It took until the evening of Oct. 14 for the New Orleans Saints to get their first victory of the 2007 season and it couldnít have come at a better time.
The unexpected win on the road shows there is indeed a ray of hope for the New Orleans Saints to make a move to get back into the thick of the NFL hunt for the playoffs.
The victory was unexpected because the Seahawks are one of the best home teams in the NFL sporting a 15-3 mark in Seattle over the past 18 games.
After Sunday night they are now 15-4 and there were moments in this game that gave Saints fans a glimpse of the football team that captured the hearts and imagination of football fans across Louisiana and America.
For the most part the Saints offense was clicking on all cylinders, especially in the first half, as New Orleans jumped out to a 28-10 lead.
The Saints first touchdown came off of a Seattle Seahawks special teams mistake as the snap on a punt was short and muffed by punter Ryan Plackemeier, and reserve running back Pierre Thomas recovered it for a score.
In the first half, Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 15 of his 20 throws for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns, but it was the Reggie Bush Show that really stood out in the most impressive 30 minutes of football during the 2007 season for New Orleans.
Bush rushed for 88 yards on 9 carries and he caught 5 passes for 42 yards in the first half, recording his two longest rushes from scrimmage as a Saint and the longest pass reception since sporting the black and gold jersey.
Veteran wide-out David Patten also had a strong first half catching 5 passes for 83 yards and he proved he still has the talent to be a very viable option for Drew Brees to throw to downfield.
And letís not forget the defense. The Seahawks All-Pro running back Shaun Alexander rushed for only 34 yards on 11 carries in the first half and a defensive standout in 2006 finally showed up big in 2007.
Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas recorded 4 tackles and 1 quarterback sack in the first half and the defense set the tone for the second half recording five quarterback sacks against Matt Hasselbeck with safety Roman Harper registering 2 of the 5 sacks.
Before the Seattle game the Saints defense had only recorded 1 sack all season!
And they limited the Seahawks to just 92 rushing on 21 attempts during the contest also and that is a very impressive statistic for the Saints.
The Saints were not nearly as sharp on offense in the second half, but the defense hung tough and only gave up a fourth quarter touchdown pass to Seattle to cut the lead to 28-17, but that was all the Seahawks would get Sunday night.
Not all the problems with the Saints were fixed against Seattle, but this football club needed a win in the worst possible way and never underestimate the value of a ďWĒ in the win/loss column.
Very few people gave this football club much of a chance against the Seahawks, especially on the road, but the Saints showed some heart, intensity and play-making skills on both sides of the ball that had indeed been missing in the first four contests of the season.
The Saints still have big odds to beat to get back into the playoff picture, but 1-4 sounds a lot better than 0-5 and the Atlanta Falcons are next on the schedule.
Itís time for the Saints to get back into the football groove and beat one of the poorer clubs in the NFL when the Falcons head to the Superdome next Sunday.
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