NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 30: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints smiles on the sideline against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on August 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Head coach MIKE SHANAHAN is 14-4 (.778) on KO Weekend & his 14 wins are most by active head coach...Rookie QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III (No. 2 overall) makes NFL debut. Won 2011 Heisman Trophy at Baylor & set or tied 54 school records. In preseason, completed 20 of 31 (64.5 pct.) for 193 yards with 2 TDs & 0 INTs for 103.3 rating... Last year, RB ROY HELU was 1st rookie in franchise history to rush for 100+ yards in 3 consecutive games & RB EVAN ROYSTER rushed for 100+ yards in each of past 2 games. Rookie ALFRED MORRIS (6th round, No. 173) ranked 2nd in NFC during preseason with 195 rush yards...WR SANTANA MOSS is 1 of 4 players with 45+ catches & 500+ yards in each of past 9 seasons. WR PIERRE GARCON had career-best 70 catches & 947 yards last year with Ind. Tied career-high with 6 rec. TDs...In Week 1 last year, LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 9-yard INT-TD in NFL debut. Finished rookie season with 7.5 sacks, 4 FFs & INT-TD. LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 28.5 sacks in 1st 3 NFLseasons...
Set NFL record with 7,474 total net yards & 5,347 net pass yards...QB DREW BREES had NFL single-season record 5,476 pass yards & 13 300-yard pass games, most all-time. Set single-season records for comp. (468) & comp. pct. (71.2). Has 300 pass yards in 7 games in row, longest streak in NFL history...RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES had NFL-record 2,696 all-purpose yards. RB PIERRE THOMAS is 1 of 4 in team history with 2,500+ rush yards (2,501) & 150+ rec. (166)...TE JIMMY GRAHAM led NFL TEs with 99 receptions & was 2nd with 1,310 yards, 2nd most by TE all-time. Is 1st TE in NFL history with 95+ catches, 1,200+ yards & 10+ TDs in season. Graham (99) & Sproles (86) were 1st TE-RB duo in NFL history with 80+ catches each. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 1,143 rec. yards, his team-record 5th 1,000-yard season. Since 2006, WR DEVERY HENDERSON avg. 18.5 yards per catch (201 rec., 3,718 yards), highest mark in NFL (min. 200 catches)...Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 17 sacks, most by DB. Led team with 7.5 sacks, 2nd most all-time by DB in season. LB CURTIS LOFTON makes NO debut. Had career-high 167 tackles with Atl. last year.