An important intangible must be noted in St. Louis' favor, though. The team finally has become sure of its own excellence, and it plays with confidence. "I had nightmares all during the offseason," says Ken Gray. "We came so close last year. We lost on a muddy day in New York, and one thing I can't forget is a blown play that left us in a fourth-and-20 situation. Just a few mistakes, and you live with them for a year. But this season is different. We don't make those mistakes now. They have to come get us. I think we crossed the summit of this damned thing when we beat Dallas. We have whipped the clubs we had to whip."
Aside from the help he has given Johnson, Bobby Layne has done one more thing for the Cardinals. He has added a healthy devil-may-care touch to a team given to much introspection and soul-searching, even in victory. While they mulled over the film of the Cowboy victory last week and worried about flaws in their attack, Layne relaxed.
"What you worrying about?" he said at last. "Hell, we won That's what counts."