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1981 Atlanta Falcons

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7-9-0, NFC West Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: 6.5, Defense: -2.6, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 426 points (26.6/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 355 points (22.2/g), 18th.
 Differential of 71 points (4.4/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.7-6.3.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (7-9-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Glanville

Stadium: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
 Training Camp: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility (Suwanee, Georgia)

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
General Manager Eddie LeBaron
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 426 5664 1095 5.2 41 17 26 318 311 563 3699 30 24 6.2 176 495 1965 15 4.0 116
Team Defense 355 5354 1053 5.1 46 21 37 303 322 565 3688 30 25 6.2 172 459 1666 10 3.6 94
Lg Rank Offense 2 7 15 9 9 4 5 2 20 12 17 18 14 19
Lg Rank Defense 18 14 7 5 14 26 25 27 8 19 1 2 2 5

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 6 boxscore W 1-0 New Orleans Saints 27 0 21 299 135 164 4 14 249 173 76 4
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 2-0 @ Green Bay Packers 31 17 19 335 219 116 4 22 396 300 96 5
3 Sun September 20 boxscore W 3-0 San Francisco 49ers 34 17 18 363 200 163 23 386 273 113 3
4 Sun September 27 boxscore L 3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 17 28 14 262 150 112 4 26 385 207 178 5
5 Mon October 5 boxscore L 3-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 13 16 22 339 227 112 3 14 268 161 107 1
6 Sun October 11 boxscore L 3-3 Los Angeles Rams 35 37 19 349 197 152 3 14 252 165 87 2
7 Sun October 18 boxscore W 4-3 St. Louis Cardinals 41 20 17 394 280 114 2 22 383 263 120 4
8 Sun October 25 boxscore L OT 4-4 New York Giants 24 27 23 430 289 141 2 12 289 213 76
9 Sun November 1 boxscore W 5-4 @ New Orleans Saints 41 10 20 406 262 144 1 14 262 204 58 3
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L 5-5 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 17 19 292 216 76 3 17 287 205 82 1
11 Sun November 15 boxscore L 5-6 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 34 24 441 380 61 6 13 293 221 72 3
12 Mon November 23 boxscore W 6-6 Minnesota Vikings 31 30 19 342 193 149 3 25 460 330 130 5
13 Sun November 29 boxscore W 7-6 @ Houston Oilers 31 27 18 459 348 111 2 23 318 235 83 3
14 Sun December 6 boxscore L 7-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 24 23 373 236 137 1 22 420 327 93 1
15 Mon December 14 boxscore L 7-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 16 21 16 252 130 122 2 19 273 111 162 5
16 Sun December 20 boxscore L 7-9 Cincinnati Bengals 28 30 26 328 237 91 1 23 433 300 133 1

Passing

No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Steve Bartkowski* 29 QB 16 16 7-9-0 297 533 55.7 3829 30 5.6 23 4.3 70 7.2 6.4 12.9 239.3 79.2 37 287 6.21 5.45 6.5 1 1
15 Mike Moroski 24 3 0 12 26 46.2 132 0 0.0 1 3.8 22 5.1 3.3 11.0 44.0 45.7 0 0 5.08 3.35 0.0
14 June Jones 28 4 0 2 3 66.7 25 0 0.0 0 0.0 14 8.3 8.3 12.5 6.3 92.4 0 0 8.33 8.33 0.0
6 John James 32 P 16 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 25.5 16 7-9-0 311 563 55.2 3986 30 5.3 24 4.3 70 7.1 6.2 12.8 249.1 77.6 37 287 6.17 5.37 6.2 1 1
Opp Total 16 322 565 57.0 3927 30 5.3 25 4.4 7.0 6.02 12.2 245.4 77.8 29 239 6.2 5.3 4.9

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
31 William Andrews* 26 FB 16 16 289 1301 10 29 4.5 81.3 18.1 81 735 9.1 2 70 5.1 45.9 2036 12 12
21 Lynn Cain 26 RB 16 16 156 542 4 35 3.5 33.9 9.8 55 421 7.7 2 28 3.4 26.3 963 6 3
39 James Mayberry 24 16 0 18 66 0 11 3.7 4.1 1.1 3 4 1.3 0 6 0.2 0.3 70 0 1
10 Steve Bartkowski* 29 QB 16 16 11 2 0 5 0.2 0.1 0.7 2 0 4
33 Bo Robinson 25 15 0 9 24 0 5 2.7 1.6 0.6 24 0 0
25 Ray Strong 25 16 0 3 6 0 3 2.0 0.4 0.2 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 15 0 1
15 Mike Moroski 24 3 0 3 17 0 14 5.7 5.7 1.0 17 0 0
85 Alfred Jackson 26 16 0 2 5 0 5 2.5 0.3 0.1 37 604 16.3 6 49 2.3 37.8 609 6 0
89 Wallace Francis 30 WR 16 16 1 8 1 8 8.0 0.5 0.1 30 441 14.7 4 36 1.9 27.6 449 5 1
55 Tony Daykin 26 16 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 2 0 0
6 John James 32 P 16 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.4 0.1 -7 0 0
14 June Jones 28 4 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.3 0.3 -1 0 0
84 Alfred Jenkins*+ 29 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 70 1358 19.4 13 67 4.4 84.9 1358 13 3
80 Junior Miller* 24 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 398 12.4 3 37 2.0 24.9 398 3 0
87 Russ Mikeska 26 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 16 8.0 0 11 0.1 1.0 16 0 0
Team Total 25.5 16 495 1965 15 35 4.0 122.8 30.9 311 3986 12.8 30 70 19.4 249.1 5951 45 31
Opp Total 16 459 1666 10 3.6 104.1 28.7 322 3688 11.5 30 20.1 230.5 5354 40 43

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
16 Reggie Smith 25 KR 15 0 12 99 0 53 8.3 47 1143 0 52 24.3 1242
30 Scott Woerner 23 PR 16 0 33 278 0 38 8.4 10 210 0 27 21.0 488
37 Kenny Johnson 23 RCB 16 16 4 6 0 4 1.5 6
34 Blane Gaison 23 14 0 3 43 0 24 14.3 43
39 James Mayberry 24 16 0 2 23 0 15 11.5 93
27 Tom Pridemore 25 FS 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.5 16 50 383 0 53 7.7 62 1419 0 52 22.9 7753
Opp Total 16 59 577 2 9.8 67 1286 0 19.2

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
6 John James 32 P 16 0 87 3543 62 1 40.7
18 Mick Luckhurst 23 K 16 0 2 1 7 7 12 8 11 5 1 33 21 63.6% 51 51 100.0%
Team Total 25.5 16 2 1 7 7 12 8 11 5 1 33 21 63.6% 51 51 100.0% 87 3543 62 1 40.7
Opp Total 16 29 18 62.1% 43 41 95.3% 96 4051 42.2

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
31 William Andrews* 26 FB 16 16 0 12 0 0 0
27 Tom Pridemore 25 FS 16 16 7 221 1 101 0 0 0 3 24 0
10 Steve Bartkowski* 29 QB 16 16 0 4 3 -1 0
37 Kenny Johnson 23 RCB 16 16 3 35 0 23 0 0 1 2 55 2
23 Bobby Butler 22 LCB 16 16 5 86 0 41 0
21 Lynn Cain 26 RB 16 16 0 3 2 0 0
16 Reggie Smith 25 KR 15 0 0 4 1 0 0
25 Ray Strong 25 16 0 0 1 3 0 0
89 Wallace Francis 30 WR 16 16 0 1 2 0 0
36 Bob Glazebrook 25 SS 16 16 2 21 0 18 0 0 0 1 22 0
84 Alfred Jenkins*+ 29 WR 16 16 0 3 0 0 0
65 Don Smith 24 NT 16 16 0 0 3 2 0
58 Joel Williams 25 ROLB 10 8 1 25 0 25 0 0 0 2 57 1
34 Blane Gaison 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Earl Jones 24 16 0 2 42 0 39 0
54 Fulton Kuykendall 28 LILB 16 16 1 20 1 20 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 R.C. Thielemann* 26 RG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
57 Jeff Van Note* 35 C 16 16 0 1 1 -20 0
50 Buddy Curry 23 RILB 16 16 1 35 1 35 0
74 Wilson Faumuina 27 rde 16 6 0 0 1 0 0
85 Alfred Jackson 26 16 0 0 0 1 0 1
78 Mike Kenn* 25 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
51 Jim Laughlin 23 rolb 14 7 0 0 1 0 0
39 James Mayberry 24 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
45 Tom Moriarty 28 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Neal Musser 24 7 0 1 0 0 0 0
56 Al Richardson 24 LOLB 16 16 1 9 0 9 0
30 Scott Woerner 23 PR 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Jeff Yeates 30 LDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.5 16 25 494 3 101 0 0 31 34 139 4
Opp Total 16 37 43 22 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
18 Mick Luckhurst 23 K 16 0 51 21 114
84 Alfred Jenkins*+ 29 WR 16 16 13 13 78
31 William Andrews* 26 FB 16 16 10 2 12 72
85 Alfred Jackson 26 16 0 6 1 7 42
21 Lynn Cain 26 RB 16 16 4 2 6 36
89 Wallace Francis 30 WR 16 16 1 4 5 30
80 Junior Miller* 24 TE 16 16 3 3 18
37 Kenny Johnson 23 RCB 16 16 2 2 12
50 Buddy Curry 23 RILB 16 16 1 1 6
54 Fulton Kuykendall 28 LILB 16 16 1 1 6
27 Tom Pridemore 25 FS 16 16 1 1 6
58 Joel Williams 25 ROLB 10 8 1 1 6
Team Total 25.5 16 15 30 4 3 52 51 21 426
Opp Total 16 10 30 2 1 41 18 1 355