1965 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

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1965 St. Louis Cardinals season
Head coach Wally Lemm
Home field Busch Stadium
Results
Record 5–9
Division place 6th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1964 1966

The 1965 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 46th year in the National Football League and their sixth season in St. Louis. After losing the season opener in Philadelphia, the Cardinals reeled off four consecutive wins to move into a tie with the Cleveland Browns at 4–1 after five weeks. However, the Cardinals lost their finals six games to finish in sixth place at 5–9, ahead of only the 2–12 Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Eastern Conference.

It was the final season at Busch Stadium, formerly known as Sportsman's Park. Head coach Wally Lemm resigned after the 1965 season and returned to his previous position with the Houston Oilers of the AFL. The Cardinals moved to the new Busch Memorial Stadium for the 1966 season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

In November 1964, the Cardinals selected quarterback Joe Namath of Alabama in the first round of the 1965 NFL Draft, but he signed a record contract with the New York Jets of the American Football League.[1] It was the height of the bidding war between the leagues, which subsided with the merger announcement in June 1966.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1965 at Philadelphia Eagles L 34–27
54,260
2 September 26, 1965 at Cleveland Browns W 49–13
80,161
3 October 4, 1965 Dallas Cowboys W 20–13
32,034
4 October 10, 1965 at Washington Redskins W 37–16
50,205
5 October 17, 1965 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–7
31,085
6 October 24, 1965 Washington Redskins L 24–20
32,228
7 October 31, 1965 at New York Giants L 14–10
62,807
8 November 7, 1965 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–17
31,899
9 November 14, 1965 at Chicago Bears L 34–13
45,663
10 November 21, 1965 New York Giants L 28–15
31,704
11 November 28, 1965 Philadelphia Eagles L 28–24
28,706
12 December 5, 1965 Los Angeles Rams L 27–3
27,943
13 December 11, 1965 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–13
38,499
14 December 19, 1965 Cleveland Browns L 27–24
29,348

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 3 0 .786 363 325 W-1
New York Giants 7 7 0 .500 270 338 L-1
Dallas Cowboys 7 7 0 .500 325 280 W-3
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 257 301 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 0 .357 363 359 L-1
St. Louis Cardinals 5 9 0 .357 296 309 L-6
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 12 0 .143 202 397 L-7

Roster[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smits, Ted (June 19, 1966). "Namath's a pro, but pins dubious". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2B.