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1973 New Orleans Saints

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5-9-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -8.8, Offense: -7.0, Defense: -1.7, SoS: 1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 163 points (11.6/g), 26th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 312 points (22.3/g), 18th.
 Differential of -149 points (-10.6/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 2.5-11.5.

Coach: John North (5-9-0)

Stadium: Tulane Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

Team Info

General Manager Richard Gordon
President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 163 3501 872 4.0 34 17 19 207 163 338 1659 11 17 4.4 88 497 1842 5 3.7 100
Team Defense 312 4580 917 5.0 30 14 21 271 176 337 2178 15 16 6.0 119 556 2402 17 4.3 131
Lg Rank Offense 26 22 15 16 21 12 20 18 13 22 14 17 26 21
Lg Rank Defense 18 23 20 21 23 14 19 13 16 19 22 22 21 21

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-1 Atlanta Falcons 7 62 11 187 35 152 8 32 496 278 218 2
2 Mon September 24 boxscore L 0-2 @ Dallas Cowboys 3 40 17 236 98 138 2 24 355 186 169 1
3 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-3 @ Baltimore Colts 10 14 12 312 250 62 2 19 339 91 248 5
4 Sun October 7 boxscore W 1-3 Chicago Bears 21 16 19 282 119 163 1 13 253 179 74 2
5 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-3 Detroit Lions 20 13 21 334 163 171 2 19 359 173 186 2
6 Sun October 21 boxscore L 2-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 0 40 2 82 -15 97 3 21 424 221 203 2
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 3-4 Washington Redskins 19 3 19 242 39 203 15 179 155 24 2
8 Sun November 4 boxscore W 4-4 Buffalo Bills 13 0 19 281 166 115 10 190 66 124 1
9 Sun November 11 boxscore L 4-5 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 29 9 220 96 124 3 25 424 212 212 1
10 Sun November 18 boxscore L 4-6 @ San Diego Chargers 14 17 22 341 199 142 3 14 288 102 186 2
11 Sun November 25 boxscore L 4-7 Los Angeles Rams 13 24 15 259 109 150 2 31 450 110 340 3
12 Sun December 2 boxscore L 4-8 @ Green Bay Packers 10 30 16 256 156 100 5 13 259 105 154 2
13 Sun December 9 boxscore W 5-8 San Francisco 49ers 16 10 14 274 154 120 1 18 268 152 116 3
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 5-9 @ Atlanta Falcons 10 14 11 195 90 105 2 17 296 148 148 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
8 Archie Manning 24 QB 13 13 5-8-0 140 267 52.4% 1642 10 3.7 12 4.5 65 6.1 4.9 11.7 126.3 65.2 28 177 4.97 3.81 9.5 1 1
12 Bobby Scott 24 qb 6 1 0-1-0 18 54 33.3% 245 1 1.9 3 5.6 42 4.5 2.4 13.6 40.8 31.8 4 29 3.72 1.74 6.9
15 Bob Davis 28 2 0 5 17 29.4% 14 0 0.0 2 11.8 14 0.8 -4.5 2.8 7.0 0.0 5 36 -1.00 -5.09 22.7
Team Total 25.1 14 5-9-0 163 338 48.2% 1901 11 3.3 17 5.0 65 5.6 4.0 11.7 135.8 55.6 37 242 4.42 2.97 9.9 1 1
Opp Total 14 176 337 52.2% 2333 15 4.5 16 4.7 6.9 5.68 13.3 166.6 69.5 24 155 6.0 4.9 6.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
34 Jess Phillips 26 RB 14 14 198 663 0 20 3.3 47.4 14.1 22 169 7.7 0 34 1.6 12.1 832 0 3
38 Bill Butler 23 13 10 87 348 1 19 4.0 26.8 6.7 19 125 6.6 2 16 1.5 9.6 473 3 5
23 Joe Profit 24 FB 8 4 72 274 0 22 3.8 34.3 9.0 11 108 9.8 0 26 1.4 13.5 382 0 3
8 Archie Manning 24 QB 13 13 63 293 2 23 4.7 22.5 4.8 293 2 9
22 Howard Stevens 23 KR/PR 14 0 45 183 2 15 4.1 13.1 3.2 4 39 9.8 0 14 0.3 2.8 222 2 9
12 Bobby Scott 24 qb 6 1 9 18 0 4 2.0 3.0 1.5 18 0 0
39 Odell Lawson 25 12 0 6 23 0 11 3.8 1.9 0.5 2 -5 -2.5 0 4 0.2 -0.4 18 0 0
35 Henry Matthews 24 6 0 4 4 0 3 1.0 0.7 0.7 2 19 9.5 0 12 0.3 3.2 23 0 0
86 Jubilee Dunbar 24 WR 14 14 3 3 0 13 1.0 0.2 0.2 23 447 19.4 4 65 1.6 31.9 450 4 1
32 Lincoln Minor 23 9 0 3 10 0 8 3.3 1.1 0.3 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.6 15 0 0
15 Bob Davis 28 2 0 3 10 0 7 3.3 5.0 1.5 10 0 2
10 Steve O'Neal 27 P 14 0 2 -1 0 6 -0.5 -0.1 0.1 -1 0 0
41 Bob Newland 25 WR 14 12 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 29 489 16.9 4 42 2.1 34.9 495 4 0
37 Tom Myers 23 FS 13 12 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.6 0.1 8 0 0
85 John Beasley 28 TE 8 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 280 9.0 1 15 3.9 35.0 280 1 0
36 Robert Brown 30 5 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 132 12.0 0 26 2.2 26.4 132 0 0
80 Doug Winslow 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 45 11.3 0 14 0.3 3.8 45 0 0
46 Danny Abramowicz 28 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 18 9.0 0 11 1.0 9.0 18 0 0
83 Len Garrett 26 12 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 30 15.0 0 22 0.2 2.5 30 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 497 1842 5 23 3.7 131.6 35.5 163 1901 11.7 11 65 11.6 135.8 3743 16 34
Opp Total 14 556 2402 17 4.3 171.6 39.7 176 2178 12.4 15 12.6 155.6 4580 32 32

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Howard Stevens 23 KR/PR 14 0 17 171 0 37 10.1 26 590 0 48 22.7 983
39 Odell Lawson 25 12 0 7 118 0 27 16.9 136
23 Joe Profit 24 FB 8 4 7 144 0 26 20.6 526
44 Mike Fink 23 13 2 5 81 0 24 16.2 81
80 Doug Winslow 22 12 0 5 47 0 17 9.4 92
30 Ernie Jackson 23 LCB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
74 Derland Moore 22 13 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 25.1 14 22 218 0 37 9.9 47 947 0 48 20.1 4908
Opp Total 14 49 587 1 12.0 33 724 0 21.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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 Steve O'Neal 27 P 14 0 81 3375 71 0 41.7
19 Bill McClard 24 K 8 0 2 2 6 5 5 4 10 2 1 24 13 54.2%% 9 9 100.0%%
9 Happy Feller 24 k 6 0 5 4 4 3 12 4 33.3%% 7 7 100.0%%
Team Total 25.1 14 7 6 6 5 9 4 13 2 1 36 17 47.2%% 16 16 100.0%% 81 3375 71 0 41.7
Opp Total 14 34 19 55.9%% 36 35 97.2%% 63 2804 44.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
8 Archie Manning 24 QB 13 13 0 9 2 -15 0
22 Howard Stevens 23 KR/PR 14 0 0 9 2 0 0
57 Jim Merlo 22 14 9 3 25 0 16 0 0 1 2 10 0
34 Jess Phillips 26 RB 14 14 0 3 3 0 0
38 Bill Butler 23 13 10 0 5 0 0 0
30 Ernie Jackson 23 LCB 14 14 3 40 0 23 0 0 0 2 2 0
11 Bivian Lee 25 RCB 14 12 3 23 0 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
37 Tom Myers 23 FS 13 12 3 33 0 20 0 0 0 1 5 0
23 Joe Profit 24 FB 8 4 0 3 0 0 0
59 Wayne Colman 27 RLB 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
15 Bob Davis 28 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
58 Joe Federspiel 23 MLB 13 13 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jake Kupp 32 LG 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
74 Derland Moore 22 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Billy Newsome 25 LDE 14 14 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 John Didion 26 C 14 14 0 1 0 -23 0
86 Jubilee Dunbar 24 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
56 Willie Hall 24 LLB 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
77 Carl Johnson 24 LT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
35 Henry Matthews 24 6 0 0 0 1 55 0
76 Don Morrison 24 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
10 Steve O'Neal 27 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 Joe Owens 27 RDE 14 14 1 3 0 3 0
82 Bob Pollard 25 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
75 Elex Price 23 RDT 14 14 0 0 1 20 0
66 Royce Smith 24 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 16 126 0 23 0 0 34 29 65 0
Opp Total 14 37 32 18 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
19 Bill McClard 24 K 8 0 9 13 48
86 Jubilee Dunbar 24 WR 14 14 4 4 24
41 Bob Newland 25 WR 14 12 4 4 24
9 Happy Feller 24 k 6 0 7 4 19
38 Bill Butler 23 13 10 1 2 3 18
8 Archie Manning 24 QB 13 13 2 2 12
22 Howard Stevens 23 KR/PR 14 0 2 2 12
85 John Beasley 28 TE 8 4 1 1 6
Team Total 25.1 14 5 11 16 16 17 163
Opp Total 14 17 15 1 3 35 19 2 312

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 ATL L, 7-62 3 5 pass Bill Butler 5 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
2 1973-09-30 @ BAL L, 10-14 2 33 pass Bob Newland 33 yard pass from Archie Manning (Happy Feller kick)
3 1973-10-07 CHI W, 21-16 1 4 rush Archie Manning 4 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
4 1973-10-07 CHI W, 21-16 3 2 rush Howard Stevens 2 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
5 1973-10-07 CHI W, 21-16 4 4 rush Archie Manning 4 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
6 1973-10-14 DET W, 20-13 4 1 rush Howard Stevens 1 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
7 1973-10-14 DET W, 20-13 4 1 rush Bill Butler 1 yard rush (Happy Feller kick)
8 1973-10-28 WAS W, 19-3 1 9 pass Bill Butler 9 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
9 1973-11-04 BUF W, 13-0 2 9 pass Bob Newland 9 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
10 1973-11-11 @ RAM L, 7-29 2 65 pass Jubilee Dunbar 65 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
11 1973-11-18 @ SDG L, 14-17 3 9 pass Jubilee Dunbar 9 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
12 1973-11-18 @ SDG L, 14-17 4 14 pass John Beasley 14 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
13 1973-11-25 RAM L, 13-24 2 27 pass Bob Newland 27 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
14 1973-12-02 @ GNB L, 10-30 3 29 pass Jubilee Dunbar 29 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
15 1973-12-09 SFO W, 16-10 1 37 pass Jubilee Dunbar 37 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
16 1973-12-16 @ ATL L, 10-14 3 6 pass Bob Newland 6 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 2 2 rush Art Malone 2 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
2 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 2 65 interception Tom Hayes 65 yard interception return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
3 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 2 34 pass Ken Burrow 34 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
4 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 3 23 pass Ken Burrow 23 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
5 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 3 16 pass Wes Chesson 16 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
6 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 3 3 rush Joe Profit 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
7 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 4 8 pass Eddie Ray 8 yard pass from Bob Lee (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
8 1973-09-16 ATL W, 62-7 4 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
9 1973-09-24 @ DAL W, 40-3 1 7 rush Calvin Hill 7 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
10 1973-09-24 @ DAL W, 40-3 3 3 rush Robert Newhouse 3 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
11 1973-09-24 @ DAL W, 40-3 3 2 pass Robert Newhouse 2 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
12 1973-09-24 @ DAL W, 40-3 3 7 pass Mike Montgomery 7 yard pass from Craig Morton (Toni Fritsch kick)
13 1973-09-24 @ DAL W, 40-3 4 1 rush Les Strayhorn 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
14 1973-09-30 @ BAL W, 14-10 1 4 pass Tom Mitchell 4 yard pass from Bert Jones (George Hunt kick)
15 1973-09-30 @ BAL W, 14-10 1 1 rush Don Nottingham 1 yard rush (George Hunt kick)
16 1973-10-07 CHI L, 16-21 4 13 pass Jim Harrison 13 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mirro Roder kick)
17 1973-10-14 DET L, 13-20 3 33 pass Earl McCullouch 33 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
18 1973-10-21 @ SFO W, 40-0 2 23 pass Danny Abramowicz 23 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
19 1973-10-21 @ SFO W, 40-0 3 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
20 1973-10-21 @ SFO W, 40-0 3 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
21 1973-10-21 @ SFO W, 40-0 3 3 rush Ken Willard 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
22 1973-10-21 @ SFO W, 40-0 4 36 pass Ted Kwalick 36 yard pass from Joe Reed (Bruce Gossett kick)
23 1973-11-11 @ RAM W, 29-7 2 2 rush Jim Bertelsen 2 yard rush (David Ray kick)
24 1973-11-11 @ RAM W, 29-7 2 18 pass Lawrence McCutcheon 18 yard pass from John Hadl
25 1973-11-11 @ RAM W, 29-7 3 1 rush Tony Baker 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
26 1973-11-18 @ SDG W, 17-14 2 84 punt Ron Smith 84 yard punt return (Ray Wersching kick)
27 1973-11-18 @ SDG W, 17-14 4 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
28 1973-11-25 RAM W, 24-13 2 17 pass Jim Bertelsen 17 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
29 1973-11-25 RAM W, 24-13 3 4 pass Bob Klein 4 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
30 1973-11-25 RAM W, 24-13 4 5 rush Tony Baker 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
31 1973-12-02 @ GNB W, 30-10 2 58 interception Al Matthews 58 yard interception return (Chester Marcol kick)
32 1973-12-02 @ GNB W, 30-10 3 41 rush Jerry Tagge 41 yard rush (Chester Marcol kick)
33 1973-12-02 @ GNB W, 30-10 4 42 interception Jim Carter 42 yard interception return (Chester Marcol kick)
34 1973-12-09 SFO L, 10-16 4 14 pass Ted Kwalick 14 yard pass from Joe Reed (Bruce Gossett kick)
35 1973-12-16 @ ATL W, 14-10 1 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
36 1973-12-16 @ ATL W, 14-10 2 1 rush Eddie Ray 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)