1981 Standings through week 4
Week 4 Highlights
There were quite a few close games including two overtime games in week 4.
Cincinnati (4-0) stayed unbeaten by edging the winless Bills (0-4) 17-10.
The Jets (2-2) offense finally came to life gaining 422 total yards in dropping the Houston Oilers (0-4) by a score of 33-20. Richard Todd was efficient as completed 12 of 22 passes for 182 yards and 2 TDs for a rating of 112.3
Washington (4-0) stayed unbeaten when Philadelphia (2-2) botched the potential game tying extra point late in the 4th quarter. Wilbur Jackson rushed for exactly 100 yards in the 20-19 victory for the Redskins.
Minnesota (2-2) edged Green Bay (2-2) 27-24 in overtime. The Vikings put together a 10 play 82 yard last ditch drive to tie the game at 24-24 with only 26 seconds remaining in the game. Ted Brown scored the equalizer on a 2 yard run. After trading punts in overtime the Vikings Rick Danmeier kicked the game winning 26 yard field goal.
The Seahawks (3-1) knocked the Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) out of the unbeaten ranks with a 23-21 win. The Chiefs turned the ball over five times to Seattle’s zero turnovers.
Game of the week
Miami (4-0) stayed unbeaten as the defeated the Baltimore Colts (1-3) 25 to 19 in overtime. Miami trailed 19-9 entering the 4th quarter. Andra Franklin scored on a 1 yard run early in the 4th quarter to close the gap to 19-16. Miami looked doomed when faced 4th and 14 from their own 22 yard line with 1:09 left in the game. David Woodley scrambled for 15 yards to keep the drive alive. Miami then drove into position for the game tying 30 yard field goal by Uwe von Schamann. The Colts won the toss and got the ball first in overtime. Bert Jones’ first pass was intercepted by the Dolphins. A few plays later Woodley hit Jimmy Cefalo on a crossing pattern that Cefalo took all the way for a 52 yard game winning touchdown.
I’m still in catch up mode here. I started this replay at about the same time as Greg started his 2019 replay. I’m currently finishing up week 4. This week 3 update has me almost caught up. I’ll never catch Greg though.
Week 3 Highlights
Dave Preston scored 4 touchdowns in Denver’s (2-1) win over Baltimore (1-2). Preston scored on a pair of 3 yard runs as well as on passes of 27 and 29 yards.
In a battle of 2-0 teams Cincinnati handled Cleveland with ease. Ken Anderson completed 19 of 25 passes with 2 TD passes. Kenny also scored on a 5 yard run. Pete Johnson ran for 105 yards for the still undefeated Bengals.
Billy Sims had 199 total yards as Detroit (0-2) won their first game of the season by a score of 27-24 over the Minnesota Vikings (1-1). Sims carried 25 times for 176 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a 23 yard TD pass from Gary Danielson.
Washington (2-0) won their third straight by beating the Cardinals (0-2). Washington held St. Louis to under 200 total yards in the 20-0 shutout victory. Mike Nelms returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown. Art Monk had 7 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown for Washington.
Game of the week
The Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) hosted the San Diego Chargers (1-1) in what turned out to be the best game of the week. The Chargers once again started quickly in this game (much like their OT loss to the Browns in week 1). Dan Fouts found Kellen Winslow for TD passes of 57 and 22 yards in the first half as the Chargers opened up a 17-3 lead. The Chiefs then clawed their way back into things with four Nick Lowery field goals. The Chargers still led 17-15 late in the 4th quarter when Rolf Benirschke missed a 49 yard field goal with 1:51 remaining. Bill Kenney converted a 4th and 15 pass to Carlos Carson for 28 yards from their own 34 yard line to keep the Chiefs hopes alive. Kansas City then marched down to the San Diego 2 yard line where Kenney found J.T. Smith open in the end zone for the score with only 24 seconds remaining, giving the Chiefs a hard fought 22-17 victory.
Week 2 Highlights
A lot scoring this week. Miami (1-0) posted the most points as they put up 48 on the Steelers (0-1). Tommy Vigorito started the scoring with a 46 yard punt return TD less than 2 minutes into the game. David Woodley threw for two scores and rushed for a another as the Dolphins won easily 48-20.
The Colts (0-1) had the upset of the week as they stunned Buffalo (0-1) by a 29-24 score. Greg Landry subbed in for an injured Bert Jones and tossed TD passes to Roger Carr and Randy McMillan in the second half to complete the comeback after Baltimore trailed 17-6 at the half.
Ozzie Newsome caught 7 Brian Sipe passes for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Browns (1-0) won their second straight game 30-14 over the Oilers (0-1).
Ronnie Lott and Dwight Hicks returned interceptions for scores as the 49er’s (1-0) trounced the Bears (1-0) by a score of 41-3.
Game of the week
The Bengals (1-0) bested the Jets (1-0) by a score of 15-13. New York took a 13-6 lead into the 4th quarter. The only touchdown of the game to that point was scored by Darrol Ray on an interception that he caught in the end zone after Ken Anderson’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage. Cincinnati got a Jim Breech field goal midway through the 4th quarter to close the gap to 13-9. On the ensuing drive Wes Walker coughed up the ball after a 19 yard catch and run. The Bengals recovered the fumble at the Jets 35 yard line. From there the Bengals went 35 yards in 5 plays capped by a 1 yard Pete Johnson touchdown with 4:15 remaining. Cincinnati then forced a Jets punt and ran out the clock for the victory.
Week 1 Replay Highlights
Jimmie Giles scored 4 touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s victory over Minnesota on opening night. Giles scored on passes of 20, 26 and 44 yards. He also recovered a fumble and scored from 13 yards out.
Tony Collins ran for 179 yards on only 11 carries as New England dominated Baltimore. The Patriots had 617 yards of offense against the Colts.
Dwaine Board recorded 4 sacks and Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark for a 51 yard tiebreaking TD with less than 5 minutes to go as the 49er’s edged out Detroit 24 to 17.
Game of the week
San Diego at Cleveland on Monday night was the easily the best game of the 1st week. San Diego scored touchdowns on their first 3 possessions to quickly open a 21-0 lead. But Brian Sipe, who threw for 374 yards on the day, then led the Browns to 28 unanswered points to give the Browns the lead midway through the 4th quarter. Dan Fouts hit Charlie Joiner for a 4 yard TD with only 28 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. The Chargers won the toss in overtime but were forced to punt on their first possession. Sipe then marched the Browns downfield 68 yards in 5 plays to setup a 20 yard Dave Jacobs field goal to win the game.
I chose 1981 to replay mainly due to it being one of the few memorable years for this long suffering Bengals fan. I was lucky enough to have season tickets to the Bengals games in 1981. It was the beginning of “The Jungle” and although the were not really high hopes at the beginning of the year the season ended up being quite a memorable here in Cincinnati.
My method of play is as follows.
I plan to replay the entire 1981 NFL season. I’m using an Excel spreadsheet on my own creation to do all board lookups. I also have the spreadsheet refined enough to do all the stat keeping for me.
Mark Zarb’s most recent floating index will be used as well as the Fletch 67 system.
I’ll call offensive plays for both teams.
My spreadsheet is programmed to call the defensive formation based on what formation the offense has chosen. The defense is fairly vanilla but my playcalling is not geared to outthink the defense. The defenses will blitz very infrequently.
My keying is a modified version of Oguard’s. Better defenses will have a higher percentage of keyed plays. I expect the keying percentage to run between 10 and 20 percent over the course of the replay.
I am also using a modified version of the team Sack, Interception and Special Team ratings that Maz created.
Defenses have been rated on their ability to force fumbles. This is similar to the FFN innovation on the site. I chose to not rate teams for the ability to recover fumbles. I’m allowing the recoveries to be random. I’m not convinced that recovering fumbles is anything more than a random thing anyway. Forcing fumbles does seem to be a skill that some defense do have from year to year.
I’m using my own Yards per Catch ratings which Greg posted here a few months ago.
These are the major method of play options that I will use. I hope to describe a few more of my minor innovations as we move along.
This replay will move at a much slower pace than Greg’s. Although I already have almost three weeks completed at this point. I will post summaries of the first three weeks soon.
I would like to introduce the newest “author” to the site, Mr. Dan Flynn. Dan has previously contributed an alternative “Yards per Catch” innovation and “R-Column Calculator” to estimate the yards per carry for running back cards. He is also an avid player who has currently completed week three of his 1981 NFL replay. His innovative mind is a credit to our community and I’m looking forward to anything he has to offer ranging from new innovations, evaluating tools, or statistical review of his current replay. Welcome aboard Dan!
Dan Flynn is at it again; he created a wonderful calculator to estimate the yards per carry for a running backs card. I’ve tested it and am incredibly pleased and impressed with its accuracy. Dan, thank you for all that you do for our community!
Mr. Dan Flynn continues to create innovations to increase statistical accuracy and understanding card capability. Dan has used old APBA Journal articles to create a spreadsheet to estimate how a quarterback’s card should perform. Just type in the QB’s “P” column numbers to view estimated completion percentage, yards per completion, TD%, INT %, etc.