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

Attempts Completions % Yards Yds./Att Longest Tds Int Rating Sacked/Yards Loss
Archie Manning 267 140 52.4% 1642 6.2 65 10 12 65.2 28/-177
Bobby Scott 54 18 33.3% 245 4.5 42 1 3 31.8 4/-29
Bob Davis 17 5 29.4% 14 0.8 14 0 2 0.0 5/-36
Totals 338 163 48.2% 1901 5.6 65 11 17 55.6 37/-242

Rushing Statistics

Attempts Yards Average Longest TDs
Jess Phillips 198 663 3.3 20 0
Jim Butler 87 348 4.0 19 1
Joe Profit 90 329 3.7 22 2
Archie Manning 63 293 4.7 23 2
Howard Stevens 45 183 4.1 15 2
Odell Lawson 6 23 3.8 11 0
Bobby Scott 9 18 2.0 4 0
Bob Davis 3 10 3.3 7 0
Lincoln Minor 3 10 3.3 8 0
Tom Myers 1 8 8.0 8 0
Bob Newland 1 6 6.0 6 0
Henry Matthews 4 4 1.0 3 0
Jubilee Dunbar 3 3 3.0 13 0
Steve O’Neal 2 -1 -0.5 6 0
Totals 497 1842 3.7 23 5

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

XP XPA % FG Attempts % Longest Points
Bill McClard 9 9 100% 13 24 54% 43 48
Happy Feller 7 7 100% 4 12 33% 18 19
Totals 16 16 100% 17 36 43.5% 43 67
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

NO Yards Average Longest TDs
Ernie Jackson 3 40 13.3 23 0
Tom Myers 3 33 11.0 20 0
Jim Merlo 3 25 8.3 16 0
Bivian Lee 3 23 7.7 12 0
Joe Owens 1 3 3.0 3 0
Joe Federspiel 1 1 1.0 1 0
Billy Newsome 1 1 1.0 1 0
Derland Moore 1 0 0.0 0 0
Totals 116 126 7.9 23 0

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

  • The Saints Defense of 1973 was credited with 24 Sacks. (Sacks were not kept as an individual statistic until 1982)
  • Shut out of the Buffalo Bills 13-0
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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