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1952 Chicago Cardinals

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4-8-0, Finished 5th in NFL American Division  · 1952 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.1, Offense: -8.5, Defense: 4.4, SoS: 0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 172 points (14.3/g), 12th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 221 points (18.4/g), 3rd.
 Differential of -49 points (-4.1/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 4.3-7.7.

Coach: Joe Kuharich (4-8-0)

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

Team Info

Principal Owner Violet Bidwill Wolfner
Managing Director Walter Wolfner

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 172 2959 804 3.7 45 23 11 176 124 289 1211 10 22 3.7 74 477 1748 10 3.7 91
Team Defense 221 3353 784 4.3 43 18 9 176 149 307 1765 16 25 5.4 82 455 1588 8 3.5 85
Lg Rank Offense 12 11 8 9 10 10 12 12 3 11 1 5 10 9
Lg Rank Defense 3 6 6 5 2 2 6 4 6 8 10 7 1 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 29 boxscore L 0-1 Washington Redskins 7 23 7 104 18 86 2 21 283 87 196 3
2 Sun October 5 boxscore W 1-1 Chicago Bears 21 10 13 216 51 165 3 17 297 142 155 5
3 Sun October 12 boxscore W 2-1 @ Washington Redskins 17 6 18 306 95 211 3 13 187 77 110 1
4 Sun October 19 boxscore W 3-1 @ New York Giants 24 23 17 316 161 155 3 10 238 146 92 3
5 Sun October 26 boxscore L 3-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 28 34 19 417 208 209 2 13 313 199 114 3
6 Sun November 2 boxscore L 3-3 New York Giants 6 28 17 311 147 164 10 9 258 108 150 3
7 Sun November 9 boxscore L 3-4 @ Cleveland Browns 13 28 12 195 15 180 1 22 423 239 184 2
8 Sun November 16 boxscore L 3-5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 10 20 226 94 132 2 8 183 117 66 5
9 Sun November 23 boxscore L 3-6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 17 19 278 94 184 3 14 226 122 104 3
10 Sun November 30 boxscore W 4-6 Philadelphia Eagles 28 22 11 178 81 97 2 21 354 243 111 4
11 Sun December 7 boxscore L 4-7 Cleveland Browns 0 10 9 150 98 52 5 13 332 175 157 6
12 Sun December 14 boxscore L 4-8 @ Chicago Bears 7 10 14 271 149 122 9 15 259 110 149 4

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
2 Charlie Trippi* 30 QB 11 10 4-6-0 84 181 46.4% 890 5 2.8 13 7.2 56 4.9 2.2 10.6 80.9 40.5 0 0
9 Don Panciera 25 qb 10 1 0-1-0 35 96 36.5% 582 5 5.2 9 9.4 47 6.1 2.9 16.6 58.2 36.0 0 0
8 Frank Tripucka 25 P 6 1 0-1-0 5 12 41.7% 40 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 3.3 3.3 8.0 6.7 50.7 0 0
Team Total 25.3 12 4-8-0 124 289 42.9% 1512 10 3.5 22 7.6 56 5.2 2.5 12.2 126.0 39.5 0 0
Opp Total 12 149 307 48.5% 1942 16 5.2 25 8.1 6.3 3.70 13.0 161.8 52.3 22 177 5.4 2.9 6.7

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
33 Ollie Matson*+ 22 FB/KR 12 0 96 344 3 25 3.6 28.7 8.0 11 187 17.0 3 47 0.9 15.6 531 6 8
24 Emil Sitko 29 RH 11 0 88 348 1 46 4.0 31.6 8.0 2 16 8.0 0 10 0.2 1.5 364 1 3
2 Charlie Trippi* 30 QB 11 10 72 350 4 59 4.9 31.8 6.5 5 66 13.2 0 21 0.5 6.0 416 4 3
20 Billy Cross 23 LH/PR 12 0 71 347 2 45 4.9 28.9 5.9 17 234 13.8 2 56 1.4 19.5 581 4 6
36 Ralph Pasquariello 26 10 0 48 129 0 13 2.7 12.9 4.8 7 46 6.6 0 10 0.7 4.6 175 0 1
7 Elmer Angsman 27 12 0 46 114 0 9 2.5 9.5 3.8 4 22 5.5 1 9 0.3 1.8 136 1 1
44 Johnny Karras 24 10 0 24 42 0 17 1.8 4.2 2.4 5 63 12.6 1 29 0.5 6.3 105 1 3
37 Joe Geri 28 K 12 0 20 50 0 21 2.5 4.2 1.7 50 0 0
22 Don Paul 26 5 0 6 28 0 16 4.7 5.6 1.2 4 32 8.0 1 11 0.8 6.4 60 1 0
9 Don Panciera 25 qb 10 1 4 6 0 8 1.5 0.6 0.4 6 0 4
76 Volney Peters 24 LDT 12 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.6 0.1 -7 0 1
8 Frank Tripucka 25 P 6 1 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.5 0.2 -3 0 2
80 Don Stonesifer 25 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 54 617 11.4 0 26 4.5 51.4 617 0 0
84 Cliff Anderson 23 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 191 17.4 2 30 0.9 15.9 191 2 0
87 Ray Ramsey 31 RDH 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 27 9.0 0 13 0.3 3.0 27 0 1
83 Ray Pelfrey 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 11 11.0 0 11 1.0 11.0 11 0 0
Team Total 25.3 12 477 1748 10 59 3.7 145.7 39.8 124 1512 12.2 10 56 10.3 126.0 3260 20 33
Opp Total 12 455 1588 8 3.5 132.3 37.9 149 1765 11.8 16 12.4 147.1 3353 24 30

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
20 Billy Cross 23 LH/PR 12 0 21 177 0 38 8.4 9 169 0 28 18.8 927
33 Ollie Matson*+ 22 FB/KR 12 0 9 86 0 23 9.6 20 624 2 100 31.2 1241
22 Don Paul 26 5 0 10 97 0 22 9.7 3 54 0 26 18.0 211
44 Johnny Karras 24 10 0 4 47 0 23 11.8 4 69 0 21 17.3 221
49 Roy Barni 25 LDH 12 0 2 17 0 9 8.5 17
76 Volney Peters 24 LDT 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 4 0 4 4.0 -3
80 Don Stonesifer 25 RE 12 0 2 27 0 15 13.5 644
40 Wally Triplett 26 2 0 2 26 0 14 13.0 26
84 Cliff Anderson 23 LE 12 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 199
72 Bill Fischer* 25 RG 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
73 Mike Mergen 23 LT 12 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
36 Ralph Pasquariello 26 10 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 188
83 Ray Pelfrey 24 1 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 19
24 Emil Sitko 29 RH 11 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 383
Team Total 25.3 12 49 450 0 38 9.2 45 1008 2 100 22.4 4718
Opp Total 12 54 1614 1 29.9 35 774 2 22.1

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
37 Joe Geri 28 K 12 0 18 2 11.1%% 24 22 91.7%% 29 1094 47 0 37.7
8 Frank Tripucka 25 P 6 1 31 1155 65 2 37.3
2 Charlie Trippi* 30 QB 11 10 16 588 47 0 36.8
Team Total 25.3 12 18 2 11.1%% 24 22 91.7%% 76 2837 65 2 37.3
Opp Total 12 20 8 40.0%% 28 25 89.3%% 69 2888 41.9

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
33 Ollie Matson*+ 22 FB/KR 12 0 2 51 0 30 0 0 8 4 34 1
49 Roy Barni 25 LDH 12 0 6 70 0 38 0 0 0 3 4 0
20 Billy Cross 23 LH/PR 12 0 0 6 1 -10 0
9 Don Panciera 25 qb 10 1 0 4 2 -2 0
87 Ray Ramsey 31 RDH 9 0 5 67 0 23 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 John Panelli 26 RS 9 0 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Tom Bienemann 24 RDE 12 0 0 0 4 0 0
44 Johnny Karras 24 10 0 0 3 1 0 0
42 Bob Dove 31 LDE 11 0 0 0 3 0 0
51 Leo Sanford 23 LLB 12 12 2 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 8 0
24 Emil Sitko 29 RH 11 0 0 3 0 0 0
2 Charlie Trippi* 30 QB 11 10 0 3 0 0 0
8 Frank Tripucka 25 P 6 1 0 2 1 -14 0
21 S.J. Whitman 26 7 0 3 27 0 18 0
72 Bill Fischer* 25 RG 12 0 0 0 2 59 0
61 Tony Klimek 27 12 0 2 5 0 5 0
76 Volney Peters 24 LDT 12 0 0 1 1 10 1
31 Bill Svoboda 24 LS 9 0 2 2 0 2 0
7 Elmer Angsman 27 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Ed Listopad 23 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Ralph Pasquariello 26 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
60 Gordon Polofsky 21 RLB 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
80 Don Stonesifer 25 RE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.3 12 25 232 0 38 0 0 33 28 89 2
Opp Total 12 38 30 12 2

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
33 Ollie Matson*+ 22 FB/KR 12 0 3 3 2 1 9 54
37 Joe Geri 28 K 12 0 22 2 28
20 Billy Cross 23 LH/PR 12 0 2 2 4 24
2 Charlie Trippi* 30 QB 11 10 4 4 24
84 Cliff Anderson 23 LE 12 0 2 2 12
7 Elmer Angsman 27 12 0 1 1 6
44 Johnny Karras 24 10 0 1 1 6
22 Don Paul 26 5 0 1 1 6
76 Volney Peters 24 LDT 12 0 1 1 6
24 Emil Sitko 29 RH 11 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.3 12 10 10 2 2 24 22 2 172
Opp Total 12 8 16 1 2 2 25 8 2 221

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1952-09-29 WAS L, 7-23 3 8 rush Emil Sitko 8 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
2 1952-10-05 CHI W, 21-10 2 100 kickoff Ollie Matson 100 yard kickoff return (Joe Geri kick)
3 1952-10-05 CHI W, 21-10 4 34 fumble Ollie Matson 34 yard fumble return (Joe Geri kick)
4 1952-10-05 CHI W, 21-10 4 59 rush Charlie Trippi 59 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
5 1952-10-12 @ WAS W, 17-6 1 2 rush Charlie Trippi 2 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
6 1952-10-12 @ WAS W, 17-6 4 15 rush Billy Cross 15 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
7 1952-10-19 @ NYG W, 24-23 2 56 pass Billy Cross 56 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Joe Geri kick)
8 1952-10-19 @ NYG W, 24-23 2 1 rush Charlie Trippi 1 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
9 1952-10-19 @ NYG W, 24-23 4 6 rush Ollie Matson 6 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
10 1952-10-26 PIT L, 28-34 3 33 pass Ollie Matson 33 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
11 1952-10-26 PIT L, 28-34 4 41 pass Ollie Matson 41 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
12 1952-10-26 PIT L, 28-34 4 47 pass Ollie Matson 47 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
13 1952-10-26 PIT L, 28-34 4 4 rush Billy Cross 4 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
14 1952-11-02 NYG L, 6-28 1 22 pass Cliff Anderson 22 yard pass from Charlie Trippi
15 1952-11-09 @ CLE L, 13-28 1 2 rush Charlie Trippi 2 yard rush
16 1952-11-09 @ CLE L, 13-28 2 17 rush Ollie Matson 17 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
17 1952-11-16 @ PHI L, 7-10 2 14 pass Cliff Anderson 14 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Joe Geri kick)
18 1952-11-23 @ PIT L, 14-17 2 9 pass Don Paul 9 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
19 1952-11-23 @ PIT L, 14-17 4 38 pass Billy Cross 38 yard pass from Don Panciera (Joe Geri kick)
20 1952-11-30 PHI W, 28-22 2 4 pass Johnny Karras 4 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Joe Geri kick)
21 1952-11-30 PHI W, 28-22 2 10 fumble Volney Peters 10 yard fumble return (Joe Geri kick)
22 1952-11-30 PHI W, 28-22 3 13 rush Ollie Matson 13 yard rush (Joe Geri kick)
23 1952-11-30 PHI W, 28-22 3 79 kickoff Ollie Matson 79 yard kickoff return (Joe Geri kick)
24 1952-12-14 @ CHI L, 7-10 4 8 pass Elmer Angsman 8 yard pass from Charlie Trippi (Joe Geri kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1952-09-29 WAS W, 23-7 2 2 pass Harry Dowda 2 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Ed Bagdon kick)
2 1952-09-29 WAS W, 23-7 2 10 pass Hugh Taylor 10 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Ed Bagdon kick)
3 1952-09-29 WAS W, 23-7 4 3 rush Sam Venuto 3 yard rush
4 1952-10-05 CHI L, 10-21 2 1 rush Fred Morrison 1 yard rush (Wilford White kick)
5 1952-10-12 @ WAS L, 6-17 3 2 rush Julie Rykovich 2 yard rush
6 1952-10-19 @ NYG L, 23-24 1 15 pass Bob McChesney 15 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ray Poole kick)
7 1952-10-19 @ NYG L, 23-24 2 34 pass Bob McChesney 34 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ray Poole kick)
8 1952-10-19 @ NYG L, 23-24 3 18 pass Kyle Rote 18 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Charlie Conerly run)
9 1952-10-26 PIT W, 34-28 2 28 pass Lynn Chandnois 28 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
10 1952-10-26 PIT W, 34-28 2 70 punt Ray Mathews 70 yard punt return
11 1952-10-26 PIT W, 34-28 2 5 pass Elbie Nickel 5 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
12 1952-10-26 PIT W, 34-28 3 13 pass George Sulima 13 yard pass from Jim Finks (Gary Kerkorian kick)
13 1952-10-26 PIT W, 34-28 4 71 fumble Lou Ferry 71 yard fumble return (Gary Kerkorian kick)
14 1952-11-02 NYG W, 28-6 1 75 rush Eddie Price 75 yard rush (Ray Poole kick)
15 1952-11-02 NYG W, 28-6 2 3 rush Eddie Price 3 yard rush (Ray Poole kick)
16 1952-11-02 NYG W, 28-6 2 52 pass Bill Stribling 52 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ray Poole kick)
17 1952-11-02 NYG W, 28-6 4 39 pass Bob McChesney 39 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ray Poole kick)
18 1952-11-09 @ CLE W, 28-13 1 52 pass Marion Motley 52 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
19 1952-11-09 @ CLE W, 28-13 2 4 rush Ken Carpenter 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
20 1952-11-09 @ CLE W, 28-13 3 43 pass Mac Speedie 43 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
21 1952-11-09 @ CLE W, 28-13 3 1 rush Ken Carpenter 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
22 1952-11-16 @ PHI W, 10-7 2 12 fumble Pete Pihos 12 yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
23 1952-11-23 @ PIT W, 17-14 1 6 rush Ed Modzelewski 6 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
24 1952-11-23 @ PIT W, 17-14 4 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Gary Kerkorian kick)
25 1952-11-30 PHI L, 22-28 3 8 pass Bobby Walston 8 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
26 1952-11-30 PHI L, 22-28 4 30 pass Bud Grant 30 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
27 1952-12-07 CLE W, 10-0 1 56 pass Dub Jones 56 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
28 1952-12-14 @ CHI W, 10-7 2 7 pass Chuck Hunsinger 7 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)