who would like to see his squad at razor-edge for the Detroit contest, which probably will determine the Western division championship. It will be played before the largest crowd of the season at Briggs stadium. Officials for the game will be the following: referee, Ed Cochrane, Chicago; umpire, Robert Karch, Columbus; headlinesman, George Brown, Cleveland; field judge, Carl Brubaker, Cleveland. Despite their string of injuries, unprecedented this season, the Packers are working hard. They were stopped cold by the squally weather of yesterday, but were hard at it today. Tomorrow night they'll take time off to attend the 33rd annual East-West high school game at City stadium...COACH IS CHEERFUL: Lambeau is highly optimistic regarding Sunday's game, and he refuses to let the damaged condition of his squad dampen his enthusiasm. Detroit, he points out, had anything but a picnic in shading the Cleveland Rams Sunday, 6 to 0, and it is probable that more than one Lion will limp onto the practice field this week. He indicated, however, that the Packers will have to play much better football against the Lions than they did against the Bears, else the Western championship will head directly for Coach Dutch Clark's men. The Packers suffered a noticeable letdown following their two easy touchdowns at Wrigley field, plus the severe injury to end Dick Plasman, who crashed into the same piece of brick wall which Packer Eddie Jankowski dented last season...SCORED TOO EASILY: The insulting treatment in the first two minutes, when Green Bay passed to two touchdowns, and the injury to Plasman, fired the Bears to their greatest heights of the season, and only a redoubtable Packer defense at critical stages prevent4ed the Bears from handing the Western leaders a smart upset. Green Bay can count on no 14-point lead over Detroit and Lambeau is stressing fancy football, coupled with improved blocking and tackling, as his team drills for its next encounter. The touchdown run which Jack Manders made against the Packers Sunday would have been impossible had the Bays displayed decent blocking at that moment.
LOOP PASSING RECORDS FALLS
NOV 8 (New York) - Teams of the NFL, with 15 games still to be played, already have completed 622 passes, 26 more than the 1937 record. The New York Giants continued to set the pace with a 53 percent efficiency mark for 69 caught out of 130 thrown. If their aerial attack continues to click, the Giants will better the 46.7 percent efficiency record set by Brooklyn in 1933...REDSKIN AVERAGE DROPS: Washington's champion Redskins dropped beneath the 50 percent mark for the first time last week, but retained second place with a 47 percent average for 81 good ones out of 169 thrown. The Chicago Cards, who have caught more passes than any other team in the league, and Green Bay were tied for third with 46 percent. The Cards have 99 successful throws out of 211, and the Packers 75 out of 163. Washington continued to lead in ground gaining with a 302 yards average per game. Green Bay was second with 264 and the Giants were third with 259. Green Bay's 192 points was 60 more than the nearest scoring challenger, the Chicago Bears with 132. Detroit continued to lead defensively, holding opponents to 49 points, an average of seven per game.
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Although the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears Sunday, 24 to 17, thus avenging the "lucky" 2 to 0 win the Bears annexed in the rain at Green Bay earlier in the season, this writer, for one, was far from satisfied with the play of the Lambeau-Smith high geared machine. On the whole, the offense was passably good; the passing offense was superb, except for some lapses when the receivers let possible touchdown passes slip out of their hands, but the ground attack was not as potent as we expected. On defense, however, the Bays were sadly lacking. They were slip-shod on aerial defense and were easy targets for the Bear's quick opening stuff through the line. We'll take 'em up in order:
No. 1 - Monnett's passes to Hinkle and Hutson for the two touchdowns after recovering Bear fumbles early in the game were things of beauty. Each time the play was built up. On the pass to Hinkle, nice deception sucked the Bears' secondary over and Hinkle, swinging out to the left after proper timing, was all alone as he took the pass near the sidelines on his 3-yard line. The pass itself was perfect - proving, once again, that little Bobby can pitch strikes with any of 'em. The pass to Hutson was built up after two spinners were employed to build up the proper deception. Hutson, however, did not get into the open the way Hinkle did, but was in position to catch a GOOD pass. The pass was not good - it was PERFECT, as good as any curve ball strike off the corner any pitcher ever tossed. The third Packer touchdown came on another perfectly executed pass, to Becker who was downed on the 6-inch line. One plunge by Jankowski and it was over. Those three Packer passes, all for nice yardage, won the ball game. Two of them came after Bear fumbles and the field goal also followed a Bear fumble. In only the third touchdown did the Bays show anything at all that resembled ability to come from deep in their own territory and hit pay dirt.
No. 2 - The ground attack did not function the way it should with such carriers, and blocked as are at the command of the Bay board of strategy. Coupled with the natural carrying and blocking ability of the Bays is a sound offensive pattern, plays that build one on another to add to the effectiveness. And, above all, the Bays have the greatest passing game in the history of football, a weapon that is such a threat that it almost constantly forces defensive setups that should be vulnerable to ground attacks.
No. 3 - On defense the play of the line was not up to title standard. Time and again Bay linemen were caught sliding with the backfield fake and were setup targets for side blocks that opened such gigantic holes for quick opening shots that George Halas, himself, could have made yardage even with his weight of years and his pockets loaded with some of the coin of the realm that was racked up by the 40,208 paid admissions. Uncertainty of the line made it impossible for the secondary to pick up their eligible receivers until, in many instances, the receiver had the fatal two and three step edge...TOO HUTSON CONSCIOUS: As a last criticism of the Bears' tangle we believe the Bay passers are as much Hutson conscious as the defensive rivals and that anytime Hutson can draw two men to guard him the logical place for the pass it to the other receivers. Time and again Mulleneaux was open twice so far in the open (when Swisher and another hack were Don's trail) that a pass to the Moose would have been good for touchdowns. The use of Don as a decoy for a while would have two effects upon the defense; First it would draw two men out of the secondary and leave other receivers open; secondly, the use of Don as a decoy would tend to make his "guardians" careless, would make the safety divide his defensive talents on Don and the actual receivers and would, sooner or later, leave Don with only one man on him. And then, my friends, he'll gather in the leather and head for the manger...BEARS' BEST GAME: On the credit side of the Packer ledger were the alertness of the team in recovering Bear fumbles and savage tackling that made the fumbles possible. The Bears, too, made their tackles in anything but a four o'clock tea manner. One thing we are apt to overlook, in view of the fact we were disappointed by the showing of the Bays, is the fact the Bears played by far their best game of the year. Several players, stars last year, were actually fighting for their posts on the club and the Halasmen, as a whole, were far superior to the team that represented the Bears in earlier games. Sunday's game was THE game of the year for the Bears; they were battling, not only to remain in the title hint, but for their very future in the pro ranks...LIONS ARE NEXT!: Now comes the Detroit Lions games Sunday. We shudder to think what will happen if the Bay linemen slide against the Lions and are caught by Ace Gutowsky's spinners up the alley. In one phase of line play against the Bears, however, the Packers exhibited something that should stand them in good stead against the Lions' reverse stuff from single wing back. The Bay right tackles and right ends really fogged, they jammed things up beautifully, they kept everything inside and they usually stopped it when inside. If Messrs. Lee, Butler Gantenbein, Moose Mulleneaux (who, by the way, looks like the loop's end find of the year in every department) and any others who happen to be used in right tackle and right end posts against the Lions play that brand of ball next Sunday one of the Lions' greatest weapons, perhaps their greatest, will be checked and will make it that much easier for the Bays' aerial offensive to grab off that victory margin. Another factor that will be of aid to the Packers next Sunday is that they were definitely not playing THEIR game against the Bears and that everything points to the belief they will be up for the Lions. With the title hinging upon the result, with the 17 to 7 defeat at Green Bay and the anything but laudatory comments their play against the Bears rubbing the wrong way, the Bays should be just about ready to commit mayhem. They'll HAVE to be!
DAMAGED PACKER MACHINE MENDS GEARS FOR LIONS
NOV 9 (Green Bay) - Crisp fall weather yesterday meant added hours of work for the Green Bay Packers, who next Sunday afternoon will visit Briggs stadium at Detroit to see whether Detroit or Green Bay is the best football team in the Western division of the NFL. It was a badly damaged Packer machine which sought to mend its broken gears in anticipation of a rough reception at Detroit. The powerful Bears, attempting to rally after spotting the Wisconsin team 14 points within a minute of play, gave the Packers their worst physical beating of the year, and Coach E.L. Lambeau held little hope that his team would be at full strength for the Lions...GOLDENBERG ON SHELF: Buckets Goldenberg had to visit the hospital for treatment following his return from Chicago, and a number of other players were limping or carrying similar marks of the struggle, the toughest the Packers have survived all season. They eliminated the Bears from the championship race, but the Bears may have eliminated them, too, depending on how close to peak efficiency they can return before Sunday. Erratic Packer play against the Bruins must not be duplicated at Detroit, Lambeau made clear. After starting as though they were intending to move the Bears, franchise and all, well up into the North Shore suburban section, the Packers relaxed before a furious Chicago counterattack and were very fortunate to leave the field late in the afternoon in possession of a 7-point margin...STAY ON DEFENSE: It must be pointed out, however, that the Packers played a purely defensive game throughout the fourth period. They threw only one forward pass, and that a long one on third down, when an interception would have been no more damaging than a punt return. Had they opened up in the last period, it is quite possible that they would have scored on the Bears again, but they elected to take no chances, and as it happened the gamble worked out. In addition to Goldenberg, the Packers who took the worst licking at the hands of the Bears were Milt Gantenbein, Bob Monnett, Clarke Hinkle, Champ Seibold, Darrell Lester, Andy Uram and Joe Laws. Cecil Isbell didn't aggravate the injury he received at Cleveland, but his strenuous playing did nothing to improve the damage and his effectiveness against the Lions will be questionable until Sunday afternoon...TOW TOUCHDOWN PASSES: Except for Bob Monnett's two timely touchdown tosses, the Green Bay aerial attack worked far below its usual efficiency at Wrigley field, and Lambeau sought to step it up in practice this week. The Packers already have broken the National league record for total passes completed. Tonight most of the players planned to attend the annual East-West game at City stadium. Two or three skull drills are scheduled for later in the week, including one of two on the way to Detroit. The Packers' traveling schedule has not been announced yet.
NOV 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Arnie Herber's punt in the fourth quarter of the Bear game at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon was just about the last word in punts. I don't recall ever seeing a kick that sailed as far as this one without the aid of a wind. Standing on his own 40 yard line, Herber sent the ball clear into the end zone stands on the fly - a distance of 80 yards at least...PACKERS IN CRUCIAL GAME: While on the matter of the Packers, the big bad men of the north face their key game of the season at Detroit Sunday. A victory over the Lions and they couldn't do worse than tie for the western championship no matter what happened at New York a week later or how Detroit, the closest challenger, fared in its remaining game. A defeat or even a tie, on the other hand, would throw the race right back into a jumble. And quite a jumble it would be, too. All manner of things might happen because of an oddly arranged schedule. While the Packers have only one game left after Sunday, the Lions have three. Green Bay will close against the Giants in New York November 20. Detroit will close against the Cardinals in Chicago November 20; the Bears in Detroit Thanksgiving day and Philadelphia in Detroit December 4. It would take up much space to go into all the possibilities the race offers should the Lions win Sunday. Suffice it to say that by winning one of their three remaining games, on top of Sunday's victory, of course, and tying the others, the Lions would be in regardless of a Packer victory in New York. The final standing in the western division in that even would be as follows:
W L T .PCT
Detroit 7 2 2 .778
Green Bay 8 3 0 .727
Clearly, it doesn't take much to figure out how badly the Packers need Sunday's game. Lambeau makes no bones about the fact that he's genuinely scared. He feels he has the team to beat Detroit, if it plays the ball of which it is capable when up on its toes, but he's not at all sure it will be up. It has been such a "hot" and "cold" outfit all fall that he simply doesn't know what to expect from week to week. If the mood is upon them, as it was in the Brooklyn game here a month ago or the Cleveland game in Cleveland two weeks ago, the boys can knock off anything in the league. If is isn't upon them, well, they won't always be able to squeeze through as they did against the Bears Sunday.
MASTERSON SETTING NO-TACKLING RECORD
NOV 9 (Chicago) - Coach George Halas of the Chicago Bears, irked at poor tackling by Bear backs last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, bellowed at quarterback Bernie Masterson: "Bernie, you haven't made a tackle all season!" "I did so, coach," retorted Bernie. "I made one in the Pittsburgh game." Halas became so angry at the laugh which followed Masterson's remark that he got out the movies of the Pittsburgh game and ran them over - to discover Masterson had not played that contest.