Washington Redskins fans who figure a win is a win left RFK Stadium chanting, "Stay on strike," after yesterday's 28-21 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. A similar sentiment was expressed by some of the nonunion Cardinals, who see the strike as more than just a chance to fulfill a dream.

"I hope the strike goes on for a while," said cornerback Mark Jackson, who was among St. Louis' final preseason cuts in September. "I want to play football and improve myself. I wanted to play a full game -- not just two quarters like you do in the exhibition season -- and let the coaches make their evaluations from that. If the strike goes on for at least another week, that will be just fine with me."

The Cardinals had 11 active players cross the picket line since the strike began, more than any other NFL team. It figured to give them an advantage over Washington, which did not have a player from its regular roster.

Before the first quarter was over, however, all-pro wide receiver Roy Green reinjured a pulled hamstring and 10-year veteran J.T. Smith sprained his left ankle. Smith returned in the second half, but Green, who many thought would be the key in yesterday's game, remained sidelined.

St. Louis' scattered veterans on defense did not have much of an impact as Washington's Ed Rubbert threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns. He was not sacked.

Right end Curtis Greer, who normally would go against Washington all-pro Joe Jacoby, was in on only five tackles going against Mark Carlson. Strong safety Leonard Smith went for an interception, and missed, on what turned out to be an 88-yard touchdown reception by Anthony Allen.

"I am not embarrassed to lose, but I hate to lose anytime," said St. Louis Coach Gene Stallings. "I didn't see a whole lot of outstanding play out there, but maybe the films will show different . . . Some of our regulars played well, some didn't. Basically, it was about what I thought would happen. It came down to big plays."

Running back Earl Ferrell, who had a career-high 27 rushes (for 87 yards), said he never thought the Cardinals carried an advantage coming into the game because of their veterans.

"We were saying all along it was equally matched," said Ferrell, who grew up as a Redskins fan in South Boston, Va. "That was not my regular offensive line out there in front of me, but believe me, that was a real football game and I am sore. Now I know how {Cardinals running back} Stump Mitchell feels after a game."

Although some replacement players on teams throughout the league admit the strike has simply enabled them to fulfill lifelong dreams, St. Louis quarterback Shawn Halloran was among those who took it very seriously.

"There is no doubt it was real football," said Halloran, who broke some of Doug Flutie's passing records at Boston College. "I was throwing to J.T. Smith and Roy Green."

Although it afforded him a chance to play, Halloran was looking forward to the strike ending.

"I hope it is over early," said Halloran, who misjudged the clock when he threw a four-yard completion to Ferrell at the Washington 6-yard line as time expired. "I enjoyed the heck out of the past 10 days, but like a bunch of us, I hope I impressed the coaches."

A number of the Cardinals who broke ranks with the union have stayed in touch with those on the picket lines. All report the conversation has been friendly, without pressure to rejoin the strike. And if nothing else, the strikers were rooting for their replacements.

"The day before we left, we were getting on the bus and Stump yelled, 'Go out and win it,' " Greer said.

The play was hardly NFL caliber, but the St. Louis regulars said they saw enough to think it would lead to the strike's end.

"I hope the game did not help anyone's cause," said Green. "But I'm sure there will be a few {striking players} wondering after watching {the replacements} play if they are expendable."

Linebacker E.J. Junior observed the same.

"If the other players want to stay out on strike," he said, "I think some of them will get quite a surprise when they are ready to come back."

Ferrell predicted there will be significant movement concerning the strike this week.

"If it is not settled," he said, "I am sure you will see a lot of players coming back in, not only on this team, but throughout the league."