SEATTLE, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Matt Hasselback threw a pair of TD passes and Shaun Alexander rushed for 108 yards and scored twice Sunday as Seattle beat New Irleans, 27-10.
Facing the NFC's highest-scoring team from last year, Seattle's defense shined in its first game under new coordinator Ray Rhodes.
Seattle took the lead for good with an eight-play, 89-yard drive in the second quarter, aided by a 26-yard pass interference call on cornerback Dale Carter. Alexander capped it with a one-yard TD plunge for a 7-3 lead with just under seven minutes left before halftime.
Alexander added a 10-yard TD catch off a screen pass from Hasselbeck for a 21-3 bulge at halftime.