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1973 New England Patriots

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.0, Offense: -2.6, Defense: -3.4, SoS: -3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 258 points (18.4/g), 16th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 300 points (21.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of -42 points (-3.0/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (5-9-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Plunkett 26 2 14 193 for 376, 2,550 yards, 13 td, 17 int, & 44 rushes for 209 yards and 5 td New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1971
RB Josh Ashton 24 1 8 93 rushes for 305 yards, 0 td, & 11 catches for 113 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 9th / 209th pick / 1971
FB Sam Cunningham 23 Rook 10 155 rushes for 516 yards, 4 td, & 15 catches for 144 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Reggie Rucker 26 3 14 53 catches for 743 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for -1 yards and 0 td
WR Darryl Stingley 22 Rook 10 23 catches for 339 yards, 2 td, & 6 rushes for 64 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
TE Bob Windsor 31 6 9 23 catches for 348 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for -6 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 26th pick / 1966
LT Sam Adams 25 1 8
LG John Hannah 22 Rook 13 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Bill Lenkaitis 27 5 12 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
RG Len St. Jean 32 9 14 Boston Patriots / 9th / 68th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 17th / 237th pick / 1964
RT Tom Neville 30 8 8 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ray Hamilton 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
LDT Dave Rowe 28 6 14 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1967
RDT Julius Adams 25 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
RDE Rick Cash 28 5 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 10th / 260th pick / 1968
LLB Steve Kiner 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
MLB Edgar Chandler 27 5 11 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 86th pick / 1968
RLB Ron Acks 29 5 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 57th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 16th / 141st pick / 1966
LCB George Hoey 27 2 12 Detroit Lions / 14th / 346th pick / 1969
RCB Ron Bolton 23 1 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
SS Sandy Durko 25 3 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 137th pick / 1970
FS Ralph Anderson 24 2 11 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 126th pick / 1971
 Special Teams Starters
K Jeff White 25 Rook 0 14 of 25 field goals & 21 of 25 extra points
P Bruce Barnes 22 Rook 0 55 punts for a 38.8 average, 0 blocked New England Patriots / 12th / 290th pick / 1973
PR Mack Herron 25 Rook 1 27 punt returns for a 10.4 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970
KR Mack Herron 25 Rook 1 41 kick returns for a 26.6 average and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
51 Ron Acks 29 RLB 14 14 214 6-2 Illinois 10/3/1944 5 6 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 57th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 16th / 141st pick / 1966
80 Bob Adams 27 te 12 5 225 6-2 Pacific 8/15/1946 4 2
85 Julius Adams 25 RDT 14 14 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 2 6 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 25 LT 12 8 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 1 4
49 Ralph Anderson 24 FS 13 11 180 6-2 West Texas A&M 4/3/1949 2 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 126th pick / 1971
31 Josh Ashton 24 RB 12 8 205 6-1 Tulsa 8/24/1949 1 4 New England Patriots / 9th / 209th pick / 1971
78 Willie Banks 27 g 13 1 250 6-2 Alcorn St. 3/17/1946 5 1 Washington Redskins / 6th / 149th pick / 1968
3 Bruce Barnes 22 P 14 0 215 5-11 UCLA 6/21/1951 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 12th / 290th pick / 1973
8 Bill Bell 26 3 0 192 6-0 Kansas 12/9/1947 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 17th / 428th pick / 1970
27 Ron Bolton 23 RCB 14 14 180 6-2 Norfolk St. 4/16/1950 1 8 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
29 Greg Boyd 23 2 0 201 6-2 Arizona 12/30/1950 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 14th / 364th pick / 1973
63 Rick Cash 28 RDE 14 14 248 6-5 Missouri,Truman St. 7/1/1945 5 6 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 260th pick / 1968
50 Edgar Chandler 27 MLB 12 11 225 6-3 Georgia 8/31/1946 5 5 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 86th pick / 1968
39 Sam Cunningham 23 FB 14 10 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 Rook 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
66 Nate Dorsey 23 2 0 240 6-4 Miss. Valley St. 12/6/1950 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 180th pick / 1973
14 Brian Dowling 26 11 0 210 6-2 Yale 4/1/1947 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 277th pick / 1969
58 Doug Dumler 23 14 0 243 6-3 Nebraska 12/15/1950 Rook 4 New England Patriots / 5th / 108th pick / 1973
22 Sandy Durko 25 SS 14 14 185 6-1 USC 8/29/1948 3 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 137th pick / 1970
55 Will Foster 25 lb 9 1 230 6-2 East. Michigan 10/2/1948 Rook 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 170th pick / 1972
59 Bob Geddes 27 2 0 240 6-2 UCLA 4/22/1946 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 360th pick / 1970
46 Paul Gipson 27 5 0 210 6-0 Houston 3/21/1946 4 0 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1969
70 Leon Gray 22 LG 9 8 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 Rook 4 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
71 Ray Hamilton 22 LDE 14 14 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 Rook 6 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah 22 LG 13 13 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 Rook 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
42 Mack Herron 25 KR 14 1 170 5-5 Kansas St. 7/24/1948 Rook 6 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970
23 George Hoey 27 LCB 13 12 174 5-10 Michigan 11/14/1946 2 5 Detroit Lions / 14th / 346th pick / 1969
62 Kevin Hunt 25 1 0 260 6-5 Doane 11/29/1948 1 3 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 246th pick / 1971
29 Honor Jackson 25 db 7 2 195 6-1 Pacific 11/21/1948 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 233rd pick / 1971
57 Steve Kiner 26 LLB 14 14 220 6-1 Tennessee 6/12/1947 3 6 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
52 Steve King 22 7 0 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 Rook 2
67 Bill Lenkaitis 27 C 12 12 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 5 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
72 Mel Lunsford 23 4 0 256 6-3 Central State (OH) 6/13/1950 Rook 2 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
38 Don Martin 24 db 14 2 187 5-11 Yale 9/17/1949 Rook 2 Oakland Raiders / 7th / 157th pick / 1971
28 Dave Mason 24 db 7 1 199 6-0 Nebraska 11/2/1949 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 246th pick / 1973
24 Bob McCall 23 rb 8 1 205 6-0 Arizona 4/26/1950 Rook 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 121st pick / 1973
75 Arthur Moore 22 13 0 253 6-5 Tulsa 4/4/1951 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 149th pick / 1973
56 Jon Morris 31 c 2 2 254 6-4 Holy Cross 4/5/1942 9 1 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
77 Tom Neville 30 RT 8 8 260 6-4 Mississippi St. 8/12/1943 8 4 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
16 Jim Plunkett 26 QB 14 14 220 6-3 Stanford 12/5/1947 2 12 New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1971
74 Bob Reynolds 34 t 7 4 265 6-5 Bowling Green 1/22/1939 10 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 17th pick / 1963
Boston Patriots / 4th / 30th pick / 1963
76 Dave Rowe 28 LDT 14 14 280 6-7 Penn St. 6/20/1945 6 5 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1967
33 Reggie Rucker 26 WR 14 14 195 6-2 Boston Univ. 9/21/1947 3 9
11 Dick Shiner 31 3 0 201 6-0 Maryland 7/18/1942 9 0 Washington Redskins / 7th / 87th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1964
65 Donnell Smith 24 12 0 245 6-4 Southern 5/25/1949 2 3 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 116th pick / 1971
60 Len St. Jean 32 RG 14 14 250 5-11 Northern Michigan 10/27/1941 9 7 Boston Patriots / 9th / 68th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 17th / 237th pick / 1964
59 Brian Stenger 26 lb 10 2 241 6-4 Notre Dame 1/16/1947 4 2
84 Darryl Stingley 22 WR 14 10 194 6-0 Purdue 9/18/1951 Rook 4 New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
53 John Tanner 28 13 0 241 6-4 Tennessee Tech 3/8/1945 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 221st pick / 1971
36 John Tarver 24 fb 9 7 227 6-3 Colorado 1/1/1949 1 3 New England Patriots / 7th / 166th pick / 1972
18 Randy Vataha 25 wr 14 4 176 5-10 Stanford 12/4/1948 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
43 Claxton Welch 26 rb 2 1 203 5-11 Oregon 7/3/1947 4 0 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 230th pick / 1969
2 Jeff White 25 K 11 0 170 5-10 Texas-El Paso 6/10/1948 Rook 0
86 Bob Windsor 31 TE 13 9 220 6-4 Kentucky 12/19/1942 6 4 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 26th pick / 1966
Team Total 25.6 14 223.7 6-1.9 2.5