And after Hunter and Hat the Redskins can zero in on H-Hour in Tampa Bay a week from Sunday, not on Randy Hedberg at quarterback but Gary Huff. After fine defensive efforts went for naught, 13-3 Philadelphia and 9-3 Minnesota, Buccaneer coach John McKay has decided, "It's awfully difficult to be a rookie in this league" and ex-Bear Huff - coming off a leg injury - replaces the man from Minot State at the controls.

First, though, Huff must survive this Sunday, at Dallas.The Giants' Jerry Golsteyn, winning pitcher over the Redskins opening day didn't; the Cowboys belted him out with a concussion early in the game. The rest of the guys had to suffer through the hottest football weather anyone involved could remember. Fainting was commonplace, some of the linemen lost 10 to 15 pounds, and QB Joe Pisarcik, replacing Golsteyn, lost the ball on his first center snap. Pisarcik explained: "Ralph's pants (center Ralph Hill) were soaking wet, and the ball just squished away" . . .

Joe Namath's reqular-season debut as a Ram in L.A. Coliseum had to be a disappointment for owner Carroll Rosenbloom: official capacity 71,000; attendance, 46,031. . .