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THE PROS
Tex Maule
November 12, 1956
EASTERN CONFERENCE
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November 12, 1956

The Pros

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W

L

T

Pct.

Giants

5

1

0

.833

Cards

5

1

0

.833

Redskins

2

3

0

.400

Browns

2

4

0

.333

Eagles

2

4

0

.333

Steelers

2

4

0

.333

EASTERN CONFERENCE

The Chicago cardinals, with something new added to the stodgy running tactics of the college split-T, drubbed the Philadelphia Eagles 28-17 Sunday. The additive which makes the Cardinal split-T octane rating high enough for the powerful pro grid machine is a much stronger emphasis on passing. Lamar McHan, the Card quarterback, passed for all four of his team's touchdowns, bringing his touchdown production to nine for the year and his completion average to a remarkable 56.7%. Last year, throwing from the conventional T, McHan's completion average was 37.7%. "The Eagles were stacked to stop our running," Coach Ray Richards said. "That gave McHan all the opening he needs. He's a really wonderfully accurate passer and this year, with all the passing developing off our split-T running plays, he hasn't been rushed hard. Until last week he hadn't lost a yard attempting to pass." All of this adds up to bad news for one, Jim Lee Howell.

Coach Howell's New York Giants are tied for the Eastern Conference lead with the Cardinals after squeaking by the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14. "The defenses were tough in that game," said Howell. "The offense didn't look great, but that's like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter. No matter how good the batters are, they have to look bad." The Giants, with Defensive Backs Herb Rich, Ed Hughes and Em Tunnell all crippled enough to make them doubtful starters, face a peculiarly tough chore against the Cards this Sunday. "It's like playing a single wing team in college," Howell pointed out. "We only see this offense twice a year and we have to devise special defenses for it."

WESTERN CONFERENCE

The Detroit Lions again switched big Leon Hart to fullback and the 250-pound erstwhile end scored twice on lumbering plunges to beat San Francisco 17-13. The Lions remain unbeaten and in first place in the West, but it becomes apparent, week by week, that the neighboring Bears are the real powerhouse of the league.

The Chicago Bears , with Fullback Rick Casares gaining 132 yards along the ground, whipped the Los Angeles Rams 35-24. Again it was the beautiful balance of the Bears which made the difference—Quarterback Ed Brown passed well, End Harlon Hill caught two touchdown passes, Casares slugged away at the middle and Halfback Perry Jeter provided wing-footed speed. This Bear team has won 13 of its last 15 league games and averaged over 36 points per game this season. It is a massive team—the defensive line averages 234, the offense 230—possessed of great receivers in Ends Harlon Hill and Gene Schroeder to go with the passing of Brown and the running of Casares and Jeter. Bill McColl is the flanked halfback and the 230-pounder is another great receiver.

The Cleveland Browns , long the most effective passing team in pro football with Otto Graham, jettisoned that weapon against the Green Bay Packers in winning 24-7. Vito (Babe) Parilli, who is no Graham and, for that matter, is no George Ratterman, either, threw only four passes against the Packers, completing two for 57 yards. But Ed Modzelewski and Preston Carpenter rattled through the Packer line for a total of 181 yards. The Brown defense, as usual, was tremendous and Lou Groza, who has had his troubles this year, kicked a field goal. Except for the passing, the Browns looked more like champions than at any time this season.

The Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Colts had Sunday off.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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