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1975 St. Louis Cardinals

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11-3-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1975 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.5, Offense: 3.4, Defense: 0.1, SoS: -2.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 356 points (25.4/g), 7th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 276 points (19.7/g), 11th.
 Differential of 80 points (5.7/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 9.0-5.0.

Coach: Don Coryell (11-3-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ray Willsey

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, Illinois)

Team Info

Principal Owner/de facto General Manager Bill Bidwill
Director of Operations Joe Sullivan
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 356 4955 918 5.4 39 19 17 276 187 355 2553 20 20 7.0 128 555 2402 19 4.3 131
Team Defense 276 4595 957 4.8 37 15 24 284 233 446 2670 16 22 5.7 142 487 1925 16 4.0 118
Lg Rank Offense 7 5 17 19 7 18 6 6 15 1 8 6 7 3
Lg Rank Defense 11 18 13 16 21 26 24 12 10 16 11 10 15 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-0 Atlanta Falcons 23 20 18 317 150 167 3 19 294 58 236 2
2 Sun September 28 boxscore L OT 1-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 31 37 19 432 314 118 3 28 448 288 160 2
3 Sun October 5 boxscore W 2-1 New York Giants 26 14 18 379 125 254 2 19 264 138 126 1
4 Mon October 13 boxscore L 2-2 @ Washington Redskins 17 27 13 288 220 68 5 21 347 189 158 2
5 Sun October 19 boxscore W 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles 31 20 22 403 125 278 4 16 250 148 102 3
6 Sat October 25 boxscore W 4-2 @ New York Giants 20 13 14 314 189 125 22 281 199 82 4
7 Sun November 2 boxscore W 5-2 New England Patriots 24 17 18 273 158 115 3 17 274 152 122 3
8 Sun November 9 boxscore W 6-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 24 23 23 361 208 153 2 17 326 239 87 2
9 Sun November 16 boxscore W OT 7-2 Washington Redskins 20 17 31 427 197 230 4 16 397 252 145 5
10 Sun November 23 boxscore W 8-2 @ New York Jets 37 6 23 476 267 209 3 22 323 166 157 3
11 Thu November 27 boxscore L 8-3 Buffalo Bills 14 32 16 210 156 54 7 25 392 128 264 3
12 Sun December 7 boxscore W 9-3 Dallas Cowboys 31 17 22 368 199 169 1 28 373 255 118 3
13 Sun December 14 boxscore W 10-3 @ Chicago Bears 34 20 19 362 172 190 1 18 326 259 67 2
14 Sun December 21 boxscore W 11-3 @ Detroit Lions 24 13 20 345 73 272 1 16 300 199 101 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 27 boxscore L 11-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 23 35 22 363 268 95 5 26 440 203 237 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
17 Jim Hart* 31 QB 14 14 11-3-0 182 345 52.8% 2507 19 5.5 19 5.5 80 7.3 5.9 13.8 179.1 71.7 6 43 7.02 5.67 1.7 4 4
11 Dennis Shaw 28 3 0 4 8 50.0% 61 0 0.0 1 12.5 21 7.6 2.0 15.3 20.3 35.9 1 14 5.22 0.22 11.1
21 Terry Metcalf* 24 KR/PR/RB 13 13 1 2 50.0% 51 1 50.0 0 0.0 51 25.5 35.5 51.0 3.9 135.4 0 0 25.50 35.50 0.0
25 Jim Bakken*+ 35 K 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 9 -9.00 -9.00 100.0
Team Total 27.1 14 11-3-0 187 355 52.7% 2619 20 5.6 20 5.6 80 7.4 6.0 14.0 187.1 72.0 8 66 7.03 5.66 2.2 4 4
Opp Total 14 233 446 52.2% 2862 16 3.6 22 4.9 6.4 4.91 12.3 204.4 63.8 24 192 5.7 4.3 5.1

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
35 Jim Otis* 27 FB 14 14 269 1076 5 30 4.0 76.9 19.2 12 69 5.8 1 12 0.9 4.9 1145 6 5
21 Terry Metcalf* 24 KR/PR/RB 13 13 165 816 9 52 4.9 62.8 12.7 43 378 8.8 2 30 3.3 29.1 1194 11 8
34 Steve Jones 24 13 1 54 275 2 23 5.1 21.2 4.2 19 194 10.2 1 21 1.5 14.9 469 3 3
32 Jerry Latin 22 10 0 35 165 1 57 4.7 16.5 3.5 2 25 12.5 0 16 0.2 2.5 190 1 2
17 Jim Hart* 31 QB 14 14 11 7 1 6 0.6 0.5 0.8 7 1 7
31 Josh Ashton 26 2 0 10 44 0 9 4.4 22.0 5.0 44 0 1
27 Eddie Moss 27 8 0 4 12 1 5 3.0 1.5 0.5 12 1 0
30 Gary Hammond 26 14 0 3 13 0 6 4.3 0.9 0.2 2 6 3.0 0 10 0.1 0.4 19 0 0
11 Dennis Shaw 28 3 0 3 -12 0 -2 -4.0 -4.0 1.0 -12 0 2
85 Mel Gray*+ 27 WR 14 14 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 48 926 19.3 11 74 3.4 66.1 932 11 1
82 Earl Thomas 27 WR 11 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 375 17.9 2 80 1.9 34.1 375 2 0
84 Ike Harris 23 wr 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 266 17.7 0 36 1.1 19.0 266 0 0
81 Jackie Smith 35 TE 9 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 246 18.9 2 45 1.4 27.3 246 2 0
88 J.V. Cain 24 te 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 134 11.2 1 18 0.9 9.6 134 1 2
Team Total 27.1 14 555 2402 19 57 4.3 171.6 39.6 187 2619 14.0 20 80 13.4 187.1 5021 39 33
Opp Total 14 487 1925 16 4.0 137.5 34.8 233 2670 11.5 16 16.6 190.7 4595 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
21 Terry Metcalf* 24 KR/PR/RB 13 13 23 285 1 69 12.4 35 960 1 93 27.4 2439
30 Gary Hammond 26 14 0 9 70 0 30 7.8 13 254 0 29 19.5 343
85 Mel Gray*+ 27 WR 14 14 7 53 0 27 7.6 985
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 28 RCB 14 13 1 2 0 2 2.0 1 10 0 10 10.0 12
33 Tim Gray 23 14 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
50 Greg Hartle 24 lb 13 3 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
34 Steve Jones 24 13 1 1 18 0 18 18.0 487
27 Eddie Moss 27 8 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 33
36 Ken Reaves 31 SS 14 13 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
81 Jackie Smith 35 TE 9 7 1 25 0 25 25.0 271
Team Total 27.1 14 40 410 1 69 10.3 55 1337 1 93 24.3 6768
Opp Total 14 34 329 0 9.7 71 1609 1 22.7

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
25 Jim Bakken*+ 35 K 14 0 11 10 7 5 6 4 24 19 79.2%% 41 40 97.6%%
80 Jeff West 22 P 14 0 64 2412 58 1 37.7
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 28 RCB 14 13 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 27.1 14 11 10 7 5 6 4 24 19 79.2%% 42 41 97.6%% 64 2412 58 1 37.7
Opp Total 14 26 15 57.7%% 33 27 81.8%% 67 2687 40.1

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
21 Terry Metcalf* 24 KR/PR/RB 13 13 0 8 2 23 0
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 28 RCB 14 13 6 31 0 31 0 0 0 4 10 0
17 Jim Hart* 31 QB 14 14 0 7 2 -11 0
43 Norm Thompson 30 LCB 14 14 7 141 1 61 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 Steve Jones 24 13 1 0 3 3 4 0
35 Jim Otis* 27 FB 14 14 0 5 1 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 31 SS 14 13 3 7 0 9 0 0 0 2 5 0
85 Mel Gray*+ 27 WR 14 14 0 1 3 0 0
59 Pete Barnes 30 RLB 14 14 2 26 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Mark Arneson 26 MLB 14 11 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 1 0
51 Tom Brahaney 24 c 14 2 0 1 1 0 0
88 J.V. Cain 24 te 14 7 0 2 0 0 0
41 Clarence Duren 25 FS 13 11 1 23 0 23 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Jerry Latin 22 10 0 0 2 0 0 0
11 Dennis Shaw 28 3 0 0 2 0 0 0
67 Larry Stallings 34 LLB 13 13 1 -3 0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 Josh Ashton 26 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Dan Dierdorf* 26 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
66 Conrad Dobler* 25 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
50 Greg Hartle 24 lb 13 3 0 0 1 0 0
53 Steve Neils 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Council Rudolph 25 13 1 1 18 0 18 0
45 Jim Tolbert 31 db 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.1 14 22 249 1 61 0 0 33 28 32 0
Opp Total 14 8 26 11

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
25 Jim Bakken*+ 35 K 14 0 40 19 97
21 Terry Metcalf* 24 KR/PR/RB 13 13 9 2 1 1 13 78
85 Mel Gray*+ 27 WR 14 14 11 11 66
35 Jim Otis* 27 FB 14 14 5 1 6 36
34 Steve Jones 24 13 1 2 1 3 18
81 Jackie Smith 35 TE 9 7 2 2 12
82 Earl Thomas 27 WR 11 10 2 2 12
88 J.V. Cain 24 te 14 7 1 1 6
26 Dwayne Crump 25 db 14 3 1 1 6
17 Jim Hart* 31 QB 14 14 1 1 6
32 Jerry Latin 22 10 0 1 1 6
27 Eddie Moss 27 8 0 1 1 6
43 Norm Thompson 30 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
22 Roger Wehrli*+ 28 RCB 14 13 1 1
Team Total 27.1 14 19 20 1 1 1 1 43 41 19 356
Opp Total 14 16 16 1 1 27 15 276

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1975-09-21 ATL W, 23-20 1 39 rush Terry Metcalf 39 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1975-09-21 ATL W, 23-20 4 8 pass Earl Thomas 8 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
3 1975-09-28 @ DAL L, 31-37 3 23 pass Mel Gray 23 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1975-09-28 @ DAL L, 31-37 3 80 pass Earl Thomas 80 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1975-09-28 @ DAL L, 31-37 4 35 pass Jackie Smith 35 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1975-09-28 @ DAL L, 31-37 4 37 pass Mel Gray 37 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1975-10-05 NYG W, 26-14 1 8 pass Mel Gray 8 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1975-10-05 NYG W, 26-14 2 18 rush Terry Metcalf 18 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1975-10-05 NYG W, 26-14 2 10 rush Jim Otis 10 yard rush
10 1975-10-13 @ WAS L, 17-27 3 93 kickoff Terry Metcalf 93 yard kickoff return (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1975-10-13 @ WAS L, 17-27 3 48 pass Mel Gray 48 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1975-10-19 PHI W, 31-20 1 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1975-10-19 PHI W, 31-20 2 30 pass Jackie Smith 30 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1975-10-19 PHI W, 31-20 3 5 rush Jim Otis 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1975-10-19 PHI W, 31-20 4 5 rush Eddie Moss 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1975-10-25 @ NYG W, 20-13 1 51 pass Mel Gray 51 yard pass from Terry Metcalf (Jim Bakken kick)
17 1975-10-25 @ NYG W, 20-13 4 38 pass Mel Gray 38 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1975-11-02 NWE W, 24-17 2 69 punt Terry Metcalf 69 yard punt return (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1975-11-02 NWE W, 24-17 4 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1975-11-02 NWE W, 24-17 4 7 rush Terry Metcalf 7 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1975-11-09 @ PHI W, 24-23 1 3 pass Jim Otis 3 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1975-11-09 @ PHI W, 24-23 3 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1975-11-09 @ PHI W, 24-23 4 5 rush Jim Hart 5 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1975-11-16 WAS W, 20-17 4 8 pass J.V. Cain 8 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1975-11-16 WAS W, 20-17 4 6 pass Mel Gray 6 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
26 1975-11-23 @ NYJ W, 37-6 1 52 rush Terry Metcalf 52 yard rush (pass failed)
27 1975-11-23 @ NYJ W, 37-6 1 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1975-11-23 @ NYJ W, 37-6 1 74 pass Mel Gray 74 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
29 1975-11-23 @ NYJ W, 37-6 2 20 pass Mel Gray 20 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
30 1975-11-23 @ NYJ W, 37-6 3 61 interception Norm Thompson 61 yard interception return (Jim Bakken kick)
31 1975-11-27 BUF L, 14-32 1 1 rush Terry Metcalf 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
32 1975-11-27 BUF L, 14-32 4 4 pass Terry Metcalf 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
33 1975-12-07 DAL W, 31-17 1 30 pass Terry Metcalf 30 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
34 1975-12-07 DAL W, 31-17 1 49 pass Mel Gray 49 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
35 1975-12-07 DAL W, 31-17 2 1 rush Steve Jones 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
36 1975-12-07 DAL W, 31-17 2 6 pass Mel Gray 6 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
37 1975-12-14 @ CHI W, 34-20 1 16 pass Steve Jones 16 yard pass from Jim Hart (Roger Wehrli run)
38 1975-12-14 @ CHI W, 34-20 2 2 rush Jim Otis 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
39 1975-12-14 @ CHI W, 34-20 3 2 rush Steve Jones 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
40 1975-12-14 @ CHI W, 34-20 3 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
41 1975-12-21 @ DET W, 24-13 1 14 rush Terry Metcalf 14 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
42 1975-12-21 @ DET W, 24-13 2 64 blocked field goal Dwayne Crump 64 yard blocked field goal return (Jim Bakken kick)
43 1975-12-21 @ DET W, 24-13 3 57 rush Jerry Latin 57 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1975-09-21 ATL L, 20-23 1 1 rush Steve Bartkowski 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1975-09-21 ATL L, 20-23 2 6 rush Dave Hampton 6 yard rush
3 1975-09-21 ATL L, 20-23 3 1 rush Dave Hampton 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
4 1975-09-28 @ DAL W, 37-31 2 1 pass Jean Fugett 1 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
5 1975-09-28 @ DAL W, 37-31 3 12 pass Drew Pearson 12 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
6 1975-09-28 @ DAL W, 37-31 3 1 rush Charley Young 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
7 1975-09-28 @ DAL W, 37-31 3 97 kickoff Thomas Henderson 97 yard kickoff return (Toni Fritsch kick)
8 1975-09-28 @ DAL W, 37-31 5 3 pass Billy Joe DuPree 3 yard pass from Roger Staubach
9 1975-10-05 NYG L, 14-26 3 10 rush Larry Watkins 10 yard rush (George Hunt kick)
10 1975-10-05 NYG L, 14-26 4 2 rush Larry Watkins 2 yard rush (George Hunt kick)
11 1975-10-13 @ WAS W, 27-17 2 2 rush Mike Thomas 2 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
12 1975-10-13 @ WAS W, 27-17 3 30 pass John Pergine 30 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
13 1975-10-13 @ WAS W, 27-17 4 1 rush Mike Thomas 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
14 1975-10-19 PHI L, 20-31 2 11 pass Charlie Smith 11 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Horst Muhlmann kick)
15 1975-10-19 PHI L, 20-31 4 15 pass Harold Carmichael 15 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Horst Muhlmann kick)
16 1975-10-25 @ NYG L, 13-20 4 12 pass Ray Rhodes 12 yard pass from Craig Morton (George Hunt kick)
17 1975-10-25 @ NYG L, 13-20 4 6 pass Walker Gillette 6 yard pass from Craig Morton
18 1975-11-02 NWE L, 17-24 2 11 pass Randy Vataha 11 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
19 1975-11-02 NWE L, 17-24 3 23 fumble Ray Hamilton 23 yard fumble return (John Smith kick)
20 1975-11-09 @ PHI L, 23-24 1 13 pass Charle Young 13 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Horst Muhlmann kick)
21 1975-11-09 @ PHI L, 23-24 2 47 pass Po James 47 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Horst Muhlmann kick)
22 1975-11-16 WAS L, 17-20 2 36 pass Charley Taylor 36 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Mark Moseley kick)
23 1975-11-16 WAS L, 17-20 3 9 pass Mike Thomas 9 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Mark Moseley kick)
24 1975-11-27 BUF W, 32-14 1 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush
25 1975-11-27 BUF W, 32-14 2 3 rush O.J. Simpson 3 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
26 1975-11-27 BUF W, 32-14 4 5 rush Jim Braxton 5 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
27 1975-11-27 BUF W, 32-14 4 1 rush Jim Braxton 1 yard rush
28 1975-12-07 DAL L, 17-31 3 1 rush Doug Dennison 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
29 1975-12-07 DAL L, 17-31 4 1 rush Preston Pearson 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
30 1975-12-14 @ CHI L, 20-34 4 24 pass Bob Grim 24 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
31 1975-12-14 @ CHI L, 20-34 4 10 rush Walter Payton 10 yard rush
32 1975-12-14 @ CHI L, 20-34 4 48 pass Bo Rather 48 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
33 1975-12-21 @ DET L, 13-24 3 32 rush Dexter Bussey 32 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
34 1975-12-21 @ DET L, 13-24 4 23 pass Marlin Briscoe 23 yard pass from Joe Reed