1:00 PM ET, September 12, 2004
Beckham, Brees set 1-handed catch record
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set a Guinness World Record on Thursday for most one-handed catches in a minute, completing 33 on the ESPN Super Bowl set in Scottsdale.
Brees nails PSIs on show: Couldn't do it in game
Drew Brees and Conan O'Brien had some fun with "Deflategate" during the New Orleans Saints quarterback's appearance Wednesday on O'Brien's talk show.
Benson seeks dismissal of lawsuit by family
Tom Benson's attorney fought back in court Tuesday, asking that the lawsuit filed against the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner by his daughter and grandchildren be dismissed.
Saints' Graham dunks on crossbar after TD
If it were a regular-season game, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham would be digging into his wallet in the coming days for his touchdown celebration Sunday night at the Pro Bowl.
Alexander might be too much for Saints
As is the case in Major League Baseball, an NFL defense must be strong up the middle to be successful. If that old adage is true, the Seahawks and Saints can have all the big-name skill players they want on offense, but they must answer questions in the middle of their respective defenses before they can be considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Fresh off their first 10-win season since 1986, the Seahawks enter 2004 with the bar set high. The offense, which ranked sixth in the NFL last season, returns intact and the defense should be improved in its second season under coordinator Ray Rhodes and with the additions of RDE Grant Wistrom and DC Bobby Taylor, and rookies Marcus Tubbs (DT) and Michael Boulware (SS).
However, the big question mark surrounding this team is whether it is strong enough up the middle on defense to make it even further into the playoffs or to have a legitimate shot at getting to the Super Bowl? Sunday's matchup against the RB Deuce McAllister and the Saints will help to shed some light on the subject.
Three years ago Jim Haslett was considered one of the bright young head coaches in the profession after leading the Saints to a NFC West title and the franchises first playoff win. Now, after coming up aggravatingly short of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, Haslett's job is on the line. The Saints are looking to build on what was a strong 5-3 finish to an overall disappointing 8-8 2003 season. Much like the Seahawks, the middle of the Saints' defense, which includes DT Johnathan Sullivan, who underachieved as a rookie first-round pick last season, and Courtney Watson, a rookie second-round pick, will set out to prove it is capable against one of the game's elite running backs in Seattle's Shaun Alexander.
New Orleans Saints
|Avg Points Allowed||7.0||21.0|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||SEA|
|Rush Yds Allowed||SEA|
|Seattle leads 2-0|
|Sep 7, 2003||SEA 27, NO 10|