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1968 New Orleans Saints

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4-9-1, Finished 3rd in NFL Century Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.5, Offense: -3.9, Defense: -2.6, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 246 points (17.6/g), 12th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 327 points (23.4/g), 11th.
 Differential of -81 points (-5.8/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-9.3.

Coach: Tom Fears (4-9-1)

Stadium: Tulane Stadium
 Training Camp: Cal Western (San Diego, California)

Team Info

President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
General Manager Vic Schwenk
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 246 3863 881 4.4 40 11 224 210 439 2336 17 29 4.9 122 409 1527 7 3.7 80 82 843 22
Opp. Stats 327 4291 839 5.1 42 26 228 153 366 2186 25 16 5.5 109 439 2105 13 4.8 97 74 757 22
Lg Rank Offense 12 12 14 1 10 2 8 10 15 14 12 13 12 14
Lg Rank Defense 11 9 3 1 7 9 6 13 12 8 9 13 9 16

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-1 Cleveland Browns 10 24 14 208 123 85 3 16 338 185 153 3
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 1-1 Washington Redskins 37 17 17 366 183 183 3 12 228 147 81 3
3 Sun September 29 boxscore L 1-2 St. Louis Cardinals 20 21 18 323 227 96 1 14 219 97 122 1
4 Sun October 6 boxscore L 1-3 @ New York Giants 21 38 23 314 219 95 4 19 261 166 95 1
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 2-3 Minnesota Vikings 20 17 10 207 86 121 7 15 190 51 139 4
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 3-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 16 12 16 273 170 103 1 16 301 91 210 2
7 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-4 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 31 16 301 185 116 1 18 392 226 166 2
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 3-5 Dallas Cowboys 3 17 13 243 184 59 4 22 405 220 185 7
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 3-6 @ Cleveland Browns 17 35 18 284 123 161 3 17 467 245 222 6
10 Sun November 17 boxscore L 3-7 @ Green Bay Packers 7 29 11 136 62 74 4 18 289 157 132 2
11 Sun November 24 boxscore T 3-7-1 @ Detroit Lions 20 20 17 262 136 126 3 15 274 189 85 2
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 3-8-1 Chicago Bears 17 23 17 292 178 114 5 15 259 46 213 3
13 Sun December 8 boxscore L 3-9-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 29 21 311 202 109 1 15 318 167 151 2
14 Sun December 15 boxscore W 4-9-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 24 14 13 343 258 85 16 350 199 151 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
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
17 Billy Kilmer 29 QB 12 11 4-7-0 167 315 53.0 2060 15 4.8 17 5.4 51 6.5 5.1 12.3 171.7 66.9 1 1
14 Karl Sweetan 26 qb 5 3 0-2-1 27 78 34.6 318 1 1.3 9 11.5 42 4.1 -0.9 11.8 63.6 12.6
11 Ronnie Lee South 23 qb 4 0 14 38 36.8 129 1 2.6 3 7.9 19 3.4 0.4 9.2 32.3 22.8
32 Tom Barrington 24 14 0 2 6 33.3 42 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 7.0 7.0 21.0 3.0 59.0
36 Don McCall 24 HB 13 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
83 Dave Parks 27 SE 10 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.6 14 4-9-1 210 439 47.8 2549 17 3.9 29 6.6 51 5.8 3.6 12.1 182.1 51.5 1 1
Opp Total 14 153 366 41.8 2483 25 6.8 16 4.4 6.8 6.18 16.2 177.4 69.7 34 297 5.5 4.9 8.5

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 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
36 Don McCall 24 HB 13 0 155 637 4 48 4.1 49.0 11.9 26 270 10.4 2 25 2.0 20.8 907 6 4
34 Tony Lorick 27 FB 13 0 104 344 0 36 3.3 26.5 8.0 26 272 10.5 3 29 2.0 20.9 616 3 3
32 Tom Barrington 24 14 0 45 111 0 22 2.5 7.9 3.2 9 33 3.7 1 10 0.6 2.4 144 1 0
33 Randy Schultz 25 9 0 43 152 0 15 3.5 16.9 4.8 12 34 2.8 0 14 1.3 3.8 186 0 1
39 Ernie Wheelwright 29 12 0 21 99 1 15 4.7 8.3 1.8 1 -9 -9.0 0 -9 0.1 -0.8 90 1 1
17 Billy Kilmer 29 QB 12 11 21 97 2 22 4.6 8.1 1.8 97 2 5
38 Tony Baker 23 1 0 4 2 0 3 0.5 2.0 4.0 2 0 0
11 Ronnie Lee South 23 qb 4 0 4 5 0 2 1.3 1.3 1.0 5 0 0
14 Karl Sweetan 26 qb 5 3 4 -5 0 2 -1.3 -1.0 0.8 -5 0 1
46 Danny Abramowicz 23 FL 14 0 2 27 0 18 13.5 1.9 0.1 54 890 16.5 7 47 3.9 63.6 917 7 0
42 John Gilliam 23 PR 14 0 2 36 0 29 18.0 2.6 0.1 24 284 11.8 0 39 1.7 20.3 320 0 0
12 Tom McNeill 26 P 10 0 2 1 0 15 0.5 0.1 0.2 1 0 0
85 Ray Poage 28 10 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 2.2 0.1 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.1 1.1 33 0 0
23 Dave Whitsell 32 RS 14 0 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 0
83 Dave Parks 27 SE 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 258 10.3 0 41 2.5 25.8 258 0 0
84 Jimmy Hester 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 300 17.6 2 51 1.2 21.4 300 2 0
87 Monty Stickles 30 TE 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 206 13.7 2 35 1.2 15.8 206 2 0
Team Total 26.6 14 409 1527 7 48 3.7 109.1 29.2 210 2549 12.1 17 51 15.0 182.1 4076 24 19
Opp Total 14 439 2105 13 4.8 150.4 31.4 153 2186 14.3 25 10.9 156.1 4291 38 33

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
29 Gene Howard 22 KR/LCB 14 0 8 42 0 12 5.3 23 533 0 36 23.2 575
42 John Gilliam 23 PR 14 0 15 60 0 21 4.0 15 328 0 48 21.9 708
22 Charlie Brown 23 3 0 8 60 1 53 7.5 8 137 0 28 17.1 197
24 Elijah Nevett 24 10 0 3 -9 0 0 -3.0 2 94 0 55 47.0 85
21 John Douglas 23 RCB 14 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
78 Jerry Jones 24 RT 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
30 Les Kelley 24 14 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
37 Steve Stonebreaker 30 14 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
23 Dave Whitsell 32 RS 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 5
Team Total 26.6 14 34 153 1 53 4.5 53 1149 0 55 21.7 5405
Opp Total 14 29 320 1 11.0 57 1134 0 19.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring 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
10 Charlie Durkee 24 K 14 0 3 3 4 3 14 9 11 4 5 37 19 51.4% 27 27 100.0%
12 Tom McNeill 26 P 10 0 49 2009 58 1 41.0
11 Ronnie Lee South 23 qb 4 0 14 387 0 0 27.6
51 Jim Fraser 32 2 0 11 391 56 0 35.5
34 Tony Lorick 27 FB 13 0 1 36 36 0 36.0
Team Total 26.6 14 3 3 4 3 14 9 11 4 5 37 19 51.4% 27 27 100.0% 75 2823 58 1 37.6
Opp Total 14 27 12 44.4% 42 37 88.1% 69 2815 40.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
23 Dave Whitsell 32 RS 14 0 6 44 0 32 0 0 0 2 6 0
29 Gene Howard 22 KR/LCB 14 0 3 51 0 35 0 0 2 2 0 0
17 Billy Kilmer 29 QB 12 11 0 5 1 0 0
16 Bo Burris 24 LS 14 0 3 129 1 94 0 0 0 2 0 0
34 Tony Lorick 27 FB 13 0 0 3 1 0 0
36 Don McCall 24 HB 13 0 0 4 0 0 0
66 Bill Cody 24 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
30 Les Kelley 24 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
72 Earl Leggett 35 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
60 Brian Schweda 25 RDE 10 0 0 0 3 18 0
79 Lou Cordileone 31 13 0 1 7 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
45 Elbert Kimbrough 30 10 0 1 15 0 15 0 0 0 1 3 0
76 Dave Rowe 23 RDT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
37 Steve Stonebreaker 30 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
74 Mike Tilleman 24 LDT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
39 Ernie Wheelwright 29 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
77 Jim Boeke 30 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Johnny Brewer 31 RLB 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jake Kupp 27 LG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Elijah Nevett 24 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
85 Ray Poage 28 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Randy Schultz 25 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
73 Jerry Sturm 32 LT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Karl Sweetan 26 qb 5 3 0 1 0 0 0
54 Joe Wendryhoski 30 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
59 Fred Whittingham 29 MLB 13 0 1 16 0 16 0
61 Del Williams 23 RG 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 16 262 1 94 0 0 19 34 27 0
Opp Total 14 33 7 33 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
10 Charlie Durkee 24 K 14 0 27 27 19 37 84
46 Danny Abramowicz 23 FL 14 0 7 7 42
36 Don McCall 24 HB 13 0 4 2 6 36
34 Tony Lorick 27 FB 13 0 3 3 18
84 Jimmy Hester 24 14 0 2 2 12
17 Billy Kilmer 29 QB 12 11 2 2 12
87 Monty Stickles 30 TE 13 0 2 2 12
32 Tom Barrington 24 14 0 1 1 6
22 Charlie Brown 23 3 0 1 1 6
16 Bo Burris 24 LS 14 0 1 1 6
39 Ernie Wheelwright 29 12 0 1 1 6
23 Dave Whitsell 32 RS 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 14 7 17 1 1 1 27 27 27 19 37 246
Opp Total 14 13 25 1 1 2 37 42 12 27 1 327

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1968-09-15 CLE L, 10-24 2 1 rush Billy Kilmer 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
2 1968-09-22 WAS W, 37-17 1 4 blocked punt Dave Whitsell 4 yard blocked punt return (Charlie Durkee kick)
3 1968-09-22 WAS W, 37-17 1 8 rush Don McCall 8 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
4 1968-09-22 WAS W, 37-17 3 4 pass Don McCall 4 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
5 1968-09-22 WAS W, 37-17 4 43 pass Danny Abramowicz 43 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
6 1968-09-29 STL L, 20-21 2 29 pass Danny Abramowicz 29 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
7 1968-09-29 STL L, 20-21 3 10 pass Danny Abramowicz 10 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
8 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 1 12 pass Monty Stickles 12 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
9 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 2 1 pass Tony Lorick 1 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
10 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 3 2 rush Don McCall 2 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
11 1968-10-13 MIN W, 20-17 1 94 interception Bo Burris 94 yard interception return (Charlie Durkee kick)
12 1968-10-13 MIN W, 20-17 1 2 pass Monty Stickles 2 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
13 1968-10-20 @ PIT W, 16-12 2 1 rush Ernie Wheelwright 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
14 1968-10-27 @ STL L, 17-31 1 9 pass Tony Lorick 9 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
15 1968-10-27 @ STL L, 17-31 3 19 pass Danny Abramowicz 19 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
16 1968-11-10 @ CLE L, 17-35 3 8 pass Danny Abramowicz 8 yard pass from Karl Sweetan (Charlie Durkee kick)
17 1968-11-10 @ CLE L, 17-35 4 7 pass Jimmy Hester 7 yard pass from Ronnie Lee South (Charlie Durkee kick)
18 1968-11-17 @ GNB L, 7-29 2 11 rush Don McCall 11 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
19 1968-11-24 @ DET T, 20-20 2 9 pass Danny Abramowicz 9 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
20 1968-11-24 @ DET T, 20-20 3 2 rush Don McCall 2 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
21 1968-12-01 CHI L, 17-23 2 47 pass Danny Abramowicz 47 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
22 1968-12-01 CHI L, 17-23 4 2 pass Tom Barrington 2 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
23 1968-12-08 @ PHI L, 17-29 1 4 pass Jimmy Hester 4 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
24 1968-12-08 @ PHI L, 17-29 2 2 rush Billy Kilmer 2 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
25 1968-12-15 PIT W, 24-14 1 22 pass Tony Lorick 22 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
26 1968-12-15 PIT W, 24-14 2 25 pass Don McCall 25 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Charlie Durkee kick)
27 1968-12-15 PIT W, 24-14 2 53 punt Charlie Brown 53 yard punt return (Charlie Durkee kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1968-09-15 CLE L, 10-24 2 30 pass Leroy Kelly 30 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Don Cockroft kick)
2 1968-09-15 CLE L, 10-24 4 8 rush Leroy Kelly 8 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
3 1968-09-15 CLE L, 10-24 4 17 interception Bill Glass 17 yard interception return (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1968-09-22 WAS W, 37-17 3 23 pass Jerry Smith 23 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
5 1968-09-22 WAS W, 37-17 4 12 pass Pat Richter 12 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
6 1968-09-29 STL L, 20-21 4 86 punt Chuck Latourette 86 yard punt return (Jim Bakken kick)
7 1968-09-29 STL L, 20-21 4 9 pass Dave Williams 9 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
8 1968-09-29 STL L, 20-21 4 1 rush Willis Crenshaw 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
9 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 1 1 rush Ernie Koy 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
10 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 2 2 pass Ernie Koy 2 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
11 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 2 22 pass Homer Jones 22 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
12 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 3 3 pass Tucker Frederickson 3 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Pete Gogolak kick)
13 1968-10-06 @ NYG L, 21-38 4 1 rush Bobby Duhon 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
14 1968-10-13 MIN W, 20-17 3 2 rush Bill Brown 2 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
15 1968-10-13 MIN W, 20-17 3 51 interception Bobby Bryant 51 yard interception return (Fred Cox kick)
16 1968-10-20 @ PIT W, 16-12 2 2 rush Earl Gros 2 yard rush
17 1968-10-20 @ PIT W, 16-12 3 71 rush Dick Hoak 71 yard rush
18 1968-10-27 @ STL L, 17-31 3 65 pass Jackie Smith 65 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1968-10-27 @ STL L, 17-31 4 1 rush Willis Crenshaw 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
20 1968-10-27 @ STL L, 17-31 4 53 pass Dave Williams 53 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
21 1968-10-27 @ STL L, 17-31 4 1 rush Jim Hart 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
22 1968-11-03 DAL L, 3-17 2 54 pass Bob Hayes 54 yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
23 1968-11-03 DAL L, 3-17 4 13 pass Bob Hayes 13 yard pass from Don Meredith (Mike Clark kick)
24 1968-11-10 @ CLE L, 17-35 2 5 pass Leroy Kelly 5 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
25 1968-11-10 @ CLE L, 17-35 2 12 pass Paul Warfield 12 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
26 1968-11-10 @ CLE L, 17-35 3 68 pass Leroy Kelly 68 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1968-11-10 @ CLE L, 17-35 3 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1968-11-10 @ CLE L, 17-35 4 9 pass Milt Morin 9 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1968-11-17 @ GNB L, 7-29 1 22 fumble Tom Brown 22 yard fumble return (Mike Mercer kick)
30 1968-11-17 @ GNB L, 7-29 1 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
31 1968-11-17 @ GNB L, 7-29 2 47 pass Carroll Dale 47 yard pass from Bart Starr
32 1968-11-17 @ GNB L, 7-29 4 2 rush Elijah Pitts 2 yard rush
33 1968-11-24 @ DET T, 20-20 1 20 pass Billy Gambrell 20 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
34 1968-11-24 @ DET T, 20-20 3 13 pass Charlie Sanders 13 yard pass from Bill Munson (Wayne Walker kick)
35 1968-12-01 CHI L, 17-23 2 46 pass Austin Denney 46 yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)
36 1968-12-01 CHI L, 17-23 4 8 pass Austin Denney 8 yard pass from Jack Concannon (Mac Percival kick)
37 1968-12-08 @ PHI L, 17-29 2 55 pass Gary Ballman 55 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
38 1968-12-08 @ PHI L, 17-29 2 14 pass Ben Hawkins 14 yard pass from Norm Snead
39 1968-12-08 @ PHI L, 17-29 4 23 pass Ben Hawkins 23 yard pass from Norm Snead (Sam Baker kick)
40 1968-12-08 @ PHI L, 17-29 4 30 rush Tom Woodeshick 30 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
41 1968-12-15 PIT W, 24-14 1 55 pass Roy Jefferson 55 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Booth Lusteg kick)
42 1968-12-15 PIT W, 24-14 4 17 pass J.R. Wilburn 17 yard pass from Kent Nix (Booth Lusteg kick)