1:00 PM ET, November 14, 2004
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints have fallen behind early and often this season. And they have seldom come back.
|Eric Allen's Analysis|
Will this win temporarily silence the rumblings in New Orleans?I don't think this win will silence the rumblings in New Orleans because this is the Saints' pattern. This team is just as inconsistent as they are talented, and that's saying a lot. They've been in the situation where they will play well one week and then will get killed the next week, so the fans and media are probably waiting with bated breath for next week's performance. If they don't win next week then this week's victory was completely for naught, and the coaching staff's jobs will still be in trouble.
The alleged meeting at the beginning of the week between coach Jim Haslett and the team doesn't surprise me at all. I've been in a locker room with coach Haslett in similar circumstances, and he tells it like it is. He's not going to candy-coat anything for the players because that wouldn't be fair to them. He understands and wants his players to understand that if they aren't playing hard then it will only sully their reputations around the league. It's a known fact that coaches talk and compare notes on players, and it's difficult for a player to overcome a reputation as a quitter. Those players have to realize that and act accordingly to protect their careers.Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
The teams hadn't met in New Orleans since the opening day of the 1994 regular season. ... The Saints hadn't beaten Kansas City since 1991. ... Nine-time Pro Bowl G Will Shields extended his Kansas City club record to 183 consecutive starts, the NFL's second-longest active streak. ... Chiefs LB Monty Beisel left the game with a strained left calf and did not return.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.0||6.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||2:11||EDDIE KENNISON 21 YD PASS FROM TRENT GREEN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 35 yds, 2:11
|FG||12:33||LAWRENCE TYNES 24 YD |
Drive: 13 plays, 60 yds, 6:43
|TD||0:06||AARON BROOKS 1 YD RUN (JOHN CARNEY KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 68 yds, 2:33
|TD||5:19||DEUCE MCALLISTER 13 YD RUN (JOHN CARNEY KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 89 yds, 2:03
|FG||8:56||LAWRENCE TYNES 44 YD |
Drive: 8 plays, 38 yds, 3:37
|FG||4:55||JOHN CARNEY 39 YD |
Drive: 10 plays, 52 yds, 4:55
|FG||1:19||JOHN CARNEY 38 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 29 yds, 2:59
|TD||6:53||DERRICK BLAYLOCK 3 YD RUN (LAWRENCE TYNES KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 78 yds, 5:34
|TD||9:32||JOE HORN 42 YD PASS FROM AARON BROOKS (JOHN CARNEY KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 72 yds, 2:39