1988 New Orleans Saints Season
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1988 New Orleans Saints Season
1988 New Orleans Saints season
OwnerTom Benson
Head coachJim Mora
General managerJim Finks
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record10-6
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersT Hoby Brenner
WR Eric Martin
LB Sam Mills
K Morten Andersen

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, going 6-6 vs. NFC opponents compared to 8-4 for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. Road losses to the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings, as well as a sweep by San Francisco, ended up being the difference in New Orleans staying home and the California teams advancing.[1]

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

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Roster

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 1

Week 2

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

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Week 3

The Saints won for the first time in Detroit going 0-4-1 in their previous five trips to Michigan (three to Tiger Stadium and two to the Pontiac Silverdome).

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)
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers (CBS): James Brown and Gary Fencik

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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)
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers (ABC): Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf

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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
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Ryan and Dan Jiggetts

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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)
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Stockton and Dan Fouts

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Week 8

The Saints defeated the Raiders for the first time in six meetings (the 1971 matchup, the first between the teams, ended in a 21-21 tie).

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)
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • Television network: NBC

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Week 9

Week 10

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
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Stockton and Dan Fouts

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Week 12

In the Broncos' first appearance in the Louisiana Superdome since Super Bowl XII 11 years earlier, the Saints defeated Denver for the first time in five tries, and posted their largest margin of victory at the time.

1 234Total
Broncos 0 000 0
• Saints 14 7147 42

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Week 13

Week 14

Week 15

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)
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Stockton and Dan Fouts

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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

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  3. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2011.
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