1981 New Orleans Saints Statistics

 After the devastating previous season of 1980 Bum Phillips took over and began to transform the New Orleans Saints into a more competitive foe. With addition of Heisman Award winner George Rodgers the Saints produced a Run Heavy offense as Rodgers led the NFL in rushing attempt, yards and touchdowns. Bobby Scott and rookie Dave Wilson saw extended playing time and Saints runners Jack Holmes and Wayne Wilson were #1 & #2 in pass receiving. 

1981 New Orleans Saints Individual Offensive Player Statistics

Passing Stats

Attempts Completions % Yards Yds./Att Longest Tds Int Rating Sacked/Yards Lost
Archie Manning 232 134 57.7% 1447 6.2 55 5 11 63.6 21/-164
Dave Wilson 159 82 51.5% 1058 6.7 50 1 11 46.1 12/-121
Bobby Scott 46 20 43.4% 245 5.3 31 1 5 28.2 7/-72
Guido Merkins 2 1 50.0% 20 10.0 20 0 0 85.4 1/-2
Tommy Myers 2 1 50.0% 8 4.0 8 1 0 100.0 0/0
Totals 441 238 54.0% 2778 6.3 55 8 27 53.8 41/-359

Rushing Statistics

Attempts Yards Average Longest TDs
George Rodgers *378 *1674 4.4 79 *13
Jack Holmes 58 194 3.3 11 2
Toussaint Tyler 36 183 5.1 23 0
Wayne Wilson 44 137 3.1 13 1
Jim Rodgers 9 37 4.1 15 0
Archie Manning 2 28 14.0 15 0
Jeff Groth 2 27 13.5 28 0
Russell Erxleben 2 10 5.0 26 0
Scott Stauch 2 6 3.0 5 0
Dave Wilson 1 9 9.0 9 0
Totals 546 2286 4.2 79 16
*League Best For The Year

Receiving Statistics

Catches Yards Average Longest TDs
Jack Holmes 38 206 5.4 19 0
Wayne Wilson 31 384 12.3 55 4
Guido Merkens 29 458 15.7 50 1
Larry Hardy 23 275 11.9 27 1
T. Tyler 23 135 5.8 18 0
Jeff Groth 20 380 19.0 54 1
Wes Chandler 17 285 16.8 39 1
George Rodgers 16 126 7.8 25 0
Rich Martini 8 72 9.0 15 0
Rich Caster 7 108 15.4 31 0
Hoby Brenner 7 143 20.4 34 0
Aundra Thompson 6 81 13.5 25 0
Brooks Williams 5 50 10.0 13 0
Ike Harris 2 33 16.5 20 0
Gordon Banks 2 18 9.0 12 0
Jim Rodgers 2 12 6.0 9 0
Scott Stauch 1 7 7.0 7 0
Dave Lafary 1 5 5.0 5 0

Punting Stats

Number Average Longest
Tom McNeill 74 42.9 66

Kicking Stats

XP XPA % FG Attempts % Points
Benny Ricardo 24 24 100% 13 25 52% 63

1981 Total Offense Statistics

Points Avg PPG Yards Avg YPG Plays Avg 1st Downs Turnovers NFL Rank NFC Rank
Totals 207 12.9 4705 294.0 1028 4.5 280 47 28† 14†
†Offensive Rankings based on Total Yards gained.

Individual Defensive Statistics

Interceptions

NO Yards Average Longest TDs
Dave Waymer 4 54 13.5 31 0
Tommy Myers 2 70 35.0 31 0
Frank Wattellet 3 16 7.0 16 0
Rob Nairne 1 18 18.0 18 0
Jim Kovach 1 13 13.0 13. 0
Johnnie Poe 1 0 0.0 0 0
Kenny Bordeleon 1 3 3.0 3 0
Russell Gary 1 0 0.0 0 0
Ricky Ray 1 33 33.0 33 0
Totals 22 333 15.1 41 2
*League Best for the Year

1981 New Orleans Saints Total Defense

Points Avg PPG Yards Avg YPG Plays Avg 1st Downs Turnovers NFL Rank NFC Rank
Totals 378 23.6 5253 328.0 1002 5.2 303 34 11† 8†
†Defensive Rankings based on Total Yards given up.
Rickey Jackson and Glenn Redd make a Tackle Against the Pittsburgh Steelers
Rickey Jackson and Glenn Redd

Defensive Notes for the Saints 1981 NFL Season


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