St Louis Cardinals 1963 to 1965

Previously I mentioned the Cardinals  late season losses.     In 1963,  St Louis  lost two of the last three to finish 9-5.   In 1964, there was a midyear  dip where the Cardinals lost three of four games.  The final record was 9-3-2 one half game behind conference winning Cleveland Browns.  For consolation, the Cardinals bettered the Browns  head to head games.  There was an early season tie at Cleveland 33-33 and they defeated the Browns 28 to 19 at home in December.

1965- For a complete picture I mentioned the 1965 season a few weeks ago.  After losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on opening day, the Cardinals won four consecutive games.  The 49 to 13 win at Cleveland was one of the best games  in St Louis history.  The final game of that  stretch was a 20 to 7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They lost the next two bringing their record to 5-3. 

In week nine,  Charley Johnson fired a 59 yard touchdown pass to Billy Gambrel for a 21 to 17 win.  Then came disaster came as the  Cardinals lost their  remaining six games for a 5-9 record.