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October 08, 1956
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October 08, 1956

Eastern Conference

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OFFENSE: The Redskins, with the best offensive line they have had in years, should be able to clear the way for a pair of fine rookie running backs—Tom Runnels and Dick James. Eddie LeBaron, a little man, but one of the great magicians of the T, and Al Dorow have both looked effective at quarterback, and the return of Fullback Sam Baker from service provides the Washington club with a third good man at that position.

DEFENSE Coach Joe Kuharich's defensive line is battle-hardened and battle-wise backed by a pair of very tough linebackers in La Verne Torgeson and Chuck Drazenovich. The 'Skins were hard stubborn on the ground last season, yielding just over 100 yards a game to opposing runners, but the pass defense leaked badly at times. A quartet of Joe Scudero and Norb Hecker deep with Art De Carlo and Roy Barni up close operated well in exhibitions, and they may solve the Washington aerial-defense woes. The line is pegged on an all-pro defensive end, Gene Brito.

1956 SCHEDULE (1955 score):

Sept. 30—at Pittsburgh (23-14)
Oct. 6—at Philadelphia (31-30)
Oct. 14—Chicago Cardinals (10-24)
Oct. 21—Cleveland (14-24)
Oct. 28—at Chicago Cardinals (31-0)
Nov. 11—Detroit (no game)
Nov. 18—New York (20-27)
Nov. 25—at Cleveland (27-17)
Dec. 2—at New York (7-35)
Dec. 9—Philadelphia (34-21)
Dec. 16—Pittsburgh (28-17)
Dec. 23—at Baltimore (14-13)

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