to make any difference." The coach of the Green Bay Packers was talking about the 45-6 trouncing Los Angeles administered at County Stadium Sunday in knocking Green Bay out of the unbeaten class. The Packers had been in that class alone in the NFL. "Looking at the movies we saw some surprisingly good things," Lombardi said. "Actually, we played some fine football. But we didn't tackle too well; as a matter of fact, we tackled badly, and perhaps we were overmatched, at least on this day. The Rams were great. We just couldn't cope with their speed." Mistakes and failure to come up with the big play cost the Packers dearly and once the Rams got ahead with no pressure, they poured it on as only the Rams can do. "The second play of the game was a big one for us," Lombardi said. "McGee dropped the pass. It was right in his hands and no one near him. It was an easy first down. So we didn't get the first down. You can't ever tell what's going to happen if you get it. And if you don't, that's an opportunity you've lost." "On their first touchdown, the pass to Shofner, there were four hands on the ball. Dillon made a great effort. He could have just as well intercepted by Shofner was stronger. He got the ball and it was 11-0, instead of maybe 7-5. That's the difference right there between winning and losing. Now maybe it wouldn't have made any difference that way the Rams were playing Sunday, but then again maybe it would. We needed a lift and we never got it." On the play which gave Los Angeles a safety and a 2-0 lead, Lombardi said that no Packer laid a finger on Sam Williams, who blocked Max McGee's punt. "He was missed altogether. With this long punt thing, you don't have to do much blocking, just bump 'em to knock 'em off stride." Lombardi praised quarterback Lamar McHan's passing. "He completed 13 out of 22 and had three others dropped that could or should have been caught. Dowler had that one in the end zone in his stomach and couldn't hold it. McGee didn't hang onto that other one on the goal and fell down on the other one. When we got in close the first time, maybe we should have stuck to the ground instead of passing, but I can't second guess McHan. After all, we had only two healthy backs." The injury situation does not look quite as bad for the game with the champion Colts in Baltimore Sunday as it did for the Ram game. Halfback Don McIlhenny should be ready to go again and end Nate Borden was running Monday. Both are needed. McIlhenny to give Paul Hornung and Lew Carpenter help with the running and Borden to take over on defense. Jim Temp, who replaced Borden two weeks ago when Borden hurt his knee, suffered a shoulder injury in the Ram game and rookie Ken Beck of Texas A&M replaced him. Fullback Jim Taylor is still in the hospital with burns on his foot and hand suffered in a kitchen accident two weeks ago. "He may be out of the hospital by Sunday," Lombardi said, "but it's doubtful if he will be ready to play. It may be another week before he can even put a shoe on. He hasn't had any running - he's had to keep his foot up in the air all the time." End Ron Kramer suffered an ankle injury but should be ready to play. Otherwise, the Packers are in good shape physically for the Baltimore game.
EXPANSION OKAY WITH OLEJNICZAK
OCTOBER 20 (Green Bay) - Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Green Bay Packers Tuesday indicated he favored the expansion of the NFL into Texas cities. "Let's put it this way," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, I think Mr. Halas' (George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears) release covered it very well." He said he had no further comment. "Conditions for expansion will never be more ideal," Halas said Monday when announcing a plan to expand from 12 to 14 clubs.
'SUICIDE SLATE' AHEAD FOR PACKERS
OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for the Packers who now face a grueling three-game road stand starting Sunday at Baltimore against the champion Colts. After the Colts come the Eastern Division champion Giants at Yankee Stadium and then to Wrigley Field against the Bears, a team Green Bay put on the road to run in the season opener. The Packers had better forget Sunday's 45-6 loss to the Rams. There's a rocky road ahead. Baltimore is a rough place to play because of its rabid fans. A Chicago writer described it as the "world's largest outdoor insane asylum." Since 1955 the Colts have won 20 of 25 games played in their backyard. The Packers turned the trick, 24-21, in 1957 on a 75 yard pass play from Babe Parilli to Billy Howton that barely beat the gun. Green Bay fans don't want to be reminded of last year's 56-0 debacle which led to the Bay's worst season in history. The Colts beat the Bears, 20-7, at Wrigley Field Sunday and jumped into a tie for first place with the Packers and 49ers. The play which broke the Bears' back was Johnny Unitas' 25 yard pass in the end zone to Lenny Moore to give the Colts a 14-7 lead with 56 seconds of the fourth quarter played. The catch signalized the 29th consecutive game Unitas has thrown a touchdown pass. Moore shook J.C. Caroline, who injured his leg on the play. Lenny explained it this way: "When I saw J.C. wasn't with me I just hope Johnny could spot me. He did. That's what makes him such a great passer. He can see the whole field with one look and picked out the open receiver. He's the best there is..."
SEES PACKERS COMING BACK - COACH SAYS DEFEAT BY RAMS MAY PROVE BENEFICIAL
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Nobody likes to lose, of course, especially by 45-6, but Vince Lombardi ventured an opinion Thursday morning that his Green Bay Packers "may be a better club for losing" to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. "We seem to be coming back real well," Lombardi said. "If we had been as 'one purposed' last week in practice as we seem to be now, we would have had a lot better game. We've had some good practices this week. We're having fun, but no joviality, if you know what I mean. Last week we couldn't settle down and then, when the players got up to the game and realized they had won three games in a row, the pressure started to work against them. It's not because we're inexperienced - we've got some veteran players. It's just that a lot of the players were not used to winning." The Packers lost 10 games last season and won one and tied one. One of the defeats was by the score of 56-0, administered by the champion Baltimore Colts at Baltimore. The Packers will meet the Colts in Baltimore Sunday, but this time both teams are tied for first place in the NFL with 3-1 records. "I expect us to snap back and play a good game," Lombardi said. "We'll be in better physical shape for one thing. I don't think last Sunday's beating will ruin the fine start. After all, these men know they've got some good football in them, and that they're going to win some more games. Before the Ram game we won five straight - our last two exhibitions and our first three league games. That proved what they can do when they don't make too many mistakes." Only Jim Taylor, the fullback who was burned in a freak accident in the kitchen of his home, will miss Sunday's game. The other players should be ready, including end Nate Borden and halfback Don McIlhenny, who missed the Ram game with injuries.
PLAYER POOL TO AID NEW NFL ENTRIES
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - If Dallas and Houston become members of the NFL next year, they will receive a "sufficient quota" of established players to operate successfully, an unidentified club owner told United Press International Thursday. The league, according to the informant, is already prepared to stock the new teams with players. It would so this by reducing the number of players each team may protect in the off season from 60 to 35, thus placing an extra 300 players on the open market; by having each club surrender specified rounds in the player draft to the newcomers, and by reducing the amount of the entrance fees usually demanded of new franchise holders, allowing them to use this money for purchasing players outright. "I can see no insurmountable obstacles to our expansion plans," the owner said. "I think Dallas and Houston belong in our league now and there should be plenty of players to get them over the hump during their formative years." In a poll of the clubs by UPI, nine owners favored expansion. George Preston Marshall of the Washington Redskins was opposed. Walter Wolfner of the Chicago Cardinals and Vince McNally of the Philadelphia Eagles expressed doubt whether the Texas teams would be able to acquire the necessary players, but each conceded that "sooner or later we'll have to expand."
PACKERS PERK UP FOR COLTS
OCTOBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - How far Vince Lombardi's Packers will go this season may be determined Sunday in Baltimore when they battle the defending champion Colts. The surprise team of the NFL, Green Bay jumped off to three straight wins before being brought back to earth by the rampaging rams last week. The Packers are now tied for first place with the Colts and 49ers. Lombardi, who has injected a winning attitude at Green Bay, first looked at the bright side of his club's chances Thursday as he prepared for the toughest game of the season. "We won't have fullback Jim Taylor, but we'll be in better shape physically than in our last two games," Lombardi said. This means halfback Don McIlhenny and defensive end Nate Borden will start. Halfback Paul Hornung, handicapped by a painful neck injury in the late stages of the 49er game and against the Rams, is as fit as a fiddle. Defensive end Jim Temp has looked good in drills, showing no ill effects from a shoulder injury he sustained Sunday. Lombardi has been pleased with the Bay's attitude in drills. And if the Packers needed a lift this week, Lombardi was the man to give it to them. Looking at Sunday's opponent, Lombardi said, "the Colts are loaded with confidence and ability. They're as strong offensively as they were last year - but they're even stronger defensively." Lombardi is a firm believer in defense. He made defense his best offense in victories over the Bears, Lions and 49ers when his club jumped on opponents' mistakes and converted them into scores. While the Baltimore line has been as unyielding as ever, it has been the secondary that has grabbed most of the glory. In the win over the Bears, the Colts' anti-aerial corps clutched five Chicago passes, stalling the Bruins' attack and setting up a touchdown of their own. The Colts thus hiked their season's interception count to 15. Andy Nelson and Milt Davis lead Baltimore's burglar brigade with four apiece, followed by Ray Brown's three. When asked if the Colts were passing more this year than ever before, Lombardi said he didn't think so. "Sure, they have the best passer there is in Johnny Unitas," Lombardi pointed out. "But, they also have Alan Ameche, Lenny Moore, L.G. Dupre. And they're all healthy." A clutch performer of the highest grade, Unitas has proven his ability this year in tight situations, coming up with crucial touchdown passes in the final quarter of every winning Baltimore game. Lombardi, who graciously refused to alibi the Packers' man-handling by the Rams, could really use Taylor against the Colts. But the LSU strongboy is still in a Green Bay hospital recovering from second degree burns. "It may be three weeks before he can return," Lombardi said. "If something happens to Hornung or (Lew) Carpenter, goodbye." "Injuries forced Green Bay to make more adjustments than a club can handle and still play its game." Colt Scout Don McCafferty said after the LA game here Sunday. "Lombardi had to rearrange his whole offense to compensate for the losses. It was all too new to the Bays to be of much use to them and so the Rams just romped." Lombardi is keeping his fingers crosses. He is taking his Packers to Baltimore primed for an upset. These are fighting Packers!
BAYS RESPECT COLT DEFENSE
OCTOBER 23 (Milwaukee Journal) - "They're the champions." Vince Lombardi said Friday of the Baltimore Colts, "and they play like champions." Lombardi's Green Bay Packers will meet the Colts in Baltimore Sunday. Each team has a 3-1 record, as good as any in the NFL. The Colts, however, are heavy favorites. They are the champions. "They have a tough time for three quarters," Lombardi said, "and then they win in the fourth. That's a credit to them and to their quarterback, Johnny Unitas. It's not a question of being in better shape than the other team, but of Unitas' supreme confidence in himself. Having confidence is not enough if you haven't got the ability. Unitas has both. The reason they can stay in there and win late is their defense. They're playing the game like we'd like to play it. The defense keeps the game close, then they win it with a break or a big play. They've got the long range weapons, too. Lenny Moore, Ray Berry, Jim Mutscheller are all fine receivers. The Horse (Alan Ameche) gets the first down when they need it. It still comes back to defense, though - Gino Marchetti, the best defensive end in the league; three tackles over 265 pounds in Lipscomb, Donovan and Krouse. They put so much pressure on the passer that they lead the league in interceptions (with 15)." Wally Cruice, the Packers' scout, sized up the Colts like this: "They've got as good a potential as last year but they haven't reached their peak yet. Not as a team, anyway. Unitas is probably better as an individual. Their defense snuffs you out. I feel that the Packers defense can do all right, but the big question is whether we can move the ball through their defense. They've been using Moore more as a spot player, doing the things he's most capable of. Berry and Moore are tough to cover. Mutscheller is good at what we call 'slow blocking'. He delays on the line and then breaks free. Just when your defense shifts around to cover Berry and Moore, Mutscheller sticks his nose out and catches the big pass and beats you."