1973 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1973 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coachMike McCormack
OwnerLeonard Tose
Home fieldVeterans Stadium
Results
Record5–8–1
Division place3rd NFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersTE Charle Young
WR Harold Carmichael
QB Roman Gabriel
PR Bill Bradley

The 1973 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise’s 41st in the National Football League. Although they improved upon their 2–11–1 record of the previous season, they failed to complete a winning record for the seventh consecutive season and failed to reach the playoffs for the thirteenth straight year.

Offseason[edit]

At the end of the 1972 season, Eagles head coach Ed Khayat was fired. Mike McCormack, who had been a Washington Redskins assistant coach from 1965–1972, was hired in his place

The Eagles move training camp from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, a short distance from Veterans Stadium.

NFL Draft[edit]

= Pro Bowler[note 1] = Hall of Famer
Rd PICK PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 3 Jerry Sisemore OT Texas
1 6[note 2] Charle Young TE USC
2 28 Guy W. Morriss G TCU
3 76 Roger Bernhardt G Kansas
6 132 Bob Picard WR Eastern Washington
7 159 Will Wynn DE Tennessee State
8 184 Dan Linter DB Indiana
9 211 John Nokes LB Northern Illinois
11 263 Gary van Elst DT Michigan State
12 288 Joe Lavender CB San Diego State
13 315 Stan Davis WR Memphis State
14 340 Ralph Sacra T Texas A&M
15 367 Ken Schlezes DB Notre Dame
16 392 Frank Dowsing DB Mississippi State
17 419 Greg Oliver RB Trinity

Roster[edit]

1973 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • On September 23, the Eagles and the New York Giants played in the final Giants game at Yankee Stadium. The game resulted in a 23–23 tie.[1]
  • In 1973, Roman Gabriel led the NFL with 3,219 yards and 23 touchdown passes, for which he was awarded the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 St. Louis Cardinals L 34–23
61,103
2 September 23, 1973 at New York Giants T 23–23
62,289
3 September 30, 1973 Washington Redskins L 28–7
64,147
4 October 7, 1973 at Buffalo Bills L 27–26
72,364
5 October 14, 1973 at St. Louis Cardinals W 27–24
44,400
6 October 21, 1973 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–21
47,478
7 October 28, 1973 Dallas Cowboys W 30–16
63,300
8 November 4, 1973 New England Patriots W 24–23
65,070
9 November 11, 1973 Atlanta Falcons L 44–27
63,114
10 November 18, 1973 at Dallas Cowboys L 31–10
59,375
11 November 25, 1973 New York Giants W 20–16
63,086
12 December 2, 1973 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–28
51,155
13 December 9, 1973 New York Jets W 24–23
34,621
14 December 16, 1973 at Washington Redskins L 38–20
49,484

Game summaries[edit]

Week 5[edit]

1 234Total
• Eagles 0 7317 27
Cardinals 0 3147 24
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 44,400
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17.2 °C), wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

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Week 8[edit]

1 234Total
Patriots 7 376 23
• Eagles 0 0213 24

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Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 382 203 W3
Washington Redskins 10 4 0 .714 6–2 8–3 325 198 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 5 8 1 .393 3–4–1 3–7–1 310 393 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .321 3–5 4–7 286 365 L1
New York Giants 2 11 1 .179 1–6–1 1–9–1 226 362 L4

Awards and honors[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  2. ^ This pick was traded to the Eagles from the San Diego Chargers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.284
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Apr-06.