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1945 Chicago Cardinals

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1-9-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1945 NFL Season Summary

Scored 98 points (9.8/g), 9th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 228 points (22.8/g), 9th.
 Differential of -130 points (-13.0/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 1.2-8.8.

Coach: Phil Handler (1-9-0)

Stadium: Comiskey Park
 Training Camp: Carroll College (Waukesha, Wisconsin)

Team Info

Principal Owner Charles Bidwill
General Manager Arch Wolfe

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 98 2267 601 3.8 31 13 17 115 99 267 1328 5 18 5.0 51 334 939 9 2.8 47
Team Defense 228 2810 569 4.9 23 11 10 110 87 187 1490 15 12 8.0 43 382 1320 17 3.5 57
Lg Rank Offense 9 8 6 8 6 1 7 9 5 9 8 7 8 6
Lg Rank Defense 9 7 8 5 3 2 7 9 10 9 7 5 8 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 23 boxscore L 0-1 Detroit Lions 0 10 2 83 57 26 5 11 192 109 83 6
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-2 @ Cleveland Rams 0 21 6 95 70 25 5 14 373 119 254 4
1 Sun October 7 boxscore L 0-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 6 21 14 213 170 43 9 240 76 164
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 1-3 @ Chicago Bears 16 7 17 327 86 241 2 8 213 196 17 2
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-4 @ Detroit Lions 0 26 8 113 82 31 4 9 326 251 75 2
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 1-5 @ Green Bay Packers 14 33 15 374 223 151 2 14 369 233 136 2
5 Sun November 4 boxscore L 1-6 @ Washington Redskins 21 24 14 324 156 168 3 15 384 249 135
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 1-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 0 23 5 83 26 57 4 4 171 171 1
9 Sun November 18 boxscore L 1-8 Cleveland Rams 21 35 19 345 294 51 5 13 389 242 147 3
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 1-9 Chicago Bears 20 28 16 293 171 122 1 12 257 134 123 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Paul Christman 27 QB 8 3 89 219 40.6% 1147 5 2.3 12 5.5 70 5.2 3.2 12.9 143.4 42.6 0 0
Leo Cantor 26 LH 10 8 3 18 16.7% 116 0 0.0 4 22.2 62 6.4 -3.6 38.7 11.6 14.4 0 0
Paul Collins 23 qb 3 1 3 17 17.6% 43 0 0.0 2 11.8 26 2.5 -2.8 14.3 14.3 0.0 0 0
Vince Oliver 30 qb 3 1 4 10 40.0% 22 0 0.0 0 0.0 10 2.2 2.2 5.5 7.3 47.9 0 0
Johnny Knolla 26 hb 7 2 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Chet Maeda 27 1 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Frank Seno 24 KR/PR/RH 9 8 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 27.2 10 99 267 37.1% 1328 5 1.9 18 6.7 70 5.0 2.3 13.4 132.8 31.9 0 0
Opp Total 10 87 187 46.5% 1490 15 8.0 12 6.4 8.0 6.68 17.1 149.0 74.1 0 0 8.0 6.7 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Frank Seno 24 KR/PR/RH 9 8 93 355 2 47 3.8 39.4 10.3 7 129 18.4 0 36 0.8 14.3 484 2 3
Leo Cantor 26 LH 10 8 83 291 5 18 3.5 29.1 8.3 15 159 10.6 0 33 1.5 15.9 450 5 2
Ernie Bonelli 26 b 7 2 32 93 0 22 2.9 13.3 4.6 3 9 3.0 0 7 0.4 1.3 102 0 4
Paul Christman 27 QB 8 3 30 -34 1 9 -1.1 -4.3 3.8 -34 1 12
Bus Mertes 26 b 8 3 24 111 0 52 4.6 13.9 3.0 2 1 0.5 0 1 0.3 0.1 112 0 1
Johnny Knolla 26 hb 7 2 15 36 0 8 2.4 5.1 2.1 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.1 2.1 51 0 2
Al Drulis 24 FB 9 7 12 49 0 13 4.1 5.4 1.3 6 49 8.2 0 17 0.7 5.4 98 0 1
Vince Oliver 30 qb 3 1 11 -3 0 15 -0.3 -1.0 3.7 -3 0 1
Paul Collins 23 qb 3 1 10 13 0 6 1.3 4.3 3.3 13 0 3
Walt Rankin 26 qb 6 3 8 11 0 5 1.4 1.8 1.3 3 25 8.3 0 9 0.5 4.2 36 0 1
Bill Reynolds 27 P 9 1 7 10 0 4 1.4 1.1 0.8 10 0 1
Walt Watt 23 4 0 6 9 0 4 1.5 2.3 1.5 1 22 22.0 0 22 0.3 5.5 31 0 0
Joe Vodicka 24 hb 4 1 3 -1 0 3 -0.3 -0.3 0.8 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.3 0.8 2 0 0
Frank Balazs 27 2 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.5 0.5 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.5 7.5 14 0 0
Billy Dewell 28 LE 9 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 370 14.2 1 70 2.9 41.1 370 1 1
Ed Rucinski 29 RE 8 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 400 17.4 2 62 2.9 50.0 400 2 0
Jim Poole 30 e 9 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 82 13.7 2 29 0.7 9.1 82 2 0
Joe Carter 35 e 10 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 17 5.7 0 10 0.3 1.7 17 0 0
Clint Wager 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 32 32.0 0 32 0.3 10.7 32 0 0
Team Total 27.2 10 335 939 8 52 2.8 93.9 33.5 99 1328 13.4 5 70 9.9 132.8 2267 13 35
Opp Total 10 382 1320 17 3.5 132.0 38.2 87 1490 17.1 15 8.7 149.0 2810 32 26

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Frank Seno 24 KR/PR/RH 9 8 10 103 0 25 10.3 19 408 0 31 21.5 995
Leo Cantor 26 LH 10 8 5 59 0 15 11.8 6 123 0 27 20.5 632
Johnny Knolla 26 hb 7 2 3 43 0 22 14.3 6 114 0 36 19.0 208
Ernie Bonelli 26 b 7 2 3 37 0 15 12.3 2 45 0 27 22.5 184
Joe Vodicka 24 hb 4 1 4 9 0 6 2.3 1 20 0 20 20.0 31
Al Drulis 24 FB 9 7 4 44 0 14 11.0 142
Al Lindow 26 1 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 1 13 0 13 13.0 31
Bus Mertes 26 b 8 3 1 7 0 7 7.0 1 12 0 12 12.0 131
Les Bruckner 27 2 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
Joe Carter 35 e 10 4 1 44 0 44 44.0 61
Paul Christman 27 QB 8 3 1 44 0 44 44.0 10
Walt Rankin 26 qb 6 3 1 14 0 14 14.0 50
Walt Watt 23 4 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 49
Bob Zimny 24 t 10 3 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 27.2 10 27 276 0 25 10.2 46 924 0 44 20.1 3467
Opp Total 10 33 941 0 28.5 20 368 0 18.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Bill Reynolds 27 P 9 1 38 1384 48 0 36.4
Hal Blackwell 26 2 0 17 661 52 0 38.9
Joe Kuharich 28 K/RG 6 6 3 0.0%% 13 12 92.3%%
Leo Cantor 26 LH 10 8 5 166 38 0 33.2
Conway Baker 34 LG 8 6 1 0.0%% 1 0.0%%
Johnny Knolla 26 hb 7 2 2 66 34 0 33.0
Team Total 27.2 10 4 0.0%% 14 12 85.7%% 62 2277 52 0 36.7
Opp Total 10 8 3 37.5%% 32 27 84.4%% 52 1473 28.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Paul Christman 27 QB 8 3 0 12 8 -15 0
Leo Cantor 26 LH 10 8 5 70 0 26 0 0 2 1 0 0
Ernie Bonelli 26 b 7 2 1 23 0 23 0 0 4 2 0 0
Frank Seno 24 KR/PR/RH 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 0
Paul Collins 23 qb 3 1 0 3 2 -7 0
Walt Rankin 26 qb 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
Al Drulis 24 FB 9 7 0 1 2 0 0
Cliff Speegle 28 C 8 6 2 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 3 0
Bob Zimny 24 t 10 3 0 1 2 12 0
Les Bruckner 27 2 0 0 1 1 1 0
Chet Bulger 28 RT 10 7 0 0 2 17 1
Johnny Knolla 26 hb 7 2 0 2 0 0 0
Chet Maeda 27 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Jim Poole 30 e 9 4 1 28 0 28 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ed Rucinski 29 RE 8 7 0 0 2 3 0
Conway Baker 34 LG 8 6 0 0 1 0 0
Billy Dewell 28 LE 9 5 0 1 0 0 0
Steve Enich 22 g 5 1 0 0 1 -17 0
Pop Ivy 29 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
Joe Kuharich 28 K/RG 6 6 0 0 1 0 0
Bus Mertes 26 b 8 3 0 1 0 0 0
Vince Oliver 30 qb 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
Bill Reynolds 27 P 9 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 27.2 10 12 134 0 28 0 0 35 33 4 1
Opp Total 10 26 15

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Leo Cantor 26 LH 10 8 5 5 30
Joe Kuharich 28 K/RG 6 6 12 12
Jim Poole 30 e 9 4 2 2 12
Ed Rucinski 29 RE 8 7 2 2 12
Frank Seno 24 KR/PR/RH 9 8 2 2 12
Chet Bulger 28 RT 10 7 1 1 6
Paul Christman 27 QB 8 3 1 1 6
Billy Dewell 28 LE 9 5 1 1 6
Team Total 27.2 10 8 5 1 14 12 1 96
Opp Total 10 17 15 1 27 3 228

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1945-10-07 @ PHI L, 6-21 4 2 rush Frank Seno 2 yard rush
2 1945-10-14 @ CHI W, 16-7 2 2 rush Leo Cantor 2 yard rush (Joe Kuharich kick)
3 1945-10-14 @ CHI W, 16-7 3 2 rush Leo Cantor 2 yard rush (Joe Kuharich kick)
4 1945-10-28 @ GNB L, 14-33 2 1 rush Paul Christman 1 yard rush (Joe Kuharich kick)
5 1945-10-28 @ GNB L, 14-33 4 31 pass Ed Rucinski 31 yard pass from Paul Christman (Joe Kuharich kick)
6 1945-11-04 @ WAS L, 21-24 2 29 pass Jim Poole 29 yard pass from Paul Christman (Joe Kuharich kick)
7 1945-11-04 @ WAS L, 21-24 3 47 rush Frank Seno 47 yard rush (Joe Kuharich kick)
8 1945-11-04 @ WAS L, 21-24 4 3 rush Leo Cantor 3 yard rush (Joe Kuharich kick)
9 1945-11-18 RAM L, 21-35 2 9 fumble Chet Bulger 9 yard fumble return (Joe Kuharich kick)
10 1945-11-18 RAM L, 21-35 2 21 pass Jim Poole 21 yard pass from Paul Christman (Joe Kuharich kick)
11 1945-11-18 RAM L, 21-35 4 5 pass Ed Rucinski 5 yard pass from Paul Christman (Joe Kuharich kick)
12 1945-12-02 CHI L, 20-28 1 3 rush Leo Cantor 3 yard rush (Joe Kuharich kick)
13 1945-12-02 CHI L, 20-28 4 1 rush Leo Cantor 1 yard rush (Joe Kuharich kick)
14 1945-12-02 CHI L, 20-28 4 10 pass Billy Dewell 10 yard pass from Paul Christman

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1945-09-23 DET W, 10-0 2 35 fumble Chuck Fenenbock 35 yard fumble return (Bill Callihan kick)
2 1945-09-30 @ RAM W, 21-0 2 8 rush Bob Waterfield 8 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
3 1945-09-30 @ RAM W, 21-0 3 4 pass Steve Pritko 4 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
4 1945-09-30 @ RAM W, 21-0 3 25 rush Jim Gillette 25 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
5 1945-10-07 @ PHI W, 21-6 1 47 rush Steve Van Buren 47 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
6 1945-10-07 @ PHI W, 21-6 2 26 pass Jack Ferrante 26 yard pass from Allie Sherman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
7 1945-10-07 @ PHI W, 21-6 4 33 pass Steve Van Buren 33 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
8 1945-10-14 @ CHI L, 7-16 1 64 pass Ken Kavanaugh 64 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
9 1945-10-21 @ DET W, 26-0 1 61 pass John Greene 61 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Bill Callihan kick)
10 1945-10-21 @ DET W, 26-0 2 8 pass Jack Matheson 8 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Bill Callihan kick)
11 1945-10-21 @ DET W, 26-0 2 9 pass Bob Westfall 9 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock
12 1945-10-21 @ DET W, 26-0 4 1 rush Dave Ryan 1 yard rush
13 1945-10-28 @ GNB W, 33-14 1 19 pass Don Hutson 19 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
14 1945-10-28 @ GNB W, 33-14 2 12 rush Don Hutson 12 yard rush
15 1945-10-28 @ GNB W, 33-14 2 39 pass Don Hutson 39 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
16 1945-10-28 @ GNB W, 33-14 2 44 pass Nolan Luhn 44 yard pass from Lou Brock (Don Hutson kick)
17 1945-10-28 @ GNB W, 33-14 4 1 rush Ted Fritsch 1 yard rush
18 1945-11-04 @ WAS W, 24-21 1 57 rush Wilbur Moore 57 yard rush (Joe Aguirre kick)
19 1945-11-04 @ WAS W, 24-21 1 5 rush Frank Akins 5 yard rush (Joe Aguirre kick)
20 1945-11-04 @ WAS W, 24-21 2 1 rush Bob Seymour 1 yard rush (Joe Aguirre kick)
21 1945-11-11 @ PIT W, 23-0 4 1 rush Bill Dudley 1 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
22 1945-11-11 @ PIT W, 23-0 4 1 rush Bill Dudley 1 yard rush
23 1945-11-11 @ PIT W, 23-0 4 75 rush Buss Warren 75 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
24 1945-11-18 RAM W, 35-21 1 10 pass Steve Pritko 10 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
25 1945-11-18 RAM W, 35-21 1 21 rush Fred Gehrke 21 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
26 1945-11-18 RAM W, 35-21 2 21 pass Jim Benton 21 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
27 1945-11-18 RAM W, 35-21 3 36 pass Jim Benton 36 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
28 1945-11-18 RAM W, 35-21 4 2 rush Don Greenwood 2 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
29 1945-12-02 CHI W, 28-20 1 12 pass George Wilson 12 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)
30 1945-12-02 CHI W, 28-20 2 1 rush George McAfee 1 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
31 1945-12-02 CHI W, 28-20 2 38 rush Don Perkins 38 yard rush (Pete Gudauskas kick)
32 1945-12-02 CHI W, 28-20 3 50 pass Ken Kavanaugh 50 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick)