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Trivia: It's not in the Cards

       Bills fans may be frustrated at the lack of any playoff appearances this decade, but if you think that's bad, take a look at their Sunday opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, who have just one winning season and made the playoffs just once (1998) since moving west from St. Louis in 1988.

      Over the last two decades the Cards have tried longtime assistants (Joe Bugel) and coaches who have had success elsewhere (Buddy Ryan, Dennis Green) to lead them to the promised land, or at least the playoffs, with little to show for it. Who can forget Green's meltdown of a press conference after a Monday night loss to Chicago in 2006?

      But back in the mid-1970s, the St. Louis Cardinals had one of the league's most prolific offenses and a dynamic coach in Don Coryell. From 1974-76 the team was 31-11 with two playoff trips, but the Cards haven't had a double-digit victory season since 1976. Coryell left after the 1977 season to coach in San Diego, where the Chargers put up more mind-boggling offensive numbers.

      That 1974 team had the top two vote-getters for NFC Player of the Year. Stellar running back/return man Terry Metcalf was second in the voting. Who was first?

      A) Jim Bakken B) Mel Gray C) Norm Thompson D) Jim Hart

      Talk about it in the comment section below and look for the answer in the On The Web section in the print edition of the News on Sunday, Oct. 5.

     --Jim Wojtanik

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