track again. The Bays would dip below the .500 mark by losing to the Bears. There are a few encouraging signs. Fullback Jim Taylor, although fumbling on a sure touchdown run, looks like he's ready to roll after missing four straight games. The defense proved again it was Green Bay's strongest point. It held New York to 80 yards rushing and 144 passing. Linebacker Tom Bettis was a fifth man in the Giants' backfield on numerous occasions. New York quarterback Chuck Conerly was especially annoyed at Bettis. Conerly severely sprained his right ankle which may keep him out of Sunday's game. The 38-year old passer said Bettis was out to get him. The Giants' ace end, Bob Schnelker, came out of the game with a pinched nerve near his spine. It is not a serious injury but may sideline him Sunday. Lombardi is worried about his offense, which has failed to score a touchdown in two of the last three games. The offense has given away too many points via interceptions and fumbles and then finds it too tough playing "catch up". During the winning streak the Bays controlled the ball with a solid running game. Since then, the opposition has caught on fast - especially the Giants, who wrapped themselves around Packer runners before they got started. Taylor's return will help. But the Packers need a psychological lift at this stage of the game - Lombardi should be the man to give it to them.
BEARS, STILL IN RACE, FACES BAYS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - George Halas will never concede the Bears are out of the race. "I still feel the winner in our division is going to have a 7-5 record," Papa Bear said after his pupils throttled the Rams, 26-21, Sunday for their second win of the season. If the Bears lose again, look for him to say 6-6 can win. Halas has it all figured out: "The Rams beat (first place) San Francisco next week because they have better personnel." He also said the Colts may lose their next two games. Meanwhile, the Bears will be entertaining the Packers at Wrigley Field, a gridiron where Green Bay hasn't been victorious since 1952 when the Bays won, 41-28. Vince Lombardi's young crew jumped off to its fine start by decking the Bears, 9-6, in the opener at Green Bay. The Packer did it by holding bruising Rick Casares to 29 yards and flashy Willie Galimore to 28. The Bears were the best team during the exhibition season. They were picked to beat out the Colts for the Western title. Today the Bears are the big mystery of pro football with a 2-4 record. What's hurting the Bears is the surprising loss of their running attack, especially the bad season of Casares. Although he had his best day of the year against the Rams (67 yards), Casares is not among the leading ball carriers this season. Realizing that his employees were losing the ball regularly without a ground attack, Halas went back to the simple T formation at Los Angeles Sunday. It was so old it seemed new. Here was a formation that Halas used with the Decatur Staleys in 1920. With it the Bears moved the ball well with Casares and Johnny Morris finally seeing daylight. Halas reverted to his regular slot T in the second half and again fooled the Rams. He figured the Rams would set up their defenses for the old model T and he wanted to surprise 'em in the second half. Problems he's got, but never underestimate the acumen of Papa Bear.
LOOP'S BEST DEFENSE KEEPS PACKERS ALIVE
NOVEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - League statistics Wednesday showed that the Packers are the best team in pro football on defense and second from the
worst on offense. Vince Lombardi's employees have
allowed six opponents 1,607 yards or 268 yards a
game. But his scoremakers have been sputtering
along with a 277 yard average. Only Detroit has a
poorer attack. When Lombardi started his rebuilding
job at the Bay he singled out defense as the main
weakness. A total of 382 points - high for the NFL -
were scored on them in 1958. In search of defensive
talent, Lombardi acquired end Bill Quinlan, halfback
Bobby Freeman and tackle Henry Jordan from the
Browns. He purchased 34-yard old safetyman Emlen
Tunnell from the Giants. A rigid conditioning program
made holdovers Tom Bettis, Bill Forester, Dan Currie,
Nate Borden, Jesse Whittenton, Dave Hanner and
Bobby Dillon measure up to his standards. Lombardi
believed if his defense was improved, it would be a
big psychological aid to the offense. He proved his
point when the Packers won four of six preseason
games and jumped off to three straight league
victories. His offense ranks, though, were thin. He
couldn't afford injuries but they came. Fullback Jim
Taylor missed four straight games. Minor ailments
cut the efficiency of halfback Paul Hornung, Don
McIlhenny and quarterback Lamar McHan. With
Taylor sidelined, most of the load was placed on the
versatile shoulders of Hornung. He became stale with
overwork and the opposition ganged up on him.
Lombardi said his backfield should be in fairly good
shape for the Bears at Chicago Sunday. McHan's
shoulder injury seems to have subsided. Taylor, who ran twice with the ball against the Giants, will start. However, if the offense continues to sputter, there will be some changes made and no doubt new faces for next season. Lombardi won't stand pat waiting for it to develop. Rain forced the club indoors at Green Bay Wednesday. The team worked out in the Brown County Arena, home of the Green Bay hockey team. "We skated through our drills," quipped Lombardi. Meanwhile in Chicago, the Bears promised they would give "105 percent" effort against the Packers at Wrigley Field. The Bruins are smarting from a 9-6 setback at Green Bay in September which put them on the road to ruin. Elated by his team's 26-21 conquest of the Rams in the Coliseum, quarterback Ed Brown said, "in six seasons I've been with the club, this is the best season of pass protection I've ever had." According to the way the NFL ranks its passers, Brown is a shade better than McHan, averaging 7.64 yards per attempt.
BIG SENDOFF FOR PACKERS
NOVEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers will get a rousing sendoff Saturday when they entrain to Chicago for their Sunday battle with the Bears. The Packer Alumni Assn., has planned a snappy program at the depot, starting with fireworks at 9:30 a.m. The program will include introduction of players, fight songs and cheers. Green Bay defeated the Bears, 9-6, in the league opener but hasn't beaten the Bruins twice in the same season since 1935.
PACKER HOPES SUNDAY REST ON OFFENSIVE UNIT
NOVEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - "We'll have to pick up offensively if we're going to beat them," Vince Lombardi, Green Bay coach, said Friday. His Packers will meet the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field Sunday in the 82nd meeting of the two NFL rivals. "Our offense was a dud in New York last Sunday and against the Rams in Milwaukee. We did some good things at Baltimore in between, but we made some mistakes, too." The Packers have lost three straight games after winning their first three. Still, at .500 they are a game ahead of the Bears and Los Angeles and two ahead of Detroit. To protect themselves from the second division and to keep from slipping too far behind first place San Francisco and second place Baltimore, the Packers will have to bounce back against the Bears. The handicappers do not think they will. The Bears are rated solid favorites. "The Bears were a great football team before the league season," Lombardi said. "Don't get me wrong, they probably still are, but for some reason they didn't score in their early games. They started the way we're going now. They seem to be coming out of it now. They figure they've got the worst part of their schedule out of the way and that they can finish up strong for a respectable record." The Bears played Baltimore and Los Angeles twice each in the first half of the season. George Halas' men also lost to Green Bay in the opener, 9-6, and at San Francisco, 20-17, on a long pass by the 49ers with a minute to go. "They (the Bears) played a lot better in their two games on the coast," Scout Wally Cruice said. "They went back to the regular T formation in the first half against the Rams and ran with power. They'll be tough to stop now. They ran well in the second half, too, off the inside slot T. They used three running backs - Rick Casares, Merrill Douglas and Johnny Morris - with Willie Galimore coming in for spot duty. Their ends were Bill McColl and Willard Dewveall, both rugged blockers. They really moved on the ground. Zeke Bratkowski was at quarterback the first half and Ed Brown the second. Both looked better than they had. Jim Dooley was used as a messenger and was the man in motion on pass plays. Harlon HIll didn't play at Los Angeles because of a bum leg, but he should be ready for the Packers." Green Bay's defense, then, will get a stern test. "The Bears have a long range threat in Galimore and their speedy ends," Cruice said. "That's where they have the edge." Chicago's defense has always been solid. The Bears still gamble and shift a lot, apparently with good effort. They have lost four men for the season through injury - offensive center Larry Strickland and defensive halfbacks Vic Zucco and Jack Johnson and linebacker Chuck Howley. Stan Wallace, who retired in an argument over salary, agreed to come back Thursday and take Johnson's place. He may not be ready to play against the Packers, however. The defensive aces are still healthy, though. Linebackers Bill George and Joe Fortunato and linemen Doug Atkins and Fred Williams, among others, will seek to put furious pressure of Packer quarterback Lamar McHan and his runners.