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1981 St. Louis Cardinals

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7-9-0, NFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.7, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -4.8, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 315 points (19.7/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 408 points (25.5/g), 27th.
 Differential of -93 points (-5.8/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-10.4.

Coach: Jim Hanifan (7-9-0)
 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 Pro Personnel Larry Wilson
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 315 5077 1044 4.9 44 20 24 300 253 477 2864 15 24 5.5 141 519 2213 20 4.3 135
Team Defense 408 5723 1036 5.5 38 17 23 328 282 495 3295 29 21 6.3 171 509 2428 20 4.8 134
Lg Rank Offense 18 19 20 17 20 19 22 24 20 23 14 9 6 6
Lg Rank Defense 27 23 15 14 24 10 16 26 13 20 14 25 23 27

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 6 boxscore L 0-1 Miami Dolphins 7 20 14 203 142 61 2 14 292 141 151 3
2 Sun September 13 boxscore L 0-2 @ Dallas Cowboys 17 30 18 404 262 142 2 24 391 210 181 2
3 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-2 Washington Redskins 40 30 18 315 208 107 24 521 388 133 2
4 Sun September 27 boxscore L 1-3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 20 18 255 79 176 2 18 321 154 167 1
5 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-3 Dallas Cowboys 20 17 18 299 184 115 3 17 306 166 140 2
6 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-4 @ New York Giants 14 34 19 285 184 101 4 27 377 179 198 1
7 Sun October 18 boxscore L 2-5 @ Atlanta Falcons 20 41 22 383 263 120 4 17 394 280 114 2
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W 3-5 Minnesota Vikings 30 17 18 320 182 138 2 22 387 318 69 3
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 3-6 @ Washington Redskins 21 42 29 449 319 130 4 25 361 201 160 1
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L 3-7 Philadelphia Eagles 10 52 13 239 158 81 5 30 452 255 197 1
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 4-7 Buffalo Bills 24 0 22 338 80 258 1 17 311 226 85 6
12 Sun November 22 boxscore W 5-7 @ Baltimore Colts 35 24 24 452 211 241 3 22 385 230 155 2
13 Sun November 29 boxscore W 6-7 @ New England Patriots 27 20 25 412 255 157 2 19 353 226 127 2
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 7-7 New Orleans Saints 30 3 19 290 135 155 1 11 176 59 117 3
15 Sun December 13 boxscore L 7-8 New York Giants 10 20 12 222 130 92 3 16 252 77 175 2
16 Sun December 20 boxscore L 7-9 @ Philadelphia Eagles 0 38 11 211 72 139 6 25 444 185 259 5

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 37 QB 10 9 3-6-0 134 241 55.6 1694 11 4.6 14 5.8 58 7.0 5.3 12.6 169.4 68.7 16 119 6.13 4.53 6.2 0 1
15 Neil Lomax 22 qb 14 7 4-3-0 119 236 50.4 1575 4 1.7 10 4.2 75 6.7 5.1 13.2 112.5 59.9 32 286 4.81 3.43 11.9 0 1
Team Total 25.6 16 7-9-0 253 477 53.0 3269 15 3.1 24 5.0 75 6.9 5.2 12.9 204.3 64.4 48 405 5.46 3.97 9.1 0 2
Opp Total 16 282 495 57.0 3547 29 5.9 21 4.2 7.2 6.43 12.6 221.7 81.3 32 252 6.3 5.6 6.1

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 24 RB 16 16 328 1376 9 28 4.2 86.0 20.5 51 387 7.6 0 27 3.2 24.2 1763 9 13
24 Wayne Morris 27 FB 16 13 109 417 5 14 3.8 26.1 6.8 19 165 8.7 0 21 1.2 10.3 582 5 0
30 Stump Mitchell 22 KR/PR 16 0 31 175 0 43 5.6 10.9 1.9 6 35 5.8 1 16 0.4 2.2 210 1 3
15 Neil Lomax 22 qb 14 7 19 104 2 22 5.5 7.4 1.4 104 2 6
33 Theotis Brown 24 rb 4 3 15 52 2 11 3.5 13.0 3.8 4 60 15.0 0 28 1.0 15.0 112 2 2
39 Willard Harrell 29 16 0 5 6 1 4 1.2 0.4 0.3 14 131 9.4 1 62 0.9 8.2 137 2 0
25 Roy Green 24 wr 16 2 3 60 1 44 20.0 3.8 0.2 33 708 21.5 4 60 2.1 44.3 768 5 2
17 Jim Hart 37 QB 10 9 3 2 0 4 0.7 0.2 0.3 2 0 4
40 Randy Love 25 16 0 3 11 0 4 3.7 0.7 0.2 11 0 0
85 Mel Gray 33 WR 12 12 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.3 0.1 27 310 11.5 2 41 2.3 25.8 314 2 0
84 Dave Stief 25 12 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.7 0.1 5 77 15.4 1 29 0.4 6.4 85 1 0
18 Carl Birdsong 22 P 16 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 -2 0 0
83 Pat Tilley 28 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 66 1040 15.8 3 75 4.1 65.0 1040 3 1
89 Greg LaFleur 23 TE 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 190 13.6 2 27 0.9 11.9 190 2 0
87 Doug Marsh 23 te 4 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 80 13.3 1 20 1.5 20.0 80 1 1
80 Chris Combs 23 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 54 10.8 0 13 0.3 3.4 54 0 0
86 John Floyd 25 wr 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 32 10.7 0 16 0.8 8.0 32 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 519 2213 20 44 4.3 138.3 32.4 253 3269 12.9 15 75 15.8 204.3 5482 35 33
Opp Total 16 509 2428 20 4.8 151.8 31.8 282 3295 11.7 29 17.6 205.9 5723 49 35

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
30 Stump Mitchell 22 KR/PR 16 0 42 445 1 50 10.6 55 1292 0 67 23.5 1947
25 Roy Green 24 wr 16 2 8 135 0 28 16.9 903
39 Willard Harrell 29 16 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 7 118 0 29 16.9 263
40 Randy Love 25 16 0 3 46 0 25 15.3 57
35 Jeff Griffin 23 LCB 16 9 2 34 0 26 17.0 34
Team Total 25.6 16 43 453 1 50 10.5 75 1625 0 67 21.7 7560
Opp Total 16 37 276 0 7.5 55 1163 0 21.1

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
18 Carl Birdsong 22 P 16 0 69 2883 75 0 41.8
11 Neil O'Donoghue 28 K 16 0 2 2 8 8 6 4 11 5 5 32 19 59.4% 37 36 97.3%
Team Total 25.6 16 2 2 8 8 6 4 11 5 5 32 19 59.4% 37 36 97.3% 69 2883 75 0 41.8
Opp Total 16 26 20 76.9% 50 48 96.0% 69 2850 41.3

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 24 RB 16 16 0 13 3 0 0
37 Ken Greene 25 FS 15 15 7 111 0 47 0 0 0 1 0 0
15 Neil Lomax 22 qb 14 7 0 6 0 0 0
25 Roy Green 24 wr 16 2 3 44 0 29 0 0 2 0 0 0
75 Curtis Greer 24 RDE 16 12 0 0 4 2 0
17 Jim Hart 37 QB 10 9 0 4 0 -9 0
22 Roger Wehrli 34 RCB 16 9 4 8 0 6 0
33 Theotis Brown 24 rb 4 3 0 2 1 0 0
30 Stump Mitchell 22 KR/PR 16 0 0 3 0 0 0
55 Eric Williams 26 lilb/LLB 15 11 1 17 0 17 0 0 0 2 0 0
73 Mike Dawson 28 LDT/nt 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
59 Calvin Favron 24 lolb 14 7 1 42 0 42 0 0 0 1 5 0
46 Charles Johnson 25 5 0 1 19 0 19 0 0 1 0 0 0
40 Randy Love 25 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
38 Lee Nelson 27 SS 15 15 0 0 2 0 0
58 Dave Ahrens 23 MLB 16 10 1 14 1 14 0
52 Charles Baker 24 rolb 14 8 0 0 1 0 0
51 Tom Brahaney 30 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
44 Tim Collier 27 rcb 14 6 1 17 0 17 0
66 George Collins 26 LT 16 13 0 0 1 0 0
72 Dan Dierdorf 32 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
35 Jeff Griffin 23 LCB 16 9 1 4 0 4 0
39 Willard Harrell 29 16 0 0 0 1 2 0
54 E.J. Junior 22 RLB 16 13 1 5 0 5 0
87 Doug Marsh 23 te 4 3 0 1 0 0 0
76 Stafford Mays 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
11 Neil O'Donoghue 28 K 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Bob Pollard 33 LDE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
79 Bruce Radford 26 nt 9 1 0 0 1 0 0
83 Pat Tilley 28 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 21 281 1 47 0 0 33 27 0 0
Opp Total 16 48 35 18

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
11 Neil O'Donoghue 28 K 16 0 36 19 93
32 Ottis Anderson 24 RB 16 16 9 9 54
25 Roy Green 24 wr 16 2 1 4 5 30
24 Wayne Morris 27 FB 16 13 5 5 30
83 Pat Tilley 28 WR 16 16 3 3 18
33 Theotis Brown 24 rb 4 3 2 2 12
85 Mel Gray 33 WR 12 12 2 2 12
39 Willard Harrell 29 16 0 1 1 2 12
89 Greg LaFleur 23 TE 16 11 2 2 12
15 Neil Lomax 22 qb 14 7 2 2 12
30 Stump Mitchell 22 KR/PR 16 0 1 1 2 12
58 Dave Ahrens 23 MLB 16 10 1 1 6
87 Doug Marsh 23 te 4 3 1 1 6
84 Dave Stief 25 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 16 20 15 1 1 37 36 19 315
Opp Total 16 20 29 1 48 20 408