1988 New Orleans Saints season

The 1988 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 22nd as a member of the National Football League (NFL). They were unable to match their previous season's output of 12–3, winning only ten games and missing the playoffs (and losing the division) by a tiebreaker.[1]

1988 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJim Mora
General managerJim Finks
OwnerTom Benson
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record10–6
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

1988 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 24 Craig Heyward *  Running back Pittsburgh
2 52 Brett Perriman  Wide receiver Miami (FL)
3 81 Tony Stephens  Defensive tackle Clemson
4 106 Lydell Carr  Running back Oklahoma
5 112 Greg Scales  Tight end Wake Forest
5 134 Keith Taylor  Defensive back Illinois
6 162 Bob Sims  Guard Florida
7 190 Brian Forde  Linebacker Washington State
8 218 Glenn Derby  Offensive tackle Wisconsin
9 246 Clarence Nunn  Defensive back San Diego State
10 274 Todd Santos  Quarterback San Diego State
10 276 Vincent Fizer  Linebacker Southern
11 302 Gary Couch  Wide receiver Minnesota
12 330 Paul Jurgensen  Defensive end Georgia Tech
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1988 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner/General Partner – Tom Benson
  • President/General Manager – Jim Finks
  • Vice President of Administration – Jim Miller
  • Director of Player Personnel – Bill Kuharich

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Joe Marciano

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Russell Paternostro

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Roster

1988 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1988 San Francisco 49ers L 34–33
66,357
2 September 11, 1988 at Atlanta Falcons W 29–21
48,901
3 September 18, 1988 at Detroit Lions W 22–14
32,943
4 September 25, 1988 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 13–9
66,671
5 October 3, 1988 Dallas Cowboys W 20–17
68,474
6 October 9, 1988 at San Diego Chargers W 23–17
42,693
7 October 16, 1988 at Seattle Seahawks W 20–19
63,569
8 October 23, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders W 20–6
66,249
9 October 30, 1988 Los Angeles Rams L 12–10
68,238
10 November 6, 1988 at Washington Redskins L 27–24
54,183
11 November 13, 1988 at Los Angeles Rams W 14–10
63,305
12 November 20, 1988 Denver Broncos W 42–0
68,075
13 November 27, 1988 New York Giants L 13–12
66,526
14 December 4, 1988 at Minnesota Vikings L 45–3
61,215
15 December 11, 1988 at San Francisco 49ers L 30–17
62,977
16 December 18, 1988 Atlanta Falcons W 10–9
60,566

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
• Saints 3 9107 29
Falcons 7 770 21

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Week 3

1 234Total
• Saints 0 7123 22
Lions 7 700 14
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Pontiac Silverdome
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 32,943
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 4

1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 603 9
• Saints 10 300 13
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 66,671
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 5

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 773 17
• Saints 7 733 20
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game start: 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 68,474
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)
  • Television network: ABC

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Week 6

1 234Total
• Saints 0 1373 23
Chargers 14 030 17
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 42,693
  • Game weather: 72°F; wind 8

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Week 7

1 234Total
• Saints 0 1073 20
Seahawks 3 367 19
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Kingdome
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 63,569
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 8

1 234Total
Raiders 0 600 6
• Saints 3 0143 20
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 66,249
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 11

1 234Total
• Saints 0 770 14
Rams 0 307 10
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 63,305
  • Game weather: 61°F; wind 6

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Week 12

1 234Total
Broncos 0 000 0
• Saints 14 7147 42
  • Date: November 20
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 68,075
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 16

1 234Total
Falcons 0 333 9
• Saints 7 003 10
  • Date: December 18
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 60,566
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(2) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 369 294 L1
Los Angeles Rams(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 407 293 W3
New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 312 283 W1
Atlanta Falcons 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 244 315 L3

References

  1. ^ 1988 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "1988 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-25.
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-25.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-25.
  7. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-25.
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-25.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-25.
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-27.
  11. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-29.
  12. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-30.
  13. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-31.
Scoring summary
Q1NOAndersen 41 yard field goalNO 3–0
Q1ATLWhisenhunt 12 yard pass from Miller (Davis kick)ATL 7–3
Q2ATLHigdon 34 yard pass from Miller (Davis kick)ATL 14–3
Q2NOAndersen 29 yard field goalATL 14–6
Q2NOMartin 14 yard pass from Hebert (kick failed)ATL 14–12
Q3NOAndersen 28 yard field goalNO 15–14
Q3ATLSettle 1 yard run (Davis kick)ATL 21–15
Q3NOMayes 17 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 22–21
Q4NOHilliard 4 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 29–21
Scoring summary
Q1DETBland 9 yard pass from Long (Murray kick)DET 7–0
Q2NOHill 29 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)Tie 7–7
Q2DETBland 10 yard pass from Long (Murray kick)DET 14–7
Q3NOAndersen 37 yard field goalDET 14–10
Q3NOSafety, Long tackled by Jackson in end zoneDET 14–12
Q3NOHilliard 4 yard run (Anderson kick)NO 19–14
Q4NOAndersen 29 yard field goalNO 22–14
Scoring summary
Q1NOHill 5 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 7–0
Q1NOAndersen 28 yard field goalNO 10–0
Q2TBIgwebuike 25 yard field goalNO 10–3
Q2NOAndersen 41 yard field goalNO 13–3
Q2TBIgwebuike 35 yard field goalNO 13–6
Q4TBIgwebuike 35 yard field goalNO 13–9
Scoring summary
Q1NOHill 7 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 7–0
Q2NOPerriman 17 yard pass from Hebert (Anderson kick)NO 14–0
Q2DALMartin 13 yard pass from Pelluer (Ruzek kick)NO 14–7
Q3DALMartin 14 yard pass from Pelluer (Ruzek kick)Tie 14–14
Q3NOAndersen 27 yard field goalNO 17–14
Q4DALRuzek 39 yard field goalTie 17–17
Q4NOAndersen 49 yard field goalNO 20–17
Scoring summary
Q1SDMiller 47 yard pass from Laufenberg (Abbott kick)SD 7–0
Q1SDRoy Bennett recovered fumble in end zone (Abbott kick)SD 14–0
Q2NOAndersen 27 yard field goalSD 14–3
Q2NOAndersen 35 yard field goalSD 14–6
Q2NOHill 19 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)SD 14–13
Q3NOMartin 10 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 20–14
Q3SDAbbott 35 yard field goalNO 20–17
Q4NOAndersen 34 yard field goalNO 23–17
Scoring summary
Q1SEAJohnson 22 yard field goalSEA 3–0
Q2NOMartin 19 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 7–3
Q2SEAJohnson 47 yard field goalNO 7–6
Q2NOAndersen 23 yard field goalNO 10–6
Q3SEAJohnson 46 yard field goalNO 10–9
Q3NOWaymer 58 yard blocked field goal return (Andersen kick)NO 17–9
Q3SEAJohnson 42 yard field goalNO 17–12
Q4NOAndersen 31 yard field goalNO 20–12
Q4SEABlades 3 yard pass from Stouffer (Johnson kick)NO 20–19
Scoring summary
Q1NOAndersen 51 yard field goalNO 3–0
Q2LAFernandez 85 yard pass from Schroeder (kick failed)LA 6–3
Q3NOHeyward 73 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 10–7
Q3NOHilliard 7 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 17–7
Q4NOAndersen 25 yard field goalNO 20–7
Scoring summary
Q2NOHilliard 4 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 7–0
Q2LALansford 23 yard field goalNO 7–3
Q3NOMayes 3 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 14–3
Q4LABell 1 yard run (Lansford kick)NO 14–10
Scoring summary
Q1NOMayes 2 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 7–0
Q1NOHilliard 2 yard run (Andersen kick)NO 14–0
Q2NOMartin 40 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 21–0
Q3NOGray 66 yard punt return (Andersen kick)NO 28–0
Q3NOTice 8 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 35–0
Q4NOMartin 6 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 42–0
Scoring summary
Q1NOHilliard 13 yard pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)NO 7–0
Q2ATLDavis 27 yard field goalNO 7–3
Q3ATLDavis 43 yard field goalNO 7–6
Q4ATLDavis 39 yard field goalATL 9–7
Q4NOAndersen 30 yard field goalNO 10–9
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