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

 AttemptsCompletions%YardsYds./AttLongestTdsIntRatingSacked/Yards Lost
Archie Manning23213457.7%14476.25551163.621/-164
Dave Wilson1598251.5%10586.75011146.112/-121
Bobby Scott462043.4%2455.3311528.27/-72
Guido Merkins2150.0%2010.0200085.41/-2
Tommy Myers2150.0%84.0810100.00/0
Totals44123854.0%27786.35582753.841/-359

Rushing Statistics

 AttemptsYardsAverageLongestTDs
George Rodgers*378*16744.479*13
Jack Holmes581943.3112
Toussaint Tyler361835.1230
Wayne Wilson441373.1131
Jim Rodgers9374.1150
Archie Manning22814.0150
Jeff Groth22713.5280
Russell Erxleben2105.0260
Scott Stauch263.050
Dave Wilson199.090
Totals54622864.27916
*League Best For The Year

Receiving Statistics

 CatchesYardsAverageLongestTDs
Jack Holmes382065.4190
Wayne Wilson3138412.3554
Guido Merkens2945815.7501
Larry Hardy2327511.9271
T. Tyler231355.8180
Jeff Groth2038019.0541
Wes Chandler1728516.8391
George Rodgers161267.8250
Rich Martini8729.0150
Rich Caster710815.4310
Hoby Brenner714320.4340
Aundra Thompson68113.5250
Brooks Williams55010.0130
Ike Harris23316.5200
Gordon Banks2189.0120
Jim Rodgers2126.090
Scott Stauch177.070
Dave Lafary155.050

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

 PointsAvg
PPG
YardsAvg
YPG
PlaysAvg1st
Downs
TurnoversNFL
Rank
NFC Rank
Totals20712.94705294.010284.52804728†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

 PointsAvg
PPG
YardsAvg
YPG
PlaysAvg1st
Downs
TurnoversNFL
Rank
NFC Rank
Totals37823.65253328.010025.23033411†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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