If you are a Cardinal fan who moans about missing the playoffs, 1968 was another lost year. The Cardinals lost out to Cleveland by 1/2 game but defeated the Browns twice. Cleveland was 10-4 and St Louis 9-4-1. Highlights as follows:
1. The Cardinals lost three of their first four games. Two of them were among the best teams in the NFL.
Lost 24 to 13 at home to the Los Angeles Rams (10-3-1)
Lost on the road to the Dallas Cowboys (12-2)
2. Won Five in a Row. The big win was at the Cleveland Browns. 27to 21.
The Cardinals shut down the ground game of the Browns yielding only 22 yards.
For Browns’ Quarterback Bill Nelson completed 17 passes for 321 yards. Milt Morin and Paul Warfield combined for 16 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns. For St Louis, Willis Crenshaw carried 19 times for 94 yards.
3. In the biggest gaff of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-11-2) and Cardinals played to a 28 to 28 tie.
Pittsburgh led 21 to 0 at halftime and St Louis Cardinals dominated in the second half. Dick Shiner for the Steelers completed 20 of 30 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Roy Jefferson, with two touchdowns, stood out for the Steelers. He scored on an 80 yard punt return and on a 52 yard pass completion. Jim Hart teamed up with Bobby Joe Conrad, Dave Williams, and Jackie Smith for 352 yards and three touchdowns. The first half of this game cost the St. Louis Cardinals first place in the Century Division.
4. At Baltimore the Colts tore the Cardinals up 27 to 0.
On a horrible day for the Cardinals, Willis Crenshaw, Jackie Smith, and Bobby Joe Conrad combined for 13 receptions for 137 yards. Jim Hart threw four interceptions. John Mackey and Willie Richardson combined for 10 receptions, 126 yards and three touchdowns.
5. Final Game. At St Louis, the Cardinals were 8-4-1 and Cleveland Browns were 10-3. Cleveland was 1 1/2 games over the Cards. The game meant nothing either way. The Cardinals had Jack Smith scoring on a 36 yard reversal. St Louis won and finished 9-4-1. The bad first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers was costly.
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