The 1974 New Orleans Saints Season

The 1974 New Orleans Saints Season Schedule

Regular Season
Sept 15 49ers L 13-17
Sep 22 Rams L 0-24
Sep 29 Falcons W 14-13
Oct 6 Bears L 10-24
Oct 13 Broncos L 17-33
Oct 20 Falcons W 13-3
Oct 27 Eagles W 14-10
Nov 3 Lions L 14-19
Nov 10 Dolphins L 0-21
Nov 17 Rams W 20-7
Nov 25 Steelers L 7-28
Dec 1 Vikings L 9-29
Dec 8 Cardinals W 14-0
Dec 15 49ers L 21-35

5 Wins 9 Loses
Coach: John North
First Round Draft Pick: Rick Middleton Linebacker, Ohio St.

With wins over the Eagles, Rams, a sweep of the Falcons and the second shut out in team history (a 14-0 blanking of the Cardinals), John North’s crew posted yet another 5 win season.
Despite rumors that he would be traded, Archie Manning remained the apparent starter during the season. Back-ups Bobby Scott and Larry Cipa where both given playing time in an effort to jump start a struggling offense- we where shut out twice and scored over 20 points in only one game.
Rookie Alvin Maxson was the surprise of season. An eighth round draft pick from Southern Methodist, Maxson led the club in rushing with 714 yards on 165 carries- a 4.3 average and in receiving with 42 catches. Another rookie, Joel Parker from Florida was right behind him with 41 grabs — his 4 TD’s were tops on the team also. Bob Newland lead in receiving yards with but 490.
Terry Schmidt and Ernie Jackson each had 4 interceptions on the year. Tommy Myers had 3.

Stats for 1974 New Orleans Saints
1974 NO Saints Roster

Archie Manning scrambles against the Eagles in 1974Archie Manning did a lot of running in 1974


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