GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Green Bay's high flying Packers, who had ruled the NFL kingdom with an unbeaten record, returned to earth with a mighty thud Sunday as the explosive Rams turned a close first half into a 45-6 runaway at the Stadium. It was a big disappointment to 36,174 fans who came out to see the miracle team Vince Lombardi molded. It must have been even more discouraging to the diehards in Green Bay, who saw the debacle on television. The Californians waited until the second half before putting Green Bay through the meat grinder. It was anybody's game up to that point, the Rams leading, 14-6, at halftime. But the Rams roared back with their best offensive showing of the season and scored 31 points, 24 in the last quarter which broke the game wide open. They did it with rapid regularity. The boys from L.A. call it the "Ram Rapid Transit System", so named because of the few plays needed to get touchdowns. The Rams needed only 28 plays to score 31 points in the second half rout. Ollie Matson started the assault with a 49 yard touchdown sprint following a poor Packer punt in the third quarter. The Rams had to work for the next one. Joe Marconi capping an 81 yard march in 12 plays by bulling over from the one as the fatal fourth quarter began. It took five plays to score TD No. 4, which came on a 53 yard pass from Billy Wade to Jim Phillips. Two plays got the next one, Wade flipping a 25 yard strike to Del Shofner. Rubbing it in with two minutes to play, Jack Morris kicked his fourth field goal from the 23. The Rams did this against a defense which statistically rated as the finest in the league against passing and rushing. The winners made mince meat out of it, gaining 258 yards rushing and 208 yards passing.
MATSON WORKHORSE
The Rams ate up the Packers by running Matson up the middle for 121 yards. Jon Arnett ran the outside for 72 and Tommy Wilson came off the bench for 52. Wade had a field day, completing 13 out of 18 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He threw to everyone, but the scoring strikes went to Shofner (twice) and Phillips. The handwriting may have been on the wall as early as the fourth play of the game. Sam Williams blocked Max McGee's punt, the ball bouncing into the end zone for a safety.
PACKERS CAN'T SCORE
The Packers never got out of the hole the rest of the quarter, failing to pick up a first down. Green Bay had two chances to score touchdowns. In the second quarter, rookie Boyd Dowler dropped a seven yard shot from McHan in the end zone. In the fourth period from the seven, McHan threw a bad pass which was intercepted in the end zone by Ed Meador. Those were the only serious threats as the Packers had to settle for two field goals by Paul Hornung in the second quarter. The first was booted from the 14 and the second, with one second remaining in the first half, barely reached its mark from the 46. Once behind, the Packers had to play "catch up" in a hurry and went to the air. McHan completed 13 of 22 passes for 148 yards. But he was either overthrowing or his receivers had butterfingers on the TD plays. The running attack, which was so successful against the Bears, Lions and 49ers, was pretty well handled by the Rams, who gave up a stingy 117 yards. Hornung was the old workhorse as usual. He carried 13 times for 54 yards and caught five passes for 58 yards. While thousands of fans were stymied in a traffic jam to the Stadium, the Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead right off the bat. Williams, a lanky 6-5 defensive end, crashed in on McGee's punt from the 20, batting the ball into the end zone for a safety. McGee then had to punt from his 20. Matson took it on his 31 and returned it to the Packer 49. Ten plays later the Rams were on the Packer 4, mainly because of four perfect passes by Wade. But the Packers held and Les Richter tried a field goal from the 11. Bill Forester crashed in and blocked it and the Packers took over on the six. Again no first down and again a punt. Matson returned this one seven yards to the Packer 46. The Rams were on the 23 after Big Ollie wheeled for 19. The Packers dug in and the Rams missed a first down by two yards. Morris then kicked a 22 yard field goal to give LA a 5-0 lead with 10:35 of the first quarter played. Billy Butler decided not to run back Lou Michael's booming kickoff. The Packers weren't going to run much from scrimmage either so McGee had to punt from his 13. It sailed 39 yards to Matson, who returned six to the Ram 47. In six plays the Rams had an 11-0 lead. The payoff came when Shofner took a 26 yard aerial away from Bobby Dillon on the five and scored. Morris missed the PAT when Meador fumbled the ball from center. The Packers finally caught fire after Michaels booted another kickoff practically out of the park. From their 20, the Packers got rolling when Hornung gained 19 yards on a draw, McHan passed 11 to McGee and eight and 11 to Hornung. Now on the Ram 23 with first down, Carpenter barreled up the middle for five. McGee slipped on a TD play and on third down Dowler dropped McHan's next try in the end zone. Hornung then kicked a 14 yard field goal and the Packers trailed, 11-3, with seven minutes to play in the second quarter. Back bounced the Rams. In no time they were knocking on the door again with a first down on the Packer 11. But the Bay defense rose to the occasion so LA settled for Morris' 17 yard field goal. With 71 seconds remaining before halftime, the Packers took the kickoff and roared back in four plays to the Ram 39. It was a rushed attempt in more ways than one when Hornung's 46 yard field goal just reached its destination to cut LA's margin to 14-6 at the half. The Packers looked like a fired up lot when they started third quarter action. The Rams gained practically nothing in two series of play. But the Packers couldn't pick up necessary yardage either. And when McGee, who was rushed, got off a 28 yard punt which rolled out of bounds on the 49, the Bays were in trouble. On the first play, Matson side stepped one man and with his amazing speed went 49 yards for the touchdown. Morris' PAT was perfect, and the Rams took command, 21-6, with seven minutes to play in the third period. McHan started overthrowing and the Packers went nowhere. But the Rams took over after a McGee punt rolled to their 19 and scored touchdown No. 3 on the 12th play, Marconi bulled over from the one. Morris' conversion made it 28-6, with four seconds of the fourth quarter played. Johnny Symank returned the kickoff 39 yards to the Packer 42. McHan hit Knafelc for 16, carried for six himself, fired to Knafelc again for 10 and the Packers were on the Ram 27. A roughing penalty moved the ball to the 15. Hornung romped to the two but gained nothing on the next play. An illegal motion penalty shoved the Bays back to the seven and on third down McHan's pass was picked off by Meador in the end zone. That prompted TD No. 4. The Rams were on their 47 when Wade spotted Shofner running away from Bobby Freeman. The pass was right on the button and the Rams now had the situation well in hand, 35-6, as Morris kicked the conversion. A recovered fumble led to the next touchdown. Hornung made a nice catch of McHan's pass for a five yard gain but fumbled when gang tackled and Tom Franckhauser recovered on the Packer 40. Arnett sped to the Packer 25 to set up Wade's touchdown strike to Shofner. Morris converted and the Rams lead, 42-6. Bart Starr went in at quarterback for the Packers. He overthrew his first target by 10 yards. The next hit a Ram and was batted into Starr's hands. Hornung picked up 12 yards on third down but fumbled and Clendon Thomas recovered on the Packer 32. The Rams reached the Packer 25 before stalling. Morris then booted his fourth field goal, this one from the 33. The game ended like it started - on a sour note when Franckhauser intercepted Starr's pass. These things happen in football. The Rams can vouch for that, laying a 34-0 egg in San Francisco only two weeks ago.
LOS ANGELES - 11  3  7 24 - 45
GREEN BAY   -  0  6  0  0 -  6
1st - LA - Safety, Sam Williams blocked punt LOS ANGELES 2-0
1st - LA - Jack Morris, 22-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 5-0
1st - LA - Del Shofner, 26-yard pass from Billy Wade (Kick failed) LOS ANGELES 11-0
2nd - GB - Hornung, 14-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 11-3
2nd - LA - Morris, 17-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 14-3
2nd - GB - Hornung, 46-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 14-6
3rd - LA - Ollie Matson, 49-yard run (Morris kick) LOS ANGELES 21-6
4th - LA - Joe Marconi, 1-yard run (Morris kick) LOS ANGELES 28-6
4th - LA - Jim Phillips, 53-yard pass from Wade (Morris kick) LOS ANGELES 35-6
4th - LA - Shofner, 25-yard pass from Wade (Hornung kick) LOS ANGELES 42-6
4th - LA - Morris, 33-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 45-6
NEWS AND NOTES
NO EXCUSES, RAMS HOT - VINCE
OCTOBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "No excuses, we just got beat by a good team having a hot day." Vince Lombardi, who had coached the Packers to upset wins in his first three games at the helm, had no trouble answering the barrage of questions fired at him after Sunday's 45-6 loss to the Rams. He had taken the wins in stride and did likewise with the loss. No grumbling, no excuses. He didn't rise to the bait when questions were asked designed to help explain the turnabout from the fine play of previous games. No, playing at the Stadium was no handicap in a home game. No, it wasn't the law of averages catching up. "Los Angeles is by far the best team we've met this year, both on offense and defense and also the biggest," Lombardi pointed out. "I felt we were 'flat' and extremely tense, although I can't give you any reason for it." Although the Packers trailed all the way, Lombardi said he felt they still could win when only two yards away from a touchdown which could have made the deficit 28-13 early in the last quarter. "We stopped ourselves with that illegal procedure penalty, just as we did on other occasions," he added. After the penalty the drive was halted when quarterback Lamar McHan's pass was intercepted in the end zone. McHan was the "lowest" Packer in the dressing room, attempting to shoulder the blame. "Maybe I should have kept running," he said. He explained he had passed low to prevent an interception, but Ed Meador got it anyway. "I'll just do my darndest to make up for it if I get back in there," McHan promised. Lombardi said McHan need have no fear. "He'll be in there," said Vince. Lombardi had gathered the offensive platoon around him just before the last ditch drive. What did he say? "I just talked things over," said the New Yorker with a sly smile. It must have been interesting and inspiring the way the Packers roared to the Ram two in only six plays the next time they had the ball. After the touchdown was missed, the Packers went downhill fast and Los Angeles scored 17 points with a minimum of effort. Ram Coach Sid Gillman agreed the Packers were still capable of winning until then. "I wasn't relaxed until we went ahead, 35-6," he said. "Sure, we may have neutralized a touchdown with one of our own, but you never know in this league. A passer can get hot and make up a lot of points in a hurry." He said the Rams played their best game of the season. Gillman declined to compare the Packers with recent Bay Editions, pointing out that he was prejudiced because Lombardi was a long time friend and doing a good job. "But, I don't know why people feel sorry about the Packers," he added. "Hell, they've got as good personnel as the rest of us in the league. People just don't realize how much mental attitude means in this game. Desire to win is all important. From week to week, that has a bigger bearing on the outcome than personnel." Gillman said he naturally was pleased with the trade that got him Ollie Matson from the Cards for nine players. "I'll never be sorry about that trade. It was a steal, strictly a steal." Matson gained 121 yards on 20 carries here. Lombardi said the Packers came through without serious injury and should be in better shape for the Colts next week. "I had only two ball carriers today," he said, "and that made it tough. Don McIlhenny should be ready and Paul Hornung will be in better shape." Ron Kramer, who collapsed while being helped off the field, received a bad knock on the head. "There's no reason why we can't bounce back next week," Lombardi concluded, adding ominously, "We darn well better."
DESIRE GETS CREDIT FROM RAMS COACH
OCTOBER 19 (Los Angeles) - Coach Sid Gillman of the Los Angeles Rams attributed Sunday's victory over the Green Bay Packers to tremendous desire of the part of the Rams. "As long as I've been in football, I've never known a team that has played with such resolution and desire as the Rams in their last two games," Gillman said Monday. After losing their first two games this season, the Rams beat the Bears, 28-21, and the Packers, 45-6. "You can talk of personnel and coaching, but the personnel in the NFL and the coaching are nearly equal," Gillman said. "The thing that stands out above everything else is desire. If you don't have the will, I don't care what the personnel and coaching are."
DALLAS WILL JOIN NFL IN '60 - HALAS
OCTOBER 19 (Chicago) - Owner-coach George Halas of the Bears announced Monday that the NFL would expand into Dallas and possibly into Houston next season, and introduced the two men as the holders of a Dallas franchise. He said that Clint Murchison, Jr. and Bedford Wynne were the men who have the Dallas franchise. Halas is chairman of the NFL's expansion committee, but other club owners challenged his authority to make the announcement. Halas said that Houston's ability to get the franchise hinged on where it would provide a "satisfactory" stadium. Halas answered complaints by Walter Wolfner of the Cardinals and George Marshall of the Redskins that he was without authority to announce Houston as a possible franchise-holder with the statement that 11 of the 12 presidents in the league approved his earlier statement in full. Murchison and Wynne said they would play in the Cotton Bowl next fall even though SMU has first choice of dates in the arena and Lamar Hunt, holder of a Dallas franchise in the recently-organized American Football League, has second choice. "We think we can alternate on Sundays in the Cotton Bowl with Hunt's team," Wynne said. "We think it's better to have the NFL football than the new league." Murchison said that although no definite agreement had been reached on how the Dallas franchise would get players, he felt it would be to the advantage of the league to do "everything it can to see that we and the other franchise holders have players representative of the NFL and I'm sure they'll do it." Halas identified the bidder for the Houston franchise as Craig Cullinan, Jr., and said that Cullinan, and Murchison and Wynne, would have to make a formal application for a NFL franchise before the regular league meeting scheduled for the last week of January, 1960. Wynne and Murchison said they understand that expansion of the NFL will be dealt with at the league meeting and that "it is the present intention of the club owners to grant the Dallas franchise to us. With this assurance, we are proceeding with our organizational plans." Addition of the two teams was interpreted as the first step of a NFL campaign to disrupt the newly-organized American Football League before it plays a game. Both Dallas and Houston were charter members of the new group along with Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Los Angeles and New York. The NFL has teams in Los Angeles and New York and both Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver would be logical candidates to get the new franchise in 1961 or 1962.
LOMBARDI DEFENDS MCHAN AS PASSER
OCTOBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Vince Lombardi, irked by what he called unnecessary criticism of his No. 1 quarterback, went to bat for Lamar McHan Monday as he explained Sunday's 45-6 loss to the Rams. "He played one heck of a game," Lombardi said. "He completed 13 out of 22 passes - that's throwing the ball real well. If Max (McGee) makes a great catch - that's one touchdown. (Boyd) Dowler gets hit in the belly for a sure score and he drops the ball." Lombardi pointed to others. "Sure, an end has to make spectacular catches. Give McHan those completions and everybody would call him great." Lombardi said his Packers "became a little demoralized when we couldn't score in the fourth period." This happened when McHan directed a 56 yard drive which reached the Ram 2. A touchdown would have shaved the Rams' lead to 28-13. An illegal procedure penalty on a Packer lineman shoved the ball back to the 7. Then McHan went back to pass. It looked as though he might run with what appeared to be an open field to the left. But he spotted McGee in the clear. His pass was short and intercepted by Ed Meador. "But we never quit," Lombardi said. "We stayed in there till the end. A lot of other clubs would have quit." Lombardi said he planned no changes in personnel for next Sunday's game with the champion Colts at Baltimore. "It's not a question of who we can use," Lombardi pointed out, "but who we've got available." Lombardi had only two running backs available against the Rams, Paul Hornung (who was still bothered with a neck ailment) and Lew Carpenter. Don McIlhenny was sidelined with a shoulder injury and Jim Taylor missed his third game. "If Taylor can run this week we're going to use him against the Colts," Lombardi said. "We'll use him even if it only means part time." McIlhenny should be ready to start next Sunday. And if Taylor is ready for some duty, the Packers will be in their best shape since the opener. They will have to be. McGee's punting left a lot to be desired. In addition to the kick he had blocked early in the game, he got off a 28 yard dribbler that gave the Rams beautiful position in the third period. On the next play Ollie Matson got away for a 49 yard touchdown run that gave the Rams a 21-6 lead. "All things considered, Max still is the best we have in that department," Lombardi said. Lombardi praised the kickoff return work of Johnny Symank. he started the fourth quarter by returning Lou Michaels' kick 39 yards to the Packer 42. The last one he returned 32 yards. When asked if the Rams were the best in the West, Lombardi answered, "they were Sunday. We played a very, very flat game but you can't take anything away from them. What personnel! They've got (Tom) Wilson backing up Arnett and (Joe) Marconi behind Matson. Marconi looked like he had been chained to the sidelines, just waiting to be released." When asked what he would have to do to come back against the Colts, Lombardi snapped back, "what do you mean what do we have to do?" The tone of his voice was self explanatory that the Packers would be blocking and tackling the way they did in their 
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."
Los Angeles Rams (2-2) 45, Green Bay Packers (3-1) 7
Sunday October 18th 1959 (at Milwaukee)