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1979 New Orleans Saints

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8-8-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.2, Offense: 2.3, Defense: -3.5, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 370 points (23.1/g), 6th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 360 points (22.5/g), 22nd.
 Differential of 10 points (0.6/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-7.7.

Coach: Dick Nolan (8-8-0)
 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
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 370 5627 996 5.6 36 14 20 315 257 428 3151 16 22 7.1 135 551 2476 28 4.5 160
Team Defense 360 5535 1055 5.2 42 16 19 334 265 488 3066 24 26 5.7 168 521 2469 22 4.7 147
Lg Rank Offense 6 4 9 6 8 19 11 20 12 1 15 6 1 4
Lg Rank Defense 22 22 8 14 26 23 20 24 5 13 10 23 20 28

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore L OT 0-1 Atlanta Falcons 34 40 23 512 324 188 2 35 552 295 257 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 0-2 @ Green Bay Packers 19 28 29 474 289 185 2 21 309 115 194 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore L 0-3 Philadelphia Eagles 14 26 12 235 160 75 2 18 361 162 199
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 1-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 30 21 28 512 338 174 2 17 341 263 78 4
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 2-3 New York Giants 24 14 21 362 195 167 3 13 285 163 122 3
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 2-4 Los Angeles Rams 17 35 13 234 132 102 6 22 295 154 141 2
7 Sun October 14 boxscore W 3-4 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42 14 22 397 163 234 1 16 374 213 161 4
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 4-4 Detroit Lions 17 7 18 284 125 159 3 13 197 117 80 4
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W 5-4 @ Washington Redskins 14 10 14 233 131 102 2 15 225 47 178 1
10 Sun November 4 boxscore L 5-5 @ Denver Broncos 3 10 13 239 117 122 1 19 349 201 148 3
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 6-5 San Francisco 49ers 31 20 27 368 153 215 1 26 393 198 195 1
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 6-6 @ Seattle Seahawks 24 38 24 420 286 134 1 28 521 391 130 1
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W 7-6 @ Atlanta Falcons 37 6 18 415 276 139 2 13 237 135 102 6
14 Mon December 3 boxscore L 7-7 Oakland Raiders 35 42 18 289 141 148 2 31 406 264 142 3
15 Sun December 9 boxscore L 7-8 San Diego Chargers 0 35 12 231 175 56 2 31 400 234 166
16 Sun December 16 boxscore W 8-8 @ Los Angeles Rams 29 14 23 422 146 276 4 16 290 114 176 6

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
8 Archie Manning* 30 QB 16 16 8-8-0 252 420 60.0 3169 15 3.6 20 4.8 85 7.5 6.1 12.6 198.1 75.6 17 140 6.93 5.56 3.9
34 Tony Galbreath 25 FB 15 15 2 3 66.7 70 0 0.0 1 33.3 48 23.3 8.3 35.0 4.7 70.1 0 0 23.33 8.33 0.0
42 Chuck Muncie* 26 RB 16 15 1 2 50.0 40 1 50.0 0 0.0 40 20.0 30.0 40.0 2.5 135.4 0 0 20.00 30.00 0.0
12 Bobby Scott 30 3 0 2 2 100.0 12 0 0.0 0 0.0 6 6.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 91.7 0 0 6.00 6.00 0.0
14 Russell Erxleben 23 p 1 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 26.5 16 8-8-0 257 428 60.0 3291 16 3.7 22 5.1 85 7.7 6.1 12.8 205.7 75.2 17 140 7.08 5.58 3.8 0 0
Opp Total 16 265 488 54.3 3457 24 4.9 26 5.3 7.1 5.67 13.0 216.1 71.0 46 391 5.7 4.4 8.6

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
42 Chuck Muncie* 26 RB 16 15 238 1198 11 69 5.0 74.9 14.9 40 308 7.7 0 28 2.5 19.3 1506 11 8
34 Tony Galbreath 25 FB 15 15 189 708 9 27 3.7 47.2 12.6 58 484 8.3 1 38 3.9 32.3 1192 10 5
33 Mike Strachan 26 10 1 62 276 6 23 4.5 27.6 6.2 3 9 3.0 0 5 0.3 0.9 285 6 1
8 Archie Manning* 30 QB 16 16 35 186 2 20 5.3 11.6 2.2 186 2 4
45 Jack Holmes 26 rb 16 1 17 68 0 14 4.0 4.3 1.1 3 19 6.3 0 13 0.2 1.2 87 0 1
30 Wayne Wilson 22 14 0 5 26 0 16 5.2 1.9 0.4 26 0 1
32 Kim Jones 27 2 0 3 5 0 3 1.7 2.5 1.5 5 0 0
82 Ike Harris 27 WR 14 14 2 9 0 16 4.5 0.6 0.1 25 395 15.8 2 42 1.8 28.2 404 2 0
89 Wes Chandler* 23 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 65 1069 16.4 6 85 4.1 66.8 1069 6 0
85 Henry Childs* 28 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 51 846 16.6 5 51 3.2 52.9 846 5 1
83 Tinker Owens 25 wr 13 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 72 10.3 1 21 0.5 5.5 72 1 0
84 Rich Mauti 25 KR/PR 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 64 32.0 0 61 0.1 4.3 64 0 3
88 Brooks Williams 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 22 11.0 0 14 0.1 1.4 22 0 0
87 Larry Hardy 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 1 3 0.1 0.2 3 1 0
Team Total 26.5 16 551 2476 28 69 4.5 154.8 34.4 257 3291 12.8 16 85 16.1 205.7 5767 44 24
Opp Total 16 521 2469 22 4.7 154.3 32.6 265 3066 11.6 24 16.6 191.6 5535 46 32

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
84 Rich Mauti 25 KR/PR 15 0 27 218 0 33 8.1 36 801 0 39 22.3 1083
30 Wayne Wilson 22 14 0 11 230 0 31 20.9 256
89 Wes Chandler* 23 WR 16 16 3 13 0 8 4.3 7 136 0 37 19.4 1218
45 Jack Holmes 26 rb 16 1 8 120 0 20 15.0 207
88 Brooks Williams 25 16 0 2 12 0 12 6.0 34
52 Jim Kovach 23 16 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
83 Tinker Owens 25 wr 13 2 1 10 0 10 10.0 82
Team Total 26.5 16 30 231 0 33 7.7 66 1319 0 39 20.0 7317
Opp Total 16 32 223 0 7.0 76 1523 0 20.0

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
17 Rick Partridge 22 P 13 0 57 2330 61 0 40.9
1 Garo Yepremian 35 K 14 0 1 1 5 5 4 3 6 3 16 12 75.0% 40 39 97.5%
14 Russell Erxleben 23 p 1 0 2 2 2 2 100.0% 4 4 100.0% 4 148 40 0 37.0
89 Wes Chandler* 23 WR 16 16 8 248 40 0 31.0
34 Tony Galbreath 25 FB 15 15 1 2 2 3 2 66.7% 2 1 50.0%
Team Total 26.5 16 2 1 7 7 6 5 6 3 21 16 76.2% 46 44 95.7% 69 2726 61 0 39.5
Opp Total 16 17 11 64.7% 46 45 97.8% 71 2726 38.4

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
42 Chuck Muncie* 26 RB 16 15 0 8 2 0 0
37 Tom Myers* 29 FS 15 15 7 127 1 52 0 0 0 3 0 0
34 Tony Galbreath 25 FB 15 15 0 5 1 0 0
8 Archie Manning* 30 QB 16 16 0 4 2 -4 0
20 Eric Felton 24 RCB 13 10 4 53 0 53 0
54 Pat Hughes 32 RLB 16 16 4 62 0 40 0
84 Rich Mauti 25 KR/PR 15 0 0 3 1 0 0
27 Ray Brown 30 SS 12 12 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
78 Elois Grooms 26 LDE 16 16 1 -2 0 -2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
45 Jack Holmes 26 rb 16 1 0 1 2 0 0
50 Ken Bordelon 25 LLB 16 14 2 24 1 19 0
24 Clarence Chapman 26 LCB 16 15 2 12 0 12 0
66 Conrad Dobler 29 RG 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
49 Ralph McGill 29 13 1 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Don Reese 28 RDE 16 12 0 0 2 0 0
48 Don Schwartz 23 db 14 4 2 31 0 22 0
30 Wayne Wilson 22 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
85 Henry Childs* 28 TE 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
58 Joe Federspiel 29 MLB 16 16 1 4 0 4 0
21 David Gray 24 rcb 16 6 1 32 0 32 0
82 Ike Harris 27 WR 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
57 Jim Merlo 28 16 2 0 0 1 9 0
75 Elex Price 29 6 2 0 0 1 0 0
33 Mike Strachan 26 10 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 26 351 2 53 0 0 24 24 5 0 1
Opp Total 16 17 32 16

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Garo Yepremian 35 K 14 0 39 12 75
34 Tony Galbreath 25 FB 15 15 9 1 10 1 2 67
42 Chuck Muncie* 26 RB 16 15 11 11 66
89 Wes Chandler* 23 WR 16 16 6 6 36
33 Mike Strachan 26 10 1 6 6 36
85 Henry Childs* 28 TE 16 16 5 5 30
82 Ike Harris 27 WR 14 14 2 2 12
8 Archie Manning* 30 QB 16 16 2 2 12
14 Russell Erxleben 23 p 1 0 4 2 10
50 Ken Bordelon 25 LLB 16 14 1 1 6
87 Larry Hardy 23 16 0 1 1 6
37 Tom Myers* 29 FS 15 15 1 1 6
83 Tinker Owens 25 wr 13 2 1 1 6
78 Elois Grooms 26 LDE 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.5 16 28 16 2 46 44 16 1 370
Opp Total 16 22 24 1 45 11 360