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Mon., Oct. IS, 1979 THE SUN C-3 V Saints blitz Tampa Bay IV AP wlrephoto t4 quick Martin-izing job Dallas defensive end Harvey Martin moves in to sack Rams' quarterback Pat Haden for a 10-yard loss in the first quarter Sunday night. Raiders bury Falcons, 50-19 , i Associated Press OAKLAND Mark van Eeghen says the Oakland Raiders are not a great football team and Lynn Cain of the Atlanta Falcons agrees. But that would be hard to prove looking at the final score Sunday. All the Raiders did was force six turnovers and score six touchdowns as they beat the Falcons 50-19 in a National Football League game. "Things are clicking for us," van Eeghen admitted after he scored three touchdowns in his team's third straight victory. "But we're by no means a great team yet. There's a hell of a lot of the season to go." Cain, who also scored three times for his team's only bright spot in a dismal day, said he never expected things to get so out of hand. "The Raiders aren't that much better than we are we didn't think they could score 50 points," he said. "But they did, so what can I say." The Raider defense, which had not given up a touchdown in its last two games, shutout Atlanta for a half and forced three fumbles as the Raiders led 19-0. Oakland then intercepted three passes in the second half as the Falcons tried to come back. All three of those interceptions led to touchdow ns. The fine defensive play made it easy for Raider quarterback Ken Stabler, who threw for two touchdowns to go with van Eeghen 's three short TD runs. Oakland, w hich ran up its highest point total in 10 years, won its third straight game and is now 4-3. The Falcons are now 3-4. c nterconference roundup Patriots 27, Bears 7 CHICAGO Steve Grogan hurled three touchdown passes, two of them in the first period following fumbles by Walter Payton and Robin Earl, to lead the New England Patriots to a 27-7 victory over the Chicago Bears. Grogan hit Stanley Morgan w ith a 10-yard touchdown pass, then followed with a 19-yard strike to Harold Jackson in the first quarter and clinched the game with a 4-yard scoring pass to Russ Francis in the fourth. Redskins 13, Browns 9 CLEVELAND Joe Theismann found Clarence Harmon on a 15-yard touchdow n pass w ith 27 seconds left to give the Washington Redskins a 13-9 victory over the Cleveland Brow ns. Theismann drove the Redskins 80 yards for the winning touchdown after the Redskins got the ball with 1:55 remaining follow ing a missed Don Cockcroft field goal. ( Theismann, who connected on 14 of 24 passing attempts for 234 yards, combined with Danny Buggs to ignite the scoring drive with a 34-yard passing gain on the first play. Cowboys leave Rams beaten, hurting. (Continued from C-l) when you have new people in there all the time," noted Haden. Brooks, however, refused to use Injuries as an excuse. "No matter how you talk about it, it comes out sounding like an alibi," he said. "The thing that happened tonight is that w e got our butts beat. As a team we didn't play well." The Cow boys wasted little time taking control on a warm, breezy Texas night. Putting together lengthy (68 and 79 yards) touchdown drives on two of their first three possessions, the Cowboys had a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Rams revived briefly over the last six minutes of the half, pulling to within 13-6 on a pair of Frank Corral field goals. Actually, the Rams could easily have been behind 203 at half, but the officials intervened in their favor. A 46-yard TD run by Dorsett was wiped out by a holding penalty, and a 19-yard Haden to Preston Dennard pass that contibuted greatly to the Rams' first field goal should have been ruled out of bounds. The Cowboys erased any doubts about who was in control by exploding for 17 points in the third quarter. A 70yard kickoff return by Rod Springs got the Cowboys off to a quick start on the second half. It took them just three plays to move to a 20-6 lead after Springs' long return. The TD came on a 23-yard Staubach pass to backup tight end Jay Saldi. The Rams ran three plays and punted, and the Cowboys marched right back for 32-yard field goal by Rafael Septien (who earlier had missed an extra point). The Rams ran three more plays, punted again, and saw the Cowboys put the game out of reach with a 70-yard, eight-play scoring drive. Dorsett got the TD on a 1-yard dive over left guard. "The touchdown they got to start the second half was critical," said Ranis coach Ray Malavasi. "I thought if we could stuff them there and get the ball back ... well, we would have been right in. the game." "When we fell behind 206 in the third quarter, we had to give up trying to run the ball which we thought we could do," said Haden. "Being behind 14 points in the third quarter kind of changes things." Haden gave way to Ferragamo with 8:30 left, but doesn't figure to get any relief for the next four-to-six weeks the length of time Ferragamo is expected to be sidelined. , "It (the injury) happened on the first pass I threw," said Ferragamo, the promising third-year man from Nebraska. "I don't know what I hit it on. When I got to the sidelines, it started puffing up, but I didn't think it was broken." With Ferragamo out, rookie Jeff Rutledge becomes the No.2 quarterback. The severity of the injuries suffered by Thomas, Waddy and Elmendorf won't be known until today, at the earliest. With so many Rams out, neither team was willing to admit the Cowboys are really 24 points better than the Rams. "I don't think this game was indicative of our ability," said Haden. "Maybe it was more indicative of theirs." "I doubt if we're that much better than they are," said Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson. "It just depends on w hose Sunday it is. L.A. has some key injuries." "I won't say we're 24 points better than the Rams," added Dorsett. "I will say this. They will be in the championship game w hen it comes down to it. They'll bounce back." After Sunday's game, they have quite a ways to bounce back. Haden managed just 122 passing yards, completing 9-of-26. He was sacked four times, intercepted once and just generally took a beating. Ferragamo was 1-of-4 with a sack and an interception.. Wendell Tyler led Rams rushers with a paltry 34 yards on eight carries. Pretty sorry statistics. Haden, however, refused to take the loss too hard. "I've been saying all week that w in or lose tonight, I just want to play the Cowboys again. I just want another shot at them." Haden 's meaning was clear. Only in the playoffs can the Rams and Cow boys meet again this season. Jets host Vikes NEW YORK (AP) It's been a long time coming, but the New York Jets finally are going to find out what Monday night football looks like at home, hosting the Minnesota Vikings. Since the inception of prime-time football, the Jets have played all seven of their Monday night games on the road and lost 'em all. Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with pro football's top-rated defense, were powerless Sunday as Archie Manning ran for one touchdown, passed for another and engineered a third in just eight minutes to lead New Orleans to a( 42-14 victory. "We just ran on them," said coach Dick Nolan after the Saints cracked open a scoreless game midway through the third quarter on the three-touchdown burst. They added three more scores in the fourth period. "We didn't turn the ball over to give them a chance to explode on us and score," Nolan said. "The Bucs are a good football team, but they ran into a good defensive team today." In a dismal Bucs locker room, coach John McKay said he had no excuses. "We stunk," said the Bucs boss. "We let down a lot of nice people. It was the worst we've ever played including the 1976 expansion seasion. It was disgraceful. I have no excuse." While the defense couldn't contain the skilled Saints offense behind Manning, the Bucs offense stumbled around, unable to manage much of a threat. Manning, who completed 11 of 14 passes for 141 yards against the NFL's best defense, helped the Saints post their third victory in seven games while handing Tampa Bay its second successive loss after five straight victories. He opened the Saints' scoring with nine minutes to go in the third quarter, starting w ith a lateral to Tony Galbreath, whose 22-yard option pass to Wes Chandler put the ball on the Bucs' 2-yard line. Manning plunged over for the score on the next play. , Galbreath's 6-yard run on the Saints' next possession put them ahead to stay six minutes later. Defensive end Elois Grooms intercepted a Doug Williams pass at the Bucs' 16 and, two plays later. Manning hit tight end Henry Childs for 15 yards and a 21-7 lead. Packers 24, Lions 16 MILWAUKEE David Whitehurst ran for a touchdown and passed to Paul Coffman and Walt Landers for two others on plays covering 13 and 55 yards, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 24-16 victory over the Detroit Lions. Nate Simpson rushed for 121 yards for the Packers, 34, who took the lead to stay at 10-9 on a 32-yard field goal by Chester Marcol 52 seconds before halftime. Linebacker Mike Douglass returned an interception 16 yards to the Detroit 22 to set up the field goal. The Packers took the second half kickoff and marched 70 yards in nine plays, scoring on Whitehurst 's pass to Coffman, the tight end, on the left side. Giants 32, 49ers 16 EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. Rookie quarterback Phil Simms threw for 300 yards, including scoring tosses of 13 and 11 yards to c nfc roundup rookie receiver Earnest Gray, to lead the Giants to a 32-16 victory over the winless San Francisco 49ers. The Simms-to-Gray combination highlighted a 27-point ' second quarter explosion by the Giants. The 32 points were the most New York has scored since a 35-27 victory over San Diego in 1975. The Giants had failed to score more than 17 points since the fifth week of, last season, losing 13 of 17 games. Simms and Gray hooked up seven times in the second quarter for 148 yards and the two touchdowns. Simms, starting his second game of the season, completed 17 of 32 passes, Including eight to Gray for, 169 yards. - Eagles 24, Cards 20 frp i at mm r - . ai. L,uuia tveserve running back Billy Campfield bolted 11 yards for a touchdown with 2:54 left in the game, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-20 triumph ftvpp tho t T niiic Parrlinalc in a seesaw NFL game. Campfield's sprint capped a 33-yard Philadelphia drive set up by Wally Henry's 34-yard punt return and wiped out a 20-17 St. Louis lead taken 11 minutes earlier on rookie Ottis Anderson's 1-yard run. The Eagles, 6-1, extended their victorv strina to five eames with niv; uiu vi liui uiu ...ivi-avi o tr- yard touchdown pass reception, Tony Franklin's 51-yard field goal ' and a 5-yard touchdown jaunt by Wilbert Montgomery. Fouts delivers win in Chargers' romp Associated Press SAN DIEGO - Quarterback Dan Fouts, who had promised to deliver a victory, did better than that Sunday. Responding to heavy fan criticism, Fouts broke two club records and heaved three touchdown passes as the San Diego Chargers scored a 20-10 National Football League victory over the Seattle Seahawks. "I never felt I was in a slump," said Fouts, perhaps with tongue in cheek, after helping the Chargers to their fastest start in 11 years. "I try not to be aware of fan criticism." San Diego now has a 5-2 record and is tied for first place in the American Football Conference's Western Division with Denver. Seattle dropped to 2-5. A week ago, Fouts w as the target of unhappy fans after the Chargers dropped a 7-0 decision to the Broncos at Denver despite a 305-yard passing effort. But the crowd of 50,007 at San Diego Stadium was in Fouts' corner Sunday when he fired a 20-yard touchdown pass to running back Lydell Mitchell and hooked up with wide receiver John Jefferson for scoring throws of nine and 49 yards. Earlier in the week Fouts was quoted as saying, "I don't think there is any way Seattle can beat" us." Apparently, there's nothing wrong with Fouts that more of the Seahawks wouldn't cure. He has completed 71 percent of his passes in five games against Seattle, all San Diego victories. Fouts' second touchdow n pass to Jefferson came with 4:34 remaining in the game and clinched San Diego's victory. Jefferson had nine receptions for 137 yards. Fouts, a six-year NFL veteran from Oregon, completed 28 of 35 passes for 318 yards. His 80 percent efficiency bettered the club single- c afc roundup 3 game record of 73.3 percent set by Fouts last year w hen he hit 22 of 30 passes against Miami. Broncos 24, Chiefs 10 KANSAS CITY, Mo. Safety Bill Thompson scored a disputed touchdown off a fumble and Craig Morton passed for 218 yards and two touchdowns, lifting the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 victory Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs in a battle of division leaders. The controversial play came with 17 seconds left in the first half when Kansas City's Tony Reed fumbled at the Chiefs' 15. Linebacker Bob Sw enson picked up the ball and tried to lateral to Louis Wright. The ball bounced off Wright's chest, Thompson picked it up and lunged across the goal line. After a long conference by officials, referee Fred Silva announced to the crowd of 74,292 the largest in Arrowhead Stadium in six years that a Denver touchdown had . been awarded. Oilers 28, Colts 16 BALTIMORE Earl Campbell scored three touchdowns and ran for 149 yards to lead Houston to a ZH-io victory over the mistake prone Baltimore Colts, and pro- penuu me uners into a iirsi-piace tie in the AFC Central Division. Campbell, last year's Conference most valuable player as a rookie ana ine Arts leaaing rusner tnis year, scored on runs of 7, 20, and 2 yards. . Dolphins 17, Bills 7 MIAMI Rookie Tony. Nathan broke a spectacular 86-yard punt return for a quick lead and the Miami Dolphins went on to a 17-7 victory over Buffalo, extending their NFL mastery over the Bills to 20 straight games. Charger end breaks leg SAN DIEGO (AP) Rookie tight end Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers suffered a fractured left fibula during Sunday's National Football League game against Seattle and w ill be sidelined about six weeks, club officials said following the contest. Winslow, a 6-foot-5, 252-pounder from Missouri, was the Chargers' first-round draft choice last June. 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