4:05 PM ET, October 3, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Old man Emmitt isn't ready for the rockin' chair yet.Emmitt Smith earned another NFL record with his 77th 100-yard rushing game -- and threw the first pass of his 15-year pro career. It went for a touchdown, no less, in Arizona's stunning 34-10 beating of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Saints-Cardinals: Why do the Saints continue to fall victim in these sort of games?
I'm not sure what's going on with the Saints, but if baseball teams can have a curse why can't an NFL team? There seems to be no other reason why this franchise can't seem to escape the doldrums after 30-plus seasons in the NFL. Many, not including myself, picked the Saints to win, but the team still found a way to drop the game. New Orleans just seems to always break hearts with their inconsistency. Instead of dominating teams it should, it plays down to them and loses. When the Saints should lose, they win. It's amazing.
Defensively, this team has problems because they don't create turnovers and don't play smash-mouth football. The Saints seem to lack the ability to come out and just dominate on the line of scrimmage and at the point of attack. Until they do that it'll always be the same old Saints.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
The Cardinals' offense started moving when tackle L.J. Shelton and guard Jeremy Bridges were substituted into the game on the right side of the line. ... Arizona kickoff return specialist Josh Scobey left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. ... Saints wide receiver Jerome Pathon was inactive with a hamstring injury.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.1||6.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||10:44||ADRIAN WILSON 35 YD FUMBLE RETURN (NEIL RACKERS KICK)||0||7|
|FG||0:04||JOHN CARNEY 20 YD |
Drive: 8 plays, 59 yds, 4:27
|TD||13:48||OBAFEMI AYANBADEJO 21 YD PASS FROM EMMITT SMITH (NEIL RACKERS KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 69 yds, 2:36
|TD||1:58||MEL MITCHELL RECOVERED BLOCKED PUNT IN END ZONE (JOHN CARNEY KICK)||10||14|
|FG||13:31||NEIL RACKERS 26 YD |
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:38
|FG||5:16||NEIL RACKERS 33 YD |
Drive: 10 plays, 32 yds, 5:10
|TD||9:58||EMMITT SMITH 29 YD RUN (NEIL RACKERS KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 56 yds, 3:10
|TD||13:06||TROY HAMBRICK 11 YD RUN (NEIL RACKERS KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 37 yds, 1:58