Ron Jaworski threw for 207 yards, including a scoring pass to Keith Krepfle, and Booker Russell ran for two touchdowns as the Philadelphia Eagles remained the National Football League's only unbeaten team with a 31-14 victory over New Orleans today.
Philadelphia improved its record to 6-0. New Orleans dropped to 1-5.
The Eagles broke the game open early, with Jaworski's 11-yard touchdown pass to Krepfle, a pair of one-yard scoring runs by Russell and a 22-yard field goal by Tony Franklin giving them a 24-7 halftime advantage. Jaworski completed 15 of 28 passes in the game.
Philadelphia took a 31-7 lead early in the third period when linebacker Frank LeMaster picked up a fumble by Archie Manning and ran 47 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles held Manning to four completions in 15 attempts for 43 yards.
Although Philadelphia Coach Dick Vermeil criticized his team after the game, Bum Phillips, coach of the Saints, had this assessment of the Eagles: "They really looked like they ought to be in the Super Bowl."
George Rogers, the Saints' No. 1 draft pick, rushed for 134 yards in 17 carries, including a 73-yard run in the third period. He scored from three yards out in the first period.