1973 New Orleans Saints Statistics

 In his third year as an NFL quarterback Ole Miss graduate Archie Manning continued as the starter for the New Orleans Saints offense and had a decent year. The running game was upgraded with the addition of running back Jess Phillips as he led the Saints in rushing with 663 yards. Tight end John Beasley was the team’s top receiver with 32 catches.

1973 New Orleans Saints Individual Offensive Player Statistics

Passing Stats

 AttemptsCompletions%YardsYds./AttLongestTdsIntRatingSacked/Yards Loss
Archie Manning26714052.4%16426.265101265.228/-177
Bobby Scott541833.3%2454.5421331.84/-29
Bob Davis17529.4%140.814020.05/-36
Totals33816348.2%19015.665111755.637/-242

Rushing Statistics

 AttemptsYardsAverageLongestTDs
Jess Phillips1986633.3200
Jim Butler873484.0191
Joe Profit903293.7222
Archie Manning632934.7232
Howard Stevens451834.1152
Odell Lawson6233.8110
Bobby Scott9182.040
Bob Davis3103.370
Lincoln Minor3103.380
Tom Myers188.080
Bob Newland166.060
Henry Matthews441.030
Jubilee Dunbar333.0130
Steve O’Neal2-1-0.560
Totals49718423.7235

Receiving Statistics

Catches Yards Average Longest TDs
Tom Beasley 32 283 8.8 15 2
Bob Newland 29 489 16.8 42 4
Jubilee Dunbar 23 447 19.4 65 4
Jess Phillips 22 169 7.6 34 0
Jim Butler 19 125 6.5 16 2
Bob Brown 11 132 12.0 26 0
Joe Profit 11 108 9.8 26 0
Doug Winslow 4 45 11.2 14 0
Howard Stevens 4 39 9.7 14 0
Len Garrett 2 38 18.5 22 0
Henry Matthews 2 19 9.5 12 0
Danny Abramowicz 2 18 9.0 11 0
Odell Lawson 2 -5 -2.5 4 0
Lincoln Minor 1 5 5.0 5 0

Punting Stats

Number Average Longest
Steve O’Neal 81 41.7 71

Kicking Stats

 XPXPA%FGAttempts%LongestPoints
Bill McClard99100%132454%4348
Happy Feller77100%41233%1819
Totals1616100%173643.5%4367
Saints Quarterback Archie Manning in 1973
Saints QB Archie Manning in 1973
New Orleans Saints Receiver Jubilee Dunbar makes a grab against the Chicago Bears in 1973 NFL action
Rookie Receiver Jubilee Dunbar
Saints Kicker Bill McClard, Tommy Myers Holding
Saints Kicker Bill McClard, Rookie Tommy Myers Holding

1973 Total Offense Statistics

Points Yards Plays Avg 1st Downs Turnovers NFL Rank NFC Rank
Totals 163 3501 872 4.0 207 37 26† 11
†Offensive Rankings based on Total Yards gained.

Individual Defensive Statistics

Interceptions

 NOYardsAverageLongestTDs
Ernie Jackson34013.3230
Tom Myers33311.0200
Jim Merlo3258.3160
Bivian Lee3237.7120
Joe Owens133.030
Joe Federspiel111.010
Billy Newsome111.010
Derland Moore100.000
Totals1161267.9230

1973 New Orleans Saints Total Defense

Points Avg PPG Yards Avg YPG Plays Avg 1st Downs Turnovers NFL Rank NFC Rank
Totals 312 22.2 4580 327.1 917 5.0 271 30 23† 11†
†Defensive Rankings based on Total Yards given up.
Billy Newsome
New Orleans Saints 1973, Tommy Myers and Clarence Chapman
Saint defenders Tommy Myers and Clarence Chapman break up a pass in the victory over Washington
The Saints Defense of 1973 stops Bills Runner OJ Simpson
NFL Great OJ Simpson Stopped by Saints Defense

Defensive Notes for the Saints 1973 NFL Season

November 4 – Shut out the Buffalo Bills 13-0. Oj Simpson has his second least productive game of the season.

Billy Newsome of the 1973 New Orleans Saints sacks Bobby Douglas of Chicago
Billy Newsome takes down Bobby Douglass of the Bears

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