|1973 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head Coach||John North|
|Home Field||Tulane Stadium|
|Place||3rd NFC West|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 1973 New Orleans Saints season was the team's seventh as a member of the National Football League (NFL). They improved on their previous season's output of 2–11–1, winning five games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
New Orleans made a disastrous trade in January, dealing the No. 2 overall selection in the 1973 NFL Draft to the Baltimore Colts for defensive end Billy Newsome. The Colts used the traded pick to select LSU quarterback Bert Jones, who guided the team to three consecutive AFC East division championships from 1975 to 1977.
J.D. Roberts, who became the Saints' second head coach midway through the 1970 season, was fired August 27, two days after a 31–6 loss to the New England Patriots in the fourth exhibition game. Roberts was replaced by offensive backfield coach John North. Roberts ended his Saints tenure with a 7–25–3 mark.
The Saints opened the year with a 62–7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at home. The first quarter of that game was scoreless. Eight days later, they were destroyed on Monday Night Football by the Dallas Cowboys, 40–3.
They did however hold O. J. Simpson to 74 yard on 20 carries in the team's first ever shutout, with a 13–0 win over the Buffalo Bills. Simpson went on to break the single season rushing record in yardage that year with 2,003.
|1973 New Orleans Saints draft|
|2||29||Derland Moore||Defensive tackle||Oklahoma|
|2||51||Steve Baumgartner||Defensive end||Purdue|
|3||66||Pete Van Valkenburg||Running back||Brigham Young|
|6||134||Marty Shuford||Running back||Arizona|
|7||158||Bill Cahill||Defensive back||Washington|
|8||207||Doug Winslow||Wide receiver||Drake|
|9||210||Mike Fink||Defensive back||Missouri|
|10||237||Jeff Horsley||Running back||North Carolina Central|
|11||262||James Owens||Running back||Auburn|
|12||289||Paul Orndorff||Running back||Tampa|
|13||314||Richard Watkins||Defensive tackle||Weber State|
|14||341||Paul Fersen||Offensive tackle||Georgia|
|15||366||Mike Evenson||Center||North Dakota State|
|16||393||Howard Stevens||Running back||Louisville|
|17||418||Bobby Garner||Tight end||Winston-Salem State|
|1973 New Orleans Saints staff|
| Front office
| Defensive coaches
|1973 New Orleans Saints roster|
| Offensive linemen
|1||September 16, 1973||Atlanta Falcons||L 62–7|| |
|2||September 24, 1973||at Dallas Cowboys||L 40–3|| |
|3||September 30, 1973||at Baltimore Colts||L 14–10|| |
|4||October 7, 1973||Chicago Bears||W 21–16|| |
|5||October 14, 1973||Detroit Lions||W 20–13|| |
|6||October 21, 1973||at San Francisco 49ers||L 40–0|| |
|7||October 28, 1973||Washington Redskins||W 19–3|| |
|8||November 4, 1973||Buffalo Bills||W 13–0|| |
|9||November 11, 1973||at Los Angeles Rams||L 29–7|| |
|10||November 18, 1973||at San Diego Chargers||L 17–14|| |
|11||November 25, 1973||Los Angeles Rams||L 24–13|| |
|12||December 2, 1973||at Green Bay Packers||L 30–10|| |
|13||December 9, 1973||San Francisco 49ers||W 16–10|| |
|14||December 16, 1973||at Atlanta Falcons||L 14–10|| |
- ↑ 1973 New Orleans Saints
- ↑ "1974 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/1974_draft.htm. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
- ↑ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. http://www.neworleanssaints.com/team/history/all-time-roster.html. Retrieved November 4, 2014.