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1997 New Orleans Saints

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.4, Offense: -6.8, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 237 points (14.8/g), 30th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 327 points (20.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of -90 points (-5.6/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 5.1-10.9.

Coach: Mike Ditka (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Danny Abramowicz
 Defensive Coordinator: Zaven Yaralian
 Other Notable Asst.: Tom Clements (Quarterbacks), Jack Del Rio (Strength and Conditioning) and Tom Moore (Running Backs)

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
 Training Camp: UW La Crosse (La Crosse, Wisconsin)

Team Info

Owner/President Tom Benson
General Manager Bill Kuharich
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties Average Drive
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 #Dr Sc% TO% Start Time Plays Yds Pts
Team Stats 237 4045 925 4.4 55 22 229 228 458 2584 13 33 5.1 127 417 1461 9 3.5 78 101 811 24 Opp 0.0 0:00
Opp. Stats 327 4645 1073 4.3 31 15 280 293 518 2881 21 16 5.0 168 496 1764 11 3.6 95 110 895 17 Opp 0.0 0:00
Lg Rank Offense 30 30 30 30 30 27 27 29 30 24 25 27 22 26 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lg Rank Defense 16 4 9 7 8 14 6 15 13 4 24 14 10 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense Expected Points
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO Offense Defense Sp. Tms
1 Sun August 31 boxscore L 0-1 @ St. Louis Rams 24 38 13 241 159 82 5 20 403 214 189 1
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L 0-2 San Diego Chargers 6 20 14 243 178 65 6 11 230 171 59 2 -29.77 16.95 -3.44
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 0-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 7 33 12 260 176 84 8 17 304 213 91 1 -25.54 1.20 -3.66
4 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-3 Detroit Lions 35 17 21 385 213 172 22 355 237 118 4
5 Sun September 28 boxscore L 1-4 @ New York Giants 9 14 14 266 193 73 2 18 264 159 105 2
6 Sun October 5 boxscore W 2-4 @ Chicago Bears 20 17 11 322 185 137 3 19 266 165 101
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 2-5 Atlanta Falcons 17 23 13 179 99 80 4 14 166 77 89 2 -19.28 11.36 1.22
8 Sun October 19 boxscore L 2-6 Carolina Panthers 0 13 15 200 89 111 2 15 269 196 73 1
9 Sun October 26 boxscore L 2-7 San Francisco 49ers 0 23 6 142 87 55 2 21 347 210 137
10 Bye Week
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 3-7 @ Oakland Raiders 13 10 17 213 154 59 1 12 221 189 32 2 -13.56 14.35 3.88
12 Sun November 16 boxscore W OT 4-7 Seattle Seahawks 20 17 14 177 102 75 5 19 340 229 111 4
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 4-8 @ Atlanta Falcons 3 20 11 173 118 55 5 16 269 177 92 1 -29.68 7.76 3.54
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 5-8 @ Carolina Panthers 16 13 18 326 190 136 2 21 427 241 186 4
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 5-9 St. Louis Rams 27 34 16 284 240 44 4 23 343 229 114 3
16 Sun December 14 boxscore W 6-9 Arizona Cardinals 27 10 17 382 252 130 1 18 265 154 111 4
17 Sun December 21 boxscore L 6-10 @ Kansas City Chiefs 13 25 17 252 149 103 5 14 176 20 156 -9.88 27.12 -28.84

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
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 4-5-0 106 203 52.2 1288 2 1.0 14 6.9 89 6.3 3.4 12.2 128.8 46.6 21 132 5.16 2.53 9.4 3 2
12 Billy Joe Hobert 26 qb 5 4 2-2-0 61 131 46.6 891 6 4.6 8 6.1 49 6.8 5.0 14.6 178.2 59.0 4 29 6.39 4.61 3.0 0 2
7 Danny Wuerffel 23 qb 7 2 0-2-0 42 91 46.2 518 4 4.4 8 8.8 47 5.7 2.6 12.3 74.0 42.3 18 116 3.69 1.12 16.5
13 Doug Nussmeier 27 qb 3 1 0-1-0 18 32 56.3 183 0 0.0 3 9.4 24 5.7 1.5 10.2 61.0 33.7 6 32 3.97 0.42 15.8
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 1 1 100.0 21 1 100.0 0 0.0 21 21.0 41.0 21.0 1.8 158.3 0 0 21.00 41.00 0.0
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 8 -8.00 -8.00 100.0
Team Total 26.0 16 6-10-0 228 458 49.8 2901 13 2.8 33 7.2 89 6.3 3.7 12.7 181.3 49.4 50 317 5.09 2.68 9.8 3 4
Opp Total 16 293 518 56.6 3289 21 4.1 16 3.1 6.3 5.77 11.2 205.6 76.3 59 408 5.0 4.5 10.2

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 Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
34 Ray Zellars 24 FB 16 16 156 552 4 27 3.5 34.5 9.8 43 31 263 8.5 0 38 1.9 16.4 815 4 6
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 119 440 4 74 3.7 36.7 9.9 11 5 42 8.4 0 15 0.4 3.5 482 4 2
28 Troy Davis 22 rb 16 7 75 271 0 20 3.6 16.9 4.7 18 13 85 6.5 0 18 0.8 5.3 356 0 3
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 22 38 1 8 1.7 3.8 2.2 38 1 8
12 Billy Joe Hobert 26 qb 5 4 12 36 0 15 3.0 7.2 2.4 36 0 2
44 Fred McCrary 25 7 0 8 15 0 8 1.9 2.1 1.1 4 4 17 4.3 0 11 0.6 2.4 32 0 0
13 Doug Nussmeier 27 qb 3 1 8 30 0 15 3.8 10.0 2.7 30 0 1
7 Danny Wuerffel 23 qb 7 2 6 26 0 10 4.3 3.7 0.9 26 0 2
40 Wes Bender 27 11 0 5 9 0 6 1.8 0.8 0.5 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 0 1
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 4 35 0 27 8.8 2.2 0.3 118 48 722 15.0 5 39 3.0 45.1 757 5 1
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.7 0.1 95 55 761 13.8 2 89 3.7 50.7 772 2 0
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 56 27 362 13.4 1 47 1.7 22.6 360 1 2
87 John Farquhar 25 te 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 17 253 14.9 1 42 1.5 23.0 253 1 0
82 Irv Smith 26 TE 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 17 180 10.6 1 25 1.5 16.4 180 1 1
83 Keith Poole 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 4 98 24.5 2 49 1.3 32.7 98 2 0
89 Brett Bech 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 3 50 16.7 0 22 0.3 5.0 50 0 0
80 Daryl Hobbs 29 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 2 41 20.5 1 21 0.5 10.3 41 1 0
86 Tony Johnson 25 te 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.9 13 0 1
85 Nick Savoie 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 1.0 14.0 14 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 417 1461 9 74 3.5 91.3 26.1 437 228 2901 12.7 13 89 14.3 181.3 4362 22 34
Opp Total 16 496 1764 11 3.6 110.3 31.0 293 2881 9.8 21 18.3 180.1 4645 32 31

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
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 47 498 0 32 10.6 43 1128 1 102 26.2 1986
28 Troy Davis 22 rb 16 7 9 173 0 29 19.2 529
89 Brett Bech 26 10 0 3 47 0 30 15.7 97
44 Fred McCrary 25 7 0 2 26 0 15 13.0 58
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 755
90 Jared Tomich 23 de 16 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 48 496 0 32 10.3 58 1374 1 102 23.7 6247
Opp Total 16 50 706 1 14.1 51 1139 0 22.3

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
3 Mark Royals 32 P 16 0 88 4038 66 0 45.9
10 Doug Brien 27 K 16 0 1 1 2 2 10 10 9 6 5 4 27 23 85.2% 22 22 100.0%
Team Total 26.0 16 1 1 2 2 10 10 9 6 5 4 27 23 85.2% 22 22 100.0% 88 4038 66 0 45.9
Opp Total 16 36 28 77.8% 33 33 100.0% 92 3671 39.9

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
54 Winfred Tubbs 27 MLB 16 16 2 21 0 15 0 2 0 2 0 0 2.5 116 44
55 Mark Fields 25 RLB 16 15 4 0 2 28 1 8.0 88 20
29 Sammy Knight 22 FS 16 12 5 75 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0 67 17
25 Alex Molden 24 LCB 16 15 3 0 2 0 0 4.0 57 11
93 Wayne Martin 32 LDT 16 16 1 0 1 0 0 10.5 54 9
30 Anthony Newman 32 SS 12 12 3 19 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 53 10
52 Richard Harvey 31 LLB 14 13 1 7 0 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 3.0 43 7
21 Eric Allen 32 RCB 16 16 2 27 0 27 0 45 5
94 Joe Johnson 25 RDE 16 16 1 0 1 0 0 8.5 39 7
26 Mickey Washington 29 db 16 2 2 30 0 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 40 5
97 La'Roi Glover 23 dt 15 2 1 0 1 0 0 6.5 24 9
99 Pio Sagapolutele 28 RDT 14 13 2.0 24 11
92 Darren Mickell 27 LDE 14 13 0 0 1 11 0 3.5 20 13
91 Brady Smith 24 de 16 2 5.0 22 8
59 Keith Mitchell 23 lb 16 2 4.0 20 4
27 Vashone Adams 24 db 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 17 4
33 Rob Kelly 23 db 16 2 1 15 0 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 14 5
23 Chris Hewitt 23 db 11 2 1 0 1 0 0 12 4
90 Jared Tomich 23 de 16 1 0 1 1 0 0 1.0 11 1
37 Je'Rod Cherry 24 16 0 6 0
95 Austin Robbins 26 12 0 6 0
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 0 8 3 -20 0
34 Ray Zellars 24 FB 16 16 0 6 2 0 0
56 Ernest Dixon 26 15 0 0.5 2 2
7 Danny Wuerffel 23 qb 7 2 0 2 2 0 0
28 Troy Davis 22 rb 16 7 0 3 0 0 0
62 Jerry Fontenot 31 C 16 16 0 3 0 0 0
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 0 2 1 0 0
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 0 2 0 0 0
38 Donovan Greer 23 db 6 1 1 0
12 Billy Joe Hobert 26 qb 5 4 0 2 0 0 0
74 Clarence Jones 29 RT 15 15 0 0 2 0 0
89 Brett Bech 26 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Wes Bender 27 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
86 Tony Johnson 25 te 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
13 Doug Nussmeier 27 qb 3 1 0 1 0 -4 0
82 Irv Smith 26 TE 11 8 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 16 194 0 39 0 17 34 27 15 1 59.0 781 196
Opp Total 16 31 16 50

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 Doug Brien 27 K 16 0 22 22 23 27 91
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 5 5 1 32
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 4 4 24
34 Ray Zellars 24 FB 16 16 4 4 24
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 1 1 2 12
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 2 2 12
83 Keith Poole 23 3 0 2 2 12
87 John Farquhar 25 te 11 8 1 1 6
55 Mark Fields 25 RLB 16 15 1 1 6
80 Daryl Hobbs 29 4 0 1 1 6
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 1 1 6
82 Irv Smith 26 TE 11 8 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 16 9 13 1 1 24 1 22 22 23 27 237
Opp Total 16 11 21 1 1 1 33 33 28 36 327

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 2 102 kickoff Eric Guliford 102 yard kickoff return (Andre Hastings pass from Heath Shuler)
2 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 4 30 pass Andre Hastings 30 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (Doug Brien kick)
3 1997-09-14 @ SFO L, 7-33 4 8 pass Andre Hastings 8 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (Doug Brien kick)
4 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 2 21 pass Andre Hastings 21 yard pass from Mario Bates (Doug Brien kick)
5 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 2 74 rush Mario Bates 74 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
6 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 2 20 pass Daryl Hobbs 20 yard pass from Heath Shuler (Doug Brien kick)
7 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 3 5 rush Heath Shuler 5 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
8 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 4 2 rush Mario Bates 2 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
9 1997-10-05 @ CHI W, 20-17 3 49 rush Mario Bates 49 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
10 1997-10-05 @ CHI W, 20-17 4 89 pass Randal Hill 89 yard pass from Heath Shuler (Doug Brien kick)
11 1997-10-12 ATL L, 17-23 4 16 pass Andre Hastings 16 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (Doug Brien kick)
12 1997-10-12 ATL L, 17-23 4 1 rush Mario Bates 1 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
13 1997-11-09 @ OAK W, 13-10 4 1 rush Ray Zellars 1 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
14 1997-11-16 SEA W, 20-17 2 1 rush Ray Zellars 1 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
15 1997-11-16 SEA W, 20-17 4 2 rush Ray Zellars 2 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
16 1997-11-30 @ CAR W, 16-13 2 10 rush Ray Zellars 10 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
17 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 1 21 fumble Mark Fields 21 yard fumble return (Doug Brien kick)
18 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 3 34 pass Andre Hastings 34 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
19 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 4 1 pass Irv Smith 1 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
20 1997-12-14 ARI W, 27-10 3 9 pass Randal Hill 9 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
21 1997-12-14 ARI W, 27-10 4 16 pass Eric Guliford 16 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
22 1997-12-14 ARI W, 27-10 4 8 pass John Farquhar 8 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
23 1997-12-21 @ KAN L, 13-25 3 32 pass Keith Poole 32 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
24 1997-12-21 @ KAN L, 13-25 4 14 pass Keith Poole 14 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (run failed)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 2 1 rush Lawrence Phillips 1 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
2 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 2 30 pass Torrance Small 30 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
3 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 3 48 pass Ernie Conwell 48 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
4 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 3 25 rush Lawrence Phillips 25 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
5 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 3 5 rush Lawrence Phillips 5 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
6 1997-09-07 SDG L, 6-20 1 0 fumble Rodney Harrison 0 yard fumble return (John Carney kick)
7 1997-09-07 SDG L, 6-20 4 21 pass Freddie Jones 21 yard pass from Jim Everett (John Carney kick)
8 1997-09-14 @ SFO L, 7-33 1 18 pass Brent Jones 18 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
9 1997-09-14 @ SFO L, 7-33 2 1 pass Brent Jones 1 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
10 1997-09-14 @ SFO L, 7-33 3 1 pass Garrison Hearst 1 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 2 17 pass Barry Sanders 17 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
12 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 4 5 pass Herman Moore 5 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
13 1997-09-28 @ NYG L, 9-14 1 32 pass Kevin Alexander 32 yard pass from Dave Brown (Brad Daluiso kick)
14 1997-09-28 @ NYG L, 9-14 2 14 pass Chris Calloway 14 yard pass from Dave Brown (Brad Daluiso kick)
15 1997-10-05 @ CHI W, 20-17 4 1 rush Erik Kramer 1 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
16 1997-10-05 @ CHI W, 20-17 4 1 rush Raymont Harris 1 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
17 1997-10-12 ATL L, 17-23 1 9 pass Bert Emanuel 9 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
18 1997-10-12 ATL L, 17-23 3 2 rush Jamal Anderson 2 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
19 1997-10-19 CAR L, 0-13 1 14 pass Anthony Johnson 14 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
20 1997-10-26 SFO L, 0-23 1 19 pass Garrison Hearst 19 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
21 1997-10-26 SFO L, 0-23 4 5 pass J.J. Stokes 5 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
22 1997-11-09 @ OAK W, 13-10 2 1 rush Harvey Williams 1 yard rush (Cole Ford kick)
23 1997-11-16 SEA W, 20-17 2 44 interception Darryl Williams 44 yard interception return (Todd Peterson kick)
24 1997-11-16 SEA W, 20-17 4 34 pass James McKnight 34 yard pass from Warren Moon (Todd Peterson kick)
25 1997-11-23 @ ATL L, 3-20 3 36 pass Bert Emanuel 36 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
26 1997-11-23 @ ATL L, 3-20 4 4 pass Terance Mathis 4 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
27 1997-11-30 @ CAR W, 16-13 4 2 rush Fred Lane 2 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
28 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 2 3 pass Ernie Conwell 3 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
29 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 4 3 rush Jerald Moore 3 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
30 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 4 30 pass Isaac Bruce 30 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
31 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 4 5 pass Isaac Bruce 5 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
32 1997-12-14 ARI W, 27-10 1 10 rush Jake Plummer 10 yard rush (Joe Nedney kick)
33 1997-12-21 @ KAN L, 13-25 2 82 punt Tamarick Vanover 82 yard punt return (pass failed)
34 1997-12-21 @ KAN L, 13-25 4 3 rush Marcus Allen 3 yard rush (pass failed)
35 1997-12-21 @ KAN L, 13-25 4 3 pass Ted Popson 3 yard pass from Rich Gannon (Pete Stoyanovich kick)