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1978 New Orleans Saints

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.7, Offense: -0.5, Defense: -1.2, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 281 points (17.6/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 298 points (18.6/g), 16th.
 Differential of -17 points (-1.1/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-8.6.

Coach: Dick Nolan (7-9-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Paul Wiggin

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
 Training Camp: Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Florida)

Team Info

President/Majority Shareholder/Temporary GM 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 281 4996 1028 4.9 31 15 22 295 294 479 3151 17 16 6.1 154 512 1845 17 3.6 119
Team Defense 298 4884 1025 4.8 41 20 27 286 215 418 2464 21 21 5.5 130 574 2420 9 4.2 129
Lg Rank Offense 16 8 2 7 9 3 5 10 1 5 27 26 10 22
Lg Rank Defense 16 15 14 7 16 9 13 23 19 14 15 21 1 23

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore W 1-0 Minnesota Vikings 31 24 19 321 183 138 1 28 424 269 155 6
2 Sun September 10 boxscore L 1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 17 28 25 395 295 100 1 20 376 156 220 2
3 Sun September 17 boxscore L 1-2 Philadelphia Eagles 17 24 14 308 220 88 4 22 373 166 207 3
4 Sun September 24 boxscore W 2-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 20 18 12 254 180 74 2 14 283 117 166 1
5 Sun October 1 boxscore L 2-3 Los Angeles Rams 20 26 19 315 172 143 1 15 281 157 124 1
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 2-4 Cleveland Browns 16 24 21 298 231 67 2 20 271 92 179 3
7 Sun October 15 boxscore W 3-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 7 12 206 31 175 12 175 101 74 6
8 Sun October 22 boxscore W 4-4 @ Los Angeles Rams 10 3 12 118 78 40 1 20 342 184 158 6
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W 5-4 New York Giants 28 17 22 300 139 161 1 17 333 129 204 3
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 5-5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 20 23 421 340 81 2 20 345 200 145 2
11 Sun November 12 boxscore L 5-6 Atlanta Falcons 17 20 22 347 181 166 2 16 284 210 74 1
12 Sun November 19 boxscore L 5-7 @ Dallas Cowboys 7 27 15 277 215 62 4 17 304 106 198
13 Sun November 26 boxscore L 5-8 @ Atlanta Falcons 17 20 13 335 205 130 2 25 385 255 130 4
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 6-8 San Francisco 49ers 24 13 24 383 190 193 4 14 287 128 159 3
15 Sun December 10 boxscore L 6-9 Houston Oilers 12 17 18 297 241 56 1 16 244 119 125
16 Sun December 17 boxscore W 7-9 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 10 24 421 250 171 3 10 177 75 102

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* 29 QB 16 16 7-9-0 291 471 61.8% 3416 17 3.6 16 3.4 71 7.3 6.4 11.7 213.5 81.7 37 301 6.13 5.38 7.3 2 4
12 Bobby Scott 29 1 0 3 5 60.0% 36 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 7.2 7.2 12.0 36.0 82.1 0 0 7.20 7.20 0.0
82 Ike Harris 26 WR 15 15 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
42 Chuck Muncie 25 RB 13 11 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
33 Mike Strachan 25 15 5 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 26.2 16 7-9-0 294 479 61.4% 3452 17 3.5 16 3.3 71 7.2 6.4 11.7 215.8 81.2 37 301 6.11 5.37 7.2 2 4
Opp Total 16 215 418 51.4% 2700 21 5.0 21 5.0 6.5 5.20 12.6 168.8 67.7 33 236 5.5 4.3 7.3

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 Tony Galbreath 24 FB 16 16 186 635 5 20 3.4 39.7 11.6 74 582 7.9 2 35 4.6 36.4 1217 7 6
42 Chuck Muncie 25 RB 13 11 160 557 7 28 3.5 42.8 12.3 26 233 9.0 0 34 2.0 17.9 790 7 7
33 Mike Strachan 25 15 5 108 388 4 21 3.6 25.9 7.2 10 51 5.1 0 15 0.7 3.4 439 4 3
8 Archie Manning* 29 QB 16 16 38 202 1 19 5.3 12.6 2.4 202 1 8
32 Kim Jones 26 16 0 9 31 0 8 3.4 1.9 0.6 2 10 5.0 0 6 0.1 0.6 41 0 1
85 Henry Childs 27 TE 16 16 2 -4 0 -1 -2.0 -0.3 0.1 53 869 16.4 4 52 3.3 54.3 865 4 1
82 Ike Harris 26 WR 15 15 2 22 0 22 11.0 1.5 0.1 40 590 14.8 4 45 2.7 39.3 612 4 1
89 Wes Chandler 22 KR/PR/wr 16 5 2 10 0 10 5.0 0.6 0.1 35 472 13.5 2 58 2.2 29.5 482 2 1
16 Tom Blanchard 30 P 16 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
45 Jack Holmes 25 11 0 2 4 0 4 2.0 0.4 0.2 4 0 0
12 Bobby Scott 29 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 0
83 Tinker Owens 24 WR 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 40 446 11.2 2 47 2.9 31.9 446 2 1
84 Rich Mauti 24 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 69 8.6 2 16 0.5 4.3 69 2 0
87 Larry Hardy 22 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 131 26.2 1 71 0.3 8.2 131 1 0
35 Jim Van Wagner 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.2 -0.2 -1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 512 1845 17 28 3.6 115.3 32.0 294 3452 11.7 17 71 18.4 215.8 5297 34 32
Opp Total 16 574 2420 9 4.2 151.3 35.9 215 2464 11.5 21 13.4 154.0 4884 30 37

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
89 Wes Chandler 22 KR/PR/wr 16 5 34 233 0 32 6.9 32 760 0 38 23.8 1475
84 Rich Mauti 24 wr 16 1 17 388 0 39 22.8 457
24 Clarence Chapman 25 LCB 14 14 9 149 0 28 16.6 149
48 Don Schwartz 22 16 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 3 51 0 19 17.0 55
87 Larry Hardy 22 te 16 1 2 3 0 3 1.5 134
45 Jack Holmes 25 11 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 22
49 Ralph McGill 28 16 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 5
55 Floyd Rice 29 15 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 26.2 16 36 242 0 32 6.7 65 1384 0 39 21.3 6923
Opp Total 16 59 539 0 9.1 53 1035 0 19.5

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
16 Tom Blanchard 30 P 16 0 84 3532 61 2 42.0
10 Steve Mike-Mayer 31 K 9 0 1 1 3 2 3 2 2 4 1 13 6 46.2%% 18 18 100.0%%
15 Rich Szaro 30 k 4 0 2 2 2 2 2 6 4 66.7%% 9 9 100.0%%
3 John Leypoldt 32 k 2 0 2 1 1 1 3 2 66.7%% 5 4 80.0%%
10 Tom Jurich 22 k 1 0 2 1 3 0.0%% 2 2 100.0%%
34 Tony Galbreath 24 FB 16 16 1 0.0%%
Team Total 26.2 16 1 1 9 5 6 5 5 4 1 25 12 48.0%% 35 33 94.3%% 84 3532 61 2 42.0
Opp Total 16 33 22 66.7%% 33 32 97.0%% 71 2854 40.2

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* 29 QB 16 16 0 8 4 -26 0
34 Tony Galbreath 24 FB 16 16 0 6 2 1 0
42 Chuck Muncie 25 RB 13 11 0 7 1 0 0
37 Tom Myers 28 FS 16 16 6 167 1 97 0 0 0 2 4 0
54 Pat Hughes 31 RLB 16 16 2 11 0 7 0 0 0 3 5 0
57 Jim Merlo 27 LLB 16 16 0 0 5 0 0
27 Ray Brown 29 SS 16 16 4 50 0 19 0
70 Mark Meseroll 23 16 0 0 3 1 -44 0
29 Mo Spencer 26 RCB 16 16 4 83 0 37 0
33 Mike Strachan 25 15 5 0 3 1 0 0
58 Joe Federspiel 28 MLB 16 16 2 12 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Tom Blanchard 30 P 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
24 Clarence Chapman 25 LCB 14 14 2 -4 0 0 0
82 Ike Harris 26 WR 15 15 0 1 1 0 0
68 Richard Neal 31 2 1 0 0 2 0 0
75 Elex Price 28 LDT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
71 J.T. Taylor 22 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
89 Wes Chandler 22 KR/PR/wr 16 5 0 1 0 0 0
85 Henry Childs 27 TE 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
51 Ron Crosby 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
66 Conrad Dobler 28 g 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
20 Eric Felton 23 db 16 2 1 0 0 0 0
78 Elois Grooms 25 LDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
32 Kim Jones 26 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Rich Mauti 24 wr 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
74 Derland Moore 27 RDT 15 14 0 0 1 6 0
83 Tinker Owens 24 WR 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 21 319 1 97 0 0 32 34 -54 0
Opp Total 16 37 37 17 1

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
34 Tony Galbreath 24 FB 16 16 5 2 7 42
42 Chuck Muncie 25 RB 13 11 7 7 42
10 Steve Mike-Mayer 31 K 9 0 18 6 36
85 Henry Childs 27 TE 16 16 4 4 24
82 Ike Harris 26 WR 15 15 4 4 24
33 Mike Strachan 25 15 5 4 4 24
15 Rich Szaro 30 k 4 0 9 4 21
89 Wes Chandler 22 KR/PR/wr 16 5 2 2 12
84 Rich Mauti 24 wr 16 1 2 2 12
83 Tinker Owens 24 WR 14 10 2 2 12
3 John Leypoldt 32 k 2 0 4 2 10
87 Larry Hardy 22 te 16 1 1 1 6
8 Archie Manning* 29 QB 16 16 1 1 6
37 Tom Myers 28 FS 16 16 1 1 6
10 Tom Jurich 22 k 1 0 2 2
Team Total 26.2 16 17 17 1 35 33 12 1 279
Opp Total 16 9 21 1 1 32 22 1 298

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 MIN W, 31-24 1 3 rush Chuck Muncie 3 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
2 1978-09-03 MIN W, 31-24 1 7 rush Chuck Muncie 7 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
3 1978-09-03 MIN W, 31-24 2 6 rush Tony Galbreath 6 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
4 1978-09-03 MIN W, 31-24 4 97 interception Tom Myers 97 yard interception return (Rich Szaro kick)
5 1978-09-10 @ GNB L, 17-28 2 6 pass Ike Harris 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
6 1978-09-10 @ GNB L, 17-28 4 4 rush Mike Strachan 4 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
7 1978-09-17 PHI L, 17-24 1 47 pass Tinker Owens 47 yard pass from Archie Manning (Rich Szaro kick)
8 1978-09-17 PHI L, 17-24 3 9 rush Tony Galbreath 9 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
9 1978-09-24 @ CIN W, 20-18 2 5 rush Mike Strachan 5 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1978-09-24 @ CIN W, 20-18 4 5 rush Mike Strachan 5 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1978-10-01 RAM L, 20-26 2 6 pass Ike Harris 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (John Leypoldt kick)
12 1978-10-01 RAM L, 20-26 3 8 pass Ike Harris 8 yard pass from Archie Manning
13 1978-10-01 RAM L, 20-26 4 33 pass Tony Galbreath 33 yard pass from Archie Manning (John Leypoldt kick)
14 1978-10-08 CLE L, 16-24 2 16 pass Rich Mauti 16 yard pass from Archie Manning
15 1978-10-08 CLE L, 16-24 4 1 rush Archie Manning 1 yard rush (Rich Szaro kick)
16 1978-10-15 @ SFO W, 14-7 1 2 rush Mike Strachan 2 yard rush (Tom Jurich kick)
17 1978-10-15 @ SFO W, 14-7 2 15 pass Ike Harris 15 yard pass from Archie Manning (Tom Jurich kick)
18 1978-10-22 @ RAM W, 10-3 4 19 pass Tony Galbreath 19 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
19 1978-10-29 NYG W, 28-17 2 1 rush Chuck Muncie 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
20 1978-10-29 NYG W, 28-17 3 1 pass Henry Childs 1 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
21 1978-10-29 NYG W, 28-17 4 20 rush Tony Galbreath 20 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
22 1978-10-29 NYG W, 28-17 4 3 pass Henry Childs 3 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
23 1978-11-05 @ PIT L, 14-20 2 5 pass Rich Mauti 5 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
24 1978-11-05 @ PIT L, 14-20 4 5 rush Tony Galbreath 5 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
25 1978-11-12 ATL L, 17-20 2 1 rush Tony Galbreath 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1978-11-12 ATL L, 17-20 2 14 pass Henry Childs 14 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1978-11-19 @ DAL L, 7-27 1 1 rush Chuck Muncie 1 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
28 1978-11-26 @ ATL L, 17-20 1 71 pass Larry Hardy 71 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
29 1978-11-26 @ ATL L, 17-20 2 28 rush Chuck Muncie 28 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
30 1978-12-03 SFO W, 24-13 2 6 rush Chuck Muncie 6 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
31 1978-12-03 SFO W, 24-13 2 58 pass Wes Chandler 58 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
32 1978-12-03 SFO W, 24-13 4 12 pass Wes Chandler 12 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
33 1978-12-10 HOU L, 12-17 3 6 pass Tinker Owens 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
34 1978-12-17 @ TAM W, 17-10 3 21 rush Chuck Muncie 21 yard rush (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)
35 1978-12-17 @ TAM W, 17-10 4 1 pass Henry Childs 1 yard pass from Archie Manning (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 MIN L, 24-31 1 7 pass Rickey Young 7 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
2 1978-09-03 MIN L, 24-31 2 1 rush Chuck Foreman 1 yard rush (Rick Danmeier kick)
3 1978-09-03 MIN L, 24-31 4 10 pass Rickey Young 10 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Rick Danmeier kick)
4 1978-09-10 @ GNB W, 28-17 1 42 pass James Lofton 42 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
5 1978-09-10 @ GNB W, 28-17 2 47 pass James Lofton 47 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
6 1978-09-10 @ GNB W, 28-17 3 18 pass James Lofton 18 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
7 1978-09-10 @ GNB W, 28-17 4 9 pass Rich McGeorge 9 yard pass from David Whitehurst (Chester Marcol kick)
8 1978-09-17 PHI W, 24-17 2 20 pass Keith Krepfle 20 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
9 1978-09-17 PHI W, 24-17 3 5 pass Harold Carmichael 5 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
10 1978-09-17 PHI W, 24-17 4 16 pass Harold Carmichael 16 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
11 1978-09-24 @ CIN L, 18-20 2 12 pass Don Bass 12 yard pass from John Reaves (Chris Bahr kick)
12 1978-10-01 RAM W, 26-20 1 30 blocked punt Dwight Scales 30 yard blocked punt return
13 1978-10-01 RAM W, 26-20 2 20 pass Willie Miller 20 yard pass from Pat Haden (Frank Corral kick)
14 1978-10-01 RAM W, 26-20 2 28 interception Rod Perry 28 yard interception return (Frank Corral kick)
15 1978-10-08 CLE W, 24-16 1 1 rush Cleo Miller 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
16 1978-10-08 CLE W, 24-16 2 3 rush Larry Collins 3 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1978-10-08 CLE W, 24-16 3 14 pass Ozzie Newsome 14 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1978-10-15 @ SFO L, 7-14 4 22 pass Freddie Solomon 22 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Ray Wersching kick)
19 1978-10-29 NYG L, 17-28 1 0 fumble Maurice Tyler 0 yard fumble return (Joe Danelo kick)
20 1978-10-29 NYG L, 17-28 2 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
21 1978-11-05 @ PIT W, 20-14 3 6 pass Lynn Swann 6 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1978-11-05 @ PIT W, 20-14 4 24 pass Rocky Bleier 24 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1978-11-12 ATL W, 20-17 4 1 rush Haskel Stanback 1 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
24 1978-11-12 ATL W, 20-17 4 57 pass Alfred Jackson 57 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
25 1978-11-19 @ DAL W, 27-7 2 2 rush Tony Dorsett 2 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
26 1978-11-19 @ DAL W, 27-7 2 1 rush Roger Staubach 1 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
27 1978-11-19 @ DAL W, 27-7 3 24 pass Billy Joe DuPree 24 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Rafael Septien kick)
28 1978-11-26 @ ATL W, 20-17 1 3 rush Haskel Stanback 3 yard rush (Tim Mazzetti kick)
29 1978-11-26 @ ATL W, 20-17 4 1 pass Jim Mitchell 1 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Tim Mazzetti kick)
30 1978-12-03 SFO L, 13-24 2 41 pass Paul Seal 41 yard pass from Scott Bull (Ray Wersching kick)
31 1978-12-10 HOU W, 17-12 1 2 rush Earl Campbell 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
32 1978-12-10 HOU W, 17-12 4 80 pass Robert Woods 80 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
33 1978-12-17 @ TAM L, 10-17 4 2 pass Jimmie Giles 2 yard pass from Doug Williams (Neil O'Donoghue kick)