Don Shula, the Baltimore coach, had prepared his team well for this game. The Colts have a sound, veteran offensive line and, in Jerry Hill and Tom Matte, two very tough, durable running backs. Shula had decided that he would have to give the Ram Fearsome Foursome a running attack to worry about, and he did just that.
"If they can tee off and forget about the run, they murder you," Morrall said. "So we ran on them to make them think about that. If you are running, then the defensive line must hesitate to read run. That cuts down a lot on the pass rush."
Although the Rams refused to cite injuries as an excuse for the defeat, they were battered going into the contest. Cowan, Fullback Dick Bass, End Lamar Lundy and their big Tight End Bill Truax all had nagging injuries. All or them played, but probably not at full power. The most costly injury was to Truax, who had a sprained thumb on his right hand and was unable to hold the ball. He had been the leading receiver on the club going into the game, but in it he caught only two passes, for 19 yards. Once Gabriel hit him with a high pass that slipped through his fingers and was intercepted by Jerry Logan. The interception gave Baltimore the ball on its 43-yard line, and four plays later Morrall hit Jimmy Orr for a touchdown.
Both the Colts and Rams have now won six games and lost one and they meet again in the last game of the season in Los Angeles. After Sunday's battle Deacon Jones said, "Well, it ain't the end of the world. They paid for every stinking yard they got, and I bet they got more bruises than yards. I assure you—I double assure you—the next time we meet, the results will be different." That, of course, is possible. But if the Colts play as savagely in Los Angeles as they did in Baltimore, it is not likely.