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1955 Chicago Cardinals

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4-7-1, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.2, Offense: -0.7, Defense: 2.0, SoS: 3.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 224 points (18.7/g), 9th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 252 points (21.0/g), 8th.
 Differential of -28 points (-2.3/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 5.2-6.8.

Coach: Ray Richards (4-7-1)

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 224 2971 740 4.0 45 20 13 150 106 280 1345 14 25 4.5 53 438 1626 10 3.7 84
Team Defense 252 3910 853 4.6 47 18 22 224 154 371 2008 16 29 5.2 102 465 1902 11 4.1 100
Lg Rank Offense 9 12 9 9 12 9 12 8 10 12 6 9 11 10
Lg Rank Defense 8 7 2 5 9 11 7 7 3 4 9 8 4 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 26 boxscore L 0-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 14 8 86 25 61 2 23 355 236 119 5
2 Sun October 2 boxscore W 1-1 New York Giants 28 17 9 353 201 152 5 21 365 120 245 6
3 Sun October 9 boxscore W 2-1 @ Washington Redskins 24 10 16 232 45 187 4 17 302 189 113 6
4 Sun October 16 boxscore L 2-2 @ New York Giants 0 10 10 134 22 112 4 9 215 48 167 3
5 Sun October 23 boxscore T 2-2-1 Philadelphia Eagles 24 24 18 422 242 180 4 19 334 144 190 3
6 Sun October 30 boxscore L 2-3-1 Cleveland Browns 20 26 16 282 148 134 5 15 258 62 196 3
7 Sat November 5 boxscore W 3-3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 13 12 261 78 183 1 21 466 321 145 6
8 Sun November 13 boxscore L 3-4-1 @ Green Bay Packers 14 31 10 333 221 112 6 24 325 122 203 2
9 Sun November 20 boxscore L 3-5-1 Washington Redskins 0 31 7 106 34 72 6 18 329 77 252 1
10 Sun November 27 boxscore W 4-5-1 Chicago Bears 53 14 20 474 173 301 2 12 211 186 25 5
11 Sun December 4 boxscore L 4-6-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 3 27 9 49 1 48 3 27 424 268 156 3
12 Sun December 11 boxscore L 4-7-1 @ Cleveland Browns 24 35 15 239 155 84 3 18 326 235 91 3

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
8 Lamar McHan 23 QB 12 11 4-6-1 78 207 37.7% 1085 11 5.3 19 9.2 74 5.2 2.2 13.9 90.4 34.8 0 0
17 Ogden Compton 23 qb 9 1 0-1-0 22 61 36.1% 339 1 1.6 6 9.8 98 5.6 1.5 15.4 37.7 21.2 0 0
44 Dave Mann 23 P/RH 12 0 5 10 50.0% 53 2 20.0 0 0.0 50 5.3 9.3 10.6 4.4 105.4 0 0
7 Dave Leggett 22 4 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
33 Ollie Matson*+ 25 KR/LH 12 0 1 1 100.0% 43 0 0.0 0 0.0 43 43.0 43.0 43.0 3.6 118.7 0 0
Team Total 25.4 12 4-7-1 106 280 37.9% 1520 14 5.0 25 8.9 98 5.4 2.4 14.3 126.7 35.7 0 0
Opp Total 12 154 371 41.5% 2146 16 4.3 29 7.8 5.8 3.13 13.9 178.8 42.6 17 138 5.2 2.6 4.4

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*+ 25 KR/LH 12 0 109 475 1 54 4.4 39.6 9.1 17 237 13.9 2 70 1.4 19.8 712 3 7
44 Dave Mann 23 P/RH 12 0 87 336 4 65 3.9 28.0 7.3 16 137 8.6 1 42 1.3 11.4 473 5 6
36 Johnny Olszewski* 25 FB 11 0 84 326 1 41 3.9 29.6 7.6 9 37 4.1 0 9 0.8 3.4 363 1 9
8 Lamar McHan 23 QB 12 11 56 194 2 38 3.5 16.2 4.7 194 2 3
31 Mal Hammack 22 9 0 51 160 2 17 3.1 17.8 5.7 5 13 2.6 0 10 0.6 1.4 173 2 5
24 Jimmy Carr 22 12 0 30 115 0 41 3.8 9.6 2.5 9 157 17.4 0 59 0.8 13.1 272 0 1
49 Frank Bernardi 22 PR 11 0 8 17 0 20 2.1 1.5 0.7 4 77 19.3 1 39 0.4 7.0 94 1 2
20 Les Goble 23 9 0 7 11 0 5 1.6 1.2 0.8 11 0 0
17 Ogden Compton 23 qb 9 1 6 -8 0 5 -1.3 -0.9 0.7 -8 0 0
80 Don Stonesifer 28 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 330 11.8 5 28 2.3 27.5 330 5 0
86 Gern Nagler 23 LE 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 218 31.1 3 74 0.6 19.8 218 3 0
87 Dick Brubaker 23 RE 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 125 20.8 0 43 0.6 12.5 125 0 0
83 Max Boydston 23 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 79 26.3 1 67 0.3 8.8 79 1 0
81 Night Train Lane* 26 RDH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 110 55.0 1 98 0.2 9.2 110 1 0
Team Total 25.4 12 438 1626 10 65 3.7 135.5 36.5 106 1520 14.3 14 98 8.8 126.7 3146 24 35
Opp Total 12 465 1902 11 4.1 158.5 38.8 154 2008 13.0 16 12.8 167.3 3910 27 23

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
33 Ollie Matson*+ 25 KR/LH 12 0 13 245 2 78 18.8 15 368 0 37 24.5 1325
49 Frank Bernardi 22 PR 11 0 19 163 0 39 8.6 257
20 Les Goble 23 9 0 8 160 0 28 20.0 171
44 Dave Mann 23 P/RH 12 0 6 136 0 34 22.7 609
24 Jimmy Carr 22 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 4 93 0 28 23.3 365
76 Burt Delavan 26 12 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0
31 Mal Hammack 22 9 0 2 32 0 18 16.0 205
65 Johnny Hatley 25 LG 12 0 2 13 0 13 6.5 13
68 Bill Lange 27 RG 12 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0
36 Johnny Olszewski* 25 FB 11 0 2 26 0 19 13.0 389
41 Jimmy Hill 27 LDH 9 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
50 Jack Simmons 31 C 12 12 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
Team Total 25.4 12 34 408 2 78 12.0 44 835 0 37 19.0 4389
Opp Total 12 42 1682 2 40.0 46 1133 0 24.6

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
44 Dave Mann 23 P/RH 12 0 1 1 100.0%% 2 0.0%% 43 1723 60 1 40.1
85 Pat Summerall 25 K 11 0 19 8 42.1%% 25 23 92.0%%
2 Charlie Trippi 33 5 0 32 1301 53 0 40.7
8 Lamar McHan 23 QB 12 11 2 0.0%%
21 Tom Keane 29 LS 11 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 25.4 12 21 9 42.9%% 29 23 79.3%% 75 3024 60 1 40.3
Opp Total 12 29 11 37.9%% 31 31 100.0%% 61 2479 40.6

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*+ 25 KR/LH 12 0 0 7 3 0 0
36 Johnny Olszewski* 25 FB 11 0 0 9 0 0 0
44 Dave Mann 23 P/RH 12 0 0 6 2 0 0
31 Mal Hammack 22 9 0 0 5 2 0 0
8 Lamar McHan 23 QB 12 11 0 3 4 0 0
47 Jim Psaltis 28 RS 12 0 4 42 1 21 0 0 0 3 0 0
21 Tom Keane 29 LS 11 0 6 64 0 32 0
81 Night Train Lane* 26 RDH 12 0 6 69 0 26 0
49 Frank Bernardi 22 PR 11 0 1 18 0 18 0 0 2 1 0 0
24 Jimmy Carr 22 12 0 0 1 3 4 0
40 Lindon Crow 22 12 0 3 11 0 11 0
41 Jimmy Hill 27 LDH 9 0 0 0 3 0 0
51 Leo Sanford 26 LLB 12 12 3 97 1 92 0
74 Len Teeuws 28 LT 12 0 0 0 3 0 0
82 Tom Bienemann 27 RDE 10 0 2 8 0 8 0
76 Burt Delavan 26 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
65 Johnny Hatley 25 LG 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
84 Leo Sugar 26 LDE 12 0 1 29 0 29 0 0 0 1 27 0
61 Fred Wallner* 27 RLB 12 0 2 4 0 4 0
17 Ogden Compton 23 qb 9 1 0 0 1 0 0
57 Jerry Groom 26 RDT 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
86 Gern Nagler 23 LE 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Tony Pasquesi 22 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Pat Summerall 25 K 11 0 1 26 1 26 0
60 Harry Thompson 29 MG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Chuck Ulrich 26 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.4 12 29 368 3 92 0 0 35 33 31 0
Opp Total 12 22 23 5 1

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
85 Pat Summerall 25 K 11 0 1 1 23 8 53
44 Dave Mann 23 P/RH 12 0 4 1 5 1 33
33 Ollie Matson*+ 25 KR/LH 12 0 1 2 2 5 30
80 Don Stonesifer 28 12 0 5 5 30
86 Gern Nagler 23 LE 11 0 3 3 18
31 Mal Hammack 22 9 0 2 2 12
8 Lamar McHan 23 QB 12 11 2 2 12
49 Frank Bernardi 22 PR 11 0 1 1 6
83 Max Boydston 23 9 0 1 1 6
81 Night Train Lane* 26 RDH 12 0 1 1 6
36 Johnny Olszewski* 25 FB 11 0 1 1 6
47 Jim Psaltis 28 RS 12 0 1 1 6
51 Leo Sanford 26 LLB 12 12 1 1 6
Team Total 25.4 12 10 14 2 3 29 23 9 224
Opp Total 12 11 16 2 31 11 1 252

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-26 @ PIT L, 7-14 4 92 interception Leo Sanford 92 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
2 1955-10-02 NYG W, 28-17 1 7 interception Jim Psaltis 7 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
3 1955-10-02 NYG W, 28-17 2 51 pass Ollie Matson 51 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
4 1955-10-02 NYG W, 28-17 2 74 pass Gern Nagler 74 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
5 1955-10-02 NYG W, 28-17 4 65 rush Dave Mann 65 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
6 1955-10-09 @ WAS W, 24-10 1 8 pass Gern Nagler 8 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
7 1955-10-09 @ WAS W, 24-10 3 1 rush Lamar McHan 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
8 1955-10-09 @ WAS W, 24-10 4 2 rush Mal Hammack 2 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1955-10-23 PHI T, 24-24 1 39 pass Frank Bernardi 39 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1955-10-23 PHI T, 24-24 3 70 pass Ollie Matson 70 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
11 1955-10-23 PHI T, 24-24 4 13 pass Don Stonesifer 13 yard pass from Dave Mann (Pat Summerall kick)
12 1955-10-30 CLE L, 20-26 3 1 rush Lamar McHan 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
13 1955-10-30 CLE L, 20-26 4 18 pass Don Stonesifer 18 yard pass from Dave Mann (Pat Summerall kick)
14 1955-11-05 PIT W, 27-13 1 26 interception Pat Summerall 26 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
15 1955-11-05 PIT W, 27-13 2 34 pass Gern Nagler 34 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
16 1955-11-05 PIT W, 27-13 2 18 pass Dave Mann 18 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
17 1955-11-13 @ GNB L, 14-31 4 1 rush Mal Hammack 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
18 1955-11-13 @ GNB L, 14-31 4 98 pass Night Train Lane 98 yard pass from Ogden Compton (Pat Summerall kick)
19 1955-11-27 CHI W, 53-14 1 28 pass Don Stonesifer 28 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
20 1955-11-27 CHI W, 53-14 1 77 punt Ollie Matson 77 yard punt return (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1955-11-27 CHI W, 53-14 1 19 rush Dave Mann 19 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
22 1955-11-27 CHI W, 53-14 2 41 rush Johnny Olszewski 41 yard rush
23 1955-11-27 CHI W, 53-14 3 61 rush Dave Mann 61 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
24 1955-11-27 CHI W, 53-14 4 1 rush Ollie Matson 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
25 1955-11-27 CHI W, 53-14 4 7 pass Don Stonesifer 7 yard pass from Lamar McHan
26 1955-12-11 @ CLE L, 24-35 1 30 rush Dave Mann 30 yard rush
27 1955-12-11 @ CLE L, 24-35 2 67 pass Max Boydston 67 yard pass from Lamar McHan
28 1955-12-11 @ CLE L, 24-35 3 78 punt Ollie Matson 78 yard punt return
29 1955-12-11 @ CLE L, 24-35 3 6 pass Don Stonesifer 6 yard pass from Lamar McHan

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-26 @ PIT W, 14-7 3 4 pass Jack O'Brien 4 yard pass from Jim Finks (Art Michalik kick)
2 1955-09-26 @ PIT W, 14-7 4 27 pass Ray Mathews 27 yard pass from Jim Finks (Art Michalik kick)
3 1955-10-02 NYG L, 17-28 2 18 pass Bob Schnelker 18 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
4 1955-10-02 NYG L, 17-28 2 16 rush Alex Webster 16 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
5 1955-10-09 @ WAS L, 10-24 4 1 rush Vic Janowicz 1 yard rush (Vic Janowicz kick)
6 1955-10-16 @ NYG W, 10-0 3 6 rush Frank Gifford 6 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
7 1955-10-23 PHI T, 24-24 2 31 pass Pete Pihos 31 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Dick Bielski kick)
8 1955-10-23 PHI T, 24-24 3 9 rush Hal Giancanelli 9 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
9 1955-10-23 PHI T, 24-24 4 23 rush Jerry Norton 23 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
10 1955-10-30 CLE W, 26-20 1 5 rush Ed Modzelewski 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
11 1955-10-30 CLE W, 26-20 2 60 punt Don Paul 60 yard punt return (Lou Groza kick)
12 1955-10-30 CLE W, 26-20 2 4 pass Ray Renfro 4 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
13 1955-11-05 PIT L, 13-27 2 21 pass Ray Mathews 21 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)
14 1955-11-13 @ GNB W, 31-14 1 25 pass Gary Knafelc 25 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
15 1955-11-13 @ GNB W, 31-14 2 15 pass Billy Howton 15 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
16 1955-11-13 @ GNB W, 31-14 2 1 rush Tobin Rote 1 yard rush (Fred Cone kick)
17 1955-11-13 @ GNB W, 31-14 3 15 pass Al Carmichael 15 yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick)
18 1955-11-20 WAS W, 31-0 1 55 punt Bert Zagers 55 yard punt return (Vic Janowicz kick)
19 1955-11-20 WAS W, 31-0 1 8 pass Vic Janowicz 8 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Vic Janowicz kick)
20 1955-11-20 WAS W, 31-0 4 31 pass John Carson 31 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Vic Janowicz kick)
21 1955-11-20 WAS W, 31-0 4 10 rush Jim Monachino 10 yard rush (Vic Janowicz kick)
22 1955-11-27 CHI L, 14-53 2 1 rush George Blanda 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
23 1955-11-27 CHI L, 14-53 4 23 pass John Hoffman 23 yard pass from Bob Williams (George Blanda kick)
24 1955-12-04 @ PHI W, 27-3 2 3 rush Dick Bielski 3 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
25 1955-12-04 @ PHI W, 27-3 3 14 pass Pete Pihos 14 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Dick Bielski kick)
26 1955-12-04 @ PHI W, 27-3 4 14 rush Adrian Burk 14 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
27 1955-12-11 @ CLE W, 35-24 1 19 pass Ray Renfro 19 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
28 1955-12-11 @ CLE W, 35-24 1 35 pass Dante Lavelli 35 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
29 1955-12-11 @ CLE W, 35-24 4 10 rush Fred Morrison 10 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
30 1955-12-11 @ CLE W, 35-24 4 41 pass Ray Renfro 41 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
31 1955-12-11 @ CLE W, 35-24 4 31 rush Bob Smith 31 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)