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1979 St. Louis Cardinals

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5-11-0, Finished 5th in NFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.7, Offense: -0.7, Defense: -2.0, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 307 points (19.2/g), 17th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 358 points (22.4/g), 21st.
 Differential of -51 points (-3.2/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-9.4.

Coach: Larry Wilson (2-1-0) and Bud Wilkinson (3-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bettis

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial St
 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 307 5184 1097 4.7 45 21 24 305 248 492 2602 12 24 4.9 136 566 2582 24 4.6 145
Team Defense 358 5077 1073 4.7 37 19 28 302 258 478 2873 22 18 5.7 149 567 2204 18 3.9 125
Lg Rank Offense 17 10 25 24 12 9 20 27 20 24 11 3 4 2
Lg Rank Defense 21 16 17 7 15 20 16 20 20 12 22 14 15 10

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore L 0-1 Dallas Cowboys 21 22 17 342 105 237 2 24 455 294 161 1
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 1-1 @ New York Giants 27 14 23 348 159 189 4 10 128 88 40 3
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 1-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 24 12 212 106 106 1 25 398 234 164 4
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-3 Washington Redskins 7 17 23 376 281 95 5 11 191 91 100 1
5 Sun September 30 boxscore L 1-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 0 21 9 231 149 82 3 24 392 206 186 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 2-4 @ Houston Oilers 24 17 26 447 253 194 4 13 222 165 57 3
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 2-5 Philadelphia Eagles 20 24 18 322 191 131 3 19 262 123 139 4
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 2-6 @ Dallas Cowboys 13 22 18 235 98 137 2 12 319 164 155 3
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L 2-7 Cleveland Browns 20 38 16 282 173 109 3 27 418 192 226 2
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 3-7 Minnesota Vikings 37 7 29 467 142 325 3 23 333 263 70 4
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 3-8 @ Washington Redskins 28 30 23 331 184 147 4 22 327 173 154 1
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 3-9 @ Philadelphia Eagles 13 16 12 306 172 134 14 287 130 157
13 Sun November 25 boxscore L 3-10 @ Cincinnati Bengals 28 34 26 480 317 163 6 20 342 153 189
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 4-10 San Francisco 49ers 13 10 16 286 75 211 1 16 290 171 119 2
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 5-10 New York Giants 29 20 26 406 174 232 2 15 257 171 86 5
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 5-11 @ Chicago Bears 6 42 11 113 23 90 2 27 456 255 201 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 35 QB 14 13 3-10-0 194 378 51.3 2218 9 2.4 20 5.3 51 5.9 4.0 11.4 158.4 55.2 25 183 5.05 3.26 6.2 1 1
15 Steve Pisarkiewicz 26 qb 6 3 2-1-0 52 109 47.7 621 3 2.8 4 3.7 78 5.7 4.6 11.9 103.5 59.5 14 85 4.36 3.38 11.4 1 1
12 Steve Little 23 K/P 16 0 2 3 66.7 31 0 0.0 0 0.0 16 10.3 10.3 15.5 1.9 100.7 0 0 10.33 10.33 0.0
32 Ottis Anderson*+ 22 RB 16 16 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
39 Willard Harrell 27 PR 14 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.2 16 5-11-0 248 492 50.4 2870 12 2.4 24 4.9 78 5.8 4.1 11.6 179.4 56.2 39 268 4.90 3.32 7.3 2 2
Opp Total 16 258 478 54.0 3067 22 4.6 18 3.8 6.4 5.64 11.9 191.7 73.4 28 194 5.7 4.9 5.5

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
32 Ottis Anderson*+ 22 RB 16 16 331 1605 8 76 4.8 100.3 20.7 41 308 7.5 2 28 2.6 19.3 1913 10 10
24 Wayne Morris 25 FB 15 15 106 387 8 16 3.7 25.8 7.1 35 237 6.8 1 20 2.3 15.8 624 9 2
33 Theotis Brown 22 rb 16 1 73 318 7 30 4.4 19.9 4.6 25 191 7.6 0 19 1.6 11.9 509 7 3
39 Willard Harrell 27 PR 14 0 19 100 0 19 5.3 7.1 1.4 3 33 11.0 0 15 0.2 2.4 133 0 5
26 Thomas Lott 22 10 0 11 50 0 13 4.5 5.0 1.1 2 8 4.0 0 5 0.2 0.8 58 0 2
15 Steve Pisarkiewicz 26 qb 6 3 11 20 0 12 1.8 3.3 1.8 20 0 5
17 Jim Hart 35 QB 14 13 6 11 0 12 1.8 0.8 0.4 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4 0.1 -0.3 7 0 5
85 Mel Gray 31 WR 13 13 4 41 0 38 10.3 3.2 0.3 25 447 17.9 1 78 1.9 34.4 488 1 1
36 Rod Phillips 27 11 0 3 50 1 17 16.7 4.5 0.3 50 1 0
12 Steve Little 23 K/P 16 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
83 Pat Tilley 26 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 57 938 16.5 6 51 3.6 58.6 938 6 0
84 Dave Stief 23 wr 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 324 14.7 0 32 1.4 20.3 324 0 2
89 Gary Parris 29 TE 9 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 174 12.4 0 39 1.6 19.3 174 0 0
86 Jimmy Childs 23 13 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 93 11.6 0 22 0.6 7.2 93 0 0
87 Richard Osborne 26 7 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 37 5.3 0 10 1.0 5.3 37 0 0
87 Al Chandler 29 8 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 49 9.8 2 28 0.6 6.1 49 2 0
80 Bill Murrell 23 12 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 20 10.0 0 14 0.2 1.7 20 0 0
25 Roy Green 22 KR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.1 0.9 15 0 4
Team Total 26.2 16 566 2582 24 76 4.6 161.4 35.4 248 2870 11.6 12 78 15.5 179.4 5452 36 42
Opp Total 16 567 2204 18 3.9 137.8 35.4 258 2873 11.1 22 16.1 179.6 5077 40 40

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 27 PR 14 0 32 205 0 68 6.4 22 497 0 53 22.6 835
25 Roy Green 22 KR 16 0 8 42 0 14 5.3 41 1005 1 106 24.5 1062
26 Thomas Lott 22 10 0 4 33 0 13 8.3 1 19 0 19 19.0 110
38 Lee Nelson 25 16 0 4 88 0 77 22.0 88
58 John Barefield 24 15 8 3 62 0 23 20.7 62
50 Kurt Allerman 24 RILB 16 10 2 16 0 10 8.0 16
59 Calvin Favron 22 rolb 16 7 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
61 Chris Garlich 22 9 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 48 368 0 77 7.7 71 1609 1 106 22.7 7429
Opp Total 16 45 378 0 8.4 57 1332 1 23.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
12 Steve Little 23 K/P 16 0 5 5 3 1 10 3 1 1 19 10 52.6% 32 24 75.0% 79 3060 63 2 38.7
19 Mike Wood 25 k 3 0 2 2 2 2 1 7 2 28.6% 7 6 85.7%
89 Gary Parris 29 TE 9 7 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 26.2 16 7 7 5 1 12 3 2 1 26 12 46.2% 40 31 77.5% 79 3060 63 2 38.7
Opp Total 16 31 19 61.3% 43 41 95.3% 90 3528 39.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
32 Ottis Anderson*+ 22 RB 16 16 0 10 1 0 0
23 Ken Stone 29 FS 16 16 6 70 0 30 0 0 0 3 20 0
39 Willard Harrell 27 PR 14 0 0 5 3 0 0
15 Steve Pisarkiewicz 26 qb 6 3 0 5 2 -1 0
27 Carl Allen 24 LCB 15 12 5 126 0 78 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Roy Green 22 KR 16 0 0 4 2 0 0
17 Jim Hart 35 QB 14 13 0 5 1 -7 0
33 Theotis Brown 22 rb 16 1 0 3 2 0 0
22 Roger Wehrli* 32 RCB 16 16 2 8 1 9 0 0 1 2 21 0
37 Ken Greene 23 SS 16 16 3 37 0 21 0
26 Thomas Lott 22 10 0 0 2 1 0 0
24 Wayne Morris 25 FB 15 15 0 2 1 0 0
55 Eric Williams 24 LOLB 16 16 1 25 0 25 0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Kurt Allerman 24 RILB 16 10 0 0 2 0 0
57 Mark Arneson 30 ROLB 11 9 0 0 2 29 1
76 Charles Davis 28 NT 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
53 Steve Neils 28 LILB 9 9 0 0 2 72 1
84 Dave Stief 23 wr 16 3 0 2 0 0 0
62 Keith Wortman 29 LT 13 13 0 0 2 0 0
54 Tom Banks 31 C 14 14 0 1 0 -34 0
51 Tom Brahaney 28 c 16 4 0 1 0 -40 0
52 Sean Clancy 23 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 George Collins 24 t 15 3 0 0 1 0 0
85 Mel Gray 31 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
56 Tim Kearney 29 5 5 0 0 1 0 0
12 Steve Little 23 K/P 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
38 Lee Nelson 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Perry Smith 28 db 16 4 1 22 0 22 0
78 Ron Yankowski 33 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Bob Young*+ 37 LG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 18 288 1 78 0 0 42 38 60 2
Opp Total 16 39 40 21 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
32 Ottis Anderson*+ 22 RB 16 16 8 2 10 60
12 Steve Little 23 K/P 16 0 24 10 54
24 Wayne Morris 25 FB 15 15 8 1 9 54
33 Theotis Brown 22 rb 16 1 7 7 42
83 Pat Tilley 26 WR 16 16 6 6 36
87 Al Chandler 29 8 2 2 2 12
19 Mike Wood 25 k 3 0 6 2 12
57 Mark Arneson 30 ROLB 11 9 1 1 6
85 Mel Gray 31 WR 13 13 1 1 6
25 Roy Green 22 KR 16 0 1 1 6
53 Steve Neils 28 LILB 9 9 1 1 6
36 Rod Phillips 27 11 0 1 1 6
22 Roger Wehrli* 32 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
89 Gary Parris 29 TE 9 7 1 1
Team Total 26.2 16 24 12 1 2 1 40 31 12 307
Opp Total 16 18 22 1 1 1 41 19 1 358