1:00 PM ET, September 12, 2004
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks need not fear the road.With Shaun Alexander leading the way, the Seahawks were sure-footed on their first trip of the 2004 season.Alexander scored three touchdowns Sunday to get the Seahawks off to a good start with a 21-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Seattle was 2-6 on the road last season, but used its first journey to start working on expectations the Seahawks will be strong contenders for the NFC title.
|How encouraged is Seattle's run-defense with the effort against Deuce McAllister (57 yards)?The Seahawks should be very encouraged by their ability to hold down McAllister for two reasons. One, they were able to accomplish the feat on the road after last season's poor road play. After a while last season's road woes started to wear down this team as it struggled to a 2-6 record away from the home. This was a big win for the Seahawks' psyche and one they should use as a building block.
Secondly, it's very impressive they were able to stop McAllister in the first week of the season when he doesn't have any of the bumps, bruises and normal hurts that start to limit a back later in the season. They were able to stop a fresh running back who also happens to be one of the best in the game.Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Seattle is now (9-20) in season openers. New Orleans is (11-27) in season openers, the NFL's fourth-worst record. ... It was Seattle's fourth straight victory in the series. Holmgren is 5-0 lifetime against the Saints. ... It was the first regular-season home opener for the Saints since a 14-10 loss to Detroit in 2000 ... Saints DT Bryan Young had a hip flexor.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.8||4.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||0:08||SHAUN ALEXANDER 14 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK (JOSH BROWN KICK) |
Drive: 8 plays, 76 yds, 4:18
|TD||8:22||SHAUN ALEXANDER 6 YD RUN (JOSH BROWN KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 48 yds, 1:38
|TD||12:06||ERNIE CONWELL 6 YD PASS FROM AARON BROOKS (JOHN CARNEY KICK) |
Drive: 8 plays, 47 yds, 3:44
|TD||11:54||SHAUN ALEXANDER 9 YD RUN (JOSH BROWN KICK) |
Drive: 2 plays, 26 yds, :34