'81 Colt remembers last visit to D.C. as 'the end of the end' Washington handed team its 14th straight loss, 38-14

October 24, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It was a record-setting day the last time an NFL team from Baltimore played the Washington Redskins. It just wasn't the kind of record that Baltimore fans wanted to remember.

The Redskins dominated the Baltimore Colts, 38-14, on Dec. 13, 1981, at RFK Stadium as Washington quarterback Joe Theismann passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a franchise-worst 14th consecutive loss for the Colts, who dropped to 1-14 on the season. In that game, the Colts also set an NFL record for most points allowed in a season (501) with one regular-season game remaining.

It was one of the final games as a Colt for quarterback Bert Jones, wide receiver Roger Carr and defensive back Bruce Laird, all of whom had been in Baltimore since the early 1970s.

"It was the end of the end," said Laird, who played on three Colts playoff teams. "It got to a lot of us older guys. With the Irsays in control, it was in most of our best interests to move on."

The Redskins, under first-year coach Joe Gibbs, jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the second quarter by putting together three drives that covered 79 yards or more. Theismann had his second-best career passing day, and former Colt Joe Washington ran for 73 yards and caught five passes for 61 yards.

Asked after the game if it was the worst defense he had ever

seen, Colts coach Mike McCormack simply replied, "Yes."

Despite the loss, the Baltimore Colts led the series with Washington, 15-5. The Colts had won 11 of 12 meetings from 1960 to 1978, including nine straight.

"It really wasn't a rivalry because we were in the AFC East and more concerned with the Miamis and New Englands," Laird said. "And in the mid-'70s, Washington wasn't that good a football team."

Lineups

Colts

Offense

Player, Pos.

Roger Carr, WR

Wade Griffin, LT

Robert Pratt, LG

Ray Donaldson, C

Ken Huff, RG

Jeff Hart, RT

Reese McCall, TE

Ray Butler, WR

Bert Jones, QB

Curtis Dickey, RB

Randy McMillan, RB

Defense

Player, Pos.

Donnell Thompson, LDE

Herb Orvis, LDT

Anthony Green, RDT

Mike Ozdowski, RDE

Sanders Shiver, LLB

Joe Federspiel, MLB

Barry Krauss, RLB

Derrick Hatchett, LCB

Larry Braziel, RCB

Bruce Laird, SS

Nesby Glasgow, FS

Washington

Offense

Player, Pos.

Ricky Thompson, WR

Mark May, LT

Russ Grimm, LG

Jeff Bostic, C

Melvin Jones, RG

George Starke, RT

Don Warren, TE

Art Monk, WR

Joe Theismann, QB

Joe Washington, RB

John Riggins, RB

Defense

Player, Pos.

Karl Lorch, LE

Dave Butz, LT

Perry Brooks, RT

Coy Bacon, RE

Monte Coleman, OLB

Neal Olkewicz, MLB

Rich Milot, OLB

Jeris White, LCB

Joe Lavender, RCB

Tony Peters, SS

Mark Murphy, FS

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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