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1978 St. Louis Cardinals

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.5, Offense: -2.6, Defense: 0.0, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 248 points (15.5/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 296 points (18.5/g), 15th.
 Differential of -48 points (-3.0/g), 23rd.  Expected W-L: 6.3-9.7.

Coach: Bud Wilkinson (6-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bettis

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Lindenwoods Colleges (St. Charles, Missouri)

Team Info

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

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 248 5125 1084 4.7 35 14 20 281 252 508 3171 16 21 6.0 158 554 1954 14 3.5 103
Team Defense 296 4747 1053 4.5 42 16 24 286 212 428 2351 19 26 5.1 131 588 2396 15 4.1 131
Lg Rank Offense 23 7 7 6 13 2 4 14 12 11 18 25 19 26
Lg Rank Defense 15 13 13 18 16 12 7 18 10 9 18 19 11 20

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore L 0-1 @ Chicago Bears 10 17 16 236 137 99 2 19 243 49 194
2 Sun September 10 boxscore L 0-2 New England Patriots 6 16 9 193 136 57 3 21 441 172 269 4
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-3 Washington Redskins 10 28 19 328 196 132 1 16 302 47 255
4 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 12 21 16 310 195 115 21 389 173 216 2
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-5 @ Miami Dolphins 10 24 19 351 211 140 1 16 267 144 123 1
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-6 Baltimore Colts 17 30 21 343 198 145 3 14 222 66 156 2
7 Sun October 15 boxscore L OT 0-7 Dallas Cowboys 21 24 21 372 236 136 3 24 418 287 131 4
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 0-8 @ New York Jets 10 23 13 304 144 160 3 21 293 123 170
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 1-8 @ Philadelphia Eagles 16 10 15 354 260 94 3 19 352 220 132 5
10 Sun November 5 boxscore W 2-8 New York Giants 20 10 17 350 211 139 1 22 311 169 142 5
11 Sun November 12 boxscore W 3-8 @ San Francisco 49ers 16 10 21 335 221 114 2 16 264 146 118 3
12 Sun November 19 boxscore W 4-8 @ Washington Redskins 27 17 18 303 137 166 2 14 211 193 18 3
13 Sun November 26 boxscore L 4-9 Philadelphia Eagles 10 14 17 294 192 102 3 15 244 149 95
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 5-9 Detroit Lions 21 14 18 284 151 133 1 16 224 119 105 5
15 Sun December 10 boxscore L 5-10 @ New York Giants 0 17 17 341 198 143 5 14 255 24 231 2
16 Sun December 17 boxscore W 6-10 Atlanta Falcons 42 21 24 427 348 79 2 18 311 270 41 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
17 Jim Hart 34 QB 15 15 6-9-0 240 477 50.3% 3121 16 3.4 18 3.8 74 6.5 5.5 13.0 208.1 66.7 20 166 5.95 4.96 4.0 0 1
15 Steve Pisarkiewicz 25 qb 3 1 0-1-0 10 29 34.5% 164 0 0.0 3 10.3 40 5.7 1.0 16.4 54.7 14.8 2 20 4.65 0.29 6.5
84 Dave Stief 22 wr 15 3 1 1 100.0% 43 0 0.0 0 0.0 43 43.0 43.0 43.0 2.9 118.7 0 0 43.00 43.00 0.0
19 Mike Wood 24 P 8 0 1 1 100.0% 29 0 0.0 0 0.0 29 29.0 29.0 29.0 3.6 118.7 0 0 29.00 29.00 0.0
Team Total 26.4 16 6-10-0 252 508 49.6% 3357 16 3.1 21 4.1 74 6.6 5.4 13.3 209.8 64.2 22 186 5.98 4.80 4.2 0 1
Opp Total 16 212 428 49.5% 2641 19 4.4 26 6.1 6.2 4.32 12.5 165.1 58.6 37 290 5.1 3.4 8.0

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 30 FB 15 9 197 664 8 17 3.4 44.3 13.1 8 38 4.8 0 12 0.5 2.5 702 8 4
24 Wayne Morris 24 RB 13 13 174 631 1 27 3.6 48.5 13.4 33 298 9.0 1 33 2.5 22.9 929 2 1
34 Steve Jones 27 16 9 105 392 2 17 3.7 24.5 6.6 27 217 8.0 0 38 1.7 13.6 609 2 5
39 Willard Harrell 26 KR/PR 13 2 35 134 0 15 3.8 10.3 2.7 3 5 1.7 0 2 0.2 0.4 139 0 4
17 Jim Hart 34 QB 15 15 11 11 2 9 1.0 0.7 0.7 11 2 5
20 Gordon Bell 25 6 0 7 23 0 9 3.3 3.8 1.2 3 28 9.3 0 17 0.5 4.7 51 0 3
32 Jerry Latin 25 2 0 6 8 0 4 1.3 4.0 3.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.5 1.5 11 0 1
85 Mel Gray 30 WR 13 12 5 51 1 27 10.2 3.9 0.4 44 871 19.8 1 74 3.4 67.0 922 2 0
15 Steve Pisarkiewicz 25 qb 3 1 5 -1 0 2 -0.2 -0.3 1.7 -1 0 2
80 Eason Ramson 22 te 15 7 2 8 0 5 4.0 0.5 0.1 23 238 10.3 1 26 1.5 15.9 246 1 0
30 Willie Shelby 25 3 0 2 5 0 4 2.5 1.7 0.7 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.3 3.7 16 0 0
83 Pat Tilley 25 WR 16 16 1 32 0 32 32.0 2.0 0.1 62 900 14.5 3 43 3.9 56.3 932 3 1
84 Dave Stief 22 wr 15 3 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.5 0.1 24 477 19.9 4 55 1.6 31.8 469 4 0
28 Ted Farmer 25 2 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 2.0 0.5 4 0 0
12 Steve Little 22 k 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
22 Roger Wehrli 31 RCB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
87 Al Chandler 28 TE 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 190 11.9 4 47 1.5 17.3 190 4 0
86 Jimmy Childs 22 8 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 50 12.5 1 23 0.5 6.3 50 1 0
87 Jim Thaxton 29 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 31 10.3 1 16 0.6 6.2 31 1 0
Team Total 26.4 16 554 1954 14 32 3.5 122.1 34.6 252 3357 13.3 16 74 15.8 209.8 5311 30 28
Opp Total 16 588 2396 15 4.1 149.8 36.8 212 2351 11.1 19 13.3 146.9 4747 34 34

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
39 Willard Harrell 26 KR/PR 13 2 21 196 1 70 9.3 19 389 0 32 20.5 724
20 Gordon Bell 25 6 0 14 101 0 23 7.2 8 177 0 27 22.1 329
30 Willie Shelby 25 3 0 10 88 0 16 8.8 9 211 0 31 23.4 315
86 Jimmy Childs 22 8 1 4 77 0 25 19.3 127
80 Tom Southard 23 2 0 2 -2 0 0 -1.0 2 47 0 26 23.5 45
24 Wayne Morris 24 RB 13 13 3 66 0 27 22.0 995
38 Lee Nelson 24 db 16 1 3 58 0 22 19.3 58
32 Jerry Latin 25 2 0 2 48 0 26 24.0 59
83 Pat Tilley 25 WR 16 16 2 8 0 4 4.0 940
44 Rolly Woolsey 25 2 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 1 25 0 25 25.0 29
56 Tim Kearney 28 LILB 15 8 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
45 Perry Smith 27 db 16 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
23 Ken Stone 28 FS 14 11 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
59 Curtis Townsend 23 9 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 13
52 Greg Westbrooks 25 10 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 26.4 16 51 395 1 70 7.7 55 1148 0 32 20.9 6854
Opp Total 16 59 575 0 9.7 51 1142 2 22.4

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 38 K 16 0 5 4 7 4 10 3 22 11 50.0%% 30 27 90.0%% 4 147 42 0 36.8
19 Mike Wood 24 P 8 0 51 1919 81 0 37.6
12 Steve Little 22 k 11 0 46 1749 54 1 38.0
Team Total 26.4 16 5 4 7 4 10 3 22 11 50.0%% 30 27 90.0%% 101 3815 81 1 37.8
Opp Total 16 18 13 72.2%% 37 35 94.6%% 94 3657 38.9

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
23 Ken Stone 28 FS 14 11 9 139 0 33 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Willard Harrell 26 KR/PR 13 2 0 4 3 0 0
17 Jim Hart 34 QB 15 15 0 5 2 -6 0
27 Carl Allen 23 LCB 15 14 6 54 0 21 0
34 Steve Jones 27 16 9 0 5 0 0 0
45 Perry Smith 27 db 16 3 3 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 42 0
20 Gordon Bell 25 6 0 0 3 1 0 0
53 Steve Neils 27 LOLB 16 16 1 18 0 18 0 0 0 3 8 0
35 Jim Otis 30 FB 15 9 0 4 0 0 0
22 Roger Wehrli 31 RCB 16 15 4 3 0 3 0
57 Mark Arneson 29 ROLB 16 16 0 0 3 -16 0
56 Tim Kearney 28 LILB 15 8 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
15 Steve Pisarkiewicz 25 qb 3 1 0 2 1 -14 0
73 Mike Dawson 25 NT 16 15 0 0 2 0 0
12 Steve Little 22 k 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
50 Kurt Allerman 23 RILB 15 9 0 0 1 13 0
25 Jim Bakken 38 K 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Tom Brahaney 27 16 2 0 1 0 -29 0
72 Dan Dierdorf*+ 29 RT 16 16 0 0 1 10 0
60 Roger Finnie 33 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
32 Jerry Latin 25 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Wayne Morris 24 RB 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
38 Lee Nelson 24 db 16 1 1 -3 0 -3 0
80 Eason Ramson 22 te 15 7 0 0 1 0 0
20 Mike Sensibaugh 29 5 4 0 0 1 2 0
84 Dave Stief 22 wr 15 3 0 0 1 0 0
83 Pat Tilley 25 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
59 Curtis Townsend 23 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Eric Williams 23 rilb 13 11 1 24 0 24 0
64 Bob Young* 36 LG 16 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 26 249 0 33 0 0 28 30 10 0 1
Opp Total 16 22 34 18

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 38 K 16 0 27 11 60
35 Jim Otis 30 FB 15 9 8 8 48
87 Al Chandler 28 TE 11 8 4 4 24
84 Dave Stief 22 wr 15 3 4 4 24
83 Pat Tilley 25 WR 16 16 3 3 18
85 Mel Gray 30 WR 13 12 1 1 2 12
17 Jim Hart 34 QB 15 15 2 2 12
34 Steve Jones 27 16 9 2 2 12
24 Wayne Morris 24 RB 13 13 1 1 2 12
87 Jim Thaxton 29 5 0 1 1 1 8
86 Jimmy Childs 22 8 1 1 1 6
39 Willard Harrell 26 KR/PR 13 2 1 1 6
80 Eason Ramson 22 te 15 7 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 16 14 16 1 31 27 11 1 248
Opp Total 16 15 19 2 1 35 13 296

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ CHI L, 10-17 4 1 pass Eason Ramson 1 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
2 1978-09-10 NWE L, 6-16 3 8 pass Jimmy Childs 8 yard pass from Jim Hart
3 1978-09-17 WAS L, 10-28 4 27 rush Mel Gray 27 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
4 1978-09-24 @ DAL L, 12-21 1 9 pass Mel Gray 9 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1978-10-01 @ MIA L, 10-24 2 1 pass Jim Thaxton 1 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
6 1978-10-08 BAL L, 17-30 2 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1978-10-08 BAL L, 17-30 3 9 rush Wayne Morris 9 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1978-10-15 DAL L, 21-24 1 2 rush Jim Otis 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1978-10-15 DAL L, 21-24 2 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
10 1978-10-15 DAL L, 21-24 4 1 pass Wayne Morris 1 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1978-10-22 @ NYJ L, 10-23 1 7 rush Jim Otis 7 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1978-10-29 @ PHI W, 16-10 2 7 rush Jim Otis 7 yard rush
13 1978-10-29 @ PHI W, 16-10 2 55 pass Dave Stief 55 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
14 1978-11-05 NYG W, 20-10 1 5 pass Al Chandler 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
15 1978-11-05 NYG W, 20-10 2 2 rush Jim Otis 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
16 1978-11-05 NYG W, 20-10 2 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush
17 1978-11-12 @ SFO W, 16-10 2 15 pass Al Chandler 15 yard pass from Jim Hart
18 1978-11-12 @ SFO W, 16-10 3 5 pass Pat Tilley 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1978-11-19 @ WAS W, 27-17 1 70 punt Willard Harrell 70 yard punt return (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1978-11-19 @ WAS W, 27-17 1 21 pass Dave Stief 21 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1978-11-19 @ WAS W, 27-17 2 4 pass Al Chandler 4 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1978-11-26 PHI L, 10-14 4 1 pass Pat Tilley 1 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
23 1978-12-03 DET W, 21-14 2 10 rush Steve Jones 10 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
24 1978-12-03 DET W, 21-14 3 1 rush Jim Otis 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
25 1978-12-03 DET W, 21-14 4 53 pass Dave Stief 53 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
26 1978-12-17 ATL W, 42-21 2 37 pass Dave Stief 37 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
27 1978-12-17 ATL W, 42-21 2 12 pass Al Chandler 12 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
28 1978-12-17 ATL W, 42-21 2 26 pass Pat Tilley 26 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
29 1978-12-17 ATL W, 42-21 2 2 rush Jim Hart 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
30 1978-12-17 ATL W, 42-21 3 3 rush Steve Jones 3 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
31 1978-12-17 ATL W, 42-21 4 9 rush Jim Hart 9 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 @ CHI W, 17-10 4 5 rush Walter Payton 5 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
2 1978-09-03 @ CHI W, 17-10 4 1 rush Roland Harper 1 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
3 1978-09-10 NWE W, 16-6 2 5 rush Steve Grogan 5 yard rush (John Smith kick)
4 1978-09-10 NWE W, 16-6 2 24 pass Russ Francis 24 yard pass from Steve Grogan
5 1978-09-17 WAS W, 28-10 1 99 kickoff Tony Green 99 yard kickoff return (Mark Moseley kick)
6 1978-09-17 WAS W, 28-10 2 14 pass Jean Fugett 14 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
7 1978-09-17 WAS W, 28-10 2 9 rush Mike Thomas 9 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
8 1978-09-17 WAS W, 28-10 3 9 pass Clarence Harmon 9 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
9 1978-09-24 @ DAL W, 21-12 2 7 rush Tony Dorsett 7 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
10 1978-09-24 @ DAL W, 21-12 4 2 rush Robert Newhouse 2 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
11 1978-09-24 @ DAL W, 21-12 4 15 pass Robert Newhouse 15 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
12 1978-10-01 @ MIA W, 24-10 1 2 pass Nat Moore 2 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
13 1978-10-01 @ MIA W, 24-10 3 46 pass Nat Moore 46 yard pass from Don Strock (Garo Yepremian kick)
14 1978-10-01 @ MIA W, 24-10 4 1 rush Delvin Williams 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)
15 1978-10-08 BAL W, 30-17 1 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
16 1978-10-08 BAL W, 30-17 2 10 pass Mack Alston 10 yard pass from Bill Troup (Toni Linhart kick)
17 1978-10-08 BAL W, 30-17 2 79 interception Lyle Blackwood 79 yard interception return (Toni Linhart kick)
18 1978-10-08 BAL W, 30-17 4 5 rush Bill Troup 5 yard rush
19 1978-10-15 DAL W, 24-21 2 6 pass Robert Newhouse 6 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
20 1978-10-15 DAL W, 24-21 3 37 pass Tony Hill 37 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
21 1978-10-15 DAL W, 24-21 3 6 pass Tony Hill 6 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
22 1978-10-22 @ NYJ W, 23-10 2 2 rush Scott Dierking 2 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
23 1978-10-22 @ NYJ W, 23-10 3 11 rush Scott Dierking 11 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
24 1978-10-29 @ PHI L, 10-16 2 33 pass Harold Carmichael 33 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1978-11-05 NYG L, 10-20 4 52 pass Jim Robinson 52 yard pass from Joe Pisarcik (Joe Danelo kick)
26 1978-11-12 @ SFO L, 10-16 4 3 rush Bob Ferrell 3 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
27 1978-11-19 @ WAS L, 17-27 2 13 pass Mike Thomas 13 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
28 1978-11-19 @ WAS L, 17-27 3 42 pass John McDaniel 42 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
29 1978-11-26 PHI W, 14-10 2 22 pass Charlie Smith 22 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Mike Michel kick)
30 1978-11-26 PHI W, 14-10 4 2 rush Mike Hogan 2 yard rush (Mike Michel kick)
31 1978-12-03 DET L, 14-21 3 19 pass Leonard Thompson 19 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
32 1978-12-03 DET L, 14-21 4 15 pass David Hill 15 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick)
33 1978-12-10 @ NYG W, 17-0 1 6 pass Gary Shirk 6 yard pass from Randy Dean (Joe Danelo kick)
34 1978-12-10 @ NYG W, 17-0 4 12 rush Doug Kotar 12 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
35 1978-12-17 ATL L, 21-42 1 1 rush Ray Strong 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
36 1978-12-17 ATL L, 21-42 2 100 kickoff Dennis Pearson 100 yard kickoff return (Tim Mazzetti kick)
37 1978-12-17 ATL L, 21-42 3 8 pass Ricky Patton 8 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)