Some things never change, not even with a strike, pickets, mounted police and non-union teams. The Chicago Bears, even in substitute's clothing, still own the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Bears' strike team defeated their Philadelphia counterparts, 35-3, Sunday before 4,074 fans who had to be escorted into Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium through 1,500 intimidating union members supporting the NFL players' strike.
All the scoring came in the first half. The Bears (3-0) have won 9 of their last 10 regular-season meetings with Philadelphia, and lead the series 22-3-1.
The victory also makes Bear Coach Mike Ditka undefeated in two meetings with his former defensive coach, Buddy Ryan.
"Our quality was better than their quality," Ditka said. "We had a good group of guys out there."
The Eagles (1-2) never had a chance despite a roster that included 10 players with prior NFL experience to just two for the Bears. No regular players for either team had crossed the picket line.
The Bears converted two fumbles into scores in a 28-point second quarter, and Mike Hohensee threw two touchdown passes. The Bears recorded 11 sacks and the Eagles 4.
Seattle 24, Miami 20--To Coach Chuck Knox, it wasn't how his Seattle Seahawks played the game, but whether they won that mattered.
"It counts," Knox said after Rick Parros scored on a one-yard run with 1:30 left in Seattle's Kingdome.
Afterward, Seattle's strike players remained on the field for applause.
Knox said: "The great thing was the excitement for the kids. It was football out there."
It wasn't football as usual, though, with a crowd of just 19,448, smallest in Seattle's 12-year NFL history. There were five lead changes overall, and there were five turnovers in the second quarter alone.
Bruce Mathison, who joined the Seahawks' strike team on Thursday, completed 20 of 42 passes for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns and he was intercepted 3 times.
Jimmy Teal caught 9 passes for 137 yards, including a 47-yarder to set up the winning touchdown.
Seattle is 2-1, the Dolphins 1-2.
Houston 40, Denver 10--Brent Pease got his chance at Denver's Mile High Stadium, and the rookie from Montana passed for 260 yards and a touchdown, while John Diettrich kicked four field goals.
It was the first loss for Denver (1-1-1). Houston is 2-1.
"It does not hurt myself and my position to be here," said Pease, who completed 15 of 25 passes. "I think I can be in the shoes of a (regular Oiler quarterback) Warren Moon."
The game, played before 38,494 die-hard fans, ended Denver's string of 130 consecutive sellouts but was the best in the league Sunday.
"The unknown is always exciting. It can also be awfully painful," Denver Coach Dan Reeves said. "This time it was awfully painful. I felt like we wanted to do a good job today, and put on a good show for our fans, and we didn't do it. I take responsibility for it."
Washington 28, St. Louis 21--So much for the defection edge. At Washington's RFK Stadium, the Redskins (2-1), playing with no players from their regular roster, defeated the Cardinals (1-2), who had 14 striking players cross the picket line.
Wide receiver Anthony Allen amassed a Redskin club-record 255 yards receiving andscored on touchdown pass plays of 88, 48 and 34 yards from Ed Rubbert, a free agent from Louisville who was the last quarterback cut by the Redskins in camp. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 334 yards.
"Maybe we had an advantage by not having anybody come in because our guys have been practicing together," Washington Coach Joe Gibbs said.
Allen, who played for five USFL teams over two seasons before playing the past two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, caught seven passes. His receiving yardage broke Gary Clark's club record of 241 yards, set Oct. 27, 1986, against the New York Giants. In addition, Allen's 88-yard, second quarter touchdown was the longest Washington offensive play since 1975.
"When we came out and they gave us a big hand, it made us feel like people--humans instead of scabs," Allen said of the crowd.
Dallas 38, New York Jets 24--Kevin Sweeney, the NCAA career passing yardage leader, threw for three touchdowns as a late substitute for Danny White at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.
Sweeney was a seventh-round draft choice this year out of Fresno State, where he passed for 10,623 yards to break Doug Flutie's NCAA passing mark. He was waived by Dallas in the final cut but returned to complete 6 of 14 passes for 139 yards. Jet quarterback David Norrie, who played at UCLA, was 18 of 33 for 213 yards.
White, running back Tony Dorsett and receiver Mike Renfro did not play after crossing the picket line this week. Veteran defensive linemen Ed (Too Tall) Jones, Randy White, Don Smerek and linebacker Chris Duliban did play.
Jet defensive linemen Mark Gastineau and Marty Lyons, the only New York players to cross the picket line, played most of the game. The Cowboys (2-1) had 11 sacks. It was the Jets' first loss.