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1987 New Orleans Saints

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12-3-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.1, Offense: 6.8, Defense: 3.3, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 422 points (28.1/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 283 points (18.9/g), 5th.
 Differential of 139 points (9.3/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 10.8-4.2.

Coach: Jim Mora (12-3-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Carl Smith
 Defensive Coordinator: Steve Sidwell

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
 Training Camp: Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, Louisiana)

Team Info

Owner/President Tom Benson
General Manager Jim Finks
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 422 4964 1009 4.9 28 16 25 304 227 411 2774 23 12 6.3 151 569 2190 20 3.8 128
Team Defense 283 4350 924 4.7 48 18 34 270 246 489 2800 25 30 5.2 155 388 1550 6 4.0 81
Lg Rank Offense 2 14 3 13 8 27 21 11 1 8 1 3 1 21
Lg Rank Defense 5 4 1 10 5 16 6 20 1 5 1 3 2 17

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-0 Cleveland Browns 28 21 21 338 147 191 25 387 294 93 2
2 Sun September 20 boxscore L 1-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17 27 14 220 188 32 5 19 336 175 161 3
3 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-1 Los Angeles Rams 37 10 19 349 195 154 1 12 207 135 72 2
4 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-2 @ St. Louis Cardinals 19 24 30 368 155 213 4 9 143 4 139 1
5 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-2 @ Chicago Bears 19 17 18 291 179 112 3 11 133 66 67 4
6 Sun October 25 boxscore L 3-3 San Francisco 49ers 22 24 20 379 202 177 2 23 303 228 75 2
7 Sun November 1 boxscore W 4-3 @ Atlanta Falcons 38 0 29 410 166 244 12 183 128 55 5
8 Sun November 8 boxscore W 5-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 31 14 20 443 211 232 2 18 304 202 102 3
9 Sun November 15 boxscore W 6-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 26 24 16 261 156 105 1 20 402 258 144 2
10 Sun November 22 boxscore W 7-3 New York Giants 23 14 16 278 175 103 2 16 298 223 75 7
11 Sun November 29 boxscore W 8-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 20 16 15 258 144 114 2 17 284 172 112 6
12 Sun December 6 boxscore W 9-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 44 34 19 365 248 117 1 27 449 352 97 4
13 Sun December 13 boxscore W 10-3 Houston Oilers 24 10 21 391 240 151 2 20 354 244 110
14 Sun December 20 boxscore W 11-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 41 24 24 321 220 101 24 237 112 125 4
15 Sun December 27 boxscore W 12-3 Green Bay Packers 33 24 22 292 148 144 3 17 330 207 123 3
Playoffs
WildCard Sun January 3 boxscore L 12-4 Minnesota Vikings 10 44 9 149 96 53 6 28 417 207 210 2

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
3 Bobby Hebert 27 QB 12 12 10-2-0 164 294 55.8 2119 15 5.1 9 3.1 67 7.2 6.9 12.9 176.6 82.9 20 119 6.37 6.04 6.4 3 3
11 John Fourcade 27 qb 3 3 2-1-0 48 89 53.9 597 4 4.5 3 3.4 82 6.7 6.1 12.4 199.0 75.9 6 67 5.58 5.00 6.3 1 1
18 Dave Wilson 28 4 0 13 24 54.2 243 2 8.3 0 0.0 38 10.1 11.8 18.7 60.8 117.2 2 21 8.54 10.08 7.7 0 1
12 Kevin Ingram 25 2 0 1 2 50.0 5 1 50.0 0 0.0 5 2.5 12.5 5.0 2.5 95.8 1 6 -0.33 6.33 33.3
21 Dalton Hilliard 23 rb 12 1 1 1 100.0 23 1 100.0 0 0.0 23 23.0 43.0 23.0 1.9 158.3 0 0 23.00 43.00 0.0
14 Tim Riordan 27 1 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 25.4 15 12-3-0 227 411 55.2 2987 23 5.6 12 2.9 82 7.3 7.1 13.2 199.1 84.9 29 213 6.30 6.12 6.6 4 5
Opp Total 15 246 489 50.3 3155 25 5.1 30 6.1 6.5 4.71 12.8 210.3 62.4 47 355 5.2 3.6 8.8

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
36 Rueben Mayes* 24 RB 12 12 243 917 5 38 3.8 76.4 20.3 15 68 4.5 0 16 1.3 5.7 985 5 8
21 Dalton Hilliard 23 rb 12 1 123 508 7 30 4.1 42.3 10.3 23 264 11.5 1 38 1.9 22.0 772 8 4
47 Dwight Beverly 26 rb 3 3 62 217 2 25 3.5 72.3 20.7 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.3 2.7 225 2 1
34 Barry Word 24 rb 12 1 36 133 2 20 3.7 11.1 3.0 6 54 9.0 0 17 0.5 4.5 187 2 1
30 Vincent Alexander 23 1 0 21 71 1 16 3.4 71.0 21.0 2 15 7.5 0 10 2.0 15.0 86 1 2
11 John Fourcade 27 qb 3 3 19 134 0 18 7.1 44.7 6.3 134 0 1
34 Jeff Rodenberger 28 rb 3 3 17 35 0 5 2.1 11.7 5.7 2 17 8.5 0 11 0.7 5.7 52 0 0
3 Bobby Hebert 27 QB 12 12 13 95 0 19 7.3 7.9 1.1 95 0 4
23 Buford Jordan 25 rb 12 4 12 36 2 8 3.0 3.0 1.0 2 13 6.5 0 11 0.2 1.1 49 2 0
37 Mel Gray 26 KR/PR 12 1 8 37 1 12 4.6 3.1 0.7 6 30 5.0 0 12 0.5 2.5 67 1 3
43 Garland Jean-Batiste 22 3 0 8 18 0 7 2.3 6.0 2.7 18 0 0
10 Brian Hansen 27 P 12 0 2 -6 0 -3 -3.0 -0.5 0.2 -6 0 0
12 Kevin Ingram 25 2 0 2 14 0 9 7.0 7.0 1.0 14 0 2
87 Lonzell Hill 22 wr 10 1 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -0.9 0.1 19 322 16.9 2 36 1.9 32.2 313 2 0
10 Tommy Barnhardt 24 p 3 0 1 -13 0 -13 -13.0 -4.3 0.3 -13 0 0
14 Tim Riordan 27 1 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3.0 1.0 3 0 0
84 Eric Martin 26 WR 15 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 778 17.7 7 67 2.9 51.9 778 7 3
86 Mike Jones 27 WR 12 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 420 15.6 3 43 2.3 35.0 420 3 1
85 Hoby Brenner* 28 TE 12 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 280 14.0 2 29 1.7 23.3 280 2 0
82 John Tice 27 TE 12 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 181 11.3 6 27 1.3 15.1 181 6 0
26 Stacey Dawsey 22 wr 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 142 10.9 0 29 4.3 47.3 142 0 2
88 Mark Pattison 26 wr 9 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 132 14.7 0 36 1.0 14.7 132 0 0
87 Malcolm Scott 26 te 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 35 5.8 0 11 2.0 11.7 35 0 0
88 Mike Waters 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 140 28.0 1 82 1.0 28.0 140 1 0
89 Robert Clark 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 38 12.7 0 14 1.5 19.0 38 0 0
82 Ken O'Neal 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 10 3.3 1 5 1.5 5.0 10 1 0
83 Cliff Benson 26 te 8 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 11 5.5 0 6 0.3 1.4 11 0 0
83 Dwight Walker 28 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 15 7.5 0 8 1.0 7.5 15 0 0
85 Curtland Thomas 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.5 7.0 14 0 0
Team Total 25.4 15 569 2190 20 38 3.8 146.0 37.9 227 2987 13.2 23 82 15.1 199.1 5177 43 33
Opp Total 15 388 1550 6 4.0 103.3 25.9 246 2800 11.4 25 16.4 186.7 4350 31 31

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
37 Mel Gray 26 KR/PR 12 1 24 352 0 80 14.7 30 636 0 43 21.2 1055
84 Eric Martin 26 WR 15 11 14 88 0 15 6.3 1 15 0 15 15.0 881
21 Dalton Hilliard 23 rb 12 1 10 248 0 74 24.8 1020
40 Michael Adams 23 db 7 3 4 52 0 20 13.0 52
47 Dwight Beverly 26 rb 3 3 3 46 0 21 15.3 271
23 Buford Jordan 25 rb 12 4 1 13 0 13 13.0 2 28 0 16 14.0 90
34 Barry Word 24 rb 12 1 3 100 0 64 33.3 287
67 Stan Brock 29 RT 12 12 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
41 Toi Cook 23 7 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
39 Brett Maxie 25 FS 12 10 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
85 Curtland Thomas 25 2 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 25
Team Total 25.4 15 41 468 0 80 11.4 55 1147 0 74 20.9 6792
Opp Total 15 29 199 0 6.9 55 1115 0 20.3

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
7 Morten Andersen*+ 27 K 12 0 3 3 6 6 9 9 12 8 6 2 36 28 77.8% 37 37 100.0%
10 Brian Hansen 27 P 12 0 52 2104 60 0 40.5
10 Tommy Barnhardt 24 p 3 0 11 483 52 0 43.9
4 Mike Cofer 23 k 2 0 1 1 1 1 100.0% 7 5 71.4%
5 Florian Kempf 31 k 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 5 4 80.0% 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 25.4 15 3 3 8 8 11 10 12 10 6 2 42 33 78.6% 45 43 95.6% 63 2587 60 0 41.1
Opp Total 15 18 12 66.7% 35 35 100.0% 73 2738 37.5

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
53 Vaughan Johnson 25 RILB 12 12 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 87 0
57 Rickey Jackson 29 LOLB 12 12 9.5 2 4 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 74 0
51 Sam Mills* 28 LILB 12 12 1 0 3 0 0 58 0
56 Pat Swilling 23 ROLB 12 12 10.5 1 10 0 10 0 3 0 3 1 0 49 0
39 Brett Maxie 25 FS 12 10 2.0 3 17 0 10 0 48 0 1
28 Gene Atkins 23 ss 13 5 3 12 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 36 0
24 Milton Mack 24 13 0 4 32 0 26 0 25 0
73 Frank Warren 28 12 0 6.0 20 0
36 Rueben Mayes* 24 RB 12 12 0 8 1 0 0
41 Toi Cook 23 7 0 4 0
44 Dave Waymer* 29 LCB 12 12 5 78 0 35 0 0 0 3 2 0
75 Bruce Clark 29 LDE 15 15 4.5 0 0 2 0 0 1
94 Jim Wilks 29 RDE 12 12 5.5 0 0 1 10 0
3 Bobby Hebert 27 QB 12 12 0 4 2 0 0
29 Reggie Sutton 22 db 11 3 5 68 0 26 0 0 0 1 0 0
37 Mel Gray 26 KR/PR 12 1 0 3 1 0 0
21 Dalton Hilliard 23 rb 12 1 0 4 0 0 0
22 Van Jakes 26 RCB 12 10 3 32 0 27 0 0 0 1 30 0
84 Eric Martin 26 WR 15 11 0 3 1 0 0
40 Michael Adams 23 db 7 3 0 1 2 0 0
26 Stacey Dawsey 22 wr 3 3 0 2 1 9 0
58 Scott Leach 24 lb 3 2 1.5 1 10 0 10 0
30 Vincent Alexander 23 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
99 Tony Elliott 28 NT 14 14 2.0
97 Jumpy Geathers 27 1 0 1 0
12 Kevin Ingram 25 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
51 Larry McCoy 26 lb 3 3 2.0
34 Barry Word 24 rb 12 1 0 1 1 0 0
47 Dwight Beverly 26 rb 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
59 James Campen 23 c 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
55 Joe DeForest 22 lb 3 3 1.0
11 John Fourcade 27 qb 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
27 Antonio Gibson 25 SS 10 10 1 17 0 17 0
61 Joel Hilgenberg 25 C 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
87 Lonzell Hill 22 wr 10 1 0 0 1 0 0
50 Phillip James 23 g 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
86 Mike Jones 27 WR 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
25 Johnnie Poe 28 db 12 2 1 0 0 0 0
34 Jeff Rodenberger 28 rb 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
69 Pat Swoopes 23 nt 9 3 1.0
83 Dwight Walker 28 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 Frank Wattelet 29 db 2 2 0 0 1 0 0
22 Derrick Taylor 23 db 3 3 0.5
Team Total 25.4 15 47.0 30 280 0 35 0 9 33 32 52 0 402 0 2
Opp Total 15 29 31 13 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
7 Morten Andersen*+ 27 K 12 0 37 28 121
21 Dalton Hilliard 23 rb 12 1 7 1 8 48
84 Eric Martin 26 WR 15 11 7 7 42
82 John Tice 27 TE 12 8 6 6 36
36 Rueben Mayes* 24 RB 12 12 5 5 30
86 Mike Jones 27 WR 12 7 3 3 18
5 Florian Kempf 31 k 1 0 1 4 13
47 Dwight Beverly 26 rb 3 3 2 2 12
85 Hoby Brenner* 28 TE 12 10 2 2 12
87 Lonzell Hill 22 wr 10 1 2 2 12
23 Buford Jordan 25 rb 12 4 2 2 12
34 Barry Word 24 rb 12 1 2 2 12
4 Mike Cofer 23 k 2 0 5 1 8
30 Vincent Alexander 23 1 0 1 1 6
37 Mel Gray 26 KR/PR 12 1 1 1 6
82 Ken O'Neal 25 2 0 1 1 6
25 Johnnie Poe 28 db 12 2 1 1 6
29 Reggie Sutton 22 db 11 3 1 1 6
54 Alvin Toles 24 12 0 1 1 6
88 Mike Waters 25 5 0 1 1 6
75 Bruce Clark 29 LDE 15 15 1 2
39 Brett Maxie 25 FS 12 10 1 2
Team Total 25.4 15 20 23 3 46 43 33 2 422
Opp Total 15 6 25 3 1 35 12 1 283