|Head coach Jim Hanifan|
Home field Busch Memorial Stadium
Division place 5th NFC East
|Owner Bill Bidwill|
Playoff finish did not qualify
The 1981 St. Louis Cardinals season was the 62nd season the team was in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 5–11, winning seven games. Despite the improvement the team failed – for the sixth consecutive season – to reach the playoffs.