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1978 St. Louis Cardinals

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6-10-0, 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
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 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

Week 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

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
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

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
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

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. 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

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
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

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. 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

No. 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