Thursday, December 30, 2004

Survival mode

The Saints are in survival mode right now...

A win against the Carolina Panthers would put the Saints in a better postion for the playoff wild card. Although it is wierd being 8 - 8 going to the playoffs.

But it wouldn't matter. You play this game to get to the playoffs to make it to the Super Bowl.

I believe Jim Haslett has every intention in taking his teams to the playoffs.

O when the Saints come marching in....

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Horn & Berger to Represent the Saints at Pro Bowl

from the official site of the New Orlean Saints
Saints WR Joe Horn and P Mitch Berger, both NFL statistical leaders, have been voted to the 2005 NFC Pro Bowl squad, it was announced today by the league. For Horn, it will be his fourth trip to the postseason all-star game with the Saints, and first since 2002. Berger was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career and the first time since 1999.

Horn has made an assault on the Saints' all-time records again this season. He ranks first in the NFL with 1,248 receiving yards, leads the NFC with 85 catches and has tied the team mark he set last year with 10 touchdowns. The ninth-year veteran, also a Pro Bowl pick from 2000-02, is on pace to break the club records of 94 receptions for 1,340 yards that he established in 2000.

Horn has five 100-yard games in 2004 - including a season-high 167 on five grabs vs. Kansas City on Nov. 14 - giving him a club-record 24 in his career. The Saints are 18-6 since 2000 when the wideout reaches triple digits. With 44 touchdown catches since joining the Saints, Horn ranks second in franchise history in that category, a spot he also holds in career receptions (428) and receiving yardage (6,138).

Berger leads the league with a 39.5-yard net punting average, also a tribute to the clubs coverage unit. He ranks third in the NFC with a 44.1-yard average on 68 punts (2,996 yards) and has dropped 21 punts inside the opponent's 20. Following a sparkling performance in the Saints' victory at Dallas on Dec. 12 where he averaged 46 yards per punt and pinned five inside the 20, Berger was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He was also voted to the Pro Bowl in 1999 while with the Minnesota Vikings.

Three Saints were also voted as alternates to the NFC squad: C LeCharles Bentley, WR Michael Lewis as a kick return specialist, and RB Deuce McAllister.

The entire AFC and NFC rosters for the Pro Bowl will be announced tonight 6 pm CT on the 2005 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN. The game will be held Feb. 13, 2005 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Consistent Tune From Horn

By Chris Pika,
WR Joe Horn went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the fourth time in his five years with the Saints after picking up 160 yards last Sunday vs. Carolina in Superdome.

Horn also went over the 75-catch plateau for the fifth time in his Saints career. He has 76 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns. He is tied with Tennessee's Derrick Mason for the league lead in receptions and is second in yards behind only Philadelphia's Terrell Owens (69 receptions, 1,130 yards).

"He's leading the league in receptions and will probably break his own mark; he'll come close or go over 100 receptions for the year," said Saints Coach Jim Haslett. "He's been working harder than he's ever worked. He comes in on Tuesday to catch balls and that's a credit to him because this is the hardest he's ever worked on the field. I think it's paying off for him and hopefully he can continue to do it because, genetics-wise, he still has a lot of years left in him. It's just how you take care of your body and how you handle it and how you work because he's going to be 34 years old. Everybody loses a little bit because of age, but if he continues to work he can play a long time."

Dallas Coach Bill Parcells, whose team beat Seattle on the road on Monday night and got back to Dallas early Tuesday morning, joked about the fact that he got only four hours of sleep on Tuesday night in a teleconference with the New Orleans media on Wednesday afternoon.

"Last night I only had four hours sleep for some reason," he said. "I couldn't sleep. Maybe it was because I was thinking about Joe Horn. I don't know."