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1951 Chicago Cardinals

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3-9-0, Finished 6th in NFL American Division  · 1951 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.9, Offense: -1.9, Defense: -1.9, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 210 points (17.5/g), 10th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (23.9/g), 9th.
 Differential of -77 points (-6.4/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 3.9-8.1.

Coach: Phil Handler (1-1-0) (co-coach with Cecil Isbell), Cecil Isbell (1-1-0) and Curly Lambeau (2-8-0)

Stadium: Comiskey Park
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner Violet Bidwill Wolfner
President/General Manager Ray Bennigsen
Head Coach/Player Personnel Curly Lambeau

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 210 3847 819 4.7 44 20 15 224 161 334 1884 13 24 5.0 101 440 1963 14 4.5 108
Team Defense 287 3753 766 4.9 43 16 13 212 123 265 1776 18 27 6.1 83 476 1977 15 4.2 116
Lg Rank Offense 10 5 10 11 5 5 7 8 5 9 6 5 5 5
Lg Rank Defense 9 6 4 4 6 1 5 8 4 9 9 8 7 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-1 Philadelphia Eagles 14 17 12 247 109 138 5 12 221 109 112 5
2 Sun October 7 boxscore W 1-1 Chicago Bears 28 14 15 360 144 216 2 19 321 262 59 6
3 Sun October 14 boxscore L 1-2 @ New York Giants 17 28 17 283 187 96 4 16 269 90 179 8
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 1-3 @ Washington Redskins 3 7 22 365 134 231 2 14 290 58 232 1
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 1-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 28 23 392 227 165 6 11 287 159 128 1
6 Sun November 4 boxscore L 1-5 Cleveland Browns 17 34 25 318 227 91 5 25 412 174 238 1
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 1-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 21 45 16 342 214 128 4 23 518 281 237 2
8 Sun November 18 boxscore W 2-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 27 21 17 437 189 248 1 26 379 148 231 3
9 Sun November 25 boxscore L 2-7 New York Giants 0 10 13 152 87 65 1 7 153 46 107 3
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 2-8 @ Cleveland Browns 28 49 22 348 192 156 8 20 270 191 79 5
11 Sun December 9 boxscore L 2-9 Washington Redskins 17 20 19 334 178 156 2 21 334 103 231 2
12 Sun December 16 boxscore W 3-9 @ Chicago Bears 24 14 23 408 135 273 4 18 398 254 144 6

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
62 Charlie Trippi 29 QB 12 7 1-5-0 88 191 46.1% 1191 8 4.2 13 6.8 80 6.2 4.0 13.5 99.3 52.1 0 0
22 Jim Hardy 28 qb 7 4 1-3-0 56 114 49.1% 809 3 2.6 10 8.8 80 7.1 3.7 14.4 115.6 44.8 0 0
8 Frank Tripucka 24 qb 3 1 1-1-0 17 29 58.6% 244 2 6.9 1 3.4 48 8.4 8.2 14.4 81.3 94.6 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 3-9-0 161 334 48.2% 2244 13 3.9 24 7.2 80 6.7 4.3 13.9 187.0 53.3 0 0
Opp Total 12 123 265 46.4% 1973 18 6.8 27 10.2 7.4 4.22 16.0 164.4 54.8 25 197 6.1 3.2 8.6

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
7 Elmer Angsman 26 RH 12 0 121 380 3 28 3.1 31.7 10.1 9 195 21.7 1 80 0.8 16.3 575 4 6
62 Charlie Trippi 29 QB 12 7 78 501 4 32 6.4 41.8 6.5 501 4 4
90 Billy Cross 22 12 0 53 283 3 39 5.3 23.6 4.4 18 322 17.9 3 80 1.5 26.8 605 6 2
36 Ralph Pasquariello 25 10 0 53 251 1 28 4.7 25.1 5.3 2 -9 -4.5 0 -4 0.2 -0.9 242 1 0
24 Emil Sitko 28 KR 11 0 52 183 0 61 3.5 16.6 4.7 4 28 7.0 0 15 0.4 2.5 211 0 3
37 Don Paul 25 LH/PR 12 0 37 247 3 68 6.7 20.6 3.1 23 398 17.3 3 53 1.9 33.2 645 6 4
33 Vinnie Yablonski 28 FB 4 0 14 20 0 6 1.4 5.0 3.5 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.3 2.0 28 0 0
34 John Panelli 25 12 0 13 38 0 18 2.9 3.2 1.1 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.4 43 0 1
22 Jim Hardy 28 qb 7 4 12 38 0 16 3.2 5.4 1.7 38 0 2
67 Bill Svoboda 23 RDH 12 0 5 15 0 6 3.0 1.3 0.4 6 -9 -1.5 0 3 0.5 -0.8 6 0 0
31 Jerry Davis 27 8 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.9 0.1 4 24 6.0 0 15 0.5 3.0 17 0 0
8 Frank Tripucka 24 qb 3 1 1 14 0 14 14.0 4.7 0.3 14 0 0
41 Fran Polsfoot* 24 LE/P 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 57 796 14.0 4 80 4.8 66.3 796 4 0
80 Don Stonesifer 24 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 343 12.7 2 48 2.3 28.6 343 2 2
87 Ray Ramsey 30 RS 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 135 16.9 0 35 0.8 13.5 135 0 0
60 Tom Bienemann 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.7 8 0 1
Team Total 25.5 12 440 1963 14 68 4.5 163.6 36.7 161 2244 13.9 13 80 13.4 187.0 4207 27 26
Opp Total 12 476 1977 15 4.2 164.8 39.7 123 1776 14.4 18 10.3 148.0 3753 33 21

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
37 Don Paul 25 LH/PR 12 0 19 143 0 23 7.5 15 424 0 57 28.3 1212
24 Emil Sitko 28 KR 11 0 17 429 0 41 25.2 640
90 Billy Cross 22 12 0 7 39 0 14 5.6 644
31 Jerry Davis 27 8 0 4 10 0 6 2.5 27
7 Elmer Angsman 26 RH 12 0 2 51 0 29 25.5 626
60 Tom Bienemann 23 12 0 2 34 0 18 17.0 42
34 John Panelli 25 12 0 2 57 0 37 28.5 100
72 Bill Fischer* 24 LT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
66 Jerry Hennessy 25 12 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
50 Jack Jennings 25 RT 11 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
70 Knox Ramsey 25 RG 10 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
67 Bill Svoboda 23 RDH 12 0 1 29 0 29 29.0 35
Team Total 25.5 12 30 192 0 23 6.4 43 1051 0 57 24.4 5450
Opp Total 12 47 1820 4 38.7 42 801 0 19.1

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
41 Fran Polsfoot* 24 LE/P 12 0 47 1914 56 0 40.7
68 Cliff Patton 28 K/MLB 12 0 8 5 62.5%% 19 19 100.0%%
33 Vinnie Yablonski 28 FB 4 0 5 2 40.0%% 8 8 100.0%%
62 Charlie Trippi 29 QB 12 7 12 446 48 0 37.2
8 Frank Tripucka 24 qb 3 1 11 429 56 1 39.0
Team Total 25.5 12 13 7 53.8%% 27 27 100.0%% 70 2789 56 1 39.8
Opp Total 12 17 7 41.2%% 38 38 100.0%% 62 2532 40.8

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
37 Don Paul 25 LH/PR 12 0 3 52 0 36 0 0 4 1 0 0
7 Elmer Angsman 26 RH 12 0 0 6 1 0 0
21 S.J. Whitman 25 LS 12 0 7 102 0 31 0
87 Ray Ramsey 30 RS 10 0 5 90 0 39 0
42 Bob Dove 30 LDE 12 0 0 0 4 13 0
53 Tony Klimek 26 LDH 12 0 3 39 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Leo Sanford 22 lb 12 12 1 20 0 20 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Emil Sitko 28 KR 11 0 0 3 1 0 0
80 Don Stonesifer 24 RE 12 0 0 2 2 10 0
62 Charlie Trippi 29 QB 12 7 0 4 0 0 0
90 Billy Cross 22 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
68 Cliff Patton 28 K/MLB 12 0 3 31 0 19 0
18 Fred Wallner 23 RLB 12 0 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 2 6 0
60 Tom Bienemann 23 12 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 Jerry Davis 27 8 0 2 36 0 36 0
57 Jerry Groom 22 LLB 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
22 Jim Hardy 28 qb 7 4 0 2 0 0 0
64 Lloyd McDermott 26 12 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
34 John Panelli 25 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
70 Knox Ramsey 25 RG 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
67 Bill Svoboda 23 RDH 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Tom Wham* 27 RDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.5 12 27 390 0 39 0 0 26 22 29 0
Opp Total 12 45 21 5

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
90 Billy Cross 22 12 0 3 3 6 36
37 Don Paul 25 LH/PR 12 0 3 3 6 36
68 Cliff Patton 28 K/MLB 12 0 19 5 34
7 Elmer Angsman 26 RH 12 0 3 1 4 24
41 Fran Polsfoot* 24 LE/P 12 0 4 4 24
62 Charlie Trippi 29 QB 12 7 4 4 24
33 Vinnie Yablonski 28 FB 4 0 8 2 14
80 Don Stonesifer 24 RE 12 0 2 2 12
36 Ralph Pasquariello 25 10 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.5 12 14 13 27 27 7 210
Opp Total 12 15 18 4 1 1 38 7 287

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 PHI L, 14-17 3 28 rush Elmer Angsman 28 yard rush (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
2 1951-09-30 PHI L, 14-17 4 2 rush Elmer Angsman 2 yard rush (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
3 1951-10-07 CHI W, 28-14 2 18 pass Billy Cross 18 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
4 1951-10-07 CHI W, 28-14 2 39 rush Billy Cross 39 yard rush (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
5 1951-10-07 CHI W, 28-14 3 68 rush Don Paul 68 yard rush (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
6 1951-10-07 CHI W, 28-14 3 18 pass Fran Polsfoot 18 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
7 1951-10-14 @ NYG L, 17-28 2 34 pass Don Paul 34 yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
8 1951-10-14 @ NYG L, 17-28 2 24 pass Don Paul 24 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Vinnie Yablonski kick)
9 1951-10-28 PIT L, 14-28 3 1 rush Billy Cross 1 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
10 1951-10-28 PIT L, 14-28 3 7 rush Billy Cross 7 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
11 1951-11-04 CLE L, 17-34 1 20 pass Fran Polsfoot 20 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Cliff Patton kick)
12 1951-11-04 CLE L, 17-34 4 1 rush Ralph Pasquariello 1 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
13 1951-11-11 @ RAM L, 21-45 1 80 pass Billy Cross 80 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Cliff Patton kick)
14 1951-11-11 @ RAM L, 21-45 4 3 rush Charlie Trippi 3 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
15 1951-11-11 @ RAM L, 21-45 4 80 pass Fran Polsfoot 80 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
16 1951-11-18 @ SFO W, 27-21 1 8 rush Charlie Trippi 8 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
17 1951-11-18 @ SFO W, 27-21 2 80 pass Elmer Angsman 80 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
18 1951-11-18 @ SFO W, 27-21 2 4 rush Don Paul 4 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
19 1951-12-02 @ CLE L, 28-49 3 35 pass Don Paul 35 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
20 1951-12-02 @ CLE L, 28-49 3 9 pass Don Stonesifer 9 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
21 1951-12-02 @ CLE L, 28-49 4 1 rush Elmer Angsman 1 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
22 1951-12-02 @ CLE L, 28-49 4 4 pass Don Stonesifer 4 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
23 1951-12-09 WAS L, 17-20 1 15 rush Don Paul 15 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
24 1951-12-09 WAS L, 17-20 2 72 pass Fran Polsfoot 72 yard pass from Jim Hardy (Cliff Patton kick)
25 1951-12-16 @ CHI W, 24-14 3 18 rush Charlie Trippi 18 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)
26 1951-12-16 @ CHI W, 24-14 4 6 pass Billy Cross 6 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Cliff Patton kick)
27 1951-12-16 @ CHI W, 24-14 4 26 rush Charlie Trippi 26 yard rush (Cliff Patton kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1951-09-30 PHI W, 17-14 2 22 pass Bobby Walston 22 yard pass from Bill Mackrides (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1951-09-30 PHI W, 17-14 3 19 pass Pete Pihos 19 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1951-10-07 CHI L, 14-28 3 62 pass Billy Stone 62 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
4 1951-10-07 CHI L, 14-28 4 8 pass Wilford White 8 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Johnny Lujack kick)
5 1951-10-14 @ NYG W, 28-17 1 1 rush Eddie Price 1 yard rush (Ray Poole kick)
6 1951-10-14 @ NYG W, 28-17 2 81 punt Emlen Tunnell 81 yard punt return (Ray Poole kick)
7 1951-10-14 @ NYG W, 28-17 4 25 rush Eddie Price 25 yard rush (Ray Poole kick)
8 1951-10-14 @ NYG W, 28-17 4 12 rush Kyle Rote 12 yard rush (Ray Poole kick)
9 1951-10-21 @ WAS W, 7-3 2 49 pass George Thomas 49 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bill Dudley kick)
10 1951-10-28 PIT W, 28-14 2 46 pass Val Jansante 46 yard pass from Joe Geri (Joe Geri kick)
11 1951-10-28 PIT W, 28-14 4 49 pass Joe Geri 49 yard pass from Lynn Chandnois (Joe Geri kick)
12 1951-10-28 PIT W, 28-14 4 33 pass Elbie Nickel 33 yard pass from Chuck Ortmann (Joe Geri kick)
13 1951-10-28 PIT W, 28-14 4 52 interception Jack Butler 52 yard interception return (Joe Geri run)
14 1951-11-04 CLE W, 34-17 1 24 rush Dub Jones 24 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
15 1951-11-04 CLE W, 34-17 1 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
16 1951-11-04 CLE W, 34-17 2 27 pass Dante Lavelli 27 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
17 1951-11-04 CLE W, 34-17 3 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
18 1951-11-11 @ RAM W, 45-21 2 11 rush Dick Hoerner 11 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
19 1951-11-11 @ RAM W, 45-21 3 1 rush Bob Waterfield 1 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
20 1951-11-11 @ RAM W, 45-21 3 67 punt Tommy Kalmanir 67 yard punt return (Bob Waterfield kick)
21 1951-11-11 @ RAM W, 45-21 3 3 rush Dick Hoerner 3 yard rush (Bob Waterfield kick)
22 1951-11-11 @ RAM W, 45-21 3 53 pass Elroy Hirsch 53 yard pass from Bob Waterfield (Bob Waterfield kick)
23 1951-11-11 @ RAM W, 45-21 4 54 pass Elroy Hirsch 54 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bob Waterfield kick)
24 1951-11-18 @ SFO L, 21-27 1 4 rush Frankie Albert 4 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
25 1951-11-18 @ SFO L, 21-27 3 10 rush Frankie Albert 10 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
26 1951-11-18 @ SFO L, 21-27 4 14 rush Pete Schabarum 14 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
27 1951-11-25 NYG W, 10-0 2 81 punt Bosh Pritchard 81 yard punt return (Ray Poole kick)
28 1951-12-02 @ CLE W, 49-28 1 22 pass Mac Speedie 22 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
29 1951-12-02 @ CLE W, 49-28 1 21 pass Dante Lavelli 21 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
30 1951-12-02 @ CLE W, 49-28 2 39 pass Mac Speedie 39 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
31 1951-12-02 @ CLE W, 49-28 2 6 pass Mac Speedie 6 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
32 1951-12-02 @ CLE W, 49-28 3 3 rush Dub Jones 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
33 1951-12-02 @ CLE W, 49-28 3 1 rush Rex Bumgardner 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
34 1951-12-02 @ CLE W, 49-28 4 2 fumble Otto Graham 2 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
35 1951-12-09 WAS W, 20-17 1 8 pass Joe Tereshinski 8 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bill Dudley kick)
36 1951-12-09 WAS W, 20-17 4 3 rush Rob Goode 3 yard rush (Bill Dudley kick)
37 1951-12-16 @ CHI L, 14-24 2 75 pass Gene Schroeder 75 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (George Blanda kick)
38 1951-12-16 @ CHI L, 14-24 3 46 pass Gene Schroeder 46 yard pass from Steve Romanik (George Blanda kick)