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1956 Chicago Cardinals

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7-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.4, Offense: -0.1, Defense: 3.5, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 240 points (20.0/g), 7th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 182 points (15.2/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 58 points (4.8/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-4.1.

Coach: Ray Richards (7-5-0)

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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 240 3422 756 4.5 35 21 12 191 100 214 1369 13 14 6.0 63 527 2053 14 3.9 116
Team Defense 182 3599 783 4.6 45 12 15 211 129 287 1524 8 33 5.0 79 478 2075 14 4.3 117
Lg Rank Offense 7 8 9 12 8 11 9 7 1 6 2 4 7 8
Lg Rank Defense 2 7 1 7 8 7 4 2 1 3 9 10 5 9

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore W 1-0 Cleveland Browns 9 7 20 344 68 276 3 8 214 106 108 2
2 Sun October 7 boxscore W 2-0 New York Giants 35 27 18 359 136 223 5 17 333 176 157 3
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 3-0 @ Washington Redskins 31 3 13 280 55 225 2 15 236 100 136 3
4 Sun October 21 boxscore W 4-0 @ Philadelphia Eagles 20 6 14 244 119 125 1 20 349 120 229 8
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 4-1 Washington Redskins 14 17 19 299 161 138 5 17 334 141 193 2
6 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-1 Philadelphia Eagles 28 17 17 262 108 154 1 18 235 109 126 2
7 Sun November 11 boxscore L 5-2 @ New York Giants 10 23 15 284 157 127 22 362 175 187 2
8 Sun November 18 boxscore L 5-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 7 14 15 254 103 151 6 15 280 39 241 4
9 Sun November 25 boxscore W 6-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 38 27 19 370 128 242 4 25 352 206 146 6
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 6-4 Green Bay Packers 21 24 14 209 129 80 2 25 351 157 194 4
11 Sun December 9 boxscore L 6-5 @ Chicago Bears 3 10 11 265 174 91 4 16 302 44 258 5
12 Sun December 16 boxscore W 7-5 @ Cleveland Browns 24 7 16 252 31 221 2 13 251 151 100 4

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
8 Lamar McHan 24 QB 12 10 6-4-0 72 152 47.4 1159 10 6.6 8 5.3 75 7.6 6.6 16.1 96.6 73.3 0 0
17 Jim Root 25 qb 9 2 1-1-0 28 57 49.1 333 3 5.3 5 8.8 34 5.8 2.9 11.9 37.0 48.4 0 0
33 Ollie Matson*+ 26 KR/LH 12 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
44 Dave Mann 24 P/RH 12 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 7-5-0 100 214 46.7 1492 13 6.1 14 6.5 75 7.0 5.2 14.9 124.3 63.1 0 0
Opp Total 12 129 287 44.9 1670 8 2.8 33 11.5 5.8 1.20 12.9 139.2 33.5 18 146 5.0 0.7 5.9

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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*+ 26 KR/LH 12 0 192 924 5 79 4.8 77.0 16.0 15 199 13.3 2 45 1.3 16.6 1123 7 6
36 Johnny Olszewski 26 FB 11 0 157 598 2 34 3.8 54.4 14.3 17 182 10.7 0 31 1.5 16.5 780 2 13
8 Lamar McHan 24 QB 12 10 58 161 5 17 2.8 13.4 4.8 161 5 2
44 Dave Mann 24 P/RH 12 0 45 116 0 15 2.6 9.7 3.8 13 170 13.1 1 32 1.1 14.2 286 1 1
35 Joe Childress 23 11 0 43 203 0 30 4.7 18.5 3.9 6 82 13.7 1 34 0.5 7.5 285 1 1
17 Jim Root 25 qb 9 2 17 45 2 18 2.6 5.0 1.9 45 2 2
49 Frank Bernardi 23 PR 12 0 14 4 0 7 0.3 0.3 1.2 4 56 14.0 0 19 0.3 4.7 60 0 0
22 Alex Burl 25 8 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.3 0.1 2 24 12.0 1 19 0.3 3.0 26 1 0
80 Don Stonesifer 29 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 320 14.5 2 58 1.8 26.7 320 2 0
86 Gern Nagler 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 268 19.1 4 49 1.8 33.5 268 4 1
83 Max Boydston 24 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 116 19.3 2 39 0.5 9.7 116 2 0
81 Night Train Lane*+ 27 LDH 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 75 75.0 0 75 0.1 6.3 75 0 2
Team Total 26.1 12 527 2053 14 79 3.9 171.1 43.9 100 1492 14.9 13 75 8.3 124.3 3545 27 29
Opp Total 12 478 2075 14 4.3 172.9 39.8 129 1524 11.8 8 10.8 127.0 3599 22 23

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
49 Frank Bernardi 23 PR 12 0 18 217 1 95 12.1 4 101 0 30 25.3 378
33 Ollie Matson*+ 26 KR/LH 12 0 5 39 0 16 7.8 13 362 1 105 27.8 1524
44 Dave Mann 24 P/RH 12 0 7 131 0 27 18.7 417
47 Woodley Lewis 31 LS 12 0 5 22 0 7 4.4 1 22 0 22 22.0 44
22 Alex Burl 25 8 0 3 59 0 26 19.7 85
36 Johnny Olszewski 26 FB 11 0 3 25 0 20 8.3 805
81 Night Train Lane*+ 27 LDH 12 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 75
35 Joe Childress 23 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 285
40 Lindon Crow* 23 RDH 12 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
51 Leo Sanford* 27 LLB 12 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
89 Chuck Weber 26 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 32 305 1 95 9.5 33 700 1 105 21.2 4550
Opp Total 12 28 1194 0 42.6 40 889 0 22.2

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
85 Pat Summerall 26 K/RDE 12 0 22 10 45.5% 30 30 100.0%
44 Dave Mann 24 P/RH 12 0 36 1346 53 1 37.4
12 John Roach 23 8 0 11 449 54 0 40.8
8 Lamar McHan 24 QB 12 10 8 285 42 0 35.6
Team Total 26.1 12 22 10 45.5% 30 30 100.0% 55 2080 54 1 37.8
Opp Total 12 16 7 43.8% 23 21 91.3% 52 2033 39.1

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
36 Johnny Olszewski 26 FB 11 0 0 13 1 0 0
40 Lindon Crow* 23 RDH 12 0 11 170 0 42 0
81 Night Train Lane*+ 27 LDH 12 0 7 206 1 66 0 0 2 2 11 0
33 Ollie Matson*+ 26 KR/LH 12 0 0 6 0 0 0
51 Leo Sanford* 27 LLB 12 0 5 24 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Jimmy Hill 28 RS 12 0 5 21 0 12 0
17 Jim Root 25 qb 9 2 0 2 2 0 0
89 Chuck Weber 26 5 0 1 19 0 19 0 0 0 2 2 0
49 Frank Bernardi 23 PR 12 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Woodley Lewis 31 LS 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
8 Lamar McHan 24 QB 12 10 0 2 0 0 0
50 Jack Simmons* 32 C 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Leo Sugar 27 LDE 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
74 Len Teeuws 29 RDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Tom Bienemann 28 8 0 1 2 0 2 0
57 Carl Brettschneider 25 RLB 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Joe Childress 23 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
71 Tom Dahms 29 LT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 John Dittrich 23 RG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Dave Mann 24 P/RH 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Gern Nagler 24 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Julian Spence 27 8 0 1 7 0 7 0
85 Pat Summerall 26 K/RDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Stan West 30 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 33 451 1 66 0 0 29 20 14 0
Opp Total 12 15 23 11 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
85 Pat Summerall 26 K/RDE 12 0 30 10 60
33 Ollie Matson*+ 26 KR/LH 12 0 5 2 1 8 48
8 Lamar McHan 24 QB 12 10 5 5 30
86 Gern Nagler 24 8 0 4 4 24
83 Max Boydston 24 RE 12 0 2 2 12
36 Johnny Olszewski 26 FB 11 0 2 2 12
17 Jim Root 25 qb 9 2 2 2 12
80 Don Stonesifer 29 LE 12 0 2 2 12
49 Frank Bernardi 23 PR 12 0 1 1 6
22 Alex Burl 25 8 0 1 1 6
35 Joe Childress 23 11 0 1 1 6
81 Night Train Lane*+ 27 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
44 Dave Mann 24 P/RH 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 12 14 13 1 1 1 30 30 10 240
Opp Total 12 14 8 1 21 7 1 182