NFL 1979: Big Pauly’s Week 4 Notes

Four weeks of the 1979 NFL season are now in the books, the regular season is now 25% over.  The weather is getting cooler, at least in the northern part of the USA, and the score totals are beginning to come down.

There was only one shutout in the NFL this week as the Buccaneers pounced on the Rams 28-0, who looked rudderless without Pat Haden at the helm.  We had a near shutout and early candidate for the “oddball score of the year” as the Eagles walloped the Giants 34-2.  Close but no cigar, Philly fans.

Five teams remain unbeaten at 4-0.  The Steelers, Chargers, Bears, Saints, and Broncos have yet to lose.  Meanwhile, four teams are looking for that elusive first win of 1979: Detroit, Cleveland, Minnesota, and Oakland start out 0-4.

The best player so far according to many in the media appears to be Walter Payton of the Bears, who is off to a flying start in ’79, with 491 yards and 9 rushing touchdowns.  Defensively, Lamar Parrish of the Redskins is highly touted, swiping 2 interceptions, and forcing one fumble which he ran back 53 yards for a TD in Washington’s 26-16 win over St. Louis last week.

As we head into week five, the Green Bay-New England matchup at Lambeau Field is our pick for Game Of The Week on Monday night.  Both teams are currently 2-2, with Green Bay ranked 3rd offensively, the Patriots 13th.  The scoreboard operator will be kept busy, no doubt.

Until then, so long until next week!