8:15 PM ET, October 14, 2007
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Alexander has 60 yards over his last two games, his lowest two-game output since Nov. 10 and 17, 2002, when he gained 60 yards against Arizona and Denver. ... Struggling Saints kicker Olindo Mare didn't have to attempt a field goal. He remains 3-for-7 this year. ... The Seahawks don't play a team that currently has a winning record for another nine weeks.
New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs brought a broader blitz package than he normally uses to Seattle on Sunday night, and the Seahawks did not respond very well. Using a mixture of run blitzes and safety blitzes to hold the Seattle running attack to 92 yards, the Saints took away one of the Seahawks' most effective weapons in the passing game -- the play-action pass. With running back Shaun Alexander averaging just 2.5 yards per carry, the Saints did not have to honor the play-action fake and managed to sack Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck five times as well as harass him into an interception. The Seahawks' offensive line did not do a very good job of picking up the blitzes and appeared confused at times. Seattle did find some success throwing the ball into the middle of the Saints' two-deep zone, with Hasselbeck connecting with WR Bobby Engram on nine passes, but it was not nearly enough.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||6.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||12:38||Pierre Thomas 5 Yd Fumble Return (Olindo Mare Kick)||7||0|
|TD||14:28||Eric Johnson 3 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Olindo Mare Kick)||14||0|
|TD||05:18||Lance Moore 7 Yd Run (Olindo Mare Kick)||21||0|
|TD||02:16||Ben Obomanu 17 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||21||7|
|TD||00:30||Marques Colston 2 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Olindo Mare Kick)||28||7|
|FG||00:02||Josh Brown 52 Yd||28||10|
|TD||06:39||Nate Burleson 22 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown Kick)||28||17|