When they met head-to-head last weekend, Charles White of Southern California rushed for 261 yards and scored four touchdowns, to 185 yards and two touchdowns for Vagas Ferguson of Notre Dame. But the Baltimore Colts like Ferguson.
White is exceedingly fast, but is not regarded as having many moves and is smallish for a pro running back at 6-foot and 185 pounds. Fergusion, 6-1 and 194, is rated a better all-round running back described as a Lydell Mitchell type, only faster.
Yet, at the moment, the Colts' decisions are not held in high esteem, after letting Mitchell go to San Diego, Raymond Chester to Oakland and John Dutton to Dallas.
Tony Dorsett of Dallas today will be trying for his fifth straight 100-yard rusing game. Only five visiting backs have gained 100 yards against the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium.
The Miami Dolphins are catching criticism with Bob Griese at 34 no longer spry and the strength of his throwing arm suspect. The Dolphins have produced only 16 touchdowns on offense in eight games, eight by passing.
They come expensive, with Griese reportedly having recently signed a three-year contract at $370,000 annually. The going rate for quarterbacks is way up, with Dan Pastorini earning $358,000 at Houston, and Ken Stabler $342,000 at Oakland.
Before the Dallas Cowboys' defense produced 12 sacks in the last two games, an impatient San Antonio fan wrote, complaining, "They couldn't sack their own grandmother."
Defensive end Larry Cole commented, "She probably has a quick release."
H&H Predictions sees New Orleans beating the Redskins, 21-18, pointing out that "as road underdogs in the last four seasons the Saints are 13-9 against the point spread. On the other hand, the Redskins have been mediocre home favorites, successful eight times and unsuccessful nine times."